Robert G. Ottenhoff, a veteran in philanthropy, nonprofit leadership and entrepreneurship is president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). Prior to joining CDP, Ottenhoff spent a decade as president and CEO of GuideStar, an industry leader in the use of providing high-quality data to help donors make better decisions and improve nonprofit practice. While there, Ottenhoff developed a sustainable business model which supports free and fee-based services to more than 10 million users. He also led efforts to build partnerships with more than 150 leading US and community foundations, and oversaw the development of guidestar.org into a nationally respected, comprehensive source of reports and services on more than 1.5 million nonprofits.
Ottenhoff is known for his entrepreneurial spirit, strong technology focus and quest to make an impact on the world. In addition to his role at CDP, he serves on the board of Inspirit Foundation (formerly Vision TV), Grameen Foundation USA, Link TV and Write on Sports. He also serves on the advisory committee of the Netherlands-America Foundation.
Ottenhoff holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and a master’s degree in Planning from Rutgers University. He frequently writes and comments on nonprofit and philanthropic issues, and has been quoted in a variety of media, including television, radio and print publications such as “NPR”, the New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Wall Street Journal and Forbes.