Laura Jennings Pitt

Title: Development Director

Department: Administration


What are your primary duties? Despite my title, my primary role is storytelling. It is my job to become immersed in our programs, connect with the people, families, and communities we serve, and then tell their stories to others who are looking to make a difference. That’s the magic of fundraising – connecting the dots so people who want to make a positive impact can do just that.

Where did you go to school and what did you study? I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at Roanoke College where I studied philosophy and international relations. During my undergraduate years, I was fortunate to travel the country presenting on various topics including at the Virginia Humanities Conference where I spoke about the Evolution of “Woman”, and the International Writing Center Conference in Las Vegas, where I presented on Tutoring Strategies.

How many years have you worked in the field? I have been a professional fundraiser since 2010 but my passion for helping others began much earlier. Philanthropy was an important part of my upbringing. My mother and father were generous with their time, talent, and treasures and instilled in me a strong sense of responsibility to others. Wherever I see an injustice or a need, I want to be of service. I’ve channeled that desire to help into a very fulfilling career path.

Why do you work in the field? My mission is to find what’s beautiful in this world and to share it with others. I want to inspire people to see the world differently and empower them to be part of positive change, where change is needed.