Nonprofit Executive Search Firm

Nonprofit Executive Compensation

James has negotiated over 200 nonprofit CEO contracts in his role as an executive recruiter. This experience has led him to negotiate executive compensation on behalf of boards to renew or extend CEO contracts. James is retained by non-search clients to negotiate employment contracts when recruited by the board or another search firm. And, at times, he works on behalf of boards and individuals, as a “friend of the family” to construct a contract that is fair and reasonable, that protects both sides from Intermediate Sanctions, that assists in the succession planning for the board and personal financial planning for the individual.

“James Abruzzo is a skillful contract negotiator who will maximize the potential of your employment agreement.”

He has compiled that knowledge in the white paper, Negotiating the Nonprofit CEO Contract. He has also consulted with the boards of dozens of nonprofit organizations to improve their compensation best practices, providing targeted benchmarking, encouraging the adoption of a compensation philosophy, and creating the documentation for “safe harbor” for the board and the CEO. Need help? Contact one of the best nonprofit compensation consultants now.


Below is a list of James’ nonprofit executive compensation clients. View All

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Carmel Center for the Arts

Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation

Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation

Count Basie Theatre

Detroit Zoo

Heckscher Foundation for Children

Indiana University Foundation

International Society for the Performing Arts

Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Liberty Science Center

Mystic Aquarium

National Aquarium in Baltimore

National Public Radio

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Newark Museum

Pacific Science Center

Providence Performing Arts Center

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Saul Steinberg Foundation

School of American Ballet

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Terra Foundation For American Art

US Fund for UNICEF

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Victoria Foundation

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