Donor Centred Fundraising & If Only I Had Time


Event Info


Penelope Burk
President, Cygnus Applied Research, Inc.
​Author, Donor-Centered Fundraising and Donor-Centered Leadership

is coming to Woodstock on May 31st!

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 are all designed by Penelope herself, meaning that every participant- whether professional or volunteer, whether working in fundraising, marketing or management – will feel Penelope is speaking directly to him or her. No one knows donors better than Penelope and her insight, her passion for donors, and her dedication to helping fundraisers is evident in every session. 

(Note: The 2017 Burk Donor Survey included pertinent questions about donor-advised funds, which will be revealed in this session.)

Donor Centered Fundraising
how to hold onto your donors and raise much more money
Donor-Centered Fundraising is Penelope’s breakthrough strategy that sustains donor loyalty and raises more generous gifts by bringing fundraising in line with donors’ modern-day requirements. Defined by a decade of research with thousands of donors and fundraisers, Donor-Centered Fundraising is the only statistically- supported fundraising philosophy with the power to bring donors and not-for-profits together to achieve substantial growth.

If I Only Had the Time


What can relationship fundraisers actually accomplish in a 40-hour week? According to Penelope Burk, much more than they currently do!

In If I Only Had the Time, Penelope presents compelling findings from five years of research with professional fundraisers, CEOs, Board Members and donors on what it takes to build a high performance fundraising team.

“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 waaaaaaay over a '10”

“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!”

To register, click here.




31 May, 9:00am to 31 May, 12:30pm


Quality Hotel & Suites
580 Bruin Blvd
Woodstock,  Ontario  N4V 1E5 Canada