Sister Donna Markham recognized among the NPT Power & Influence Top 50

Alexandria, Va. — For the sixth year in a row, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) President and CEO, Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, was recognized by The NonProfit Times (NPT) in its Power & Influence Top 50 leaders for 2021.

Paul Cholery, NPT vice president and editorial director, wrote, “Markham is one of the few nonprofit CEOs who went to the border on more than a photo-op tour. She and her network are showing how to care for detained immigrants. Her words: Without compassion, I fear we are complicit. She’s funding innovation challenges in the network with affiliates in Omaha, Neb., Wheeling, W.Va., and Cleveland, sharing $1 million for ideas on microbusiness and healthcare.”

This year’s honorees were selected for having distinguished themselves as initiators, innovators and leaders during the previous 12 months. They were narrowed down from roughly 300 top nonprofit executives by a committee that included NPT editorial staff and contributors.

In 2020, the Catholic Charities’ nationwide network provided essential services to more than 15 million people. To learn more, please visit



A member of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 15 million people a year regardless of religious, social or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at