January 27, 2021
ECCF Announces Registration, Exciting Partnership for 2021 IFT

Danvers, MA – Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), a nonprofit serving the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, is pleased to announce that registration for the 2021 Institute for Trustees (IFT) is now open.


The IFT – now in its 12th year – is ECCF’s annual conference inviting nonprofit leaders to gather together for a full day of educational workshops and powerful networking opportunities.


Like the 2020 conference, the 2021 IFT will be delivered virtually, providing attendees the flexibility to attend from wherever they are, and the value of attending as many sessions as they choose. New this year, ECCF will partner with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation – ECCF’s counterpart located in the Western part of Massachusetts – to expand the reach of the event.


“We are thrilled that Berkshire Taconic is joining us for this year’s IFT,” said ECCF President and CEO Beth Francis. “By extending an IFT invitation to nonprofit leaders in the western part of the state, we’ll be able to share the wealth of information offered by our presenters, experts in their fields, to a greater number of the state’s nonprofit organizations and expand the opportunity for nonprofits in both regions to make connections with peers across the state.”


“And so many wonderful things can happen as a result of those new connections,” Francis added. “Innovative ideas, shared solutions and new cross-state friendships are all on the table this year.”


The IFT kicks off on April 7 with a keynote address by Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, who will discuss “Leading for Nonprofit Impact Amid Unprecedented Challenge.” Then, nearly two dozen workshops and opportunities to connect with fellow attendees through topic-driven, informal peer discussions will be spread over the course of the next four weeks.


“We are really excited about this year’s robust lineup,” said Carol Lavoie Schuster, ECCF’s vice president for grants, nonprofit and donor services. “There’s really something for every type and size of nonprofit.”


Workshop topics include racial equity, endowment-building, crisis planning, governance, advocacy, finance and much more.


To register for the 2021 IFT, please visit eccf.org/ift/. Secure the early-bird rate of $110 through March 7; after that, tickets are $130. Registrations will be accepted through April 7.


About ECCF

The mission of Essex County Community Foundation is to inspire philanthropy that strengthens the communities of Essex County. We do this by managing charitable assets, strengthening and supporting nonprofits and engaging in strategic community leadership. Since 1998, ECCF and its family of more than 240 charitable funds have granted $85 million to nonprofits, schools and students in Essex County and beyond. Our ultimate goal is to have 34 thriving cities and towns in Essex County and to improve the quality of life for the region’s nearly 800,000 residents. Learn more at eccf.org.

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