Meet Toni

Toni Pergolin is a highly regarded strategic leader with acute financial acumen who has successfully grown companies organically and through mergers and acquisitions.

Currently serving as President and CEO of Bancroft, one of the largest human services providers in New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia region, she has more than doubled the size of the company in ten years. Her ability to lead nonprofit organizations with a focus on delivering excellence with a healthy margin has resulted in a decade of profitable returns enabling reinvestment in the organization’s mission. Pergolin was selected as one of the 50 most influential people in South Jersey by South Jersey Biz in 2015, was among The Who’s Who in Healthcare in South Jersey in 2017 and was included in SJ Magazine’s Women of Excellence in 2019. Her first book, Too Important to Fail: Leadership Lessons for Nonprofits, is set for release in January 2020.


Lynda Resnick, Vice-Chair and Co-Owner, The Wonderful Company

“When my son entered Bancroft’s care, I saw firsthand the power of Toni’s leadership and the profound difference Bancroft makes for each individual it serves, particularly veterans and young people. It’s been my privilege to give back to this organization that’s done so much for my family. If more nonprofit leaders demonstrated Toni’s limitless passion, vision, and tenacity, the world would be a much better place.”

Judith von Seldeneck, Founder and Chair DiversifiedSearch

“Personal, poignant, and insightful, Too Important to Fail is a stirring account of one woman ̓s ups-and-downs as she aims to bring an historic nonprofit on the brink of extinction back to life. Toni Pergolin ̓s amazing story, and the life lessons gleaned from it, remind all of us of the critical role nonprofits play in our society—and how much we owe the innovative, passionate leaders who make them work.”

David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation

“As a nonprofit board member you have many important responsibilities to help grow and protect the organization. In reading this book you will gain an understanding of the importance of your role in advising and supporting the leader, especially through challenging times. It’s a must read for all non-profit board members!!”

Doug Conant, Founder, ConantLeadership; Chairman, CECP; and former CEO, Campbell Soup Company


“Toni Pergolin advances the ultimate leadership wisdom for the nonprofit world. She champions both the idealism essential for the journey and the realism required to get the job done. A worthy read.”

Madeline Bell, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


“As President and CEO of a hospital and healthcare network that cares for some of the country’s most vulnerable children, I understand what a profound responsibility it is to lead an organization that can transform people’s lives. Toni’s story Too Important to Fail is an excellent example of the miracles that happen when that responsibility is met with business acumen and compassion. A great read for all nonprofit leaders!”

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