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Educators are among our community’s most valuable resources. They inspire, inform and foster a love of learning so that our children will have the confidence and knowledge to become tomorrow’s leaders.
The Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $540,000 in grants from the Hardscrabble Education Fund to some of those teachers and administrators working to make a difference in the lives of local students. Money will be used to assist educators with a broad array of projects that encourage experiential learning, promote teacher development, enhance technology in the classroom and augment the regular curriculum.
Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Sarah M. Jackson has been hired as the new program director for the organization’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE).
Sarah joins ECCF at a critical juncture in its history, as the organization shifts its overall focus towards donor services, asset development and community leadership.
“We are thrilled to be leaving the CNE in Sarah’s capable hands,” said Dave Edwards, ECCF’s president and CEO. “The director role is a natural extension of Sarah’s career-long dedication to nonprofit excellence.”
Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Jim A. Rullo and Moira McNamara James have been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.
ECCF trustees are selected for their strong knowledge of the local community, record of charitable service and fiscal responsibility. Rullo and James are joining ECCF at a pivotal point in the Foundation’s history, as the focus shifts to improving donor services, assessing community needs and asset development. ECCF is poised to become a $100 million foundation by the year 2020.
Essex County is a region of extremes. Located within its 501 square miles are some of the state's poorest cities, as well as some of its wealthiest. It is an area of great need, but also of great opportunity.
Essex County Community Foundation was founded in 1999 to bring these two extremes into balance, to connect able donors who wanted to improve their communities with the hundreds of local nonprofits in need of financial support to make those improvements.
Danvers, MA – Summertime just got a little sweeter for nearly 6,500 youth in Greater Lawrence.
The Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund (GLSF), a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation, recently announced that it will give $302,050 to support programming that enriches out-of-school time for youth ages 2-22 in Andover, North Andover, Lawrence and Methuen.
Working with at-risk youth is both a demanding and rewarding experience, but it is a labor of love that can sometimes feel like it comes with more demands than rewards. That is why for 15 years, the Essex County Community Foundation has hosted the Youth at Risk Conference, a day for professionals in the youth services field to inspire and be inspired, rejuvenate and reflect, and come together to reaffirm their important work.
It was a morning filled with camaraderie, emotion and a common vision as hundreds gathered to celebrate some of Essex County’s outstanding philanthropists and nonprofits at the Essex County Community Foundation’s annual Celebration of Giving breakfast.
Essex County, MA—April, 2015 - The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its seventh annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event. Inspired by the Victor Hugo saying, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled,” this signature event includes a ladies’ evening of fabulous hors d’oeuvres and wine, together with a raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers. The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 30th, 2015, from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. at Willowdale Estate in Bradley Palmer State Park, 24 Asbury Street, Topsfield. Proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.
Registration is now open for the 2015 Institute for Trustees, Sat. March 28.
The Board of Trustees for Essex County Community Foundation has unanimously named David A. Edwards as the organization’s fourth president and CEO. His tenure will begin January 12, 2015.
After six amazing and successful years, ECCF's CEO Dave Welbourn is retiring December 2014. So what better way to honor him than with a video celebration and 'roast'!
Almost 150 ECCF friends and family gathered in Ipswich, MA, on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, for an official send off, where this surprise video was first screened. We'll miss you, Dave, especially all those cool factoids about Essex County, but we know you'll find lots of new stories in your retirement. Congratulations and thanks for all you've done to make our region a better place to live.
The Salem News published Dave Welbourn's column in its opinion section Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.
Essex County is just beginning a long string of 400th anniversaries. If we could go back that far, we’d see early seasonal fishing villages and natives with a few French words. In the summer months, we’d have seen Captain John Smith sailing past Cape Ann and Nahant, mapping every harbor and island.
In honor of the 25th Annual National Community Foundation Week, Jay Caporale, ECCF's Executive Vice President & Director of Philanthropy, wrote the following letter to the editor of several area newspapers.
The Boston Globe ran a story exploring how financial service corporations in general, and Fidelity in particular, are affecting charitable giving (read article). In response, Jon Payson, ECCF's Board Chair, wrote the following letter to the editor suggesting community foundations provide more meaningful alternatives for philanthropic investments:
On October 21st, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 12th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. Keynote speaker Piper Kerman, author of the best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, shared her story and her passion for criminal justice reform with the group.
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.
It’s no secret that a scholarship can change the life of a young person, and three new such funds established in October at Essex County Community Foundation—Nancamp, JEOL USA, Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts—now offer area youth increased opportunities for recreation, education, and artistic development.
Danvers, MA— For over four decades, ECCF CEO/President Dave Welbourn has focused his career on developing resources for the growth of nonprofit institutions. During his six-year tenure at ECCF, his vision for enhancing the quality of life across Essex County has turned the Community Foundation into a flagship resource for philanthropists and nonprofits across Massachusetts.
Welbourn will retire December 1, 2014. ECCF’s Board of Trustees is expected to announce his successor by November.
Because of his deep and successful experiences with advocacy and nonprofits, Dave Welbourn, CEO and President of the Essex County Community Foundation, has been selected as a featured speaker for two upcoming professional gatherings for nonprofit leaders.
As part of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence fall series, Welbourn will discuss key strategies for identifying major gifts and engaging new donors in a workshop entitled, “The Path to Major Gifts Success” on Wednesday October 8 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA. Registration and information is available at www.eccf.org/workshops.
It’s no secret there are great nonprofits doing great work every day in Essex County. That's why a collaborative Team comprised of Jay Caporale, executive vice president and director of philanthropy at ECCF, Laurie J. LaChapelle, director of planning & institutional research at North Shore Community College, and Dan Bakinowski, tax attorney, Ed.D. candidate at Endicott College, has come together to explore how better to serve nonprofit organizations, making their leadership—and Essex County—even stronger.
How can you build a better culture in your organization? What are the best ways to identify and engage major donors? And what’s wrong with the term ‘annual fund’?
These issues and others will be addressed this fall during a series of workshops tailored specifically to nonprofit leaders in Essex County. Hosted by the ECCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the four interactive workshops draw on the expertise of both ECCF staff and local professionals to address topics affecting the impact and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations.
One Run for Boston's gift to mayor is featured in the Boston Herald.
On April 13, 2014, one thousand runners ran down Boylston Street towards the Boston Marathon Finish Line, marking the last leg of One Run For Boston – a 3,328 mile non-stop running relay from Los Angeles to Boston that raised money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. They passed the baton to a group of bombing survivors who took it the final meters to Copley Square.
As a new fiscal year begins this month, the Essex County Community Foundation celebrates a range of new charitable funds that increases its philanthropic impact across the region.
ECCF established 22 new donor advised funds in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, including general interest, family and scholarship funds, raising assets under management to nearly $26,000,000.
Pat Maguire Meservey, Salem State University President and ECCF Trustee, discusses the unique impact the Community Foundation is having in Essex County through our diverse funds, grants and vision.