Dwayne Ashley

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC

As Founder and CEO of Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, Dwayne Ashley is renowned for his bold, strategic thinking and wise counsel in philanthropy. In the course of his career, he has raised more than $800 million. A fearless and authentic professional, he is committed to social justice and helping organizations of color maximize their mission success. He advises non-profit, philanthropists, and influencers globally.

A powerhouse of energy and a passion for philanthropy, Dwayne has managed capital, annual campaigns and spearheaded the development of such notable organizations as the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Success for Kids, 100 Black Men of America, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the United Negro College Fund, and the United Way of Texas Gulf Coast, among many others.

Dwayne is a thought-leader in the field and he has shared valuable concepts in numerous articles and in four books. They include Eight Steps to Raising Money: Measuring Your Fundraising Impact, Word for Word Publishing; 8 Winning Steps to Creating a Successful Special Event with Carol Campbell, Director of Events at Prairie View A&M University; I’ll Find A Way or Make One: A Tribute to HBCUs with noted journalist Juan Williams and Dream Internships: It’s Not Who You Know, But What You Know! His new book Soulful Philanthropy will be out in the Fall of 2021 with his co-authors, Dr. Tashion Macon and Jennifer Jiles.

He is the Co-Founder of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Leadership Institute and is committed to addressing equity and parity in the Philanthropic sector. At BPC, the firm utilizes its unique platform as the largest African-American-owned fundraising firm to advance equity and equality in the sector and to open the doorway for the creation of more philanthropic firms of color.

He is an alumnus of Wiley College and the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels School of Government. He is very proud of his great-grandmother’s contribution of land to establish one of the oldest schools to educate blacks in Heflin, Louisiana. The school is now one of the oldest black churches in the state of Louisiana.

Dwayne is a member of The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Americans for the Arts, and a 26 member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has served as a member of the Boards of AFP (Formerly NSFRE) in Philadelphia and New York Chapters. He is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of The Giving Institute and the New York Society Library, America’s oldest library and the original Library of Congress.

Dwayne enjoys travel: “I have visited more than 90 countries and I bake a mean mac and cheese--Cajun Louisiana style.”

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