The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Robert C. Gore of Boxford has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.
ECCF trustees are selected for their record of charitable service, strong ties to Essex County, fiscal responsibility and dedication to improving the lives of those who live, work and raise families in our region.
As president of the board of Windrush Farm, a North Andover nonprofit offering therapeutic and recreational riding lessons, Gore got to know ECCF when he attended the Institute for Trustees – the Foundation’s annual educational conference for nonprofit board leaders – and sought guidance from the Foundation when Windrush was going through a leadership transition, guidance he said was “immensely helpful.”
Now, he is looking forward to helping others – donors, nonprofits and the greater community – benefit from ECCF’s mission: to strengthen the communities of Essex County by managing charitable assets, making grants and engaging in strategic community leadership.
“I’ve watched ECCF from the sidelines and as a participant for many years,” said Gore. “You look at the quality of the organization, and you can immediately see that something is going really well. It was a pretty easy sell when I was approached about joining the ECCF board.”
Gore is joining the Foundation at a critical time, as ECCF moves ahead with Impact Essex County, its newest community leadership initiative that aims to use a collective impact approach to solving regional issues. Recently, the Foundation has also made great strides in increasing its engagement with donors and positioning itself as a critical community convener in Essex County.
“As all of these exciting things come up the pipeline for ECCF and for Essex County as a whole, we are confident that Bob’s nonprofit and professional experience will help us increase the effectiveness of our organization and achieve our goals,” said ECCF’s President and CEO, Dave Edwards.
Gore, a retired management consultant and executive advisor who spent 30 years of his career with Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), has served on the Windrush Farm board for eight years. He is also a member of the Boston Private Bank Advisory Board and a director of Instinct Health Science, Inc. His previous board experience includes the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, where he also served as chair of the finance committee, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
During his professional and volunteer career, Gore has spent his fair share of time in Board meetings, experience he plans to use to ECCF’s advantage. He says a sense of humor, asking questions and having an open mind all contribute to being an effective board member.
“If you join a board, you should be willing to contribute something, but with the expectation that you’re also going to learn something,” said Gore.