Herman “Art” Taylor is president and chief executive officer of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the organization formed by the merger in early 2001 of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ Foundation, which housed the Philanthropic Advisory Service program.
As head of the BBB WGA, he oversees all aspects of the organization’s work which includes setting standards for soliciting organizations, rigorously 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.
Appointed to his position in July 2001, the BBB WGA Board of Directors selected Mr. Taylor President & CEO for his record of accomplishments in the non-profit arena and his business and professional background.
Since he began in this position, the BBB WGA has increased the number of reports from 250 to over 1,400 of the nation’s most asked about and nationally soliciting charities. These reports compliment more than 10,000 reports on local charities produced by local Better Business Bureaus. In addition, the organization introduced and implemented the Accredited Charity Seal now used by national and local charities to indicate adherence to the holistic BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. It is estimated that more than 1 billion impressions of the charity seal exist in the public domain on solicitations, web sites and other charity publicity giving donors a clear concise and accessible means of knowing whether an organization meets the WGA standards and is trustworthy.
To expand the work of the BBB WGA to social media, he introduced the #wisegivingwednesday blog wherein each week he presents his ideas on ways to build trust in the charitable sector.
In early 2012, Mr. Taylor led the integration of the Mobile Giving Foundation into the BBB family of organizations. This effort now assures that charities using the BBB Mobile Giving Foundation will comply with the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability and thus give donors greater comfort with the charities they support via mobile giving.
Mr. Taylor is a respected and sought after voice in the non-profit sector on charity accountability and transparency issues. He is a regular and featured speaker at charity gatherings and reporters often quote him in newspaper stories. He appears frequently on broadcast and cable news programs. He has testified before both U.S. House and Senate committees offering guidance on ways to improve the ethical behavior and trustworthiness of charities. He has been named 4 times to the Non-Profit Times list of the Power and Influence top 50 in the non-profit sector and is currently a member of its Hall of Fame.
Before joining the Alliance, Mr. Taylor headed the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, Inc. (OICA) from 1990 to 1999. During his tenure, the OICA network of employment and training programs grew to serve more than two million disadvantaged and under-skilled Americans, with affiliates in 70 cities.
He has served on numerous non-profit boards throughout his career. He was vice chair of Independent Sector, where he was a board member from 1998 to 2003. In 2014 he was named to the board of the International Committee on Fundraising Organizations (ICFO). He has been a trustee of Franklin & Marshall College since 1993. He is a member of the Ethics committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is a Vestry Member and Senior Warden of Christ Episcopal Church, Clinton Md. Parrish.
Early in his career, Mr. Taylor worked for Keystone Foods Corporation, UGI Corporation and Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he obtained the status: Certified Public Accountant.
He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College (BA 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.