With decades of experience as an executive, board member, and consultant to nonprofit organizations, Alan Cantor can help you be more successful. In his work with clients, Al customizes solutions to meet each organization’s specific challenges and needs. Al is also widely recognized as a leading thinker, speaker, and writer about the nonprofit world.

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Al is a respected leader in the nonprofit world and a trusted counselor to the organizations he serves. Al draws from his decades of experience – as well as history, literature, and the wisdom of his grandmother – to help nonprofits understand their challenges and develop innovative solutions.

What Alan Cantor’s Clients Are Saying

Our only regret is that we didn’t start working with Al earlier.

"We're grateful for Al's support and guidance. Our only regret is that we didn't start working with Al earlier."

Michelle Ollie
Co-Founder
The Center for Cartoon Studies

2019-04-25T20:26:34+00:00

Michelle Ollie
Co-Founder
The Center for Cartoon Studies

"We're grateful for Al's support and guidance. Our only regret is that we didn't start working with Al earlier."

His work is always meticulously researched and provocative.

“Al Cantor speaks fearlessly about key issues in the nonprofit sector. His work is always meticulously researched and provocative. His voice is critical to advancing the conversation about the future of nonprofits.”

Brian Mittendorf
Chair, Department of Accounting & MIS, Fisher College of Business
Distinguished Professor The Ohio State University

2019-01-28T07:49:38+00:00

Brian Mittendorf
Chair, Department of Accounting & MIS, Fisher College of Business
Distinguished Professor The Ohio State University

“Al Cantor speaks fearlessly about key issues in the nonprofit sector. His work is always meticulously researched and provocative. His voice is critical to advancing the conversation about the future of nonprofits.”

Al Cantor has helped our organization level up.

"With remarkable insight, Al Cantor has helped our organization level up. Al understands scale, and was able to survey our key stakeholders, assess our operations, and recommend organizational improvements that have worked like a charm."

James Sturm
Co-Founder
The Center for Cartoon Studies

2019-04-26T17:23:24+00:00

James Sturm
Co-Founder
The Center for Cartoon Studies

"With remarkable insight, Al Cantor has helped our organization level up. Al understands scale, and was able to survey our key stakeholders, assess our operations, and recommend organizational improvements that have worked like a charm."

Al Cantor worked wonders at our board retreat.

"Al Cantor worked wonders at our board retreat. We had a challenging structural governance issue to address and we were able to resolve it effectively. Best of all, the board members felt comfortable with Al’s leadership. His sense of humor, enthusiasm and ability to keep the conversation on track made the experience of working through the problem a pleasure."

Anne Galloway
Executive Director
Vermont Journalism Trust

2019-01-28T06:13:57+00:00

Anne Galloway
Executive Director
Vermont Journalism Trust

"Al Cantor worked wonders at our board retreat. We had a challenging structural governance issue to address and we were able to resolve it effectively. Best of all, the board members felt comfortable with Al’s leadership. His sense of humor, enthusiasm and ability to keep the conversation on track made the experience of working through the problem a pleasure."

The end results have truly moved the organization forward.

“Al is really good at what he does. He has a great blend of leadership, knowledge, intellect, competence, and people skills, alongside humor and curiosity. It makes whatever task we’re doing fun – and the end results have truly moved the organization forward.”

Barry Gaw
Board Member
Squam Lakes Association

2019-01-28T08:00:24+00:00

Barry Gaw
Board Member
Squam Lakes Association

“Al is really good at what he does. He has a great blend of leadership, knowledge, intellect, competence, and people skills, alongside humor and curiosity. It makes whatever task we’re doing fun – and the end results have truly moved the organization forward.”

Would I hire him again? Yes! In fact, I already have!

“Al provided us with an excellent assessment that gave a new sense of direction to the board and the organization as a whole. He was always available, and he brought things forward that could only come from a third party. Above all, he took the topic of raising money (which scares people) and made what might be intimidating feel possible. Would I hire him again? Yes! In fact, I already have!”

Maureen Beauregard
President
Families in Transition

2019-01-28T06:57:14+00:00

Maureen Beauregard
President
Families in Transition

“Al provided us with an excellent assessment that gave a new sense of direction to the board and the organization as a whole. He was always available, and he brought things forward that could only come from a third party. Above all, he took the topic of raising money (which scares people) and made what might be intimidating feel possible. Would I hire him again? Yes! In fact, I already have!”

Al approaches complex issues with thoughtfulness, moral clarity, and ardor.

“There are few individuals writing and working in the philanthropic sector today who approach complex, controversial issues with more thoughtfulness, moral clarity, and ardor — qualities that are rarely found sympathetically aligned — than Al Cantor. In particular, his work raising alarms about the rise of donor-advised funds has been a vitally important civic service.”

Ben Soskis
Research Associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
The Urban Institute

2019-01-28T07:54:44+00:00

Ben Soskis
Research Associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
The Urban Institute

“There are few individuals writing and working in the philanthropic sector today who approach complex, controversial issues with more thoughtfulness, moral clarity, and ardor — qualities that are rarely found sympathetically aligned — than Al Cantor. In particular, his work raising alarms about the rise of donor-advised funds has been a vitally important civic service.”

On the ‘new information’ scale, Al was a 10.

“Minnesota’s nonprofits are eager to address critical issues facing their organizations, and seek out learning opportunities that address both the how and why of their work. Al Cantor’s keynote address to our Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference hit this objective perfectly: new information, hard numbers, ethical challenges, inspiring examples and a persuasive call to action. On the ‘new information’ scale Al was a ‘10,’ presenting an exceptional and singular perspective that is too rare in the fields of nonprofits and philanthropy, which actually goes back to the roots of why we do this work in the first place.”

Jon Pratt
Executive Director
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

2019-01-28T07:44:10+00:00

Jon Pratt
Executive Director
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

“Minnesota’s nonprofits are eager to address critical issues facing their organizations, and seek out learning opportunities that address both the how and why of their work. Al Cantor’s keynote address to our Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference hit this objective perfectly: new information, hard numbers, ethical challenges, inspiring examples and a persuasive call to action. On the ‘new information’ scale Al was a ‘10,’ presenting an exceptional and singular perspective that is too rare in the fields of nonprofits and philanthropy, which actually goes back to the roots of why we do this work in the first place.”

His work, both in preparing for the retreat and in conducting it, was outstanding.

“Al facilitated a critically important two-day board retreat, where we wrestled with two very big issues. His work, both in preparing for the retreat and in conducting it, was outstanding. My board members were delighted. All are experienced, having served on many boards, and all shared their happiness with the planning retreat and its outcomes. One expressed that this was the single best meeting he had attended in all his years of board service.”

John Molinaro
President and CEO
Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth

2019-01-28T07:38:14+00:00

John Molinaro
President and CEO
Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth

“Al facilitated a critically important two-day board retreat, where we wrestled with two very big issues. His work, both in preparing for the retreat and in conducting it, was outstanding. My board members were delighted. All are experienced, having served on many boards, and all shared their happiness with the planning retreat and its outcomes. One expressed that this was the single best meeting he had attended in all his years of board service.”

Al did a stellar job on his keynote.

“Al did a stellar job on his keynote, a perfect and entertaining mix of irreverent, but true. And clearly a success by the energy and conversation it engendered in the room and afterwards!”

Barbara Edmond
President
Maine Philanthropy Center

2019-01-28T08:07:37+00:00

Barbara Edmond
President
Maine Philanthropy Center

“Al did a stellar job on his keynote, a perfect and entertaining mix of irreverent, but true. And clearly a success by the energy and conversation it engendered in the room and afterwards!”

Al has become my go-to guy for sage advice delivered with kindness and humor.

"Al has become my go-to guy for sage advice delivered with kindness and humor. Last year, we bolstered 'all things' planned giving, and we couldn’t have done it without him! Recently, a donor approached a board member by surprise about establishing a large estate bequest. With our newly completed planned giving guidelines in hand, the board member felt comfortable and confident during this meeting. Al guided us through the process, and we ended up right where we needed to be."

Erin Fernandez
Executive Director
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

2019-04-25T20:23:09+00:00

Erin Fernandez
Executive Director
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

"Al has become my go-to guy for sage advice delivered with kindness and humor. Last year, we bolstered 'all things' planned giving, and we couldn’t have done it without him! Recently, a donor approached a board member by surprise about establishing a large estate bequest. With our newly completed planned giving guidelines in hand, the board member felt comfortable and confident during this meeting. Al guided us through the process, and we ended up right where we needed to be."

I never fail to learn something new.

“Al Cantor is one of the most insightful commentators on philanthropy today. I never fail to learn something new and interesting when I read his columns.”

Ray D. Madoff
Professor
Boston College Law School and Author of "Immortality and the Law"

2019-01-28T07:45:53+00:00

Ray D. Madoff
Professor
Boston College Law School and Author of "Immortality and the Law"

“Al Cantor is one of the most insightful commentators on philanthropy today. I never fail to learn something new and interesting when I read his columns.”

[Our] planning session couldn’t have gone better.

“Al led our Board of Trustees and staff in a strategic planning session that couldn’t have gone better. Because he is so personable, we all felt comfortable in our discussions. Not only did we come together as a group under Al’s leadership, we have a very workable plan going forward.”

Ann Thompson
Executive Director
Oklahoma Humanities

2019-01-28T06:16:35+00:00

Ann Thompson
Executive Director
Oklahoma Humanities

“Al led our Board of Trustees and staff in a strategic planning session that couldn’t have gone better. Because he is so personable, we all felt comfortable in our discussions. Not only did we come together as a group under Al’s leadership, we have a very workable plan going forward.”

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