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Ties in the Community

Ties in the Community
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

No, CEO Dave Welbourn did not wear this tie on Tuesday when he drove south to the Office of the Attorney General's Nonprofit and Charities conference in Norwood. 

Fresh off of an exciting Monday night ECCF board meeting where new ideas were presented and old friends toasted for their service, Dave joined Craig Dutra of the Community Foundation of Southeast Mass at the Attorney General's conference. The two led a workshop about the impact community foundations are having in both regions as well as specific governance issues that need consideration.

Dave then hopped back in the car and headed north just in time for a meeting at the Lynn Community Health Center. Executive Director Lori Abrams Berry had invited Dave to join several physicians, philanthropists and nonprofit leaders in considering how to grow the Center's capacity with new philantrhopic efforts.

The multicultural, community health center in downtown Lynn is part of a larger solution to today's healthcare crisis in providing high impact, low cost health care. Over 90 percent of the health center’s patients live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, and over 50 percent are best served in a language other than English. The Center offers comprehensive health care to everyone in the Lynn community, regardless of ability to pay.

From Lynn, Dave drove home and prepared for Wednesday morning meetings with a few nonprofit leaders. Oh and just so you know, he did wear this red tie (note the images of children on it, from Save the Children) last Wednesday at the Youth At Risk Conference. He says he saves it each year to share with those "good folks who care so much about kids that they won't care about my tie."

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