Nonprofit and Board Leadership Conference for BTCF Region

The 2023 Institute for Trustees Gathers Sector Experts and Board Leaders for 18 Virtual Workshops

What's next for nonprofit organizations which, over the last three years, have pivoted, stepped up and persevered through some of the most complex times we've faced as a region, a state and a county?

Explore this question and so much more at the 2023 Institute for Trustees. This event, which includes 18 virtual workshops, will bring more than 1,000 nonprofit leaders together for six weeks of educational workshops and networking opportunities led by experts in the sector from March 28 to May 15. Workshops will be available to view both live and on-demand and will feature topics from strategic planning and fundraising–to diversity and board development.

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation invites all nonprofit executive directors and board members from Berkshire, Columbia, northeast Dutchess and northwest Litchfield counties to join us. Registration is $130. Full board registration is $550, with no limit on the number of board members who can attend.

Register to Attend IFT 2023!

IFT Program Overview

Kick-Off & Keynote Session | Tuesday, March 28 | 12-1:30 p.m.

On March 28, Rachel Hatch, chief operating officer at Institute for the Future (IFTF) – a nonprofit research firm that helps organizations, communities, partners and leaders build resiliency – will kick off the 14th annual Institute for Trustees with a discussion that answers this question and more. Hatch will talk about the ways in which nonprofits and philanthropy will need to evolve to address the biggest shifts facing our sector in the coming decades: from a changing climate to the evolving world of work and more.

Hatch replaces the previously announced speaker, IFTF’s Director of Philanthropy Futures, Charles Tsai.

Workshop Sessions | March 29 - May 15

There is no need to pick and choose among the 18 workshops. Participate in as many live or recorded sessions as you wish at your convenience.

A sample of these workshops include:

  • Post-Covid Financial Lessons Learned and Moving Forward in an Unpredictable Environment with Susan Nelson & Norah McVeigh, TDC
  • Community Engagement in the Arts: Voice and Intentionality with Rosario Ubiera Minaya, RAW Artworks
  • Developing Critical Consciousness in Youth and Organizations Through Creativity with Marquis Victor of Elevated Thought
  • Advancing Inclusion in the Nonprofit Workforce, with Jenora Ledbetter, The Self Care Network LLC & Sharon Danosky, Danosky & Associates
  • Creating Strategic Fundraising Campaigns with Sarah Jackson & Corey Jackson of Sarah J Consulting
  • How to be a Great Board Member with Kristen Tierney of The Tierney Development Group
  • A Culture of Philanthropy – An Idea Whose Time Has Come with Laurie Herrick of Rainmaker Consulting

IFT Lunch Hours

The virtual IFT will offer participants the opportunity to connect with fellow attendees through a series of informal peer discussions from noon to 1 p.m. Depending on the session, breakouts will be organized by service sector, geographic area, or role (ED, Board Chair, etc.).

Thank you to these generous IFT supporters:

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

The Essex County Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and SouthCoast Community Foundation join us in presenting this year's event.

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