The Non-Profit Personnel Network was founded in 1994 by Gary Dembs as a retained executive search firm, exclusively serving the national nonprofit sector.  Gary has been serving the sector as a consultant since 1987.

Recognized as a leader in the industry, NPPN is the only firm of its kind in Michigan and one of few nationally.  We are a proud member of the Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants (NNSC.org).  Our work is guided by our mission and core values of honesty, integrity and reliability.


To strengthen the national nonprofit sector through the recruitment and placement of top-quality personnel, and provide reliable counsel positively affecting organizational dynamics through team building.  We connect people and institutions, valuing both, so that each reach the highest levels of philanthropy.


NPPN values the role that nonprofits play in building and supporting communities. Each NPPN staff member is a community volunteer.


Nobody matches NPPN’s commitment to our clients’ mission.  We demonstrate that commitment by providing expertise and counsel at affordable rates and in an efficient manner.


NPPN respects the important role that each candidate plays in the executive search process.  In recognition of their importance, NPPN honors its candidates by valuing their privacy and providing them career counseling and procedural information throughout the search process.

  • I have worked with Gary Dembs and his team for over 18 years.

    In 2014, the Detroit Medical Center worked with the staff and board at the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, in the rebuilding of the new House.  We hired NPPN to manage our capital expansion campaign.  All indications point that the $3 million will be raised with Gary’s expertise, leadership, and thoughtful, strategic planning.

    Most recently, NPPN did the executive search for our marketing director.  We secured an extremely capable, talented marketing director, with the help of Gary and his team.

    Gary is extremely well connected in the non-profit community and has brought talent, new funds, excellent marketing strategies and financial guidance to our charity.  We highly recommend NPPN for executive search, strategic planning and capital campaign planning.

    Jennifer Litomisky Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House - Detroit

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