Participants in the Panel
Working with the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector are 175 executives and experts with extensive knowledge of and experience with public charities and private foundations. Drawn from organizations of all sizes serving diverse missions and geographic locations, they advised the Panel as it developed recommendations on how to ensure that nonprofits remain a vibrant, responsive, and effective part of American society.
These participants, all of whom volunteered for this important work, joined one of nine groups:
- The Panel -- 24 nonprofit leaders who reflect the reach and diversity of the country’s nonprofit organizations.
- The Advisory Committee on Self-Regulation of the Charitable Sector -- More than 30 leaders examined how to best strengthen self-regulation, including how to build on the work of various organizations and subsectors that have already developed standards, accreditation, and training.
- The Citizens Advisory Group -- Nine leaders of America’s business, educational, media, political, and religious institutions.
- The Expert Advisory Group -- Eight of the foremost scholars and practitioners in nonprofit operations.
- The Work Groups -- More than 100 nonprofit practitioners took part in five groups: Governance and Fiduciary Responsibility; Government Oversight and Self-Regulation; Legal Framework; Small Organizations; and Transparency and Financial Accountability. These work groups provided Recommendations to the Panel that informed the Panel's Interim Report on April 2005, and subsequent releases.
In order to ensure the inclusion of diverse needs of the nonprofit community, the Panel also solicited input from across the country. It encouraged staff and board members of nonprofit public charities, corporate philanthropy programs, and private foundations to participate in conference calls, to submit their comments and concerns via the Panel website, and to attend the field hearings.