Paul Clolery has been a tireless advocate for the charitable sector through his position as editorial director of the national business publication, The NonProfit Times. In addition, he has been a protector of those who are at their most vulnerable as a volunteer emergency medical technician instructor.
As an EMT instructor, Clolery has been instrumental in training hundreds of volunteers who answer emergency calls in communities throughout Union and Morris counties in New Jersey. The State of New Jersey established a training fund to compensate instructors, but he has declined this compensation each session.
A shoulder injury forced him to retire from active duty at a local volunteer rescue squad after answering more than 1,200 emergency calls. He is currently part of a teaching team that consistently has a passing rate of more than 90% of students on the National Registry EMT examination when the national average is less than 50%.
As editorial director of The NonProfit Times, he has been an effective leader for capacity building within the charitable community. He is a sought-after speaker and trainer, declining all fees except travel reimbursement when air fare is required.
There is no doubt that his editorials have influenced lawmakers and their legislation, all for the good of the charitable sector. He has an extensive network of contacts throughout the sector.
A senior fellow of the John S. and James L. Knight foundation’s Fourth Estate and the Third Sector series, Clolery has taught the tax exempt sector to consumer reporters for the past four years. He believes that if more members of the consumer media understand the nuances of the charitable sector, the more educated the public will be to give of their time and money.