Herman "Art" Taylor is president and chief executive officer of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the organization formed by the merger in early 2001 of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus' Foundation, which housed the Philanthropic Advisory Service program.
As head of the Alliance, he oversees all aspects of the organization's work, which includes setting standards for soliciting organizations, evaluating individual national charities in relation to these standards, promoting charity accountability and providing a variety of materials on informed giving to individual, institutional and business donors.
Appointed to his position in July 2001, Mr. Taylor was selected by the newly named Wise Giving Alliance Board of Directors for his record of accomplishments in the non-profit arena and his legal and financial accounting background.
Mr. Taylor has very quickly become a respected and sought after voice in the non-profit sector on accountability and transparency issues. He is a featured speaker at charity conferences and is often quoted in print news stories. Also, he appears regularly on various TV and radio news programs.
Under Mr. Taylor's leadership the Alliance developed an online charity evaluation tool that has greatly expanded the organizations capacity to report on charities. Also, the organization introduced and implemented the charity seal now used by national charities to indicate adherence to the comprehensive standards for charity accountability. It is estimated that more than 100 million impressions of the charity seal exist in the public domain on solicitations, web sites and other charity publicity.
Before joining the Alliance, Mr. Taylor headed the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, Inc. (OICA) from 1990 to 1999. During his tenure, the OICA network of employment and training programs grew to serve more than two million disadvantaged and under-skilled Americans, with affiliates in 70 cities.
He served as vice chair of the Independent Sector, where he was a Board member from 1998 to 2003, and also served on the Board of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. In 2002 he convened national non-profit and foundation leaders to begin what is now a continuing dialogue on the future of non-profit infrastructure. He has been a trustee of Franklin & Marshall College since 1996.
Early in his career, Mr. Taylor worked for Keystone Foods Corporation, UGI Corporation and Deloitte Touche.
He's a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has also received an honorary Dr. of Laws from his alma mater. He also has a JD from Temple University School of Law.