new NCRP director

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From: "Aaron Dorfman" <adorfman at>

For Immediate Release
January 12, 2007

Contact: Yna Moore
202.387.9177 ext. 17
ymoore at


Washington, D.C. - The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
announced today that Aaron Dorfman will be its new executive director
beginning February 2007.

Dorfman is currently the executive director and lead organizer of People
Acting for Community Together (PACT), an inter-faith coalition of
congregations working towards social and economic justice for members of
low- to moderate-income communities in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. PACT is
one of over 20 similar organizations that constitute the Direct Action and
Research Training (DART) network where Dorfman served as part of the senior
management team.

David R. Jones, chairman of NCRP, called Dorfman an “ideal” choice. “Aaron
Dorfman is a remarkable leader. His unwavering commitment to serving the
disenfranchised members of our communities, and his skill in building
coalitions among diverse interest groups, as well as his bold and innovative
thinking, will enable NCRP to continue advocating for accountability and
focus on social justice in the philanthropic sector,” said Jones.

Former Miami Herald publisher and president of The Early Childhood
Initiative Foundation David Lawrence added, “Aaron has that combination of
skill and intelligence and integrity that so few have.”

In 1992, Dorfman began his notable career in grassroots advocacy with the
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in Chicago,
then as head organizer of ACORN’s Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter. He was later
asked to open a chapter in Miami. He subsequently joined PACT in 1997.

Under Dorfman’s leadership, PACT quadrupled its member institutions, raised
their annual budget more than six-fold, and led successful campaigns that
resulted in tangible policy reforms related to the public school system,
public transportation, community policing and fair treatment of immigrants.

Dorfman expressed his pleasure at being chosen to lead the premier
philanthropic watchdog organization in the U.S. “I look forward to building
on NCRP’s history of great work, which spans over thirty years. Having run
grassroots community organizations since 1992, I know first-hand the
importance of NCRP’s mission. Responsive, accountable philanthropy that
partners with low-income people’s organizations can dramatically transform
communities and strengthen our democracy.”

Founded in 1976, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy is
dedicated to helping the philanthropic community advance the traditional
values of social and economic justice for all Americans. Committed to
helping funders more effectively serve the most disadvantaged Americans,
NCRP is a national watchdog, research and advocacy organization that
promotes public accountability and accessibility among foundations,
corporate grantmakers, individual donors and workplace giving programs. For
more information on NCRP or to join, please visit or call (202)


To request a copy of Aaron Dorfman's short biography or high-resolution
photo, please contact Yna Moore <ymoore at> or visit

Anna Kristina (Yna) C. Moore
Communications Associate
Nat'l Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
2001 S Street NW, Suite 620
Washington, DC 20009
T: 202.387.9177 x17
F: 202.332.5084
E: ymoore at

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