Five from Mass. Cited as Most Influential among U.S. Nonprofits

August 2, 2018 — Five Massachusetts nonprofit professionals, four of them men, have been named among the 50 most powerful and influential nonprofit leaders in the country, according to an annual ranking released this week.

Twenty-three of the remaining 45 people named to this year's NPT Power & Influence Top 50, compiled by The NonProfit Times (NPT), are women.

While only one out of the five Massachusetts leaders named to the list is a woman—Ray Madoff, a professor at Boston College Law School in Newton—61% of the approximately 32,000 nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts are led by women.

Unlike the four Massachusetts men on this year's list, Madoff does not lead a nonprofit organization.

The publication noted that Madoff "has become the go-to person for the counter-point argument when it comes to donor-advised funds. Her ideas are starting to influence lawmakers who see a big pot of unreachable, often stagnant dollars."

Madoff was one of two Massachusetts women named to the list last year. All four of the men on this year's listing were on last year's list.

This year's 50 names were culled from about 300 by a committee of NPT staff, contributors, and a few executives "plugged into executive movement." To make the list, the leaders "must have had an impact during the previous 12 months."

Also on this year's listing from Massachusetts 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 fifth consecutive year Bradach has been named to The Top 50 list.

  • 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 seventh time Brown has been on The Top 50 list since 2009.

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

  • James Canales, president of the Barr Foundation, based in Boston, the largest private foundation in Massachusetts. This is the second time Canales has been named to The Top 50 list.