Emily Davis

Emily Davis
Emily Davis is the president of Emily Davis Consulting, a BoardSource senior governance consultant; the author of Fundraising and the Next Generation; and a 21/64 philanthropy consultant. She provides consults and facilitations and writes about nonprofit and philanthropic leadership, philanthropy, multigenerational issues, and nonprofit management. Emily has served as a nonprofit founder, grantmaker, staff member, and volunteer across a wide variety of organizations. locally and nationally. She was vice chair for Social Venture Partners Boulder County (CO), board member at Social Venture Partners International, and founding curator for Global Shapers’ Boulder Hub. She has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University where she is an adjunct professor. Emily was named one of the 40 Under Forty in Boulder Valley in 2015.

Transform the Bored Room: Firecracker Facilitation Tips

Posted by Emily Davis on Oct 3, 2017 3:58:02 PM

This post is one in a series of posts written by nonprofit leaders who are presenting sessions at the 2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum taking place in Seattle, October 18-20. We hope you will be joining us there.


Topics: Board Best Practices, BoardSource Leadership Forum, Meetings, board engagement

The Challenges and Opportunities of Family Foundation Governance

Posted by Emily Davis on May 31, 2017 11:01:30 AM

Family foundations are such a critical part of the philanthropic community. Originally set up as tax havens for philanthropists, they are now much more than that and making considerable, positive changes in our local and global communities. This is due in large part to an increased focus on...


Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Foundations, Family Foundations, Orientation & Education

The F Word and How to Use It

Posted by Emily Davis on Nov 3, 2016 12:42:42 PM
Nonprofit governance is a shared role by an organization’s chief executive and the board as a collective. Together they are responsible for ensuring the necessary resources for the organization — both human and financial.

However, there is much confusion about fundraising and the various roles...


Topics: Fundraising

Uncovering the Mystery: The Art and Science of Shared Leadership

Posted by Emily Davis on Sep 15, 2016 2:03:32 PM

Shared leadership between nonprofit board members and the chief executive is a commonly invisible issue or at least widely misunderstood. Who leads the charge when it comes to strategic planning? Fundraising? Operations?


Topics: Shared Leadership

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