About the Author

Walter J. Dillingham Jr., CFA

Director of Endowments & Foundations Practice

Walter specializes in working with endowments, foundations, and nonprofit organizations to help them grow, evolve, and weather changing financial and economic environments. He works closely with his clients on their investment, philanthropic, endowment management, and planned giving objectives. As director of the Endowments & Foundations Practice for the Wealth markets, Walter is responsible for working with market leaders and wealth advisors in each region to lead the growth of this important business and to create a coordinated and consistent approach to working with our clients.

With more than three decades of experience in the financial services industry, much of which focused on nonprofit and institutional clients, Walter has a unique perspective on the changing needs of the endowment and foundation marketplace. He has authored original research that has been covered by the financial press on a number of nonprofit sectors, including health care organizations, community colleges, public libraries, private schools, and religious organizations. Please visit our Research & Insights library to read Walter’s research papers.

Walter is a recipient of Wilmington Trust’s Chairman’s Club award and he launched the firm’s highly successful Philanthropic Speaker Series in 2011, which showcases strategies for nonprofit organizations. He is also regularly called upon to speak at industry conferences and with key advisors in the philanthropic arena. Walter holds an MBA from Babson College, a master’s degree in philanthropy from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bates College. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. He is also a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts, the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York, and the Healthcare Finance Management Association.

Passionate about philanthropy and perpetuating the ability of nonprofits to impact their communities, Walter is a trustee and treasurer of Fisher College (Boston) and serves on the Forest Hills Gardens Corp. Finance Committee. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU where he teaches endowment concepts and practices.

Walter and his family enjoy hiking, traveling throughout New England and internationally, and experiencing music and the arts. An avid runner, Walter has completed two marathons and can be found in his garage refinishing furniture in his spare time.

By the Author

Overview and Insights on Public Library Foundations

Walter J. Dillingham Jr., CFA |
Corporate & Institutional

Public libraries have evolved into organizations that provide expanded services to the local community. They go beyond just books and often act  as an anchor in the community, providing a full array of educational and social services. As local budget cuts continue to loom, public libraries need to broaden their revenue sources beyond local government support and build robust fundraising plans.


Trends in Healthcare Philanthropy and the Use of Separate Foundations

Walter J. Dillingham Jr., CFA |
Corporate & Institutional

This research report was conducted in 2018 and highlights hospital foundations in New York State. Many hospital systems utilize separate fundraising foundations to implement their fundraising strategies. But as nonprofit hospitals continue to merge and change, what is the appropriate strategy for these separate foundations? While specific to New York State hospital foundations, these findings may be applicable to hospitals and hospital systems nationwide.