About Us

President & CEO

Mariya (Maria) Yurukova, MBA, CFRE

I have spent my entire career in fundraising and managed a variety of fundraising programs. I have had the privilege to raise more than $20 million for the organizations I have represented. And I have worked on gifts ranging in the millions to direct marketing campaigns for first time donors. My fundraising style is authentic, open, and strategic. This is also my style as a recruiter. I am committed to finding the best fit for organizations of all sizes and candidates of all skill levels and experience. I have a deep understanding of non-profit management and work extensively with boards and hiring managers to identify the types of candidates best positioned for success. My involvement with the fundraising profession has allowed me to build a large network of professionals across North America. I take the time to get to know each candidate and their career aspirations, to ensure the best possible cultural fit. My educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing, both from Brock University. I am a Certified Fundraising Executive, a member of AFP, CCAE, CASE, and I enjoy presenting at conferences and mentoring fundraisers.
About Mariya Yurukova, MBA, CFRE - CEO Charity Search Group| Nonprofit Executive Search Firm in Maryland

mariya@charitysearchgroup.com

COO

Husani Bastien, MIS

Husani is the co-founder of the non-profit the Centre for Human Success. He is a graduate of Sidwell Friends and George Washington University with a Masters in Information Systems.  At the National Medical Association (NMA) he helped organize, manage/create events and recruited fundraisers. He has volunteered extensively at the Children's Inn at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda. Husani has been involved with multiple volunteer groups in the community.  He is also the founder of several startups including A2Digital and 321 AppLabs. At Charity Search Group, he manages the day-to-day operations and the technical aspects of the firm.  His entrepreneurial spirit and an eye for innovation create amazing solutions to maximize our talent outreach capabilities.

husani@charitysearchgroup.com

Senior Search Consultant

Tanya Henry

I didn’t mean to become a fundraiser; rather, I wanted to be an event manager who delivered perfectly planned galas and high-end corporate programs. When I graduated from college, I found the ideal role to suit my goals. I never expected it to be with a non-profit. Close to twenty years later and I’ve never looked back. 

Over the span of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of fundraising programs, rooted in corporate and community engagement. I’ve planned million-dollar galas, pro-am golf tournaments and multi-million-dollar nationwide peer to peer fundraisers. I’ve designed and valued complex corporate partnerships and worked with a number of fortune 500 companies. I’ve built multi-layered strategic plans and seen them through to execution. I’ve worked at the executive level in large, complex environments and led teams with over 50 members. I’ve had the pleasure of raising over $150M throughout my career and couldn’t have done it without the support of strong, talented, ambitious people. I value finding skilled individuals that will complement and balance a team; I support them in their growth and development and cheer them on as they move to the next stage of their careers. I consider hiring the right person for the right role to be one of my superpowers and I hope I have the chance to put that superpower to work for you!

Tanya Henry

tanya@charitysearchgroup.com

Senior Search Consultant

Orlisha Fox

Orlisha is a Certified Fundraising Executive that has worked for various non-profit and government agencies specializing in workforce development, social services programs with an emphasis in  community engagement. She has her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Government and Policy with two certifications in both Non-Profit Management and Professional Fundraising. Orlisha has extensive experience developing donor and partner relations programs, campaign management, strategic development initiatives for sustainable funding and retention analysis. She has had the pleasure of raising millions of dollars for organizations changing the lives of others daily. With a passion for equity and diverse recruitment opportunities, at Charity Search Group she will connect qualified fundraisers to their dream job with organizations that can make an impact across sectors.

orlisha@charitysearchgroup.com

Senior Search Consultant

Pascale Hughes

Pascale is a talent acquisition professional with a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and more than ten years’ experience in human resources operations and talent recruitment. She serves on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Tampa Bay and chairs the organization's Communications and Marketing Committee which directly supports fundraising and volunteer talent recruitment activities. 

 

Partnering primarily with nonprofit organizations to identify, place, and grow talent, Pascale’s industry scope is broad and includes talent acquisition strategy and execution for education, conservation, finance, health, and technology organizations. Human resources teams and hiring managers partner with Pascale to develop recruiting strategies and build effective teams. Through tailored support that focuses on an organization's Mission, and with resources and tips that support seamless and collaborative recruitment efforts, it is Pascale’s goal to deliver exceptional partnership and service that helps organizations identify, attract, hire, and keep talented, Mission-driven employees.

pascale@charitysearchgroup.com

Project Coordinator

Preeti Pasupulati

Preeti is a communications and fundraising professional with over four years of experience working in the non-profit and post-secondary sectors. She has experience with grant writing, event planning, and social media. Preeti holds a BA in Media & Public Interest from Western University and an MA in Communication & Culture from York & Ryerson University.

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Project Coordinator

Katelyn Cheeseman

Katelyn recently graduated with a BA in Psychology from Toronto Metropolitan University and plans to continue her studies in Research Analysis. She has experience with updating donor databases, market research, and customer service. Katelyn hopes to continue her work in fundraising following the completion of her studies.

katelyn@charitysearchgroup.com

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Winnie Chen

Winnie is a recent graduate from University of Toronto with a B.Sc in Psychology. She has a passion for developing digital strategies and implementing solutions that help organizations to increase brand awareness. She is experienced in social media management, market research, and event planning. Winnie looks forward to furthering her expertise and making a lasting impact on the growth of brands.

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winnie@charitysearchgroup.com

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