A historic organization transforms their philanthropic program with the support of new development staff

Founded in 1853, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association was the first national historic preservation organization in the United States. Today, the Association remains committed to its original goal: preserving, restoring, and managing the beautiful riverside estate of George and Martha Washington. Since George Washington’s Mount Vernon opened to the public in 1860, over 85 million visitors have witnessed and learned about the life and legacies of the Washington’s firsthand.

In 2017, Mount Vernon retained Development Guild to conduct their search for a Senior Vice President for Development. Critical to the success of the engagement was our ability to partner with key leadership and gain a holistic understanding of the institution’s operations, culture, opportunities, and direction. We successfully placed Joe Bondi, who came to Mount Vernon with over 15 years of fundraising experience at George Washington University. Later that year, Joe hired us to conduct an additional search for a new Senior Director of Development. We placed Amy Turcotte in the role. Amy held a wide range of management experience including Director of Development and Major Gifts at the National Geographic Society.

The placement of Joe and Amy strengthened and transformed Mount Vernon’s philanthropic program, which plays a critical role in supporting the institution’s ambitious agenda.


I’ve had the unique experience of being both a candidate hired by Development Guild DDI and a candidate-seeker with the firm. In both cases, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and advocate. As a candidate, the Development Guild team always made me feel like they were working for me—assisting with interview preparation and always communicating about the process. Once hired, when I needed to fill a senior role on my team, I didn’t think to call any other firm. I knew I could trust Development Guild to find me the very best candidate, which they did!

- Joe Bondi, Vice President for Development

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