Foundations & Philanthropy

Foundations & Philanthropy

Koya has a deep track record of partnering with clients active in philanthropy and foundations. Over the past three years, more than 25% of Koya’s searches have been in philanthropy.

We have worked with a range of public, private, and family foundations to recruit CEOs, Presidents and other senior leaders, among many other positions. The executives we place are widely viewed as top talent in their respective fields.

We have extensive experience partnering with foundations that have a strong connection with founding families. Through this work we have developed a nuanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges of working with these clients, and are able to design a strategy that reflects each family’s unique culture, needs, and philanthropic goals.

Our team understands the talent landscape in philanthropy, and how to assess for the critical combination of skill set and culture fit while also building leadership pipelines that reflect diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Selected Clients

We are proud to have worked with the selected foundation and philanthropy clients listed below and many more.

Selected Placed Leaders

We are proud to have placed hundreds of transformational leaders with clients across the country and around the world. We support and celebrate these leaders as they continue to create a deep and measurable impact on our world.

Current Opportunities

Portfolio Manager

The Portfolio Manager will source and evaluate new investment opportunities, lead due diligence on high potential opportunities, and assist with structuring deal terms.

Vice President of Entrepreneurship

About The Kauffman Foundation The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (“Kauffman Foundation”) is a private, fully endowed foundation established in 1966 by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is among the thirty largest foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2.5 billion. Our mission is to help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success, consistent with the aspirations of our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman. For more information on the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, please visit: The Opportunity The Vice President of Entrepreneurship is the leader for the Kauffman Foundation’s work in entrepreneurship, which is one of the core areas of the organization’s mission. As such, the Vice President is responsible for leading a team of ~30 associates in the development and implementation of entrepreneurship strategies and programs to meet Foundation goals. The Vice President of Entrepreneurship leads the Foundation’s entire entrepreneurship portfolio – including grantmaking, operating programs, convening, research and policy. S/he will report to the President and CEO and be a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team. The Vice President of Entrepreneurship works in close partnership with the Senior Director…

Racial Justice Program Officer

The Program Officer will work in close collaboration with four teammates to continue to build out an ambitious grantmaking strategy and root the program within Wellspring and the larger philanthropic sector.

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