"I am truly honored to be recognized by Non Profit Times," said Downes. "At IFAW, we rescue and protect animals around the world and look for creative solutions to pressing animal welfare and conservation challenges. We emphasize collaboration in our work—and I jokingly refer to bringing together the unusual suspects to work towards innovative solutions."
"It is humbling to be included in such a talented group of individuals—all of whom are building their organizations while balancing sustainability and change."
Downes was named one of the most creative people in business in 2015 by Fast Company and named as an "Animal Guardian" earlier this year on the RODALE 100: The Definitive List of the 100 People, Products, Companies, and Organizations Positively Impacting Our World.
The Non Profit Times Top 50 Power and Influence List recognizes executives that understand where the sector has come from and where it must go in an era when instant results are required of leaders. The awards will culminate next month at the annual NPT Power & Influence Top 50 Gala at The National Press Club where one awardee will receive the NPT Innovator of the Year award.
Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare