Today’s health care philanthropy requires visionary leaders with the ability to drive outstanding performance that strategically aligns with the organization’s overall objectives. During start-up meetings of fundraising leadership searches, we routinely hear search committees wrestle with the question of weighing local versus national candidates. Local candidates often have the benefit of understanding the local market and the ability to immediately tap a donor base. Non-local candidates may bring best practices gained from larger or more sophisticated organizations.
Our firm recently conducted a search where the selected candidate was internal to the organization. This individual had grown up in the community, left the state for career development opportunities and then returned home. In this instance, the candidate brought both roots in the community and broad professional exposure. The hire was a win-win for the candidate and the organization. Conversely, other searches have gone with external talent because the search committee has not found that combination of broad experience and local roots.
Originally published in HR Pulse Magazine, Fall 2019