Bryant Group Tapped by Hope College to Find VP of Philanthropy and Engagement

February 6, 2024 – Dallas-based executive search and talent development firm Bryant Group was recently retained by Hope College to lead in its search for vice president of philanthropy and engagement. Chris Bingley, president of Bryant Group, is leading the assignment. “The ideal leader for this position is energized by big challenges,” said Matthew A. Scogin, president of Hope College. “We are looking for a teammate who wants to help this community change the world and make history by revolutionizing the business model of higher education.”

Reporting to the president and serving as a member of the president’s cabinet and the senior leadership team, this executive provides leadership and direction for a staff of 40 members in the areas of philanthropy, alumni and family engagement, and philanthropy services. This leader will develop strong relationships with faculty and staff to understand program needs and coordinate and prioritize requests to potential donors, as well as oversee and manage the budget for the philanthropy division.

This incoming executive will oversee and direct all fundraising activity for Hope College; provide and implement a strategic plan that increases philanthropic giving to, and alumni involvement with the college. They will provide visionary and strategic leadership that allows all members of the philanthropy team to understand their roles and contribute ideas to achieve individual and team goals. In addition, the search firm notes that they will advise the president and board of trustees on best practices related to donor cultivation, stewardship, and solicitations; together, cast the vision and mission of the college into fundraising priorities.

Bryant Group is looking for a Christ-centered leader who personally lives out a strong commitment to the Christian faith and has an enthusiastic commitment to articulating the mission of Hope College as a Christian liberal arts college. They should have a minimum of ten years of successful major and principal gift fundraising experience in a leadership position (required). Previous experience identifying and securing six and seven-figure gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations is preferred.

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Hope College offers an academically rigorous, co-educational and residential
education to approximately 3,100 undergraduate students from more than 40
states and 25 countries. Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its
founding in 1866, Hope College is known for its invitational ecumenical Christian

Proven Search Consultants

Bryant Group specializes in advancement, fundraising, and leadership for universities, hospitals, and other non-profits. Its services include recruiting, talent development, and leadership coaching. The organization’s higher education clients include Stanford University, Harvard University, Michigan State University, Baylor University, the University of New Mexico, and others. Its healthcare clients include UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, the Mayo Clinic in both Minnesota and Arizona, Henry Ford Health Systems, Betty Ford Center, to name just a few. Its other non-profit clients include the American Heart Association, March of Dimes in both California and New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and more.

Bryant Group is led by CEO Sally Bryant. She joined the search firm in 2007 and brings 30 years of experience in advancement management, consulting and recruiting, as well as achievements from the corporate sales arena and success in other entrepreneurial activities.

Bryant Group Recruits CEO for Montana State University Alumni Foundation
Following a nationwide search, Dallas-based executive search and talent development firm Bryant Group has assisted in the placement of Fran Albrecht as the president and CEO of the Montana State University Alumni Foundation. Chris Bingley, president of Bryant Group, led the assignment. “We are pleased that an executive of Fran’s stature will lead the Montana State University Alumni Foundation,” said Greg Collins, chair of the foundation’s board of governors. “She brings  proven ability to build teams, bring people together, and a deep love of and connection to Montana.”

Christopher P. Bryant, co-founder and advisor of Bryant Group, is a leader in the recruitment of advancement, development, and fundraising professionals. In 1988, he helped start what the firm describes as the country’s first executive search firm to specialize exclusively in philanthropy recruitment. Bryant Group is the successor firm, established in 2002. Now under the leadership of Ms. Bryant, the woman-owned firm focuses on advancing great leadership through executive search, leadership coaching and interim leadership services. Bryant Group has impacted more than 10,000 leaders and served more than 270 organizations.

Recent Search

Following a national search, Bryant Group has assisted in the recruitment of Jessica Chapman as chief development officer at Target ALSSarah Hempen, vice president, led the assignment. “We are thrilled to welcome Jessica Chapman to Target ALS as our chief development officer,” said Manish Raisinghani, CEO of Target ALS. “Her distinguished expertise in leading development initiatives for research-focused missions along with her profound commitment to the ALS community make her an excellent addition to our team. Together, we will enable innovation in ALS research, advancing effective treatments to realize a world where everyone lives.”

An experienced fundraiser in development and charitable gift-giving, Ms. Chapman brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. She spent seven years with The ALS Association, serving as their director of planned giving, senior director of individual giving, vice president of development and most recently as their vice president of mission equalities. Her fundraising helped to secure a $5 million gift, marking the largest contribution in the organization’s history from an individual donor.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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