The arena for ambitious and breathtaking campaign goals, higher education has positioned philanthropy to have transformational potential. At the same time, the decline in alumni participation gives many pause; globalization necessitates an international approach to fundraising; and the growing cost of higher education, decreasing enrollment at many institutions, and the need for student support remain at the forefront of the national conversation. The higher education landscape is complex – large public research universities, small private colleges, emerging community college systems – each institution faces unique challenges that require tailor-made solutions. From colleges just setting their course on a culture of philanthropy to universities with well-charted paths, our clients can benefit from campaign services, executive and professional level recruiting, staff structuring and buildouts, interim management, alumni engagement planning, and fundraising assessments. With each engagement, we keep an eye towards building the culture and structures necessary for students of all backgrounds to reach their greatest potential and receive a high-quality education that prepares them for today’s diverse world.
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The Development Guild team was flexible and responsive, and kept us on track even when we had to pivot to being entirely virtual. They presented a strong pool of candidates, and we are very happy with our new Director of Development for the Eastern U.S. We would never have been able to recruit such a great candidate without Development Guild.
- Bruce Flessner, Vice President of Development
Because Development Guild counseled us on our $40M capital campaign, they knew us well and understood the kind of leader we needed in a Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The Development Guild team was fantastic; they always helped us anticipate new developments and kept us fully informed throughout the search. They were easy to work with and fit in beautifully with our team. They could not have done a better job!
- Toni Hays, President
There are lots of search firms to choose from but when I needed to build my advancement team, I chose Development Guild. Their ability to identify and engage talent who not only have the required professional experience but are also a strong culture fit is unparalleled. I can always count on Development Guild to represent us well to candidates; I look forward to partnering with them again for future searches.
- John Malcolm, Vice President, Institutional Advancement