Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Seeks Director of Institutional Advancement

Musical Instrument Museum- Director of Institutional Advancement 

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM is seeking an accomplished and high-energy leader for their Director of Institutional Advancement role, and they plan to present a highly competitive compensation package.

Reporting to the Executive Director, this key position is part of MIM’s senior leadership team and is responsible for representing MIM to the museum and cultural community, and for meeting ambitious contributed revenue goals through a comprehensive giving program of annual, major, institutional, and planned giving.

Key qualifications include:

  • Minimum 7-10 years in a fundraising capacity with proven success in meeting goals and motivating a talented team of fundraising professionals.
  • Undergraduate required; Master’s degree desirable; Additional certifications a plus
  • Demonstrated record of exceptional leadership and management of at least one capital campaign, including direct experience in obtaining outright gifts of $1 million or more

To learn more about this exciting position, please click here.

Filling this position is a priority for MIM. For consideration please follow the link below. n_US&source=CC3

*CohenTaylor is posting on behalf of MIM, but is not retained to complete this search.


CohenTaylor Team Members Attend YWCA Minneapolis’ 15th Annual “It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race”

Members of our team attended YWCA Minneapolis’ forum on race this past Tuesday. YWCA Minneapolis, our current client, hosts this forum because they believe that “the strength of our future depends on our ability to develop new skills around inclusion and equity, understand the realities of racism today and to commit ourselves to action.” The event brought over 1,000 community members of diverse backgrounds together- from high school students and nonprofit leaders to business-people and educators. While these participants came from a variety of areas, they shared a commitment to facing racial injustice head on, by having frank and truthful conversations about the nature of race relations in Minnesota and the United States. The panelists focused on their own experiences, while offering powerful insight into the structural and systemic origins of American racism that continue to fuel its visible, and insidious, presence in our state and wider society. They also issued a call to back up these discussions with action.

Thank you to YWCA Minneapolis for hosting these important conversations, and for drawing attendees from all across the Twin Cities! We were honored to attend, and we will hold these conversations close as we work to place culturally diverse and culturally competent folks at nonprofits.


We’re Happy to Announce that our Previous Client, Project for Pride in living (PPL), Received the 2017 Minnesota Nonprofit Award for Excellence!

To learn more about this inspiring and effective organization, please watch the video below:


Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about nonprofit boards!


Have you ever asked yourself… Who serves on today’s nonprofit boards? How are they composed and organized? How do they conduct their work? How well are they fulfilling their many important roles and responsibilities? What impact are they having on organizational performance?

Nonprofit boards serve many functions that are crucial to the health and efficacy of nonprofit organizations. CohenTaylor is honored to have the opportunity to work with nonprofit boards through our search process. Since 1994, BoardSource has published an annual report that tracks and analyzes trends in nonprofit board leadership. 2017’s report is hot off the presses! Check it out for a fascinating glimpse into the current state of nonprofit boards.

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CohenTaylor’s Joel Bergstrom to present today at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s 2017 Annual Conference

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s Annual Conference begins today, and runs through tomorrow, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Joel Bergstrom will be co-leading a workshop titled “Mapping and Traveling a Nonprofit Career Path”. He will present with Lindsay Bacher of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. The session promises to provide “a tangible system by which nonprofit professionals can identify the direction they might want to take their career in terms of roles and mission interest, but also ideas as to how they can actually follow the path identified.” If you’re attending the conference, be sure to check out Joel’s breakout session at 3:45 pm today!



As the third part of CohenTaylor’s series of executive searches for Director of Development positions at the UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS, today we’re announcing our search for the DIRECTOR OF PLANNED GIVING

Director of Planned Giving

Universities can stimulate the mind, benefit surrounding communities, and provide unforgettable and life-changing experiences to students of all ages—with a strong development team, even more so. In partnership with the University of St. Thomas, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a series of searches for Director of Development positions at the University of St. Thomas. When you join the University Development and Alumni Relations team, you will be part of a best in class operation supporting a dynamic, growing global community of 10,000 mission-driven and enthusiastic students and faculty.

You will also become part of Minnesota’s largest private university, with campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rome, and students from 50 states and 63 countries. Your role will allow the University of St. Thomas’ fervent school spirit to thrive, and it will support the sustained success of 140 student organizations, 20 varsity sports teams, and 40 club sports. Through your work, the University of St. Thomas will continue to boast a global reach, and to send more than half of its undergraduate students to study outside of the country.

After announcing our searches for the next Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences, we’re ready to announce our search for the Director of Planned Giving! Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development, the Director of Planned Giving is responsible for qualifying, planning and managing, and providing leadership for the Planned Giving program. This includes facilitation, implementation, and evaluation of strategic direction, as well as overall management of daily operations. The director serves as an internal advisor on planned giving vehicles for all development officers. The director may occasionally join development officers in meetings with prospects and donors, but he or she will not maintain his or her own prospect portfolio. The director should stay current in changes in tax and real estate laws, and should provide on-going training for development officers.

The ideal candidate will have an understanding, not only of the various instruments and tools of planned giving, but also of the nuances of traditional major gift fundraising. A creative thinker with an orientation and ability to interpret the philanthropic opportunities inherent in the programs of the University, he/she must have the demonstrated ability to achieve annual organizational growth goals. The individual should possess strong experience and skill in leading without authority, and he/she must be approachable, non-judgmental, and possess the exceptional listening skills required of a successful servant leader. The ideal candidate will also possess a J.D.


For more information on the position, please inquire at

All inquiries will remain confidential.

To view the full position profile for the Director of Planned Giving, please click here.


YWCA Minneapolis CFO Ramya Rauf to be honored at CFO of the Year Awards!

Eleven years ago, The Business Journal began it’s CFO of the Year awards to recognize exemplary financial leaders in the Twin Cities, and to publicly honor these often overlooked, but vital, leaders. They recognize CFOs from a variety of institutions, and this year, one of their honorees is Ramya Rauf of YWCA Minneapolis.

Ramya, a native of Sri Lanka, joined YWCA Minneapolis in 2015, and her position involves overseeing the finance and accounting departments, in addition to Information Technology and Risk Management.

We are thrilled for Ramya, and we are proud to be helping YWCA Minneapolis continue to strengthen their slate of accomplished and impressive leaders with our current search for the next Chief Development Officer.

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On behalf of our client Pillsbury United Communities, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next President/CEO



Making actual and authentic change is more crucial than ever. However, in a society with interconnected systemic inequities, tackling these issues, and finding sustainable and effective solutions, presents considerable entrepreneurial opportunity. With the mantra “whole people in whole communities,” Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) dives right in, and is responsive to community needs. PUC tackles inequity and injustice from a multitude of angles: education, youth and family, wellness and nutrition, employment and training, and asset creation. PUC’s holistic approach involves an interconnected system of programs, 6 community centers, and social enterprise that connect over 55,000 individuals each year. If you’re drawn to the depth and breadth of PUC’s admirable approach, consider joining PUC as their next President/CEO. You could provide the innovative, visionary, and strategic leadership that PUC needs to continue affecting real change in communities it serves.

The President/CEO will wear a variety of hats in his/her role, and will be responsible for functions like leadership, fund development, operations, planning, management, and communications. S/he will be responsible for leading, directing and managing the organization in a manner consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the organization- doing so in a fiscally responsible and ethically sound manner.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced and visionary professional with a passion for creating choice, hearing voice, managing change, and building connection in the inner-city and beyond. The successful candidate will be a person of integrity, with proven leadership experience, exemplary business and/or nonprofit management skills, and a strong commitment and dedication to raising the visibility and impact of Pillsbury United Communities. Fundraising, building community relations and partnerships, and board development are all key components of this challenging role.

For more information or to send your credentials, please email

All inquiries will remain confidential.

To view the full position profile, please click here: President/CEO Position Profile


Check Out Theater Latté Da’s New Production of “Man of La Mancha”

Photo by Allen Weeks

CohenTaylor is currently conducting an executive search for Theater Latté Da’s next Managing Director.  The theater is opening its 20th season with the production of “Man of La Mancha.”

In his review in the Star Graydon Royce, muses, “In a crazy world, who is the sane human? Is he the one who tilts at windmills, creates his own heroes and dreams of impossibilities because only in fantasy is there the hope of a different world? This was the philosophy behind ‘Man of La Mancha,’ which might today be nothing more than a dusty old musical if not for the elusive nature of its truth and purpose.”

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Ballmer Group Gives Unrestricted Gift of $20 Million to St. Paul-based Nonprofit College Possible!



CohenTaylor is thrilled that its previous client, College Possible, has received a $20 million dollar gift from Steve Ballmer’s organization, Ballmer Group. Ballmer, the Ex-CEO of Microsoft and owner of the L.A. Clippers founded the Ballmer Group to improve economic mobility for American children and families living in poverty. College Possible works to make college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.


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Pictured above: Steve Ballmer in July 2017 (Stephan Savoia- Associated Press File)