Leadership

“The foundation of any campaign is built upon relationships and reputation. Your investment in us is our partnership committed to quality, growth and ethical leadership. Our campaigns are designed to inspire and educate so that, together, your institution will be elevated to the next level.”

- Peggy Calhoun, ACFRE

President & CEO

 

Miller, Calhoun & Company was formed in 1997 offering not-for-profits professional counsel and interim staffing to fit the demands of today’s market with services in fundraising, board development, marketing, prospect identification, and related work. Richard Miller, retired, was a co-founder of this firm for seven years before Peggy Calhoun became President & CEO. Today, the firm is noted for driving transformational philanthropy with donor-centric development practices having served over 300 clients including health organizations, social service agencies, environmental groups, educational institutions, cultural, and religious organizations. Miller, Calhoun & Company is credited with having been involved in raising over $1,000,000,000 with goals ranging from $1 million to $350 million. Peggy’s extensive branding experience and marketing background supports a variety of other goals that accelerate and elevate revenue initiatives.

Miller, Calhoun & Company is retained on a flat fee, based on staff and time required to achieve agreed upon fundraising and marketing objectives. We do not accept contingency arrangements, commissions, percentages or bonuses. We abide by the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practices while supporting the Donor Bill of Rights.

 

Our Team Leader

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Peggy Calhoun, ACFRE

President & CEO

 

Peggy Calhoun, an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), enjoys over 35 years of advancing philanthropy, marketing and volunteerism.

Beginning her career as Executive Director of a crisis intervention agency serving three states, her extensive staff experience includes raising $3.7 million in nine months for an art museum, 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 $55 million – for The Salvation Army. As a staff professional, Peggy has raised annual, capital and endowment funds for the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA and United Way. While with United Way, she was credited with tripling the amount of money raised in four years. With her experience, she has been called upon to serve as interim Executive Director or Chief Advancement Officer for several institutions including Families of Flight 93, Habitat for Humanity, Chapman Partnership and others.

Ms. Calhoun was among the first 35 professionals to receive the lifetime designation of the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE); a distinction earned by only 122 colleagues of the 33,000 members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). As a Master Trainer for AFP, she continues to teach the CFRE Review Course and lectures nationwide. Always giving back, Ms. Calhoun was the lead author of AFP’s best-selling Ready Reference book: Asking for Major Gifts: Steps to a Successful Solicitation with the fees and proceeds donated back to AFP. She conducts workshops and coaching sessions for colleagues and clients using the principles and practices outlined in the book.

In 1991, she received the first Outstanding Fund Raising award given by the AFP - Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter. In 1990, Peggy received the national 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. The Association of Women in Communications honored her as the first Woman of the Year in Fund Development and Special Events.

Ms. Calhoun is founding member and past President of the Broward Chapter of AFP 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. Peggy earned her Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary's University in Minnesota graduating with a straight 4.0 grade point average.

She resides in Florida with her husband, twins, a rescue dog and an adopted cat.

Our firm assigns principals and associates designed to meet the specific needs of our clients.

DIANE BALOGH-KIMES, CFRE

Senior Campaign Associate

As a lifelong resident of South Florida, Diane Balogh-Kimes enjoys nearly 30 years of philanthropic fundraising beginning with opening of a Broward County office for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. In 1997, she earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive status through the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, now called Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Her expertise includes donor relations, as well as multi-dimensional fund development at all levels. Ms. Kimes has led several campaigns including the Elliott Museum’s Phase Two Capital Campaign, A Defining Moment; Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast; Hibiscus Children’s Center (Expanding the House that Love Built); Lee Trust for Historic Preservation; and two inaugural system-wide associate campaigns for Lee Memorial Health System-Fort Myers, FL and Broward Health – Fort Lauderdale, FL as well as directing several capital fund initiatives during her nearly ten-year tenure at Jupiter Medical Center Foundation.

As Senior Campaign Associate for Miller, Calhoun & Company, her clients included Friends of Rookery Bay Reserve – Naples, FL; F.O.R.C.E. (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) – Hollywood, FL; and Orbis International’s Inaugural Visit – Palm Beach, FL.

Throughout her career, Ms. Kimes has been an active member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP); the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); and the Planned Giving Council. She currently serves on the board of The Junior League of Martin County as a Sustainer Advisor and is active in its State Public Affairs Committee. She was founding board secretary of the Susan G. Komen for a Cure, Southwest Florida Affiliate; Lee County Department of Human Services Partnering for Results Task Force; founding member of Sanibel Cares for The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida; Martin County Council for the Arts - Board Member and Chair of the Cultural Facilities Feasibility Study conducted in 1998; and founding board member and President of The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art’s Contemporaries, where she also served on the Chamber’s Cultural Affairs Committee.

Educated at Florida Atlantic University in business administration, she continues to serve her profession, recently as a presenter, most recently at the International Education Conference for AHP with the topic: Treating our Donors Like Diplomats and Rock Stars.

CLAIRE CRAWFORD, DPA

Senior Grantswriter and Campaign Associate

Dr. Crawford brings many years of successful grant writing experience to the fund development process with the added benefit of a solid knowledge in the field of philanthropic studies. Her background is rooted in practice, experience and teaching. She has obtained millions of dollars in grant funding from federal and state government agencies, private foundations and corporations for a variety of services and programs specializing in public cultural services and programs and not-for-profit cultural institutions. She has served as an expert reviewer in federal grant competitions as well as an expert grant proposal reviewer for state and local funding agencies.

Prior to returning to her hometown of Fort Lauderdale, she was a member of the Florida Department of State and served as Federal Relations Officer for the Office of the Secretary and as Chief, Bureau of Statewide Programs for the Division of Cultural Affairs. In both roles, she successfully guided and shaped funding endeavors which dramatically increased support for the Department's Cultural programs as well as the grant programs which funded organizations within the State.

As an adjunct professor in Florida Atlantic University's School of Public Administration, Dr. Crawford developed a curriculum for a Certificate in Arts Administration program and components for a Master of Nonprofit Management degree. For seven years she taught courses in Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations, Fund Development, Arts Policy and Management, Resource Development and Capital Campaigns and Workshops in Grant Writing.

Previously, Dr. Crawford was Chair of Fund Development for the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and created an integrated fund development plan including the Villager Membership Program and the Governor Broward Planned Giving Society. As the Major Gift Officer at Classical South Florida Public Radio she secured substantial major gifts and created pathways for prospects and donors to build solid connections to the new station.

Her Doctorate in Public Administration concentrated in philanthropy with a dissertation focused on Corporate Philanthropic Motivation and Belief in Support of the Arts. Both her BA and MFA are in Theatre. Two of her certifications include a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Fund Raising School, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and a Certificate in Grantsmanship from the Grantsmanship Training Center in Los Angeles, CA.

She is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale and a board member of The Opera Society. She has been an appointed member of the Broward Cultural Council since 1989.

STEVE FERSHTMAN

Vice President of Philanthropic Technology

Mr. Fershtman has served the not-for-profit community for the past 20 years as an expert in the field of leveraging strategic technology application to fundraising campaigns, marketing, communications initiatives, financial transparency, and volunteer management challenges. His stellar interpersonal communications and analytical skills help clients fulfill their potential through dramatically increased organizational capacity. He began his career working for the largest CPA firm in Florida – Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP -- serving schools, museums, colleges and social service agencies. His focus was on marketing initiatives for services in donor management, outsourcing, network integration, accounting, document management, and custom applications.

His recent success has come with organizations such as Adcieo and CharityFinders, national companies that enable organizations to utilize the resources of the internet, where he created social media campaigns, developed technology grant sourcing, and conducted web audits for a variety of national clients including United Ways, YWCAs, Meals on Wheels, Agencies on Aging, numerous Community Foundations and Habitat for Humanity chapters. Previously, Mr. Fershtman served as the Director of Hospitality Services at Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale, where he managed 450 volunteers for all campus and stadium events and developed Community Outreach initiatives to assist at-risk families.

As an Senior Account Executive at Kintera (now Blackbaud); he created and executed online fundraising strategies resulting in raising millions for a variety of agencies and institutions including the National Parkinson Foundation, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Florida State University, WEDU, Food for the Poor, Emory University and many others. Mr. Fershtman believes in giving back to his community and profession. He currently serves as on the Board of Directors as Development Chair for Operation Rescue the Children and as Elder at Calvary Chapel Church. Past service includes the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations (FANO), Westminster Academy, and AFP’s Florida Caucus 2010 Planet Philanthropy where he served as the Technology Track Dean. He enjoys membership in and subscribes to the Code of Ethics of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).

Mr. Fershtman majored in Business Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He and his family have resided in Florida over 30 years with his wife and five children. Their passion is for the care of special needs children.

STEVEN S. KLOTZ, CFRE

Senior Campaign Associate

Seasoned with 35 years in the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Klotz, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, has served organizations as Executive Director, Development Director, grants specialist and board member. In his capacity as fund counsel he has served numerous agencies and institutions throughout the nation, large and small, religious and secular, with diverse missions, approaches and constituencies.

Mr. Klotz’ strengths include his capacity to meld an organization’s vital components into a compelling plan of action, working with principals, volunteers and prospective donors to achieve mutual objectives. His accomplishments include creation of a public-interest law firm providing services for mentally and physically disabled persons, speechwriting, grantwriting and public relations activities for political and community activists, and management of numerous capital campaigns, including a $25 million effort for the International Game Fish Association's Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.

Earning a BA with honors from Temple University, Mr. Klotz enjoys a thorough background in literature, public relations, philosophy, and journalism. His expertise coupled with his professional experience provides a valuable dimension to professional development teams and not-for-profit entities as they implement their missions in the communities they serve.

During his tenure with this firm, Mr. Klotz has provided services to the Council on Aging, The Salvation Army, Special Olympics Florida, Foster Care Council of Southwest Florida, Habitat for Humanity, the Trust for Public Land and several others.