Employee Profile: Peter Roche

Peter Roche has been in his current position as Major Gifts Officer for Yale Cancer Center, as part of te Yale School of Medicine development office, for just over a  year now. However, he beame a part of the Yale Office of Development in 205 as a Special Gifts Officer and before that, he worked as an Annual Giving Oficer at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Through his long-standing hisotry with Yale he has been a part of many Reunion gift campaigns, record breaking appeals, and large donations made to support Yale.


As YCC continues to grow, so do the many opportunities for philanthropic investments.  Peter manages a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors and works closely with YCC faculty to fundraise for some of the most important endeavors, including YCC faculty research or disease programs.


"Most of the donors I work with have a personal connection to cancer and a strong desire to a make a difference," said Peter. "My job is to learn about their personal experiences and connect them to Yale Cancer Center in a significant and mutually beneficial way. Though everyone's experience with cancer is different, the end result is the donor's overwhelming sense of fulfillment from the meaningful investment they've made at Yale and the lives of cancer patients everywhere."


Peter's experience working with many of Yale's prominent donors and volunteers, and the relationships he has built with central development officers, helps in the effort to gain more support from Yale College alums for cancer research. His supervisor, Peter Lamothe, Director of Development for Yale Cancer Center, commented, "Peter Roche works closely with a broad range of donors that are often grateful patients and their families who wish to support Yale Cancer Center.  Of note, within the past year, Peter worked with members of the Yale Class of 1961 during their 50th Reunion year. This partnership resulted in nearly $1.5 million in current use and endowment gifts to YCC."