Creative Development Strategies
CDS Clients

Leadership and Board Development

Non-profit institutions need strong leadership to raise money and fulfill their missions.  Your success is dependent on the active participation of both your Board and Staff.  Yet, many non profits neglect this vital part of their organizations.

We work with you to recruit new board members and improve the effectiveness of your existing board.  Our team can also coach and mentor CEOs and their staff to bring out the best in every member of your team.

  • Design and facilitate workshops, retreats and planning sessions
  • Develop nominating procedures
  • Train in effective fundraising techniques
  • Support board governance
  • Create performance measurements
  • Coach board, staff and volunteers

Consulting Services


Leadership and Board Development

Organizational Planning and Readiness

“Marla’s extensive experience provided a rich resource that enabled our professional staff and volunteer leadership to make strategic decisions about annual and capital campaigns, communications and marketing. She has done it all – solicitations, stewardship, events, direct mail, strategic planning, coaching – and is able to help the staff take all of the moving parts and create a unified, successful outcome that meets our organization’s needs.”  Read more