We developed this list of the top nonprofit executive search firms because finding a leader for your organization is already hard enough. With this list, we wanted to make your decision of selecting an executive search firm a little easier.


Below, we’ve listed the top 5 nonprofit executive search firms that help nonprofits and social enterprises find executives. Some of these executive recruitment companies utilize a national network of executive recruiters located in major cities across the country. Others are local to their respective cities and have worked within the nonprofit field in which they recruit talent.


Y Scouts

Y Scouts is a purpose-based, performance-proven leadership search and development firm focused on transforming how people and organizations connect to work that matters. When you’re ready to hire a new leader, Contact Y Scouts. If you are looking for your next leadership role within a purpose-driven, performance-focused organization, please join the Y Scouts Leadership Community.
Phone: (480) 498-7222
Website: https://yscouts.org


The Recruiterie is a full service recruitment firm that believes in culture-specific recruiting. They want candidates to not only have the required job skills, but have the personality to mesh seamlessly into your company. Recruiterie views the recruitment process as consultative in nature, and will build a partnership with you to find your perfect candidate.
Phone: (602) 326-6820
Website: https://recruiterie.com/

Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. Bridgespan collaborates with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning.
Phone: (617) 572-2833
Website: https://www.bridgespan.org/About.aspx#.VVaEElVViko

Common Good Careers

Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that is committed to social impact. Their purpose is to support the hiring needs of organizations that are dedicated to tackling today’s most pressing social problems.
Phone: 617-542-1404
Website: https://commongoodcareers.org/

Carlson Beck

A retained executive search firm, steeped in philanthropy and nonprofit sector expertise.
Phone: 415.433.2299
Website: https://www.carlsonbeck.com/


Scion Executive Search is a national retained nonprofit executive search firm designed solely for organizations, foundations, and educational institutions.
Phone: (888) 487-8850
Website: https://nonprofitexecutivesearchfirm.com/

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