Blog: The Giving County Chronicles
August already?! How’d that happen? Just as summer flies past us and a new school year is about to begin, ECCF’s new grant cycle for the fall will get here before we know it. So find your desk, pick up a pen (or a lap top) and consider one of three upcoming grants.
Four new members have joined the ECCF Board of Trustees and on Thursday, July 24th, each arrived at our Danvers office for a two and a half hour orientation, receiving both their figurative torches and literal handbooks.
The new Trustees include Benjamin Chigier of Manchester, Benigno Espaillat of Methuen, Tracy Abedon Filosa of Ipswich, and Joe Knowles of Manchester. (Learn more about the new Trustees HERE). Peppering the ECCF staff with questions, the group was both enthusiastic and insightful.
Boats, squash and spotlights comprised just a handful of features on the first of the ECCF’s two summer visits to the city of Lawrence. As a part of the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund (GLSF), staff, Trustees and friends took a road-trip throughout the Lawrence/Andover area, seeing the fruit of the summer fund in action.
Last year, Ken Hoelzl, Santander Bank manager in Ipswich, was particularly glad one day when he received a memo from the bank's corporate office. It was challenging local branches to look for ways to give back to their communities, and was just the opportunity Ken had been waiting for.
This week was full of all things Twitter as friends of ECCF joined us for two social media workshops. Staff and board members came to learn with both minds and thumbs at the ready. While participants learned how, why and if they should join the social media world, it didn’t take long before questions and tweets took flight.
Thursday was a good day. Most days are, Dave says, but June 26 was particularly inspiring. First, Dave arrived at the Community Day Charter Public School in Lawrence to meet with a very special philanthropist.
It was a beautiful summer morning but the topic of discussion was anything but. Karen Ansara (pictured), ECCF board member, and Rachel Pohl, committee member of The Women's Fund of Essex County, knew it would be tough, but the increasingly troubling trend of human trafficking in today's world needed a focused conversation.
What's the deal with e-books for organizations? Why bother with testimonials? And do we really need social media . . . really?
No, CEO Dave Welbourn did not wear this tie on Tuesday when he drove south to the Office of the Attorney General's Nonprofit and Charities conference in Norwood.
Joe joined the board in 2007 and served on the development and sustainability committee as well as board chair for two years. Michael began in 2006 and also served on the development and sustainability committee. That's a combined 15 years of service, with each attending 40+ meetings, dedicating almost 200 hours to ECCF business, and countless conversations in between!
By Carissa Collins
Before attending my first YAR 2014 conference, I grabbed what every social media intern needs, a reporter’s notebook and a smartphone, and arrived at Endicott College. My job was not only to experience this one-of-a-kind conference but to live-tweet throughout. What I didn’t realize was how inspiring and full the day would be!
Our ECCF office in Danvers gets a lot of great vistiors coming by for lots of great reasons. Today, Kelly Hartnett, Development Coordinator at SHED Inc. in Andover, MA, stopped by to research grants at our EBSCO-funded Grants Resource Center in the corner of our office.
SHED is a non-profit, out-of-school time organization dedicated to providing children and families with a safe, nurturing, supportive environment which encourages independence and individual growth.
They could be at the beach or backpacking throughout Europe. Instead, college students Emma Gaquin and Carissa Collins are generously offering their talents and skills to ECCF as summer interns.
On her way to work today, Julie Bishop, ECCF’s VP of donors and services, dropped off a bunch of these extra bags to Beverly Bootstraps and the Open Door in Gloucester. (These are her arms holding up the bag—she’s a little camera shy!) The two food banks are part of the 60 organizations that make up ECCF’s Hunger Relief Project.
It was scheduled as brief morning chat, followed by a tour. Instead ECCF’s CEO Dave Welbourn stayed for nearly two hours with the exceptional leaders at CLASS, an agency that has provided services to individuals with disabilities for over 30 years across the Merrimack Valley. Family and community supporters established the Citizen's League for Adult Special Services—now known as CLASS—which today provides an amazing range of services to over 400 individuals and families.