Rev. Donald Heckman Executive Director of International Shinto Foundation and Convenor of the Interfaith Funders Group

Rev. Bud Heckman serves as Executive Director of the International Shinto Foundation (New York) and Communications Director of Worldwide Support for Development (Tokyo), two global foundations. In addition, he is the co-founder and convenor of the Interfaith Funders Group.

Rev. Heckman served on the Interreligious Cooperation Task Force for President Obama through the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

An ordained Christian minister from the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, Rev. Heckman has served formerly as: Director of Outreach and the Mosaic Initiative at El-Hibri Foundation; Senior Advisor to Religions for Peace USA; Executive Director of Religions for Peace USA, Director for External Relations for Religions for Peace International, Chief Development Officer of Hartford Seminary, Executive Secretary in the Mission Volunteers unit of the General Board of Global Ministries, and Program Administrator for the World Congress of Philosophy.

A frequent speaker and writer on interfaith relations, Rev. Heckman is editor of an award winning reference book for the field called InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook (SkyLight Paths, 2008). He lives in Manhattan.