Danvers, MA—From health and history to arts and youth programs, the 2014 Fund for Nonprofit Excellence (FNE), a funding source of the Essex County Community Foundation, has awarded over $70,000 in grants to a variety of local organizations.
The ECCF will honor the awardees at its inaugural Celebration of Giving breakfast May 7 at the Boston Marriott Peabody. Paula and Binkley Shorts of Wenham will be recognized with the first George Peabody Award for their inspiring philanthropic and volunteer efforts, and the Essex Art Center is this year’s recipient of the Nonprofit Excellence Award. Almost 300 friends from throughout Essex County are expected to attend the breakfast to celebrate collaborative giving.
“The Fund for Nonprofit Excellence supports projects that strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations to serve their community more effectively,” said Julie Bishop, vice president of grants and services. “We’re delighted to award this year’s grants to a wide range of agencies from across Essex County to strengthen board leadership and provide scholarships to attend the ECCF’s Institute for Trustees.”
Recipients of the 2014 Fund for Nonprofit Excellence are listed as follows by town:
- Amesbury: Our Neighbor’s Table
- Andover: Merrimack Valley Community Music School
- Boxford: Boxford Academy
- Essex: Music at Eden’s Edge
- Gloucester: Cape Ann Art Haven; North Shore Health Project; Sargent House Museum
- Ipswich: Ipswich River Watershed
- Lawrence: Arlington Community Trabajando; Bread and Roses; Communities Together; Neighbors in Need
- Lynn: Building Bridges Through Music; Lynn Community Connections Coalition; My Brother’s Table
- Methuen: Elevated Thought Foundation
- Newburyport: Merrohawke Nature School; The Hugh Doyle Resource Center, Inc.
- North Andover: Jericho Road Lawrence
- Peabody: Haven from Hunger; North Suburban Jewish Community Center
- Salem: Salem Athenaeum
- Topsfield: Scleroderma Foundation of New England
- Wenham: Wenham Museum.
The Fund for Nonprofit Excellence—formerly known as ECCF’s Discretionary Fund—began 15 years ago to support “specific projects that strengthen the capacity of a nonprofit organization to perform its work more effectively through improving its governance and infrastructure.” For more information, please visit http://www.eccf.org/fund-nonprofit-excellence .
Jo Kadlecek, Director of Communication
Essex County Community Foundation
ECCF promotes philanthropy and strengthens nonprofits
serving the people of Essex County, MA.
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