Dr. Brittany Kienker is Principal and Owner of Kienker Consulting LLC and Knowledge Insights Expert in Residence at the Council of Michigan Foundation (CMF), with more than 10 years of experience in foundations, nonprofits, and higher education. Dr. Kienker 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 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 Anthem Foundation, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana University Foundation, Michigan Aerospace Foundation, St. Mary Mercy Hospital, and The Henry Ford. At CMF, Dr. Kienker regularly develops cutting-edge educational resources and presentations designed for grantmakers, in addition to generating the annual Midwest Grantmaker Salary Survey Report. Her work has also been featured by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy (GVSU) and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.
Dr. Kienker is a 21/64 certified advisor, a full member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, and holds a BoardSource Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Central Michigan University.
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).
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- Kienker Consulting LLC
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