Foundation for Senior Living

Nonprofit Recruitment Case Study

Foundation for Senior Living was founded to improve the quality of life for adults and their caregivers, growing over the years to an integrated system of care that allows adults to age in place. As their mission is to care for society’s most vulnerable, it was imperative to find a nonprofit executive recruiting partner that offers the same level of expertise. Duffy Group first partnered with the Foundation for Senior Living’s Board Chair five years ago to replace their retiring CEO. Tom Egan was hired as the CEO and became aware of Duffy Group’s unique recruitment research model as a candidate.

What they were doing:

It was time to replace the Chief Financial Officer. The Foundation for Senior Living Board recognized the benefits of working with a nonprofit executive recruitment firm, so they went through a search firm selection process. The Board requested that Tom interview three search firms, and Duffy Group was selected due to their track record of success with faith-based non-profits. They were attracted to Duffy’s unbundled approach, working as an extension of their search committee, and executing on the parts of the search process where they needed the most help in finding a high-caliber candidate with the right skills, and passion for the mission.

Duffy Group Strategy:

After conducting a detailed intake session, Duffy Group targeted similar sized non-profit organizations in the region, concentrating on the behavioral health and real estate areas. The Duffy team specifically identified finance professionals with strong forecasting experience. The CEO has a wonderful reputation in the community for his work with this award-winning organization. Leveraging that reputation, the Practice Leader worked collaboratively with an experienced Duffy Group Finance Executive Recruiter and was able to build a strong candidate slate aligned to the organization’s needs.


Duffy Group submitted their first candidates for the Chief Financial Officer for Foundation for Senior Living within eight business days. Six candidates were submitted and five were interviewed. Within thirty-five days an excellent candidate was hired. “The Duffy Group presented us with numerous qualified candidates at a time of historically low unemployment. The communication was exceptional, and their knowledge and guidance through the process was wonderful as well. We found an amazing candidate and had amazing secondary candidates, and they did this at a fraction of the cost of traditional recruiting firms.” Tom Egan, CEO, Foundation for Senior Living.

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