Mary Ellen Capek

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Mary Ellen Capek is principal of Capek & Associates. She is co-author of Effective Philanthropy: Organizational Success through Deep Diversity and Gender Equality (MIT Press, 2006 www.effectivephilanthropybook.org), which won the 2007 Independent Sector/ARNOVA Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize for the best book on philanthropy in the nonprofit sector that informs policy and practice. Mary Ellen is also lead author of The Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector Scan (2006), written for the Rutgers University Institute for Ethical Leadership.

A founding officer of the National Council for Research on Women, a 30-year-old coalition of 120 US-based research and policy centers, Mary Ellen served as NCRW executive director from 1989-1996 and edited the prize-winning Women’s Thesaurus (Harper & Row, 1987). She has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, the Independent Sector Research Committee, The Conference Board Work/Life Leadership Council, and Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues.

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