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Transitional & Interim Staffing

Access a deep bench of seasoned fundraising experts.



Graham-Pelton’s transitional and interim staffing offers you a team of professionals with direct fundraising experience, ready to roll up their sleeves alongside you to solve your organization’s greatest fundraising challenges.

Service Highlights

Expert leadership

Thrive through transition.

Staff your fundraising operations with confidence and without compromise during a time of transition, such as an expansion or consolidation, or to ensure the success of a major initiative.

Enhance Internal Capacity

Equip your team with proven best practices.

Our experts work alongside your existing staff, simultaneously delivering counsel while building internal capacity to position your team for long-term success.

Talent Recruitment

Hire your ideal candidate.

Rushed searches can create additional turnover that wastes time, resources, and fundraising momentum. Transitional staffing maintains the critical functions of vacant positions, allowing for a thorough search process and a seamless onboarding for your new hire.

Risks associated with internal interim appointments

Organizations are often tempted to appoint existing staff members into interim roles. Maybe they believe it will provide continuity, or perhaps their top priority is to preserve the budget. Nonprofits should resist this urge, according to many researchers.

Current employees appointed to interim leadership roles may be more risk-averse, may not take the significant steps needed to make positive change, and may be in fear of jeopardizing their existing relationships within the team. There is also the chance they will not stay on if they do not receive the permanent leadership position, causing additional turmoil. If they do remain, they are heading back into a staff they previously managed, which can create imbalance and possible ill will.

Other potential risks of internal appointments include:

  • Lacking the confidence to make difficult decisions
  • Difficultly relinquishing leadership duties
  • Insufficient knowledge of the specific skillset required for an executive leader (personnel, finance, legal, etc.)

While selecting an internal team member for an interim leadership position may be more cost-efficient, it’s important to consider the potential of losing them in the long run, along with their institutional knowledge.

Success Story

Stevens Cooperative School

Learn how our Transitional Staffing service allowed New Jersey’s oldest cooperative school to maintain fundraising momentum and set permanent leadership up for success.


Read Their story

“Atrium Health Foundation has partnered with Graham-Pelton in a variety of capacities. Throughout each phase of our work together, they maintain a powerful focus on the factors that are most critical to fundraising success, and in doing so, build the capacity of our teams to move forward.”

Armando L. Chardiet


Atrium Health Foundation

You can raise more money. We can show you how.