FPS’ founder and president, Gail L. Freeman, brings extensive knowledge and experience to the firm with over 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit field. This invaluable asset enables the firm to enhance and accelerate the successful outcome of FPS’ assignment. It also extends FPS’ ability to understand the needs of organizations and institutions.
Gail L. Freeman is Founder and President of Freeman Philanthropic Services, L.L.C., a full-service firm offering a broad range of services including executive recruitment, on-board coaching, and board of directors and staff training leading not-for-profit organizations nationwide and internationally. As a recognized leader in the not-for-profit field, Ms. Freeman brings more than twenty-five years of experience in executive recruitment, not-for-profit management, and fundraising. Throughout her career, Ms. Freeman has worked in a variety of capacities in the not-for-profit field. Prior to the establishment of her namesake firm, Ms. Freeman served as Vice President and Director for a national retained executive search firm, where she led the Development & Institutional Advancement practice. In this capacity, she managed all aspects of the search process, including client relationships, research, networking, qualification, and final selection of candidates.
At the request of People to People International, an organization founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Ms. Freeman was invited to join delegations of not-for-profit executives to meet with Chinese and Russian health, cultural, educational, social service and religious leaders. These delegations led exchanges on building philanthropic support for programs that respond to local needs, an issue of singular importance in the rapidly changing Chinese and Russian economies and societies.
Ms. Freeman frequently speaks, writes, and consults within the not-for-profit sector. She has published numerous articles for leading not-for-profit organizations and co-authored “How to Increase Your Annual Fund” (Fund-Raising Management). As a featured speaker for various AFP meetings, conferences, and other venues, Ms. Freeman covers a myriad of topics ranging from career-development to strategic planning. In addition, she has worked with and trained top-level volunteers and staff in fund raising.
Ms. Freeman is active in her roles as the Past Chair of The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University’s Board of Visitors, current Chair of the Founding Board of the School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, board member for The New School Milano Graduate School and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy International, and member of American Humanics’ Nonprofit Sector Workforce Coalition. She has also served on the board of the Greater New York AFP Chapter and was the co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Moreover, Ms. Freeman has taken on diverse challenges, including serving as a member of the National Steering Committee for Research America. Ms. Freeman graduated with honors from the Master’s Program in Not-for-Profit Management at The New School.