Alan Cantor is an influential writer and a sought-after speaker on issues facing the nonprofit world.

He is not afraid of taking on controversial issues in the nonprofit world, including the widening wage gap, the inefficiency and misdirection of major foundations, the disruption brought by donor-advised funds, the ethical and financial implications of Wall Street’s growing influence in the nonprofit world, and the power imbalance between funder and charity.

But Al offers more than criticism: he proposes solutions and new frameworks. And he does this with color and humor: that is, hard truths need not be hard to read.

Al is a frequent op-ed contributor to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Philanthropy Daily, and Inside Philanthropy. His blog at this website has attracted a diverse national audience, and he has been cited as an expert on charitable issues in media outlets such as The New York Times, Barron’s, The Atlantic, Pro Publica, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, CNBC.com, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg News, The Nonprofit Times, and Boston Magazine. To see some of Al’s recent publications, click here.

Al has meanwhile built a reputation as a dynamic speaker who can break down complex issues and connect with audiences. Gatherings of nonprofit leaders and philanthropists find Al provocative, memorable, and stimulating.

Ready to have Al as a keynote speaker at your next conference?

“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

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