Meet Dennis

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Dennis Bidwell, proud father of two Northampton High graduates, is well-known for a host of community involvements, including:

  • Founder of Northampton High Crew and Northampton Community Rowing, 1998
  • Former chair of the Board of the National Priorities Project, (which was nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize)
  • Board member, Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce 2008-2013
  • As Chair of the Economic Development Committee, led a successful effort to create zoning for King Street designed to encourage appropriate development
  • Member, Sustainable Northampton Committee
  • Member, Northampton Zoning Revisions Committee.
  • Member of the School Councils at Jackson Street School, JFK Middle School, Northampton High School

As founder and owner of Bidwell Advisors, a consulting firm that helps non-profits raise money through charitable gifts of real estate, Bidwell has worked with numerous institutions in the valley and around the country. His work earned him the 2014 Distinguished Advisor in Philanthropy Award from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 2001, the firm has allowed Bidwell to combine his experience in real estate consulting and appraisal with his passion for strengthening the charitable sector.

Dennis is an avid cyclist, cross country skier, rower and hiker. One of his passions is music. He makes an almost-annual pilgrimage to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Professional Background

  • Bidwell Advisors, Owner/Principal, 2001 to present
  • American Farmland Trust, National Director of Land Protection, Washington, D.C. and Northampton, MA, 1990-2001
  • Leggat McCall Advisors, real estate consultants and appraisers, Vice President, Boston, 1983-1990
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Development Officer, Boston, 1980-1983
  • Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, Program Officer, Boston, 1976-1979
  • Boston Community Schools, Community School Coordinator and Community Organizer, 1972-1975

Educational Background

  • M.B.A., Boston University – Non-profit management, finance, marketing.
  • M. Ed., Harvard University – Management, community education.
  • A.B., Dartmouth College – Government.