Karen J. Johnson, CFRE, Ed.D.
Dr. Karen J. Johnson is retired and loving life in Sandpoint, ID! She continues to consult with non-profit organizations, specifically coaching in the areas of major gifts, annual planning, and capital campaigns.
Before retirement, Dr. Johnson was the President/CEO of Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation in Denver, CO. Prior to moving to Denver, Dr. Johnson was the President/CEO of the Walla Walla General Hospital Foundation. Her work there included starting a Foundation for Walla Walla General Hospital and working to grow philanthropic income for the hospital.
Prior to her work in healthcare, Dr. Johnson worked for 16 years as Vice President for College Advancement at Walla Walla College, now Walla Walla University. During her tenure at Walla Walla College the College/University experienced a substantial increase in total support ($3.3 million to $11.1 million), which resulted in her institution receiving the CASE Circle of Excellence Award in 1993, and Dr. Johnson receiving the Trailblazer in Adventist Philanthropy Award in 2004. Other accomplishments include: growth in major gifts, increased staff for prospect research, special events and capital campaigns. Development, with the entire staff, of a useable annual planning document is also a significant accomplishment for Dr. Johnson.
Dr. Johnson worked in private secondary schools for 18 years prior to her appointment at Walla Walla College. She received, on behalf of Mt. Ellis Academy in Bozeman, MT, the 1990 CASE/USX Achievement in Mobilizing Support Award giving special recognition for total development effort in private secondary school with over 2,500 alumni.
Dr. Johnson is the Chair of the Milton Murray Fund for Philanthropy Oversight Committee, served for 15+ years on the Operating Board of Philanthropic Services for Institutions in Silver Spring, MD, served on the board of Campfire USA in Walla Walla, WA and was a member of the National Exchange Club in Walla, Walla, WA for over 18 years.