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Nonprofit Executive Search


Sage helps nonprofits build successful fundraising teams.  From skills gap analyses and staffing planning to search, onboarding, and training, we ensure that our clients have the right people to advance their mission. Our deep understanding of development work and extensive network of development professionals ensures that we can recruit the best candidates, even for positions that seem difficult to fill.

Our Search Process

Most nonprofits want to hire quality development staff as quickly as possible, with as little hassle as possible. We don't believe in making searches unnecessarily complicated or drawn out.  Our three step process yields great candidates in a short amount of time, leaving our clients happy and satisfied with their new hires!

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Sage begins every engagement by learning all that we can about each client's culture, organizational priorities, and development needs. We collaborate with each client to gain consensus around the position requirements, job description, and search strategy. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and understands the process.   

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Recruiting & Screening

Using our extensive network of development professionals, we cast a wide net to promote the position and actively recruit qualified candidates who  are the right mission and culture fit. From this pipeline, we carefully screen each candidate and identify the top tier to present to the client.  

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During the search process, Sage develops close working relationships with both the client and each candidate.  This is a critical step that allows us to provide effective counsel, from interviewing and assessment strategies, to salary negotiations, to onboarding.  

Sage is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe that organizations are stronger when ALL voices are heard and valued.


We actively seek partnerships with historically marginalized people and encourage qualified candidates of all races, ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities/expressions, religions, and backgrounds to apply to the positions we are searching to fill.

Completed Searches

Chief Development Officer, UTEC, Lowell, MA

Director of Grants, UTEC, Lowell, MA

Chief Advancement Officer, Island Housing Trust, Vineyard Haven, MA

Director of Advancement, Community Action Partnership, Dover, NH

Director of Development, Neponset River Watershed, Canton, MA

Director of Development, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Cambridge, MA

Development Director, Reach Out and Read, Boston, MA

National Director of Foundation Relations, Reach Out and Read, Boston, MA

Grant Writer, Reach Out and Read, Boston MA

Director of Development, Silent Spring Institute, Newton, MA

Development Director, Boston CASA, Boston, MA

Director of Development, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Stonington, ME

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