Rick Stiffney

Rick has consulted widely with not-for-profit organizations for more than 30 years. He served as President/CEO of Mennonite Health Services for 20 years before stepping aside spring 2018. Rick has an extensive background in executive leadership, teaching, and consulting work in the nonprofit sector. He is a frequent speaker at state, regional, and national meetings. He has done and continues to do consulting work across the U.S. and internationally.

Rick’s current consulting and teaching work focuses on executive development, strategic positioning and planning, affiliation development, and the re-shaping of not-for-profit board functioning. Among many projects, he recently completed an 18-month leadership formation project with health sector senior leadership in Ethiopia. Rick has worked ecumenically with organizations from many different faith traditions. He has worked with mature as well as start-up nonprofit organizations.

Rick has been very active with LeadingAge—a national nonprofit association in the senior services sector. He was a co-founder of the Inter-faith Roundtable—a national consortium of faith-based associations that serve health and human service organizations. He was instrumental in the development of an international federation of Anabaptist health and human service organizations. Rick has served on numerous boards and on most in leadership capacities.

Rick is the co-author of Setting the Agenda: Meditations for the Organization’s Soul and has written many other pieces on various topics of nonprofit governance.