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Platform For The Nonprofit Sector

By The NonProfit Times - November 7, 2012

With Election 2012 now over, and President Barack Obama officially re-elected to a second term, we thought it was a good opportunity to bump up this post. President Obama will likely deal with issues of importance to the nonprofit sector again, perhaps even revisiting a potential cap on the charitable deduction, so it’s important to see what the nonprofit sector wants out of the next four years


In a special video filmed the day of The NonProfit TimesPower and Influence Top 50 Gala in Washington, D.C., 22 of the leading nonprofit executives let the two major party candidates know what the sector expects from the next administration when it comes to funding and cooperation. The video was released on the NPT website this morning, and a copy was delivered to both Gov. Romney and President Obama.

One of the key messages they delivered to the next occupant of the Oval Office was to increase dialog between Washington and the sector, and staying out of its way so that charity executives can do their jobs. They also urged the candidates not to attack charitable deduction or other tools, warning that they are needed to maintain the safety net for those less fortunate. The Obama administration has repeatedly tried to limit charitable deductions as a way to reduce the deficit.

The executives in the video include Robert F. Ashcraft, Diana Aviv, Brian Gallagher, and Aaron Hurst. The full list of participants can be viewed on the NPT website.

You can watch the video, which runs at around 8 minutes, on our website. Let us know what you think of the executives’ message in our comments section.

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Platform for the Nonprofit Sector

By Paul Clolery - October 17, 2012

With the presidential election just weeks away, 22 of the leading executives of the nonprofit sector have a message for both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

Filmed prior to the recent The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 Gala in Washington, D.C., the executives let the two major party candidates know what the sector expects from the next administration when it comes to funding and cooperation. The key messages included dialog with the sector and then getting out of the way so charity executives can do their jobs.

The executives said that they realize money is tight, but attacking the charitable deduction and other tools needed by the sector will only damage further the nation’s social safety network.

The NonProfit Times and FineLine Nonprofit Solutions produced the video.

The video can be viewed at and a copy will be delivered to both candidates. The executives sending a message to the next occupant of the Oval Office were:

Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D. Founding Executive Director Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation Phoenix, Ariz.

Diana Aviv President & CEO Independent Sector Washington, D.C.

Donna Butts Executive Director Generations United Washington, D.C.

Diana Campoamor President Hispanics in Philanthropy Oakland, Calif.

Tim Delaney President & CEO National Council of Nonprofits Washington, D.C.

James Firman President & CEO National Council on Aging Washington, D.C.

Brian Gallagher President & CEO United Way Worldwide Alexandria, Va.

John H. Graham IV President & CEO ASAE/The Center for Association Leadership Washington, D.C.

John Griswold Executive Director Commonfund Institute Wilton, Conn.

Wendy Harman Social Media Manager American Red Cross Washington, D.C.

Aaron Hurst President & Founder Taproot Foundation New York, N.Y.

Irv Katz President National Human Services Assembly Washington, D.C.

Sr. Georgette Lehmuth President & CEO National Catholic Development Conference Hempstead, N.Y.

Robert Lynch President & CEO Americans for the Arts Washington, D.C.

Tim McClimon President American Express Foundation New York, N.Y.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey President & CEO Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Princeton, N.J.

Neil Nicoll President & CEO YMCA of the USA Chicago, Ill.

Michelle Nunn Chief Executive Officer Points of Light Institute Atlanta, Ga.

Holly Ross Executive Director NTEN Portland, Ore.

Judy Vredenburgh President & CEO Girls Inc. New York, N.Y.

Ann Silverberg Williamson President & CEO Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations Baton Rouge, La.

Samuel Worthington President & CEO InterAction Washington, D.C.


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