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“The entire process, from deciding to look for an executive director to eventually hiring one, was very successful. You were very helpful throughout, providing a clear and simple path for us to follow. Thank you.”

Jack Schuler and Tanya Schuler Sharman Co-Founders, Schuler Scholar Program

At Acorn Advisors, we advise leaders of nonprofit organizations—including foundations and government—on board of directors’ governance, dynamics, and selection; strategic planning and goal setting; succession planning, leadership development and coaching; philanthropic investing; and generational preparedness for family transfer of civic leadership and wealth.

Our principal clients are board chairs, CEOs, and executive directors of nonprofit organizations.

We believe that sustainable success for any organization must be built on a strong foundation supported by a clearly stated and well-understood mission, strong governance principles, strict adherence to an enduring set of core values, unwavering respect for all people, and willingness to embrace change and adapt as necessary.

We bring a unique blend of complementary skills and extensive CEO, executive management, and board of directors’ experience in both Fortune 500 corporations and major cultural and civic institutions. Our experience includes museums and other arts organizations, botanic gardens, conservation and environmental alliances, civic and charitable institutions, public and private foundations, universities, industry associations, consulting firms, private equity firms, and corporations focused in healthcare, financial services, agribusiness, and aerospace.

We tailor our approach for each assignment, first gaining an in-depth understanding of our client’s particular needs, and then developing a set of practical, understandable, and implementable recommendations. When formulating our recommendations, we pay special attention not only to to our clients’ overarching mission, vision, and strategic plan, but also to the governance structure, operations, and supporting activities that make for successful execution over the near and long term.