institute for trustees

ECCF’s annual Institute for Trustees (IFT) brings hundreds of nonprofit leaders together for a full day of educational workshops led by experts in the sector and powerful networking opportunities.

2021 IFT will be delivered VIRTUALLY, providing attendees the flexibility to attend wherever they are and the value in attending as many sessions as they want.



2021 Virtual Institute for Trustees

The 2021 Virtual IFT kickoff and keynote session is slated for April 7, 2021 at 6pm. Other workshops to be announced soon.

Keynote Speaker | Phil Buchanan

Phil Buchanan, president of CEP, is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness.

Phil is author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, published in 2019 by PublicAffairs and named the “Best Philanthropy Book of the Year” by Inside Philanthropy. He is co-host of a podcast, also called Giving Done Right, with CEP’s Grace Nicolette. Phil is a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog, author of op eds that have appeared in publications such as The Financial Times and The Boston Globe, and a frequent commentator on philanthropy in the media.

Phil is co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvements in K–12 schools and classrooms. In 2016, he was named the Nonprofit Times “influencer of the year” and he has been named nine times to that publication’s “Power and Influence Top 50” list. Phil serves on the boards of directors of Philanthropy Massachusetts and the National Council on Aging.

Phil lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife and their two daughters.

Keynote Session Details

“Leading for Nonprofit Impact Amid Unprecedented Challenge”

The work of nonprofits was uniquely challenging and difficult even before the crises of 2020. Now, many organizations face the twin challenges of increased demand and decreased revenue. How can they respond? How can nonprofit leaders navigate for impact? How can they be responsive to the massive disproportionate effects of COVID, the economic downturn, and structural racism on communities of color? How can they help shake funders out of the habit of providing restricted and short-term funding and get the support they need and deserve in this time of crisis? Phil Buchanan, author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count and co-host of a new podcast, also called Giving Done Right, will answer these questions and outline key attributes required for nonprofits’ success. Drawing on extensive research from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, which he leads, as well as stories from his book, Phil will offer leaders both practical tips and inspiration.

learn more about past IFT events

2020 IFT brochure

2019 IFT brochure

Institute for Trustees 2019 Brochure

thank you IFT partners!

Brace Cove Foundation
John and Mollie Byrnes
Amelia Peabody Foundation
Pingree School
Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
Edwin S. Webster Foundation
ECCF Trustees

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Rebecca Turner

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“I am grateful for the opportunity to improve and strengthen my knowledge in nonprofit management and governance. I do not know where else I could go and find such a range of opportunities!”

– 2019 Institute for Trustees attendee

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