Biographies

Peggy Calhoun, ACFRE
Co-Founder and Principal

 


Peggy Calhoun, an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive, is in her 34th year as a full time fundraising professional. She is Senior Principal of Miller, Calhoun and Company, a firm credited with having been involved in over $1,000,000,000 raised for charities including health organizations, social service agencies, environmental groups, educational institutions, and cultural and religious organizations.

In 1991, she received the first Outstanding Fund Raising award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter. In 1990, Peggy was given the Creative Fund Raising Award by the Grantsmanship Center. In 1984, she earned the Professional Staff Certificate from the United Way of America National Academy of Voluntarism. Peggy is included in Who's Who in the South and Southwest; Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the World. In 2001, the Association of Women in Communications honored her as the first Woman of the Year in Fund Development and Special Events.

Previously she taught Grant Writing, Fund Development and Planned Giving for Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, Rollins College and four nonprofit resource centers. As faculty for AFP, she conducts workshops and sessions throughout the U.S. Previously, Ms. Calhoun was an initial Leave A Legacy speaker for the National Planned Giving Council. She has lectured nationally for AFP, Ronald McDonald International Charities, United Way of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, National Planned Giving Council's Leave A Legacy program, and many other organizations. In 1995, she created the nonprofit certification program for Barry University and the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Currently she serves as a consultant for the Boards In Action Program at the Community Foundation of Broward. Since 2004, Ms. Calhoun has served as AFP Faculty providing standardized teaching methods and expertise to various AFP courses.

She began her career in 1978 as Executive Director of a crisis intervention agency serving three states. Her extensive staff professional experience includes raising $3.7 million in nine months for the Boca Raton Museum of Art, overseeing a $60 million national campaign for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and successfully concluding a capital campaign while increasing the endowment from $2.6 million to $10 million, later becoming $55 million – for The Salvation Army in Fort Lauderdale. Ms. Calhoun has also raised annual, capital and endowment funds for the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA and three United Ways. While with United Way, she was credited with tripling the amount of money raised in four years.

Ms. Calhoun is founding member and past President of the Broward Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and past President of the Gulfstream Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Ms. Calhoun is a former Board member of the Advisory Board of Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She graduated from Southern Illinois University as an Illinois State Scholar and Presidential Scholar at the age of 19. In 1994, she was awarded a Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary's College in Minnesota and graduated with a straight 4.0 grade point average.
 

In 1998, Ms. Calhoun became the 33rd professional to receive the lifetime accreditation of the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive; a distinction earned by only 100 colleagues of the 30,000 members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Currently, she is an adjunct professor for St. Thomas University and serves on the Board of Directors of the   
 
Ms. Calhoun is a frequent lecturer and published author. She is the lead author of Asking for Major Gifts: Steps to a Successful Solicitation. This publication is in its second printing and is available through the AFP Ready Reference Series in Spanish and English.
 
She resides in Fort Lauderdale with her husband and twins.

 

Richard G. Miller, retired
Co-Founder

Miller, Calhoun & Company was created in 1997 offering not-for-profits professional counsel and interim services tailored to fit the demands of today’s market with services in fundraising, board development, marketing, and related work.  Richard Miller, retired, is a co-founder of this firm with Peggy Calhoun, ACFRE.  
 
A Certified Fund Raising Executive since 1982, he is a graduate of Eckerd College and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. He has served as a member of Eckerd's Alumni Board of Directors; received its Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985 and was elected to its Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982.  Also, Mr. Miller has served on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Housing Corporation in Cleveland, Dade Heritage Trust, three local Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) chapters, and the Enterprise Ambassadors Program. He received AFP’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter and now enjoys his time with his grandchildren.  
 
During his eight year tenure with this firm, Mr. Miller served several clients including the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, National Longevity Foundation, Angel Flight Southeast, Coral Gables Congregational Church, Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, the International Gamefish Hall of Fame, Women in Distress, Cooperative Feeding Program, Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, Junior League of Boca Raton, and the Broward Chapter of the American Red Cross.