Philanthropic Counsel

Public Relations
Political Fundraising

About Patrick D. Willis

Patrick D. Willis has enjoyed a twenty plus year career in the non-profit community. He has participated in some of the most meaningful and game-changing capital campaigns in the East Texas Region and created some of the area’s most memorable Special Events. His scope of services includes all areas of Philanthropic Counsel. In addition, he has spent the past three decades involved in local, state and national political campaigns and a myriad of public relations endeavors. There is no denying his passion for this region of the state.

In his own volunteer experiences, Patrick enjoys sponsoring shows and lectures at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center where he has done so for the past decade. He is a lifetime member of the Cowan Center Advisory Board, a member of the Cowan Center Performance Excellence Endowment Committee, and served as a director of the UT Tyler Alumni Association for ten years. He was appointed as the Alumni Board’s Chairman in 2001. Patrick is a member of the UT System Chancellor’s Council and has been a member of the UT Tyler President’s Associates since 2004.

He has been active with the Texas Rose Festival, where he serves as The Thursday Luncheon Celebration Co-Chairman during Festival Week and is a Summer Kick-Off Party Host. He is a member of the Order of the Rose, serving as the Queen’s Ball Usher Chairman. Patrick is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Tyler Rose Museum and has chaired the museum’s annual Winter Gala for 2017 and 2018.

Patrick is a member of the Development Committee of All Saints Episcopal School and is on the Smith County Bar Foundation Board of Directors.

He was presented the W.C. Windsor Award as the Tyler outstanding citizen under the age of 40 for 2014. He is a grateful member of Christ Episcopal Church.

He is the proud father of Vivian, age 13; Jackson, age 10; and Mary Caroline, age 5 who attend All Saints Episcopal School.


Philanthropic Counsel

“We don’t have to do it all alone. We were never meant to.” – Dr. Brene’ Brown, noted researcher/story teller.

So often the Executive Directors and Development Directors of not-for-profit organizations have an overwhelming task of managing the day to day aspects of a development program.

Patrick is available to assist not-for-profit clients with all aspects of fundraising, board and volunteer trainings, and associated campaign activities. He specializes in Special Event Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Giving Circles/Major Gift Societies, and Synergistic Relationship Mapping. He has participated in trainings for Boards of Directors that include Board Governance, Strategic Planning and Board Retreats. He has a wealth of resources at his disposal to help organizations’ staff and board enhance their effectiveness.


Public Relations

A good public relations campaign is essential to effective relationship building between a client and their customer. Public Relations campaigns are as unique as the customer and there will never be a cookie-cutter campaign designed by Patrick D. Willis. Again, don’t just take it from him. As noted author and customer service expert, Jay Baer is quoted as saying, “If your stories are all about your products and services, that’s not storytelling. It’s a brochure. Give yourself permission to make the story bigger."


Political Fundraising

Essential to effective campaigns, Patrick D. Willis works with select clients in the arena of Political Fundraising.  Involved in political endeavors since the 1990s, he has had a unique vantage point of involvement with several local and statewide races.

Patrick D. Willis
Signature Consulting

100 East Ferguson Street
Suite 1018 First Place
Tyler, TX 75702

For Appointments:

Office Hours: 9:30 - 4:30 M-F -- By Appointment
phone (903) 939-3186
Laura Zorn, Executive Assistant/Scheduling