Interview with Ken Miller CFRE

President and lead consultant for Denali FSP Fundraising Consultants

Creating a sustainable fundraising program that continually engages donors

Ken Miller’s fundraising journey began in June 2010 after a long career in sales and marketing and was the Director of Development for Bean’s Café, a non-profit feeding facility in Anchorage Alaska. Since leaving Bean’s Cafe, Ken founded Denali FSP Fundraising Consultants, a fundraising consulting firm that emphazises best practices sustainable fundraising and works with nonprofits throughout Alaska.

Interview with Ken Miller CFRE

President and lead consultant for Denali FSP Fundraising Consultants

Creating a sustainable fundraising program that continually engages donors

Ken Miller’s fundraising journey began in June 2010 after a long career in sales and marketing and was the Director of Development for Bean’s Café, a non-profit feeding facility in Anchorage Alaska. Since leaving Bean’s Cafe, Ken founded Denali FSP Fundraising Consultants, a fundraising consulting firm that emphazises best practices sustainable fundraising and works with nonprofits throughout Alaska.

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Summary of video interview with Ken Miller CFRE

Section 1: Director of Development at Bean’s Cafe

  • Reflecting on early days of Ken’s career and the key differences between working in sales/marketing vs fundraising
  • The Director of Development role at Bean’s Cafe and successful fundraising campaigns in Ken’s time there
  • Attracting and engaging donors to get the best campaign outcomes
  • Getting the best of the fundraising team at Bean’s Cafe
  • What Ken’s leadership style is like
  • Learning for mistakes and failures

 

Section 2: Transitioning from in-house fundraiser to consultant

  • Key factors in transitioning from Director of Development for Bean’s Cafe to beginning consultancy firm, Denali FSP Fundraising Consultants
  • Some of the biggest challenges nonprofits in Alaska are currently facing

 

Section 3: Fundraising strategies

  • What to look out for in an internal fundraising audit
  • Maximising acquisition direct mail campaigns
  • How to be better at nurturing your donors
  • Common opportunities fundraising teams and nonprofits are missing

 

Section 4: Professional development for fundraisers

  • The importance of serving on nonprofits boards and advice on how to serve on your first board
  • Becoming a CFRE and the importance of this

 

Section 5: Future goals and summary

  • Goals for Ken Miller and Denali FSP in the next 5 – 10 years
  • Final advice to inspire and fulfil fundraisers

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