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Faculty, alumna of Saint Mary’s P&D program recognized by Association of Fundraising Professionals

June 19, 2023

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Kintzi named Distinguished Fellow 

Audrey Kintzi is recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as one of this year’s Distinguished Fellows. 

Audrey Kintzi, director of the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program

The Distinguished Fellows Program recognizes individuals who have made significant leadership contributions to the association and the fundraising profession. The designation represents the pinnacle of service to the tenets of giving, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

Kintzi, an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), has been working in the development field for over 35 years. She is currently serving as the executive director of the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program and previously as vice president of Development and Alumni Relations as well as Marketing and Communications at Saint Mary’s.

At Saint Mary’s, she has engaged benefactors in the mission of the university, successfully raising just over $74 million as part of the university’s “Discover, Inspire, Lead Campaign,” the largest completed campaign in the school’s history. 

Previous positions include roles at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Courage Center, the Girl Scout Council of St. Croix Valley, and the American Red Cross of the St. Paul Area. 

Outside of her professional accomplishments, Kintzi currently serves as a member of the AFP Research Council, the AFP Ethics Committee, and the ACFRE Credentialing Board. She is an AFP Certified Master Trainer and holds a Certificate of Philanthropic Psychology (with Distinction) from the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy. 

“I am so deeply humbled to have been named a Distinguished Fellow by the Association of Fundraising Professionals this year,” said Kintzi. I am honored to be joining my incredible colleagues who were also named Distinguished Fellows this year, as well as those selected previously. For me, this recognition is the culmination of a lifetime of service to the profession and a deep commitment to professional education and building the body of knowledge.”

Calhoun a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

Peggy Calhoun, a 1995 graduate of Saint Mary’s M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program, was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peggy Calhoun, M’95

Calhoun, 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 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, she 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.

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).