WELLESLEY, MA -- On June 24, 2015 the executive directors and staff of Associated Grant Makers, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and Maine Philanthropy Center came together for a staff retreat held on a beautiful sunny day at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation in Wellesley, MA. We met to share our best practices, discuss strategies and business models for future programs as well as brainstorm about challenges we are facing in our work and opportunities to collaborate in our New England region.
After initial staff introductions and an overview of each RA’s culture, we broke into small working groups with CEO’s and staff to delve into specific questions and topics related to work areas such as communications, programming, public policy and administration. The day provided a great opportunity to meet and get to know one another, to make connections with colleagues that have similar job roles and to collaborate with each other on topics that may be of interest to all our members. The conversation among the three regional associations was energetic and resulted in many ideas to build upon in the future.
Guest post by Gail Pinkham, Director of Communications, Associated Grant Makers