Helping Our Member Organizations Plan for the Future
By Kate Munz, Member Relations Coordinator
On April 29th, 2015, we hosted our annual Federation Meeting. Each year FCWC hosts this meeting as an opportunity for our Member Organizations to congregate and discuss the current state of Westchester’s Environment. FCWC facilitates networking among the organizations and general attendees, so to help our organizations expand their base and
relationships. We also bring experts on a variety of subjects to the meeting to teach our organizations something we think would be useful. This meeting is about strengthening our “federation” and spreading knowledge.
This year we had representatives from 10 organizations, all of whom had the opportunity to share projects they were working on, and what they would like to see out of their membership of FCWC.
Much of 2015, FCWC’s 50th anniversary year, has been spent pursuing two goals: addressing the topic of climate change and sea level rise, and trying to sustain the nonprofit grassroots fundamentals that FCWC was founded on. Therefore it was on these two topics that we chose our experts. The first speaker of the program was Mike Rubbo, Director of Conservation at Teatown Lake Reservation. He spoke about Teatown’s current environmental projects and the efforts they are making to create a more resilient ecosystem. The second speaker was Lori Ensinger, Executive Director at Westchester Land Trust, who discussed the many intricacies of communicating with a Board of Directors.
Our speakers were informative and interesting, leaving attendees feeling invigorated and ready to get back to work. Mike Rubbo touched upon Westchester’s deer management issues, and how this is a vital issue to maintaining healthy forests. Lori Ensinger walked the group through suggestions that can make a nonprofit organization run better. She pulled from her past experiences as both a board member and her current position as Executive Director, to address how organizations can deal with resource allocation, mission drift, and donor requests.
We plan to share this information with the rest of our member organizations on our website shortly.