Kimberly Churches is vice president for Development at Brookings, overseeing the Institution's fundraising activities and leading the planning and direction of the Institution's upcoming campaign. Kim is celebrating her 18th year in fundraising and non-profit management in 2011.
Before joining Brookings in August 2011, Kim was senior director of development at the University of Denver, was subsequently promoted to assistant vice chancellor, and became the associate vice chancellor in February 2011. At DU, she provided leadership for the ASCEND comprehensive campaign, working closely with the board of trustees and senior management which has, to date, raised almost $300 million for the University. Prior to joining DU, she was director of development at the University of North Florida where she was responsible for major gifts fundraising, advisory council development and community affairs for the Coggin College of Business. Under her leadership, Kim raised all major gifts associated with the college’s inaugural Career Management Center, which opened in spring 2007 on time and under budget.
Previously, as the director of development at the Broward Performing Arts Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Kim was responsible for annual support programs while also securing major and planned gifts to support the $12 million endowment campaign. Kim increased annual corporate support by 290% at the Foundation and has demonstrated success in major individual and foundation gifts.
In May of 2002, Kim earned her professional certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Active within her profession, she has served the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1997—both locally and internationally—serving as the international chair for Education/Training for AFP International, a past president of the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter of the AFP, and the prestigious Committee on Directorship for the 26,000+ member association.
Kim served as the curriculum chair for the Emerging Leaders in Development year-long program in Colorado, and was the board development chair and board member for the Montessori Academy of Colorado and continues to volunteer her time with local international adoption agencies.
Kim lives with her daughter Ruby in Woodley Park.