Brittany Kienker, Ph.D.


Knowledge Insights Specialist
[email protected]

Here's what I can help you with:

  • Ask CMF (Knowledge and Information) requests
  • Salary Survey Data
  • Sector research and resources

Get to know Brittany:

Dr. Brittany Kienker is CMF’s Knowledge Insights Specialist and Principal and Owner of Kienker Consulting, with more than 10 years of experience in foundations, nonprofits, and higher education.  Dr. Kienker serves as the lead researcher for Ask CMF, answering hundreds of questions every year from grantmaking organizations across the state of Michigan and beyond.  She also supports the curation and development of 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.

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).