Founded as Smith Beers Yunker & Company in 1995 on the principle Helping Others Make a Difference®, The Yunker Group offers guidance to volunteer leaders to help them govern more passionately, choose C-level executives more strategically, and steward funds more effectively. Team members provide behind-the-scenes coaching and advice to nonprofit staff, helping them make a greater difference in their vital roles.
We believe remaining behind the scenes is imperative in providing nonprofit executive search and fundraising counsel. We never seek recognition or take credit for the successes of those who devote their lives to making a difference in their communities. Whether assisting seniors, educating children, caring for the poor or disabled, sustaining the arts, protecting the environment, or any other worthy endeavor, it is their work we strive to further and their reputations we seek to enhance. We are proud to be associated with and eager to be of service to all who are involved in the noble work supported by philanthropy.
Organizations turn to us to help develop CEO succession plan and guide comprehensive CEO and CDO searches.
Our seasoned Group provides pre-campaign planning and capital and endowment campaign counsel.
Our experienced Group coaches boards on strategic leadership issues, facilitates retreats, and assists in scouting new talent.
Nonprofit leaders look to the Group’s expertise in guiding participatory planning exercise resulting in practical and actionable recommendations.
As experienced volunteers ourselves, our Group helps volunteer leaders build confidence in carrying out leadership duties including raising funds.
No Case. No Cash. Our Group’s professional writers help tell your compelling stories and work with designers to promote your organization.
We take seriously our mission Helping Others Make A Difference®. Check us out with organizations we have helped in a variety of ways and learn we’ve developed a reputation for telling leaders what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear. We like Teddy Roosevelt’s admonition, “People Don’t Care What You Know Until They Know How Much You Care.” You will learn we care!
"The case statement was well done and we appreciated being able to influence what was said. A donor actually complimented us about the professionalism and completeness of our campaign materials."
"To have professional consultants, writers, and designers working together on our behalf helped us approach donors and foundations with greater confidence."
"They were able to explain our work in a way that funders could grasp. Their writers made everything very clear and understandable."
“My primary reason for hiring them was that I knew they would give us an honest assessment of whether we could raise the money we needed to raise. I knew they would tell us the truth and, in fact, they gave us some answers that weren’t even close to what we wanted to hear.”
“I value their knowledge of the community; they know all the connections and can see the whole picture very clearly.”
“They were able to get our constituents to disclose their feelings with incredible candor. I believe the ability to evoke confidential information reflects on their very professional interviewing skills and their personal integrity.”
“It felt as if Jim Yunker was a part of our team. We were very comfortable with him. He conducted one-on-one coaching with each member of the staff and they all agreed that his advice was something they could use immediately. Although we like to think we are visionary and creative, Jim was able to show us new ideas from an outsider’s perspective."
“My experience with them reinforced for me the value of engaging highly specialized professionals for such a need and, then, listening to the advice they provide. In addition to their experience, knowledge and discipline, the most valuable contribution they shared was their professionalism and persistence in supporting a primarily volunteer organization.”
"If you're going to be effective in this business, you need to know what people are trying to do - and Jim Yunker understands that. He also has a wealth of experience and expertise that he can draw from, and that's essential. Jim also respects confidentiality. When you have a conversation with him, you can trust that information won't go any further, and that's important."
“They were masterful at striking a balance between giving direction based on their knowledge and expertise and listening to our thoughts and concerns. The fact that they were able to provide such useful guidance in this process may stem from the firm's broad base of experience and extensive knowledge of fundraising management."
“During the pre-campaign planning phase, The Yunker Group gave us an honest assessment of our project’s potential for success and, in fact, recommended we shelve a few of our projects. This direction was based on experience and knowledge of the community which was very helpful.”
"They are just so well steeped in the right fund development and philanthropic circles, which is really the market we were seeking a successful candidate from, and their contacts really assisted us in identifying what I felt was a very strong field of candidates."
"They didn’t just help us write a plan and then ride off into the sunset. They have taken the time to meet with us since then, and I feel absolutely confident that they will continue to be there as a resource for us as we work to implement the plan he helped us create."