Cook Silverman Search Retained by Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative to Help Recruit Chief Development Officer

March 5, 2024 – 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 No. 1. Greenbrae, CA-based Cook Silverman Search has been selected by Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative in San Francisco to lead its search for a chief development officer.

The organization is seeking an experienced chief development officer, who will be responsible for planning, executing and evaluating all fundraising and development initiatives. The CDO will establish fundraising priorities and objectives; create fundraising strategies to meet specific program goals; identify and profile current and prospective individual, business, and foundation prospects; develop and cultivate positive relationships with donors and prospects; and solicit and steward major donors.

Candidates should have deep experience in building and executing a successful, multi-channel fundraising strategy. They must be a skillful and determined fundraiser who is gifted at building, sustaining, and growing relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and other stakeholders. Candidates should also be passionate about and highly motivated by the opportunity to deliver better, less costly healthcare to patients in need.

Cook Silverman Search is looking for candidates with seven to 10 years of progressively challenging, demonstrated, and measurable fundraising experience. Those applying should have a proven track record and experience in setting and attaining successful fundraising goals. They must have experience in all aspects of fundraising, including proven success in major gifts identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, annual fund management, foundation relations and planned giving. Demonstrated experience successfully soliciting six and seven-figure gifts is also preferred.

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Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative was established in 2005 as a collaboration between medical researchers at University of California, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Their mission is to integrate high-impact research with clinical processes and systems technology, resulting in improved data management and information systems, greater access to clinical trial matching and sponsorship, and greater benefit to providers, patients, and researchers. 

Non-Profit Specialists

Cook Silverman Search focuses on senior development positions for not-for-profit organizations, predominantly in Northern California. Its client base represents a broad span of organizations, including independent schools, universities and faith-based organizations, as well as those serving conservation, health care, social service, museums, science and culture. The firm has placed advancement executives for Peninsula Family Service, Moreau Catholic High School, Children’s Council of San Francisco, and Pinewood School, among others.

Victoria L. Silverman is managing founder of Cook Silverman Search. She has more than 30 years of experience in the philanthropic sector. Throughout her career, she has worked in senior fundraising, advancement, and management positions at Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of California, the American Film Institute, and the Buck Institute for Age Research, among others. Her search work focuses on higher education, the arts, biotech and environment sectors. She has been speaker for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and has served on fundraising advisory committees for several non-profit organizations.

Cook Silverman was also just called by the Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) to lead in its search for a new executive director. Eviction Defense Collaborative is seeking a remarkable civic leader who is passionate about social justice to serve as their next executive director. This leader is responsible to the board of directors for the successful vision, leadership, management of the organization including community engagement, city and state government relations, fundraising/development, human resources, strategic planning finance, and executive communications.

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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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