Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the timeframe to select the next president of the Community Foundation?

Alicia Philipp announced her plans to retire in November 2019 with the shared Board goal to find the right person to lead the Community Foundation through the next decade and beyond. To that end, the Board search committee began endeavors to ensure a seamless and significant process, in partnership with BoardWalk Consulting, that will begin in mid-February 2020 and continue through the summer.


2. Who is ultimately accountable to make the final decision for the next president?

The Board of Directors makes the final decision, informed by the search committee’s recommendation.


3. Has an executive search firm been selected and how was that accomplished?

The Board of Directors created and administered a request for proposals to provide the executive search services for the chief executive officer position. The Board screened five firms, and ultimately selected BoardWalk Consulting to guide the national process.


4. How will the community be informed about the selection process?

The Community Foundation’s website serves as the central information point for news related to the national search. Additionally, as information is available, the Foundation’s blog, social media (Facebook, LinkedInTwitter, and YouTube) and e-newsletters for donors (Making Connections) and nonprofit leaders (Nonprofit News) will educate readers on key milestones during the process. When the national search has concluded with the appointment of our next CEO, a press release from the Board will be issued.


5. If I want to share input into this process, or have a question for the committee, where can I submit?

The Board of Directors for the Community Foundation is a voluntary board dedicated to ensuring the Foundation and our region thrive. This monumental responsibility requires focus for a disciplined, confidential process. The search committee welcomes your input. Please complete the form, and your exact comments will be shared with the search committee.


6. If I want to apply for the CEO position, or nominate someone else for the role, whom shall I contact?

To apply for the position, please follow the process detailed in the Leadership Profile. If you would like to nominate a person to apply, there are two ways you can facilitate this nomination. The easiest method is to send the CEO search website link to your nominee and ask them to consider applying. The other option would be to fill out the feedback form and suggest the candidate to our executive search firm partner, BoardWalk Consulting.