Fulfilling the Mission

Not-for-profit organizations face a growing need for exceptional leaders. Passionate, driven and talented not-for-profit leadership is vital for managing increasingly complex challenges while keeping organizations focused on their central mission.

CEOs, executive directors and senior teams in the nonprofit sector must be able to envision, develop and execute strategic plans that ensure their organizations can succeed and continue to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

Finding the Perfect Match

WittKieffer’s nonprofit executive search team includes consultants who have served in the sphere and know what constitutes leadership success within it. We conduct original research and leverage our contact network to find exceptional candidates who inspire as leaders and find purpose in their work.

We take a personalized and proactive approach as we strive to understand what makes each of our clients special, from foundations to not-for-profit healthcare organizations. Our approach allows us to quickly grasp the dynamics and nuances of organizations, ensuring we match clients with leadership candidates best able to bring their vision to life.

Serving Those Who Serve

WittKieffer’s not-for-profit executive search clients include:

  • Leading philanthropic foundations and trusts, including family and alumni foundations, charitable trusts and corporate philanthropic arms
  • Major service-oriented nonprofits dedicated to education, health and well-being, and social services
  • State, regional, national and international member associations and consortia
  • Prominent testing, credentialing and accreditation bodies
  • Disease-focused organizations
  • Community health centers
  • Health conversion foundations and hospital and health plan foundations
  • Economic development bodies
  • Libraries, archives and historical museums
  • Other leading mission-driven civic and cultural institutions

Success Story

Dogwood Puts Its Trust in Antony Chiang

The recruitment of an inaugural CEO for Dogwood Health Trust was highly anticipated in the world of philanthropy. Founded in anticipation of the sale of the assets of Mission Health System to for-profit HCA Healthcare, Dogwood is the largest per capita health conversion foundation in the country. Ultimately the leader selected had to be someone who could help build and shape a new entity, with a true commitment and appreciation for what the trust would mean to the people and communities it served.

WittKieffer worked with the Dogwood search committee to keep the community engaged and informed throughout the search. With WittKieffer support, the search committee began with a list of over 350 potential candidates; more than 60 were interviewed by phone, and in-person interviews were held with 23. Finally, from an exceptionally diverse and talented pool of candidates, Dogwood hired Antony Chiang. Chiang was the founder and initial leader of four start-up organizations focused on improving lives, including the highly successful conversion foundation Empire Health Foundation of Spokane, Washington. Chiang’s proven track record of working in partnership with communities to dramatically improve the health and social status of residents bodes well for his tenure with Dogwood Health Trust.

Connect with a Practice Leader

Our Not-for-Profit Practice team includes individuals who have served and consulted in the not-for-profit, education and healthcare sectors, and who understand what is needed for leadership success in today’s competitive environment. Practice Leader Julie Rosen can answer your questions or tell you more.

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