“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 front-line 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. While serving on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) Chicago chapter (2017 - 2022) she co-founded White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity; she continues to co-lead that affinity group. She also volunteers in the kayaking program of Chicago Adventure Therapy and as a self-defense instructor 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.