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, recruiting dynamic leaders and building superior teams for education, healthcare, science, arts and culture, advocacy and mission-driven nonprofits.

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:
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Chief Advancement Officer

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Berea College

Vice President for Alumni and College Relations

Berea College

The Jackson Laboratory

Senior Associate Director of Donor Engagement

The Jackson Laboratory

Medical College of Wisconsin

Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Medical College of Wisconsin


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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.

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Secretary of the Academy

Phillips Academy

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    In recent years, colleges, hospitals, museums, theaters, and social-service charities have begun offering their naming rights for new buildings, programs or other capital projects up to the highest bidder. While that’s nothing new -- for decades, big donors were honored for big donations – namings generally transpired discreetly. Today it’s a much different approach for many nonprofits.

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