Monthly Archive: February 2016

Search Completed! Executive Director – Central Minnesota Community Foundation

Update: This search was completed and the new Executive Director, Caryl Turnow, was placed in June, 2016.

On behalf of our client, CommunityGiving, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

To view a full position profile, click here: Postion Profile – Central MN Community Foundation – Executive Director

The Organization: The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF), in partnership with its parent organization, CommunityGiving, works to engage people, connect resources and build social capital for a stronger community. CMCF facilitates charitable giving, initiates responses to targeted community needs and builds permanent funds to facilitate charitable giving. The Foundation works with its fund holders and uses its unrestricted dollars to provide grants for annual and capital support to local charitable programs. It also convenes community stakeholders around initiatives that improve the quality of life in the greater St. Cloud region.

CommunityGiving provides leadership to a unique, new structure and unites CMCF with similar community foundations under a single framework—Together, We Are Stronger.  In partnership with Alexandria, Brainerd, and Willmar, it creates operating efficiencies that maximize donor impact. This structure is rooted in collaboration, but affords autonomy to its community partners.

The Mission: To engage people, connect resources, and build community.
CMCF fulfills its mission by making grants to support key issues in Central Minnesota by:

  • Encouraging individuals, families and businesses to partner with CMCF to fulfill their charitable and financial goals
  • Convening people to build community opportunities
  • Honoring individuals who have significantly contributed to the betterment of the community
  • Connecting people and resources to build a better community

The Role: The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) seeks an Executive Director (ED). The ED will serve as the face of CMCF and its ambassador to the Greater St. Cloud area. In support of the mission, this position will provide overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization. This Executive will conduct outreach to current and prospective donors, the professional community, nonprofit stakeholders and the general public. With the Board of Directors and President & CEO of CommunityGiving, the ED will have overall responsibility for financial and operational management (both asset building and grant management) and for the development and implementation of programs aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan. The ED will be part of the CommunityGiving leadership team and will assume a leadership position in the promotion of CMCF at both a regional and state level. This role will have 2-3 direct reports and will work collaboratively in a shared staffing model with CommunityGiving and the other affiliate foundations.

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Search Completed! Carleton College – Development Officers

Update: This search was completed and three new Development Officers began at Carleton in June, 2016.

On behalf of our client, Carleton College, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for three DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS.

To view a full position profile, click here: Position Profile – Carleton College – Development Officer

The Organization: High-achieving students thrive at Carleton College, a top-10 liberal arts college that inspires a joyful balance between academic life and everything else in life. In the classroom, they’re challenged and mentored by outstanding professors who are recognized nationally for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Outside the classroom, they’re welcomed into a supportive campus community that encourages them to live large—to follow their passions, find their people, and venture outside their comfort zone to embrace all Carleton has to offer. Along the way, they forge real connections with professors, staff, alumni, and one another, becoming part of a worldwide Carleton network that lasts a lifetime.

The liberal arts education offered at Carleton is widely considered to be among the best in the world, according to the College’s academic peers as well as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Princeton Review (to name just a few). See what others say about Carleton.

The Role: Carleton College seeks three Development Officers, each responsible for prospects that they will qualify as campaign prospects, cultivate for the College, and eventually solicit and close gifts of $50,000 and up. As a member of the Development team, this position reports to and works closely with the Director of Major Gifts to secure gifts from donors living in one of six defined regions within the United States. This position will participate with Development colleagues and others in regular planning meetings that facilitate initiating, cultivating, and stewarding donor relationships, planning events, and developing meaningful communications.

The Ideal Candidate: Candidates must be committed to the values of a liberal arts education, demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and possess the ability to directly solicit gifts. They must be persistent in following up with donor prospects, engage in authentic and meaningful interactions and possess excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. The candidates must subscribe to and demonstrate the highest ethical standards. This candidates must have experience and ability to build relationships and work collaboratively across an organization, including engaging multiple types of stakeholders in donor cultivation and solicitation. Experience in Development is desirable, and 4-6 years of experience in major gift fundraising is preferred. Working knowledge of capital campaign efforts and various planned giving instruments is also desired.

For more information, or to share your credentials, contact us at All inquiries will remain confidential.

CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is a boutique, national search firm, dedicated to finding the best executives for nonprofit and public organizations.


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