West Coast Executive Search and Fundraising Consulting

Different markets require different approaches, and the West Coast is no exception. We combine our perspective on nonprofit leadership with our knowledge and experience in both fundraising and executive search. This distinct perspective enables us to deliver the most strategic and measurable impact.

Executive Search

Whether you are seeking to recruit a CEO, CFO, Chief Development Officer, Vice President of Advancement, or Director of Communications, you can anticipate a rigorous, fair, and transparent executive search process.

Our team will conduct a strategic assessment at the start of the nonprofit executive search. After gaining an understanding of your organization’s opportunities and challenges, we will begin searching our network of nonprofit professionals and new prospective candidates for talented people who can meet your needs. Prior to interviews, we will brief you on every candidate’s strengths and growth opportunities, and you will choose your finalist candidate. The end result is a powerful connection between your extraordinary organization and an exceptional leader, who can achieve a lasting, positive impact.

Fundraising and Campaign

Effective nonprofit fundraising services will position your organization to have an extraordinary impact. Philanthropy is one of the most powerful drivers of mission – a way to create change, raise the bar, and sustain programs that shape our society.

Our expert team will ask the essential questions to recognize your organizational strategy and strengthen your ability to raise the money you need. With our fundraising, campaign, and interim management services, you will identify opportunities and tactics that create the strongest, most sustainable philanthropic practice for your organization.

Contact our team for a free 20-minute consultation today to take the next step for your business.

Development Guild — Providing nonprofit consulting services to take your West Coast nonprofit to new levels of success

Our nonprofit consulting services are informed by the expertise we have gained with over 2,500 nonprofit executive search and fundraising client engagements. Our clients span a range of nonprofit sectors, including leaders in academic medicine, education, arts and culture, human services, environmental welfare, and more.

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How can we help you?

For 45 years, Development Guild DDI has partnered with nonprofit organizations nationwide to achieve their most ambitious goals. Whether you need new talent, fundraising or campaign solutions, or strategic counsel, we can help.

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Choosing Development Guild as our partner was an easy decision. I was so impressed by how well their team listened to us – they were committed to understanding our culture and what we truly needed in a new Chief Development Officer. Throughout the search, they were responsive, prompt, and supportive. It felt like the Development Guild team was just as invested in us making a great hire as we were.

— Kimberly Hicks, Chief Development Officer

Our Clients on the West Coast

Our Team

Our staff approach every client project with sector-specific intelligence, cross-sector insight, and hands on functional experience working with your peers on the west coast.

Lynn Shevory

Senior Consultant, Executive Search and Fundraising

Our clients benefit from Lynn’s significant experience in fundraising, her sharp ability to synthesize complex information, and her commitment to identifying and pursuing solutions that have a lasting impact. Her most recent clients include: Open Medicine Foundation and Planned Parenthood, Arizona.


Recruiting Top Tier Candidates

We have recruited talent from some of the west coast’s most prestigious institutions

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Stanford University

Sundance Film Festival

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Southern California