During the week of November 12-18, ECCF will join more than 700 community foundations across the U.S. participating in National Community Foundation Week. For 25 years, the week-long effort has raised awareness of the increasingly important role these philanthropic organizations play in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.
Throughout the week, Essex County Community Foundation will celebrate its 16-year history, growing impact and many community partnerships through a first ever public awareness and discussion campaign built around social media. Most recently, ECCF's local impact has been particularly felt through the Lawrence Emergency Fund and new funds for area youth programs.
“Community foundations improve people’s lives, solve problems, and strengthen nonprofits. That’s why people need to know we’re here,” said Dave Welbourn, ECCF president/CEO. “As many Essex County residents struggle with limited resources, we’re more determined than ever to tell the stories of our family of community partners and donors who together are addressing our most challenging social problems.”
With 148 charitable funds and nearly $27 million in assets under management, ECCF has awarded over 4,000 grants and scholarships in excess of $25 million to nonprofit organizations and deserving students. ECCF has also trained over 12,000 board members, executive directors and nonprofit leaders in dozens of workshops through ECCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Institute for Trustees.
ECCF is a part of a movement of community foundations that now exist in every state of the U.S. and represents large and small, urban and rural foundations working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues. Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. They represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy.
Community Foundation Week, established in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.