Strategic development consulting for the nonprofit community

Interim Staffing

habitat wake - interim staff

Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Just because a vacancy occurs does not mean that business can stop. Whether the top development professional leaves or an annual giving director goes on leave, those operations must continue, or the organization can suffer serious financial repercussions. Until a permanent appointment is made, we can offer experienced associates to step in and keep the operation going during a transition. Although the scope of this service can vary widely from client to client, one consistent feature of this work is moss+ross associates’ personal investment in keeping development activities moving forward for the organization.

The following examples describe what some of our previous interim staffing engagements looked like.

Bridging the Gap between Development Directors

bgc canoe - interim staff

Photo: Shaun King/Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County

Maintaining momentum when you are in the process of filling an executive position is critical to your success. One client benefited from the expertise of a moss+ross associate when they needed to launch their annual campaign, while they were in the process of finding a new director of development. The associate stepped in at a critical time and became a temporary, part-time team member, working to support volunteers and staff by preparing them for solicitation calls, providing materials and information, and managing deadlines. The organization was able to devote time to finding the right development director, knowing their annual fund campaign was in capable hands.

Adding a Temporary Boost to Current Operations


Photo: Grant Halverson/Courtesy of American Dance Festival

Sometimes, an organization needs more than part-time assistance with one specific task. While one client decided how to proceed with staffing a development office, moss+ross arranged coverage for both communications and fundraising needs with two associates on board. They teamed up to implement the end of year fund development plan, distribute all  mailings and the annual report, be sure that gifts were recorded and acknowledged properly, and provide assistance with an annual event. The moss+ross associates also worked to strengthen the client’s key donors and communications/ marketing program and coordinated fundraising volunteers during a very busy time of year.  The client benefited from expertise provided by our associates and was able to make the right decisions about staff needs for the future.

Managing a Milestone Event

When a Triangle agency contacted moss+ross to ask about assistance planning an event in recognition of a major milestone, we were able to put the perfect professional in place. The client quickly had access to an associate with strong ties in the community and extensive event planning experience. During the associate’s time with the organization, she handled volunteer coordination, leadership recruitment, and other logistics, and worked with a committee to identify sources of sponsorship gifts. The moss+ross associate provided assistance and expertise every step of the way, and was there to help celebrate a huge success. In the end, this event helped raise the organization’s profile in the community, and provided an excellent opportunity to cultivate and steward supporters.

To discuss how moss+ross could manage your nonprofit’s need for interim staffing, please contact us.