July 19, 2018
Six Massachusetts Nonprofit Leaders Among Top 50 in U.S.

August 4, 2017 — Six Massachusetts nonprofit leaders—four men and two women—this week were cited as being among the 50 most powerful and influential sector leaders nationally.

People named to the NPT Power & Influence Top 50, compiled and published by The NonProfit Times, culled from a list of 300 top executives, were included for having "had an impact during the previous 12 months."

Massachusetts leaders named to the list were:

Jeffrey Bradach, managing partner and co-founder of the Bridgespan Group, a global nonprofit based in Boston that collaborates with mission-driven leaders, organizations, and philanthropists to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need. This marked the fourth consecutive year Bradach has been named to The Top 50 List.

NPT noted, "Bradach preaches unbundling and scaling up for impact elements that work the best. Under his leadership Bridgespan has been focused on developing the next generation of sector innovators."

Michael Brown, co-founder and chief executive officer of City Year, a national nonprofit based in Boston that trains young people to serve as tutors to at-risk school children. This is the sixth time Brown has been on The Top 50 List since 2009.

"Even if the threatened defunding of the Corporation for National and Community Service doesn’t go through, Brown and City Year will be a leading, vital, national group," according to NPT, recognizing Brown for having attracted nearly 25,000 volunteers.

Phil Buchanan, president of The Center for Effective Philanthropy, a Cambridge-based nonprofit organization that develops data to help funders improve their effectiveness. This marked the sixth time Buchanan has been named to The Top 50 List since 2007.

NPT lauded Buchanan for being "correct when he smacks leaders around in writing that the sector is “losing our religion” and that 'declaring sector agnosticism in the context of pursuing social impact is not helpful or wise.'”

James Canales, president of the Barr Foundation, based in Boston, the largest private foundation in Massachusetts.

NPT wrote, "How do you get on a national influential list when you focus mostly on local issues? You see the whole board and make regional grants that have national implications. His special initiatives funding (millions of dollars) targets threats to equity and vulnerable populations. It will ripple across the land.

Ray Madoff, professor at Boston College Law School in Newton, one of the country's leading law schools, which encourages its students to be active in social justice and public service.

"Sector leaders either love her ideas, particularly those on estate planning and accelerating payout on donor advised-funds, or want her to stop (in their views) trying to eradicate the processes," NPT wrote. "She’s pushing for charitably designated money to get to work sooner."

Tracy Palandjian, chief executive officer and co-founder of Social Finance, a Boston nonprofit that is spearheading a new approach to financing nonprofits that aim to solve pervasive social problems.

According to NPT, "Palandjian heads up one of the more aggressive voices in a still controversial funding concept, the social impact bond," which pay investors for success of nonprofit services, adding that "the idea of tapping capital markets to achieve public policy objectives is going to get a sustained look in an era of federal budget evisceration."

While Massachusetts has disproportionate representation on the list, the full list of 50 leaders includes 23 women.

Results of a recently survey of Massachusetts and southern New England nonprofits, completed by TSNE MissionWorks found that 61% of executive director/chief executive officer jobs are held by women, a number that drops to 32% among the very largest organizations.

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