Social Impact

Leadership That Matters

The social impact sector is experiencing a dynamic transformation, transcending traditional boundaries to create a collaborative environment across nonprofit, education, government, and social enterprise. Mission-driven organizations and their leaders are working to solve problems and drive positive change as they adjust to rapidly shifting economic and political landscapes.

DHR’s Social Impact Practice identifies leaders with the expertise, diversity of perspective, and ability to scale impactful organizations to meet society’s needs in North America and abroad.

Activating Social Impact Leaders

We hold a fundamental belief that many leaders possess the inherent potential to transform organizations working to advance innovative solutions to challenging societal issues.

Aligning our search strategy with client goals and ambitions, we take a broad view of talent to find and develop values-driven leaders that organizations need to drive lasting impact.

Industry Sectors

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Partnerships that Change the World

DHR’s services are designed to provide talent guidance and support at any level of your business through our executive and emerging leaders search solutions, as well as strategic leadership consulting services. Our mission – “to improve the effectiveness of organizations worldwide” – represents the consultative approach and commitment to establishing mutually beneficial long-term relationships with each of our clients. We believe great leaders make great organizations that, in turn, help change the world.

In-depth Industry Knowledge

DHR’s executive search clients span the Social Impact spectrum, and our consultants bring industry experience to all sectors of the field, including:


  • Arts and Culture
  • Advocacy and Associations
  • Community / Social Services
  • Conservation
  • Faith
  • Foundations / Philanthropy
  • Research

(Nonprofit & For-Profit)

  • Academic Medicine
  • Education Tech
  • Foundations / Philanthropy
  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • Universities and Colleges

Social Enterprise

  • Accelerators / Incubators
  • Consumer / Retail
  • ESG and CSR
  • Real Estate
  • Social Impact Investment Funds
  • Sustainability
  • Technology


  • Federal
  • Municipal
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Quasi-Government
  • State
99 %

Slate Diversity

49 %

Diversity Placements

94 days

Average Fill Time

86 %+

Retention Rate | > 3 years

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