Board Leadership Forum Draws Nonprofits from Tristate Area for Day of Learning and Networking

Board Leadership Forum Draws Nonprofits from Tristate Area for Day of Learning and Networking

Oct. 15, 2018

Sheffield, Mass. — Leaders from nearly 100 nonprofit organizations in the tristate area gathered Saturday, Oct. 13, for the first-ever Board Leadership Forum at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass. The daylong training and networking opportunity drew more than 180 volunteer board leaders and over 50 executive directors from nonprofits with a range of missions, from education to arts to health and human services, that aim to strengthen communities in Berkshire County, Mass., northwest Litchfield County, Conn., and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, N.Y.

Sponsored by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and the Foundation for Community Health, the forum featured a total of nine workshops by experts on governance, fundraising and change management from around the region. A keynote on the topic of nonprofit resilience by Rodney Christopher of Fiscal Management Associates, a consultancy that serves nonprofits and foundations nationwide, began the day. He 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.”

Nonprofits of all sizes (from all-volunteer to 50-plus staff members) and budgets (from under $250,000 to over $1 million annually) were represented at the forum. Workshops focused on a range of 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.






About Hammertown
About Hammertown
Hammertown Barn Event Committee
Back Row: Lael Locke, Hila Richardson, co-chair Gloria Callen, Patricia Jean, Amy Gold
Middle Row: Susan Hillel, Katherine Martucci, Wendy Curtis, Palmer Irving, Beth Ledy
Front row: Diana Hurley, Joan Osofsky, co-chair Sally Berg
About Chatham
About Chatham
Photo of Chatham Middle School by John Dolan.
About Ellsworth Kelly
About Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly. Photo (c) Jack Shear
About Construct Inc
About Construct Inc
Construct, Inc’s Cultivate Community Project was supported by BTCF’s South Berkshire County Fund.
About Elders Services Meals on Wheels
About Elders Services Meals on Wheels
Elders Services Meals on Wheels Program supported by the William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy.
About Summer Sundays
About Summer Sundays
Summer Sundays at Six Street Festival supported by the Fund for Williamstown.
About Northeast Community Center
About Northeast Community Center
The Northeast Community Center is supported by BTCF’s Northeast Dutchess Fund.
About Teen Theatre
About Teen Theatre
The Teen Theatre Project at the Hudson Opera House supported by the Fund for Columbia County.
About UNITY
About UNITY
The UNITY Youth Leadership Program: youth receive training on leadership development - including communication, conflict resolution, diversity, planning and decision making is supported by the Robert and James Hardman Fund.
About Great Barrington
About Great Barrington
The Great Barrington Land Conservancy restores the Housatonic River Walk with help from BTCF’s Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund.
About Mary-Ellen
About Mary-Ellen
Mary-Ellen’s artwork involves reusing and reconfiguring natural manmade materials. She was awarded BTCF’s Tupelo Award.
WillHutnick

Will Hutnick of Wassaic, N.Y., received a Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant last year to create large works of art on canvas and paper, as well as sculptures. He said this new body of work, which has been exhibited locally and at venues in Chicago and Brooklyn, would not have been possible without the support of the grant. Regional artists in all media may apply for the Martha Boschen Porter Fund by July 15. Photo: John Dolan