Nonprofits Are Our Passion

We believe that the nonprofit sector serves an essential role in this country, providing services and support that help millions of Americans survive and thrive. Our goal is to strengthen the sector by helping nonprofits hire talented, mission-focused leaders. We are committed to offering exceptional services that are affordable even for small organizations.

Why choose us

Personalized Services

We develop strategies and identify candidates matched to your organization's unique needs.


We complete most search projects in 12-16 weeks.


We sweat the details and keep the process moving so you don't have to.


Our services cost a fraction of traditional retained search.

We Serve All Types of Organizations

Empower Nonprofit Executive Search is excited to serve all sizes of 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations, but has a special affinity for small- (budgets up to $1 million) and medium-sized (budgets of $1-5 million) nonprofits. We have search and hiring experience in a wide variety of specialty areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts
  • Association Mgmt.
  • Behavioral Health
  • Community Dev.
  • Disability Services
  • Economic Dev.
  • Education
  • Foundations
  • Homeless Services
  • Hunger/Food
  • Mentoring
  • Policy/Advocacy
  • Social Services
  • Youth Services

Our leadership

Don Gulbrandsen is the President of Empower Nonprofit Consulting. Following a successful career in the publishing industry, he felt the pull of the nonprofit sector and earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from North Park University in Chicago. After serving in leadership roles with social service agencies in Illinois, Oregon and Indiana, Don began consulting full-time, with an emphasis on strategic planning as well as executive search and transition. Recruiting and developing top talent has been a professional focus throughout his career. Even though he has worked with thousands of candidates and conducted hundreds of interviews, he still gets excited matching a passionate candidate with an opportunity that is a great fit for their skillset.


We are ready to help you hire your next leader