Ken Turpen, CFRE, FCEP

Ken Turpen, CFRE, Vice President at Thompson & Associates, is a senior foundation executive of five nonprofit organizations during the past 20 years and consultant in secondary and higher education, and healthcare fundraising.  He has unique insights into nonprofit boards, CEO leadership, management, community activism and donor perspectives as his career has brought him opportunities to excel in each of these areas.  Ken has expertise in all areas of fundraising including estate planning, planned giving, capital campaigns, major gifts and annual giving. He is a frequent writer and speaker on fundraising, foundation leadership, governance training, strategic planning and program development.

Ken’s professional experience includes secondary education and administration in Texas and Nebraska.  While serving as principal of Platte Valley Academy in Shelton, Nebraska in the early 1990s, he helped to start a successful alumni giving campaign with more than forty percent of alumni giving back to the school every year.  From Platte Valley, Ken accepted a position as the executive director of Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI), a department located at the World Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.  During his 12 year tenure he lead the church’s philanthropy efforts for Adventist healthcare, education and nonprofits at large.  He was named as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International in 1996 and still maintains that distinction.

Since 1994 Ken has been an active member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  He received his undergraduate degree in education from The University of Texas – Pan American, and his masters degree in education administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Ken is a board member of the Milton Murray Foundation for Philanthropy, member of Rotary International and is an active volunteer in his community and church. His interests include golf, reading, Mexican food and travel. 

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