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Over the past 20 years, the executive search experts at DRiWaterstone have helped our clients hire over 1,000 exceptional candidates who align with their purpose and mission.

We take pride in building lasting relationships with our clients, understanding their specific goals, and helping them achieve their initiatives. We’re honored to work with purpose and mission-driven organizations, foundations, and associations that are making expansive changes for their communities. Our distinguished portfolio of clients represents a diverse tapestry of organizations spanning industries and sectors.

Featured Client Stories

Meet Tom Wagenlander, Executive Director of Wish of a Lifetime from AARP, and learn how the team helped them in their search for Board members.

Meet Tovah Barocas, President of Earth Rangers, and dive into our search process for their Managing Director position, discover how we helped, and learn key insights.

Meet Bob Smith, Human Resources Manager at the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, and learn about their journey to finding a new deputy director.

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“The DRiWaterstone team is superb. They are thorough, collaborative, and focused on identifying the best talent. Their approach and processes are grounded in dialogue, which builds the underlying trust to create the foundation for success in the search and, most importantly in the placement. I am thoroughly impressed with the DRiWaterstone.”

David J. O’Brien, VP for Development and External Affairs of Peterson Institute for International Economics

Advocacy Organizations

ActBlue is a nonprofit organization that facilitates online fundraising for Democratic candidates and progressive organizations.

The Advancement Project is a national civil rights organization that works to achieve equity and justice for marginalized communities through policy advocacy, community organizing, and legal support.

The American Research Center in Egypt promotes research, scholarship, and cultural understanding by facilitating American scholars’ work in Egypt and fostering collaboration in the field of Egyptian studies.

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is a community-based organization located in Palm Springs, California, that provides resources, support, and advocacy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community in the region.

PAI is an organization committed to supporting and empowering the right to sufficient sexual and reproductive health.

Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equality is a grassroots organization committed to advancing reproductive rights and gender equality through activism, education, and advocacy.

For a full list of our advocacy organization clients, click here.

Arts & Cultural Institutions

The American Research Center in Egypt conducts archaeological research and promotes cultural exchange and understanding between the United States and Egypt.

The Freeman Arts Pavilion provides a platform for diverse artistic performances and events, fostering community engagement and appreciation for the arts.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts center located in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, that provides a platform for artists and performers to showcase their talents and offers various arts-related programs, classes, and events to the community.

The National Gallery of Art is a world-renowned art museum located in Washington, D.C., housing an extensive collection of Western art from various periods, showcasing masterpieces, and promoting public appreciation and understanding of the arts.

The Trust for the National Mall is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, improving, and enhancing the National Mall in Washington, D.C., through fundraising, advocacy, and public-private partnerships.

The World Monuments Fund is a non-profit organization that works to protect and preserve endangered cultural heritage sites around the world through advocacy, funding, and community engagement.

For a full list of our art and cultural institution clients, click here.

Community & Social Service Organizations

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington provides a safe and supportive environment for young people, offering educational, recreational, and mentoring programs to help them develop their full potential and become productive, responsible citizens.

The Girl Scouts Nations Capital is an organization that empowers girls with leadership skills, fosters personal growth, and promotes community engagement through a wide range of programs, activities, and opportunities.

The PACE Center for Girls is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive and specialized academic and counseling services to at-risk girls, empowering them to achieve academic success, personal growth, and self-sufficiency.

The United Way of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes community resources and collaborates with partners to address critical social issues, improve lives, and create lasting positive change in the Dutchess County region.

Venture Philanthropy Partners, DC is a nonprofit organization that strategically invests in and supports high-impact programs and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

The York Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that connects community resources with local needs, providing philanthropic support and fostering positive change in the York area through grants, scholarships, and community initiatives.

For a full list of community and social service organization clients, click here.

Educational Institutions

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is a nonprofit organization that supports the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., by providing financial assistance, scholarships, and resources to help students pursue their artistic passions and education.

Fairwold Academy is an education organization that provides high-quality, comprehensive academics within a therapeutic framework.

Howard University is a prestigious historically black university that offers a wide range of academic programs and serves as a hub for African-American culture, education, and research.

Ivymount is an educational organization in Maryland that provides specialized services and support for individuals with special needs, helping them develop academically, socially, and emotionally.

Reading Is Fundamental is a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy by providing free books and literacy resources to children in need.

The Timothy School is a private, non-profit school located in Pennsylvania, USA, that offers specialized educational and therapeutic programs for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.

For a full list of educational institution clients, click here.

Environment & Conservation Organizations

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and managing the iconic Appalachian Trail, promoting conservation, and providing support to hikers.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission is a legislative body that coordinates and advises state governments on policies and programs aimed at restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.

Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that aims to engage and empower children in environmental conservation by providing educational programs and initiatives to protect wildlife and their habitats.

The Hollyhock Foundation seeks to create a more just world through investments in education, journalism, and the environment.

The Galapagos Conservancy is a non-profit organization focused on conservation, research, and education to support the long-term preservation of the unique Galapagos Islands ecosystem.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is a nonprofit advocacy group in the United States, composed of scientists, engineers, and experts, that aims to address global environmental and social challenges through research, policy advocacy, and public engagement, advocating for evidence-based solutions to critical issues such as climate change, nuclear weapons, and sustainable agriculture.

For a full list of environment and social conservation organization clients, click here.


The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) focuses on empowering and advocating for people aged 50 and older, offering a wide range of resources, services, and information to support their health, financial security, and overall well-being in various aspects of life.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research and accelerating treatments and cures for inherited retinal diseases, leading causes of blindness, through advocacy and support.

The Coast Guard Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports and provides financial assistance to the U.S. Coast Guard and its members and their families through various programs and initiatives.

The National Park Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports and preserves the country’s national parks through fundraising, public engagement, and community programs.

The SCORE Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, serves as the philanthropic arm of SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential business advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners around the country.

The West Virginia First Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating addiction in West Virginia through various programs and initiatives aimed at prevention, treatment, and support for individuals and families affected by substance abuse.

For a full list of foundation clients, click here.

Healthcare Organizations

Arlington Free Clinic is a nonprofit organization that provides free medical services and health care to low-income, uninsured individuals in Arlington, Virginia.

Cleveland Clinic is a renowned nonprofit academic medical center in Ohio, recognized for its world-class healthcare, research, and patient-centered approach.

Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center is a healthcare facility in Maryland, USA, that offers comprehensive medical services and specialized care to the community it serves.

The Mind & Life Institute is a nonprofit organization that fosters dialogue and research between science, contemplative practices, and humanities to promote understanding of the mind and well-being.

Planned Parenthood Greater Washington is a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive reproductive healthcare and education services to individuals in the greater Washington, D.C. region.

Truth Initiative is a nonprofit organization that focuses on tobacco control and public health, working to reduce tobacco use and its harmful impact through education, research, and advocacy.

For a full list of healthcare organization clients, click here.

International NGOs

ChildFund is an international nonprofit organization that works to improve the well-being and opportunities for vulnerable children and youth in developing countries through various programs and community-based initiatives.

Freedom House is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for and researches democracy, political freedom, and human rights around the world, striving to support and promote democratic principles and liberties.

Heifer International is a nonprofit organization that empowers communities and fights hunger and poverty by providing sustainable agriculture and livestock resources to families in need around the world.

ORAM (Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights and protection of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, with a particular focus on those fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition is a nonprofit organization that advocates for strong U.S. international engagement and diplomacy, promoting global development and humanitarian efforts to address pressing global challenges and strengthen America’s leadership on the world stage.

Vitamin Angels is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve global health by providing life-saving vitamins and minerals to at-risk populations, especially pregnant women, new mothers, and young children, to combat malnutrition and improve overall well-being.

For a full list of International NGO clients, click here.

Media Institutions

Guardian News & Media (often referred to as The Guardian) is a news and media organization that operates both print and digital platforms, known for its independent and progressive journalism covering a wide range of national and international news, politics, culture, and more.

Milwaukee Public Radio is a nonprofit media organization that operates several public radio stations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, offering news, talk, and cultural programming to the local community and beyond.

NPR (National Public Radio) is a non-profit media organization in the United States that produces and distributes news, cultural, and educational programming through radio broadcasts and digital platforms, providing informative content to a wide audience.

Report for America is a nonprofit initiative that aims to strengthen local journalism and address news deserts by placing talented emerging journalists in newsrooms across the United States to cover underreported issues and communities.

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly magazine that offers in-depth analysis and commentary on politics, government, and social issues, focusing on promoting progressive ideas and pragmatic solutions to challenges facing the United States.

Youth Radio Media is a nonprofit organization that empowers young people to tell their stories and express their perspectives through media, training them in journalism, media production, and digital storytelling to amplify youth voices and address social issues.

For a full list of Media Institution clients, click here.

Membership Associations/Foundations

The American Psychiatric Association Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to improve mental health care and reduce stigma through research, education, and community programs.

The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) is a nonprofit organization that represents and advocates for the interests and needs of Korean Americans, aiming to promote the Korean American community’s visibility, leadership, and contributions in the United States.

Help Heal Veterans is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic craft kits to veterans and active-duty military personnel to aid in their rehabilitation and mental health healing process.

The Maine Raider Foundation provides benevolent support to active duty, and veterans Marine Raiders, the United States Marine Corps’ elite unit of special forces, as well as provides support to the families.

The USO (United Service Organizations) is a nonprofit organization that provides support and entertainment programs to active-duty military personnel and their families, offering a connection to home and boosting morale during their service.

The United States Navy Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization that honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Navy and promotes awareness of its history through educational programs and exhibits.

For a full list of membership associations/foundation clients, click here.

Religiously-affiliated Organizations

The American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is a non-profit organization that works to promote human rights and social justice in developing countries, supported by the American Jewish community’s values and resources.

Episcopal Relief & Development is a humanitarian organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church, dedicated to assisting communities worldwide in overcoming poverty, hunger, and disease through sustainable and transformative programs.

The JCCA is a North American organization that supports Jewish Community Centers and camps, working to provide educational, recreational, cultural, and social services to the Jewish community and beyond.

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid and support to refugees and immigrants, aiming to help them rebuild their lives and advocate for just immigration policies.

The Presbyterian Foundation is an organization that supports and manages the financial resources of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to further its mission and ministries.

St. Michael’s Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located in Orange County, California, known for its dedication to prayer, scholarship, and the education of seminarians.

For a full list of religiously affiliated clients, click here.

Social Enterprise Organizations

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is a nonprofit organization in the United States that advocates for and provides resources, services, and support for people aged 50 and older.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a renowned and comprehensive medical facility located in Washington, D.C., offering a wide range of specialized healthcare services and serving as the largest hospital in the region.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is a non-profit organization in the United States that provides educational resources and training programs to support and develop the restaurant industry and its workforce.

The Park Foundation is a private philanthropic organization in the United States that provides grants and support to various causes, including education, media, environment, and social justice initiatives.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a professional association that provides resources, training, and support to HR professionals and promotes best practices in human resource management.

The Surdna Foundation is a philanthropic organization in the United States that provides grants and resources to support community-based initiatives focused on fostering sustainable environments, social justice, and culture.

For a full list of social enterprise organization clients, click here.

Social Service Organizations

Bread for the World, DC is a non-partisan Christian organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to advocating for policies that address hunger and poverty both domestically and globally.

The Center for Urban Families is a non-profit organization based in Baltimore, Maryland, that provides comprehensive services and support to strengthen urban families and help them achieve economic stability and social advancement.

KaBOOM is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe and engaging play spaces for children by partnering with communities, corporations, and volunteers to build playgrounds and advocate for the importance of play.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is a non-profit organization providing legal services and advocacy for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex individuals, particularly those who are low-income and people of color.

Three Square is a non-profit organization in Nevada that works to combat hunger by providing food assistance and support to individuals and families in need through various programs and partnerships.

Venture Philanthropy Partners is a non-profit organization that invests in and supports high-impact social programs and initiatives to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth in the National Capital Region of the United States.

For a full list of social service organization clients, click here.

Think Tanks/Research Institutes

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a non-profit think tank and research organization that focuses on advancing cooperation and understanding between nations through in-depth analysis and policy recommendations on global issues.

The Center for Global Development is a non-profit think tank that conducts research and policy analysis to address global development challenges and promote policies that improve the well-being of people in developing countries.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is a non-profit organization that funds scientific research and innovation to address pressing challenges in agriculture and food systems, aiming to enhance sustainable and resilient practices.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is a non-profit think tank that conducts research and analysis on issues impacting African Americans and other communities of color in the United States, with a focus on promoting policies for social and economic equality.

The National Council on Aging is a non-profit organization in the United States that advocates for the well-being and economic security of older adults by providing resources, support, and policy initiatives to enhance their quality of life.

The Roosevelt Institute is a non-profit organization that conducts research, promotes progressive policy ideas, and develops initiatives to address social and economic challenges in the United States.

For a full list of think tanks/research institute clients, click here.