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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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