America’s Charities Launches CEO Search

Steve Delfin has resigned as president and CEO of America’s Charities after six years at the helm of the workplace giving charity.

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Business Development Officer James E. Starr was appointed interim CEO as a nationwide search for a permanent CEO is launched. America’s Charities Vice President of Client Engagement Solutions Robyn Neal announced the change via a brief email.

“As we move through this transition, we will continue to provide the high level of service and support that you’ve come to expect as our esteemed member. We are confident that we have the right business strategy in place — generating more revenue and support for our members,” Neal wrote.

“Under Steve’s guidance, America’s Charities has expanded its leadership position, bringing expertise and new ideas to the workplace giving community about trends in philanthropy and employee engagement,” Board Chair Marcia Bullard said via an announcement on Friday.

Delfin said that he and the board were unable to come to agreement on a new contract and have gone their separate ways. He said that the parting is amicable. Lindsay Nichols, vice president, marketing and communications for America’s Charities, concurred that the decision was a mutual one made between the board and Delfin, whose contract was expiring. The board is scheduled to meet Wednesday, she added, where more details on the CEO search are likely to be determined.

“In his second year with America’s Charities, Jim Starr continues to lead innovations in donor engagement and strategic partnerships, applying his 25 years of related experience to the benefit of our charity members and employer clients,” Bullard said. “Our focus will continue to be on our members, clients and partners. Jim and our talented staff will keep America’s Charities on a trajectory for growth and success, with the full support of the Board of Directors,” she said.

America’s Charities reported total revenue of $24.7 million in 2014, the most recent year available, including $20.5 million raised via federated campaigns. Delfin earned total compensation of $208,962, including base compensation of $167,150, according to the organization’s 2014 federal Form 990.

Delfin’s LinkedIn profile now identifies him as senior advisor and CEO of Delfin & Associates, a senior executive advisor to companies and nonprofits. Delfin previously served as senior vice president at the Credit Union National Association and executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation for five years. He also spent almost five years as worldwide director, community relations, for Booz Allen Hamilton, as well as managing director, marketing and communications, at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

The national headquarters of America’s Charities is located in Chantilly, Va., with regional offices in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas. The organization has distributed more than $650 million to 10,000-plus charities since it was established in 1980. It is comprised of four federations that members can join: America’s Charities, Children First; America’s Charities, Health First; America’s Charities, or Community First, and America’s Charities of Greater Washington, D.C.