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The Irish philosopher Edmund Burke is quoted as having said: “Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.”
Those selected for inclusion in this year’s The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 exemplify those words. During the past 12 months there has been an increased emphasis on effective implementation of a more civil society. That has taken the form of demanded inclusion, beginning to effect change in the way in which the general public views the sector and evolving those expectations, or the simple use of language.
This unveiling of the industry’s innovators illustrates the power of people pushing society for equal access and opportunity. While that concept has always been the sector’s hallmark, recently it seems that the insistence for inclusion has needed ratcheting up and sector leaders have responded.
The call has been answered with ideas, technology, action and persuasion. In some cases they have put themselves physically on the line for equity and access. Strategy and tactics have been important, but so has the way sector leaders, and the general public, view what nonprofit organizations mean to the greater society.
There is quite a bit of turnover in this 17th annual catalog of the sector’s big brains. There are 17 new honorees on the 2014 honor roll and three executives who are returning to the club after taking some time off, apparently to come up with new ideas.
Burke also said: “Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations — wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.” And so the honorees and their guests will be feted in Washington, D.C., next month during the annual NPT Power & Influence Top 50 Gala. That night one of the honorees will receive the second annual Innovator of the Year award.
The evening always involves conversation between people who would not normally have the opportunity to interact.
As Burke said: “There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.” The men and women recognized on the following pages exemplify those words. Here they are – The 2014 NPT Power & Influence Top 50 honorees. NPT