Talk about inspiring! This fall, ECCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence offered five timely workshops covering topics such as story telling and fundraising to annual funds and shaping organizational culture. They drew 184 attendees (executive directors, staff, and board members) from 106 amazing nonprofit organizations doing great work in 23 towns or cities across the County.
They came from Salem, Haverhill, Merrimack Valley, Ipswich, Newburyport, Gloucester, Boxford, Wakefield, Wenham, Beverly, Hamilton, Lynn, Lawrence, Danvers, Peabody, Boston, Manchester, Essex, Lowell, Marblehead, Amesbury, Salisbury and Swampscott. Their nonprofit organizations tackle issues as diverse as human trafficking, children’s theatre, land conservation, affordable housing, classroom instruction, animal rescue, museum impact, youth development, food sustainability and more.
First, they learned how to tell their organization's story in a workshop with Jo Kadlecek, ECCF director of communication, and then how to find—and follow—the path to major gifts success with ECCF’s CEO Dave Welbourn in his last workshop before retiring. (Yup, that was sold out!) Next, Anne Peyton of Yellow Brick Road Consulting guided participants in creating better annual fund names, while Tammie Foote, MBA, led a two part workshop on creating organizational cultures that are more effective and strategic.
Many attended at least four of the five workshops, including Duncan Ballantyne of Family Promise of North Shore Boston, Jocelyn Almy-Testa of Extras for Creative Reuse, and Lynne Bermudez with Masconomet Education Foundation. Jocelyn even tweeted that the, “ECCF Workshops are going to be game changers.”
We hope so! If you missed any, don't worry. You can check out ECCF's TWEETS from the fall workshops, or plan ahead for the 2015 workshops. What better way to start the new year with Grant Writing Research 101 to learn how to win funds for your organization?! Many thanks to Hamilton Wenham Community House and Wenham Museum for hosting, and to ALL who attended and partner with us all year long, strengthening the leadership of our nonprofit organizations and making Essex County a better place to live for everyone.