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Promoting philanthropy and strengthening nonprofits serving the people of Essex County, Massachusetts

  • Kids having fun at a YMCA camp.

    Distributing over $4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations each year.

  • The Women's Fund of Essex County at their annual Power of the Purse fundraiser.

    Home to 143 Charitable Funds including the Women's Fund of Essex County.

  • Groundwork Lawrence Green Team

    Providing support for youth programs like the Groundwork Lawrence Green Team.

  • Institute for Trustees

    Supporting trustees through the IFT

  • Notre Dame High School Graduation

    Supporting schools that increase opportunities for inner city youth.

  • A workshop on Capital Campaigns

    Presenting workshops on all aspects of nonprofit management.

  • Cape Ann Art Haven

    Helping young organizations gain the knowledge and tools they need to succeed.

  • YAR workshop

    Gathering youth care providers for training and networking at the Youth at Risk Conference.

  • Graduation ceremony

    Assisting young people reach their dreams through scholarships.

  • National Association of Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

    Supporting initiatives to relieve local hunger.

Promoting philanthropy and strengthening nonprofits serving the people of Essex County, Massachusetts


2015 Institute for Trustees

Held on Saturday, March 28 in So. Hamilton, MA, the Institute is a 'transformational conference' designed to take you and your nonprofit's leadership team to the next level.
View Agenda and register!

We are pleased to welcome Dan Pallotta as keynote speaker this year!

Dan Pallotta is Founder/President of the Charity Defense Council, a national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change. Dan invented the multi-day charitable event industry, and his iconic TED Talk—seen more than three million times—changed how we view philanthropy and nonprofit partnerships. 

New Funds  All Funds

  • David Welbourn Fund for Innovation and Collaboration
  • Richard J. Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Goodwin Wregg Land Stewardship Endowment Fund
  • Inspire to Act Fund
  • JEOL Families Scholarship Fund
  • Lupoli Family Fund
  • Robinhood Cove Fund
  • Webster Scholarship Fund

Nonprofit of the Year Award!

Thank you for submitting your nominations. The Awardee will be announced this spring!

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund
March 15th

F1rst Jobs
April 24th


CNE Events

Institute for Trustees 2015
March 28th, 2015
8 am - 4 pm
Pingree School, South Hamilton MA

Registration now open!


Check out our Winter Workshop Series!

Next workshop...

What difference are you making? Developing and Measuring Outcomes

Feb 25th, 9:00 – 11:30am

Presenter: Sue Dahling Sullivan, Chief of Staff/Chief Strategic Officer, Citi Performing Arts Center