PANO is the statewide membership organization serving the community benefit sector through advocacy, education, and support to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania.


PANO amplifies the impact of the community benefit sector through advocacy, collaboration, learning, and support.


PANO envisions vibrant, thriving communities where people reach their fullest potential.

Our Values

Collaboration: We work as a team, internally and externally.
Courage: We try new things boldly—viewing “failures” as learning opportunities.
Curiosity: We ask good questions and listen well.
Equity and Inclusion: We seek to engage all people and organizations in our work.
Impact: We focus on results that matter.
Integrity: We build trust by doing what we say we’ll do.
Responsiveness and Flexibility: We meet people where they are.
Vision-Focused Decision Making: We start decision making with the end goal in mind.

What We Do


PANO provides educational opportunities designed to equip nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers. We offer trainings in a variety of formats to help nonprofit professionals improve their impact, gather as a sector, exchange ideas, and learn about current issues.

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PANO offers consulting services to help organizations meet challenges, support their growth, and take their organization to the next level. Whether you need some to facilitate a board retreat or lead strategic planning, our group of experienced consultants are ready for any project.

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Nonprofits are social and economic drivers, making up 15% of Pennsylvania’s workforce and serving millions of Pennsylvanians. PANO advocates on public policy issues that impact the nonprofit sector. We serve as a unified voice for the nonprofit community to influence policies and mobilize organizations as advocates around the state.

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Our History

PANO was formed in July 1984 as the Delaware Valley Council of Agencies. Between 1992 and 1995, PANO was renamed and reorganized as a statewide nonprofit advocacy association. Since then, PANO has supported organizations through training, consulting, and advocacy. In 2001, we began offering the Standards for Excellence program. In 2014, PANO traveled around Pennsylvania to learn the strengths and needs of nonprofits. Based on what we heard, we tailored our work to better walk alongside community benefit organizations.

Meet Our Staff

Kyla Alvarez

Manager of Development and Membership

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Casey Colsher, BSW

Administrative Coordinator

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Anne L. Gingerich, MSW

Executive Director

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Keevan Merryman

Student Intern

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Tish Mogan

Standards for Excellence Director

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Christina Spadaro

Director of Learning and Education

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Meet the Board

Officers 2019

Beth Docherty President

The TRUST Project

Allison Park

Term expires 2022

Ifeoma Aduba Vice President

The Mudita Collective


Term expires 2020

Gregory L. Lindemuth, CPA Treasurer

Community Progress Council


Term expires 2020

Bonnie L. Johnson, CPA, MBA Secretary

J. Miller & Associates, LLC


Term expires 2021


Mark Aurand

Greater Good, LLC


Term expires 2021

Dawn Cumpston

3C- Compensation Consulting Consortium, LLC


Term expires 2021

Michelle Heck

Nonprofit Talent, LLC


Term expires 2021

Nancy Knoebel

Easter Seals Eastern PA


Term expires 2021

Phil Koch

Community Foundation of Westmoreland County


Term expires 2022

Milena Oberti-Lanz

Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County

West Chester

Term expires 2022

Sandra Lutz


Term expires 2020

Angus Murray

Kinney Center for Autism at Saint Joseph’s University

Term expires 2020

Tolulope ‘Tolu’ Omodara

National Bank of Ethiopia

King of Prussia

Term expires 2021

Deborah Rohrer

Deborah Rohrer, LLC


Term expires 2019

Joyce Santiago

York Area Housing Group


Term expires 2021

Jeanne Troy

Term expires 2021

Liz Wagenseller

Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General


Term expires 2021

Emeritus Committee

Janice Anderson, Esq. Chair


Douglas L. Berman, CPA


Michael Cherewka, Esq.

Law Offices of Michael Cherewka


Joe Geiger, CAE

First Nonprofit Foundation


Lowman Henry

Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research


Charles L. Huston, III

The Huston Foundation


Don W. Kramer, Esq.

Montgomery McCracken


James Kroh

R.H. Sheppard Co., Inc.


Lisa Ritter, CPA, CFE

Maher Duessel CPAs