Rick Moyers


Rick Moyers is an independent consultant to philanthropy and a nationally recognized expert on the governance and leadership of nonprofit organizations and the role of philanthropy in building nonprofit capacity.


From 2003 to 2017, Rick held leadership positions at the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in Washington, DC — a private foundation focused on building an equitable Greater Washington region in which economically vulnerable people thrive. From 2003 to 2009, he directed the Meyer Foundation’s capacity-building and research programs and from 2010 to July 2017, as vice president for programs and communications, he led all the foundation's programmatic work.

From 1999 to 2003, Rick served as executive director of the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO), a statewide membership organization that provided resources, education, and advocacy to enhance the ability of nonprofit organizations to serve their communities. From 1992 to 1999, Rick served on the staff of BoardSource, concluding his tenure as vice president for programs and services. While at BoardSource, Rick oversaw the production of more than 70 publications, videos, and other education resources for executives and nonprofit boards. He was also the project manager and co-author of the organization’s first national studies of nonprofit boards.

Rick is a frequent writer, speaker, and trainer on nonprofit governance and leadership issues. He is the author of The Nonprofit Chief Executive’s Ten Basic Responsibilities (published by BoardSource in 2012) and the co-author of Daring to Lead 2006 and Daring to Lead 2011, a reports that highlighted the challenges facing nonprofit executive directors. Rick has written more than 30 opinion pieces for the Chronicle of Philanthropy since 2009.

Rick currently serves on the boards of BoardSource (as was chair from 2016 to 2018) and the Community Foundation for the Central Blue Ridge. Previously, he served on the boards of the Community Connections Fund of the World Bank Group, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, and Imagination Stage, a children’s theater in Bethesda, Maryland. Rick is a member of Leadership Montgomery’s Class of 2009, and a 2015 alumnus of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. In 2009, Rick received the Grantmaker in Capacity-Building Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.