Long-time associate and senior advisor to The Cagney Company from January 2015 to April 2022,  James R. Norvell, MBA, Of Counsel, passed away in April. “Jim was a great mentor to me very early on in my career, and remained a steadfast friend and wise advisor over the decades of our friendship. He’ll be very much missed.” says Penelope Cagney. Jim was a career professional in not-for-profit management and fundraising. He founded and served as chairman of a capital campaign consulting company serving a wide range of nonprofits throughout the United States. The company exceeded or met goal in over 93 percent of 40 capital campaigns managed or supervised over 30 years. He specialized in establishing programs that take organizations to substantially higher fundraising and governance levels. Jim served as chairperson of the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (now The Giving Institute) and in that capacity he was a national spokesperson on values, standards and trends in philanthropy. He has published a major text, The Art & Science of Philanthropic Fundraising, (Quantum Press, July 2003) with co-author Tom Reynolds, international expert on marketing strategy and decision-making. Jim received his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and his BS in Business Administration, from Southern Illinois University.


Penelope Cagney and global associates Jon Stettner and Simona Biancu will be speaking on global best practices in governance in the Skystone Partners “On Giving” webinar series on December 13, 2022. Details to come.

Publication News

New book on nonprofit governance

Global Associates Simona Biancu and Alberto Cuttica published “Board in Fila Prima” (Board in the First Row) in September 2020.

The governing bodies of nonprofit organizations often find themselves “in a complicated relationship” with the fundraising activity and with those who manage it. This is a relationship confounded by misunderstandings, unrealized expectations and possible frustrations. Not everyone is always rowing in the same direction of ensuring the sustainability of the organization through full involvement and equal collaboration between those who have the reins of the organization and fundraisers. This book outlines ways in which this complicated relationship can be remade to the good of the organization and the mutual benefit of all.

Book review in June 2020 Nonprofit Quarterly

Read review of “Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards” in the June 2020 issue of the Nonprofit Quarterly  here.

Chinese edition now available

“Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards” has been published in Chinese by the Shanghai University Finance and Economic Press. Buy it here.

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