LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS) is the premier national executive search firm serving the development/advancement profession. We do more development searches than any other search firm, and specialize in recruiting Chief Development Officers and their teams for the education, healthcare, science, arts and culture, advocacy and mission-driven nonprofit sectors.

Our nationwide network of diverse and well-qualified development professionals is expertly mined by highly skilled Search Directors, each with nonprofit experience. Our Best Practice metrics ensure high-quality, timely results, culminating with the ideal Candidate for the unique culture, challenges and opportunities presented by each Client and position.

Recent completed placements include:
Mount Holyoke College

Vice President for Advancement

Mount Holyoke College

Society for Science & the Public

Chief Advancement Officer

Society for Science & the Public

Pennsylvania State University

Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Chief Executive Officer of the Penn State Alumni Association

Pennsylvania State University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

I highly recommend LLLS for finding development leaders for the arts, or any sector.

Trey Devey


Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra & May Festival

We’ve found the LLLS Search Team to be thorough, well connected, and skilled at identifying the right candidates.

Susan Paresky

Senior Vice President for Development

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

I would recommend LLLS to those searching for philanthropic talent and to those looking for that new and exciting career step.

Brian Kish


Emeril Lagasse Foundation

LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES impressed us on a number of levels during the searches the firm has conducted.

Thomas P. Lockerby

Secretary of the Academy

Phillips Academy

“As a candidate, I was very pleased with the way LLLS helped me through the process of gaining a position that I wanted.

John Clark

Vice President of Development

National YoungArts Foundation

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Recent News

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    Increased demand for revenue and government and foundation cutbacks has led to a shortage in the number of professional fundraisers. Nonprofits across the country are experiencing an inadequate supply of candidates when looking to hire new professionals in the field.

    This shortage led to the creation of Philanthropy 2030, a think tank of national leaders in the arts, consulting, healthcare, higher education and public and social service sectors.

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  • LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES Moves Up Boston Business Journal List

    LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS) earned a top ten spot in the Boston Business Journal’s (BBJ) recently published list of “Largest Executive Search Firms in Massachusetts.” The retained firm’s placement at number seven on the list is the result of 2014 revenue generated by executive-level searches.

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  • New Year, New You

    If you’re like many fundraisers, in 2016 you pledged to get more done. And, get a better work/life balance. But, where to start?    

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    As reported in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, here are some of the most talked about words and phrases that philanthropists used in 2015.

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  • CDO University® Dinner Seminar Recap

    Recently, LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS) hosted a dinner featuring ten of the top Chief Development Officers in the New England area. The purpose of the gathering, as for previous CDO University® events, was to provide a forum for development leaders to exchange experiences, ideas, successes and challenges. The dinner's featured topic: Boards, and the CDO's unique experiences with their Trustees.

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