Fairmount InSights
Nicole Meyenberg

Recruiting strong leaders at the executive and director level is more important than ever, and increasingly difficult for nonprofits and social impact organizations. Key decisionmakers are tasked with finding someone who can navigate the many disruptions of our moment while guiding an organization confidently towards its North Star. Attracting the right candidates requires thoughtful planning before the search even begins.

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Our latest Get To Know Us team spotlight features Ashley Kafton, Associate, who joined Fairmount in Fall 2021. Her work focuses on research and analysis, writing, and project organization for a range of Fairmount fundraising and planning clients, and we’ve quickly come to rely on her Excel and Google Docs wizardry! Ashley brings local and international insight on nonprofits and social need through her global studies and her experience developing equitable and responsive grantmaking processes at the United Way of Lehigh Valley. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economic Development from Templeton Honors College at Eastern University and a Master of International Studies in International Development from Ohio University.

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Nicole Meyenberg

Fairmount is settling into 2022 with a new office and new members of our team to connect with! Our latest Get To Know Us feature spotlights Lily Hamilton, Associate, who joined Fairmount in Fall 2021 after being introduced to Philly through their work as a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow for the Bread & Roses Community Fund. Lily’s commitment to justice and background in community organizing, grantmaking, and social work brings an equity and mission perspective to their planning, fundraising, and executive search projects. Lily earned their Bachelor of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work, and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Policy and Practice.

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Rae Pagliarulo

After more than a year of “adjusting,” nonprofits are realizing that hybrid models of operating and service delivery are the new normal. While many programs and events are quickly moving back to in-person status, now is the time for leaders to reimagine their methods of engagement in the long run, using the tough and valuable lessons of the last year to guide them.

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Rae Pagliarulo

The catastrophic events of 2020, for many, represented a long-overdue breaking point in regard to systemic racism and injustice. The institutionalized issues that people of color have experienced for generations have become vitally important topics of conversation for organizations across sectors. This shift has illuminated equity gaps in everything from program design to hiring practices and communications plans, and has forced organizations to confront areas where careful education and unlearning are needed.

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Rae Pagliarulo

After a year full of unknowns, quick pivots, and unanswered questions, many organizations are feeling the pressure to make thoughtful and informed changes to everything from service delivery models to stakeholder communication plans while staying true to their “north star” – the guiding vision that keeps them aligned with mission.

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Aimée Miller

Everything changed for nonprofit organizations in 2020, from the way philanthropy managed grantee selection, funding strategy, and reporting, down to trying to find a quiet enough room to host a 50-person Zoom call with your board and staff members. The challenges of this watershed year manifested differently for organizations of varying sizes and missions, but though we were all in different boats, it was certainly the same rough and unpredictable ocean.

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