While there are 19,000 nonprofit institutions in New York City, Allan Luks was named “the Nonprofit Leader of the Year” by Crain’s New York Business Magazine.
After graduation from Georgetown University Law School, Allan became a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Venezuela. In their program for lawyers, he established an ombudsmen's office for the city of Maracay. On his return to the U.S., Luks went on to become a community action lawyer in East Harlem for the Children’s Aid Society. This experience led him to become an Associate Director for a $2 billion inner-city investment fund, created by the life insurance industry—the largest such private fund. He later became an executive officer for the New York office of RAND, one of the nation’s best-known think tanks.
Making a Difference
For more than two decades, Allan has led major nonprofit institutions, receiving significant national and international recognition. He worked with the Alcoholism Council of New York, followed by The Institute for the Advancement of Health—focusing on how the mind affects the body, including the benefits experienced by helping others. In 1990, Allan became the Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, the oldest and largest mentoring organization.
Allan was also Founding Director and now serves as Director Emeritus of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Fordham University, the first center sponsored by both a graduate school of business and graduate school of social service. It is an intensive and comprehensive program that offers top-notch executive education for leaders and leaders-to-be of nonprofit groups.
Allan initiated and led the campaigns for the successful adoption of three laws, one of which saves lives, another that saves jobs every day, and one that protects children.
In addition to having written over 100 articles on social and health issues, Allan has authored four important books, two of which are credited with having significant national impact.
Recipient of many awards
Allan has been recognized by many organizations and media over the years, including:
“For Allan Luks, the helper’s high is a permanent feeling. And though the causes and the times have changed, his message has not.”