Want an affordable ED/CEO Search option?

Every year, we partner with 15-20 local boards of small- to mid-sized nonprofits to recruit and hire capable new staff leaders.

By design, Charitable Advisors focuses on attracting local candidates for local jobs, so our pricing model makes us a viable and affordable option for smaller organizations doing a search. Our fee structure is typically 1/3 – 1/2 the budget of a full-service executive search firm for a national search.

We have successfully conducted more than 80 ED/CEO searches ranging from a few staff to 500 and budgets from a few hundred thousand to $20 mil +.

How to prepare for a nonprofit ED search

Charitable Advisors helps you avoid common frustrations:

  • A small or unqualified candidate pool
  • Busy board members who don’t have time to recruit and screen candidates
  • Concerns from funders, donors, and staff about a timely transition process
  • Navigating the on-going choices and questions of a search process – complexity we have navigated dozens of times

Charitable Advisors provided us with a candidate pool that included very strong candidates for our position.

Rock Steady Boxing

If you are looking for a first class, extremely professional organization to assist with your search process with a nonprofit organization, Charitable Advisors should be at the top of your list.

EasterSeals Crossroads

Charitable Advisors led us through a difficult process with an acute awareness that this was our search - not theirs - and they provided great advice throughout.

Southeast Neighborhood Development

How the Executive Search Process works for you:


Clarify Your Needs

We work with your board and Search Committee to understand your needs, define a timeline, ensure appropriate communications are taking place, and develop a clear description of the role and responsibilities.

Solicit and Screen Candidates

We take the lead, with board/staff support, to promote the position through job ads, networking, social media, e-mail campaigns, and our growing database of capable leadership prospects. Candidates are evaluated for fit and engaged to learn more about the organization and their qualifications. Charitable Advisors generally recommends a slate of 6-12 candidates for the Search Committee to consider and prioritize for committee interviews.

Interview Support

We communicate with candidates, schedule interviews, draft questions for group interviews with the Search Committee and debrief interviews to assist the committee in narrowing the candidate pool for finalist interviews.

Final Agreement

Assist the Search Committee in developing its recommendation to the board, reaching agreement with the candidate, and setting the new leader up for success. Charitable Advisors ensures all unsuccessful applicants receive a polite turndown.

Your partner throughout the process – we bring our experience with more than 80 nonprofit ED/CEO searches to provide you with answers and alternatives as questions and circumstances arise.

About Bryan Orander

Charitable Advisors’ president Bryan Orander has 20 years of leadership and consulting experience. Bryan Orander was one of the first consultants in the country trained in the Executive Transition Management (ETM) model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Averaging 15 searches a year, Charitable Advisors has done more nonprofit searches in Central Indiana than any other firm, by far.

Take the first step with no obligation – a FREE 20-minute phone consultation

If your organization is ready to have a sure-fire recruitment or succession strategy to guide your organization with experienced nonprofit consultants with significant experience specialized in searching for executive directors, it will be worth the investment.

Complete the form below or contact Bryan Orander for a brief 20-minute phone conversation about your project needs and budget to see if we are the best fit.

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