Adam Meyerson to Step Down as Long-Time President of The Philanthropy Roundtable

The Philanthropy Roundtable announces that Adam Meyerson will be stepping down as its long-time president.

The Roundtable board will conduct a national search for a successor. Meyerson will serve as president until his successor takes the helm and he will then assist in the transition.

Meyerson joined the Roundtable as president in 2001, and he grew its annual budget from $1.8 million to $9 million. “Adam is deeply respected among the Roundtable’s members,” said Richard Graber, chairman of The Philanthropy Roundtable. “In his 18 years as president, the Roundtable has strengthened its reputation as a champion of philanthropic freedom and donor intent, a producer of world-class conferences and publications on excellence in giving, and builder of a philanthropic movement to strengthen our free society.”

In 2003, Meyerson created a robust program for donors interested in K-12 education reform. Roundtable conferences, publications, and resources have since contributed to the rapid growth of the school choice movement and other dramatic reforms in education. Hundreds of donors have turned to the Roundtable to find guidance on a range of topics including charter schools, STEM education, teacher and principal excellence, digital and blended learning, and Catholic education. Additional Roundtable programs followed in other giving areas including economic opportunity, veterans, health, and civic education.

During his presidency, the Roundtable launched the Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR), its legislative arm defending philanthropic freedom. Started in 2005, ACR has led the fight against federal legislative and regulatory proposals that have threatened private giving, including accreditation requirements for tax-exempt organizations, five-year review of tax-exempt status, limitations on the kinds of charitable organizations foundations and donors can give to, one-size-fits-all standards for board governance, creation of a new regulatory agency governing foundations and charities, and draconian regulations on donor-advised funds. The Roundtable has also led the fight against state legislation imposing demographic mandates on grant-making organizations.

Also during Meyerson’s presidency, the Roundtable published a series of influential guidebooks for donors on distinct topics including donor intent, public policy giving, career and technical education, and philanthropic strategies to foster character formation. In 2016, the Roundtable released the Almanac of American Philanthropy, the definitive reference on the greatest achievements of charitable giving in U.S. history.

Meyerson has served as a key resource to many philanthropists, both established and emerging, as they considered questions related to their philanthropic pursuits. According to a recent survey of Roundtable members by American Philanthropic, “donors who have worked closely with Adam note his incredible ability to actively listen, provide prudent insights, and skillfully connect donors to one another.”

“Charitable giving is central to American greatness and it is central to our freedom,” said Meyerson. “It has been such a joy to work with the Roundtable’s exceptional board and staff. And I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving our members. Our members include many of America’s most effective and most entrepreneurial donors. They embody the can-do spirit, the creativity, and the generosity of a free society.”