Talent Management

Having the right people in your all-important development positions is fundamental to effective and successful development programs that raise the money needed for your organization to reach its objectives, fulfill its mission, and grow.  McDonald Schaefer provides a full continuum of talent management services to help you find, onboard and support top development talent. 

Assessing Talent Needs

  • Staffing Assessments & Considerations
  • Employee Satisfaction Assessments



  • Strategy development
  • Internal and external messaging
  • Developing candidate pools through exploratory screenings – filling talent pipeline
  • Search tool development (job announcements, interview tools, etc.)
  • Search process oversight


Trainings and Education

  • Comprehensive onboarding programs for new hires
  • Continued onboarding for current staff
  • Staff retreats and workshops
  • Allied partner trainings and workshops (faculty, board members, etc.)
  • One-on-one coaching



  • Employee recognition program
  • Career pathways and progression plans
  • Professional development plans 



  • Operations best practices focused on keeping front-line fundraisers out-the-door
  • Metrics reporting
  • Best practices tool kit (everything from collaborating with other departments to fundraising strategies)


Culture Building

  • Campus-wide culture of philanthropy strategies
  • Culture surveying