Gifts at Changing The Present

About Changing The Present - Board of Advisors

Changing The Present is operated by ImportantGifts, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its Board of Advisors includes more than 125 leaders with expertise across the entire spectrum of causes. Click on a panel or cause below to see our current advisors.


Civic, Ethnic And Religious Affiliations:


Philanthropy & Nonprofits

Alan J. Abramson

Director, Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program, The Aspen Institute

Dr. Kathryn Agard

Dorothy A. Johnson Center on Philanthropy

Kenneth Anderson, JD

Professor of Law, American University

Manuel Arango

Founder, Mexican Center for Philanthropy

Ellen Barclay

President, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Senator Bill Bradley

Managing Director, Allen & Company

Darian Rodriguez Heyman

Executive Director and President of the Board, Craigslist Foundation

Linda Lampkin

Research Director, Economic Research Institute

Michael Madnick

Senior Vice President, United Nations Foundation

Dr. Richard Marker

Strategic Philanthropy Advisor, Marker Goldsmith
Former Executive Vice President [CEO], the Samuel Bronfman Foundation

Liz Maw

Executive Director, Net Impact

Bruce Schearer

Former President and Distinguished Fellow, Synergos Institute

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Seb Beloe

Director of Research and Advocacy, Sustainability

Sara Olsen

Founding Partner, Social Venture Technology Group

Simon Zadek, PhD

Chief Executive, Institute of Social and Ethical AccountAbility
Senior Fellow, Centre for Government and Business, Harvard University Kennedy School

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Kenneth Austin

President, Association of Black Foundation Executives

Erica Hunt

President, 21st Century Foundation

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Kenneth Hackett

President, Catholic Relief Services

Jack Paquette

Vice President - Development, Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus

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Reverend Bud Heckman

Executive Director, Religions for Peace USA

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Gail Hyman

Senior Vice President of Communications, United Jewish Communities

David Mersky

Managing Director, Mersky, Jaffe & Associates
Lecturer in Jewish Philanthropy and Fundraising, Brandeis University

Jeffrey Solomon, PhD

President, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

Dr. Jonathan Woocher

Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Educational Services of North America

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Phyllis Anderson

President, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Bishop Stephen Bouman

Metropolitan New York Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Rev. Gary Gunderson

Director, Interfaith Health Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

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Eboo Patel, PhD

Founder and Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core

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Rick Ufford-Chase

Executive Director, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

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Robert Gilbertson

Chief Executive Officer, Tampa YMCA

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Judith Binney

Former Director, Global Volunteer Initiatives, Citigroup

Ami Dar

Executive Director, Action Without Borders (

Susan J. Ellis

President, Energize, Inc.

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Editorial Panel

Millie Martini Bratten

Editor-in-Chief, BRIDES

Alice Korngold

Author, Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses

James N. McClurg

President, Social Enterprise Alliance

Sara Olsen

Founding Partner, Social Venture Technology Group

Laura Quinn

Founder, Idealware

Mal Warwick

Founder, Mal Warwick & Associates, Inc.

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Web & Marketing

Douglas Atkin

Author, The Culting of Brands

B.J. Fogg, PhD

Director of Research and Design, Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford University

Ze Frank

Artist, consultant

Scott Heiferman

Chief Executive Officer, MeetUp

JC Herz

Principal, Joystick Nation, Inc

Barry Kessel

Director, Global Client Development, Wunderman

Don Levy

Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Digital

Nancy Lublin

CEO, Do Something
Founder, Dress for Success

Maryam Mohit

Former Vice President, Site Development,

Michel Ogrizek

Former Vice Chairman, Edelman Public Relations

Gary Sharma

Founder & CEO,

Barby Siegel

Worldwide Leader Consumer Marketing, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

Micah Sifry

Executive Editor, Personal Democracy Forum

Bill Sobel

President, Sobel Media

Brian Sobelman

Associate Vice President for Web/Direct Marketing, Save the Children

Cyndi Stivers

Executive Vice President, Martha Stewart Living

Linda Stone

Former Executive, Apple and Microsoft Executive

Ari Wallach

Vice President - Corporate Development, Seed Media Group

Mal Warwick

Founder, Mal Warwick & Associates, Inc.

Frank Zimmermann

Vice President - North America, Arvato Systems

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Business Council

David Clossey

Partner-in-Charge, International, Jones Day

Farhad Mohit

Co-founder, Shopzilla, Inc.

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Economics & Research

Nicole Goldin, PhD

Senior Research Manager, Gerson Lehrman Group

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Deborah Holmes

Americas Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ernst & Young

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