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Workshop held at ECCF

ECCF's workshops bring high-quality capacity building and professional development opportunities to the nonprofit community—including executive directors, staff members, trustees, and volunteers. Strengthen your organization and expand your skill set!

Stay tuned for upcoming workshops.

Questions? Please contact Rebecca Turner at r.turner@eccf.org or Sarah Jackson at s.jackson@eccf.org.

Past 2015-2016 Season Workshops

Strategic Plans: Maximizing the Opportunity (Registration for this workshop is now closed.)

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 8:30am registration and networking. 9:00am-11:30am session
Location: The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton
Cost: $35
Your organization has decided it's time to write a strategic plan. How do you ensure it becomes a guiding element in your nonprofit--that it doesn't just gather dust on a shelf? This workshop will consider key elements of a strategic plan, from identifying concrete goals to clarifying the organization's core values. It will also consider ways to get the most value out of the planning process and how to use the plan itself once approved. The workshop will also share examples of successful strategic plans. Participants will leave the workshop understanding how a strategic plan can:

  • Engage stakeholders with both the organization and the plan itself
  • Shape the conversation throughout the organization
  • Effect and measure change

Presenter: Tamasin Foote, Principal, Allegra Consulting

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Tamasin Foote is known as a dynamic, compassionate, wise and vibrant leader, who through proven management and coaching expertise along with humor, empowers individuals to create results. She holds an unshakable belief that nothing is impossible, that obstacles are opportunities for creativity and each team can increase organizational effectiveness. With more than 30 years experience as a corporate executive and consultant, Ms. Foote has been consistently successful in establishing a clear vision, creating a process to achieve it, enrolling stakeholders and holding all accountable for milestones and deadlines. A Certified and Organization and Relationship Systems trained Coach and member of the International Coach Federation, Ms. Foote combines her organizational experience with coaching to provide Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Team Effectiveness and Strategic Planning. A highly skilled facilitator, Ms. Foote offers a wide range of experiential workshops and trainings. Ms. Foote received her MBA with Highest Honors from Simmons College and is a graduate of Princeton University.

Employee Benefits: Juggling Values with Budget

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time: 8:30am registration and networking. 9:00am-11:30am session.
Location: ECCF, 175 Andover Street, Danvers, MA (Attention: Venue change!)
Cost: $35

Where is the MA health insurance market headed and how do nonprofits plan for impact? What legal requirements should you plan for? How do you balance corporate values, marketplace changes, employee communication, and budget realities? This workshop will provide an overview of the Commonwealth's marketplace and strategies for your organization. Understanding your options will best prepare your organization for making decisions consistent with your values. Participants will leave the session with:

  • An overview of the MA benefits marketplace and impact for your organization
  • PPACA (Affordable Care Act) small business definition 50-100, plus 2015 filing requirements
  • Decision-making and employee communication strategies

Presenter: Allison Genetelli, Principal, Maplewood Benefits

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Allison Genetelli is Principal of Maplewood Benefits. She has more than 20 years of experience in benefits strategy and human resources management. Allison brings a unique background, with the first eight years of her career at Kaiser Permanente as a Corporate Trainer and HR Manager. Licensed as a Health Insurance Advisor Consultant in both MA and NH, Allison represents many clients of varying sizes and complexities. Recommending strategies that are unique to each organization brings maximum value to an employee benefit program. More at www.maplewoodbenefits.com.

Fundraising: A Major Gifts Intensive (WORKSHOP SOLD OUT)

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time: 8:30am registration and networking. 9:00am-11:30am session.
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main St, Wenham
Cost: This workshop has reached capacity. Registration is closed.

There’s no question that a successful major gifts program can transform an organization, but building one can often feel like a daunting task. This interactive workshop is designed to demystify the major gift process—from identifying viable major gift prospects to building creative cultivation strategies, making the ask, and keeping your donors engaged with your organization over time. We’ll discuss best practices as well as common misconceptions, and will work through some real-life case studies together as a group. You'll leave with concrete steps for revving up your major gifts work!

Presenter: Lauren Hall, Senior Director of Development, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Lauren Hall brings over 15 years of fundraising experience to her current role as Senior Director of Development at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During her career, she has raised principal and major gifts as part of three $1 billion-plus comprehensive campaigns: The $4.3 billion Making History Campaign at the University of Pennsylvania; the $1.18 billion Mission Possible Campaign at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and the $1 billion Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. Campaign at Brigham and Women's Hospital (currently in progress). Her specialties include program development, board/committee management, and building and growing new initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University

The Basics of Branding: Getting It Right for Nonprofits

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Time: 8:30am registration and networking. 9:00am-11:30am session.
Location: The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton
Cost: $35

Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business. Getting it right, managing it and using it propel the organization forward is achievable—even with limited resources. In this seminar, we’ll answer questions like:

  • What is a brand?
  • How do you develop one that’s impactful?
  • How do you manage it going forward?

The workshop will provide examples as well as materials for you to bring back to your organization. This will be an interactive seminar, so please come prepared to ask questions—even bring examples about your existing brands and marketing challenges. We’ll dive into them together!

Presenter: Cara Hutchins, Principal, Communications, Ink

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Cara Hutchins is the founder and principal of Communications, Ink, a full-service marketing company located in Prides Crossing, MA. Communications, Ink provides a full array of marketing services including branding, web design, collateral and logo development as well as social media content generation and analytics. Cara has worked with a wide range of companies (from startups to Fortune 100s) helping them create marketing materials that deliver positive results. In addition to her work at Communications, Ink, Cara has served on the boards and advisory committees of Babson College, Beverly Farms Library, Beverly Historical Society, Essex County Women’s Fund, Glen Urquhart School, Montserrat College of Art, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, St. John’s Preparatory School, Shore Country Day and Vassar College. Prior to starting her own firm, Cara was the Director of Investor Relations at Presidio Oil Company in NYC and the Advertising Manager at State Street Bank & Trust Company. Cara has an AB from Vassar College and an MBA in International Marketing from Babson College.