Kristen F. Kenyon
With more than 20 years of successful fundraising and nonprofit experience, Kristen has a particular expertise in The Raiser’s Edge as well as healthcare, cultural and membership-driven organizations.
Kristen shines at finding cost-effective solutions for clients with limited resources and is known for helping clients strategically assess their day-to-day business processes. She is especially strong in the customization of those processes; strategic planning for annual and capital campaigns; and managing events, volunteer groups and boards.
As a Raiser’s Edge consultant, Kristen draws on years of front-line experience working at all levels of nonprofit organizations. She began her fundraising career at California Pacific Medical Center Foundation. Next came development positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she managed the subscriber capital campaign during the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. After leaving development, she became a Senior Consultant for The Raiser’s Edge at Blackbaud, Inc.
After leaving Blackbaud, Kristen became an independent consultant and has been working with Lisa and her consulting teams since 2006. Kristen has particular areas of interest that include healthcare, arts and cultural institutions.
What gets me out of bed in the morning:
Helping our clients make fundraising and development operations more efficient so that they can spend more time and money on their real work — their missions. And a really big pot of Irish breakfast tea!
What keeps me up at night:
I’m not a worrier by nature, but I am concerned with how many nonprofits still struggle with technology. Some organizations are missing an opportunity to be more strategic about how they spend limited resources — not just for fundraising, but across the organization as a whole.
Kristen holds a BA in history from the University of California, Davis, and a BS in nursing from Samuel Merritt University.
The Bigger Picture
When she’s not planning her next excursion (India, Iceland, Italy…) Kristen can be found working in her garden, baking pies, or blowing bubbles with her two young nieces! She is a native Californian and doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon.
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