On January 12, 2013, the Social Impact Industry Council of NGLCCNY welcomed 18 board members from various LGBT non-profit organizations for its second annual Non-Profit Board Retreat. Graciously hosted by The Standard Hotel, these community leaders explored questions of board engagement and performance as well as organizational impact.
Ben Brooks of Marsh skillfully facilitated the day. Through a variety of creative and highly interactive exercises, participants shared their experiences around board recruitment, accountability, term limits and many other hallmarks of strong board governance. In the afternoon, Doug Wingo of Wingo Inc., presented a fundraising session centered on approaching major individual donors, making the ask and overcoming objections.
Many participants found the Non-Profit Board Retreat a great way to improve their skills, share their experiences and challenges serving on boards, as well as to network with other community leaders. One satisfied participant said: “The ability to network and hear different strategies for doing the same thing is an invaluable opportunity”. Not to mention the fabulous setting overlooking the High Line. Overall, a valuable way to spend a January Saturday!
The Chamber’s Social Impact Industry Council aims to support all Chamber members to advance their social impact. It does so by aligning member’s goals with social values relevant to the LGBT community, and by offering greater opportunities to connect, grow, learn and share.
Other upcoming Chamber’s Social Impact Industry Council events include the Social Enterprise Award hosted at the GLBT Expo at the Javits Center on Saturday, March 9, 2013, and a Corporate Social Responsibility event in the spring.
If you have any suggestions for future events, or would like to volunteer with the Social Impact Industry Council, feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Eric Longo is Chair of the NGLCCNY Social Impact Industry Council. As East Coast Representative for NGLCCNY Copper Business Member imagineear ltd., Longo provides handheld audio and multimedia guides to museums that bring exhibitions vividly to life for visitors.