“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less important whether or not I am afraid.” -Audre Lorde

Senior Consultant

Patricia Broughton, CFRE

Evanston, IL

Pat is a seasoned fundraiser with nearly three decades of experience in major gifts, capital campaigns, and planned giving programs. As a prominent advocate for racial justice and environmental causes, Pat brings her infectious enthusiasm and passion for fundraising to every client project. She inspires her clients to make big asks confidently, craft creative solutions, and build cultures of philanthropy that will last.

Prior to consulting, Pat was the Vice President of Philanthropy at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago/Northwest Indiana. Pat has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1999. She serves boards of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) Chicago chapter (where she co-leads the White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity affinity group) and the Evanston Environmental Association, the fund development committee of the Evanston Public Library, and the Council of Senior Leaders at Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center.



Recent clients

  • Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity
  • Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook
  • Bradley University Hillel
  • Awake
  • European Leadership Network (ELNET)
  • CURE Epilepsy


Master of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University

Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University


Pat enjoys outdoor adventures, kayaking, canoeing, bike touring and yoga.