Chris Sar, CFRE, joins The Cagney Company as Senior Associate

Chris is President & Founder of Cascalote Philanthropic Consulting, has over 20 years of experience.  He has worked in all areas of fundraising including: planned giving, prospect research, constituent management, data screening and analysis, grant writing, annual giving, major gifts and capital campaigns. Chris was Director of Planned Giving at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation for four years, having also served as Director of Prospect Management and Annual Giving and Research Director with the Hospital for over 10 years.

A fifth generation Arizonan, Chris also holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in intercultural communication and political science, as well as a master’s degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Chris is Chapter President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)–Greater Arizona Chapter, and has been active with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), APRA–the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (past Arizona Chapter President), Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona, and the Woodmark Group of children’s hospitals. In addition, Chris has written articles and presented at local and national conferences on topics including planned gift recording and management, prospect research methodology, the future of grateful patient fundraising programs and fundraising ethics.

When Chris is not spending time with his wife, three children, four rescue dogs, cat, chickens, geckos, hamsters, fish, and assorted foster pets, he is also active with many community groups.

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.

Wish Fund Committee for Make-A-Wish International, fulfilling the wishes of sick children in more than 50 countries.

2018 Publication News

Penelope Cagney is teaming up with BoardSource and John Wiley and Sons, largest academic publisher in the world, and a host of governance experts from around the world, to produce “Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards.” Her other Wiley books: “Nonprofit Consulting Essentials” with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management through the Jossey-Bass imprint in 2010 and co-editing of the multi-award winning “Global Fundraising” with AFP International in 2013.  BoardSource envisions a world where every social sector organization has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and advance the public good. Publication is anticipated for mid-2018.

Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy” (AFP International/Wiley 2013), co-edited by Penelope Cagney, has been licensed by Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Press. The Chinese edition will be available in June 2018. The book was awarded the prestigious 2015 AFP Skystone Ryan Award in Research and the Choice Award – Best Books of 2015.