Our practice selectively matches passionate, high-performing professionals with forward-thinking, mission-driven client organizations committed to making positive change. Through our industry expertise and deep understanding of the nonprofit sector, we partner with clients to curate and place exceptional talent in local, regional and/or national markets.

Our placement proficiencies include C-Suite Leadership (Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Vice President, and Director-level), Fundraising and Development, Marketing and Communications, Human Resources, and Legal roles. Our nine award-winning Nonprofit recruiters focus their search efforts on Environment, Conservation, and Climate Change Organizations, Human Rights and Social Justice Organizations, Performing Arts and Cultural Institutions, Educational Institutions, Museums, Zoos and Aquariums, and Animal Welfare Organizations.

As a boutique, highly specialized search firm, nonprofit boards and their executive leadership look to our partnership when they:

  • Require the right leader to drive organizational change and generate purposeful growth.
  • Value access to the most diverse candidate pool possible.
  • Wasted vital time and resources pursuing a candidate who backed out at the final step, requiring a search relaunch.
  • Encountered search fatigue from trying to attract and retain high-level yet finite talent, often losing top-performing candidates to competing organizations.
  • Need a much more thorough process for vetting future leaders to avoid hiring misaligned candidates.
  • Lack the internal capacity to run a full comprehensive search.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

To meet our clients’ needs, we are continuously expanding our knowledge and outreach into the diverse world of nonprofit. Our principled approach to recruiting – honesty, transparency, accountability, and equity – empowers our clients and candidates to know that they have chosen a firm with integrity. As strong advocates for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, we adopt a JEDI-centric search approach because we believe in its positive, wide-reaching impact. Identifying high-performing leaders from all backgrounds provides diverse perspectives to face diverse challenges and creates a working environment built on plasticity, acceptance, and a drive towards growth. As the nonprofit sector continues to confront monumental changes, organizations require new leaders with different skills and visions. We believe in reflecting the diversity of our country, and even more importantly, the communities that nonprofit organizations serve.

Let’s work together to achieve a common mission: Making the world a better place.

Track Record

100% search assignment to placement rate.


 95% offer to acceptance rate since 2008.

Client Satisfaction

Every year, ⅔ of our business comes from repeat and referred nonprofit clients.

Candidate Diversity

Of the candidates we placed in 2023, 42% were people of color, 67% were women, and 67% were people in the LGBTQ+ community.

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The ThinkingAhead Nonprofit Practice recruits nationally across the sector. Discover mission-driven organizations committed to making positive change worldwide and find your perfect fit.

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