On September 17, 2015, The NonProfit Times held its annual "NPT Power & Influence Top 50 Gala" at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to honor the nonprofit sector leaders named to this year's NPT Power & Influence Top 50 list. Each year, the publication highlights 50 of the sector's leaders for innovation, influence on the nonprofit sector and for developing stronger organizational models.
This year, LSA's President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker was named for the first time to the Top 50 list, and had the opportunity to attend the gala event, representing Lutheran social ministry and our members. Accompanying Haberaecker was LSA member Sam Sipes, president and CEO of Lutheran Services Florida, and former Chairperson of LSA's Board of Directors.
Others honored this year for the Top 50 award included Diana Aviv of Independent Sector, Kathy Calvin of the United Nations Foundation, Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation, with the NPT Innovator of the Year award going to Jo Ann Jenkins of AARP.
Honorees of the 2015 Power & Influence Top 50 list were selected from a group of roughly 300 executives by a selection committee made up of NPT staff, contributors and select executives. The selected executives must have had an impact during the previous 12 months, and Haberaecker was among 19 new honorees on the 2015 list. Congratulations to all the executives recognized, and the recipient of the Innovator of the Year award.
About Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated: Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with more than 300 members that provide a broad range of critical services from health care to children and family services, senior services, disaster relief, refugee services, disability support, housing, and employment support, among others. Collectively, LSA members serve 1 in 50 people each year in thousands of communities across the United States and are open to all regardless of their religious affiliation or social or economic background. The LSA network is ranked at #20 on the Philanthropy 400, an annual listing of top charitable groups, and has a combined revenue of $21 billion. LSA is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, please visit www.lutheranservices.org.