Emerging Executive Newsletter for February 2016
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Emerging Executive

Helping Nonprofit Organizations And Their Leaders Realize Their Potential And Their Mission.
Welcome to the Emerging Executive newsletter – your news for board development, strategic planning and
other important nonprofit insights.
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With warm wishes,

Kick Start your Board Development in 2016

Board development is crucial to the success of any organization and particularly for smaller or all-volunteer nonprofits where the board by necessity is a “working board”.  Building the board up to its full capacity is not always easy.  It takes time but you reap the benefits many times over. 

Over the past couple of month we’ve been approached many times by smaller organizations asking one simple question: how do we get started?  Emerging Executive is excited to offer a new Board Development half day session to help you advance and engage your board.  Starting with a brief and confidential survey to board members designed to understand the key issues and challenges facing your nonprofit organization, we then tailor a 3 hour workshop designed to suit your needs. Cost for the basic package is $675. To learn more about all our board development services contact us at

Build the Foundation for Successful Fundraising in 2016

Over 80% of charitable dollars given each year come from individual donations. You can reach donors in many different way: events, friendraisers, an annual appeal and online fundraising platforms to name just a few activities.  Yet you won’t be successful unless you have people to ask to attend or invest in your organization!  

The foundation for successful fundraising starts with the database.,, Little Greenlight and DonorSnap are just some of the cloud based fundraising databases you could consider. However if you are short of time and budget, that’s no excuse. You can get an email fundraising database started quickly and easily thanks to tools like MailChimp ( or Constant Contact ( 
So I ran an experiment this week. I signed up for a MailChimp free account. Then I exported contact names from Outlook into a CSV file which I compared with the large pile of business cards collected in the past few months, and added another 30 names.  Within 2 hours, I had an email database with 150 names ready to go.  It really is that easy!  Not a bad use of two hours of time - especially if your nonprofit needs money, and unrestricted funds, in a hurry!

What else could you do to add to your nonprofit organization's email database? 
  • Ask your board members to provide 10 names and email addresses to you each month.  If you have an online database, they can even add this information themselves!
  • Have everyone pull up their Linked In accounts at your next board meeting. What connections do you have, that we should have?
  • Make a commitment to set up your database and add names to it every month.  A database is never static!
When you are ready to invest in your online fundraising platform,  Contact us for a copy of the Consumer’s Guide to Donor Management System for a summary of 29 online databases:


Upcoming Public Workshops

Location: Cambridge College of Adult Education,
42 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA.    
Register at

Developing and Maintaining the Right Board for Your Nonprofit Organization

April 13 & 20, 2016
7.45 - 9.15 PM.  Cost $60

If you are considering becoming a board member, or you are a board member and want to strengthen your board, come to this workshop.  You will learn how to be a great board member, understand the people most suited to the lifecycle stage of your organization and best practices on attracting and keeping board members who will best advance your mission.

Grant Writing 101

Tuesdays. 6pm – 7.30pm.  
Starting April 26th for five weeks.  
Cost:  $165

Considering a career in development or seeking funding for a specific nonprofit?  Learn how to identify funders, understand different types of support, create a budget, and cultivate prospective funders.  We’ll review examples of winning proposals and trends in philanthropy to identify the best ways to seek and secure funding.

Fundraising 101

Wednesdays for Two Weeks
6pm – 7.30pm
April 13 & 20, 2016
Cost $60

Fundraising 101 will provide quick, practical information you can start using immediately as a grassroots nonprofit to understand different fundraising techniques that are easy to carry out and don’t require significant funds or an extensive knowledge of fundraising. You will also learn how to help your board and volunteers become savvy advocates for your organization and the basic tools essential to organize all your fundraising activities.  This is most suitable for grassroots organization looking to start or accelerate their fundraising.

A Quick Reminder

Our services at Emerging Executive help nonprofit organizations realize their potential and deliver on their mission. Our approach combines training, practical experience and feedback, and recognizes the importance of both organizational and personal learning in achieving sustainable transformations.  Services include: strategic planning, board and leadership development, executive coaching and grant writing.

"In her workshop at TDC Boston, Lack of Funds is NOT your Primary Challenge. Nadia taught me a lot about how organizations evolve--in an incredibly short amount of time. The presentation was absolutely absorbing."
Howard Katz  Tech Writer | Grant Writer | Advocacy Writer
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