Grady R. Pitts, M.A.


Grady Pitts is founder, owner and President of Pitts & Associates, one of the nation’s most innovative philanthropic consulting firms. Grady and his associates have led scores of fundraising campaigns that are diverse in their scope and purpose, ranging from multi-million dollar hospital system campaigns to billion dollar comprehensive university campaigns.  His commitment to client success ensures that each client receives the leadership training, strategic, and tactical skills necessary to optimize client success.

Grady has been professionally involved in fundraising and leadership training for more than twenty years. He contributes to the Harvard Business Review on Leadership and is on Harvard Business Review's Advisory Council. He is often invited to speak on fundraising and leadership at AHP (Association of Healthcare Philanthropy) and CASE (Council for the Advancement of Schools and Education) conferences. He is considered one of the most effective coaches on fundraising and leadership.


Prior to founding Pitts & Associates, Grady was a principal of a private college preparatory academy and a college dean. With degrees in classical languages and history he held the prestigious Reynolds Fellowship at Wake Forest University Graduate School. He is a veteran, having served overseas from 1973 – 1975 as a member of an elite US Army long range reconnaissance team, during which time he was awarded several distinguished service citations.  He also played on the All-American US Army soccer team as center mid-field man.