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ECCF is consistently being recognized in the news, in magazines, and on the radio. These features show how our impact is spreading and creating meaningful change throughout Essex County.

Arts and Culture to receive a big boost in Essex County
press release
January 30, 2018

ECCF partners with the Barr Foundation to make $750,000 investment in our Creative County


Danvers, MA— Essex County Community Foundation announced today that it will spearhead the first ever comprehensive countywide effort to elevate arts and culture in our region.

ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, a partnership with the Barr Foundation – a $1.7 billion private foundation based in Boston – is a chance to increase the vibrancy of Essex County cities and towns by investing in the transformative power of arts and culture. 

Liz Moulton joins ECCF's Board of Trustees
Press release
December 22, 2017

Essex County Community Foundation, a $65 million grantmaking organization serving the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, is pleased to announce that Liz Moulton has been elected to the organization’s Board of Trustees.


Moulton brings extensive experience in leadership and organizational assessment, with a specific focus on empowering women and girls to become leaders in business, education and communities. Together with her husband, Congressman Seth Moulton, Liz is committed to work that advances the economic security and prosperity of families in Essex County, and all of Massachusetts.


ECCF, Sen. Tom McGee host city leaders for Transportation Summit
press release
December 13, 2017

For all its natural beauty, art, culture and history, Essex County – like many others of the state’s burgeoning regions – can be a little difficult to navigate.

“We say it’s hard to get to, but worth it,” said Salem mayor, Kim Driscoll, about her city, which experiences its share of traffic and transportation issues, especially during the fall season when it becomes a major hotspot for Halloween revelers.

“It takes forever to get anywhere,” Driscoll added. “It doesn’t have to be this way.”

Bob Gore elected to ECCF Board of Trustees
press release
October 31, 2017

The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Robert C. Gore of Boxford has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

ECCF trustees are selected for their record of charitable service, strong ties to Essex County, fiscal responsibility and dedication to improving the lives of those who live, work and raise families in our region.

On anniversary of son's death, hope remains
Press Release
July 26, 2017

Two years ago on July 17, Tim and Marie Tobin said goodbye to their only child, a tragic loss for which the Beverly couple is still deeply grieving.

At the age of 19, anxiety and depression – symptoms often associated with Klinefelter Syndrome, the genetic disorder their son, Brendan, was diagnosed with at the age of 15 – and other circumstances, led Brendan to take his life. Now the Tobins want to make sure his death wasn’t in vain.

ECCF announces hiring of new Program Officer
press release
July 11, 2017

Essex County Community Foundation, a $62 million grantmaking organization serving the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, is pleased to announce that Hehershe Busuego has joined the Foundation as its new program officer.


ECCF's Julie Bishop announces retirement after 11 years at the Foundation
press release
June 27, 2017

As Essex County Community Foundation’s Vice President for Philanthropy, Julie Bishop has spent the last 11 years working to improve the communities of Essex County.

Described as compassionate and dedicated by the donors, fundholders, nonprofit organizations and colleagues she works with, Bishop recently announced that she would be retiring from ECCF this summer. 

Second Lawrence fire highlights importance of Emergency Fund
press release
June 21, 2017

In less than two weeks, two tragic house fires have displaced dozens of Lawrence residents:

Fire in Multi-Family Home Forces Residents to Evacuate (June 21, 2017, NECN)

Fire Ravages Lawrence Neighborhood (June 12, 2017, Eagle-Tribune)

One giant leap for Impact Essex County
press release
May 17, 2017

Advisory council discusses collective impact; begins to narrow focus


If money grew on trees, Essex County – rich in green space – could fund all of our philanthropic endeavors.


But until those financial forests grow, we need to come together as a community to set priorities. This has been the task of the advisory council for Impact Essex County, Essex County Community Foundation’s community leadership initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for the 750,000+ residents that call Essex County home.


Putting the FUN in summer
press release
May 15, 2017

ECCF’s Greater Lawrence Summer Fund powers opportunities for low-income youth


For many kids, the anticipation of summer break is a feeling like no other. It’s a time to explore the open borders of nature, satisfy curiosities at summer camp and learn new skills at fun educational programs.


ECCF honors philanthropists, nonprofits at Celebration
press release
May 12, 2017

Philanthropists, ones that give with a purity of intention, teach future generations much about what it means to give. 


On May 4, Essex County Community Foundation honored several such philanthropists at its Celebration of Giving breakfast, an annual event that celebrates local giving and the people and organizations making an impact on our communities. The theme for the event was “Inspiring Philanthropy for Generations.”


The van Otterloo family of Marblehead – headed by Ejk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo – was given the George Peabody Award for outstanding philanthropy in Essex County.


A small grant makes big changes at Community Action, Inc.
press release
April 5, 2017

Gail Souther is the first person you’ll meet when you walk through the doors at Community Action, Inc., located at 3 Washington Square, a multilevel brick building in downtown Haverhill that could be considered a relic by modern standards. Souther, who has been the organization’s receptionist for 25 years and knows just about everything there is to know, sits in a cramped reception area, a space she shares with other CAI employees who are meeting with clients or conducting intakes.


Institute for Trustees highlights the strength in our differences
press release
April 3, 2017

A Baby Boomer, a Gen X’er and a Millennial step onto a stage. They look different. They have diverse backgrounds. And they think differently.


The Baby Boomer, Scott Beyer, is a longtime board member of the YMCA of the North Shore. The Gen X’er, Eliza Cowan, has been on the board at Wellspring for three years. Yesenia de Leon, a Millennial who participated in the RAW Artworks program as a teen, has been on that board for two years.


Though their differences emerge, there is a common thread that ties this trio of nonprofit board members together: their passion.


Students dig into data to learn more about Essex County
press release
March 21, 2017

When Gloucester High School sociology teacher, Rich Francis, wanted his students to learn more about Essex County's changing demographics, diversity and challenges, he knew there was a one-stop place where they could find it all.


How do we love Essex County?
press release
February 9, 2017

Let us count the data-driven ways


The month of February is all about heart. Not only do people celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, but it’s also American Hearth Month, a great time to commit to small changes that can lead to a healthy heart. And so Essex County Community Foundation thought February was the perfect time to help your heart feel full by sharing some of the reasons we adore our one true love: Essex County.


Raising Kids Who Are: The Opposite of Spoiled
press release
February 6, 2017

As parents, we all want to raise kids who are caring, compassionate and grounded, especially in today’s increasingly uncertain world. We just need the right tools.


On Feb. 1, more than 200 people joined Essex County Community Foundation for an engaging seminar with New York Times columnist Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled, a highly praised guide book full of practical advice for teaching kids about money, family values, gratitude and the concept of giving back.   

ECCF receives $18 million bequest
Press Release
January 9, 2017

The Essex County Community Foundation announced today that it is the beneficiary of an approximately $18 million bequest – the largest gift ever received by the Foundation – from the estate of the late R. Kingman “King” Webster, a former Lawrence businessman and philanthropist. 


Webster, who passed away late last year, left behind a legacy of giving, which was largely focused on providing Lawrence youth with educational opportunities.


Engaging Your Children in Philanthropy with Ron Lieber
December 22, 2016

Beverly, MA – Talking openly to children about money can help parents raise young adults who are grounded, generous and wise beyond their years, according to Ron Lieber, best-selling author of The Opposite of Spoiled, a groundbreaking book about kids, values and finances.


On Feb. 1, Essex County Community Foundation, in partnership with Shore Country Day School in Beverly, will present an inspiring seminar at which Lieber, the Your Money columnist for the New York Times, will discuss the how, when and why to talk to kids about money and engage them in philanthropy.


ECCF announces John Colucci as new trustee
press release
December 12, 2016

The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that John D. Colucci, director of the Corporate Department of the law firm of McLane Middleton and manager of the firm’s Woburn office, has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.


Colucci is joining the Foundation at a critical time, as ECCF strives to achieve the goals of its strategic plan, which include growing its charitable assets, widening its grantmaking impact and bringing about social change through its community leadership initiatives: Impact Essex County and NextGen Philanthropy.


ECCF to unveil critical data about Essex County on Oct. 28
Press release
October 20, 2016

Danvers, MA – Every day, we are surrounded by reminders of the ways in which Essex County shines, and where we struggle. We are blessed with the abundance of green space ablaze in autumn color, the history alive in our rich architecture and seacoast. But there’s also another side: the families who gather groceries at their local food pantries, the loved ones whose names have been added to the list of the 400 people who die each year of drug overdoses in our communities.  We all have these stories to tell.

But when those stories are backed by data, they have power. They can unite and mobilize. They can drive people to strengthen what works and fix what doesn’t.

ECCF Announces New Trustees
press release
September 18, 2016

Danvers, MA — The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Ben Langille has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

ECCF trustees are selected for their record of charitable service, strong ties to Essex County and fiscal responsibility. Langille is joining the Foundation at a critical time, as the organization advances our ambitious strategic plan and nears completion of the first phase of ECCF’s Impact Essex County. A vital data-driven community leadership project, ECCF’s Impact Essex County aims to identify critical issues in the region and help solve some of Essex County’s biggest challenges.

ECCF announces new vice president for development
press release
August 30, 2016

Danvers, MA— Essex County Community Foundation announced today that Beth Francis has been named vice president for development.

Francis – a respected nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of development and communications experience – joins ECCF at a critical juncture in its history, as the Foundation works to significantly expand its donor base and increase its impact in Essex County. The Foundation is preparing to launch the second phase of its major community leadership project, Impact Essex County. 

ECCF closes CNE; focuses on IFT for nonprofits
press release
August 4, 2016

Danvers, MA - The 1,266 nonprofit organizations located within Essex County’s 501 square miles represent a crucial part of the lifeblood of our county, sustaining, enriching and bettering the lives of Essex County’s 762,000 residents.

Since its inception in 1999, Essex County Community Foundation has, as part of its vision for a thriving, robust region, worked to strengthen these area nonprofits so that they can more efficiently fulfill their own vital missions: feeding the hungry, preserving our landscape, empowering our youth and offering hope to those in need.

New ECCF fund to provide scholarships to Andover students
press release
July 13, 2016

Donations to the Rick Starkweather Scholarship Fund now being accepted, donate online.

Danvers, MA – Born and raised in Andover, Rick Starkweather was the type of person who just loved to live life.

Rick, an Andover High School graduate who passed away on March 11 at the age of 48, will also be remembered as the guy everyone turned to for advice and help, as well as a hockey enthusiast who was the number one fan of his three children, Morgan, Casey and Jack.

ECCF's Dave Edwards appointed to AGM board
press release
June 28, 2016

Over 120 foundation and philanthropic leaders gathered at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Boston, MA - June 22, 2016 - Associated Grant Makers announced the appointment of new board members and officers at its 47th Annual Meeting held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston.