Network for Good finds a CEO through Fetcher
The rapidly growing tech non-profit needed a creative solution to find its new CEO. Fetcher delivered a diverse pool of qualified candidates and gave Network for Good’s board control over their outreach.
TL;DR: Fetcher presented Network for Good with candidates they wouldn’t have reached on their own, giving them a broader spectrum of candidates with diverse experiences, and ultimately leading to the hiring of a CEO that was ideal for their needs.
In 2020, Network for Good’s Board of Directors embarked on a mission: finding a CEO to steer the organization toward new horizons in the ever-evolving giving and social engagement market. They had a unique vision that sought to embrace diversity in both the backgrounds and perspectives of potential candidates.
The challenge was clear: they needed a creative, strategic solution that provided control over candidate outreach.
Danica Remy, Vice Chair at Network for Good and one of the board members overseeing the search, also recognized that they needed a way to communicate the opportunity quickly, giving each candidate the attention they deserved.
Wendy Bellus, an Executive Consultant, was also brought on to add another layer of expertise and experience to the search. Wendy said that she was concerned about relying on LinkedIn Recruiter for the CEO search because there wasn’t one specific background that would be a fit for the role, making it a tedious process.
On the other hand, she didn’t feel confident that a recruiting firm would deliver candidates that fell outside of specific parameters. Danica suggested the team investigate Fetcher as the solution to their CEO search.
While Wendy was still determining if Fetcher would work for an executive position, Danica had already used Fetcher to find engineers in her full-time role as President of B612 and was impressed with the results.
“Through the email outreach tools, potential candidates are touched in a way that makes them feel like they’ve been noticed by somebody senior, as opposed to the recruiter.” And in the search for a CEO for Network for Good, a rapidly growing tech non-profit, she knew she needed to find a way to leave an impression on candidates. She wanted to take a different approach with Fetcher.
Fetcher ended up being a game-changer. Once onboarded, Wendy found the training and support her Customer Success Manager provided to be instrumental to the search’s success.
“I see the tool as a retained recruiter on steroids who is given the power of the search engine. You get the benefit of both technology and white glove service and support.”
Beyond the personalized support, Danica emphasized that the ability to personalize email outreach through Fetcher helped Network for Good spark interest in the CEO role. Several candidates mentioned they were excited to be contacted directly by the Chair of the Board, which was all done via Fetcher. “Through the platform, you have an opportunity, in a few sentences, to hook them. You can communicate to them that this is an amazing opportunity - and that’s what our team did.”
In less than 2 months, the search committee had a solid pipeline of promising candidates and could pause Fetcher’s auto-sourcing and focus on interviews.
After interviewing several candidates, they shared a handful of finalists with the rest of Network for Good’s Board and, from there, officially made an offer to their top candidate, who had come from the Fetcher-sourced pipeline.
“I will never use an executive search firm again now that I’ve used Fetcher, “said Danica.
In reflecting on the search, Wendy noted that Fetcher’s timed batches of candidates created an opportunity to have an open dialogue about the search and what they were looking for regularly with the search committee.
“Usually, when you’re searching, the funnel at the top eventually narrows down to a small pool at the bottom, and all the candidates look the same. [With Fetcher], it’s almost a cylinder, where you have a very wide top-of-funnel, and at the end, you can still have a wide choice of candidates. It really brought the board together to ask, ‘Who is going to get us where we want to be?’”
Fetcher presented Network for Good with candidates they wouldn’t have reached on their own, giving them a broader spectrum of candidates with diverse experiences and ultimately leading to hiring a CEO that was ideal for their needs.