David E. Henninger has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1973, as the executive director of Bayaud Enterprises, Inc., (Nee- Bayaud Industries) which has been in operation since May of 1969 creating jobs for thousands of individuals who have a disability and/or economic challenges.  Bayaud serves over 1500 people a year and currently employs over 200 individuals with an operating budget of $8.8 million.

He obtained a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the School of Business at the University of San Francisco and pursued doctoral studies in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management at the University of Colorado/Denver.

He has served as a Board member of numerous nonprofit organizations including:

  • Mental Health Assoc. of Colo. (includes being Board Chair twice)
  • The Legal Center (Serving People With Disabilities) (includes being Board Chair)
  • Center for Nonprofit Excellence (includes being Board Chair)
  • Rocky Mountain Stroke Assoc. (includes being Board Chair)
  • Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO – now known as the Colorado Nonprofit Association) (includes being on the founding Board)
  • Escuela de Guadalupe
  • University Hills Rotary Club of Denver (includes being Club President)
  • The Community Resource Center (includes being Board Chair)
  • Colorado Circles for Change (nee Victim and Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver (VORP) (Board Chair)
  • The Initiative (nee the Domestic Violence Initiative (DVI) (Current)
  • Colorado Cross Disabilities Coalition (CCDC) (Current)
  • Disability Benefit Committee (Current appointed by the Governor )
  • Caring for Colorado Foundation (Current, appointed by the Governor)


For the past 20 years, Henninger has been an affiliate faculty member in the Masters of Nonprofit Management Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.  He has facilitated courses in History, Theory, and Future of Nonprofit Organizations; Governance of Nonprofits/Organizational Change; Leadership; and Critical Issues in Nonprofit Organizations.  He has been a featured speaker at numerous association meetings and has received numerous honors and recognition as a passionate advocate for the nonprofit sector.


Recognition includes:

  • “Compassion Award” presented by the Longmont Rotary Club at the Rotary 5450 District Conference 1990.
  • Tribute Honoree presented by the Mental Health Association of Colorado 1992
  • The Leadership Denver Association named Henninger “Outstanding Alumni” 1995
  • Recognized for “Outstanding Teacher” Master of Nonprofit Management Program, Regis University 2000
  • Honored with the “William Funk Building Community Award” by the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO) for “Building Community on a State-Wide Basis” 2002
  • Honored with the “Judy Kaufmann Civic Entrepreneurship Award” presented by the Denver Foundation 2005
  • Honored with the “Management Excellence Award” presented by the National Council of Work Centers 2010
  • Nominated as mid-size company CEO of the Year by Colorado Business Magazine 2012
  • Honored with the Milt Cohen National Leadership Award presented by the AbilityOne-SourceAmerica organization at their national conference 2012


Articles Published:


“Future Trends: What Is Ahead For Nonprofits” in the 2007-2008 Colorado Grants Guide (2007)

“Social Entreprenuerialism – The Hope For The Nonprofit Sector” in the newsletter Cause Planet (2006)