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A person who works in kitchens can be called a Chef, or Cook. Someone who designs websites can be called a Web Developer or Web Designer.

What would you call a person who runs a non-profit/community service organization?

My first thoughts were Philanthropist or Humanitarian, but those both seem a little large scale for my tastes and may come off as boastful. On the other end is Volunteer, but that doesn't seem to convey the fact that the person actually runs the organization.

The actual title is Executive Director but saying "David is an Executive Director" doesn't convey the non-profit nature of the organization

I'm looking for a single word that represents someone who is in charge of a simple non-profit/charitable organization that doesn't sound too "big."

Thanks!

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    I think you're stuck with "Executive Director of XXXX, a non-profit organization that provides XXXX to YYYY." Another term with currency is "NGO"; that is, a non-governmental organization, often used to describe international non-profits. Mar 6 '17 at 16:40
  • If you have decided you must be provided with a one-word label, then Executive Director is already too long. While the organization is non-profit, the position is usually paid, so philanthropist or humanitarian is inaccurate, aside from lofty. Running a charity may not be not all that distinct from other firms, no disrespect intended. Mar 6 '17 at 16:51
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    This was my father's occupation (in a few different organizations in both the Midwest and West Coast) for many decades. The only generic term I ever heard used was "director of a non-profit". If it's for a resume or bio or something and you don't want to get into titles, you could rephrase as "David runs a non-profit [agency/organization]" or "David runs [name of organization]".
    – 1006a
    Mar 6 '17 at 17:04
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    What level is the organization? Does community leader fit?
    – jxh
    Mar 6 '17 at 18:54
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    Non-profit is a tax status. Even if you use a term that reflects some altruistic aspect of the organization, there isn't a special title or designation for, or that modifies, the name of the function of running it. The terms would be the same as if it was any other organization.
    – fixer1234
    Mar 6 '17 at 20:01
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The question conflates occupations, sectors, and titles. An expeditor works in a kitchen but is neither a chef nor a cook. An office manager who works for a restaurant is as much an office manager as one who works for a law firm. And the person who designed their website is on some level a web designer, but might be an "intern" or "Senior Director, Digital Marketing" on the résumé.

It is relatively rare that a title implies an industry, except in specialized roles in realms like the government, military, or religion—if you are an archbishop, most people won't ask whether you are archbishopping for an accounting firm or for the electrical utility.

A chief executive is a chief executive. It doesn't matter whether she works for the local food bank, the municipality, or a regional chain of veterinary clinics, and it doesn't matter whether her title is General Secretary or County Manager or President and CEO. If you want to say she is director of a non-profit, you have to say she is director of a non-profit. There are no shortcuts.

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Fake word alert:

Nonprofit-head

(a combo of nonprofit - an organization whose most important goal is something that does not involve making a profit and head - director, leader)

So literally the director or leader of an organization whose most important goal is something that does not involve making a profit - a nonprofit-head.

It's also a homophone for nonprofited which I think is appropriate. and funny.

"David isn't making any money, he's a nonprofit-head."

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"Founder" If you create it and run it then you are "The Founder" Simples!

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    The question doesn't specify that the person created the organization. Also, a founder isn't necessarily the person running the organization right now. Jun 8 at 8:38

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