Join The NonProfit Times: or Become a member

Subscribe: Print Publication or Newsletter

Stay connected.
Stay informed.

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.


Sponsored Podcasts

Welcome to the Raise & Engage podcast, a filters-off series for nonprofit professionals hosted by Blackbaud's straight-shooting expert Danielle Johnson Vermenton. During this open-mic session, you’ll hear honest advice to help YOU do more for your cause.

Episode 6: The Power of ‘No’ at Work|| daniellejohnson-76

You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.

Episode 5: Professional Development: Getting Un-Stuck|| daniellejohnson-76

In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!

Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane || daniellejohnson-76

Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy.

Tune in to hear:

  • Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
  • The benefits of 15 minute meetings
  • Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
  • Ideas for better managing your inbox
  • Why you should take lunch outside the box
  • ...and much more!
Don’t forget to visit the #NoFilterNonprofit Hub afterwards to download our newest tip sheet10 Productivity Hacks for Nonprofits.

Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff || daniellejohnson-76

Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully.

Tune in to hear:

  • When to say NO to integration
  • How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
  • Ways to get your entire team on board
  • The importance of identifying a project lead
  • The RFP process - how it should and should not go
And William shares a story about a nonprofit that may or may not have still been using a typewriter. You don't want to miss this one!

Episode 2: From Socially Awkward to Socially Awesome! || daniellejohnson-76

According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.

Episode 1: Corporate Culture & Development: Shake It Up! || daniellejohnson-76

In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!


Stay informed, catch latest trends in the nonprofit space.

Subscribe to Our Free Newsletter

No obligation, unsubscribe at anytime.

Success! Check your email inbox.

Follow Us On Twitter

NPT 2016 Buyers' Guide

Newsletter Sign-up

click here to return to the previous page