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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.

ECCF partners with LetsAllDoGood
press release
June 15, 2016

Danvers, Mass – Essex County Community Foundation today announced its partnership with LetsAllDoGood, a new app that connects causes directly to supporters on their smartphones.

Last month, LetsAllDoGood launched in Boston with 10 nonprofit partners and has recently announced its partnership with another 15 Boston area organizations.

After 100 years of giving, the Junior Aid Society dissolves
press release
June 2, 2016

Marblehead, MA – After more than 100 years of supporting charities for women and children on the North Shore, the Junior Aid Society, a nonprofit based in Marblehead, has announced that it is retiring its name and transferring the organization’s remaining funds to The Women’s Fund of Essex County.

“As a former Junior Aid member, I have great appreciation and respect for the contributions Junior Aid made to our community,” said The Women’s Fund Vice President Lynn Bryant. “I am honored that The Women’s Fund has been chosen as the recipient of Junior Aid’s remaining funds, and we will put them to good use as part of our granting process.”

ECCF announces new trustees
Press release
May 18, 2016

Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Robert P. Goldman and Richard Yagjian have been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

ECCF honors philanthropic leaders, raises funds for critical work
Press Release
May 18, 2016

Danvers, MA— The word “leadership” has been defined many times over, but on May 5, the Essex County Community Foundation captured the true essence of the word at its third annual Community Leadership Breakfast.

Over 350 people gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Danvers to celebrate those who have made a significant positive impact on the communities of Essex County, and to raise funds for ECCF’s community leadership project, Impact Essex County.

ECCF partners with Buffett family to educate donors
Press Release
May 4, 2016

Brookwood School hosts first event in new ECCF donor education series

Manchester, MA – In 2014, charitable giving across the country rose 5.4 percent to a record $358 billion, and now represents 2.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.

At the same time, Gen X’ers and Millennials are poised to receive a record-setting transfer of wealth totaling $30 trillion from their baby boomer parents, who are nearing retirement.

ECCF announces Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Press Release
April 19, 2016

Danvers, MA – Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Awards. 

Nine extraordinary organizations will receive grants from this highly competitive program that helps strengthen the capacity of Essex County nonprofits to perform their work more effectively. For 2016, ECCF is awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that are engaged in projects to improve their evaluation of programs, services, employees, board performance or overall organizational effectiveness.

IFT attendees encouraged to 'change the questions to change everything'
Press Release
March 29, 2016

South Hamilton, MA - Change is difficult to achieve. Many of us are guilty of making this assumption.


“These assumptions come from the dawn of humanity because life was hard, change was hard,” said social scientist Hildy Gottlieb. “In this modern, interconnected world, that story no longer serves us.”


Empowering Women – The Women’s Fund of Essex County
Merrimack Valley Magazine
February 11, 2016
2015 Power of the Purse fundraiser. Photo by Alyse Gause.

Imagine being a single mother of three children. Now imagine having no place to call home.

ECCF launches plan to tackle Essex County’s biggest challenges
Press Release
February 5, 2016

Congressman Seth Moulton among local leaders to support Impact Essex County

Danvers, MA – Essex County Community Foundation, a local nonprofit devoted to strengthening the communities of Essex County, recently announced a new leadership initiative that aims to make a long-term measurable impact on the quality of life for the region’s 750,000 residents.

Special Tax Bill Includes Extended Help for Charities
Press Release
January 4, 2016

Provision Permits Tax-free Charitable Transfers from IRAs

On Dec. 18, Congress passed the PATH Act, which renews and makes permanent the Charitable IRA provision of 2006, making it easier for Americans to give to causes they care about. This provision has the power to help local charities strengthen their communities by allowing individuals to roll over up to $100,000 annually from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to charity without being federally taxed.

Essex County Community Foundation Receives National Recognition
Press Release
December 1, 2015

Danvers, MA – The Essex County Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates Essex County Community Foundation demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission.”