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2022 NPT Power & Influence Top 50

Wholesale Revolution In Operations Boosted Leaders Into The Spotlight

By Paul Clolery

The Year 2022 had it all – rain, sleet, snow, pestilence, gloom of night, revolution and rejoicing. Sometimes it all happened at once and, without a doubt, nonprofit operations were forever changed.

You can’t tack every evolution to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is a good start. You might be able to correctly assess that much of what engulfed the nonprofit sector during the past 12 months got its start between 2020 and 2021. The fact there was some experience with the issues didn’t make the decisions easier.

The war in the Ukraine has exacerbated food shortages and driven-up the prices of what is available. Social justice remained a priority. Meanwhile, COVID-19 resembled something stuck to the bottom of a shoe that can’t be shaken off, but you walk away hoping it will wear off. It has impacted both back to the office and work from home (or the beach).

Just as the sector has been influenced by events, so has this 25th anniversary edition of The NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50. Nearly one-third (32%) of those honored have not previously been inducted into the club. Women outnumber men on the list for the first time, 28 to 22. It also is arguably the most diverse list of honorees.

The honorees have distinguished themselves as initiators, innovators and leaders who can redirect and sometimes restrict vital nonprofits and their operations. An important criteria of the list is that the honoree must be a working
day-in, day-out executive.

The 2022 honorees were selected from a group of roughly 300 nominated top executives. A committee of The NPT editorial staff, contributors and a few leaders plugged into executive movement were involved in the selection process. This is not a lifetime achievement award. The executives must have had an impact during the previous 12 months.

The fine china will be rolled out for honorees and their guests as they are feted in Washington, D.C., next month during the annual NPT Power & Influence Top 50 Gala at The National Press Club. One of the honorees will receive The NPT Influencer of the Year award. Turn the page and discover why these leaders are exceptional.

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