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Penelope Burk

President, Cygnus Applied Research, Inc.
Author, Donor-Centered Fundraising and Donor-Centered Leadership
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Penelope Burk’s keynote speeches and training sessions are legendary in the fundraising industry. She is known for her clarity and humor and for tailoring every address to the needs of the audience in front of her.

Cygnus’ vast repository of research themes and studies, all designed by Penelope herself, mean that every delegate - whether professional or volunteer, whether working in fundraising, marketing or management - feels that Penelope is speaking directly to him or her. No one knows donors better than she and her insight, her passion for donors, and her dedication to helping fundraisers become even more successful is evident in every session.

Penelope Burk, was THE best speaker that I’ve heard in several years...and she was also among the top 10 in my long and varied history as an audience member who has listened to many, many speakers. The content of her talk was specific, interesting, and compelling; her presentation style was entertaining and the organization of her material was superior. As well, her personality really connected her to the delegates in the room. In short, this program was wasaaaaaay over a '10.'

Angie Hein, attendee at Hot Topics in Philanthropy

Penelope is the only presenter with empirical data and her information blows the lid off our preconceived ideas about how we can fundraise successfully.

Sue Myers, Director of Donor Relations
University of Colorado Foundation

Penelope Burk is a dynamic speaker. I enjoyed this seminar very much and learned more about what donors want in one day than in the five years I have worked in development – awesome!

Teresa Welborn, Director of Development
Metro Atlanta YMCA

After 10 years of attending conferences and seminars, I had no idea that research of this magnitude existed. I’ll be looking to Penelope Burk and Cygnus Applied Research for new ideas in the years to come.

Melissa Dardinger, AVP of Communication
Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation