National Philanthropic Trust Welcomes Two Board Members

Manish Shah and David Wezdenko join the Board of Trustees at the largest national, independent donor-advised fund public charity

JENKINTOWN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CharityNational Philanthropic Trust (NPT), the largest national, independent public charity that manages donor-advised funds, and one of the leading grantmaking institutions in the U.S., is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees.

“Manish Shah and David Wezdenko are distinguished professionals recognized for their achievements and leadership,” said Eileen Heisman, CEO of National Philanthropic Trust. “Their combined experience in information technology and wealth management, as well as their commitment to mission-driven organizations, is impressive. We welcome their voices to NPT’s Board of Trustees as we mark our 25th anniversary supporting our donors’ interest in philanthropy globally.”

Manish Shah is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Community Health Systems, responsible for driving exceptional patient care by delivering a high-value digital experience across 85 hospitals operating in 16 states. Shah also oversees technology and digital systems development and implementation, supporting the company’s various businesses and functions with his primary focus on digital transformation, interoperability exchange and business intelligence and analytics.

Shah has over 35 years of experience in global information technology, with extensive experience in business transformation, organization design, and acquisition integration in various industries including manufacturing, information services and healthcare.

Prior to Community Health Systems, Shah was Senior Vice President of IT Infrastructure for Aurora Health Care. Shah has been a member of the Heritage Healthcare Technology Fund, the Nashville Technology Council, the Center for Medical Interoperability (C4MI), the Google Productivity & Collaboration Customer Advisory Board and an Advisory Board member for both AT&T and Verizon. He also serves on the board of Gibraltar Industries (NASDAQ: ROCK). Shah is also active in charitable organizations, including Safe Haven, the National MS Society and Habitat for Humanity, in the Nashville, TN area.

David Wezdenko is Co-founder and CEO of Blue Leaf Ventures, a micro venture capital investment and advisory firm. Additionally, he is an independent trustee for the Nationwide family of mutual funds and an Executive Junior Board Member for Bigs & Littles NYC. He has previously served on the board for Urban Pathways New York and held several board positions while at J.P. Morgan. Wezdenko is active in charitable organizations, including Breakthrough New York and Catholic Charities of Palm Beach and New York City.

Wezdenko has over 35 years in operation, technology and business transformation experience in the financial services industry. He has held several executive roles in the asset management, wealth management and investment banking practices at J.P. Morgan, Evercore, and Fidelity Investments. He also served as a senior auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

About National Philanthropic Trust

Founded in 1996, National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) marks its 25th anniversary in 2021 as the largest national, independent public charity that manages donor-advised funds and one of the leading grantmaking institutions in the U.S. Since its founding, NPT has raised more than $27.0 billion in charitable funding and has made more than 434,000 grants exceeding $15.5 billion to nonprofits around the world. NPT annually publishes the Donor-Advised Fund Report, the sector’s authority on the state of DAF philanthropy. In early 2021, NPT published the first sector-wide survey of DAF response to COVID-19, the DAF COVID Grantmaking Survey. Visit NPT’s resource library to learn what you can do with a DAF and NPT impact investing solutions. More at and


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