Monday, November 2, 2009

Non Profit News

A Victory for Social Entrepreneurship As Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey Is Named One Of America's Best Leaders of 2009

As America faces unique challenges, U.S. News Media Group and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership Highlight 22 Extraordinary Leaders

New York City and Washington, DC – October 22, 2009 – Social entrepreneurship earned a prestigious honor today as Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey (in photo above) was named one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009 by U.S. News Media Group in association with the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy's School of Government.

Echoing Green is a global nonprofit that supports emerging entrepreneurs who enact innovative solutions that address root causes to social problems. It is one of the only organizations solely dedicated to investing in early-stage social entrepreneurs. Since 1987, Echoing Green has awarded more than $28 million in start-up capital to nearly 500 social entrepreneurs worldwide. The 22 leaders recognized this year are featured online at and in the November 2009 issue of U.S.News & World Report magazine, on newsstands Tuesday, October 27.

“This is a humbling honor for me and for Echoing Green, and an exciting victory for the field of social entrepreneurship to which we are dedicated,” said Ms. Dorsey. “People worldwide have the power to solve social problems, and with the inspiration and support of Echoing Green and others they will. By recognizing social entrepreneurship, U.S. News and the Center for Public Leadership are playing an important part in encouraging people to be bold and take the entrepreneurial risk in pursuit of a social mission.”

Ms. Dorsey was named President of Echoing Green in May 2002. She was most recently appointed vice-chair of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, after serving as a team member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of the Obama Presidential Transition's Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group. Ms. Dorsey serves on the board of City Year (national),, and Freelancers Insurance Company, Inc., a for-profit insurance company and subsidiary of Working Today. She also serves as an advisory board member of the Action Tank for Social Entrepreneurs, America Forward, and the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.

In 1992, while training to be a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School, Ms. Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship. With it, she launched the Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit that provides basic health care and outreach services to at-risk residents of inner-city Boston neighborhoods. As a public policy innovator, Ms. Dorsey served as a White House Fellow from 1997-1998, serving as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, advising the Clinton Administration on health care and other issues. She was later named Special Assistant to the Director of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department, where she helped develop family-friendly workplace policies and spearheaded the labor secretary’s pay equity initiative.

"The country has faced exceptional challenges in the past year," said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S.News & World Report. “With our Best Leaders issue, we focused on individuals from a range of industries who have demonstrated unwavering leadership and a commitment to finding solutions in this difficult time."

Source and photo: Echoing Green

White House Advisor Melody Barnes to Present Obama Administration Domestic Policy Insights at Independent Sector and Council of Michigan Foundations Annual Conference

(Washington, D.C., October 30, 2009)— Melody Barnes, domestic policy advisor to President Obama and the director of the White House's Domestic Policy Council, will keynote the opening session of the Independent Sector and Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) Annual Conference, to take place November 4-6, 2009, at the Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. She will open the conference, “Challenging Times, New Opportunities,” with an examination of how the government and nonprofits can work together in new ways to respond to the challenges facing communities across the country.

The conference has already broken registration records with over 1,100 leaders attending from the nation’s charities, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs. Also breaking records at the conference is the NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now initiative, which will provide special programming to more than 200 professionals under the age of 40.

Barnes joins a diverse and dynamic list of plenary speakers that includes Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children's Zone; Margaret McKenna of the Wal-Mart Foundation; Janet Murguía of the National Council of La Raza; Sean Parker, founder of Facebook Causes; and Jeff Raikes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Other prominent African American foundation and organization leaders participating in the conference include Aaron Dworkin, President of the Sphinx Organization, Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, and the Honorable Norman Rice, President and CEO of the Seattle Foundation.

Prior to her position at the White House, Barnes served as the senior domestic policy advisor to President Obama’s campaign and was the executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress. From 1995 to 2003, she was chief counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In those capacities, and as director of legislative affairs for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and assistant counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, she worked extensively on civil rights and voting rights, women’s health, religious liberties, and commercial law.

Barnes received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her law degree from the University of Michigan. She began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City, and is a member of both the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.

“Independent Sector is honored to have Melody open our annual conference,” said Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “As we think about the future and how we might make even more significant contributions to improve lives in the communities we serve, we welcome Melody’s thoughts about how government too can make an even greater difference. We look forward to partnering with her going forward.”

Independent Sector is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 charities, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs, collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups in every state across the nation. Its mission is to advance the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the nonprofit community. To learn more about Independent Sector, please visit:


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