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