Alan Cantor spent nearly three decades in the nonprofit world before founding Alan Cantor Consulting LLC in 2012.
In 1985, at age 26, Al was named executive director of the Mayhew Program, an agency working with at-risk New Hampshire boys. At the time, Mayhew was in a weak condition, with a skeleton staff and less than $5,000 in its bank accounts. A decade later, the organization could boast of ten consecutive balanced budgets, an endowment of nearly $2 million, and a greatly expanded and improved program and enrollment. In 1990, after a disastrous fire, Al directed an emergency rebuilding effort (successfully completed and paid for in six months) to replace the organization’s main building. Several years after leaving the staff, Al returned to Mayhew as a trustee and later served as board president.
From 1995 to 2001, Al worked at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, serving as a senior foundation officer and vice president. Al designed, developed, and directed the Foundation’s gift planning program, gaining a reputation for his expertise in explaining, attracting, and executing planned gifts.
From 2001 to 2011, Al served as vice president for philanthropy at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, overseeing how the organization attracted gifts, grants, and investments. During his tenure the Community Loan Fund’s assets grew from $17 million to $74 million.
Since 2012, Al has worked as a consultant, helping nonprofits be more effective. He has facilitated strategic retreats, conducted development and governance assessments, trained staff and board members, undertaken capital campaign feasibility studies, served as campaign counsel, mentored CEOs, presented at conferences, and written widely on the challenges facing the nonprofit sector. He works to help his clients, and the charitable world at large, develop a clear vision, tempered with pragmatism.
Al is a 1980 graduate of Harvard University, with a bachelor’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures. He and his wife Pat, a professor at Plymouth State University, live in Concord, New Hampshire. They have two adult children who live in San Francisco and New York City.
Al currently serves in a volunteer capacity as the president of the New Hampshire and Vermont Council of Charitable Gift Planners. In his personal time he is an avid reader, especially of history; in warm weather, he is an enthusiastic bicyclist, and in the winter he can be found doing pull-ups at the 6 a.m. boot camp at his local Y; and he recently gained the distinction of joining the “4,000-Footer Club,” having successfully scaled all forty-eight 4,000-foot-high New Hampshire mountains.
And many summer evenings will find him in Section 32 at Fenway Park, cheering on the Boston Red Sox. (Sometimes they win; sometimes they lose; sometimes it rains.)
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“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,