Mariya Yurukova Selected as Top Fundraising Advocate of the Year by IAOTP

Published August 23, 2023

Mariya Yurukova, President & CEO of Charity Search Group, was recently selected as Top Fundraising Advocate of the Year for 2023 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the industry. 

Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself; only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All Honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

With more than 20 years of fundraising experience, Mariya has certainly proven herself as a seasoned and trusted professional in the fundraising field. She possesses a profound comprehension of the various challenges and opportunities that exist within the nonprofit sector. Mariya is a highly successful executive recruiter with a strong background in fundraising. She has raised over $20 million for the organizations she has represented, showcasing her expertise in this field. Mariya's dedication to finding the best fit for organizations and candidates of all sizes and skill levels is evident in her work. She collaborates closely with boards and hiring managers to identify the most suitable candidates for success, drawing on her deep understanding of nonprofit management. Additionally, Mariya has developed an extensive network of professionals across North America, allowing her to find the perfect cultural fit for each candidate. Her focus on small and medium-sized nonprofits transitioning leadership further highlights her success in the industry. In addition, she provides coaching and mentoring services to frontline fundraisers and nonprofit leaders, helping them enhance their performance and maximize their impact. She is dedicated to advancing the fundraising profession and sharing best practices as a certified fundraising executive (CFRE). 

Charity Search Group is a recruiting firm focused on the nonprofit sector, specializing in finding development directors, executive directors, and principal gifts officers. Mariya, the president, and CEO, leads a team of consultants who assist nonprofit organizations in attracting top talent for their mission-driven causes.

Before embarking on her career path, Mariya earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing, both from Brock University. She is also a Certified Fundraising Executive. 

Her repertoire of previous roles includes Annual Fund Campaign Coordinator at Brock University, Senior Development Officer at York University, and Founder and CEO at Leapfrog Fundraising.

Throughout her illustrious career, Mariya has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her accomplishments. This year she will be considered for the Empowered Woman Award and to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. She will be honored at IAOTP's annual awards gala at the NYC Plaza Hotel this December for her selection as Top Fundraising Advocate of the Year. 

Additionally, Mariya takes great pleasure in participating in conferences and providing mentorship to fundraisers to continuously contribute to the fundraising profession. She has been invited to speak at various events. Her work has been published in reputable publications, including but not limited to Currents Magazine, Foundations Magazine, Advancing Philanthropy, and Hilborn Publications.

The President of the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), Stephanie Cirami, stated: "Choosing Mariya for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. She is inspirational, influential, and a true visionary and thought leader. We cannot wait to meet her and celebrate her accomplishments at this year's gala."

Looking back, Mariya attributes her success to her perseverance, work ethic, and the mentors she has had along the way. When not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. In the future, she hopes to continue to help others achieve success in their fundraising campaigns.

For more information on Mariya Yurukova, please visit: WWW.CHARITYSEARCHGROUP.COM

About IAOTP 

The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization that handpicks the world's finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries. These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers, and help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join. You must be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.

IAOTP's experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals worldwide the recognition and credibility they deserve and have helped build their branding empires. IAOTP prides itself on being a one-of-a-kind boutique networking organization that handpicks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

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