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Recruiting Not-for-Profit Leaders Who Drive Mission, Sustainability and Success

Today’s not-for-profit organizations must address increased competition for donor time and attention, public scrutiny on impact and outcomes, rising stakeholder expectations, dramatic shifts in revenue/funding streams, and the demand for novel organizational approaches — all while serving the needs and interests of their targeted communities. Not-for-profit leaders, therefore, must possess both passion and purpose. They must make the business case and value proposition to constituents and galvanize their board and staff to develop, execute and communicate a vision and comprehensive strategic plan, along with a sustainable funding model, for their organization.

Witt/Kieffer is the preeminent executive search firm serving the not-for-profit community. With a half century of experience, we partner with leading 501(c)3 organizations and their boards to recruit CEOs and a range of senior-level executives. Our clients include:

  • Major civic and cultural organizations
  • Leading philanthropic and charitable foundations
  • Disease-based organizations and associations
  • Local and regional community health centers
  • Regional, national and international member associations

Our team includes individuals who have served and consulted in the not-for-profit sector for many years, and who understand what is needed for leadership success. We offer a high level of personalized service for clients, showing sensitivity to the needs of multiple constituents and striving to learn and understand what makes each organization and its mission special. Searches follow a comprehensive, proven process that includes original research, a state-of-the-art candidate database, and a far-reaching network of contacts. Witt/Kieffer is uniquely qualified to help not-for-profit organizations recruit leaders who best reflect the values, mission, needs and competencies set forth by their board or search committee.

Integral to all the work we do are our Leadership Solutions, a proven portfolio of tools and methodologies which help organizations define what great leadership is according to their needs, culture, and strategic objectives.

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Julie A. Rosen is the leader of Witt/Kieffer’s Not-for-Profit practice. With more than 30 years of experience working in healthcare and not-for-profit organizations and associations, Julie’s expertise includes building effective boards and staff, developing and executing fundraising strategies, building organizations and brands through government, media and community strategies, and developing business and programmatic solutions.
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