April 25, 2016 – Executive search firm Harvard Group International (HGI) has been selected by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to recruit six new board members. Chuck Cain, a senior partner active in the firm’s non-profit practice, is heading the search.
“Our board of directors acts as a compass to provide the overarching direction for the Reeve Foundation and ensure we are marching due north to achieve our mission,” said foundation president and CEO Peter Wilderotter. “There is so much promise in the field of spinal cord research that it has become a hive buzzing with new ideas and solutions to cure paralysis.”
In order to sustain this momentum and capitalize on the current wave of innovation, the foundation is looking to recruit new leaders to join its cause. “Our board members are making a tangible difference for the six million Americans living with paralysis,” said Mr. Wilderotter.
“We are ecstatic that the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has chosen to partner with HGI for this critical project,” said Mr. Cain. “This is an amazing time in the history of the foundation. We will be looking for high performing executives that will provide leadership, strategic direction, and dedication to expand the exposure of the Reeve Foundation in its mission to cure spinal cord injuries and improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis.”
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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s roots stretch back to 1982 when the American Paralysis Association was formed. Christopher Reeve sought out the organization following his injury in 1995.
“As the non-profit sector continues to grow and become exceedingly more complicated, Harvard Group felt it needed to establish a non-profit division that combines our search expertise with non-profit industry expertise and our expanding network of for-profit leaders,” said Harvard Group founding partner Jeff McMahon.
Since launching its dedicated non-profit practice, the firm has completed a number of key placements for leading organizations in the field, including Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters, ALS Association, ALS Association of Georgia, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, United Way Worldwide, Boys & Girls Clubs chapters, National Charity League, PACE Center for Girls, Oakland Raiders Foundation, Pet Partners, I Have a Dream Foundation, and ASHRAE, as well as several universities. Cyndi Court, former chief development and marketing officer for Special Olympics International and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, leads the practice, which includes Chad Biagini and Mr. Cain. In the last three years, Harvard Group has placed more than 100 board members with local, national, and global non-profits.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media