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Founder and President, i5 Fundraising
Senior Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Penn State University

Sophie W. Penney, Ph.D. is the founder and President of i5 Fundraising. She is also the Senior Program Coordinator and a Lecturer for Penn State fundraising leadership programs.

Sophie is a dynamic development leader with extensive expertise in building strategic fundraising initiatives within higher education and non-profit sectors. She is able to capitalize on the strengths of fellow professionals to identify, cultivate, steward, and solicit prospects, steward donors, and drive effective outcomes. She possesses exceptional skill in developing partnership alliances to advance organizational vision.

Sophie is the author or co-author of numerous books, articles, and reports including: Dollars for Dreams: Student Affairs Staff as Fundraisers (NASPA 2001) and Student Affairs Fundraising: Raising Funds to Raise the Bar (NASPA, 2019). She is a sought-after facilitator, teacher, and coach for aspiring and current fundraising professionals.

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