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PMA’s Penny Hawkins Joins Charlotte as Senior Director of Development - Strategic Planning & Gifts

September 2021

PMA Senior Consultant Penny Hawkins has joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as the Senior Director of Development - Strategic Planning & Gifts, beginning September 7, 2021. In this role, Penny will be responsible for managing the processes, metrics, and reporting that will lead to successful fundraising and capital campaign planning. She will also manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors. 

"Penny has been a fantastic colleague and a wonderful resource to dozens of nonprofit leaders on behalf of our firm over the last four years," noted PMA President Patton McDowell. "She will be a great asset to Charlotte's Development team, as she's skilled in all aspects of philanthropy and brings both strategic vision to fundraising as well as tactical expertise. We will miss her, but look forward to following her continuing career successes."

Penny joined PMA in 2018, and has worked closely with dozens of organizations in every nonprofit sector.  "She not only managed projects, but helped strengthen the firm's tools and processes to better support our leadership coaching, strategic planning, fundraising and search advisory services," noted McDowell.  Penny was a two-time guest on the Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership podcast, sharing her wisdom on episode #3 Maximizing the Talent of Women in the Nonprofit Sector and episode #69 National Philanthropy Day: 3 Lessons for Every Nonprofit Leader.  She also shared more about her nonprofit leadership journey in one of our team member spotlights in July, 2021. 

The PMA team would like to thank Penny for her dedication to the firm, its nonprofit clients and the philanthropic community in general.  She is also a local and national leader of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has been honored as a recipient of the 50 Most Influential Women Award from The Mecklenburg Times.