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:
- crawfordconnect has been retained by The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation in Ontario to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Past CEO Rosemary Smith recently stepped down from her post. Senior search consultant Liz Latimer is leading the assignment. Established in 1984, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation is a leading independent public charitable foundation that connects philanthropy to community needs and opportunities.
- Elinvar was recently retained by the Research Triangle Foundation to lead its search for a new CEO. Elinvar’s president and CEO, Patti Gillenwater, is heading the search along with strategic search partner Jim Ahlerand. Research Triangle Park is home to some 200 companies that employee 50,000 people and is focused on orchestrating industry, university and government collaborations to attract research, scientific and technology-based organizations and support the creation of quality jobs and opportunities.
- The Chason Group recruited Sarah H. McKinney as president and CEO of the Athens Area Community Foundation. Tim Chason, the firm’s president, led the assignment. As a public grant making community foundation, the Athens Area Community Foundation partners with donors, non-profits, and community institutions to build, distribute and preserve philanthropic assets to enhance quality of life in the area for generations to come.
- Diversified Search placed Stacey D. Stewart as president of the March of Dimes Foundation. The search was led by Andrew Wheeler, managing director and practice leader of the firm’s education and not-for-profit practice. Ms. Stewart most recently served as the U.S. president of United Way Worldwide;
- Koya Leadership Partners recruited Margaret Huang as executive director for Amnesty International USA. Managing partner Molly Brennan and principal Sam Simmons led the search. Amnesty is a global movement of seven million supporters, members, and activists who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected, protected, and fulfilled;
- BoardWalk Consulting has been retained by The Jane Goodall Institute to lead its search for a new executive director. Managing director Kathy Bremer is leading the assignment. The Jane Goodall Institute is a world leader in protecting chimpanzees and conserving the planet. Founded in 1977 by iconic ethologist and pioneer Dr. Jane Goodall, JGI advances the vision and work of Dr. Goodall through community-based conservation, research, education and advocacy.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media