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Earlier this year, the Campbell & Company East team sat down with four nonprofit leaders in the Washington, DC area to discuss the current political climate, how it’s affecting their fundraising—and what we can learn from their responses.

We filmed these conversations for our four-part Let’s Talk Politics video series: a candid look at how organizations are faring in this charged political atmosphere.

The second episode features Michelle Powers Keegan, Chief Development Officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Christina Yoon, Vice President of Campbell & Company. Look out for a new video each Thursday at 10am ET.

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In 2017, charitable giving in the United States reached a new milestone, surpassing $400 billion for the first time and recording the highest inflation-adjusted level ever. Responding to a growing economy, Americans contributed $410.02 billion to organizations across the nonprofit sector, according to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy.

Nonprofit Trends, Nonprofit News, Giving USA, Fundraising

Earlier this year, the Campbell & Company East team sat down with four nonprofit leaders in the Washington, DC area to discuss the current political climate, how it’s affecting their fundraising—and what we can learn from their responses.

We filmed these conversations for our four-part Let’s Talk Politics video series: a candid look at how organizations are faring in this charged political atmosphere.

The first episode features Dr. Laura Meyers, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC (PPMW), and Jeff Wilklow, Vice President of Campbell & Company. Look out for a new video each Thursday at 10am ET.

Fundraising Tips, Fundraising, East, Video

Recently, I wrote an article about the growing number of pay equity laws designed to correct gender- and race-based disparities in compensation. The post focused on California’s ban on asking about salary history and offered compensation policy advice for nonprofit executives navigating this evolving landscape.

Campbell & Company supports these legislative efforts, and we believe similar laws will continue to take shape across the U.S. While organizations seek guidance amidst this change, jobseekers need their own set of do’s and don’ts. How can I prepare? What can I ask? How much should I share?

Talent Management, Talent Management Strategies, Executive Search, West Region

Head of School transitions can happen for any number of reasons—from retirement to a new opportunity arising. Planned or unplanned, the transition presents both an opportunity and a challenge for independent school communities. Whether an internal candidate is becoming the new Head or an outside candidate is taking over the role, you need to create a sound plan to ensure a smooth onboarding for the new leader.

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Delaware. San Francisco. Massachusetts. Philadelphia. New York City. Pay equity legislation is popping up across the nation. These laws aim to correct gender- and race-based disparities in pay. In 2017 alone, 40 U.S. jurisdictions considered legislation to address the gender wage gap.[1] 

Earlier this year, New Jersey passed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, bolstering protections against employment discrimination for protected classes.[2] As of January 1, 2018, employers in California can no longer ask job candidates about their salary history—an effort to ensure wage discrimination does not follow people from position to position.[3]  

Talent Management, Talent Management Strategies, Executive Search, West Region


Alumni engagement is a perennial concern among higher education advancement professionals—and for good reason: a strong program can not only sustain your institution's annual fund over the long term, it can also help build your major donor pipeline and provide your school with some of its most effective volunteers.

Although institutions of every stripe would stand to benefit from engaging their alumni more effectively, the challenges of building support among alumni are of particular relevance to small and mid-size liberal arts colleges. These institutions’ strengths and weaknesses present them with a unique set of opportunities and challenges.

Download the report and proprietary maturity model.

Higher Education News, Fundraising Tips, Campbell & Company Research Findings, Fundraising

Mark Stuart serves as Chief Development and Membership Officer of San Diego Zoo Global and President of the Foundation for San Diego Zoo Global. We asked him to reflect on how he starts his morning on a day when everything goes right. Read on for his reflections—and some inspiration for your daily routine.  

My perfect day begins at 4:45pm the previous day. This is when, no matter how crazy or hectic the day might have been, I take time to clear my desk and update my Stephen Covey to-do list (author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) for the following day.

Fundraising, West Region, Guest Blog

Transitioning from the for-profit sphere to the nonprofit sector is a common occurrence for today’s corporate executives. In response to this growing trend, the Campbell & Company Executive Search team launched an initiative to explore the relationship dynamics between formerly corporate CEOs and their CDOs.

Download the full report to review our findings.

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In the fall of 2017, our team members Aggie Sweeney and Kate Roosevelt co-authored a list of 10 campaign best practices. These time-tested recommendations represent the wisdom of four decades of service to the Northwest region.

Since then, we’ve recorded a series of six podcasts with leaders from Northwest organizations that exemplified these best practices in their current or recent breakthrough campaigns. Each conversation reveals successes, pain points, and practical advice.

Our last episode in the series features Kate Roosevelt speaking with Erin Culbertson, Director of Development at Seattle Academy

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