Philadelphia native Herman “Art” Taylor is an executive with experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors and a longstanding appreciation of the importance of education. As head of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, he leads an organization whose mission is to ensure nonprofit accountability and transparency for donors looking to achieve philanthropic impact.
Art is a respected and sought-after voice in the nonprofit sector on charity accountability, transparency, governance, impact and strategy. He has testified before both U.S. House and Senate committees offering guidance on ways to improve the ethical behavior and trustworthiness of charities. Since spring 2018 he has held the position of Lecturer, teaching students at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies on ethics in the nonprofit sector. He is a regular guest lecturer at the Georgetown McDonough School and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. For his efforts he has been named to the Non-Profit Times Power and Influence Top 50 list four times and is currently a member of its Hall of Fame.
Art, a graduate Franklin & Marshall College, has served as a trustee there since 1993 and earned an honorary doctorate from the college in 2002. He now vice chair, chair of the Trusteeship and Governance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. He acquired a J.D. from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law in 1989 (where Mike O’Neill was a classmate). He serves on the boards of Convergence; American Non-Profits; the International Committee on Fundraising Organizations; the Fundraising Standard and National Assembly Business Services; and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Early in his career, Mr. Taylor was employed by Keystone Foods Corporation, UGI Corporation and Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he obtained status as a CPA. He is a graduate of South Philadelphia High School and a member of its Cultural Hall of Fame.