Located In
Bloomington, Indiana


  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., manga cum laude, 1979

  • Indiana University, B.A., 1975

Memberships & Associations

  • National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (NACGP):
    • Education Chair, 1995
    • Secretary, 1996
    • Board Member, 1997
    • President-Elect, 1998
    • President, 1999
    • Nominating Committee Chair, 2000
    • Ethics Committee, 2000
  • NACGP Leadership Institute
  • NACGP Hall of Fame, 2018 Inductee
  • Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning (FCEP), Charitable Estate Planning Institute
  • Charitable Gift Planners Indiana, Past President and Board Member
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Indiana Chapter, Past Treasurer and Board Member
  • Network of Career Women, Past President
  • Leadership Bloomington, Alumna
  • WFHB Community Radio, Board Member
  • Middle Way House, Donor Development Committee
  • Community Advisory Boards of both her local public radio & television stations
  • APTS (America’s Public Television Stations) Leadership Council, Member


  • Planned Giving Design, Editorial Board
  • National Planned Giving Institute at The College of William and Mary, Faculty
  • Davidson Gift Design, President, 1999-Present
  • Laura Hansen Dean and Associates, Charitable Gift Planner and Consultant, 1996-1999
  • Indiana University Foundation, Executive Director of Planned Giving and Associate Counsel, 1985-1996

  • Private law practice, business, corporate, and probate law
  • Internal Revenue Service, Examiner in the Estate and Gift Tax Division


Over Pamela’s thirty+ year career, she has made countless presentations throughout Indiana and nationally to development professionals, planned giving councils, estate and tax attorneys, accountants and financial planners, and to prospects and donors about gift planning and charitable giving techniques.  She is known for her motivational and empowering message stated in practical and pragmatic terms, about gift planning advantages and options that can benefit individuals, families and valued charities, and the essential ingredient of “how to do what you want to do.”  

After graduating in the top 10% of her law school class in 1979, Pamela was an examiner in the Estate and Gift Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service, and later practiced business, corporate and probate law with an Indianapolis law firm before joining the nonprofit sector in 1985. 

She began her nonprofit career at the Indiana University Foundation, spending 11 years there.  She helped increase their planned gift expectancies fourfold in only a few years as Director.  She next spent three years consulting as a charitable gift planner before starting her own firm in 1999, specializing in gift planning, planned giving program design and implementation, and training.  

At Thompson & Associates, Pamela utilizes her three decades of experience to help indviduals clarify their goals and objectives to provide for their families and impact their communities.  Her passion is helping people discover what is most important to them and cherishes the relationships that spring from getting to know individuals and couples.  She finds great joy in offering them the gift of empowerment, a voice and a legacy. 

Pamela and her husband Jef are proud to call Bloomington, Indiana home where she serves on several nonprofit boards and as a volunteer.  She is very active in her community and sits on the board of its nationally-recognized women’s shelter and public broadcasting community advisory boards.  Pamela and Jef enjoy time with their three children, and attending live theatre and classical music: for Pamela, opera is a forever love too.