Finlay Consulting Services – Leadership

Charlie Finlay, CFRE

Charlie Finlay, Founder and Principal Consultant, has extensive experience with nonprofit fundraising, administration and governance, and is a sought-after Executive Coach and Interim Nonprofit Leader. His fundraising expertise includes: strategic planning; donor communications, stewardship and cultivation; systems redesign; revenue portfolio diversification; and corporate and 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: legacy planning; mission formulation; requests for proposals (RFPs); grant-making guidelines; and proposal review criteria. He has a deep understanding of the grantee selection process, as well as grantee performance assessment methods, and aggregate impact evaluation.

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

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

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

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Finlay Consulting Services – Our Team

Finlay Consulting Services maintains important linkages to a wide network of the most talented consultants and accomplished nonprofit professional fundraisers and freelancers in the field. Our collective expertise and talent is leveraged to benefit our clients.

Finlay Consulting Services delivers results.

We help organizations succeed in raising funds, engaging nonprofit boards, and improving donor diversification and retention strategies. We add value by incorporating evidence-based best practices, and craft innovative solutions to your agency’s most enduring problems. We provide you with fresh, objectives perspectives and solutions. We can optimize your grant-seeking, grant-making, or board and staff performance. We are a supportive and trusted ally for Executive Directors, Development Directors, Program Officers, and Board Leadership.

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, Our 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.

We encourage you to review our Client Testimonials page to see what our clients are saying about us.