Leading Change. Transforming Communities.

About Us

Our Mission

ECCF was founded in 1999 to achieve two goals in the philanthropic/nonprofit sector of Essex County: to educate nonprofit leaders in sound business practice, and to connect those leaders with local funding to support their work. Today, Essex County Community Foundation promotes philanthropy in Essex County by managing charitable funds for donors, providing grants and services to nonprofit organizations, and engaging in community leadership initiatives.  Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life in the 34 towns and cities of Essex County.

Managing Donors' Charitable Assets

by Barry O'Brien

ECCF provides many options to donors to make charitable giving easy and rewarding through ECCF.  We advise donors on the vehicles to best  meet their philanthropic goals, help maximize the impact of their giving though solid financial management and professional guidance, offer a wealth of knowledge about the nonprofits operating in Essex County and offer fundholders education and training on philanthropic giving and planning. Learn more...

Strengthening & Supporting Nonprofits

by Barry O'Brien

ECCF awards over $4 million grants each year to support the programs and operations of nonprofit organizations in Essex County and beyond.  ECCF also supports nonprofit leaders through its annual Institute for Trustees which provides training on all aspects of running a successful organization. Learn more...

Engaging in Community Leadership

by Barry O'Brien

ECCF provides community leadership to identify and address the critical needs facing the communities in Essex County.  We do this by collecting and analyzing accurate and measurable data about the County, identifying key issues and bringing together the nonprofit, business, philanthropic and government leaders needed to address the challenges facing our region. Learn more...