jpg8Penelope Cagney, Principal
, rated among the Top 10 Fundraising Experts in the US by Philanthropy Media, has more than 25 years helping nonprofits succeed in fundraising, planning and governance. She and her associates have helped clients achieve significant financial (more than $500,000,000 dollars raised) and organizational objectives. She has taught fund development, strategic planning, governance, and communications at the Arizona State University Nonprofit Management Institute; School of the Art Institute and Columbia College in Chicago; and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Penelope is editor of the forthcoming “Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards,” to be published by Wiley/BoardSource in 2018. She is the co-editor of the 2015 Skystone Partners Research Prize winner and cause Best Books of 2015 awardee “Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy” (Wiley/AFP 2013). Book rights have been optioned by the Shanghai University of Finance and Economic Press to be translated into Chinese and published in mid-2018. She is also the author of “Nonprofit Consulting Essentials: What Every Nonprofit and Consultant Needs to Know” (Jossey-Bass/Alliance of Nonprofit Management 2010).

Penelope Cagney serves on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International, a membership organization of more than 33,000 fundraising professionals worldwide, a member of its International Development Committee and a member of the 2017 International Fundraising Summit Committee. She also serves on the Wish Fund Committee for Make-A-Wish International which fulfills the wishes of sick children through 39 affiliates in more than 50 countries and on the 2017 Selection Committee for the Asia Philanthropy Awards. Previously she has served on the boards of the Arizona Costume Institute at Phoenix Art Museum; Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago; Chicago Academy for the Arts; and the New Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Penelope is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and holds a BFA magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in arts, entertainment and media management from Columbia College Chicago. Originally from Chicago, Penelope now resides in Tempe, Arizona, with her husband Nathan, a physics professor at Arizona State University. She is a practicing artist.

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