Tim Delaney

Tim Delaney

National Council of Nonprofits

President and CEO

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Since 2008, Tim Delaney has served as President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, which is the leading resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits and the largest sector-wide network of nonprofits in North America. He’s a seasoned attorney and policy advocate who has successfully argued in the U.S. Supreme Court, testified before Congress, and negotiated in the White House.

Tim began his career in Arizona as a litigator at a large law firm, where he helped prosecute the impeachment of a Governor, protected and advanced civil rights, represented journalists and media interests, and led the firm’s government relations practice. He served as Arizona’s Solicitor General and later Chief Deputy Attorney General, leading the state to win four out of four cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and prosecuting the removal of elected officials for breaching the public trust. He later led the Center for Leadership, Ethics & Public Service for eight years, championing ethical leadership and civic engagement across the country.

Since graduating from Yale and earning joint degrees in law and public affairs from the University of Texas, Tim has helped nonprofits from a variety of vantage points. He’s served as an adjunct faculty member at ASU teaching graduate courses on “Leadership and Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector,” author of a guidebook on nonprofit advocacy, board chair of Valley Leadership, co-founder and Interim CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, member of the national Leadership Council of Nonprofit VOTE, national Training Fellow for the nonprofit Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, and North America’s representative to the international Affinity Group of National Associations.

Tim draws on his diverse leadership and advocacy experiences in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors in leading the National Council of Nonprofits, which is the only nationwide, sector-wide group that integrates policy analysis and advocacy both vertically (local, state, federal) and horizontally (legislative, executive, judicial) on issues of concern to all subsectors of the 501(c)(3) community, including foundations, such as charitable giving, nonpartisanship, regulatory oversight, property-tax exemptions, and much more. NCN looks out for the entire sector as it champions, connects, and informs nonprofits, while focusing special attention on the wellbeing of small and midsized nonprofits working in local communities (97 percent of nonprofits have budgets less than $5 million).

A sought-after speaker, Tim has delivered more than 250 keynote and other presentations for a diverse range of groups, domestic and international. He writes extensively, publishing articles and reports about advocacy, current events, nonprofits, and public policy. News outlets frequently interview him, including ABC News, CBS, Chronicle of Philanthropy, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, New York Times, Nonprofit Quarterly, NonProfit Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Numerous organizations have formally recognized Tim’s community and professional contributions, including the National Association of Attorneys General (Marvin Award for leadership and service, and co-recipient of the Best Brief Award for legal writing in the U.S. Supreme Court), LBJ School of Public Affairs (Distinguished Public Service Award – alumnus of the year), ASU School of Public Affairs (Faculty Associate Award for teaching excellence), the City of Phoenix (dedicated the Delaney Family Playground in recognition of years of public service), and the NonProfit Times (named as Power & Influence Top 50 nonprofit leaders in the country 10 times – most recently in 2022). 

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