Strategic Counsel

Strategic Counsel

EMCF augments growth capital by providing every grantee with a highly engaged strategic adviser and access to outside expertise and other resources as necessary.

A portfolio manager with extensive experience in organizational management and youth development works closely with each grantee and offers deeply informed strategic counsel to its CEO and board. The portfolio manager meets regularly with a grantee and attends its board meetings (although they do not, as a matter of policy, take a board seat).

"Our relation with grantees is truly a partnership"

Blue Meridian Partners Managing Director Woody McCutchen describes a portfolio manager’s role in providing strategic counsel.


The portfolio manager also arranges for any technical assistance and extra support an organization may need to grow as planned and meet the milestones it has set as terms of our investment.  

This support may include assistance with:

  • Strategic planning
  • Evaluation
  • Leadership or board development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing/communications