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January 20, 2015

5 Nonprofits Seeking New Leaders in 2015

American Cancer Society

The century-old group, which has had its share of fundraising struggles, is moving into the second year of its search to replace John Seffrin, who announced in January 2014 that he will retire when a successor is found. He’s been at the helm since 1992.

Kauffman Foundation

Expect the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to announce a new CEO in early 2015. This is the education and entrepreneurship grant maker’s second executive search since the January 2012 resignation of 10-year CEO Carl Schramm. The foundation says it’s looking for a leader—from a nonprofit or business—who can carry out a nearly completed five-year strategic plan, which includes, among other things, investments in metropolitan areas apart from its hometown of Kansas City, Mo.


The CEO seat is open with the recent departure of Doug Ulman, who helped build cyclist Lance Armstrong’s powerhouse charity and then steadied it in the storm following the racer’s doping controversies. Mr. Ulman left to run Pelotonia, a growing cancer-benefit charity ride in Columbus, Ohio.

MacArthur Foundation

Will the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation look outside the ivory tower for its new president? Since its start in 1978, the foundation has had only four leaders, and each was plucked from the top ranks of university officials and served a 10-year term. But this summer, the board declined to ask Robert Gallucci, former head of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, to stay on for a second five-year term, saying it wanted "to look for a new kind of leadership to accelerate the pace of change."

National Human Services Assembly

A search is under way to replace Irv Katz, who quietly announced he plans to retire as chief executive of the nonprofit association in March. Mr. Katz has led the group, which advocates for the nation’s leading health and human-service organizations, since 2001.