Sophie W. Penney, PhD is the founder and President of i5 Fundraising and is the Senior Program Coordinator and a Lecturer for Penn State’s all online Certificate Program in Fundraising Leadership.

She has nearly twenty years of experience as a front-line fund fundraiser or development director, with a substantial track record of success with major, planned, corporate and foundation, and capital campaign gifts. She regularly collaborates with nonprofit and university leadership to plan and implement campaigns ranging from $1 million to $80 million dollar goals.

She also serves as a coach to staff members and individuals seeking to launch or advance their careers in fundraising.

Dr. Penney is a frequent workshop facilitator and author of numerous articles in Advancing Philanthropy published by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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Existential Dread and Planned Giving. Whaaaat?

What role can a planned giving or fundraising professional play as elders engage in their life review? The best professionals invite prospective donors to connect their values and what has given their lives meaning to their philanthropic planning.