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Maehara Again Named Among Most Influential Nonprofit Leaders

August 18, 2009

The NonProfit Times has again placed Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP, among the ranks of the U.S. nonprofit sector’s most influential in its yearly listing: The NPT Power & Influence Top 50.

This year’s list of leaders is made up of “executives who mobilize the masses for good and who manage their resources while blazing a path for others to follow,” the newspaper explains. Having been named to this list 11 years in a row, Maehara is also listed in the Hall of Fame section of the NonProfit Times’ ranking, which it describes as “a roll call of the executives who have shaped the listing and the sector.” The newspaper began its listing in 1998.

“She has said that simply raising money is not enough and that ethical treatment of donors and funds is critical to an effective fundraising process,” The NonProfit Times writes of Maehara. “Maehara has long led the call for stewardship that is beyond reproach.”

“I am always proud to be named to this list, and always so thankful of the thousands upon thousands of fundraisers across the world who work to give fundraising a good name,” said Maehara. “The influence of AFP is obviously very strong and I’ve always been committed to using that influence to push for high ideals of ethics and accountability.”

Among those new to the list of influential nonprofit leaders for 2009 are the following:

  • Sharon Burns, chief information officer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Ill.
  • Alan Khazei, founder and CEO, Be the Change Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO, Entertainment Industry Foundation in Los Angeles, Calf.
  • Barry Rand, CEO of AARP in Washington, D.C.
  • Holly Ross, executive director of NTEN in Portland, Ore.

AFP also wishes to recognize AFP member Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, president and CEO of the National Catholic Development Conference in Hempstead, N.Y., who was named this year among the nonprofit sector’s most influential leaders.

The NonProfit Times’ annual Power and Influence Top 50 were selected by the publication’s staff and several members of the nonprofit community (none of whom were permitted to be part of the list).

The executives will be honored for their work at a gala at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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