November 2017
Brakeley Briscoe is Pleased to Welcome Leadership Search Partners as a Member of Our Family of Companies 
In September 2017, Leadership Search Partners joined Brakeley Briscoe's family of companies serving the nonprofit sector. We are excited to have the opportunity to grow the capacity of our clients by complementing our nonprofit management and fundraising consulting services with executive search. Leadership Search Partners has built a strong reputation as an executive search firm conducting "C-level" placements and other development executives. We look forward to continuing and expanding the practice throughout the U.S.
We are also pleased to announce that Scott Staub, ACFRE, has joined Leadership Search Partners as Managing Director. He is a veteran of the nonprofit sector and the fundraising profession, having served on the AFP national board and in a variety of fundraising executive positions throughout his career. To learn more about Scott, see his bio. He will be working with the existing Leadership Search Partners staff team and founder, Leyna Bernstein, to serve our clients' needs.
In launching this new service, we'd like to share with you a reprint of an article by Leyna that encapsulates our thinking. We hope it will help you and your board and staff in thinking about the fundraising function within your institution.
Fundraising Fables You Shouldn't Believe 
by Leyna Bernstein, Founder, Leadership Search Partners
One of the reasons we continue to see so much turn-over in fundraising staff is the pervasive misunderstanding of how fundraising works. Here are some of the most common misconceptions we see in our work filling development leadership roles. The persistent belief that hiring the right development director is the cure for fundraising woes is by far the most damaging of these seven fables.
Fable 1: We hire a development director to do our fundraising for us.
Fact: Success in fundraising comes from building a shared responsibility for cultivating and stewarding donors throughout the organization. The board and the executive director share accountability with the chief development officer. The job of your development director is ... Read More  
Kind Words from Leadership Search Partners' Clients
"Let me reiterate how impressed and pleased I am with the quality of the candidates you have presented and the effort you obviously put into this search assignment."
John Sullivan
Former Board Vice President and Chair of Search Committee
Huckleberry Youth Programs
"The overall caliber and talent of the candidates Heather has presented to us is really remarkable. I couldn't be happier, and this is a much stronger pool of candidates than I would have expected for a Director of Development search. Heather really knocked it out of the park on this one."
Matthew O'Grady
Former Executive Director
San Francisco Parks Alliance
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