The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northern New England Chapter, chartered in 1998, has named Robert Demont, of Cumberland Maine and President of Demont Associates, a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. In conferring the association’s first such award given in its 44-year history at its recent Annual Conference in Concord, NH, former Association President and Vice President of Champlain College, Shelley Richardson, noted Robert’s “outstanding service and dedication in direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in the profession.” She added “over the course of his 38-year consulting career, Bob has not just helped over 300 not-for profit organizations raise over $1 billion regionally and internationally, he has also been a respected and dedicated mentor to professionals, volunteers and a new generation of philanthropists.”
In accepting the award, Bob remarked, “I am very grateful for this honor, but I must admit that I've had the opportunity to work with the best people in our communities, when they are at their best, for the last 38 years. It has never felt like a job.” Demont Associates provides strategic and campaign counsel and related services to not-for-profit organizations seeking $3 million or more in philanthropic support. The firm offers an attentive group of consulting professionals committed to volunteer-driven fund-raising and advancement programs and maintains New England offices in Burlington, Concord, and Portland.
About Robert Demont
Bob Demont has been a proponent of the highest standards in direction and counsel to philanthropic institutions, their staff, and volunteers since 1979. In addition to managing, directing, and counseling hundreds of clients and helping them raise over $1,000,000,000, Bob has been a teacher, coach, camp counselor, board member, political campaign manager, international performer, and marketing representative. He formed Demont Associates in 1993 after serving as regional manager and president of the New England Division of Ketchum, Inc., when it was the largest fund-raising counseling firm in the world.
Bob has personally chaired six capital campaigns for not-for-profit organizations. He is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Northern New England Chapter, was a faculty member of AFP’s First Course and Survey Course, and a guest lecturer at Lesley College. He also has completed the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by AFP in conjunction with the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.
Bob is the former Chair of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine at Machias, President of Yarmouth High School Alumni Association, Past-President of the Board of Directors of Agawam Council, a private character-based camp serving American youth since 1919. Bob remains a development committee member and summer camp counselor at Camp Agawam. He has been an active volunteer and class capital campaign chair at his alma mater, Bowdoin College, chaired Up with People’s International Alumni Association Founders Campaign, and headed up his church’s finance committee, leading its endowment for music ministry. Bob is also an avid reader, golfer and hot yoga practitioner.