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Client Success Stories

“The counsel of Brydon DeWitt has been invaluable to me through the years as Chief Development Officer in a large JK – 12 girls’ school, as a member of several Community Boards, and now as Chairman of a Capital Campaign for which I must also serve as volunteer staff.  He told me in the beginning that, rather than raise money for the school and leave me with pledges to be collected (which had happened to me with previous counsel), he would teach me and my staff how to raise friends and funds, which he did.

He worked well with volunteers, was indispensable with goal-setting, and forced me to put a plan on paper.  In addition to that, he did it all with wit and good humor, and we maintain a friendship of long standing.  He has always been there when I needed help, and everything I know to do for the current campaign, I learned from him.  I consider that a large body of knowledge!  I cannot say enough positive things about him.”

Madge L. Clark
Memphis, Tennessee

“ . . . I wasn’t completely sold on Friendship Industries getting involved in fundraising.  We had spent the past twenty-seven years trying to show the world that people with disabilities could be productive employees and citizens, giving back to the community, and be, at least in part, self-sufficient.

I think that DeWitt and Associates performed a great service for our clients by convincing me that we could provide them more services and support, assist them further and more quickly along the way towards self-sufficiency, by inviting the community to invest in the mission of the organization.

I have been amazed at the community’s response.  We have gone from a donor base of virtually zero, just a few thousand dollars per year in unsolicited donations, to $2.7 million and counting with many major donors yet to be solicited.  Plus we now have an established development function with a Director of Development to continue cultivating those donors, large and small.”

David L. Flick, President
Friendship Industries, Inc.
Harrisonburg, Virginia

“Brydon DeWitt’s approach to fund-raising is a no-nonsense, proven and common sense style.  His firm trains clients to recognize that raising money is an art.  His theory is sound.  To successfully raise money, we must convey the importance of the cause as well as the benefits that the cause can provide to society and to the prospective donor.  And, counsel provided to my organization has proved this point!  We have employed methods that have helped us to achieve regular, renewable and increasing contributions.  We couldn’t have done this without DeWitt and Associates.”

Eugene R. Klompus
Founding Executive Director
I-CAR Education Foundation
Rolling Meadows, Illinois

“Brydon DeWitt worked with our new congregation in a Capital Campaign to help us raise the necessary funds to purchase our first church building.  We found him both knowledgeable in fund raising techniques and also open to leading us in a program which took into consideration the uniqueness of our congregation.  We found him always available when we had a question or problem, and he gave us good counsel.”

The Rev. J. D. Glick, Pastor
Sunrise Church of the Brethren
Harrisonburg, Virginia

“Brydon’s knowledge and skills in the arena of non-profit strategy and execution are outstanding. His interactions with board members and officers brought about exactly the type of introspection and re-thinking that was needed within our organization. However, what stands out above all else is Brydon’s integrity. Not only does he produce results, he does so by doing the right thing.”

Christine DeZarn, Chair of the Board
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association
Atlanta, Georgia

“Brydon DeWitt’s advice and methods were neither flashy nor prescriptive.  His firm really cared about us as the client, and focused the time and energy to get to know our organization and what makes it unique and special.  It was clear from the beginning that DeWitt and Associates are believers in building a strong base upon which the fund-raising effort will grow long-term friends and relationships.  In a time when so many were seeking to sell us a quick fix to our fund-raising woes, DeWitt counseled us to do things right and stay the course.  Our successful fund-raising program is today on firm ground and continues to expand due to DeWitt and Associates’ counsel and solid methods.”

James A. Brooks
Former Executive Director
Trezevant Manor Retirement Community
Memphis, Tennessee

“Our institution was a client of DeWitt and Associates for four years, and during that time the firm led us through an important period of organizational growth.  They took the time to understand what made our organization, and our advancement program, unique.  The suggestions and advice offered were tailored to our specific needs.  Brydon was adept at working with our President and members of the Board, as well as assisting in the on-going training of several new, inexperienced staff members.”

Dale Schenewerk
Former Chief Advancement Officer
Truman University
Kirksville, Missouri

“Brydon has been a great help to me and to Little Company of Mary Hospital.  The advice, instruction, and education provided were based on reliable fundraising principles which are being proven over and over again.”  It was critical in establishing a Development Board of ‘pro-active’ fundraising volunteers.  The Development Board led to the establishment of a charitable Foundation whose chief function is to raise funds on behalf of the hospital.”

Mary Jo May, CFRE, Executive Director
Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation
Evergreen Park, Illinois

“The professional assistance of DeWitt and Associates has been very valuable in helping Community Residences to plan for a major endowment campaign.  Brydon is extremely knowledgeable and has a thorough and systematic approach to fund-raising campaigns.  He readily imparts this knowledge to Board and staff members through regular meetings, informal discussions and easy-to-use forms and charts. DeWitt and Associates was helpful in evaluating the functions of our Development Department and in providing detailed job descriptions to assist Community Residences in reorganizing the department.  We are pleased with the well thought out plans and timelines delivered and are eagerly looking forward to working with DeWitt and Associates on the next phase of our campaign.”

Jill Schaffer Gruver, Former President Community Residences
Arlington, Virginia

“I have had the privilege of working with Brydon on many projects, each of which was different in scope and objective.  I have also been fortunate to recommend that several of my friends and clients contact Brydon.  Everyone I have sent to Brydon has thanked me for doing it.  Brydon is one of those rare people who you can always count on.  He uses his talents, knowledge and connections to always help his clients.  The only thing more you could ask of him is to call you ‘friend,’ and I am most grateful for that.  I highly recommend him.”

Wayne Olson, Director of Gift Planning
Sewanee, the University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee

“We are satisfied customers, and we can testify about your expertise, dedication, and professionalism without hesitation.  Your positive ideas and approaches for fundraising are exactly what we needed to move us toward our objective.  Our capital campaign has us well on our way to achieving the expressed goal of acquiring funds for the down payment on a loan to construct our new facility.  You have friends at Mount Olive Baptist Church.”

The Rev. Clyde W. Ellis, Jr.  Pastor
Mount Olive Baptist Church
Woodbridge, Virginia

“Brydon DeWitt is well-versed in matters of fundraising, including for churches. He is patient, personable and non-threatening when speaking with participants, and he is very committed to his work. He always does what he says he will do, and does it on time.”

Diana Vincelli, Chair
Board of Directors
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia

“Brydon is an experienced fundraising consultant with strong knowledge in all aspects of successful fundraising. He helped our new organization to develop a growing annual fund and position us for growth. He guided us through our first development plan. His strategic advice taught me how to engage key leaders and secure their investment in the organizations initiatives. Brydon continues to be a personal mentor and guide for me throughout my career.”

Susan Hacker, Individual Giving Associate
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Arlington Heights, Illinois

“Brydon DeWitt is a trusted colleague and a marvelous personal friend.  I have worked with him in consultant roles and in sharing the podium at fundraising conferences and workshops. Brydon is a true professional and devoted to his calling and to his clients. He can be counted upon in all circumstances to be forthright, ethical, careful, complete, and very informed. I would recommend Brydon DeWitt without reservation.”

Ken Bartels, Former Vice President
Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, Illinois

“Mr. DeWitt is a skilled development consultant. Brydon worked with our small non-profit agency to develop and strengthen our financial and organizational resource base. He was skillful in educating and preparing our board to take on more ownership of their role as stewards of our organization. He guided us through the development of a case study and launch of our annual campaign. I highly recommend Mr. DeWitt’s consultant services.”

Julie Rivnak-McAdam, Executive Director
Fredericksburg, Virginia

“Brydon has 30+ years of experience in fund raising and building good nonprofit boards. He has worked for organizations of varying sizes. He is excellent in helping a board structure itself to ensure sustainable resources for the organization they are leading. He has been counsel to many organizations and churches in the design and implementation of successful capital campaigns. He is so personable and passionate about the nonprofit sector – and I highly recommend him.”

Jane V. Helfrich, Executive Director
Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
Richmond, Virginia

“Brydon worked with me when I was new to the development field and provided me with many of the tools I would quickly need. He freely shared his knowledge and experience in a personal and attentive manner, and the framework of knowledge he provided is still the basis for my success.”

Dan Murrell, Director of Planned Giving
University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee