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 with Dr. Eugene Tempel at the Indiana University Foundation and IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Dr. Kienker consulted for philanthropic organizations globally, as well as 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 played an integral role in transformational strategic initiatives, leadership transitions, and implementation of best practices in philanthropy at such institutions as the Indiana University Foundation, Michigan Aerospace Foundation, St. Mary Mercy Hospital Foundation, and Anthem (formerly WellPoint) Foundation and Corporate Social Responsibility division.

She also 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 brings expertise in foundation grantmaking, nonprofit management, strategic planning, organizational sustainability, corporate philanthropy, fundraising, and communications.

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

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