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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


On June 3, ECCF held the 15th Annual Youth at Risk Conference, the largest regional conference of its kind. Over 750 people attended to connect with peers, listen to keynote speaker, Jeanine Fitzgerald, visit a wide variety of program exhibitions and participate in over 25 educational workshops. Honored here were Diruhi Mattian Award recipients Patrick Foley and Fred Mathieu for their dedication in serving youth at risk in their communities. Read more...

Thanks to all who made the 15th YAR conference the best yet!


New Funds  All Funds

  • Mary H. Paolino Scholarship Fund
  • The Music Fund
  • Knapp Family Fund
  • CST Science Scholarship Fund
  • Ernest J. Perry Scholarship Fund
  • Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund
  • S.W. Fund

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Webster Family Fund
September 1

Merrimack Valley General Fund
September 15

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