With this wintry weather all around us, looking towards the spring season can be hard. Taping a picture from last year's beach getaway to your computer monitor helps, or even adding a colorful potted plant to your desk area. Here at ESC of New England, we are recharging our batteries and planning programs to help you recharge yours.

Planning keeps us looking forward to create the change required for success. This year, our plans include presenting workshops designed for you, our nonprofit partners. ESC consultants and fellows often present on specific topics for the sister grantees of a particular funder. Perhaps you or a staff member has attended a workshop led by an ESC expert. In the last year, attendees ranked the ESC workshops as extremely valuable to their experience as nonprofit employees. In 2017 we want to bring professional development training directly to you on topics you can help choose.

If your spring plans include participating in an ESC workshop, I need your help to make sure we design workshops to meet your needs. I invite you to take a 30-second survey  to let us know what topics would help you advance on one or more of your goals. If there is a topic of greater interest to you that those listed, send me an email or give me a call and let me know. ESC is here to empower you to achieve your mission.

Julie Crockford,  Executive Director
617-357-5550 |  jcrockford@escne.org

PS: A few seats at the table remain for the Nonprofit Executive RoundTable, our 10-month, facilitated peer-coaching program which launches at noon on March 9. Find more info and the application   here .
From the ESC Blog
The Massachusetts governor used his second State of the Commonwealth Address on January 24, 2017 to draw attention to the contributions that people like many of our ESC Consultants and Encore Fellows make every d ay. Read more here.


In recognition of a life lived fully, we share news of the passing of alumni ESC Consultant, acclaimed foreign correspondent, and war hero, Bernard "Bern" Redmont.  Current ESC Consultant John Cook remembers working with him:

"I got to know Bern at various ESC meetings and lunches, and worked with him about 15 years ago on a strategic planning project with a local organization. He was wonderful to work with. Together we figured out that this organization could not be in strategic planning mode, they were in survival mode, not being sure if they could meet the next month's payroll and often paying their Executive Director with IOUs. But they continue today. It was a rewarding assignment for me." Learn more about Bern Redmont on our blog.
Essex County Community Foundation
2017 Institute for Trustees 
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Credit: Essex County Community Foundation.

As a nonprofit board member or executive director, you know how important it is to keep up with the constantly evolving nonprofit sector. At Essex County Community Foundation's Institute for Trustees - the region's premier conference for nonprofit leaders - you'll gain advice and insight from experts in the field that will help keep you up-to-date on governance, management, strategic planning and more.

Learn more and register here. Register by 2/25 to get the early bird discount!
The 2017 Champions in Action Program
Citizens Bank is now accepting applications for the 2017 Champions in Action program! The Champions in Action program recognizes a deserving nonprofit that makes substantia l impact in the community. Citizens Bank and necn provide financial, volunteer and promotional support.
 
The category for this round is violence prevention - targeting nonprofit organizations or programs that address underlying conditions that contribute to violence in our communities. The application is due  Friday, February 24, 2017.
 
For more information, visit the  Become a Champion in Action page.
Each month we gather the best articles about the nonprofit sector.  See what we enjoyed this month!

Gizmodo
Maybe you have heard of (or have) an Amazon Dash, a device that allows you to order household items with the touch of a button. With some tech know-how and tinkering, the Amazon Dash can be put to a more meaningful use, allowing you to donate to the ACLU whenever the need arises.

McKinsey & Company
Although written for the public sector, nonprofits can learn from these two articles in McKinsey's Classics Series on how to deliver more for less.

Nonprofit Tech for Good
Other social media platforms have more glitz and glam than LinkedIn - or so you think. With the site's recent redesign, nonprofits have more control than ever over their profiles and analytics options.

New York Times
A wonderful program in New Jersey aims to lower the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). What social services organizations in your community could use this program?

Nonprofit Hub
A bit meta, yes, but these are great guidelines to stick by if you are starting up email marketing at your nonprofit or want to do a rehaul of your current one.
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