Office

The Helen and Joseph Klausman Center for Advancement
317 Choate Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14220

 

Biography

Pamela Say-Witter is a nationally published author, higher education administrator, and small business owner. As VP for Development and Community Engagement at Trocaire, she serves on the college’s executive team and oversees departments including fundraising, marketing and communications, alumni relations, grants, and community and government relations. In her two decades-long career, she has been a key contributor and team leader on projects that raised millions of dollars for non-profit missions, including Trocaire’s most recent win – a $1.8 million federal HRSA grant. She has worked on and led myriad annual, capital and endowment campaigns, some of which are highlighted in her third nationally published book Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue, released by Charity Channel Press in 2017. Pam is the president of a niche consulting company called Seed Planters in which she provides training, workshops and limited consulting in fundraising, marketing, leadership and strategic planning.

 

Education

Certificate of Achievement, Developing Major Gifts, Lilly School of Philanthropy, Indiana University, IN, 2017

MBA, Empire State College, NY, 2016
Final Strategic Plan 100%, Final Presentation 100%, Graduation Speaker

Certificate of Completion, Leadership Buffalo Experience Buffalo Program, NY, 2014

Certificate of Completion, Leadership Cattaraugus, NY 2006

BA, Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Bonaventure University, NY, 2001
Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society

Certificate in Information Processing and Programming, BOCES, NY 1994

 

Professional Experience

Vice President for Development and Community Engagement
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY, 2014-Present

President
Seed Planters, Glenwood, NY, 2013-Present

Chairwoman
Leadership Allegany, Allegany County, NY, 2009-2014

Executive Director of Development, Director of Development, Director of Stewardship and Constituent Relations
Houghton College, Houghton, NY, 2008-2014

Development Manager
HomeCare & Hospice Foundation, Olean, NY, 2006-2008

Event Management Coordinator
St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY, 2005-2006

Agency Relations and Staff Development Coordinator
HomeCare & Hospice, Olean, NY, 2002-2004

 

Teaching Experience

Faculty, CASE Management Institute, miscellaneous online courses in leadership

Faculty, The Asking Academy, Tulsa, OK

University 101, St. Bonaventure University, NY

Writing for Fundraising, Houghton College, NY

Leader in Residence, William C. Foster ’62 Center for Responsible Leadership, St. Bonaventure University, NY

Trainer, Management from a Leadership Lens, ACCORD Corporation Management Training Program, Belmont, NY

 

Publications

Interviewed, Fixing the College Fundraising Crunch (The Chronicle of Philanthropy), 2018

Author, More Than Normal But Believable (Advancing Philanthropy Magazine), 2018

Author, Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue (Charity Channel Press), 2017

Author, Chuck and Spark Explore the Park (Tate Publishing), 2014

Novel, Hope Rising (Tate Publishing), 2013

Blogger, www.BeASeedPlanter.com, Ongoing

Blogger, https://ourgraymatter.weebly.com, Ongoing

 

Speaking Engagements

More than Mailers: Two Proven Practices to Grow Your Annual Fund (2018) Nonprofit Day Conference, Erie, PA

Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue (2018) Ruffalo Noel Levitz National Conference, Orlando, FL

Keynote (2018) WNY Leadership Sumit, St. Bonaventure, NY

Keynote: Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue (2017) Leadership Roundtable, LaGrange College, GA

Workshops in Leadership and Fundraising (2017) CASE DII Conference, Washington, D.C.

Writing Executive Quality Appeals, Stewardship Copy and Speeches (2016) Association of Fundraising Professionals of WNY luncheon workshop

Keynote (2016) United Way of Buffalo and Erie County Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Three workshops on fundraising, writing, and leadership (2016) Nonprofit Day 2016: Celebrating Resilience, conference hosted by the NonProfit Partnership in Erie, PA

Leadership: A Seed Planter’s Guide (2015) Cutco Corporation Day-long Management Training Workshop

2-day Transition Planning Workshop for Board and Key Staff (2015) Literacy West, NY, Inc.

Development Planning Workshop for Board and Staff (2015) NeighborWorks Home Resources

Keynote Speaker (2014) Western New York Student Leadership Conference

Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue (2014) Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference in San Antonio, TX

Keynote Speaker (2014) Higher Education Opportunity Program Leadership Conference for all Rochester Area Colleges

Keynote speaker (2013) Alfred State College & Alfred University Dream Week: Celebration of Service

Branding Your Annual Fund and Other Strategies to Increase Revenue (2013) Alfred State College CASE Conference

Leadership workshop for teachers and guidance counselors (2013) Allegany County Youth Leadership Summit

Making Maximum Impact (2013) Allegany County Business Conference – Building Business Leaders of the Southern Tier

Keynote speaker (2013) Allegany County Youth Board Annual Meeting

Keynote Speaker (2013) St. Bonaventure University Freshman Leadership Celebration

Civic Engagement Workshop (2013) Allegany Arc Leadership Team

The Basics of Blogging (2013) American Baptist Women’s Regional Conference

Workshop Presenter (2013-present, annually) Southern Tier Leadership Summit

Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue (2012) Community Foundation Nonprofit Networking Day

Strength Based Leadership Training (2012) Houghton College Staff Cabinet & Human Resources Department

Winning and Utilizing Venture Capital Grants (2011) CASE District II Conference

Board of Directors Development Planning Workshop (2011) Council on Addiction and Recovery Services

Building a Constituent Relations and Stewardship Program (2010) Grove City College Stewardship Conference

Conference Director (2010) Resourced & Ready – Empowering Your Major Gift Team

Various student workshops for seniors (2008-2015) Life After Bona’s, H.E.O.P. Senior Retreat

 

Awards

2016 Athena Young Professional Finalist (Buffalo Niagara Partnership)

2013 Citizen of the Year (Allegany Pamona Grange)

2012 Alumna of the Year (Leadership Cattaraugus)

2012 Outstanding Achiever Award (Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce)

2012 Accolades Award (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District II, for Leadership Allegany)

2011 Buffalo Business First “40 Under Forty” honoree

2011 President’s Award (Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce)

2008 I.C.A.R.E. award for “exemplifying respect” (HomeCare & Hospice)

 

Miscellaneous

Editorial Board, Advancing Philanthropy Magazine, 2018-Present

Executive Volunteer, Evergreen Health, 2018-Present

Board of Directors, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of WNY, 2015-Present

  • VP, Professional Development Committee
  • President

Professional Mentor for fundraisers and executives, AFP WNY, 2015-Present

Board of Directors, Cuba Memorial Hospital, 2013-2014

Resource Leader, Allegany County 4-H, 2011-2012

Secretary of Houghton College Staff Cabinet, 2010-2012

Board of Directors, Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, 2009-2012

Patient volunteer, HomeCare & Hospice, 2007-2008

Leadership volunteer, Cuba First Baptist Church, 2006-2013