Guest Post by Gail Pinkham, Director of Communications, Associated Grant Makers
Pictured, left to right: Mari Jones (ME), Ann Garchinsky (MA), Deborah Werner (CT), Susan Neupauer (RI), Jeff Poulos (MA), Jenn Lammers (MA), Laurie Allen (CT), Nancy Roberts (CT), Janet Henry (ME), and Gail Pinkham (MA). Not pictured, but operating the camera: Nate Marsh (MA)
The executive directors and staff of Associated Grant Makers, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Maine Philanthropy Center and Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island came together for a meeting of the minds at our first New England Regional Association retreat on Monday, January 30, 2012, at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation in Wellesley, MA. We met to share our successes and discuss strategies and business models for future programs as well as brainstorm about challenges we are facing in our work with grantmaking members and the nonprofit sector. It provided a great opportunity to meet in person with our peers outside the office setting, to make connections with colleagues that have similar job roles and to collaborate with each other on future programs that may be of interest to all our members.