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Patricia Higgins Martin
Director of Development

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Pat has been part of The Lee Institute team since 1999 serving The Lee Institute and its clients with strategic communications, marketing and development assistance. She has been an independent consultant for nonprofits since November of 1998 including The Duke Mansion and The Lee Institute. She consults on all aspects and phases of fundraising, public relations, institutional awareness, and relevant organizational and strategic development for range of nonprofits.

Pat has worked in all aspects of fundraising, public relations, institutional awareness, and relevant organizational development over the last 30 years. She works with a particular focus on positioning in the philanthropic marketplace using a strengths-based approach. Pat also has significant experience with start-up development efforts. Her independent work for nonprofits follows a 15-year career in fundraising and public relations.

Recent campaigns include $27 million endowment and capital campaign for HopeWay Center. Grant writing includes state, local and governmental grants including several grants of $1 million+. Local grants include Leon Levine Foundation, the Dickson Foundation and The Duke Endowment. Successful approaches for national grants including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Before becoming an independent consultant, she was the first Development Director of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (1992-1998) – established annual giving programs, responsible for all grant writing, corporate campaign, donor relations, special events and ongoing endowment giving. Pat also served as the Director of Annual Giving, Davidson College (1989-1992): reached the 50% participation level for alumni for the first time in school’s history; surpassed annual giving goal for $150 million Campaign for Davidson; managed regional campaigns; established $1 million special fund for a named professorship. Her fundraising career began in two state-wide gubernatorial campaigns.

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