What People Are Saying...

The consultants at West Avenue Associates, many of whom I have worked with or for, clearly know every facet of fund-raising and non-profit management. More importantly, they know how to build and motivate teams – and to bring out everyone’s best to accomplish very challenging goals.
— Molly Dean Bittner, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Services, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia

Institutions Served by Principals and Consultants

American Civil War Center at Tredegar
Alpha Chi Omega, Inc.                                                           Augusta Military Academy Alumni Foundation                Beth Sholom Life Care Community
Boston University
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
Brigham Young University
Christchurch School                                                           Circle Center Adult Day Services                                           Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Community Foundation of Silicon Valley (CA)
Concord Museum   (MA)
Cornell University
Cultural Center of Glen Allen
Darden Graduate Business School (UVa)
University of Denver, School of Business
disAbility Law Ctr. of  Virginia
FeedMore, Inc.
Freedom House
Georgetown University
Greater Richmond ARC
Greater Richmond Bar Foundation
Harvard Law School
Harvard Business School
Harvard University
Harvard/MIT Medical Consortium
Iona College
Jamestown-Yorktown Educational Trust
The Johns Hopkins University
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Foundation
Leadership Metro Richmond
Lafayette College
Library of Virginia Foundation                                                   Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield (VA)          
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
Massanetta Springs Conference Center
Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Foundation


MSR 2020 (now NextUp)                                                           Museum of the Confederacy                                                     New England Aquarium
Orchard House
Paul D. Camp Community College
Powell Economic Education Foundation  
Randolph College
Rappahannock Westminster- Canterbury
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Republican National Committee
Robertson School of Media and Culture (VCU)
Richmond Animal League
Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Rutgers University
Science Museum of Virginia
Stanford University
Stuart Hall School
Sunrise Senior Living Centers
Tufts University Medical School
University of Richmond
University of California – Irvine
University of  Southern  California
Valentine Richmond History Makers                       Virginia College Fund
University of Virginia
Virginia Community College Educational Foundation
Virginia Council on Economic Education
VirginiaFIRST Foundation
Virginia Horse Center
Virginia Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy
Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation
VCU Business School Foundation
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
Virginia Union University                                                          
Wharton School  of the University of Pennsylvania
YWCA of Richmond

I have worked with Dave Johnson at several non-profits for almost 30 years going back to his work to institute the first systematic alumni giving program at the Darden School. His advice on organizing and mobilizing the Museum’s Board of Directors as we entered a capital campaign was especially helpful in launching an ambitious fund-raising effort in the middle of a huge economic downturn.
— S. Waite Rawls, CEO, The American Civil War Museum Foundation
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership of LLI, I want to thank Jenn Cornell and the entire West Avenue Associates organization for its very fine efforts to help us grow into the future. We are grateful for the support and guidance you have already given us — we have learned so much about ourselves. This information will be invaluable to us as we develop a new strategic plan.
— Dr. John Lemza, Chair, Board of Directors, LifeLong Living Institute in Chesterfield (VA)
My VCCS advancement colleagues and I are incredibly grateful for all that we have learned from our work with West Avenue Associates, or, as we call them, the wise men. Their incredible experience and sage advice are invaluable to our 23 young, and growing community college foundations. Their recent workshops at our annual meeting retreat were the bedrock of that meeting, and professionals are still talking about what they gleaned from their presentations.
— Dr. Jennifer S. Gentry, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

"Dave Johnson's guidance and advice were invaluable in our efforts to complete a comprehensive strategic plan for the Virginia War Memorial, its first such plan.  I especially appreciated the gentle way he kept me focused on the task when I was distracted by other responsibilities."                                                                                                                                                                        -William H. Leighty, Chair, Joint Strategic Planning Committee of the Virginia War  Memorial; former Chief of  Staff to Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.