2015 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize in Research Winner Choice Award - Top Books for 2015  

"Global Fundraising" has been licensed by the Shanghai University Finance and Economics Press. The Chinese version will be available in August 2017 at,,, and Xinhua bookstore.

Global全球募捐-02 coverGlobal Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy (AFP/Wiley 2013)

A practical guide to the challenges and successes of global fundraising, written by an international team of highly respected philanthropy professionals and edited by two of the leading nonprofit thinkers, Global Fundraising is the first book to genuinely offer a global overview of philanthropy with an internationalist perspective.

"This book is a must-read for CEOs and fundraisers who work within a global context or are considering entering. The information is a comprehensive treatment of the global fundraising picture including the specific areas of major gifts, grant-making to online giving, and how social media can have an impact. I'm sure this book will become a pillar for educational institutions that teach international third-sector management or a fundraising curriculum. This book will certainly become required reading for us at Make-A-Wish International. I highly recommend this book by Penelope Cagney and Bernard Ross."

Jon Stettner, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish® Foundation International

"Global Fundraising is filling an important gap in our knowledge of philanthropy with global perspectives. It provides fair coverage of regions that have evolving characteristics and shifting trends of philanthropy as is the case in the Arab region, caused by developments resulting from the Arab Spring. Definitely an important book to have."

Dr. Atallah Kuttab, Chairman, SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory, Arab Region

"What a great source of information! Global Fundraising gives you a detailed and exhaustive presentation of the latest international fundraising trends. It is an asset tot he nonprofit world an invaluable resource for any fundraiser who is willing to cross national borders add for those who would like to know more about other countries' trends and find new ideas to implement. I couldn't think of a better book for both young students and established professionals to broader their knowledge about the increasingly global philanthropy world."

Valerio Melandri, Professor and Director, Master in Fundraising, University of Bologna, Italy

"This book focuses on critical issues such as infrastructure, strategy, regulation, and impact. The content is inspiring, practical, and amazingly refreshing. Penelope and Bernard have made complex theoretical issues fun to read!"

Neelam Makhijani, Chief Executive, Resource Alliance

nonprofitNonprofit Consulting Essentials: What Nonprofits and Consultants Need to Know (Jossey-Bass 2010)

This book is an important resource for nonprofit professionals who wish to become consultants and for those consultants who want to improve their craft and equip themselves for the current climate of dramatic and discontinuous change. Whether you are just entering the sector or looking to refresh your skills, this book is a must-read.

“Practically useful, Cagney's research will be of great use to anyone interested in improving nonprofit institutions, deriving the greatest benefit from consultants, and understanding what really goes on inside large organizations."

Christopher McKenna, MBA prgram director and reader in business history and strategy, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; and fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford, UK

"No nonprofit executive should be without a copy of this book on their desk. It represents the end of having to wing it when it comes to managing your investment in a consultant. You, your consultants and the results of your relationships will all be the better for the practical, insightful framework Penelope has put together here. And the scope of it is impressive, covering fundraising, marketing, governance, management and even international consulting. Say goodbye to the confusion that has typically surrounded this whole arena. Should you hire a consultant? You'll know after reading this great contribution to the field. Nothing like it has ever been compiled before."

Dan Pallotta, Author, Uncharitable

"I started consulting to nonprofits back in the 1980's. If only I had this very useful book back then! It is filled with valuable insights and how-tos--a terrific resource for the field."

Beth Kanter, Author, Beth's Blog and Co-Author, The Networked Nonprofit

"I often hear from career-changing marketing, operations, and management professionals from the corporate world who are interested in consulting for the "good guys"--nonprofits--as they seek more meaning in their own lives and careers. I will direct every one of them to Nonprofit Consulting Essentials for a real-world assessment of both the benefits and potential pitfalls of becoming a nonprofit consultant. While some corporate skills are transferable, the nonprofit sector has its own unique rewards and challenges, which Penelope Cagney describes well in this book."

Kivi Leroux Miller, Nonprofit board member, consultant, and author of The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause