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Mission-based Organizations

What makes mission-based organizations unique, and attractive to those who work there? The passion, focus and sense of purpose that drive and motivate their founders, executives and staff. These organizations play a vital role in solving issues in the world and in a community – addressing problems such as hunger, systemic racism and global warming. Our nonprofit executive search services help mission-based organizations gain access to top HR executive talent and strategy that align with what’s important to the firm and its team.

Mission-based firms include philanthropic foundations, not-for-profits, hospitals, schools and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Not-for-profits, a fast-growing sector, in 2019 became the third-largest employer in the U.S., representing more than 10 percent of U.S. jobs. Like all organizations, mission-based firms need superior leadership to attract skilled talent and keep it.

Our nonprofit executive search consultants will work with you to determine the right strategy and help you find the executive talent that will both augment what’s working well and identify new opportunities for your organization. Through our Human Resources Advisory services, we can also provide the expertise to develop competitive strategies for recruiting and retaining top talent.

Not certain what kind of nonprofit executive search services you need at this stage in your organization’s growth? Reach out to us and we’ll work with you to determine the right approach.

Client Case Study:

Nonprofit Executive Search for HR Leadership: Abode Communities

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Executive Roles

Vice President, Talent and Culture

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Community Management/Affordable Housing


Founded in 1968, Abode Communities is a Los Angeles organization that provides affordable, socially conscious community housing. The need has been especially acute at a time when L.A. faced a severe housing shortage due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The organization’s portfolio includes 43 residential communities, home to some 7,100 low-income individuals, families, seniors, and people with special needs.

Frederickson worked with Abode Communities, providing nonprofit executive search services to recruit a Vice President of Talent and Culture to support the agency’s strategy for growth. The executive brought extensive past experience in HR and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) leadership, specifically in mission-based and educational organizations.
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Frederickson Partners, a Gallagher company is a market leader in retained executive search since 1995. As one of the top-rated HR executive search and C-suite recruiting firms, we have expertise in placing Chief People Officers, Chief Human Resources Officers, Chief Diversity Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Legal Officers and many other senior leaders. We draw on a broad network of rising and established executives and leaders, and a 28-year reputation as a talent acquisition and HR Advisory provider.

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