The case studies below highlight the work we have done for Foundations.


NC IDEA was a new foundation with a corpus of approximately $50,000,000 and a mission to create a robust ecosystem across NC in support of economic development and job creation through the success of entrepreneurs across the state.

Elinvar conducted a national search that resulted in the selection of a candidate from Ohio who had extensive experience as a Vice President of Entrepreneurship with Kauffman Foundation as well as direct enterpreneurial success. The search was launched in October 2015 and the CEO started in March of 2016.

Client Quote

“I highly recommend the Elinvar team.”
— Randy Myer, Board Chair, NC Idea

“I highly recommend the Elinvar team. What made them so effective for us for the NC Idea President search was how thoroughly they vetted the candidates and gave us 5 strong candidates.  Then Patti worked with the entire board to align our profiles with the candidates and coached us on how and where issues might arise after we hired our person. Incredibly professional team.” 

The John M. Belk Endowment was a newly formed family foundation, with assets in excess of $250 million, an annual operating budget of $2 million and annual grant making in excess of $10 million, Elinvar was retained to conduct the search for their initial Executive Director in December 2012. The focus of their work is to support post-secondary education success for NC students. Their initial President assumed her position in early August 2013 and continues to lead the foundation. 

Client Quote

“Elinvar provides an extremely professional, well organized and informative process.”
— Kristy Teskey, President, John M. Belk Endowment

“I have worked with Elinvar from a board, applicant and now organization perspective and highly recommend their thorough process to find the best fit for the organizations they support. Elinvar led the John M. Belk Endowment President search, a national search with over 130 candidates. I have also worked with Elinvar on several positions at the John M. Belk Endowment. Elinvar provides an extremely professional, well organized and informative process. As a client, they have listened carefully to the criteria, skill set and personality we are striving for in the positions we have available.” 

Elinvar was first retained by Karl Stauber, CEO of Danville Regional Foundation in 2012. Our first engagement was to conduct the search for a CFO and we were engaged the following year to conduct a search for their first Senior Program Officer for Health and Human Services.

In both searches, Elinvar was charged with finding very talented professionals excited to live in the Danville Region if they were not current residents. Both additions to the senior team have met with great success in fitting the culture of the foundation and the community it serves, while also bringing the desired technical skills to their positions. 

Client Quote

“If talent is part of your challenge, Elinvar can be part of your solution.”
— Karl Stauber, President & CEO, Danville Regional Foundation

“In these fast-changing times, one of our greatest challenges is getting the right people ’on the bus, in the right seat.' Elinvar has assisted DRF to recruit key staff and help those staff to be highly successful here. If talent is part of your challenge, Elinvar can be part of your solution.”