President of DeWitt & Associates, Inc.
Brydon M. DeWitt, President of DeWitt & Associates, Inc., has been a development professional for over 40 years, beginning his development career in 1973 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia, and serving as the chief development officer from 1975-1990. During that period the College successfully completed two major capital campaigns and significantly increased its annual and major giving programs. In 1990, he accepted the invitation of Gonser Gerber Tinker Stuhr, a development consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois, and began providing counsel to a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. In 1995, he left the firm to establish DeWitt & Associates and continue providing counsel in marketing and fundraising to a diverse group of clients.
In addition to consulting, Brydon has made presentations and conducted seminars/workshops for conferees and governing boards in Virginia and throughout the country. Topics have ranged from basic development principles to board development to building effective major gifts’ programs. Among the organizations that he has addressed are Kewanee (IL) Hospital Foundation, The Illinois Hospital Association, American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries, Virginia AFP Chapters (Central Chapter, Piedmont Chapter, Shenandoah Chapter, and Tri-State Chapter), AFP Memphis (TN) Chapter, Virginia Baptist Collegiate Ministers, and the Virginia Fund-Raising Institute. He has also taught courses for Virginia Commonwealth University (“Raising Major Funds for Capital Needs” 10/2001 and 5/2002 – Especially for Nonprofits, Certificate Program) and the University of Richmond (“Building a Powerful Board That Can Raise Money” 11/2001; “Jumpstarting a Stalled Campaign” 2/2002; “Successful Capital Campaign Planning” 4/2002 – Office of Community and Professional Education, Institute on Philanthropy). In 2010, he taught a noncredit one-day course — “Telling Your Organization’s Story” — for the University of Virginia’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Brydon is currently teaching an elective course for Virginia Commonwealth University senior marketing majors entitled “Nonprofit Marketing, Service-Learning.” Beginning the fall of 2016, Brydon is co-teaching a course at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond entitled “Managing, Funding, and Building Your Church or Nonprofit.”
In 1996, Brydon began writing and publishing The Development Companion, a quarterly educational newsletter for presidents, executive directors, board members, and development officers. Each issue is dedicated to a single topic and provides a step by step approach to the operation of a successful development program. In September, 2012, the firm began publishing The Nonprofit Companion, a monthly newsletter especially for CEO’s and Board members of nonprofit organizations. In October, 2010, Brydon’s book — The Nonprofit Development Companion, A Workbook for Fundraising Success — was released by John Wiley & Sons as a part of the Association of Fundraising Professional Fund Development Series.
Brydon holds a BA degree in English from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia, and an MFA in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)–Central Virginia, Virginia Association of Fund-Raising Executives (VAFRE), and Board member of Uganda Rural Fund.