Your Nonprofit Executive Search Partner

Finding Great Leaders to Drive Missions Forward

Lindauer is proud to be one of the world’s leading retained executive search firms focused on nonprofits. Founded in 1997, Lindauer is today a global firm serving education, health, arts, policy, foundation, and charity organizations across the United States and on five continents.

Lindauer consultants and team members are known for bringing rigor, candor, integrity, dedication, and a spirit of collaboration and commitment to all search and talent engagements.

Our consultative approach is designed to leverage the breadth and depth of our Search Team’s experience in a robust working partnership with clients.


of placements are people of color and/or women


successful placements with 750+ clients


partnered with clients in 46 U.S. states and on 5 continents

We partnered with Lindauer on a critical search at a critical time, having just been through a strategic planning process. Lindauer worked with us as thought partners to translate our new strategic plan into an approach to shaping the Executive Director role. That set a strong foundation for our relationship. I had confidence all along that the Lindauer search consultants had a thorough grasp of who we were as an organization and who we needed to find in a leader.

John D. ChildsChair, Board of Managers, Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research

Putting your mission to work

Embedding your organization’s mission in every stage of a search, we find the leaders who will advance your work, strengthen your culture, and uphold your values.

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Why Use an Executive Search Firm?

By probing specific client needs and candidate qualifications, an executive search firm offers market and third-party insights that are often difficult to discern in-house.

Search firms specializing in nonprofit recruitment have a deep understanding of the nonprofit sector and its wide range of organizational and leadership contexts. Executive search leaders can advise on position expectations and reporting structures, understand functional expertise that might make or break a placement’s success, and tap into extensive and unique networks to find the right candidate for your specific needs.

As your trusted partner, your consultants bring critical knowledge of nonprofit hiring processes and best practices and are expert guides in competitive hiring markets. This includes:

  • Engaging community members early in the process
  • Probing position nuances that guide candidate selection
  • Framing interview and site-visit plans
  • Designing a candidate review that reduces bias and promotes equity
  • Supporting your negotiation, offer, and onboarding plans

What Distinguishes Lindauer

Our Focus: 100% of Lindauer resources are devoted to the nonprofit arena.

An Assigned, Experienced Team: The search team you meet at intake is the team working with candidates and representing you — authentically and thoughtfully — in the market.

Our Consultants and Staff: All Lindauer team members have deep professional experience in the nonprofit sector or in nonprofit search, and we collaborate to create success.

Driving Results: Lindauer drives both pace and results in competitive hiring markets, applying a systematic approach that factors in unique client needs and expectations.

Our Network: Lindauer’s local, regional, national, and global relationships with leaders and professionals bring outstanding reputation, reach, and expertise to every project.

Reputation: Lindauer is a firm with integrity and ethics. We’ve been leaders in nonprofit diversity and inclusion since our founding, and continue this real work every day.

Philosophy: Lindauer brings targeted expertise, proven and proactive approaches, and client focus. We engage with candor, innovate, and adapt.

A Complete Understanding of Nonprofits: Lindauer understands how mission-driven organizations mature and change, how units and functions intersect, and how to navigate nuances of nonprofit culture.

Building Teams: Lindauer brings unique expertise in building and scaling high-performance teams across the nonprofit sector.

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Whether you’re looking to hire a leader or build your team, we’re here to help.

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