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Development Guild September Update

Posted September 3, 2019


I hope this email finds you well and enjoying these splendid end of summer days. Summers at Development Guild are always fascinating (and busy!) and this year is no different. Many of our clients find this time of year their most intense. This is especially true for our arts and museum clients, such as Storm King Art Center, New England Aquarium, Ogunquit Playhouse, Cape Ann Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, The Yard, Jacob’s Pillow, and the National Coast Guard Museum Association. Their extraordinary work motivates us daily, and the opportunity to experience their diverse summer offerings firsthand certainly inspires us!

Speaking of our team, we are in search for some talented new members to join us. We are on a serious growth trajectory and currently have several new positions open. Any suggestions you have would be most welcome.

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


Bill Weber

Fixing the Plane While Flying It

airplane-takeoffOur President Bill Weber is a fan of analogies, especially when they help him wrestle with an interesting challenge. So when the expression “fixing the plane while flying it” became popular in Silicon Valley, he thought to ask nonprofit leaders how it can apply to and inform their planning strategies. On our blog he shares the interesting replies he received and how your organization can adapt to rapid change within the field by planning with agility.

Recent C-Suite Placements

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

Evan Lewis

Chief Advancement Officer

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School


Dr. Gary D. Jaworski, Ph.D.

Chief Development Officer

Lymphoma Research Foundation

View all recently placed candidates.

On Our Minds

The 5 Core Responsibilities of Nonprofit Board Members
What does it take to be a strong and effective board member? Whether your organization has long prioritized board health or has just started to more recently, check out this helpful post on nonprofit board members’ core responsibilities from our SVP Suzanne Battit.

Diversifying Your Funding Stream
The recently released Giving USA 2018 Report revealed a substantial drop in individual giving from 2017-18. So, what does that mean for your organization? It’s time to diversify your funding stream! Our SVP Kieran McTague shares strategies small shop nonprofits can use to increase corporation and foundation support.


Current Searches

Explore a sampling of our searches below or click to view a full list of our current openings.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Executive Director of Development, Cancer

Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
Vice President of Development

Colby College
Director of Leadership Gifts

FamilyAid Boston
Chief Development Officer

Mount Sinai Health System
Director of Development, Cancer

Noble and Greenough School
Director of Development Operations

Executive Director

Sarcoma Foundation of America
Executive Director

University of Miami
Asst. Vice President, Digital Engagement + Annual Giving

Wellesley College
Director of Annual Giving Programs

Welcome to our Newest Team Member


Olivia Milne
Associate to the Executive Vice President

Our Team is Growing

With offices in Boston and New York, 40 staff members and counting, Development Guild is growing. In September we will be launching a search for a new Vice President to join our team. We will be seeking education and nonprofit leaders with Chief Development Officer level experience who want to make an impact in the field. We’re flexible as to sector experience and current location.

Our senior executives have deep experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, executive search, and planning. They join us for the opportunity to utilize their talents, knowledge, and skills to advance our diverse clients’ missions. We welcome your referrals.

Learn more about our open positions on our website.

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