Subject: Save the Date: Sept 24; Nominate a Grantwriter; Send Your News

To all Board Members of Member Organizations without an Executive Director:

Expertise To Go
Our Executive Directors Network meetings for 2015-2016 will focus on the theme of Expertise To Go - with the first meeting at the Wilton Historical Society on Thursday September 24, 10am-11:30am. 
We are inviting board members of our organizations without EDs and professional staff to participate in these meetings.
As a response to an awareness that half our cultural nonprofit members are without staff and rely on talented and committed board members, this year’s series of Executive Director Network (EDN) meetings will be devoted to surfacing the expertise and experience among us - and asking those with expertise in certain areas, who are willing and able to share it, to offer to share it with the membership. This meeting will also be open to those board members of organizations without professional staff who do the fundraising, marketing, programming - and board development.

Our first meeting Thursday Sept 24 (10am at Wilton Historical Society) will feature a panel of EDs who will briefly discuss their own expertise (gathered from experience in the field) and how they came to it - with two or three key guides they employ to do what they do so well.

Currently the line-up is:
Amy Allen (Darien Arts Center): Board Education (Improving the Board You Have)
Heather-Marie Montilla (Pequot Library): Strategic Planning
Lou Ursone (Curtain Call): Marketing & Media Relations
Bonnie Wattles (Franklin Street Works): Board Development

Fundraising is such a large topic (and one on which we are developing a separate series of workshops) that we may devote a future meeting to those who have expertise in various aspects of fundraising.

So, to clarify, the meeting will not be ABOUT each of these topics - but about identifying the expertise in each of these areas and how we go about sharing it. RSVP Now: YES, I will attend; NO, I'm sorry I cannot attend.
We are calling for those board members in our membership who also have expertise they feel confident about and would be willing to be available for EDs and other “functional board staff.” At the meeting we will discuss structures or programs we can devise that can capture and help share expertise: a listserv, a roster, a database, a “Speakers Bureau” - we’re open to suggestions.

If you would like to add yourself to a list of those with certain expertise, just click below and send me an email (or email me separately).
Board Education
Board Development
Strategic Planning
Related to this theme, we are separately compiling a list (a simple database) of trusted, professional grant writers who member organizations can contact for any grant projects they have in mind. Each grant writer will need to be nominated and then endorsed by two other organizations that have used them. We have a simple survey developed to allow you to simply nominate one or more grant writers who you have used and who you would stand behind. Please help us build this resource by clicking here.
Please click here to indicate you can attend the meeting on the 24th.

Thank you.
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