Emerging Executive Newsletter for April 2016
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Emerging Executive

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

We will send you this newsletter when there is important information to share or workshops we are holding that you might want to attend. Read on to find out more!

With warm wishes,

It’s Not Just About the Money!

Imagine you are the lucky recipient of a Cummings $100,000 grant or a large federal grant.  You are happy to have secured the funding!  But you might not be able to use these funds to meet all of your needs since usually, these monies are earmarked for program use only.  Yet your sustainability depends on your ability to achieve balance between programs, management, governance and finance.  It's hard to plan a successful future if your funding restricts you to program planning only. You might be thinking that you could really use some help to figure all of this out.  And that’s where we come in! Whether you are a small start-up or a mature organization, Emerging Executive will work with you to develop a realistic growth plan that takes into account where you are in the organization lifecycle, and what your vision is for the future. Our approach is easily customizable to fit your needs, and we are very flexible partners. We will help you develop a strategic framework with realistic performance outcomes that will align programs with organizational capabilities, and step by step action plans that are easily actionable within your budget. You can learn more about us by attending a presentation or workshop. Alternatively, invite us in and we can complete a full organizational assessment in advance of a strategic planning session.  Contact for more information.

Crowd Funding is here to stay! Give your fundraising a leg up!

In our inaugural newsletter, we discussed the importance of creating your own fundraising database.  Without a well-developed donor database, raising money will be a challenge.  And there’s another very good reason to start that database.  You will need one to participate in GlobalGiving (, an online crowdfunding platform.  

GlobalGiving can be a powerful tool in your fundraising arsenal. For example, one of the organizations I support, Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, is an all-volunteer nonprofit ( with an annual budget of $295,000.  In four years, they have raised over $105,000 through GlobalGiving, including $17,000 in “free money” that came from the many matching fund opportunities offered through the site.  These funds have enabled Mickaboo to add over 1000 new supporters outside of their catchment area, including 17 regular monthly donors.  Even better – they got some great exposure from Oprah!  To qualify for GlobalGiving, you have to participate in an “open challenge” where you are going to have to rely on your donor database – with email addresses -  to raise $5000 from a minimum of 40 donors over two years. Now isn’t that incentive to get going?  For further information, please contact Pamela Lee at

New Open Door Grants at The Boston Foundation      

First deadline:  May 27, 2016

Last week I attended an information session at The Boston Foundation (TBF) to learn about their new Open Door Grant Making Initiative. TBF will allocate a portion of its grant-making dollars to this initiative. Grants will be made quarterly with the first application due in May.  And, grants will be accepted from 68 cities outside of Greater Boston including Gloucester and Salem on the North Shore and Quincy and Weymouth on the South Shore.  You can find a full list of cities and towns  and the dates of further information sessions including Lynn on May 2nd on the TBF website. (
Open Door Grants will be made to nonprofits that may not be directly aligned with the strategies, goals and approaches pursued in the five impact areas the Foundation has focused on since 2009 and will continue to focus on until at least 2020.  New and existing nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston are encouraged to look to Open Door Grants to support their efforts to meet existing needs as well as test new ideas and innovations that address the most critical challenges facing our community. Applications from the cities
Click here to read more

Check out the new Emerging Executive website

A few weeks ago, we launched our new mobile friendly Emerging Executive website. You can now access our new resources section (with info on our workshops, upcoming classes, recommended reading and other good stuff!).

A big thank you to Daniel Lovell from for updating the website.  Dan is an excellent resource if you are looking to update your website, or develop a new one from scratch. He is a master at what he does, and works quickly with minimal direction. Even better - he is very budget friendly! You can reach Dan at:


Upcoming Public Workshops led by Nadia Prescott

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.

And On a Lighter Note

Inbox Birds
When you call the office, you may wonder who you hear in the background or even am I hearing things!  See Tom who has dutifully worked every day for the past 16 years as a shredder in the filing tray and Jack, who whistles while we work!!  

Click on the image to see the video!

Read more on the intelligence of birds from the New York Times in March

Book Recommendation
The Pollyanna Principle by Hildy Gottlieb about catalytic thinking and powerful questions.  My takeaway so far: Martin Luther King said "I have a dream", not "I have a problem".  

Asking the right questions, rooted in abundance, will help you reinvent yourself and your nonprofit organization. 

A Quick Reminder

Our services at Emerging Executive help nonprofit organizations realize their potential and deliver on their mission. Projects are tailored to each client and recognize the importance of both organizational and personal learning in achieving sustainable transformations. They include the most appropriate combination of consulting, executive coaching, or training for your organization, and always incorporates practical experience and feedback. Services include: board and leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, organizational assessments and grant writing.

"We hired Nadia to train over 100 grassroots leaders on the topic of nonprofit lifecycles. Nadia researched her audience and understood perfectly how to transmit complicated and professional information to grassroots leaders."
Jude Goldman, Executive Director, The Lenny Zakim Fund
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