Herman “Art” Taylor is president and chief executive officer of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance - give.org. As head of the Alliance, he oversees all aspects of the organization’s work, which includes: setting standards for soliciting organizations, evaluating charities in relation to these standards, publishing the Wise Giving Guide, assisting local Better Business Bureau charity review programs, promoting charity accountability and providing a variety of materials on informed giving to individual, institutional and business donors and to government. In March 2015, Taylor launched the #wisegivingwed blog and began hosting the Building Trust Video Series to feature the work of charities and their leaders. This content is served up each week through social media and other online platforms.
Taylor cofounded the Philanthropy Leaders and Experts Academy providing an intimate setting for learning, sharing and collaborating. Another brainchild is “Advancing Collaboration” a suite of information to encourage greater collaboration by nonprofit organizations. The launch included a partnership with Stanford Social Innovation Review to publish, in successive weeks, articles written by 12 leaders in the nonprofit sector offering their perspectives on ways to strengthen collaboration. He also collaborated with Community Health Charities to assure all charities participating in CHC sponsored work place giving and engagement campaigns are thoroughly evaluated for trustworthiness. Taylor is a co-author of “The Overhead Myth” letters and he helps to lead the nonprofit community in the ongoing campaign to help donors appreciate what it takes for nonprofits to achieve results.
He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College (B.A., Business Administration, 1980) and also received an honorary Dr. of Laws from his alma mater in 2002. He acquired a J.D. from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1989. He received a foresight practitioner certificate from in 2015 from the Institute for the Future. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout his career. He was vice chair of Independent Sector, where he was a board member from 1998 to 2003 and now serves on its Public Policy committee. He has been a trustee of Franklin & Marshall College since 1993 and now chairs the Trusteeship and Governance committee. He serves as an advisory board member of GoodMojo.us. He was a member of the Combined Federal Campaign 50 year Commission. He was an advisor to the board of the NFL Player Care Foundation. He was a member of the Ethics committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has served a Vestry Member and Senior Warden of Christ Episcopal Church, Clinton Md. Parrish.