Francisco R. Velázquez, M.D., S.M., president and chief executive officer for PAML, LLC and PAML Ventures, served as a panelist at the 2016 Whitworth Institute for Strategic Fundraising workshop, held on May 24, 2016, at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Hosted by Whitworth University’s Dornsife Center for Community Engagement, the focus of the training was to prepare executive leadership and development directors from local non-profits for successful fundraising with major and small donors.1

“Ross” Brook Watts, Ph.D., expressed, “As Director of the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement, I connect the resources of Whitworth's campus with the neighborhoods and non-profits of Spokane. Whitworth feels that it is a university's job not just to build knowledge, but also to invest in its surrounding community. The annual Institute for Strategic Fundraising is one of Whitworth's many investments in Spokane.”

“I am grateful for the participation of Dr. Velázquez on our philanthropy panel,” Watts continues. “He joins a group of committed donors who love Spokane and work to build the greater good here in our backyards. The panel's comments will help all attending the institute to cultivate and steward their philanthropy.”

As a part of the panel, Velázquez brought the donors’ perspective to the workshop through a lunchtime panel discussion, addressing the different giving strategies of philanthropists in our region.

According to Velázquez, “PAML has a strong commitment to supporting local organizations that foster educational growth, are committed to enhancing the culture of our local community, and offer support to those experiencing hardship. As an organization, we strive to positively impact the landscape of our community, and a large part of this is achieved through philanthropy. This training will help strengthen local organizations that are making a difference in Spokane.”

Dr. Velázquez is an experienced physician executive with a strong clinical background and excellent business leadership skills. He trained at the Mallory Institute of Pathology in Boston and holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Management & Policy from Harvard University. Prior to PAML, he served as managing director of Nichols Institute and managing director/vice president for Focus Diagnostics, both a part of Quest in California. He had direct oversight for the reference laboratory testing business at both laboratories as well as the clinical trials at Focus Diagnostics. Nichols Institute and Focus Diagnostics have both been selected as Top Places to work in Orange County (California) for three consecutive years. Other previous experience includes executive, faculty and medical leadership roles at universities in Texas, New York, Michigan and Massachusetts.

1. “Fundraising Essentials: Readiness, Recruitment, Relationship, and Retention” Panel Discussion Flyer. (Spokane: Dornsife Center for Community Engagement, 2016). May 20, 2016.