Emily Dulin, Executive Director

Emily works for Brooke USA, the American-based fundraising arm of Brooke.

Emily Dulin

What time does your alarm go off and how do you start your day?

My alarm goes off at 5.30am and the first thing I do is read my emails. I do this for two reasons - to make sure that I'm caught up with work and to be on the same work day as the UK. We have a five- or six-hour difference so if I was to start at 9am it would already be the afternoon for my colleagues in the Fundraising and Communications department in the UK. This just works for me as I can ask questions, get answers or seek advice all in one day.

What are you responsible for in your role at Brooke?

I'm the Executive Director for Brooke USA, the American-based fundraising arm of Brooke with the mission of increasing donations for our global mission. I manage two staff members (soon to be three), work with our Board of Directors, serve as the liaison to major donors, own the fundraising strategy and manage our office. It’s an amazing job because I get to forge our future, which I know will be amazing!

How did you get your job?

I responded to an ad in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. I was specifically looking for a job that allowed me to lead an organisation - Brooke USA is its own company. I wanted to work with animals as that is my passion, having served as the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami for almost 10 years, and to work with people because only people can make this world better for animals.

Once I was interviewed by Brendon Elliott [Head of Supporter Insight and Loyalty] and Petra Ingram, I was sold on the dream and the opportunities that lay ahead, and finally, when I met the Board, I knew the role was right for me. Besides, I do get several bonuses: I run a company that is backed by the immense talent of Brooke, I work from home and I get to travel. I'm in heaven!

Variety and the unexpected are what make working at Brooke so fun.

What’s involved in your typical day?

No two days are alike. Because there are only three of us, we get pulled in every direction and planning is tough. I'm very responsive to our donors so sometimes I need to jump in the car at a minute’s notice and travel over an hour to Wellington, Florida - the summer equestrian capital of the US. The only task that is routine is checking my emails. Variety and the unexpected are what make working at Brooke so fun.

What’s your most memorable work moment?

Well, that's an easy one although it's not a moment, it's a general feeling of pride when I look at our fundraising figures against prior years. For instance, between January and April 2016, we raised $192,000 while for the same period in 2015, we only raised $34,000. We are raising six times more and well on the path to achieving our goal. I'm all around proud of what we are doing in the US.

What’s the worst part of your job?

There is no worst part to my job but I can tell you that preparing my expense reports makes me crazy as it takes me away from my real task and what I want to do for Brooke. That said, I'm very organised and always meet my deadlines. I know that I need to lead our team by example so I always do things according to procedure... maybe that's the worst part: the pressure of doing everything perfectly!

What’s the best part of your job?

Without a doubt working with our donors - I love them! They have so many great stories to tell and love the organisation so much that it’s contagious. They make me happy! Also, I enjoy preparing our strategic fundraising plan so that we can meet our goals and our responsibilities to Brooke and the animals we serve.

What would be your Plan B? What would you be doing if you didn't work at Brooke?

Wow ... I don't know. I see myself working at Brooke USA for a long time! But, maybe I would want to do some fundraising consulting if I was not fully committed to Brooke, and I would volunteer at an animal organisation. I'm not the one who would clean cages but I would probably organise an event or write a newsletter.

What do you do after work?

I'm a mom of a 19-year-old who, although in college, keeps me on toes. My husband is also a handful with his sports car and motorcycle! I have a ton of friends with whom I go out all the time, and enjoy TV binge-watching so you can catch me on weekends affixed to a TV.

What makes you proud to be Brooke?

I'm proud of the work we do because it not only helps the equines and the families they serve but communities in general. We are change agents who are introducing improvement systems and that makes me so very proud. We are having an impact on the lives of others.

We are change agents who are introducing improvement systems and that makes me so very proud.

What makes you proud to be Brooke?

I'm proud of the work we do because it not only helps the equines and the families they serve but communities in general. We are change agents who are introducing improvement systems and that makes me so very proud. We are having an impact on the lives of others.