Finlay Consulting Services – Leadership

Charlie Finlay, CFRE

Charlie Finlay, Founder and Principal Consultant, has more than 20 years of  experience with nonprofit fundraising, philanthropy, administration and governance, He is a sought-after Executive Coach and Interim Nonprofit Leader. His fundraising expertise includes: strategic planning; donor stewardship and cultivation; moves-management, systems redesign; portfolio diversification; grants; and corporate & foundation relations.

He has become the “go-to” resource for transitional Interim Development Leadership, particularly within LGBT, HIV, youth development, and educational nonprofit sectors, His philanthropy expertise includes: mission formulation; RFP creation; application guidelines; and proposal review criteria.

A Board Source-Certified Board Governance Educator, he’s attained proficiency on a range of nonprofit governance issues, including: recruitment, engagement, and assessment. He has served on numerous Boards, Committees, and Advisory Groups, helped launch Out In Front, New York (an LGBTQ Leadership Development Program), and served as a board member, officer, and Grant Committee chair for the Stonewall Community Foundation.

As an educator, Charlie has designed and facilitated fundraising seminars, forums and board and staff retreats. He has been a featured panelist on topics related to Board Diversity, Interim Leadership, Executive Coaching, Board Relations, Board Roles and Responsibilities, and Funder/Grantee Relations.

Charlie holds an MPA in Public Administration and a BSBA in Management. He was recently certified in Executive Coaching Strategy by completing Harvard University’s first Professional Development Program in Executive Leadership Coaching. He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).  Charlie is a highly sought-after strategist, educator, thought-leader, mentor and coach. He looks forward finding solutions to your organizational dilemmas and clearing a path to greater success.

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We deliver results.

We help organizations succeed in optimizing fundraising, engaging board members, and improving donor diversification and retention strategies. We add value by incorporating evidence-based best practices, while crafting innovative solutions to your agency’s most enduring problems. We provide you with fresh, objective perspectives and solutions. We optimize your organization’s efforts, and serve as a supportive and trusted ally for Executive Directors, Development Directors, Program Officers, and Board Leadership.

Long and short-term collaborations. 

We collaborate on both short-term and longer-term projects as needed. Some recent short-term collaborations include: strategic planning; prospect research; proposal and report production; retreat design and facilitation; fundraising systems audits; and Board and Staff diversity assessment and planning, Longer-term engagements include: interim development leadership assignments; ongoing Executive Coaching for new Board members, Executive Directors, or Development Directors; and ongoing training and capacity building programs.

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