Tuft & Associates Leading CEO Search for Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation

May 2, 2017 – The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has retained executive search firm Tuft & Associates to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Executive search associate Carole Z. Badger is leading the assignment.

The incoming chief will be responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s operation, including: providing oversight for day-to-day operations; establishing working relationships among staff, between staff and trustees and other volunteers, and between the OREF and various partner organizations, both within and without the field of orthopaedics; and creating a vision and aligning resources to move the organization forward.

Successful candidates must have at least 10 years of experience in non-profit management, preferably in the healthcare arena, and a demonstrated track record in fundraising. Also required are strong organizational skills, the ability to think strategically, and a familiarity with newer avenues of social communication.


The next CEO of the OREF will lead a complex foundation that has offered long-standing programs and services alone and in connection with its orthopaedic partners. Challenges include maintaining relationships with OREF leaders and partners as well as expanding and energizing its orthopedic donor base. This includes increasing unrestricted giving and expanding it to appeal more to the public and other industries.

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The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, established in 1955, raises funds to support research aimed at building a scientific base for orthopedic practice. During its 62 year history it has provided nearly $145 million in research grants from individual orthopaedic surgeons, patients, and corporate industry donors. As a result, the non-profit holds a unique place in supporting basic, clinical, and health services research within the field of orthopedic surgery.

Tuft & Associates was established in 1988 by Mary Ann Tuft as a specialized healthcare and non-profit executive search firm. Today, it maintains six offices in: Austin, Cleveland, Knoxville, Madison, WI; Raleigh, and Washington, D.C. The firm has completed more than 80 CEO, executive director and executive vice president searches for healthcare, trade and professional associations in 32 states. It is leading searches for a variety of non-profit foundations, including Creating IT Futures Foundation (CITFF), Action for Healthy Kids, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), The Committee of 200, and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, among others.

Ms. Badger, the recruiter, offers association management expertise and has a unique understanding of the needs of non-profits on the regional, national and international level. Prior to joining Tuft & Associates, she served for nearly 25 years as chief executive of professional, business, and philanthropic organizations. During that time, she also led numerous evaluations of non-profit associations in the U.S. for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and in Eastern Europe for USAID/Eastern European Real Property Foundation.

Foundations Turn to Recruiters

All sorts of charitable foundations have turned to executive search firms in recent months to find new leaders. Here’s a look at just a few taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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