Professional Associations

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

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers (NCNG) is a statewide member organization that supports all sectors of philanthropy. Elinvar was retained to conduct the search for a new Executive Director to follow a long-term ED who had served as the first leader of the organization that was formed in 2002. The search was launched in October 2012, the new ED started in May 2013 and continues in her role to date.

Client Quote

“We now have an excellent Executive Director due in large part to Elinvar’s efforts.”
— Dan Gerlach, President, Golden Leaf Foundation & NCNG Board member

“As a board and search committee member for the Executive Director position for the NC Network of Grantmakers, I was impressed with Elinvar’s team approach to help develop and elicit a clear vision for a leader from our committee and recruit and evaluate a highly qualified and appropriate list of candidates. We now have an excellent Executive Director due in large part to Elinvar’s efforts.” 

The International Society On Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) is a global not-for-profit membership organization advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders.

The Society is dedicated to transformative scientific discoveries and clinical practices, the development of young professionals and the education of physicians, scientists and allied health professionals wherever they may live.

Thomas Reiser, Executive Director of ISTH, is leading a period of substantial growth and building infrastructure to support this growth and the ability to insource activities that have been outsourced in the past.

Elinvar was initially engaged to conduct the search for the first Director of Finance & Operations for ISTH. Following the success of this work, Tom has engaged Elinvar for several organization development projects to further prepare his leadership team for the expansion of their positions and continued growth of the association.

Elinvar’s CEO has served on numerous association boards for over 20 years. She has served in various capacities including Board Chair for local chapters of international associations. While these have all been volunteer positions, her impact has been significant and her knowledge of association operations is extensive.

ACG is probably the most noteworthy of her accomplishments. Her service began when she joined the Raleigh/Durham ACG Chapter in 2001, just as it was about to lose its charter. With no money in the bank and 5 active members, Patti rebuilt the board and with this strong team, the Chapter became a vibrant and award winning organization.

Her talents were recognized at the international level and she was recruited to join the Global board during a time of significant transition. The organization moved to its first professional Executive Director and he began building the infrastructure that now supports 14,500 members, 59 chapters and an annual international conference. Patti was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by ACG Global in 2013 in recognition of her contributions to the association. 

Client Quote

“Elinvar consistently demonstrates what it takes to find and place the right talent for the right situation: insight, intelligence and intuition.”
— Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO of Association for Corporate Growth

"Elinvar consistently demonstrates what it takes to find and place the right talent for the right situation: insight, intelligence and intuition. Patti Gillenwater’s experience as a board member of a large, complex global association during a CEO transition expanded her expertise and enhanced her understanding of the nuances of the process."