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Larry J. Pauley, CFRE

Larry Pauley has thirty-five years of experience in philanthropic fund raising. He organized Ford Thompson Consulting in 1984.

As a principal and Executive Vice President, he holds total accountability for all phases of daily operations and travels throughout the country to provide counsel to an extensive range of clients. Working closely with fund raising executives and board members at colleges, hospitals, and major not-for-profit organizations, Mr. Pauley’s activities include:

  • Consulting
  • Capital and endowment campaign oversight
  • Marketing of major gift and planned gift programs
  • Board training
  • Policy & procedure design
  • Strategic planning
  • Development auditing
  • Client staff training
  • Executive search
  • Educational seminars and presentations
Mr. Pauley also serves as editor and publisher of the Professional Enrichment Series, used by many development offices nationwide. He is a frequent and sought-after lecturer at regional and national conferences for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Council for Planned Giving, and The American Red Cross, of which he has been a National Committee member, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. He is a former director for the Tampa Chapter of the National Committee on Planned Giving.

Prior to organizing Ford Thompson Consulting, Mr. Pauley created a new division for the Merrill Anderson Company to develop national marketing programs for planned giving products and services. Before joining Merrill Anderson, he was Senior Vice President at Kennedy Sinclaire, a nationally-recognized marketing firm serving the trust departments of banks and non-profit organizations.

Before entering the field of philanthropy services, he held previous positions as Director of Marketing at ITT Financial Services and new business acquisition manager, office manager, and International internal auditor with The Associates Financial Group.

Mr. Pauley received a degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University and has completed advanced graduate work in estate planning, gift taxation and trust administration. He has achieved the CFRE designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

You can contact Mr. Pauley directly by e-mail at ljpauley@FordThompson.com.

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Joyce Weaver



Joyce Weaver, Senior Vice President

With more than 25 years experience in for-profit and non-profit management, Ms. Weaver understands that integrity and relationships are the cornerstones of successful revenue generation and development efforts. She firmly believes that in today’s intensely competitive marketplace, every organization – for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations alike – must operate efficiently and effectively. Sound business practices are essential if we are to successfully raise capital and efficiently provide needed services.

Ms. Weaver enjoys knowing that what she does is always of high quality and working with others who also want to make a difference. Her skill-set includes:

  • Diversified background with 25 years of experience in non-profit and business management, including fund raising, public relations, community relations, marketing, event management and business development.
  • Strong leadership abilities with emphasis on team-building and goal accomplishment.
  • Extensive expertise in representing organizations before individuals, as well as corporate, government and public communities.
  • Problem solver and facilitator experienced in consensus building across diversified levels of expectations.
  • Proven ability to manage programs and projects requiring extensive interaction with corporate boards, media and the public.
At different times during her career, Ms. Weaver has:
  • Successfully spearheaded innovative promotional campaigns that revived national and international organizations.
  • Coordinated creation and complete funding for regional network of public radio stations.
  • Increased major donor contributions for regional healthcare foundation, creating more than $6 million funding for cancer treatment center and complex.
  • Re-branded 50 year old social service organization to reflect current mission and increase presence in the community.
  • Identified, targeted, built relationships and gained large donations totaling over $28 million.
  • Developed strategies and implemented international promotional campaigns in Africa, Asia and Mexico for Coca-Cola and other multi-national companies.
You can contact Ms. Weaver directly by e-mail at joyce@FordThompson.com.






Jack L. Darrah, Senior VP











Jack L. Darrah, Vice President

Helping nonprofit organizations realize their potential is Jack’s mission, by providing coaching and development services.

For thirty years, Jack had been involved in hospital development, serving as both a member of senior management teams and chief development officer, helping donors realize their dreams and hospitals to better serve their communities. Most recently with the Hamot Health Foundation in Erie, Pennsylvania, Jack began his career at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, followed by his tenure as president of the Samaritan Health Foundation in Dayton, Ohio. Subsequently, he served as executive director of Missouri Baptist Health Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Westmoreland Health Systems in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

In 1992, he returned to Detroit as a director of development for the Detroit Medical Center, with primary responsibilities for Grace and Huron Valley-Sinai Hospitals, including the Wayne State University School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency and community outreach programs. During this time, the Detroit Medical Center was one of the top 125 fundraising organizations in the country as compared to the Philanthropic 400. Upon leaving Detroit, Jack became Executive Vice President and CEO of the Memorial Health Trust in Savannah, Georgia. Early in his career, he served as an executive for the Boy Scouts of America. Jack is a graduate of Ohio University and resides in Tipp City, Ohio.

For more information on Coaching and Consulting, contact JDarrah@fordthompson.com or please call us at 812-635-0311 to discuss your specific requirements and how Ford Thompson can help your organization.

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