GWP Leadership Transition News & Updates

We have set aside this space to keep GWP members and the broader community informed about the leadership transition and strategic planning process.  We will add updates to the page as they become available.

Leadership Transition and Executive Search 

February 2023 | On February 2nd, The GWP Board of Directors sent notice to members that a new executive director has been selected and will begin on February 15. That announcement can be viewed by members here. A public announcement will be made during the week of February 15.

Winter 2022 | The GWP Executive Search Committee and board, along with Marcum LLP, have been conducting interviews from a selection of highly-qualified candidates. Finalists are being identified and the board and search committee believe we are on-track to reach the goal of having someone in place in the new-year.

October 2022 | The Search Committee officially launches the search for a new Executive Director. The position profile outlining the position is attached below and members are encouraged to share with their networks. The search firm we have hired to support our search, Marcum LLP, will be conducting outreach and reviewing resumes of those who apply. The intent is that the Executive Director will begin late this year or early in the New Year.

August 2022 | The  GWP Executive Search Committee has engaged Marcum LLP to conduct the search for a new executive director. Marcum's diverse team of mission-driven professionals strives to expand leadership capacity and increase long-term organizational effectiveness. We expect to launch the search process in early September. GWP's Strategic Planning Committee and consultants will be working with Marcum to ensure that stakeholder input and recommendations inform the search process.

July 2022 | Based on feedback received, GWP has revised the timetable and fee for the RFP for executive search services and extended the deadline for submission to July 17. 

June 2022 | A search committee has been formed and will retain a consultant to recruit candidates for the organization's next Executive Director/CEO. The RFP has been released. 

January 2022 | GWP’s president Ken Spruill and executive director Barbara Sieck Taylor announced that she would be stepping aside, with the goal of completing the transition during the fourth quarter of the year.  Read the leadership transition announcement here.

Strategic Planning Process

October 2022 Update

The team from The Giving Practice spent the first part of 2022 capturing and synthesizing input from members, the GWP board and its staff.  With GWP’s strategic planning committee and staff, a refreshed strategic framework was developed. The strategic framework is (intentionally) not a full strategic plan; rather, it captures GWP’s organizational evolution and suggests possible refinements of GWP’s mission, vision and priorities. 

In the fourth quarter of 2022, the strategic framework will be used to inform the hire of GWP’s next executive director.  Once the incoming CEO is in place, one of his/ her top priorities will be to work with board, staff and members to further clarify GWP’s mission, vision and goals; design its activities; and develop an implementation plan.

April 2022 | Following an RFP process, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania has engaged Mark Sedway and Lisa McGill (via The Giving Practice) to serve as the consultants to refresh GWP’s strategic objectives.