SPECIAL REPORT
December 28, 2016

2016 in Review: Nonprofit Leaders Who Tackle Big Challenges

People in the nonprofit world aren’t afraid to take on tough tasks. Bryan Stevenson is trying to spur a national reckoning with America’s racist history. Laura Callanan strives to make impact investing work for artists. John Hennessy helped Stanford University complete three billion-dollar capital campaigns.

Here’s a look back at some of the people tackling ambitious goals we profiled in 2016.

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January 05, 2016

40 Under 40: Max Kenner: Prison Path to Higher Learning

A fervent believer in the power of the humanities and sciences to transform lives creates a rigorous academic program through which inmates can earn associate and bachelor’s degrees.

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January 05, 2016

40 Under 40: Lateefah Simon: ‘Moving at the Speed of Twitter’

The teen mother got her first nonprofit job at 17, counseling young women on the streets of San Francisco. At 26, she won a MacArthur "genius" grant for her methods of helping poor young women of color.

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July 06, 2016

Lawyer Mobilizes Nonprofit to Force a Reckoning on Racism

Acclaimed author and death-row attorney Bryan Stevenson wants America to learn how a long history of injustice underlies many of today’s most vexing problems.

Article
August 02, 2016

Fundraising Lessons From Stanford’s $12 Billion Man

Outgoing Stanford President John Hennessy raised billions for the university by steering clear of talking about goals in dollar terms and communicating clearly what a gift would accomplish.

Article
September 09, 2016

A Young CEO Seizes Opportunity to Sell Her Group’s Expertise

Aria Finger, 33, brought a track record of innovation and a knack for reaching her generational peers when she ascended last fall to the top job at volunteerism charity DoSomething.org.

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October 04, 2016

New Venture Connects Socially Minded Artists With Cash

Laura Callanan worries that "new philanthropy," which tends to focus on creative investments in education and social-service nonprofits, will leave cultural causes behind.

Article
November 01, 2016

Fatherhood Sparked J.B. Pritzker’s Crusade for Kids

The Hyatt hotel heir, investor, and philanthropist says early-childhood education is the key to the nation’s economic future. He wishes more donors agreed.

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December 02, 2016

Flint Water Crisis Proves Mettle of New Foundation Leader

Under the leadership of 37-year-old President Ridgway White, the Mott Foundation provided money to deal with the city’s unsafe water even before a state of emergency had been declared.