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Peggy Calhoun

Peggy Calhoun, ACFRE

Managing Director

Peggy Calhoun, Managing Director of DCM, enjoys over 44 years as a full time fundraising and leadership development professional. Upon graduating college at age 19, Peggy began her career as an Executive Director of a 24-hour suicide prevention line serving the Ark-La-Miss area. She quickly learned how to raise the necessary resources to advance philanthropic initiatives. She has achieved an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive Designation – ACFRE.

Peggy is the President of Miller, Calhoun and Company, a firm credited with having been involved in over $1,000,000,000 raised for over 350 charities. Clients include health organizations, social service agencies, environmental groups, educational institutions, and religious organizations. Services include philanthropic studies for the acquisition of capital, annual and endowment funds; board development; campaign management; donor development; talent acquisition; nonprofit management and interim staffing services. The firm is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In 1991, she received the first Outstanding Fund Raising award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter. In 1990, Peggy was given the 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. In 2001, the Association of Women in Communications honored her as the first Woman of the Year in Fund Development and Special Events.

Ms. Calhoun has extensive teaching experience with over 5,000 adult learners on a variety of topics on philanthropy and resource development. She recently served for five years as an Adjunct Professor to St. Thomas University teaching a Masters level course in Fundraising in the School of Business. She has lectured nationally for AFP, Ronald McDonald International Charities, United Way of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, National Planned Giving Council’s Leave A Legacy program, and many others. In 1995, she created the nonprofit certification program for Barry University and the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Since 2004, Ms. Calhoun has served as AFP Faculty providing standardized teaching methods and expertise to various AFP courses throughout the U.S.

She graduated from Southern Illinois University as an Illinois State Scholar and Presidential Scholar. In 1994, she earned a Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s College in Minnesota with a straight 4.0 grade point average. She gained international recognition when, at age 40, she became the youngest ACFRE – a lifetime conference awarded to only 114 of the 33,000 AFP members.

Her recent mission work includes teaching English to youth in Poland and working in Africa’s largest urban slum in Kenya where her volunteer work was recognized by the Maasai Tribe and she became an Honorary Member. She resides in Fort Lauderdale and Longboat Key with her husband of 33 years, Jim, their rescued dog, Shiloh, and rescued cat, Sir Galahad.

Dennis C. Miller