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Fundraising and Leadership Training

Comments from delegates attending recent seminars and keynote addresses by Penelope Burk

The session, Donor-Centered for Boards, with Penelope Burk was by far the best learning experience I’ve ever had as a board member for any organization. I also bought and read both her books (which is something I rarely do after attending a session) and I have applied so much of her donor-centered philosophy to my work, not only as a board member but as a donor, too.


Robert C. Woodhouse, Jr., Trustee,
Saint Mary’s Foundation, Grand Rapids, MI

Penelope Burk is a phenomenal presenter for two reasons: first, her casual and engaging style draws participants in and makes the subject matter easy to understand with real-life examples and an “I know what it’s like” connection to those in the room; second, her data is extensive and compelling, and it gives fundraisers real-life tools that they can use to begin shifting from a traditional dollar-centered approach to a more dependable and lucrative donor-centered approach.

Elizabeth Brunner
Habitat for Humanity International

Penelope’s keynote address and her break-out session yesterday were the highlights of the conference for me.  She shared such relevant and immediately-applicable information.  What an inspiration she is—in speaking, in writing, and (most important) one-on-one.

Karen H. Crane, Director of Development
University of Jamestown

I congratulate Penelope for her presentation at the AFP International Conference. She is a truly dynamic performer and speaker who shares her vision with humor and energy. Listening to her makes me want to commit more to my work; and she increases my dedication to philanthropy.


Elsa Desjardins, Director Events and Fundraising Projects
Montreal Heart Institute Foundation

Penelope is the most knowledgeable and interesting speaker I have ever heard in my nearly twenty years in the business.


Kelly Millington
Vice President of Financial Development
YMCA of Greater St Louis and YMCA of Southwest Illinois

Penelope is a rock star for fundraisers. Always entertaining; always provocative. She has transformed how we see our donors and how we do our work in fundamental ways.


Laura Breeze, President
AFP Southwest Florida Chapter