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With the country at nearly full employment, hiring managers are feeling the pinch of a tight workforce. Traditionally, higher employment signals accelerated turnover and more spirited bidding for top talent.

Even in less competitive talent environments, nonprofits have faced significant challenges in hiring experienced fundraisers for more than a decade. As philanthropic revenues become more important to the success of all organizations, higher education institutions have set ambitious goals for comprehensive campaigns that require large teams of effective fundraisers.

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At the headquarters of federated organizations, fundraising executives wear many hats—but which are most critical to program success? The Campbell & Company Executive Search team has helped place many development leaders at institutions with complex national or international structures, and we understand what it takes to succeed.

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Staff turnover is, in a word, costly. Most of us in development view it as a clear negative. Team members are loaded with extra work until a replacement is found and onboarded. We often lose institutional knowledge and individual expertise. Turnover—especially at the development director level—can damage donor relationships, erode confidence in the development office, and lower morale.

But enough with the negative. Let’s take a look at what we can learn from turnover. What would happen if you treated the departure of a head of development as an opportunity to reframe and reconsider what your organization needs?

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Regardless of industry or sector, the following truths about staff turnover seem universal:

Truth #1: Turnover is expensive and can have repercussions far beyond the position that is vacated.

Truth #2: Turnover is an opportunity to reframe and reconsider what an organization needs.

Based on the above truths, how can your nonprofit take advantage of the former while minimizing the latter? In short, by leaning on interim management to prioritize and maintain positive and productive relationships with key constituencies.

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Finding a new leader to fill a crucial role in an organization is always a balancing act between internal priorities and external concerns. Each year, sector-wide trends influence talent acquisition and management. With 2018 on the horizon, we sat down with two of our Executive Search team members to understand what’s in store for the next 12 months.

Read our interview with Kris and Dan for insight on what organizations, nonprofit leaders, and search committees should keep in mind during the coming year. 

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On the Campbell & Company Executive Search team, we partner with nonprofits to recruit executive and leadership-level positions—which means my colleagues and I receive and assess scores of applications to mission-based organizations on a weekly basis. When it comes to application materials, one of the questions we hear most often is: “Should I include a cover letter with my resume?” The simple answer is YES!

To assist nonprofit leaders in their pursuit of the right position, our team has identified five other cover letter FAQs. Read on for our responses, based on our decades of combined experience in the field and our daily work with exceptional candidates.

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Partnering with an executive search firm helps organizations explore outside their networks to find capable, dedicated leaders. Instead of managing recruitment efforts, staff can focus on work that directly supports the institutional mission while a trained team leads the search process. To make the most of this arrangement, it’s critical for organizations to foster a productive working relationship with their executive search firm.

Over two decades and hundreds of searches, our Executive Search practice has learned what it takes to elevate this important partnership. A successful partnership ultimately means the right new leader driving results at your organization. For nonprofits embarking on their next search, we’ve compiled four ways to get the best return on their executive search relationship.

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In today's world, a LinkedIn profile is a necessity for all nonprofit leaders—absence from the professional networking site can raise a bigger red flag than even the weakest profile. A recent CareerBuilder study found that employers are 57 percent less likely to interview a prospect who doesn’t have an online presence.[1] In many ways, LinkedIn functions as a professional fingerprint. Executive search consultants use LinkedIn to research candidates, confirm work experience, and find contact information. Beyond these basic functions, LinkedIn also provides a means to gauge a candidate’s overall professionalism and sophistication. A sharp profile can make a lasting impression on a search consultant. To this end, my colleagues and I mined our broad experience working with top candidates and put together six recommendations to help nonprofit leaders get noticed on LinkedIn.

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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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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. 

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