Alice Ferris

Individual Giving Virtual Summit

Alice Ferris
Goalbusters Consulting

We are so thrilled to have Alice as one of our hosts!

Alice L. Ferris, CFRE, ACFRE, Founding Partner, has more than 30 years of professional fundraising experience, not including her volunteer start at Wisconsin Public Television, blowing bubbles onto the set during pledge breaks for the Lawrence Welk Show.

Alice specializes in strategic and development planning, campaign and development program assessments, board and organizational training, executive leadership coaching, individual giving and grant proposal evaluation. Alice is an advisory board member for the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the Wisconsin School of Business and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Communications Arts Program. Alice is also a past chair of the ACFRE Credentialing Board and a former officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Board. In addition, she served as president of AFP Northern Arizona five times (don’t ask) and is an AFP Master Teacher. In 2020, Alice became the 21st recipient of the AFP Founders’ Medallion, recognizing extraordinary service to the sector. She was the 90th fundraising professional in the world to attain the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential and also maintains her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) status, which she obtained in 1999. Alice is also the only three-time honoree as AFP-Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year.

Alice is recognized for her on-air presence on many public television and radio pledge drives, and on the national public television fundraisers, among them Downton Abbey, Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You, Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller, The Civil War, and many more. Alice also teaches Chinese cooking and an occasional class in ballroom dance.