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Executive Search for Fundraising Leaders

DRiWaterstone’s distinctive executive search process delivers high-caliber results in searches for fundraising leaders for non-profit and social enterprise organizations. Some of our development placements include:

  • Chief Development Officer, NPR
  • Vice President for the Legacy Campaign, BBYO
  • Director of Development, Center for Global Development
  • Director of Development Operations, Partnership for Public Service
  • Major Gift Officer, Planned Parenthood

What DRiWaterstone Offers in Fundraising Searches

Holistic understanding of fundraising in the non-profit and social enterprise sectors

As former fundraisers in blue-chip non-profit organizations, DRiWaterstone’s leaders have a sophisticated understanding of comprehensive development programs and of how to staff them at every level. Fundraising is one of the biggest recruiting challenges facing the sector: the talent gap makes it difficult to recruit highly qualified staff who will commit to an organization beyond the field’s 18-month average tenure. But DRiWaterstone specializes in meeting this challenge. We know what makes for a highly qualified development leader and we maintain one of the country’s largest single networks of executives and front-line fundraising staff.

An experienced guide to reach your goal

We know that the goal of a fundraising search isn’t a hire; it’s a new donor pipeline and revenue. Even more importantly, we know what goes into achieving these goals. We develop precisely tailored and probing questions to clearly identify the scope of a candidate’s background. Whether you need someone who can build a major donor pipeline or who can manage a complex government grants calendar, we reveal how candidates will help your non-profit to achieve its revenue goals.

Our Results

Utilizing the DRiWaterstone approach, we have identified development leaders who have doubled revenue for national organizations in less than a year; have built new regional major gift portfolios from San Francisco to Denver to New York; and have created cultures of philanthropy at some of the nation’s most successful organizations. Our fundraising placements include staff at every level, from Chief Development Officers to Directors of Development Operations to Major Gift Officers.

How to Request a Fundraising Search

We invite you to learn more about DRiWaterstone’s unique approach to search. Contact us to discuss your organization’s strategic goals and how DRiWaterstone’s fundraising search can help you achieve them.