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Community Foundation Boot Camp- Boston

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Boston, MA
New England Room, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 600 Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA 02210
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Presented in Partnership with Associated Grant Makers

Registration is now closed and refunds will no longer be issued for cancellations at this time.

The two-day Community Foundation Boot Camp program offers a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation.  It is an ideal in-depth introduction to community foundations for new community foundation staff, community foundation board members, or other community foundation staff looking for a good refresher. Topics covered include:  

  • History, purpose
  • Board governance
  • Gifts and funds
  • Asset development
  • Grantmaking
  • Community leadership
  • Finance and investments
  • Legal Issues
  • Operational sustainability
  • Lifecycles of community foundations

You can download the full community foundation boot camp curriculum below. 

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is pleased to offer this program at a member rate to any community foundation that is a member of one of the Forum’s members. The training will be provided by our colleagues at the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA).  IPA, thanks to ongoing support from Lilly Endowment Inc., offers a training and technical assistance program for community foundations, known as GIFT, and has a comprehensive curriculum and experienced trainers.


Day 1: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm with a reception immediately following
Day 2:   8:30 am – 4:00 pm


Early-Bird Pricing before May 12, 2017

  •     Members: $450/person
  •     Non-members: $650/person

Regular Pricing after May 12, 2017

  •     Members: $500/person
  •     Non-members: $700/person


Rosemary Dorsa
Vice President, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Director, GIFT Technical Assistance Program

Rosemary has spent her career in the philanthropic sector.  In her current role, she provides leadership to the GIFT program which provides board and staff training, consulting, and networking opportunities for over 90 community foundations in Indiana.  Prior to joining GIFT, Rosemary was with Central Indiana Community Foundation from 1993 to 2010, serving in various roles including Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Partnerships and Community Initiatives.  She also worked for the United Way of Central Indiana and Community Centers of Indianapolis.  Rosemary has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, TechPoint Foundation and the Lacy Leadership Association. 

Terri Johnson 
Associate Director, GIFT Technical Assistance Program

Terri began her position with Indiana Philanthropy Alliance in 2013.  Terri works with other GIFT staff to provide training and on-site consultation for the boards and staff of the 94 community foundations in Indiana. She provides technical assistance in all aspects of the community foundation field. Prior to this position, she spent ten years as the Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) in Rochester, Indiana. In this role, she oversaw the operations and financial management of the NICF, which serves Fulton, Miami, and Starke counties in north central Indiana. Under her leadership the assets of the NICF doubled to more than $23 million.


If you will be attending from out of town, here are some recommended hotels within walking distance:

Hilton Boston Downtown/ Faneuil Hall
89 Broad Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110
.4 miles to Federal Reserve Plaza
Rates: start at $285/night 

Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
1 Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108
.5 miles from Federal Reserve Plaza
Rates: start at $484/night



Necco Street Garage
10 Necco Street  617.426.1556 Open Mon-Fri: 6:00am – 10:00pm
Take Summer Street past South Station towards South Boston.  Turn right on Melcher Street.  Turn right onto Necco Street; parking garage is 2nd building on the right.

South Station Parking Garage
185 Kneeland Street  617.345.0202  Open 24 hours
Parking garage is located above the Greyhound Bus Terminal at South Station, accessible at Kneeland Street.

Parking lots
There is a large parking lot just beyond the Necco Street Garage.  There are also numerous parking lots on Congress Street and Northern Avenue.

Public Transportation

South Station, one of Boston’s major transportation hubs, is located directly across from Federal Reserve Plaza, at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street, and is serviced by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) and the commuter rail.

Subway (MBTA)
Federal Reserve Plaza is accessible by the MBTA's Red and Silver Lines, at the South Station stop.  The Silver Line provides service to Logan International Airport.

Commuter Rail
Federal Reserve Plaza is also accessible by various commuter rail lines.

From the south, into South Station:  Attleboro/Stoughton; Fairmont; Framingham/Worcester; Franklin/Forge Park; Greenbush; Middleborough/Lakeville; Needham; Plymouth/Kingston.

From the north, into North Station: Fitchburg; Haverhill/Reading; Lowell; Newburyport/Rockport. From North Station take the inbound MBTA Green Line train to Park Street, transfer to the Red Line to the South Station stop.

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