Click below to hear KMZU’s Shaylee Miller speak with Allison Rickels.
Allison Rickels of Tiffany Springs is the Executive Director and CEO of the FarmHouse Foundation headquartered out of Kansas City, MO. Rickels is the second person to fill the position on a full-time status in the organizations 49 year history and the first woman to serve as a CEO of a men’s fraternity organization. Rickels also serves on the NICF Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association, in addition she also served on the board of the MidAmerica Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for six years.
In the 2014-2015 year The FarmHouse Foundation raised over six million dollars and also provided 176 grants in several different areas including Leadership training, Scholarships, Computers Labs and Affiliated Technology and Fraternity Support. The Foundation also received the prestigious “Excellence in Fundraising” Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Today the Fraternity has assets of over 17 million dollars. The organization also provides funds for advocacy groups across several different campuses.
Rickels has received several awards for her work, specifically the William D. Jenkins Outstanding Professional Award for outstanding professional achievement and exemplary service in fundraising and philanthropy, and Alpha Phi’s national Ursa Major Award for work with the FarmHouse Foundation.
She holds a degree in public relations from the University of Northern Iowa and currently lives in Liberty, Mo with her husband and two daughters.