Rick Cohen was at times the conscience of the nonprofit sector, one of its most honest skeptics and yet always a champion for the underdog. Cohen, editor of The Cohen Report, national correspondent for Nonprofit Quarterly and former executive director of the National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), died Nov. 17 at age 64 in his Virginia home. The cause of death is pending.
“His loss will be inestimable to many of you, as it is to us. Rick will be remembered for his integrity, his powerful and nimble intellect, his unyielding courage in pursuit of truth, his commitment to social justice, and his humor,” the editors of Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) wrote in announcing his death. “Of all the things and people that he loved, the most important was his cherished daughter Ellie, and to her we say, thank you for sharing him with us. The world is immeasurably poorer for our loss of him.” Others called Ellie the “shining star in his life,” always talking about his daughter.