CMH Foundation Executive Director Cowden appointed to ‘Supercharge Charity’

Penny Cowden appointed to NANOE’s 2018 Board of Governors

Philanthropic giving to give the greatest gift of all, health.

Penny Cowden, Executive Director of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation

Washington D.C. – 08/22/2017 –The National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Penny Cowden to NANOE’s prestigious 2018 Board of Governors.

Cowden has been called upon to refine, improve, and strengthen New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit (Second Edition) a new set of governing guidelines that supercharge nonprofit capacity-building.

NANOE National Director, Tracy Ebarb, shared, “Penny has joined a working group that will peer-review a new set of capacity-building guidelines rooted in principles of moral agency, stewardship, freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly, ethical practice, and transparency that supercharge charity. Penny is one of society’s guardians who use their expertise to ensure everyone experiences a life worth living.”

NANOE’s Nominations Committee was co-chaired by Bishop Redfern II, Charlotte Berry, Kathleen Robinson & Tracy Ebarb. Nominees were suggested by members of AFP, CFRE, AHP, ASAE, CASE, United Way, National Development Institute, Nonprofit Associations, Industry Associations, and other local and national leaders.

Cowden is the executive director of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation, in Astoria, Oregon. She began her career at Weyerhaeuser Company in marketing, communications and business development where she worked throughout the Northwest until transitioning to healthcare philanthropy in 1993. She has specialized in healthcare philanthropy for over twenty years holding executive positions at major health systems and institutions in Washington, Colorado, Virginia and Arizona.

NANOE is the nation’s only unifying legislative body comprised of Governors nominated from all 50 United States who oversee the codification of guidelines that govern sound charitable practice.