Forbes talked with Senior Partner Bryan Clontz about Donor-Advised Funds in the Nov. 25 article Generous Tax Tricks.
Too often searches for a new development chief for a community foundation end up with someone with a nice suit, bright smile, firm handshake, gift for gab, and a large file of contacts. He or she may look the part, but much like a great actor or actress playing a part in a film that just doesn't work, they may not be the right fit for the foundation.
The casting above assumes that community foundation asset development is just another version of the art of fundraising. In reality, it is more a science than an art. And therein lays the key to the hiring the right "actor" for the part.
These components top my list of the most important strengths possessed by the ideal candidate:
When you find someone possessing these attributes, you have a prime candidate for the role. As with any great movie, you need not just great actors and actresses, but they need to be in the right roles with the right script and direction. Finding the right actor or actress to lead your development efforts can help you create a movie that has a very satisfying ending for your community. And if by chance you find more than one possessing these attributes, then hire the one with the nicer suit, bigger smile, etc.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.