Cornerstone International Group Creates Non-Profit Specialization

January 22, 2020 – The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have plenty of work looking for candidates.

Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, recently launched a new specialization group focused on non-profit organizations. The firm will concentrate its new service first in North America to meet market opportunities.

Cornerstone pointed out that non-profit companies often face distinct challenges recruiting senior level leaders, ranging from limited budgets to a shortage of experience in assessing and evaluating talent. Its new specialist team, the firm said, is focused on custom solutions to address these needs.

“Step one for any non-profit is to work with a retained search firm,” said Linda Gray, senior vice president, executive search at Cornerstone Cleveland, who leads the specialist group. “Retained search offers a unique and custom approach to securing top talent by becoming a true extension of the organization through in-depth understanding of the motivational, cultural and organizational ‘fit’ required for long-term success of the chosen candidate.”

“Servicing the needs of non-profits is a natural specialization for Cornerstone,” said Larry Shoemaker, president of Cornerstone International Group. “Non-profits represent the third largest workforce in the U.S., behind retail and manufacturing. They are the recipients of over $390 billion in annual charitable giving and most of these organizations fit into the target range of our member offices.”

Growing Global Search Provider

Cornerstone International Group provides executive search and leadership development services to global roster of clients. Both before (with psychometric assessment) and after (onboarding) its search process, the organization ensures the highest possible chance of success in filling talent needs, the firm said. Cornerstone has 66 experienced member firms in both developed and emerging markets worldwide.


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To help fuel the organization’s recent growth, it recently expanded its footprint in Europe with the addition of a member office in Paris. Peak-Lifecycles HR will represent the global network across France. The new Cornerstone Paris is an owner-managed, specialist firm with extensive experience in board and executive search, talent management and consulting services. It also has an office in the U.S.

In addition, Cornerstone added Business Active as a member firm in the Ukraine. Based in Kyiv, Business Active was founded and managed by Anna Nesterchuk and her husband Oleg Zhadan. The firm has provided high-level executive search services and C-suite recruitment on both local and international levels for more than 10 years. Business Active will join Cornerstone Ukraine.

Cornerstone also recently added Diego Cubas as its new board chair for global marketing. “As we continue to develop and expand, it became evident that this role was needed to provide leadership into the growingly complex marketing area,” said Cornerstone president Larry Shoemaker. “Diego’s 12 years of experience as a leader in retained search with Cornerstone in Peru provides him the needed insight that will prove extremely valuable as he guides Cornerstone’s marketing efforts around the globe.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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