Central Penn Instructor Deb Donahue Receives Prestigious Philanthropy Award

Adjunct Business Instructor Deb Donahue received the Karen F. Snider Women in Philanthropy Award at a virtual ceremony on Friday, Oct. 23. This award––sponsored by The Fund for Women and Girls––honors women who make significant contributions and quality of life improvements to women and families in the local community through philanthropic activity. 

“It is humbling even to be considered for this award, let alone receive it. I am deeply grateful to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said the Camp Hill resident.  

Donahue has a long and distinguished career in the nonprofit sector. Currently, she serves on the board of three local nonprofits: 

OrganizationPositionMember Since
Randi’s House of AngelsVice Chair, Board of Directors2011 
Harrisburg Area Riverboat SocietyChair of the Board of Directors2015
Dauphin Co. CASA*Steering Committee member2018

Previously, she served as the executive director for Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties, from 1998 to 2011.  

“I believe in giving back,” said Donahue, who holds a juris doctorate from Widener University School of Law; an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and a BA in psychology from Elizabethtown College. 

“I feel grateful that I’m in a position to help others in our community… those who may be in crisis or who may be disadvantaged in some way,” said Donahue who has been an instructor at Central Penn College since 2016.  

She views teaching as another way of giving back. “I am able to assist young people, educating them not only in the classroom but also connecting them to internship and job opportunities outside the classroom,” said Donahue.  

The Karen F. Snider Women in Philanthropy Award is sponsored by The Fund for Women and Girls, a special initiative of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. 

*Acronym stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocate.