Steve Holwerda

Steve Holwerda

Vice President of Development

Steve serves as the vice president of development for EdChoice. He is responsible for donor strategy and engagement by building relationships with our partners and helping them connect better to the work of EdChoice.

Steve has over 20 years of fundraising experience and has been an integral leader for institutional development in both the healthcare and education sectors.

Most recently, Steve worked at the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation in Indianapolis where he was focused on raising funds for cardiovascular research, the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and launched the Healthcare Innovation Series.

Before relocating to Indianapolis, Steve was the director of development at a private high school in the south suburbs of Chicago. In this position, he was responsible for creating a robust development program and led a $25 million capital campaign to build a new campus in Northwest Indiana.

Steve received his MBA from Mississippi State University and his BBA from Dordt University. He and his wife Rebecca live in the Lockerbie neighborhood of Indianapolis.

Favorite Quote

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
— Aesop

Favorite Teacher/Class

John Huisman, 10th grade English

High School Mascot


Favorite Pastimes

Cycling, golfing and seeing the world with my wife

Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement

My parents made a choice to send my three sisters and me to a private school. I didn’t come from a family of significant means, and I saw my parents make sacrifices to give us the opportunity to attend the school that best fit our needs. I am in this movement now to help others be able to make this choice as well, regardless of their financial situation or the neighborhood in which they live. Education is the bedrock of our society and our nation’s future. We need to make sure the next generation is given every opportunity to succeed. That starts with education and the choice of a school that works best for each student to maximize their skills, gifts and talents.