Join us for the Winter Masters' Session - Generational Dynamics


Earn CEU’s toward your CFRE!

More Information on the Masters' Program

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Masters level program, suited for those with 10+ years of fundraising experience.

Generational Dynamics: Donors, Volunteers, and Staff

We are living and working in an environment in which the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Y are working and volunteering together. Not only are these different generations critical to the work we do in our organizations as employees and volunteers, but they are also donors, with varied perspectives on outcomes they want from organizations.

Karen Kienzle Director at Palo Alto Art Center will lead an interactive discussion on how generational dynamics play out with staff, donors and volunteers and tools and strategies we can use in the workplace and with our communications.

In her current position as Director of the Palo Alto Art Center, Karen Kienzle oversees a vibrant organization that inspires the artist in everyone through a diverse range of exhibitions, public programs, educational events, and art classes for more than 140,000 adults and children annually. She provides vision and direction for all aspects of the Palo Alto Art Center and provides leadership to the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (the private nonprofit that supports the Art Center through fundraising and advocacy). With the Foundation, Kienzle worked to successfully raise a $4.1M capital campaign and provided leadership for the $9.1M building transformation and subsequent reopening. Contributing her experience in and passion for audience development, community outreach, collaboration, and marketing, Kienzle has expanded the Art Center’s impact in the community, overseeing the successful On the Road program during the Art Center’s renovation and subsequent move back into its transformed facility.
About Karen Kienzle:
Prior to her appointment at the Palo Alto Art Center, Kienzle served as Assistant Director for Exhibitions, Education, and Community Outreach at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. Kienzle also worked as Assistant Curator and Curatorial Assistant at the San Jose Museum of Art. Kienzle has held curatorial intern positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She received her B.A. in the history of art from U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. in museum studies from San Francisco State University. She is a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute at the Claremont Graduate University and is a lecturer at San Francisco State’s museum studies graduate program. In 2012, Kienzle received the Silicon Valley NextGen Emerging Leader award. In 2014 she was selected for the National Arts Strategies Executive Leadership Program, along with 49 other arts leaders from around the nation and world. Kienzle is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and a winner of the Chamber of Commerce Athena Leadership Award.
Kienzle brings a creative and collaborative approach to problem solving in her work that fosters innovation, combining big picture vision and strategy with a pragmatic and determined drive to get things done. Her career has been dedicated to exploring the potential of art and museums as tools for communication, learning, personal expression, and community building.

Bring your own lunch, and dessert will be provided.

11:30 a.m. Lunch & Networking
11:45 a.m. Discussion

$10 current AFP members
$20 non-members
No refunds


  • When

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Where

  • Project HIRED
    1401 Parkmoor Avenue
    San Jose, California 95126
    (408) 557-0880

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