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On August 1, Lynch was named to The NonProfit Times’ 2012 Power and Influence Top 50, an annual list highlighting the nonprofit sector’s top executives and thinkers.
In its description of Lynch, The NonProfit Times wrote: “He oversaw the merger of the Arts & Business Council into Americans for the Arts while creating the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its political action committee to engage citizens in advocating for the arts and arts education and arts-friendly public policies.”
Others named to the 2012 Power and Influence Top 50 include:
• Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way Worldwide
• Bill Gates, co-founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
• Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
• Tim McCimon, president, American Express Foundation
• Neil Nicoll, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA
• Rebecca W. Rimel, president and CEO, The Pew Charitable Trusts
• Judith Rodin, president, The Rockefeller Foundation
• John R. Seffrin, CEO, American Cancer Society
• Laysha Ward, president, Community Relations & Target Foundation
On June 11, The Robert E. Gard Foundation presented Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch with its prestigious Award for Excellence. Given annually since 1990, the award celebrates individuals who have made a significant artistic contribution or institutions that demonstrate excellence in nurturing arts in the community.
The Robert E. Gard Foundation is committed to helping people and their communities discover the vital role the arts play in their day-to-day lives. It was formed in 1980 as an outgrowth of Robert Gard's University of Wisconsin projects in the theatre arts and in creative writing, with a strong side activity in collecting and publishing the folklore of the state.