Philanthropy, Fundraising,
Governance, Strategy

We have helped organizations increase their fundraising capacity exponentially, develop strong and diverse governance, and advance their missions through skillful facilitation of strategic planning.

"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

Director, Arizona State University (ASU) Art Museum

“I highly recommend Penelope Cagney as a talented professional to lead groups and organizations that need funding to achieve significant financial support for their projects.”

Bishop William W. Dew, Jr.

The United Methodist Church, Desert Southwest Conference

“Penelope Cagney provided us with focus, purpose and depth and breadth of expertise. Because of her, we avoided making many serious mistakes that would have seriously deterred us from our goal. Because of her we made many right choices that have raised millions of dollars for us and exponentially increased our donor base.”

Joseph Ptacek

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

“Over a period of several months Penelope Cagney worked effectively with our board and senior staff to assess our current situation, engage in frank and constructive discussion about future direction, and develop an ambitious plan which is already moving us closer to realizing our vision. We are confident that the plan will provide an accurate roadmap for the next few years and we feel fortunate to have had Penelope as our strategic planning facilitator. I highly recommend her.”

Richard Kasper

President and Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix

“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 and Former Cultural Program Officer, US Embassy, Cairo, Egypt

“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

“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

”…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, CEO and President, Beatitudes Campus, Phoenix, AZ “…we were extremely lucky to have Penelope as our consultant for strategic and development planning. She went WAY beyond the parameters of the job, was easy to work with, extremely thorough, patient and knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone and wouldn’t hesitate to use her again…”

Chris Rhodes

Managing Director, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Mesa, AZ

“We are really pleased with how the board retreat went. The planning process was so organized and efficient. The time you took to dig into all of the necessary information in order to customize the retreat to our organization was impressive. It helped to create an agenda tailored to exactly what we wanted.”

SUSIE FOWLS

Board Chair, Ballet Arizona

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