Philanthropy, Fundraising, Governance & Strategy

We believe that every nonprofit has genius potential and that’s where The Cagney Company comes in. We help to harness your organization’s inherent creative energy and sense of purpose to overcome obstacles and make quantum leaps forward. For more than 17 years, The Cagney Company has helped nonprofit entities realize their potential and create bright futures through exceptional governance, fundraising, marketing, planning, facilitation and coaching services.    

 “The Cagney Company provided the Mesa Arts Center Foundation with an in-depth assessment of our Board of Directors and facilitated a useful and lively retreat to capitalize on the findings of the assessment. The entire process has served as a catalyst to raise our already active board’s performance to even greater heights. I recommend them without hesitation to any board seeking to move from good to great.”

Michael Elliott

Chair, Mesa Arts Center Foundation, AZ

”…thoughtful insights proved beneficial time and again as we’ve undertaken building a comprehensive development program at the new Musical Instrument Museum.”

Christopher J. Bell

Vice President for External Affairs , Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ

"Penelope Cagney helped us move from novice to proficient in capital campaign design and implementation. She guided the development of the infrastructure and disciplines necessary to execute our first campaign, and we're delighted to have retained her again to help us move our growing foundation forward."

Margaret "Peggy" Mullan

Ret'd CEO, Beatitudes Campus

"Arizona State University Foundation engaged The Cagney Company to conduct a philanthropic planning study for the Arizona State University Art Museum. Though this philanthropic planning study, the Museum identified a $2,500,000 challenge gift, the first seven-figure gift in the Museum’s 50-year history, as well as other potentially significant gifts. The study proved an accurate and insightful map for a successful $5,000,000 campaign."

Gordon Knox

Executive Director, ASU Art Museum

"Penelope is a seasoned professional, and our result is the most comprehensive and thoughtful integrated development plan in the Council’s history. Penelope Cagney is a delight to work with, and the Arizona Humanities Council will be a stronger organization as a result of our collaboration."

Thomas Wilson

Chair, Arizona Humanities Council

“Consultant Penelope Cagney provided us with an insightful and sensitive assessment of The National Cultural Centre (Cairo Opera House) as well as a useful consultation with American University on our need for arts management education. I recommend her as a highly intelligent, capable and resourceful advisor.”

Nimet Naguib

Consultant & Former Cultural Program Officer, US Embassy, Cairo, Egypt

"Penelope Cagney provided us with focus, purpose and depth and breadth of experience. Because of her, we avoided making many serous mistakes that have seriously deterred us from our goal. Because of her, we made many right choices that have resulted in many millions of dollars for us and exponentially increased our donor base."

Joseph Ptacek

National Vice President for Resource Development, Mercy Housing, Inc., Denver, CO

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