Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen

Chief Communications Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Rick brings wide-ranging expertise to the National Council of Nonprofits. In managing the communications and internal operations of the Council of Nonprofits, his areas of responsibility span media relations, finance, compliance, technology, and human resources.

Rick has revitalized the Council’s operations, consistently finding ways to upgrade the resources available to staff while bringing costs down and strengthening compliance systems while making them easier to use. He also works to ensure the nonprofit field is informed of developments that can affect their ability to advance their missions. This includes a podcast explaining certain provisions of the new tax law and creating the Council of Nonprofits' Nonprofit Economic Vitality Center, an online resource that helped draw attention to both challenges and solutions for nonprofits during the economic downturn.

Rick joined the Council of Nonprofits in May 2005 after two years with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (now United Philanthropy Forum). A graduate of American University, Rick also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University and a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University. He was also a Rising Star honoree at the 2018 Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards. Rick also serves on the Board of Directors of Civic Circle, a nonprofit that brings democracy and civic learning alive for young children with music and drama shared in performances and after-school programs

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