Stephen “Steve” D. Willmont, CFRE, Senior Vice President
Steve Willmont is a senior vice president with Netzel Grigsby Associates (NGA) who directs major capital campaigns, planning studies, development training and strategy activities for a wide spectrum of nonprofit organizations primarily in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Steve believes that strong nonprofit agencies make for a strong community, and he is committed to building strong nonprofit staff and volunteer leadership teams. Steve brings the experience of over 35 years of professional nonprofit management to his clients. Steve has recently completed campaigns with Boys & Girls Clubs and independent schools raising over $18 million. Additionally, Steve has worked with both urban and rural community organizations like YMCAs, botanic gardens, mental health and addiction counseling programs, food banks, senior centers, and other youth development organizations. Recent clients include Westside Food Bank, Ventura Botanical Gardens, Solvang Senior Center, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and the Western Justice Center, among others.
Prior to joining NGA, Steve was a 35-year YMCA professional holding positions from Program Director all the way to CEO. His extensive expertise as an instructor and presenter, serving as a director of several training events for the YMCA of the USA and regional Y trainings, has led to successful current training roles with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Training topics have included annual development plans, year-end appeals, capital campaigns, and fundraising for board leadership.
Steve is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive and a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter. He has been an active member of Optimist International in both northern and southern California, serving as District Lt. Governor and Club President. He is a Lifetime Optimist Member and has been honored as Optimist of the Year. Steve is a sports enthusiast and he and his wife hosted exchange students from China for many years.
Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles.