As founder and principal, Griet Dehandschutter brings over 20 years of experience in international fundraising, communications and business development, in both the nonprofit sector and the corporate world.

Born in Belgium, Griet started her career as the Co-Founder and First Managing Director of the European American Business Council in Washington, DC, for which she raised the start-up capital and annual funds.

In Brussels, Griet worked as a Communications Consultant for Burson-Marsteller (B-M).  She developed and implemented Belgian and pan-European communication campaigns for government and corporate clients.  She won the B-M Award for Outstanding Performance.  Prior to that, she advised Gijs De Vries, a Dutch Member of the European Parliament, on the transatlantic regulatory climate for corporate investment and trade.

In the US, Griet established the East Coast office for Flanders Investment and Trade.  As the US representative of the Flemish government, she advised senior management of American companies to locate or expand their European operations in Flanders, Belgium. Prior to starting her own practice, she served as the Director of Development & Communications for SPIN-USA, Inc., a national social services organization based in Massachusetts.

Griet has a graduate degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C. and Bologna, Italy, and a law degree from the Universiteit Antwerpen.

She is fluent in Dutch and English and proficient in French and German. She is recognized as a dynamic presenter at conferences and workshops throughout the world and regularly contributes to various publications.

Griet serves on the boards of the American Fund for Charities and Silver Aqua.

Griet is active in her local church, serving on the generosity team and the Planned Giving ministry team.  She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP – North America) and BoardSource.

Curious about Griet’s Belgian roots? We invite you to watch this 3-minute video: