Five years ago, we were often frustrated that so many nonprofit staff and board leaders knew only one facet of our work. They viewed Charitable Advisors as the publisher of the Not-for-profit News, but had little understanding of our consulting practice.
Today, many nonprofit leaders also view us as the “go to” for nonprofit ED/CEO searches and succession planning, reflected in our more than 30 local searches in the past two years.
But we aren’t a traditional recruiting/search organization. We have created an affordable, locally focused search approach that successfully supports boards of small-to-mid-sized nonprofits to clarify their needs, identify candidates, interview, and select their next leaders.
The process stays on track, develops a pool of capable candidates, and provides guidance around the various obstacles and issues that throw a search committee off course. We often say, we walk alongside the board to find an organization’s next leader.
Through this work, we meet both experienced and aspiring leaders from within the nonprofit sector and those seeking a path into the nonprofit sector.
But for us, it’s not merely “filling a job opening.” For us, it’s about helping to build a strong nonprofit sector.
In order to do this work most effectively, we need your help.
Do job seekers frequently approach you for advice? Do you have connections to talented, aspiring leaders? Do you want to help make Indiana nonprofits connect with innovative and forward-thinking leaders? Do you read a job description and immediately know a candidate who is perfect for the job?
Here are four things you can do to play an important role in helping us to build a strong central Indiana nonprofit sector.
- Respond to our promotional e-mails with your suggestions when you know a candidate who could be a great fit. You can help a nonprofit leader take his or her next career step and help a nonprofit find a capable leader to write its next chapter.
- Include us in discussions, within your networks, about developing leaders in ways that go beyond leadership training classes (i.e. developing a leadership pipeline, transitioning from outside the sector to nonprofit leadership, etc.).
Looking forward to a productive 2020.
Bryan Orander, President