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Institute for Trustees 2012

Institute for Trustees 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Institute attendees arriving at Pingree School.

The 2012 Institute was a high energy, information packed day of learning and networking. A constant buzz permeated the hallways in between sessions and during lunch as people met old friends and made new connections— sharing fresh ideas to bring back and put to work in their respective organizations.

The conference opened with a moving keynote address by Karen Ansara, co-founder of The Haiti Fund at The Boston Foundation. 15 workshops were offered in the morning and afternoon breakout sessions on both beginning and advance level topics on board management and the lunch time break featured a presentation of Bank of America's High Net-Worth Philanthropy Study. New this year was a well received opportunity for attendees to have one on one sessions with high level consultants in place of workshop sessions. The information packed day closed with a well deserved 'Salute to Trustees' wine and cheese social.

Inspiring words

During Karen Ansara's presentation, she asked attendees what their personal mission is in the philanthropic work they do. We collected their responses and would like to share their inspiring words. Together they paint a picture of the heart and passion driving the nonprofit sector to make our communities better, healthier and more compassionate to those less fortunate.

  • Making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities so that the world will be a better place because of my existence.
  • Out of my Jewish faith I believe in working to repair the world. My world is focused in Lawrence as a catalyst for change.
  • Do good things.
  • I'm passionate about enriching the lives of children through arts.
  • Help improve my community locally and the lives of poor women around the world.
  • I want to make all the world care about the ocean's health and its ability to sustain all life in the world.
  • I'm committed to building justice in every sphere of my life.
  • To make everything possible to promote opportunities for children and families to do better in life.
  • To support women and girls to be powerful and make them to be self-sufficient and find peace within themselves.
  • Housing is a right not a privilege.
  • I seek to translate my religious faith and values into action and gifts to change the world.
  • I believe beauty can transform individuals and groups and is the lasting legacy of human society.
  • To wake up each morning with the core belief that I, individually and within a group can make the world a better place now and for future generations.
  • I want to help break the cycle of family violence and abuse that I myself have experienced and survived.
  • I was told by others that I had much to give in areas I never thought of before - and discovered this was true and discovered also the pleasure that this giving gives me.
  • I will create and support communities and systems that empower people through knowledge, self-knowledge, exploration and a love of learning.
  • I helped protect all the remaining undeveloped land in Essex County through a collaborative effort with donors and land owners.
  • To help children foster a sense of intellectual curiosity.
  • My time and support can make a difference.
  • To heal broken people in the neediest places and from the poorest circumstances in the world.
  • Continue to open my heart and my mind by remaining present and knowledgeable of the human condition- one story at a time.
  • I work to enable all parents and children who are in need to live in healthy homes and neighborhoods as a foundation for building healthy lives.
  • The measurements of life's success are not the things we have, but the way we gave of ourselves to others for their growth and personal development.
  • We do what we do to break down barriers between people.
  • Connect kids to nature to save earth's biodiversity and natural resources for the benefit of all.
  • Promote social justice and opportunity by strengthening the nonprofit sector and increasing philanthropy.
  • My inspiration for philanthropy will inspire and encourage others to become involved in programs and organizations close to their hearts.
  • One is important. Two can do more. Whatever you do has an impact.
  • In helping others, I enrich and improve myself as well.
  • Live with a focus on mission in all you do, a passion fo truly making a difference, and with the vision to meaningfully impact the lives of others.
  • In a micro sense, to preserve and enrich the culture my children's school has given them and me. In a macro sense, to bring that mission and nurtuting commitment they have taught us beyond the schools boundaries.
  • To share the knowledge, assets and wisdom with those who are less fortunate than me.
  • To share skills from a lifetime within non-profits to facilitate whatever others want to learn and do.
  • I am on a mission to stop the stigma of mental illness. It is called CAP. Community Awareness Project.
  • My mission is to teach my child to be self sacrificing and to care about others.
  • A person to person campaign to make things better for family care givers and their loves ones in nursing homes organized through civic minded hair salon operators.
  • Convince my spouse and family that my mother's drive to make a difference for the less fortunate is valid and to be pursued.  With my current board position to give more and find another to contribute more in line with my own goals.
  • To take groups of people from different perspectives and backgrounds with the same ultimate goals and to weave that into successful outcomes.
  • Taking the potential that is everywhere and make it work.
  • I am beginning to acknowledge that my journey is about the connection and power between the arts and social responsibility.
  • Faith, family and experience led me to answer the question, "Am I my brother's keeper?" with the word "Yes."
  • Positive, heartfelt giving.
  • Continue to hear God's calling and guidance to serve his children and help God's children help themselves out of poverty and into sustainable meaningful lives.
  • He saved the coast of Massachusetts from destruction and degradation and inspired residents to take an active role in its protection.
  • I want to build an educational community on the water/ocean.
  • Never stop giving back to honor what you have been given.
  • To provide opportunities to those who lack them through education and direct service.
  • Growing and living in and around poverty, my family had always been of the tribe of medicine. It has been in my DNA to do do the good hard work of giving back.
  • Eliminating economic disadvantage as a barrier to educational opportunity and advancement, believing that "education is the great equalizer".
  • I have a fundamental responsibility to conserve the environment and to provide shelter to all people.
  • To develop the characters of young men of African descent through Christ (to be the leaders of our future).
  • I change the world one child at a time!
  • A world empowering all with the courage to help people heal and become self-sufficient.
  • Ensure a strong community that values people and places.
  • Empower and enable girls and women through access to education and job training.
  • I want to lead as a participant, with humility, respect and openness.
  • As a christian, I have a passion to address the whole person through any and every avenue available.
  • The best way to honor Him who sent us is to hone the work and the workers He put beside us; to preserve the value in all things and raise up who and what has fallen.
  • Every child deserves a rainbow.
  • Share our experiences and stories with others with the hope that they can understand experiences of people different from themselves.
  • I believe children and their mothers should have shelter as a first step out of poverty, and I love using my gifts to help.
  • I have a 'tool box' given to me by my parent but I am the only one who can use it. I hope to teach the same 'tool box' to my children for them to use to the best of their ability.
  • I commit to elevate my own gifts to excite an unstoppable path of empowered leadership for others to achieve their lifes potential.
  • I continue to learn. I learn to continue.
  • To make the world I see in front of me, a better place.
  • As Board Chair my mantra is to encourage mission-focused results through board member participation. Open the door for the cats to go through.
  • To recognize and embrace every opportunity to help further causes that lead children to the fulfillment of their life's dreams.
  • Helping students/people to make real world connections to find their true calling.
  • Let all share in the grace from which I have benefitted.
  • Changing and empowering lives one person and a time.
  • Core values - Appreciate the seniors of America as living time capsules and how they can be more appreciated and ackowledged as learning opportunities and inspirations for children and grandchildren. Sentence - I'd like to write a children's book to help society discover the wonderful relationships that can exist between grandparents and grandchildren.
  • Tap into the goodness of others in order to echo the goodness of God especially in behalf of and in partnership with the poor.
  • Mantra- I am entering doctoral studies to research the efficacy of single parent higher education programs. There are only nine in the United States. What are the stress factors and enhancers for these single parents and how does a higher education improve the lives of parent and child(ren)? Then, I would like to form an alliance with a college or University and start another program for single parents becuase if we can educate and improve the lives of these families by creating opportunities, we can prevent them from generations of poverty.Why? Becuase i was a single parent of three and was challenged with the role of work, parent and school!
  • Serving the environment by sharing images of nature with others through photography and service.
  • Serve others through local environmental and church stewardship.
  • To advocate for those who have no one to advocate for them.
  • To help kids grow to their greatest potential.
  • Giving back so other people can live a decent life.
  • As a small pebble, let me create a ripple that changes the world.
  • Everyone should be as lucky and happy as me.
  • I have been blessed with a talent and want to share it with others to make a difference.
  • I want to inspire my children and the children of my community to care for the earth as part of a lifetime journey.
  • One's health is the foundation of a connected community; empower individuals to make healthy choices and build stronger families and communities now and in the future. The power of a community depends on the health of its people.
  • To open the door of opportunity to those without.
  • To live my life in faith and give in faith to as many as I can.
  • If there really is a God, He'll know I lived a good life and let me in.
  • My efforts in board leadership go towards supporting the belief that all children, particularly those of 1st generation immigrants deserve and can rise to the standard of an excellent education.
  • Spread the importance of education and strengthen support structures for education of first generation immigrants.
  • I assist and encourage other people to recognize and achieve their full potential.
  • Eliminate poverty at the local level in my community through affordable housing, education, and leadership opportunities.
  • To live a life that honors the mystery of compassion and respects a person's spirit where it meets the bone.
  • Promote historical preservation activities.
  • I am helping new immigrants become self-sufficient and part of the American mainstream.
  • To become personally engaged with others and organizations who promote social improvement.
  • Educating young adults in the area to understand finances for their personal success.
  • He taught us all to treat each other with respect and to listen to one another.
  • To help others reach their goals they can only now dream of.
  • 1. See more people do more for others. 2. Help children in need of companionship and education.
  • My purpose is to share with my family and other families our values, beliefs and shelter so they can grow and become more independent and contributing members of society.
  • Make each relationship better than I found it.
  • Think LOCALLY in addition to globally.
  • Empower and engage youth to prepare for a future with full possibilities and potential.
  • To use my God given gifts to make my community and the world a better place.
  • Every day to take an action that makes a positive change or outcome.
  • I empower people to find their voices and build community.
  • Help as many downtrodden people as possible in my lifetime.
  • Breaking the cycle of poverty.
  • Help and support others to rewrite the script others have imposed on them.
  • To rediscover the wealth, the beauty and the mystery of the ocean is to embrace and sustain the human spirit.
  • Clearing the way for children who need help clears a path for all.
  • I will make a world where the equality babies are born with can remain with them throughout life.
  • To empower youth to grow and achieve personal potential.
  • To find my passion and make it serve my community.
  • Make a difference in my community. Belive in the process of working together to make a right in what we do.
  • 1. Make my children's world better than my own. 2. This is borrowed: "If you want peace, work for justice"
  • To create a center of openness where people can discover the Holy and be empowered to change the world.
  • Where there is a need there is a way.
  • It doesn't matter what you do, but you should be contributing to something larger than yourself.
  • To make Salem a better place to live.
  • I transfer my profession and manufacturing to address poverty by building homes and growing Habitat's umbrella with sound business practice.
  • Pay it forward!
  • If I cannot make the world a better place, at least I can make it more comfortable.
  • Give the opportunities to others to improve the condition of all.
  • He moved His world one step forward for the betterment of those he encountered.
  • Giving back is easy and forever.
  • My personal philanthropic mission is to link under-privileged people to resources that they need in order to improve their quality of life, and to do this in collaboration with others. (service providers, communities of faith, etc.) To break down barriers and differences between "privileged" and "underprivileged."
  • My sense of purpose comes from strong family values that define a need to improve the human condition/quality of life for those less privileged.
  • May I be as generous with my time as those who inspire me.
  • I want for others what I have for myself.
  • My goal is to leave my community stronger than I found it!
  • I will do what I can to be sure that everyone in America has access to food and health, which will make it easier for everyone to participate in global action.
  • To do what I can to help someone else improve their moment.
  • Making people aware of the roots of disharmony. To inspire others to become strong and work towards peace and a better quality of life.
  • I will pass this way just once; therefore I will do what I can to make life better for those around me.
  • Feeding one family at a time.
  • My desire to be inolved with the communities I live in or I used to live in has been driven by the example of the women in my life starting with my mother and grandmothers and their desire for better opportunities for their children and others around them.
  • From a very young age I have been drawn to help people in need and this desire to help has been nurtured in my family, in my education and world as a registered nurse, and in my church, and I hope to give back to my world with hands on care, with personal relationships to empower individual wholeness, and to express the power of love and creativity of the inclusive God I have come to know.
  • Keep your eyes on the right thing and do it.
  • Moving mountains - together.
  • Land conservation.
  • To do the comparatively little I can to improve life of education for my community.
  • To endow St. Ann School into the future.
  • I've learned how to make a difference in the organizations I have served and see how these small changes can have a large impact on the community and this fuels my passion.
  • Provide, promote beneficial medical assistance to others.
  • Let's not allow our freeedom of speech be sold to corporate America!
  • Free digital rights for all citizens of the world.
  • Creo en ambientes, lugares y situaciones que me apoyaron, motivaron y conscientizaron a preparame por la mejoria del estado para la solidaridad. (rough translation: I believe in the environments, places and situations that have supported me, motivated me and made me aware to improve myself in solidarity.)
  • To open the door of opportunity to the underserved populations.
  • I am a communicator for vulnerable populations who do not have voices to speak for themselves, whose language is not English.
  • To enhance the lives of people who do not have a voice. To enhance the lives of people with disabilities.
  • To bring the ability to experience self-respect and self-belief to other people regardless of their life circumstances.
  • Respect and dignity for all: rich, poor, abled, disabled, educated, undereducated…etc.
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