Lois L. Lindauer Tapped by Catholic Foundation to Find New Leader

Lois L. Lindauer Tapped Catholic Foundation Leader

April 6, 2018 – The Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts has retained Boston-based recruitment firm Lois L. Lindauer Searches to spearhead its hunt for a new executive director. Senior consultant Anne Norton is leading the assignment.

The non-profit is seeking an executive director who can broaden and deepen relationships with current and future donors and build a new foundation for inspiring greater support in many ways. “This leader will join our team and work with our chancery staff and volunteers,” the foundation said. “We expect this person to build a new foundation for inspiring a great generosity of time, talent and treasure for the mission of our church in extraordinary ways.”

The Catholic foundation wants a fundraising leader who believes in the power of philanthropy, who can thoughtfully create new strategies to fundamentally and significantly change the course of its fundraising efforts, said Lois L. Lindauer Searches. The individual must be a leader who understands the group’s past and will drive it forward with more diversified services and programs to assist the organization’s parishes, schools, Catholic Social Services and other vital ministries of the church.

The Diocese of Fall River is at a transformative chapter in its 113-year history, said the search firm. To mark the moment, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha is engaging hundreds of supporters in a planning process to forge a new vision for the future of the Catholic Church in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the islands.


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The incoming leader is charged with working with the foundation board and the bishop to set the priorities and strategic direction for the Catholic Foundation to serve the diocese, said the recruiters. The individual will hire, motivate, supervise, evaluate and mentor a development team and create a supportive, goal-oriented and productive work environment based on respect, meaningful communication and team work

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Lois L. Lindauer Searches described the role as an opportunity for an experienced and effective leader to build a comprehensive development operation, increase donor engagement and expand the diocese’s philanthropic activities for the benefit of its 134 entities (including 82 parishes) across the region. The job includes a competitive compensation program commensurate with experience and abilities, and a comprehensive employee benefits package.

Veteran Search Consultants

Lois L. Lindauer Searches is a Boston-based national executive search firm serving the development/advancement profession. It serves the education, healthcare, science, arts & culture, advocacy and mission-driven non-profit sectors. It has led searches for the Boston YMCA, Center for Applied Special Technology, Healthy Minds Innovations/Center for Healthy Minds, the University of Texas at Austin and the Cockrell School of Engineering, among others.


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Ms. Norton has broad multi-sector background and international experience. She specializes in the arts, higher education and healthcare sectors. Recent clients include the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Duke Health, Northwell Health, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Babson College, Trinity Church in the City of Boston, the Culinary Institute of America and Berea College.

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Last October, Lois L. Lindauer Searches appointed Deb Taft as its new CEO. The planned changeover came as the firm celebrated its 20th anniversary. Chosen by founder Lois Lindauer to lead the firm into its next era, Ms. Taft brings over 25 years senior-level development and executive management experience to the role. She is internationally known as a thought leader, visionary and creative innovator. She joined the firm in 2016 as chief operating officer.

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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

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