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Adam Fazio joins Benefactor Group to lead Executive Search practice

Fazio’s arrival comes after more than fifteen years with nonprofit organizations, including 10 years at food-justice organization Local Matters.

Benefactor Group, a firm that supports leading nonprofits through innovative executive search services, is pleased to announce the addition of Adam Fazio as Senior Consultant. Fazio has spent more than fifteen years advancing health and social justice causes through his work at various nonprofits. He will lead Benefactor Group’s Executive Search practice, which matches nonprofit organizations with passionate and qualified leaders.  

“Adam has extensive experience building teams, working with trustees, and managing nonprofits,” shared Laura MacDonald, Principal and Founder of Benefactor Group. “His expertise and professionalism will deliver excellent outcomes for clients seeking new leadership.”

Fazio, who will be based out of Benefactor Group’s Columbus office, spent the last ten years at food-justice organization Local Matters, where he served first as Director of Operations and then as Director of Development. Through his leadership roles across varied nonprofits, Fazio has achieved significant operational and fundraising successes, particularly during moments of leadership transition.

“I am passionate about using my skills and experiences as a nonprofit leader to build strong teams and organizations,” shared Fazio. “I joined Benefactor Group to put my talent management and acquisition experience into practice to serve our clients and strengthen their work improving lives and enriching communities.” 

Ron Guisinger added, “Over the past thirteen years, our executive search practice has grown as an integral part of our service offerings to clients. I am thrilled that Adam has joined the team to lead the practice and strengthen our work connecting high-impact organizations with dynamic leaders. As I scale back, I look forward to working with Adam and the team as a strategic partner.”

Fazio earned his B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology and French from Middlebury College. He lives in Columbus with his husband and daughter. 

About Benefactor Group

Established in 1999, Benefactor Group has won a reputation for innovative consulting and management services that build the capacity of nonprofit organizations; plan for and support capital, endowment, and comprehensive campaigns; and develop staff and volunteer leadership. Benefactor Group has designed and implemented dozens of fundraising studies with organizations of all sizes and complexity in arts and culture, education, health and human services, conservation, civic affairs, and faith communities.

Our staff of 17 professionals includes members of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Giving USA Editorial Review Board, Nonprofit Technology Network, Association of Advancement Services Professionals, Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Association of Donor Relations Professionals, and American Alliance of Museums. Our staff includes award winners, national thought leaders, and published authors.

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