Because of his deep and successful experiences with advocacy and nonprofits, Dave Welbourn, CEO and President of the Essex County Community Foundation, has been selected as a featured speaker for two upcoming professional gatherings for nonprofit leaders.
As part of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence fall series, Welbourn will discuss key strategies for identifying major gifts and engaging new donors in a workshop entitled, “The Path to Major Gifts Success” on Wednesday October 8 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA. Registration and information is available at www.eccf.org/workshops.
"This is an exciting opportunity to talk with our local nonprofit leaders about how to earn the gifts that move good works forward in larger steps," Welbourn said. "Sometimes the challenges of funding nonprofit projects can be discouraging, and simply need new approaches."
On Monday, Oct. 20, Welbourn will deliver a prestigious “Fred” talk at the Council on Foundations national conference on Community Foundations in Cleveland, Ohio. The “Fred” talks are named after Frederick Goff who launched the world’s first community foundation 100 years ago to address the power of place-based giving. Drawing on his expertise with governance, Welbourn’s talk, “Building the Board of Your Dreams: More and Better Trusteeship in the 21st Century” will highlight ECCF’s models of leadership engagement and training while addressing specific attributes for successful trustees.
“The 2,500 nonprofits in Essex County need at least 20,000 trustees, and ECCF is helping to build a leadership pipeline that fills those roles,” he said. “As Community Foundations celebrate 100 years of philanthropic impact, our boards must be better prepared to address the needs around them.”
Welbourn has focused his career on developing resources for the growth of nonprofit institutions. He joined ECCF in the spring of 2008 after a long service as Senior Vice President at the Lahey Clinic, and was previously in senior leadership at the University of Vermont and Tufts. He has raised a half-billion dollars in his career, and teaches philanthropy and governance as a consultant and volunteer for a variety of organizations, which is how he became engaged with ECCF. He is retiring in December 2014, and ECCF will soon announce his successor.