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Dr. Brittany Kienker is Principal and Owner of Kienker Consulting LLC and Knowledge Insights Expert in Residence at CMF. Brittany brings more than 15 years of experience in foundations, nonprofits, and higher education. Brittany leads 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 her roles with CMF and Kienker Consulting, Brittany is a sought-after expert and advisor to foundations, philanthropy serving organizations, consultants, and researchers nationally. She regularly develops cutting-edge educational resources and presentations designed for grantmakers, in addition to generating the annual Midwest Grantmaker Salary Survey Report. Her work with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy (GVSU) on foundation and donor advised fund payout rates has garnered national attention. Brittany is a 21/64 certified advisor and facilitator, a full member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, and holds a BoardSource Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting.

In collaboration with Dr. Eugene Tempel at the Indiana University Foundation and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Brittany developed nationally-recognized research, presentations, and publications on philanthropy, board governance, and best practices in the nonprofit sector. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Central Michigan University.

Brittany 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).
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