Carter DeWitt -  Former Guest Speaker at the Leadership Institute

Carter has over twenty years of experience in fund development, public relations and communications and another 8 years in corporate as a regional executive for a Fortune 1000. 

Her nonprofit experience is extensive, not just in fundraising by keeping the lights on at local, regional and national levels - but also on the other side of the philanthropic coin for she spent several years awarding grants to nonprofits as director of a regional foundation. She also has extensive experience in public relations, management and communications and feels this experience greatly added to her success as a fund raiser. 

She is considered expert in direct mail programs, building corporate membership, acquiring foundation support, events, upgrading donors, creating engagement and major gifts. She has a background of taking floundering development departments and rebuilding them through short term and long term strategic planning. In each of her last three positions she expanded the funding base and they surpassed all records in annual revenue.

Currently she is the Chief Development Officer for Florida TaxWatch, a 34 year old independent, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog.  It’s mission is to provide the citizens of Florida and public officials with high quality, independent research and analysis of issues related to state and local government taxation, expenditures, policies, and programs. Florida TaxWatch works to improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government. Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on citizens and businesses.

As Chief Development Officer for this organization she oversees all aspects of fundraising and donor engagement. She oversees the direct mail campaigns, grant writing, corporate development, major gifts, online campaigns and corporate membership. 

Recently she designed and put into implementation Florida TaxWatch’s C-Suite Elite Roundtable, regional workshops designed to engage area top executives.

You may reach her at with questions regarding courses she teaches.



Carter DeWitt