Bios of Gift Planning Team

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David A. Rutherford
Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts and Gift Planning
Phone: 561-297-2119

David joined FAU in 2004 after more than twenty years of non-profit leadership in educational and ministry organizations. Currently the assistant vice-president for principal gifts and gift planning, David has progressed from director of development for the College of Education, to executive director of gift planning and interim assistant vice-president for development and outreach, to the leadership position he holds with the FAU Foundation today. David is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master’s Degree from Liberty University. His years of experience make him a highly trusted partner in the design and implementation of gift plans which fulfill the needs of philanthropic individuals and families.

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Barbara E. Witte
Director of Gift Planning
Phone: 561-297-3420

Originally from the Washington, D.C. Area, Barbara has called south Florida home since 1981. She has dedicated her career to nonprofit work with such local agencies as Kids in Distress and SOS Children's Villages-Florida, and came to FAU after eight years with the Community Foundation of Broward in Fort Lauderdale where she helped individuals and families create highly personal and meaningful gift plans. Barbara studied family philanthropic planning with The Philanthropic Institute in Boston and works with philanthropists and their advisors (attorneys, accountants and wealth planners) to help them achieve their life and estate goals. She has a BA from Bucknell University and is a candidate for a Masters in Nonprofit Management from FAU.


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