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Board Leadership Forum: A Day of Learning, Networking

By BTCF / December 13, 2018 / Community Engagement, Events
Board Leadership Forum: A Day of Learning, Networking

Leaders from nearly 100 nonprofit organizations in the tristate area gathered for the first-ever Board Leadership Forum at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., in fall 2018.

The daylong training and networking opportunity drew more than 180 volunteer board leaders and over 50 executive directors from nonprofits of all sizes (all-volunteer to 50-plus staff members) and budgets (under $250,000 to over $1 million annually) with a range of missions, from education to arts to health and human services, that aim to strengthen communities in Berkshire County, northwest Litchfield County, and Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties.

Sponsored by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and the Foundation for Community Health, the Oct. 13 forum featured a total of nine workshops by experts on governance, fundraising and change management from around the region. These workshops focused on current topics in the field, including the business case for diversity; how to close major gifts in partnership with board members; recruiting and engaging effective boards; the use of data and evaluation in planning; and the impact of organizational culture on a nonprofit’s strategic direction.

A keynote on the topic of nonprofit resilience by Rodney Christopher of Fiscal Management Associates, a consultancy that serves nonprofits and foundations nationwide, highlighted the local work of the North East Community Center in Millerton, N.Y., where board and staff have set a sustainable course for growth during a period of significant expansion to meet demand for services.

“Nonprofit leadership is about service and giving back. And it is also about responsibility: making decisions, tracking performance, and ensuring accountability,” said Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation President Peter Taylor. “These components come together to make board service one of the most meaningful and consequential ways to enter and advance community life.”

View a full listing of the Board Leadership Forum’s workshops and speakers at BerkshireTaconic.org/BLF2018.

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