Strategic talent is the key to fundraising success. While you seek your new leadership, or build out a new program or team, we can provide direction and oversight to your fundraising staff in the form of interim management. Our team is composed of senior leaders with firsthand experience directing and managing fundraising teams; and because our team leads are also experienced directors and vice presidents of development, we can participate on the ground with your staff in the implementation of the work at hand.
Our interim management services including partnering with your President/CEO to define priorities and goals, representing your team with senior colleagues, partnering with team leaders to develop strategy, and providing advice to individual staff members and/or teams. Throughout the engagement, we are committed to keeping leadership informed and engaged as we triage workflow and set and maintain a schedule of deliverables.
We pride ourselves on being responsible and nimble enough to support our clients through times of transition. We believe, and our clients say, that this nimbleness is possible because of the way that we assemble our consulting teams, the deep relationships we form, and the commitment we share to our clients’ visions.
I have worked with many search firms in the past and my recent experience with Development Guild far surpassed all previous engagements. While Development Guild conducted our search for a Director of Development, they also provided interim fundraising counsel. Development Guild assessed staff performance, provided detailed guidelines and expectations for success, and facilitated effective group training. Most importantly, their counsel put a strong structure in place, which set up our team—and the new Director of Development—for success.
- Elisabeth Saxe, Chief Development Officer
We initially retained Development Guild to provide fundraising counsel and campaign planning services, as well as conduct the search for our new Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Their staff listened well and adapted to our culture, consistently delivering high-quality assessments and recommendations. They drew upon the knowledge they gleaned about our institution from providing fundraising counsel to deliver excellent candidates during the search. As a result, we have a talented new Vice President and a firm understanding of what needs to be done to achieve our philanthropic goals.
- Richard Lapidus, President