The Philadelphia Foundation seeks a dynamic and transformative President to lead one of the oldest community foundations. Established in 1918, the Foundation has $369 million in assets, 900 component funds and awards approximately $25 million in grants and scholarships annually. In this time of dynamic change in the field of community philanthropy, the Board seeks a leader who will help the institution think boldly about its future and establish a pathway to transformation and growth in order to deepen its impact.
The Board seeks a leader who can significantly grow the Foundation’s assets, develop a strategic plan, energize collaborative models and galvanize community engagement through programs and efforts that lead to positive enduring impact throughout the region’s diverse communities. The next President will lead at a unique strategic moment where the Foundation will be expected to play a more prominent role as thought-leader, convener, catalyst and advocate. To do so, the President must raise the Foundation’s visibility in the region through consistent relationship building with philanthropists and community/civic/business leaders and through frequent participation in programs and events throughout the region.
Candidates may come out of a non-profit, public sector or for-profit background. Those from the region and beyond are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of the region and an appreciation for its people, assets, challenges and opportunities are important. An understanding of how non-profits operate and the purpose, role and operation of community foundations is vital. The President should be passionate about the opportunity to build philanthropic resources to address critical issues in the community. Additionally, the next President should be experienced in working with, or answering to, an engaged and ambitious governing board; must be able to set and manage priorities; provide clear direction in partnership with board and staff while maximizing available internal resources; understand investment practices and have the skills to effectively oversee complex business operations. The successful candidate must embody the Foundation’s core values of trust, hope and efficiency.
The Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. Sheryl Ash and Jackie Mildner are leading this search with Kahn Lee. Inquiries, nominations and applications should be directed in confidence to: www.imsearch/5376
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