About Us

Aspen Leadership Group is focused exclusively on supporting leaders in philanthropy. The core of its business is executive search and strategic talent management consulting. The firm provides tailored search solutions, allowing organizations at all budget levels to benefit from its services. They offer complementary consulting services that enhance the success of leaders in philanthropy, including strategic thought partnership (leader-to-leader consulting for CEOs and CDOs), leadership retreat facilitation, core values workshops, and strategic and operational planning for advancement organizations.

Each of its consultants has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and has built relationships across the nonprofit sector and around the globe over decades. They have served in senior development/advancement positions and have led campaigns ranging from $30 million to $2.3 billion. Aspen Leadership Group team members are united in its commitment to the nonprofit sector and to a new approach to search, wherein leaders in the field of philanthropy work directly with other current and emerging leaders to build enduring professional relationships. They are dedicated to supporting careers, not merely filling positions.

Aspen Leadership Group serves higher education and K-12 institutions, arts and culture organizations, healthcare institutions and hospitals, foundations, and social service and community-based organizations. They are dedicated to working with you to strengthen your advancement team’s culture, commitment, and capability — visit them at www.aspenleadershipgroup.com.

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All of the firm’s consultants, associates, and advisors are highly experienced fundraising leaders. They have served as board chairs, philanthropists, presidents, deans, and senior development and advancement officers.

They apply the same principles to search and other consulting that they have applied to their work with donors: they create long-term relationships with clients and candidates, building partnerships intended to last throughout a career, not only for the duration of one search or one consulting assignment.

Solutions And Expertise

Aspen Leadership Group serves higher education and K-12 institutions, arts and culture organizations, healthcare institutions and hospitals, foundations, and social service and community-based organizations. They are dedicated to working with you to strengthen your advancement team’s culture, commitment, and capability.

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Career Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Onboarding
  • Succession Planning
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • GM/Operations
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

Aspen Leadership Group Seeks Chief Development Officer for Denver Zoological Foundation

Aspen Leadership Group, an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting top talent for philanthropic organizations, has been enlisted to find a chief development officer for the Denver Zoological Foundation (Denver Zoo) in Colorado. The CDO will be charged with providing strategic and tactical leadership on all Denver Zoo fundraising, said the search firm, also

Aspen Leadership Group Seeks Major Gifts Officer for Ithaca College

For non-profit organizations, major gift officers are among the most vital of roles. The position involves identifying potential donors, cultivating relationships and, above all, garnering much-needed contributions from key supporters. Recruitment firms that can find the right person for this top-level fundraising position are much-valued partners of not-for-profit everywhere. And for recruiters, the business of

Aspen Leadership Group Finds New Leader for Christopher Street West

Aspen, CO-based search firm Aspen Leadership Group has placed Madonna Cacciatore as the new executive director of Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit that organizes the gay rights LA Pride Festival and Parade. Senior consultant Tim Child led the assignment. The recruitment firm conducted the search on behalf of the CSW board of directors and the organization’s

Aspen Leadership Group Lands Chief Advancement Officer for National Museum of Wildlife Art
Bill Friedeman National Museum of Wildlife Art

Museums are increasingly turning to specialist recruiters to help fill critical senior-level leadership roles. Aspen Leadership Group, an executive recruitment firm based in Aspen, CO, has recently placed Bill Friedeman as the new chief advancement officer of the National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA). “We are elated, after an intense nationwide search, to have Bill on board,”

Press Releases

Christopher Street West Announces Executive Director Search

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 7, 2018 – Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization that organizes LA Pride and LA Pride Festival, has announced it has hired recruitment firm Aspen Leadership Group to find an Executive Director. According to CSW Board Member and Marketing and Communications Lead Shayne Thomas, the move will provide the organization



Belief and Confidence
Nonprofit professionals rarely ask, and donors rarely discuss, how a giving experience compared to other giving experiences, and how they come to decisions about the few organizations with which they form their deepest philanthropic partnerships.

Advancing Your Career in Philanthropy with Ron Schiller
This month, Ron Schiller, Founding Partner of the Aspen Leadership Group, joins us to share tips for advancing your career in development. In this episode, Ron explains how the transferable skills from his background in the arts set him up for success.

Stop Talking About Your Organization. Start Listening to Donors
All too often, fundraisers and charitable organizations ignore or even reject the proven practices that unlock the largest gifts from philanthropic individuals and families. That’s why most nonprofits are only realizing…

The Chief Development Officer: Beyond Fundraising
Until recently, the chief development officer (CDO) has focused primarily, if not exclusively, on fundraising. In the past two decades, largely in response to greater demand and competition for fundraising revenue, the responsibilities…

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