Popular opinion suggests that these are tough times to recruit fundraisers. We disagree. There have never been more fundraisers with demonstrated success from which to choose and nonprofits are increasingly willing to invest in that talent. The problem is that most recruitment is transactional and episodic whereas top talent values and responds best to a relationship approach, similar to the one they effectively use with donors. Accordingly, we have adapted a major gift recruitment model to identify, cultivate, engage, and place more than 500 fundraisers from every sector across the country.
Our innovative model means placements stay double than the industry average. This longevity speaks to our ability to understand our clients’ culture and needs, provide tailored advice, and help them successfully navigate complex decision-making challenges.
Our clients also report to us that they value and appreciate our:
Many of our leads have held senior fundraising positions, and they continue to provide fundraising counsel to our clients today. This means we’re up-to-date and actively applying best practices and industry trends to our current clients. We call upon this knowledge to position our client’s unique opportunity, frame it for prospective candidates, and assess the suitability of their experience and match for the role and team.
Our knowledge and relationship networks are expansive, and professionals in the field trust us. Even when not actively in the job market, they are willing to take our calls and consider new positions, knowing that we give deep consideration to what professional opportunities might be most suited to their experiences and interest.
Attracting a diverse pool of candidates is a top priority in every search. We are also committed to partnering with CASE and AFP to sponsor initiatives that focus on increasing diversity within the profession.
Through our Multi-Search services, we have partnered with clients who needed to hire as many as ten staff members simultaneously to those who have hired upwards of 50 positions over several years. These institutions have transformed their year-over-year fundraising results from $10 million annually to hundreds of millions by adding high caliber talent strategically aligned with their particular philanthropic opportunity.
While we partner with our clients to help them seek their new fundraising leadership, we can provide direction and oversight to their fundraising staff in the form of Interim Management. This service includes 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.
Our searches encompass the full range of development positions. From Associate Vice President of Development to Assistant Director of Major Gifts; from Director of Annual Giving to Senior Director of Development Operations, we are expert in placing candidates in a timely and cost-effective manner.
As a fundraising search firm, Development Guild specializes in recruiting talented fundraisers for nonprofits nationwide. With a 96% client satisfaction rate and more than 350 years of industry experience, our team is dedicated to aligning our clients’ needs and philanthropic opportunities with the right candidates’ skills and goals. Contact us today and discover how we can partner on a successful executive search for fundraisers.
I have retained Development Guild to recruit key staff positions for successful campaigns at three different academic medical institutions. For each engagement, we could count on their understanding of complex systems, creativity, ability to accurately assess candidates, and unwavering commitment to successful outcomes. My long-standing relationship with Development Guild has been the primary reason why we continue to engage them. They know our needs and the characteristics of the employee who will be successful within our system. The insights that Development Guild provide are unique in the field and in part this is a result of their search services being deeply informed by their fundraising practice, but I believe it also has to do with the continuity and dedication of their senior leadership.
- Mark Kostegan, Senior Vice President of Development
I am so grateful for Development Guild’s partnership. Their team was committed, positive, adaptable and a true pleasure to work with. The candidate pool was excellent and tailored precisely to our needs. Despite any obstacles that arose, Development Guild never lost sight of our end goal. It allowed me to trust that we would find the candidates we needed. Our new Senior Director of Major and Individual Giving and Senior Major Gift Officer are wonderful additions to our team, and I know they are going to make important contributions.
- Tara Morris, Chief Advancement Officer
In our search for an Associate Vice Chancellor, it was essential that our University’s various stakeholders felt the search was transparent, fair, and thorough. Development Guild was very responsive to our unique requests as the search evolved and made sure to keep all parties in the loop. As a result, we had meaningful buy-in among our stakeholders, resulting in the selection of an excellent candidate.
- Lauren Turner, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for HR and Organizational Effectiveness & Strategy
No matter your sector, our executive searches for fundraising positions include everything from Senior Director of Development Operations to Associate Vice President of Development, Assistant Director of Major Gifts to Director of Annual Giving, as well many other positions. With over 500 successful fundraiser placements to our name, there are few executive search firms that fill as many fundraising positions as we do every year.
Whether your company is looking to fill a single position or to launch several simultaneous fundraising searches, our firm is committed to finding the perfect candidates that will embrace your philanthropic potential and take your program to the next level. When it comes to executive fundraising searches, we aim to deliver a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates for your organization to interview within just 4-6 weeks. This timeline includes the initial discussions with your organization, creating the position announcement and supporting materials, mining our extensive network of professionals and conducting additional outreach, screening appropriate candidates, and compiling a shortlist of top options for your organization to consider.
If you’re seeking to develop a strong, diverse pool of fundraising talent, launch your fundraising executive search process with Development Guild. In addition to fundraising searches, we provide build-out search services and interim fundraising management; our services can be tailored to each client’s specific needs. Ensure your next development hire is a successful one with advice from knowledgeable industry experts.
When you engage a fundraising executive search firm like Development Guild, you gain access to an extensive network of professionals who belong to a wide range of sectors and work across the country. By partnering with us to fill fundraising positions at your organization, you can ensure the search process will be streamlined, effective, and successful. Whether you’re seeking to hire a gift officer or a director of a fundraising function, we can help you find the right talent. Contact us to learn more about partnering with an executive search firm.
Development Guild is considered one of the leading executive search and consulting firms in the country. We have decades of experience partnering with nonprofit organizations belonging to every sector. Our experienced and committed team, along with our deep knowledge of the marketplace, expansive network, proven commitment to diversity, and ability to recruit for multiple positions simultaneously, make us strong partners to organizations who need to conduct a fundraising executive search. To learn more about our current executive search clients, visit our current executive searches.