Mission Driven

Welcome to Mission Driven, the blog from Peña Search, where we highlight titans in our community, trends in our industry, and news in our company.

A home office that has been spring cleaned. Inspiration to spring clean your professional life.

How to Spring Clean Your Professional Life

You spring clean your closet every year—but have you ever “spring cleaned” your professional life? As March turns into April, here are our tips to freshen up your work-life (and headspace) ...

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Five Ways to Network Virtually

Has quarantine got you stuck in a networking rut? Are you looking to build your contacts or clients, but unsure of where to start? Here are five ways to network virtually—keeping you connected, eve...

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Resume Best Practices to Set You Apart

The way we work has changed a lot: we network via email, interview via Zoom and work together from afar. But one staple of the workforce seems to be a mainstay: the resume. Typically, the first thing...

Experienced Nonprofit Recruiting

Trends in the Executive Search Industry

We talk a lot about nonprofits on our blog—what can we say, we are experts in the field! However, nonprofit infrastructure and trends are not the only subject on which we are knowledgeable. Tod...

Bringing Real Talent and Leadership

End-of-Year Giving: What You Need to Know

The end of a banner year calls for banner end-of-year giving. To achieve year-end goals, in 2020 maybe more than ever, intentional efforts need to be taken by both organizations and donors. Here ...

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COVID-19 and the Nonprofit Industry

Few organizations or individuals could prepare for the massive repercussions of COVID-19. Six months after the onset of the virus, COVID-19 and the nonprofit industry continue to engage in a struggle...


What’s Wrong with Your Resume?

Have you ever sent an application for a job you’re qualified for, only to never hear back from the hiring manager? It could be that something is wrong with your resume. Especially as business gh...

Service Based Experience

Nonprofit Leadership Trends–Then & Now

Ten years ago, nonprofit leadership was trending towards a reckoning. On March 19, 2009, Janet L. Johnson, associate director for Nonprofit Studies at Georgia State University, published  ...

Building Communications

Dallas Nonprofit Fast Facts

For over ten years, Peña Search has worked in North Texas, becoming incredibly familiar with the area’s unique nonprofit landscape. The community has seen a great deal of change over that time, bu...

Helping Clients With Obstacles

How We Started– and How Peña Search is Different

We’re not like other firms. When Peña Search was founded in 2009, Carlos and Holly Peña brought together their decades of professional experience in both the for- and non-profit sectors. Their...