Penelope Cagney and Lynda Williams will speak on “Global Best Practices for Nonprofit Governance and Strategic Planning” at noon on Thursday, November 1, at Lovitt & Touche’s Nonprofit Learning Academy. Registration for free this free even (lunch included) here.


See August 23, 2018, post “Global Quest for Exceptional Governance” by Penelope Cagney in BoardSource blog.

Lynda Williams joins The Cagney Company as Senior Consultant

Lynda Williams, Senior Consultant, worked for over a decade in the nonprofit sector before joining the consulting firm, BMGI, where she provided executive-level consulting to organizations implementing strategy, innovation, and process improvement initiatives. While working at BMGI, Lynda moved with her family to New Delhi, India, where they lived for eight years. There, she focused on supporting the organization’s most complex multinational clients and served as Managing Director for Asia Pacific. In total, she worked with over 150 clients in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Before joining BMGI, Lynda was the Executive Director of the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association (ITPA), a nonprofit organization of 24,000 volunteers dedicated to serving their communities on behalf of their companies. Working with a national board of directors, Lynda helped the organization create and execute a new strategy that resulted in a 50 percent increase in both corporate and program revenue. She also oversaw the work of the organization’s two foundations – the ITPA Charitable Foundation and the ITPA Historical Foundation.

At the American Cancer Society, Lynda held management and fundraising positions in both Arizona and Maryland. In Maryland, she was responsible for implementing the volunteer component of the organization’s strategic plan. In Arizona, she oversaw the fundraising function and staff for Maricopa County. She personally trained over 500 volunteers annually.

Lynda is certified in Hoshin Planning facilitation (Lean Methods Group) and Change Management (Prosci). She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (BMGI) and has a certificate in Global Leadership (Thunderbird School of Global Management). She holds an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and BS in Arts Management from Northern Arizona University.

An Arizona native, Lynda lives in Mesa with her husband and three children. She is passionate about the arts and enjoys traveling with her family.

Penelope Cagney served on the Oversight Committee for the review of the International Statement of Fundraising Principals. The Committee, comprised of leaders from fundraising associations around the world and select other sector leaders, met in London in July 2018 for the International Fundraising Summit to finalize the revision of the Statement and to discuss other matters of mutual interest. The Summit was hosted by the UK’s Institute of Fundraisers in conjunction with their annual conference. The Statement was last updated in 2016, and in light of many changes in the fundraising environment (new technologies and regulations), a review of the document as imperative. As part of the summit, delegates from 24 fundraising associations ratified what has been called an outline of shared “ethical approach for fundraisers, wherever they work” and “centres on shared principles for fundraising, which are rooted in honesty, respect, integrity, transparency and responsibility” The Cagney Company subscribes to the Statement.


Toronto and Milan-based Pixel Palette Inc partners with The Cagney Company to offer innovative and effective story-telling

Award-winning Pixel Palette Inc is a Film Production Company founded in 2004 by director and producer Vikram Dasgupta. They provide Documentary, Film and Video production services from conception to actualization, with whatever means the subject demands. Pixel Palette act as a creative boutique and collaborates with clients and artists to instrument storytelling across multiple platforms. Their expertise ranges from live-action to motion design & from animation to visual effects. Their primary goal is to humanize organizations, artists and individuals by telling their stories and making them more accessible to a wider audience. Among their nonprofit clients are Dogma (India), Reel/World Film Festival, Plan Canada, Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sports, Canada National Ballet and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A sampling of their work in arts and culture:


Penelope Cagney named one of the Top 6 Fundraising Experts in America by Philanthropy Media.

Penelope Cagney – Recent Appointments

Board of Directors – 2018/2019 AFP International Foundation for Philanthropy. Since 1960, AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s 33,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. She also serves on the Wish Fund Committee for Make-A-Wish International, fulfilling the wishes of sick children in more than 50 countries.

Publication News – First Books on Fundraising & Governance in China

The Chinese language version of “Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards” will be published by Shanghai University of Finance and Economic Press in 2019. Penelope Cagney teamed up with BoardSource and John Wiley and Sons, largest academic publisher in the world, to produce the book. Her other Wiley  publications: “Nonprofit Consulting Essentials” with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and co-editing of the multi-award winning “Global Fundraising” with AFP International.The Chinese language version of “Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy.” co-edited by Penelope Cagney, was released in June 2018 by Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Press. The publisher will be hosting a conference in late 2018 about modern philanthropy at the Shanghai Book Fair. “Global Fundraising” is one of their 10 recommended books for the Fair this year.