(WASHINGTON, August 14, 2011)—We are saddened by the sudden death of Peter Goldberg, former Independent Sector Board Chair, long time champion of the nonprofit and philanthropic community, and extraordinary leader in both the public and private sector. He tragically died while hiking on vacation in Maine with his beloved wife Betsy. We extend sincere condolences to his entire family and broad circle of personal and professional friends.
A Mequon, Wisconsin resident, Peter had served as president/CEO of Families International since 1994. He was also president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families, CEO of United Neighborhood Centers of America, and CEO of Ways to Work.
Peter helped shepherd IS on our Board from 1992-97 and 1999-2004; he provided leadership as our Chair from 1999-2001.
“Peter’s influence on IS and the sector writ large will live on for decades to come,” said Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “His unwavering commitment to human services and corporate social responsibility serves as a beacon for us all. Our hearts are heavy and our sympathy is profound for Betsy, his daughters, and their entire family. Peter will be deeply missed.”
Peter Goldberg served as president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families’ parent holding company, Families International
(FI). In that role, Peter oversaw a unique corporate structure that allows four organizations—the Alliance
, FEI Behavioral Health
, United Neighborhood Centers of America
(UNCA), and Ways to Work—to operate under one parent company. This allows each organization to maintain financial independence while encouraging collaboration and creating cost-savings as a result of pooling resources. Prior to joining the FI group of companies in 1994, Peter held a variety of positions in the corporate and philanthropic field, as well as in the public sector, including:
Peter was also:
He served on numerous other nonprofit boards, including:
- National Human Services Assembly
- Independent Sector (which he chaired from 1999-2001)
- Jobs for the Future
- Children of Alcoholics Foundation
- Ad Council
- Community Service Society of New York, which is a member of the Alliance
- Long Wharf Theatre
- George Street Playhouse
The national nonprofit publication, The NonProfit Times
, named Peter to its Top 50 Power & Influence list nine times, including this year.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany (B.A. Political Science, 1970).
Independent Sector is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of 600
charities, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs,
collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups in
every state across the nation. Its mission is to advance the common good
by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the nonprofit and
philanthropic community. Learn more at IndependentSector.org