SPWC Panelist: Jenny Convey, Giving Tree Associates

Jenny Convey, Giving Tree Associates

Jenny Convey is a panelist on Panel 5: Fundraising: Events, Grants, Solicitations

Jenny is a Senior Associate Consultant with Giving Tree Associates.

Having spent her entire career in the nonprofit community, Jenny brings a wealth of knowledge across many sectors to her work, including disease prevention, performing arts, political advocacy and grantmaking. As a non-profit consultant, she works closely with her clients to create and sustain successful fundraising campaigns, organizational operations, board development, events and more. Prior to becoming to joining Giving Tree Associates consulting firm in 2016, Jenny worked in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Washington National Opera and subsequently as the development officer at The Constitution Project, a prominent bipartisan think tank. 

Jenny is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she earned a degree in classical studies and history, chaired Relay For Life – a major American Cancer Society fundraiser – and was president of the women’s club soccer team. A passionate philanthropic supporter in her personal life, Jenny is the co-chair of the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation’s Next Gen Leaders in Philanthropy Advisory Board & Giving Group, a Next Gen Fellow with Exponent Philanthropy, and a member of the Chicago chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. She also serves on the board of trustees of The Donley Foundation, which funds education and literacy initiatives, and is currently a Master’s candidate in the Philanthropic Studies program at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

An athlete growing up (track, soccer), Jenny was born into a family of die-hard sports nuts (her dad was a sports reporter) and Cubs fans, so it’s no coincidence that she moved back to her native Chicagoland just in time to see the North Siders finally win the World Series – she even attended the fabled Game 7 victory in Cleveland. She also married into a sports family: she met her husband on the soccer field, and her brother-in-law recently retired after a stellar 16-year career in professional soccer in the U.S. and abroad. Jenny lives in Oak Park, IL, where she and her husband used to love to spend time running, visiting the local farmers’ market, and binging on the latest HBO and Netflix shows: that is, until their new baby boy joined the family earlier this year and had other plans for mom and dad’s free time (but they wouldn’t have it any other way!).

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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