Support for COVID Care, Partner Integration & A New Chief Advancement Officer
Ruotolo Associates’ (RA) partnership with Waveny LifeCare Network, which began with a responsive major gift initiative, expanded to include comprehensive development counsel and a successful executive search. Through Healing Together, RA guided Waveny’s engagement and solicitation of individuals, foundations, and corporations to address new and significant expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19.
Concurrent with this endeavor, RA’s Collegium partner, Lowand B. Hold, provided critical messaging and strategy for the announcement of Waveny’s integration with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.
Recognizing RA’s clear understanding of their needs and appreciation of their culture, Waveny retained the firm to conduct the search for Waveny’s first -ever Chief Advancement Officer to establish a comprehensive advancement program, building upon the renewed relationships and board philanthropic engagement of Healing Together.
Activating a variety of cross-channel promotions, regional research, and proactive outreach, RA launched targeted and rapid networking. Through the firm’s reputation among nonprofit leaders, board members, and advancement professionals, RA recruited a competitive field of qualified applicants.
Collaborating with Waveny’s search committee, comprised of Russell Barksdale, Jr., President and CEO, and board members, RA led a rigorous and layered evaluation process, allowing both Waveny and the candidates to mutually evaluate their options and opportunities.