David Weitnauer

David Weitnauer

NCFP Treasurer | President, R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation

David Weitnauer (NCFP Board Treasurer) has been President of the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr., Foundation since 2007. Dobbs is a multi-generational family foundation working to extend the legacy of Howard Dobbs, Jr. by investing in professional development for educators serving public, K-12 districts; environmental stewardship across Georgia with a priority on conservation of the Georgia coast; and health access with a priority on maternal and child health and child and adolescent mental health. He came to the Dobbs Foundation following an 11-year relationship with the Rockdale Foundation where he was a founding board member and its first Executive Director. David serves as a board member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy; trustee of the John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation and the Rockdale Foundation; and a founding board member for the Georgia Social Impact Collaborative.

David served previously as a trustee of Agnes Scott College, Columbia Theological Seminary, the Southeastern Council of Foundations and he was the founding chairperson of the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance. David was a member of SECF’s inaugural class of Hull Fellows.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), David has been on the pastoral staff of several congregations and served for seven years as a pastoral counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist with an ecumenical counseling center in Atlanta.

A 1982 graduate of Davidson College, he received his Master of Divinity in 1986 and his Doctor of Theology in 1997 from Columbia Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Nancy, have two adult children, Sam and Claire.


Engaging Youth Peer Network: Youth and Next-gen COVID-19 Giving

Posted on April 22, 2020 by Eesha Vettical, Allison Hale, Rebecca Riccio, David Weitnauer

Attendees at a Youth Philanthropy Connect event
Youth and next-gen givers are an integral part of our foundation’s futures, and many are interested in helping during the current crisis. COVID-19 provides a unique, albeit unfortunate, opportunity to engage youth in decisions around crisis response funds. Learn how peers are engaging youth in these decisions and values conversations, broaching delicate topics, and nurturing empathy… Read More

Consensus and Complexity: A Retreat for New Family Foundation CEOs

Posted on October 11, 2019 by Alexa Cortes Culwell, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Virginia M. Esposito, Ambassador James A. Joseph, Stephen Treat, June L. Wilson, David Weitnauer, Jim Parsons

SOLD OUT! Contact NCFP at (202) 293-3424 to add your name to the wait list. Serving in the leadership staffing role for a family foundation can be one of the best jobs you’ll ever have, but it is not without challenges and complications. This first-of-its-kind NCFP peer retreat provides a unique opportunity for new family foundation CEOs to reflect on… Read More

Family Stories and Interviewing Elders

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Bill Leighty, Debbie Brodsky, Kelly Medinger, David Weitnauer

Capturing and sharing your family’s history is critical to understanding and appreciating your philanthropy, providing a window into the rich heritage of your extended family. Elders in your family often have particularly interesting stories to tell, and can help family members of all ages feel more connected with the generations preceding them, and gain an even greater appreciation of their… Read More