The Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50

Robin Hood Executive Director, David Saltzman, has been named one of The NonProfit Times Top 50 leaders in their Power & Influence list for 2012. Saltzman was credited for leading Robin Hood’s “mission driven investments” that focus on outcomes and results.
The full list was released today and can be found at
Selecting the honored for the NPT Power & Influence Top 50 is based on nominations from editorial staff of The NonProfit Times, its contributing editors, suggestions from former nominees and a few selected, inner circle people. It’s also intended to ensure that a range of disciplines within the sector have a representative. This year the selections were weighted toward technology, social entrepreneurs and public service. Saltzman was one of more than 200 nominees this year. Saltzman and the other 49 honorees were selected for the impact they have now and for the innovative plans they are putting in place to evolve the charitable sector.
Saltzman was one of Robin Hood’s five founding board members in 1988 and became its first full-time employee in 1989. Under Saltzman’s leadership, Robin Hood has grown from an all-volunteer start-up organization with $52,000 in assets into an institution that has raised and distributed more than $1.2 billion to fight poverty in New York City. In 2011 alone, Robin Hood distributed $146 million to meet the growing needs of more than 1.8 million New Yorkers living in poverty.

In addition to his work at Robin Hood, Saltzman is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford-Stuyvesant and the Excellence Girls Charter School of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Saltzman also serves on the boards of the Trust for Governors Island, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center and the Relay School of Education. He also served as a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Commission for Economic Opportunity and was a founder of NPower, a joint effort of Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Accenture and Robin Hood to improve the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. In 2001, Time magazine named Saltzman one of its “Innovators of New Philanthropy.” Brown University awarded him an honorary doctorate and the John Hope award for distinguished alumni, and he has been honored by Columbia University with a Global Leadership Award.