Walter Dillingham Jr.Adjunct Instructor
Walter is Managing Director, Endowments & Foundations at Wilmington Trust, and has been specializing in serving endowments & foundations for over 17 years. He is part of a dedicated endowment and foundation advisory team within the Northeast Region, which also supports the firm’s national effort in the endowment and foundation marketplace. Walter and his team work closely with their not-for-profit clients to help them achieve both their investment and philanthropic objectives. Walter has authored original research on a number of nonprofit sectors including hospitals, community colleges, public libraries, private schools, and religious organizations that have been covered by the financial press.
Walter is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) and has nearly three decades of financial services industry experience. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, he spent 10 years as director of Philanthropic Management for Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he worked with endowments, foundations, and healthcare organizations throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Earlier in his career, Walter was with David L. Babson & Co. Inc., in Cambridge, where he worked with institutional investment clients on sub-advisory and managed account programs. He also worked with institutional investors as a director of Managed Funds Ratings at Standard & Poor’s Corporation, where he began as an equity analyst covering the financial services sector. He started his career as a corporate accountant at XTRA Corporation in Boston.
Walter earned an MS in Fundraising and Grantmaking from New York University, an MBA from Babson College, and a BA in Economics from Bates College. He is a trustee of Fisher College (Boston) and serves on the Forest Hills Gardens (Queens) Corp. Finance Committee. He also served on the Investment Advisory Committee of United Nations University and on the Professional Advisory Committee for both Lighthouse International and the Children’s Support Foundation. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the New York Society of Securities Analysts (NYSSA), the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY) and the Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA).
Philanthropy and Fiscal Management
Gain a basic overview of nonprofit financial management, including tax-exempt status, financial statement preparation, and reporting.