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Celebrated Youth at Risk conference moves to Salem State University
Press Release
September 29, 2015

Salem, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Salem State University has assumed leadership of its annual Youth at Risk Conference.

Youth at Risk (YAR), which marked its 15th anniversary in June with a record 750 attendees, is a celebrated all-day conference devoted to service providers across the social service, law enforcement, and health and education sectors of Eastern Massachusetts who serve at-risk youth. Since it’s inception in 2000, YAR – which features dynamic keynote speakers, workshops, program exhibitions and networking opportunities – has grown to become the largest regional conference of its kind.

Essex County Community Foundation announces new director of strategic development
Press Release
September 22, 2015

Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Kristin Hansen has been hired as the Foundation’s new director of strategic development.

Kristin joins ECCF at a critical turning point in its history, as the organization shifts its overall focus towards asset development and community leadership.

“We are very pleased to be working with Kristin, who has done some very impressive development work with Citizen Schools,” said ECCF President and CEO, Dave Edwards. “She will play an integral role in taking ECCF to the next level.”

Hardscrabble awards $540,000 to North Shore school projects
Press Release
August 11, 2015

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.

ECCF announces new program director for Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Press Release
August 10, 2015

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.”

Essex County Community Foundation announces new trustees
Press Release
July 3, 2015

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.

Working Collaboratively to serve Essex County
North of Boston Business Magazine
June 26, 2015

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.

ECCF's Greater Lawrence Summer Fund awards over $300,000 to summer programs for kids
Press Release
June 18, 2015
Youth from Greater Lawrence enjoy time outdoors with the Appalachian Mountain Club, thanks to the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a find of the Essex County Community Foundation.

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.

On its 15th Anniversary, YAR inspires, educates and motivates
Press Release
June 10, 2015

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.

Collective philanthropy highlighted at Celebration of Giving
Press Release
May 12, 2015

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.

Dave Edwards, Essex County Community Foundation
April 24, 2015

The Women’s Fund of Essex County to host “Power of the Purse”
Press Release
April 9, 2015

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.

Lead the Way at 2015 Institute for Trustees
Press Release
January 6, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 Institute for Trustees, Sat. March 28.

ECCF Welcomes Dave Edwards as New CEO
Press Release
December 4, 2014

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.

Celebrating Dave Welbourn
November 23, 2014

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.

Giving Thanks: A Fifth Century Vision for Essex County
The Salem News
November 22, 2014

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.

Letter to the Editor: A Century of American Giving
November 17, 2014

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.

ECCF Chair to Globe: A Better Way to Invest in Effective Charity
November 13, 2014

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:

Dear Editor,

Women’s Fund of Essex County Hosts 12th Annual Luncheon to Celebrate Grant Recipients
Press Release
November 13, 2014

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.  

ECCF Joins National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Giving
Press Release
November 6, 2014

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.

New Funds Increase ECCF’s Impact on Youth
Press Release
October 30, 2014

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.

Dave Welbourn, CEO/President, to Retire in December 2014
Press Release
October 14, 2014

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.

CEO Dave Welbourn to Speak at Local and National Gatherings
Press Release
October 1, 2014

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.

New Collaborative Survey Explores "State of Governance"
Press Release
September 19, 2014

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.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence Offers Four New Fall Workshops
Press Release
August 21, 2014

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 Presents $455,000 to Mayor for One Fund
Press Release
July 31, 2014

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.