Alexandra Pia Brovey has been a full-time fundraiser and charitable gift planner for almost two decades and an estate planning attorney for twenty-five years. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990 with a BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Georgetown University Law Center in 1993 with a JD; and University of Miami School of Law in 1995 with an LLM in Estate Planning.

Alex is the author of the three-book Zen and the Art of Fundraising:

Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 Pillars of Success (2018, CharityChannel Press).

Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 More Pillars of Success (2018, CharityChannel Press).

Zen and the Art of Fundraising: The Pillars in Practice (2019, CharityChannel Press).

After practicing law full-time for six years, Alex joined Penn State as a planned giving officer where she worked for five years, visiting with alumni and friends around the country and partnering with colleagues across Pennsylvania. After relocating to New York, Alex worked as Senior Director, Planned and Major Gifts at Pace University and later as Senior Director, Planned Giving at Stony Brook Foundation, before joining Northwell Health Foundation in 2008 as Senior Director, Gift Planning. She currently leads a team that supports twenty-three hospitals, a world-renown research institute and a medical school in the greater New York City metropolitan area.

Alex is a leader in the gift planning community. She joined the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council before cofounding the Central Pennsylvania Planned Giving Council and serving as Vice President. Upon relocating to New York, Alex joined the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York, serving in a multitude of leadership roles, culminating in her current roles as President Emeritus and mentor. She is an officer and member of the Charitable Estate Planning Council (Long Island, NY) and a member of the Nassau County (New York) Estate Planning Council.

At the national level, Alex served as a cotrustee of the Legal Advocacy Fund of the American Association of University Women, after serving as Vice President, Membership for the State College, Pennsylvania branch. She served as a board member and treasurer of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and is currently serving a two-year term as chair of the Leadership Institute.

Alex enjoys speaking around the country on a variety of legal and philanthropic topics. She has been quoted in Newsday and has had articles published in Trusts and Estates, Planned Giving Today, Charitable Gift Planning News, Fundraising Success Advisor, and the Journal of Gift Planning.

Alex earned a black belt in Shotokan karate in 2015. She is a proud Penn State Lifetime Alumni Association Member and serves as a career coach. Alex has interviewed prospective law students for Georgetown Law for over a decade. She coached junior soccer for five seasons, and enjoys visiting national parks, reading, and solving puzzles.

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Zen and the Art of Mentoring

Ten years ago I was asked to be a mentor. Although it was my first time, I felt I was ready. I had more than a decade of experience as a gift planner plus more than five years of experience as an attorney. My mentee had a few years of experience and clearly thought that I qualified. Looking back now, I realize two things. First, I know significantly more now than I did ten years ago when I voluntarily accepted that role. Second, I’m not done learning.

Zen and the Art of Fundraising: Being in the Moment

Some moments with donors are forever imprinted on our minds. I visited with donors in the greater Washington, DC area on September 11, 2001, when the terrorists struck. I can close my eyes and recall the scene as if it were last week...