How can we ignite young professional interest in philanthropy and fundraising? On May 16th, Campbell & Company tackled this weighty question during an On the Table lunch at our Chicago office with emerging and established nonprofit leaders from across the city. Organized by The Chicago Community Trust since 2014, On the Table brings together tens of thousands of Chicagoland residents who gather in small groups to discuss our region’s challenges and opportunities. The annual forum serves as a catalyst for conversation, collaboration, and action.
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Our Executive Search practice helps nonprofits find mission-driven leaders who can move the needle. We recently caught up with three of these exceptional leaders to learn more about the impact they are having at their new organizations.
Over the past 40 years, our firm has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to lead an organization: the vision, drive, temperament, and experiences necessary to set strategy and define direction. Through our partnerships with thousands of organizations, we know that nonprofit CEOs need a diverse set of skills, and fundraising expertise is a critical component of that skill set. During the last 10 years, every head of organization search conducted by our Executive Search practice has included fundraising as a major requirement.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published an article by our team, focusing on how nonprofits are embracing change and experimenting with technology—from donor analytics to social media and more.
“Technology will increasingly play an important role in philanthropy, explains Peter Fissinger, President & CEO of Campbell & Company. “By viewing it as an opportunity rather than a threat to the status quo, organizations can realize their full potential to advance their fundraising programs and their missions.”
In 100 short days, President Trump’s administration set off an unprecedented whirlwind of activity and headlines, resulting in widespread speculation about the attendant political, social, and economic consequences. Across the nonprofit sector, many organizational leaders continue to wonder how enacted, proposed, and future changes could impact their fundraising efforts and what steps they should take to safeguard their missions.
Our Director of Executive Search Marian Alexander DeBerry recently contributed to the Giving Institute’s Member Insights blog, delving into the all-important CDO-CEO relationship. Drawing on our Executive Search practice’s extensive knowledge and the experiences of Josephinum Academy President Patti Tuomey, Marian discussed four ways CDOs can develop a collaborative partnership with their CEOs. The recommendations are designed to help CDOs excel in the present and set themselves up for future advancement to organizational leadership positions.
On April 3rd, the Washington, DC office of Campbell & Company added a new Senior Consultant to its ranks, enhancing the team’s ability to serve clients and impact nonprofits on the East Coast. Elise Krikau joined the experienced consulting team from Campbell & Company’s Chicago office. Her strong background in higher education and healthcare will benefit the DC region, where Campbell & Company has operated an office for 25 years and continues to enjoy close partnerships with area organizations.
March 1st brings important changes to Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company, and two influential leaders in the Northwest nonprofit landscape. Kate Roosevelt, Executive Vice President, will take on managerial responsibilities for Collins Group and for the West Coast operations of the combined firm. Aggie Sweeney, Division President and CEO, will begin a new full-time role as Senior Counsel for the firm.
Aggie Sweeney’s career has spanned four decades, touching all philanthropic sectors, influencing her peers, and making a mark on the face of fundraising in the Northwest. On March 1st, she begins a new full-time role as Senior Counsel for Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company, after serving as Division President & CEO. Aggie has a long history with Collins Group, joining in 1999, becoming President and CEO in 2008, and leading the firm as it joined forces with Campbell & Company in 2013.
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At Campbell & Company, we know Marian Alexander DeBerry as our Executive Search Director, a
strong leader and accomplished professional highly skilled in her field. She certainly lives up to this image with 20 years of experience in executive search and active involvement in professional associations. Marian is the Co-Chair of both Forefront’s Advisor Member Network and AFP Chicago’s Fellows Program. She is also an annual speaker at the Minority Advancement Institute of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).