“No organization is stronger than the quality of its leadership…”

– Edgar Powell

Penny Cowden


Penny is President of Philanthropy212°—a consulting practice that focuses on building development programs that produce results.

Penny has specialized in not-for-profit philanthropy for twenty-five years holding executive level positions at major health systems and institutions in Washington, Colorado, Virginia and Arizona.

She 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 and hosted representatives from the United States, Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Italy and Mexico.

She has provided consultation and creative services to not-for-profit organizations in California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Consulting specialty areas include strategic planning, comprehensive resource development, capital campaigns, donor recognition systems, planned giving, moves management, coaching, operational procedures/policies and philanthropic marketing and communications.

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).

She has received numerous awards for community service and is a member of the National Chamber of Commerce, the Public Relations Society of America, The National Association of Not-for-Profit Executives and Organizations (Board Member), the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, The National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (Board member), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


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