Robert O. Bothwell / RESUME
Knowledge and Experience about Philanthropy,
Nonprofit Advocacy and Organizations
Principal Consultant, VISIONS REALIZED, 2002-. Clients have included: Moscow School of Political Studies (Russia), Supporters of Civil Society in Russia (Washington, DC), OMB Watch (Washington, DC), Hon. John J. Callahan (National Association of Community Health Centers), Institute for America's Future (Washington, DC), Center for Public Resources Development (Tokyo), Environmental Support Center (Washington, DC) and American Youth Work Center/Youth Today.
Columnist, PHILANTHROPY IN EUROPE, 1999-2006. Wrote regular bimonthly column for this new magazine in Europe, column entitled, "Philanthropy in America."
President Emeritus/Senior Fellow, NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIVE PHILANTHROPY, 1999-2002. Completed and published seven research projects on civil society, domestically and abroad.
Founding Director/President of NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIVE PHILANTHROPY, 1976-1999, dedicated to changing private philanthropy -- through research and action -- to be more responsive to social justice and environmental organizations. Author or publisher of over 30 reports on philanthropy, accountability and social justice. Created a national movement of "alternatives" to the United Way, which raise over $300 million annually from workplace charity drives in the U.S. Government, over 40 state governments, and hundreds of local governments and private businesses. Challenged foundations to reevaluate their grant making in light of conservative takeover of Congress/public policy, through research, publicity and educational briefings. Initiated first public examinations of community foundations and their responsiveness to the disenfranchised, and of corporate grant making to racial/ethnic populations. Expanded disclosure of critical information by foundations and nonprofits to grant seekers and the public. Stimulated development of women's funds nationwide.
Also, Responsible for program planning and implementation, publications planning and actualization, promotion and publicity, and occasional legislative and grassroots policy campaigns, and for hiring and guiding staff and consultants, budgeting, fund raising, financial management, board recruitment and education. Grew organization from $25,000 to $1.1 million annual budget -- which, considering the nature of the organization as a watchdog on philanthropic grantmaking -- was extremely difficult to raise.
Formerly with NATIONAL URBAN COALITION, U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS/NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES, CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF PUBLIC POLICY and U.S. OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY.
Director of aggressive and very successful effort to utilize national and local media.. Organizer of numerous press conferences. Key speaker at numerous press conferences. Appearances on: MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, TODAY, Phil Donahue, Nightline, Wall Street Journal Report, PBS Think Tank, Diane Rehm (National Public Radio), NBC TV News, ABC TV News, CBS TV Evening News, CNN News, CNBC News, MSNBC and numerous local TV and radio news and feature shows.
Testified ten times before U.S. Congressional Committees on issues of public disclosure by philanthropic foundations and nonprofit organizations, lobbying and advocacy by nonprofit organizations, impact and regulation of private foundations, reform of workplace fund raising, and tax incentives for charitable donors.
M.A. Indiana University (Political Science)
B.A. Ohio State University (International Studies), cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Award for Improving the Lives of Special Needs Children, by the Massachusetts Foundation for Children, Boston,1999.
Honor Award for....Untiring Effort, Dedication and Outstanding Work on behalf of the Disenfranchised and Local Alternative Funds (re) the Combined Federal Campaign, by the Alliance for Choice in Giving, Los Angeles, 1988.
Award for Persistent Commitment to an Open and Fair CFC and Outstanding Leadership Role Toward the Passage of the 1987 CFC Reform Legislation, by the National Service Agencies, Washington, DC, 1988.
Bob Morrow Long Term Support Award, for Being There at the Start and Helping Us Share a Vision, by the Fund for Community Progress, Providence, RI, 1986.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
Supporters of Civil Society in Russia, Treasurer, 2004-05.
Catholic University School of Law, Guest Lecturer on Japan's Nonprofit Sector, 2003.
Georgetown University, Guest Lecturer on Civil Society indices, 2000-02.
Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, George Mason Universities, U. of Maryland, U. of Richmond, Guest Lecturer on Philanthropy, 1980s-2003.
DSD Advisory Committee, 2003-04 (DSD is a San Francisco Bay Area Management and Fund Raising Consulting Firm)
CIVICUS Index on Civil Society Project Advisory Committee, 2000-01
International Center on Not-for-Profit Law Supervisory/Advisory Council, 1999-2006.
Independent Sector Research Committee, 1993-2003.
The American Assembly, Participant, "The Future of Philanthropy in a Changing America," Los Angeles, CA, April, 1998.
The Ditchley Foundation, Participant, "The Political, Social & Environmental Responsibilities of Business," Charing Cross, England, 1998.
Independent Sector Government Relations Committee, 1992-1998.
CIVICUS, Exploratory Project for an International Civil Society Watch, Director, 1996.
American Center for International Leadership, Charity and Philanthropy Commission, Moscow and St. Petersburg, 1991.
Independent Sector Lobby Steering Group, 1987-1990.
National Association of Attorneys General, Solicitation Law Project, Private Sector Advisory Group 1984-1986.
Combined Health Appeal of the National Capital Area, Advisory Committee, 1982-84.
Center for Science in the Public Interest, Health Charities Reform Project Adv. Comm., 1981-83.
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ROBERT O. BOTHWELL, VISIONS REALIZED
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