August 2, 2019 – 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.
One in particular, Pasadena, CA-based search firm Envision Consulting, recently expanded with the opening of a new office in New York City. The expansion, helmed by vice president Suzanne Elliott, positions the firm to enhance its work with non-profits on the East Coast.
“The move to New York is a natural progression for our growing company,” said Ms. Elliott, referencing how Envision has doubled in size in 2019. “This year, in addition to the dozens of non-profits we’ve worked with on the West Coast, we’ve also supported local and national organizations based in greater New York City, such as Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives at NYU, Artists Striving to End Poverty and Reeves-Reed Arboretum.”
An East Coast native, Ms. Elliott said she is excited to return to the Big Apple where she worked for more than a decade as a senior non-profit executive and received her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Ms. Elliott joined Envision in 2016 after running her own firm, Elliott Strategies.
Home to over 35,000 non-profits employing over 600,000 people, New York City hosts a thriving non-profit community, making it an ideal place for the consulting firm to grow outside of Los Angeles. Envision is offering its full range of services from the new office: executive and supported search, organizational strategy and leadership development.
Envision Consulting’s co-founder Matt Kamin, who has deep ties to New York as a former executive director of PERC homeless shelter in Hudson County, is equally confident about the expansion. “We have a tremendous opportunity to make a real impact in New York and beyond by leveraging our expertise to partner with some of the leading non-profits in the country in making important advancements in their organizations,” he said.
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Envision Consulting was founded by Matt Kamin and Allison Fuller in 2006. In addition to executive search, the firm provides coaching, planning and staffing tailored specifically to the non-profit sector. Its broad spectrum of services are designed to help non-profits increase revenues, expand awareness and strengthen service delivery.
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Mr. Kamin, managing partner, has been working and volunteering in the non-profit world for over 16 years. He previously served as executive director of Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. in New York, Children’s Nature Institute in Los Angeles and Los Angeles Youth Network in Hollywood. Mr. Kamin has also been a consultant to organizations serving populations ranging from disabled adults, domestic violence, children in non-public schools and the geriatric community. He is co-founder of Youth for Charity, an organization bringing together teens of different faiths to raise awareness for families living in poverty, as well as founder of Eleventh Commandment, which has grown into JQ International.
Ms. Fuller, managing partner, has worked in the non-profit sector for more than a decade. Her interest in non-profits began as a volunteer, leading her to co-founding her own charitable organization. In the non-profit sector, she has held numerous staff and executive leadership positions, including executive director. As a former escrow officer, Ms. Fuller brings extensive planning and logistical experience into overseeing many aspects of management organization, contract administration, strategic planning and operations. In addition, as a graphic designer and web marketer, she brings in unique talents to non-profits, expanding resources and efficiency while substantially increasing fundraising revenues. She also has a passion for helping youth and has worked with several major non-profit organizations, including Autism Speaks, YWCA and Step Up Women’s Network.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media