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President and Chief Executive Officer
Community Foundation of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky
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Date Posted 12/09/2019
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Community Foundation of Louisville (the Foundation or CFL) seeks a collaborative, inspiring, and consensus-building President and Chief Executive Officer (President) to build on its progress as a robust, growing charitable organization. The President will lead its stakeholders to establish the future direction of the organization as it continues to grow in assets, reach, and impact. Established in 1984, CFL is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky with more than $550 million in assets and operating endowment and over 1800 charitable funds. Since its founding, the Foundation has distributed over $930 million in grants to organizations in Louisville and beyond. In the last decade, CFL has increased its visibility in the Louisville community, doubled the size of its assets, and has developed a range of new programs and partnerships – from impact investing to many initiatives that respond directly to donor interests.


With its new President, CFL expects to build on its successes. As the Foundation looks to the future, it plans to engage in a collaborative process that will further clarify its mission and values, develop clear aspirations for the future, evaluate organizational activities with a sharp and objective eye, and implement a focused strategic plan with clear data-driven goals and measurable outcomes.


The new President also will support the current momentum of existing initiatives such as exceptional donor service, organizational excellence, grants strategies, healthy institutional culture, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Foundation’s life and work. This President will align internal resources to ensure that staff is deployed in the most strategic manner. Looking ahead, this President will communicate and implement best practices from other community foundations that have successfully made the strategic transition to greater community impact.


To accomplish all of this will require an inclusive, transparent, and consultative leader who inspires, stewards, and reconciles a broad and diverse set of stakeholders, including the Board of Directors, Foundation staff, donors, and a range of community leaders. This next President will work to ensure that CFL remains robust and continues to grow; that excellence is maintained and valued; and that programs and partnerships exist to maximize influence and impact. CFL is considering both the opportunities and challenges of moving into a stronger community leadership position and how to move towards a strategy that will result in the Foundation deepening its impact.


The Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next CEO. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Rebecca Swartz or Sabrina Singh

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor

Boston, MA 02210

The Community Foundation of Louisville is an equal opportunity employer and encourages a diverse pool of applicants.

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