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 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, we offer campaign services, executive and professional level recruiting, staff structuring and buildouts, alumni engagement planning, and fundraising assessments.
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The Development Guild provided the University of Miami with guidance and support through a senior level position hire at the U. They were a pleasure to work with! The work of the firm was very thorough and yielded us a great hire in the end. Their partnership in the search process was critical to our success.
- Erica Arroyo, Associate Vice President, Engagement
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