Alice L. Ferris @AliceFerris @GoalBusters
Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE is the founding partner of GoalBusters, providing
philanthropic leadership services, specializing in outsourced development for small nonprofits;
integrated fundraising, marketing and strategic planning; and customized education and training
programs. GoalBusters has clients in many sectors, including public and community
broadcasting, education, arts and culture, social service, healthcare, and Native American causes.
Ms. Ferris has over twenty years of professional fundraising experience, not including her tenure
as the “top cookie salesperson” in Girl Scouts. Alice started her fundraising career as a volunteer
at Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, Wisconsin, blowing bubbles onto the set during
pledge breaks for the Lawrence Welk Show, which launched a 25 year affiliation with public
broadcasting. As part of her services in outsourced development for small nonprofits, Alice is
Director of Development for KAWC Colorado River Public Media in Yuma, Arizona, and
interim Director of Development for KGHR Navajo Public Radio in Tuba City, Arizona.
Prior to launching her consulting practice full time, Alice served as Director of Development for
Lowell Observatory, Foundation Director for Flagstaff Medical Center, and Director of
Development for KNAU Arizona Public Radio. During her tenure at Lowell Observatory, the
membership program more than doubled, and during her time at KNAU, she led the station to its
first, and to date only, $1 million fundraising year.
Alice was the 90th professional to receive the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive
(ACFRE) credential, which has been conferred on less than 100 fundraisers worldwide, and is a
two-time honoree as AFP-Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year. In addition,
Alice served as 2009-2010 Vice Chair, Member Services for the Association of Fundraising
Professionals (AFP) International and continues to be an active member of the Bo