Witter Gains Acclaim for Fundraising Book, Leadership Expertise

Pamela Witter, Trocaire College’s vice president of Development & Community Engagement, is gaining national recognition and speaking opportunities as a result of her recently published book, “Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue.”

Witter was selected from a highly competitive pool to present two sessions at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District II Conference at National Harbor in February 2018. They were titled “Achieving Your Personal Best Leadership” and “Increasing Annual Fund Revenue.” One attendee—Ivy Lane, executive director of the Drexel Fund at Drexel University in Philadelphia—attended both of Witter’s presentations and called them thoughtful, smart and actionable.

Witter has also received other recognition for her fundraising book, published in August 2017. She was invited to an exclusive annual event at LaGrange College in Georgia in March to present to a handpicked selection of chief officers and vice presidents from higher education fundraising throughout the United States. She was also selected to present on her book at the Ruffalo Noel Levitz National Conference in July in Florida.

Recently elected by the Western New York community to lead the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) WNY Chapter as its Board president, Witter will represent the region at the AFP International Conference in New Orleans in April.

She has set a five-point agenda for the local chapter, which has just under 200 members. The Board of Directors agreed with the new vision, which includes establishing strong marketing tools to quantify benefits of membership; building a committee to study and propose strategies for inclusivity, diversity, equity and access; growing membership and participation through one-on-one visits with non-profit and community leaders; designing a dashboard to capture a 3-5 year comparison of key outcomes; and examining opportunities to expand influence and services throughout the counties of WNY.

AFP WNY is a chapter of the AFP National – a membership organization of fundraising professionals who serve nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that are seeking broad community participation and support. There are over 207 chapters nationwide with more than 30,000 members.

Locally, Witter has been asked to serve as the keynote speaker for the WNY Leadership Summit at St. Bonaventure University on August 2, 2018. The event is co-hosted by Leadership Cattaraugus and Leadership Allegany.

Witter is a native of Olean, NY. In her current position at Trocaire, she oversee marketing, communications, development, grants, and community, alumni and government relations. She is a three-time nationally published author, speaker and consultant and was named an Athena Young Professional Finalist by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership in 2016, and in 2011 made the list of Buffalo Business First’s “40 Under Forty.”

Witter is a 2001 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and a 2017 graduate of Empire State College, holding a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a master’s degree in business administration.