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CEP’s Ellie Buteau named a 2012 American Express NGen Fellow by Independent Sector

Date: May 10, 2012

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May 10, 2012


Cambridge, MA – Center for Effective Philanthropy Vice President – Research Ellie Buteau has been selected by Independent Sector as one of twelve 2012 American Express NGen Fellows. Designed to expand and improve the nonprofit talent pool by developing the skills and networks of emerging leaders, the fellowship provides an opportunity for leadership development programming,  interaction with established mentors, substantive collaboration on a group project, and participation in the annual IS conference.

NGen Fellows are selected for their ability to “demonstrate a commitment to advancing the nonprofit community through collaboration and partnership; have an established track record of high-impact contributions to the public good; and exhibit leadership potential for their organization and, more broadly, for the nonprofit community.”  The fellowship will run from August 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013.“We are absolutely thrilled that Ellie has been recognized for her leadership,” said Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) President Phil Buchanan. “Her contributions to improving the effectiveness of major foundations through the research she has led cannot be overstated.”

Buteau joined CEP in 2004 and has held a variety of positions at the organization in the subsequent years. She authored or co-authored all of CEP’s major research publications since her arrival and was promoted to Vice President – Research in 2009. In that capacity, she oversees all of CEP’s research projects and manages a team of five CEP staff. Most recently, Buteau authored reports on foundation performance assessment and strategy at community foundations that have received significant attention. She was also the opening plenary speaker at CEP’s 2011 national conference for foundation leaders.

Buteau is the second CEP staff member to be selected as an NGen Fellow. Kevin Bolduc, CEP’s Vice President – Assessment Tools, received the honor in 2009. “CEP has been blessed to be able to attract and retain young people who have assumed significant leadership positions and positively influenced the nonprofit sector through their work,” said Buchanan.


About the Center for Effective Philanthropy

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and impact. CEP received initial funding in 2001 and has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California. For more information on CEP’s work, including its research, publications, and assessment tools, see

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