Allison Rickels, CFRE, is Executive Director/CEO of The FarmHouse Foundation, in Kansas City, Mo. Allison has been a part of the FarmHouse International Office staff since July 2001, starting as the director of annual fund and communications, and more recently serving as the senior director of the annual fund and assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees. She also is the design editor for Pearls & Rubies, FarmHouse’s quarterly membership magazine.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Allison graduated in 2001 with Honors from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) majoring in public relations, and minoring in marketing and journalism. She earned the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in the fall of 2006 and is one of only 4,800 fundraising professionals to hold this international credential.
She is a member and leader of the MidAmerica Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), currently serving on the chapter’s board of directors. She is secretary of the College Fraternity Editors Association (CFEA), the professional organization for those men and women who produce and edit the magazines and other media for social and professional fraternities. She recently received CFEA’s Marilyn Simpson Ford Award, for outstanding service to the association.
As an undergraduate, Allison was a leader on campus and in the UNI chapter of her sorority, Alpha Phi. She has been an advisor to the Alpha Phi Chapter at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., and is an active member of the alumnae chapter for the Kansas City area. She also serves on two committees at the international level of Alpha Phi. In short, she believes in the Greek experience.
Allison and her husband, Nick, live in Kansas City, Mo. and have one child, Sydney Michelle.
As the Executive Director of the FarmHouse Foundation, Allison maintains the administration of the Foundation, in particular face-to-face alumni visits, major gifts, planned & deferred gifts; gifts of stock, tangible personal property & real estate; monitor & supervise fundraising by the local Foundation Councils; approve & authorize distribution of Foundation Council funds; approve & authorize all Foundation grants; Educational Portion of Chapter Housing; Chapter Housing Loan Program; scholarship funds; website content; Pearls & Rubies, especially layout & design, and the Foundation section of each issue.