Chair of the Board, CAF America
Char Mollison has over 35 years of experience managing and advising nonprofit organizations, including 17 years in senior positions at the Council on Foundations, an association of grantmakers, and at Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofits and philanthropies. She has been teaching graduate courses in nonprofit management since 1997 and is currently a Senior Fellow of the Center on Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at George Mason University. Courses taught include nonprofit management, philanthropy, executive leadership, ethics, governance, and international NGO management and policy, both online and in the classroom. At Johns Hopkins University, renowned for its civil society studies and education of NGO leaders from around the world, she managed an on-line graduate program in nonprofit management and served as faculty liaison for the university’s Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. She is also a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar on the subject of nongovernmental organizations and civil society and has advised government officials, nonprofit executives and boards in the U.S. and abroad, including Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, China, Central Asia, Bangladesh and Africa.
She began her career at a national nonprofit organization called WEAL, whose members advocated for women’s rights in education, economic policy, sports and the military. Her past board service includes the Wise Giving Alliance, which sets accountability standards for nonprofit organizations, and Partners of Tanzania’s Relief and Development, a nonprofit that supports programs in some of the poorest, rural areas in Tanzania.