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Development Guild November Update

Posted November 1, 2019


Late Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s the World Series to watch, leftover Halloween candy* to enjoy, and of course it’s also the official start of the conference season. This month is especially sweet as we once again find ourselves fortunate to be working with a wonderfully diverse roster of clients. We are pleased to share our client news and latest thinking on boards and first-ever capital campaigns below. We welcome any suggestions or questions.

On behalf of all of here at Development Guild, we appreciate your continued interest and support.


*Forget about chocolate, Brach’s Candy Corn are the best.

Bill Weber

On Our Minds

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In his latest blog, President Bill Weber explores the vast range of nonprofit boards—from fiduciary boards to campaign committees to volunteer associations—and how nonprofits can take advantage of their board members’ varied experience to foster innovation and participation.

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How does an independent school successfully complete its first-ever, $25M comprehensive campaign? We recently sat down with Erica DeRosa, Director of Philanthropy and Engagement at Beaver, to discuss lessons learned, surprises and successes, and why their next campaign is just around the corner.

Recent Placements

We are pleased to announce the recent placement of the following leaders:


Ashwin Vasan, M.D., Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Fountain House

Molly Sverdlov

Senior Director of Development, Advocacy

National Audubon Society

Brittany Shaff

Brittany N. Shaff

Assistant Vice President, Digital Engagement + Annual Giving

University of Miami

Everett Poisson

Vice President of Development

Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation

View all recently placed candidates.

On Our Calendars

afp-boston-conferenceCome Hear Us Speak at the AFP MA Conference
We are proud to be sponsoring and speaking at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Massachusetts’ Annual Conference on Wednesday, December 4 in Boston. President Bill Weber will host a panel called “Building the Plane While Flying It” about how nonprofits can plan with agility. Learn more and register for the conference.

Current Searches

We are currently recruiting a host of executive positions for our clients. Click here to view all of the current openings.


Welcome to our Newest Team Members


Katerina Russo

Marketing Associate


Johnny Young

Associate Product Manager


Samantha Hyde

Human Resources Associate

Join Us

We are currently seeking a Vice President, Executive Search to join our team. This position is designed for nonprofit executive level managers or consultants who are experienced working strategically with nonprofit CEOs, Chief Officers and board members on achieving vital organizational goals. The VP will lead project teams in executive searches across a broad swath of nonprofit sectors, and will be expected to build a business development portfolio, contribute to best practices within the firm, and be a spokesperson for Development Guild. We are especially looking for individuals who will embrace the opportunity to develop and disseminate best practices in the field.

Individuals with executive search, fundraising or human resources leadership experience are encouraged to consider this position. We will provide professional, in-depth training, suitable for experienced search leads, seasoned fundraising professionals and HR professionals. Reporting directly to William Weber, Ed.D., President, the Vice President is expected to play a vital role in the firm’s future.

Learn more about our open positions on our website.

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