Doug Sauer Bio
Chief Executive Officer
Doug Sauer is the Chief Executive Officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON), formerly the Council of Community Services of New York State, Inc. where he has provided leadership since 1980. He is currently the Treasurer and past President of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN), representing a network of 38 state associations and 22,000 nonprofits.
NYCON is the state’s association of nonprofits and has a rapidly growing membership of almost 3,000 organizations and has offices in Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Poughkeepsie and Oneonta. Under Doug’s leadership, NYCON has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in building innovative partnership initiatives with state government, foundations and United Ways with respect to board governance, mergers and restructuring, entrepreneurial ventures, and legal, financial and risk management service initiatives.
Doug is a popular speaker and an accomplished technical assistance and training provider. He is also an experienced community organizer and health and human service planner.
Doug is founder and Chair of Council Services Plus, a for-profit insurance brokerage subsidiary of NYCON, and Innovative Charitable Initiatives, a nonprofit subsidiary providing fiscal sponsorship and employment administration services. Past board service includes Governance Matters, the National Association of Planning Councils where he also served as President and Treasurer, Center for Women in Government at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and as an elected school board member. Doug was as a gubernatorial appointee on the NYS National Commission on Community Service.
Doug holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in community organization from the University of Pittsburgh. He also has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University at Albany and an AAS in Human Services from Hudson Valley Community College. Doug has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses on nonprofit topics.