Evolving Roles: Maximizing the Value of Volunteer Engagement


Program Description:
The days of envelope-stuffing parties are long gone. Today’s volunteers provide our organizations with powerful opportunities for extending our engagement and fundraising well beyond what staff along can accomplish. This session will address how to work effectively with volunteers in a variety of roles, whether you are part of a large staff or a one-person office. You will take away tools for evaluating your current volunteer engagement and building new ones.

The major areas we will explore are:
Appropriate roles for volunteers
Recruiting and retaining effective volunteers
Volunteer management
Positioning your volunteers to succeed
Handling common challenges

Speaker Bio:
Penelepe C. Hunt
Senior Consultant & Principal

Penelepe joined Marts & Lundy in 2013 after 28 years as an advancement professional. She came to the firm from her position as Vice Chancellor for Development at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). While at UIC, Penelepe led the fundraising programs of 17 schools and units, including an academic medical center and hospital. Penelepe’s tenure at UIC spanned nine years, from 2004 to 2013, during which time she led a $650 million comprehensive campaign. The campaign ultimately exceeded its goal by $26 million.

Prior to her move to UIC, Penelepe served as Associate Vice President and Campaign Director for Northwestern University. She began her time at Northwestern as Director of Annual Giving, and after several years became director of a $60 million scholarship endowment campaign. In her final position at Northwestern, she managed the development programs of seven units and designed and led a successful $1.5 billion campaign.

A frequent faculty member for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Penelepe created and chaired the national conference, Advanced Development for Deans, and was chair of the 2012 CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders. Her book, Development for Academic Leaders, a Practical Guide to Fundraising Success, was published in 2012.

Program Agenda:
Registration and Networking: 11:30AM
Luncheon Presentation: 12:00PM – 1:30PM

This program is accredited for 1.5 hours by CFRE and appropriate for all planned giving professional levels.

PGFGS hereby establishes the policy that attendance will be paid in advance by credit card. For attendees who want to pay by check, checks will need to be received one week before the event in order for them to be considered registered.

Make checks payable to PGFGS. Mail to: Raquel Altavilla, 1130 Iron Point Rd # 100, Folsom, CA 95630.

You may cancel your registration and receive a partial refund minus a $5 processing fee by 5pm, Tuesday, September 18.


  • When

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Where

  • KVIE - Community Room
    2030 W. El Camino Avenue
    Sacramento, California 95833

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