Diversity & Inclusion

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Lindauer’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are embedded in Lindauer’s identity and practice.

As one of only two organizations in the country – the other a university group out of Georgia Tech – that began to gather diverse fundraising professionals in the late 1990s, we have created strong communities of practice and professional support. Lindauer continues to play an industry-leading role in ensuring that nonprofits accurately reflect the populations they serve. Our leaders actively advance diversity as innovators, speakers, and strategists through board service and community engagement across the nonprofit and talent management landscape.

Perhaps more than any other search firm, Lindauer demonstrates a track record of valuing differences in race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and genetic information, and clients take notice. By hiring Lindauer as their partner, leading nonprofits know that the results of their search will help create and grow inclusive organizations.

Leading candidates, however, are also savvy consumers – they have many choices and will explore both perceptions and realities of any organization these talented professionals consider joining, especially when they will be expected to represent the institution externally. We work actively to bring diverse candidates to every client slate, but we also work to ensure client leaders espouse the values they purport and that the interview process affirms organizational values and commitment.

Lindauer is proud to consistently exceed expectations of all its institutional and organizational clients. Its broad client roster includes deep experience with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s); major Roman Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Muslim and other faith-based organizations; as well as organizations that serve LGBTQ, differently abled, health-related illness, regional, and global interests.

As ongoing best practices, Lindauer consistently:

  • Advances, gathers, listens to, and stays in touch with our trusted networks of diverse advancement professionals. Professionals take our calls because they trust our intentions.
  • Expands our extensive network of diverse leaders and candidates through various forms of engagement with our diverse communities of practice.
  • Convenes, presents, and facilitates at conferences on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion, engaging actively with leading professionals and influencers. This also helps us promote compelling roles in person.
  • Provides clients with advertising options in multiple diversity channels and facilitates ad content and placement in client-selected venues.
  • Routinely sources, recruits, and presents diverse candidates in Lindauer searches.
  • Supports members of our search team to attain diversity recruiter certification.
  • Recognizing that leading candidates will explore an organization’s active commitment, works with Client Boards and Leadership, as needed, to recommend resources that develop internal DEI practices.