Bringing Intellectual Capital to the Charitable Sector

Volunteering time for nonprofit organizations significantly broadens personal and professional networks. It enables executives to apply their business skills to new challenges, while enjoying the opportunity to build relationships with people who have similar passions and values.

Janice Reals Ellig hosted an event that brought together High Water Women and High Water Women is a foundation of women from all sectors of the financial community who are dedicated to the challenge of making a difference. They have a desire to support nonprofit organizations, not only through financial philanthropy, but by also providing their professional expertise and personally “giving back.”

“For executives, it can be stimulating and inspiring to work on projects and issues that are value-driven and important to society in ways that are beyond dollars,” states Gary Zarr, Senior Vice President, Communications and Business Development, American Museum of Natural History. You can make a difference in something that connects you to your community and society as a whole on a broader and deeper level. Nonprofit work is a strong reflection of character and in perceiving someone as a leader. How you choose to spend your time and resources reflects who you are and allows you to have a powerful and direct impact on programs and people. is an online donations web site that provides a centralized, unique gateway to more than 60,000 New York charities. Donors can learn about each charity’s mission, review its financial statements and Board of Directors, and easily make a contribution of time, money or talent.

At the High Water Women event, Jack Rosenthal, President of The New York Times Foundation and a Board Director of, introduced the theme of the evening, How to Bring Intellectual Capital t o Bear on the Nonprofit World .

Cristine Cronin, Chief Executive Officer, explained how business expertise can be leveraged by charities. She urged members of High Water Women to utilize the free tools at to find volunteer opportunities and make donations to organizations that respond to their areas of greatest interest.

Chadick Ellig is well-positioned to lend its talents to nonprofit organizations. We look for opportunities to recruit executives to serve on nonprofit boards such as YMCA, National Audubon Society, Mary Baker Eddy Library for Christian Science, the Society for Human Resource Management and The York Theatre Company, in addition to upholding our proven success rate in placing executives on corporate boards such as Air Products and Chemicals, Convergys Corporation, C.R. Bard and Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC).

Our focus continues to be on recruiting the best talent for our clients in the corporate sector. We recognize, however, a growing interest among our candidates to contribute their talents to the nonprofit sector as well.

On an individual level, the Chadick Ellig team is also diligent in contributing their time. Susan Chadick serves on the Advisory Board of The York Theatre Company, the Small Business Forum of the Association of Executive Search Consultants and is the President-Elect of the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue.

Janice Reals Ellig is Vice Chairman of the YMCA board and Chair of the YMCA Development Committee. She is a Board Director for, the University of Iowa Foundation and recently was the Treasurer and Board Director of the Women's Forum of New York. She is also a member of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Economic Club of New York.

Stacy Lauren Musi is currently Co-Chair of the Career Connections Committee and Board Member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) and has previously served as Communications Chair and Board Member of the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters (IACPR).

In the course of our work, we are attuned to identify and introduce executives with the desire and skills to serve nonprofit organizations. Chadick Ellig is committed to making strong connections between corporate executives and nonprofit organizations.