Brittany Kienker, Ph.D.

Get to Know Brittany:

Dr. Brittany Kienker brings over 10 years of experience in foundations, nonprofits, and higher education to her firm, Kienker Consulting LLC. She also serves as the lead researcher for Ask CMF, a technical assistance service of the Council of Michigan Foundations. Through her work, she answers hundreds of questions every year from grantmaking organizations across the state of Michigan and beyond, as well as curates and develops CMF’s Knowledge Center resources and Sample Documents Hub.   
In collaboration with Dr. Eugene Tempel at the Indiana University Foundation and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Dr. Kienker developed nationally-recognized research, presentations, and publications on philanthropy, board governance, and best practices in the nonprofit sector, including on behalf of The Fund Raising School at Indiana University. 
Throughout her career, Dr. Kienker has served as both a practitioner and scholar of philanthropy.   

She has played an integral role in strategic and master planning initiatives, leadership transitions, organizational restructuring, and implementation of best practices in philanthropy at such institutions as the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana University Foundation, Michigan Aerospace Foundation, St. Mary Mercy Hospital, The Henry Ford, and Anthem Foundation. 

At CMF, Dr. Kienker regularly develops cutting-edge educational resources and presentations designed for grantmakers, in addition to generating the annual Midwest Salary Survey Report.  Her work has also been featured by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy (GVSU) and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.   

Dr. Kienker serves as an adjunct professor in Central Michigan University's Master of Science in Administration - Philanthropy and Fundraising program, having previously taught at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is a full member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and a member of the Council of Michigan Foundations’ Consulting Services Network. 
Dr. Kienker received her Ph.D. from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She also earned a M.A. in Philanthropic Studies (IU), M.A. in Public History (IU), and B.A. in Public History (Western Michigan University). 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Board Governance
  • Capacity Building
  • Communications and Speechwriting/Public Speaking
  • Corporate Philanthropy and Social Responsibility
  • Faith-based Philanthropy
  • Fund Development and Grant Writing
  • Mission and Grantmaking Strategy
  • Grantmaking Program Design and Management
  • Multi-generational Family Philanthropy
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Program Development
  • Research
  • Strategic Planning

Foundation Experience:

  • Anthem (WellPoint) Foundation
  • Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Indiana University Foundation
  • Michigan Aerospace Foundation
  • St. Mary Mercy Hospital Foundation