Penny Cowden, MPA, CFRE, FAHP

Penny Cowden


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Specialist Expertise
  • Strategic Planning
  • Philanthropic Marketing and Communications
Penny has extensive experience as both a non-profit leader and boots on the ground fundraiser. Penny began her career at Weyerhaeuser Company, a Fortune 500 Forest Products company operating in eighteen countries, in marketing, communications, and business development. She developed communication and marketing strategies for the research and development division as well as organizing national and international conferences for fire and forest products professionals, hosting representatives from the United States, Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Italy and Mexico.

Penny has specialized in healthcare philanthropy for over twenty years holding senior level positions at major health systems and institutions in Washington, Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, Arizona, and Oregon. She is experienced in annual, major and planned giving, board/donor engagement, capital campaigns, foundation operations, moves management, policy development, and staff development.

Currently, Penny is the president of Philanthropy212º - a consulting practice that focuses on integrated strategic planning for building sustaining, comprehensive development programs that take organizations to the next level of transformational philanthropy.

Penny has consulted with numerous not-for-profit organizations including United Way, Rotary, Hospice, Habitat for Humanity as well as several smaller, community based organizations. She provides consultation and creative services to healthcare organizations in California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana and New Mexico.  She currently serves on the board of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) and the National Association of Not-for-profit Organizations and Executives (NANOE).

Penny earned her Bachelor’s from Portland State University and Masters Degree from Washington State University. She holds the CFRE designation and has earned advanced certification as a Fellow in the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP).