Fundraising consulting through one-on-ones or group sessions.
- Assess your existing development program and plan using a Development Audit
- Board Training
- Campaign Feasibility Study
- Campaign Counsel
- Crafting New or Review of Existing Development Plans
- Drafting Case Statements, Newsletters, and Solicitations
- Developing or Updating a Planned Giving Program
Consulting may take place in-person, over the phone, or via SKYPE.
State College Community Land Trust
In 2015, a board member introduced me to The State College Community Land Trust (SCCLT). For over 20 years The SCCLT has taken a unique, and very successful, approach to providing affordable housing in State College Borough.
How? The SCCLT purchases and rehabs homes, resells the home, and leases the land. By reducing the overall purchase price, The SCCLT has been able to sell over 35 homes and provide over 50 families and individuals with affordable housing. You can learn more here.
What’s next? The SCCLT had a vision to build a net zero ready house to make home ownership affordable both short and long term. The question? Could The SCCLT launch a successful capital campaign? Through collaboration with volunteers and staff, we provided Board training about campaigns and completed a campaign feasibility study.
Here’s what Peg Hambrick, Chair of GreenBuild, had to say about the study:
Most volunteers for not-for-profits are not fundraising experts. When the State College Community Land Trust needed counsel for the GreenBuild project, Sophie Penny deftly guided us. She is extremely knowledgeable in the art and science of not-for-profit fundraising.”