Dennis C. Washington, M.P.

Dennis Washington has worked in fundraising for over 23 years. He previously served as the Executive Vice President for Advancement at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  At Davenport, Washington hired five new staff members for a staff of 10, reconstituted the Alumni Board, raised over $5 million, secured new members for the Foundation Board, facilitated a feasibility study, and expanded fundraising throughout the State of Michigan.

Washington served as the Vice President for University Advancement at Kettering University.  He reorganized the staff of 14, expanded fundraising events throughout the USA and Canada, increased donations from alumni, faculty/staff, corporations, foundations, and friends. In addition he developed programs to increase trustee giving and corporate and foundation support, bringing in over $25 million. Washington served as the Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations at Central Michigan University (CMU).  During this time, CMU had its first historic capital campaign with a goal of $50 million. The university raised over $78 million. Washington was responsible for over $30 million from corporations and foundations.

Prior to CMU, Washington served as a Senior Consultant for Public Sector Consultants, Inc., a public policy consulting firm and think tank in Lansing, MI.  He was responsible for approximately $1 million in business each year. Washington also worked as the Grants and Program Coordinator for the City of Lansing.  His efforts secured from $3 million to $5 million each year in grants from the federal government, state government, foundations and corporations.

Washington is currently a doctoral student at Walden University.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Strategic Planning from the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  Washington graduated with honors from Oakland University in Rochester, MI, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.  He is married to his college sweetheart, Christine and they have two daughters.