Waddy Thompson's 33-year career in arts administration has encompassed work for a wide variety of organizations serving music, dance, theatre, literature, and visual arts. He has held positions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, InterSchool Orchestras of New York, New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, OPERA American, Second Stage Theatre, American Music Center, and Symphony Space. His responsibilities at these organizations have included fundraising, donor-advised funds, marketing, communications, and various administrative areas. He has secured donations, grants, and bequests up to one million dollars from the full spectrum of funding sources.
He is also the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing (Alpha Books) and numerous articles in The NonProfit Times and other periodicals. He teaches grant writing for New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. He has also been a guest speaker and/or workshop presenter for several university programs and various arts councils in lower New York state.