BOSTON – The NonProfit Times has named Boston Foundation President & CEO Paul S. Grogan to its list of the nation’s most powerful and influential nonprofit executives for the third year in a row. He and the others selected for the publication’s 2015 “Power and Influence Top 50” will be honored next month at a gala at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
This year’s honorees “exemplify what happens when people stand firmly for inclusion and equal rights,” the newspaper reported in its Aug. 1 edition. Citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, the newspaper said the “Top 50” honorees were “lightning rods for those victories and many others.”
In 2013, the Boston Foundation was among nearly 300 businesses and organizations that filed an amicus brief on behalf of those seeking to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which the court struck down later that year.
Grogan was singled out for his work “at the forefront of high-impact philanthropy funding initiatives” that target housing, economic development and education. Other honorees this year include three other Massachusetts nonprofit leaders: Jeffrey Bradach of the Bridgespan Group, Michael Brown of City Year and Phil Buchanan of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
“I’m honored to be part of this cohort of so many outstanding nonprofit leaders,” Grogan said. “And I’m so proud of the Boston Foundation’s century of contributions to this great city. We look forward to continuing to help improve urban education, address inequality, revitalize struggling neighborhoods and create economic opportunity and jobs for those who most need them.”
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The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of some $1 billion. In 2014, the Foundation and its donors made more than $112 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of nearly $112 million. In celebration of its centennial in 2015, the Boston Foundation has launched the Campaign for Boston to strengthen the Permanent Fund for Boston, Greater Boston’s only endowment fund supporting organizations focused on the most pressing needs of Greater Boston. The Foundation is proud to be a partner in philanthropy, with nearly 1,000 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes.
The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener and sponsor of special initiatives that address the region’s most serious challenges. The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations around the globe. For more information about the Boston Foundation and TPI, visit www.tbf.org or call 617-338-1700.