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The Yunker Group congratulates Adrijana and Keith on their respective appointments and thanks Cincinnati Ballet and Resident Home Association for the opportunity to conduct their national searches.

Adrijana Kowatsch

Vice President of Philanthropy
Cincinnati Ballet

Who We Are

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

Our 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 the 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 of philanthropy.

What We Do

Although each organization is different, there are certain management and fundraising needs most share in common. The scope of our services is reflected in the following list; however, we welcome your inquiry about any other need you might have as well.

We Help
C-Level Executive Search

An essential appreciation – if not requirement – of nonprofit executives is raising friends and funds. The Yunker Group’s search clients often cite the firm’s fundraising reputation and its singular focus serving only nonprofits as the reasons they chose us to find their next ED/CEO, CFO, COO or CDO. How may we help your organization?

We Counsel
Friendraising & Fundraising Counsel

Our seasoned Group provides objective and practical advice to nonprofits wanting to refresh, energize, enhance, or expand friendraising and fundraising efforts.

We Coach
Volunteer Coaching

As experienced volunteers ourselves, The Yunker Group team helps Board leaders build confidence in carrying out leadership roles and responsibilities including getting “comfortable” raising funds.

We Provide

The perspective of an objective third-party can be helpful, even if it’s just “over coffee.” Consider the benefits of this no-fee, no obligation session with the firm’s founder to knock around ideas or just vent.

Who We Serve

We take seriously our mission of 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!

How may we help you? Contact The Yunker Group Today