Dinessa Solomon

Associate Vice President

Dinessa Solomon is an associate vice president at BWF. Her work focuses on helping non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education build a solid and competitive public and private fundraising program focused on corporate, foundation, and government grants. Her expertise has spanned from small, faith-based, non-profit organizations and schools to large and complex institutions.

Prior to joining the firm, Dinessa led the corporate and foundation relations team at Vanderbilt University and the foundation relations team at The Ohio State University. Both teams supported all academic units, priority initiatives, and centers across their respective campuses. At Ohio State, she led a mini-campaign, successfully managing a team to raise $10M in 30 days to secure a federal grant award of $47M. While under her management, the foundation relations team supported Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in closing a $36M gift, the largest private foundation gift ever received at Ohio State. Dinessa was later recruited to Vanderbilt University to rebuild the corporate and foundation relations team. While there she supported various units across campus to cultivate new relationships and closed six and seven figure private foundation grant awards.

Additionally, for the past 22 years, she has worked as in independent consultant conducting grant training classes for small non-profits and community organizations, managing the grant application processes, and providing research and grant writing services.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank

Dinessa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in organizational communications from Arizona State University. She has worked in the United Way philanthropic system, has secured government grants, and managed a federal victim support grant program for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office funded at $27M – $35M annually.

She and her husband co-founded Foundations for Families (FFF), a non-profit organization located in Columbus, Ohio. FFF provides victim support services, youth mentoring, and family support programs to area individuals and Families. FFF started as a volunteer-based organization, and now has seven team members, and receives federal, state, foundation, and private donor funding.