February 14, 2022 – Virtually every industry needs top-drawer chief development officers. CDOs play a key role in planning, coordinating, and administering capital campaigns, corporate giving and galvanizing new donors while keeping previous funders content. Implementing funding strategies that “keep the lights on,” according to recruiters specializing in the function, is Job 1. The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) has retained executive recruitment firm Anthem Executive to lead its search for a new chief development officer. Leading the assignment are Michael Ballew, Scott Watson, and Florene Stawowy.
The chief development officer serves as a key senior leadership team member and will be an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the Prostate Cancer Foundation. This position is responsible for all fundraising and development strategy and activities with a principal emphasis on major gifts. The chief development officer is truly the foundation’s “chief relationships” officer. The CDO will be responsible for developing and executing Prostate Cancer Foundation’s strategic and aggressive major gifts plan, focusing on creative, thoughtful, and meaningful donor engagement. The CDO will be actively involved in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of an existing portfolio of principal gifts (six- and seven-figure plus) and prospects.
Anthem Executive is looking for candidates with at least 10 years of proven successful business development or professional fundraising and donor development experience, preferably in healthcare and medical research in a large, complex, research-oriented non-profit organization. They should have a track record of building and growing major gift programs: identifying prospects, cultivating new donor relationships, and closing major gifts over $250,000 on a regular basis. A demonstrated successful track record of closing on gifts of $1 million and above is strongly preferred.
In addition, candidates should have strong strategic and tactical fundraising skills: success constructing, articulating, and implementing annual strategic development plans and long-term fundraising campaigns through multiple revenue streams, including, but not limited to, major and principal gifts. Ideal candidates will be entrepreneurial, self-motivated, confident, and influential style that is coupled with sensitivity and flexibility. A strong leader with high emotional intelligence. Someone that is an advocate for growth and change and achieving results collaboratively is highly desired.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s leading philanthropic organization dedicated to funding lifesaving prostate cancer research. Founded by Michael Milken in 1993, PCF has raised nearly $900 million and provided funding to more than 2,200 research programs at more than 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise extends to 22 countries. PCF currently raises $40 million annually, with 82 cents of every dollar donated going to their prostate cancer research mission. PCF also strategically leverages donations to generate even more support—multiplying every dollar raised 10 to 20 times by stimulating further research funded by government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and others.
Anthem Executive, headquartered in Houston, TX, serves clients across a range of business sectors, including higher education, health sciences, corporate and non-profit institutions, global software and technology, private equity, insurance, service and manufacturing, oil and gas, and others. Its consultants bring a combined 80 years’ experience in the search industry. The firm’s higher education practice spans the entire leadership spectrum. In other sectors, Anthem Executive covers all roles from CEO and other C-suite leaders, board directors, vice president and director and others.
Anthem Executive Recruits CEO for Jewish Federation
Anthem Executive placed Rabbi Noah Farkas as president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (JFGLA). He will succeed Jay Sanderson who led the organization for the past 12 years. Leading the assignment were co-founders and consultants Michael Ballew, Mike J.R. Wheless, Scott Watson and senior client service partner Florene Stawowy. “Noah is an enormously talented leader who combines a reasoned and principled approach to address the greatest needs facing our community,” said Albert Z. Praw, chair of the Jewish Federation. “I am enormously confident in Noah’s commitment to the mission statement of the federation and its strategic initiatives as well as his ability to lead our federation through its next stage of growth.”
Mr. Ballew, a registered Native American and member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe, serves as the firm’s chief diversity, inclusion, equity, and compliance officer, as well as search committee facilitator. He joined the executive search industry 14 years ago following a 20-plus year career in senior-level management with expertise in recruiting, counseling, training, operations, strategic planning, facilitation, project management and workplace diversity.
Mr. Watson has been in the executive search industry for over 30 years. In addition to higher education institutions, he has served hospital/health systems, global software and technology companies, private equity enterprises, MCOs, insurance companies, service and manufacturing organizations with global footprints, and others.
Ms. Stawowy, who has been in executive search for over 20 years, is a core member of the higher education and academic health practice. Over the last two decades, she has developed deep expertise in senior‐level search, having been charged with numerous executive leadership transitions with a particular emphasis on higher education and academic health search.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media