The 2019 Nonprofit Executive Leadership Award recognizes a “nonprofit leader whose distinguished achievements have resulted in significant progress toward improving a community issue.”
In overseeing the day-to-day and long-term operations of the chapter, Trigg is as comfortable with the smallest of wish kids and the biggest of donors. He is willing to jump out of an airplane, get into a dunk tank or even get slimed if it means helping the Make-A-Wish® mission of granting life-changing wishes to local children with critical illnesses.
Trigg has been the CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York since February 2006, making him the longest-tenured chief executive since the chapter’s beginning in 1986. He has overseen milestone changes in the chapter, including a significant increase in the number of wishes granted per year, the start of the chapter’s Walk for Wishes® and the establishment of a 20-member pediatric Medical Advisory Council at Albany Medical Center. This past year has seen a significant increase in referrals, and growth in the chapter’s exposure and signature events such as the Adopt-A-Wish Holiday Campaign and Wish Gala.
“For going on a generation, Bill Trigg has been the face of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York,” Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Board of Trustees Chair Sarah A. McKinney said. “He has a singular focus in advancing our mission and serving our local wish kids and families -- and he has done so with distinction year after year. The Board is so pleased to see him receive this appropriate recognition.”
Trigg in large part credited those around him for the award.
“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected by the Capital Region Chamber,” Trigg said. “I am keenly aware that it takes a team to be a successful nonprofit executive. I have been particularly blessed to work with an outstanding Board of Trustees, a dedicated group of volunteers, and very talented professional colleagues at Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.
"For me, this honor is as much theirs as it is mine.”
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Trigg holds a doctorate in criminal justice from the University at Albany. From 1984-2005, Trigg served as CEO of the New York State Trooper Foundation, where he helped to establish and fund programs benefiting the New York State Police, including the NYSP Disaster Relief Fund, the Trooper Foundation Scholarship Fund, and the State Police Survivors Program.
“The past year has been transformative for the chapter. Through the efforts of each of our staff members under the extraordinary leadership of Bill as CEO, we are poised for great growth,” Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Chief Operating Officer Robert Bullock said. “We congratulate Bill on this honor and his 14 years of accomplishment, and we look forward to his continued leadership in the years ahead.”
Also honored by the chamber were: Kate Koval, Unity House of Troy (Nonprofit Board Service Award); Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Capital Area (Excellence in Local Impact Award); Consumer Directed Choices, Inc. (Nonprofit Organization Award), and; SEFCU (Corporate Partner Award).
Trigg resides in Stillwater, New York, and has two daughters, Genevieve and Amelia. He is engaged to Heidi Eustis.