The fourth annual Institute for Trustees was held on March 23, 2013 at the Pingree School and this year was sold out. Bill Cummings, founder of the Cummings Foundation, was the keynote speaker and captivated the room with his inspirational approach to philanthropy both locally and abroad—particularly in Rwanda. Bill and his wife Joyce became the first Massachusetts residents to join "The Giving Pledge", initiated by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, and have already donated more than 90 percent of their assets to charitable causes.
21 workshops were offered in 3 breakout sessions on topics such as finances for the finance committee, for-profit enterprises for nonprofits, and engaging the next generation in board leadership. A special feature this year was the Master Class track—2 hour sessions that offered experienced board members an opportunity to delve deeply into a selected subject in a roundtable format. Also offered were ½ hour one on one sessions with top consultants in lieu of a workshop.
“This is the most wonderful opportunity for all the nonprofits to share their experiences, learn from one another and keep things in perspective,” said Amanda C. Hogan, executive director of Windrush Farm.
Dozens of positive reviews reinforce the value of this unique conference. So much knowledge and so many best practices and new ideas are being shared both by leaders in the field and from peer to peer. 100% of attendees said they would return next year or recommend it to colleagues, so mark your calendars now for next year’s Institute planned for March 22, 2014!
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