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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.
Current Trustee Matt Doring recalls the many ways the ECCF makes a difference throughout the county—and why he wanted to be a part of its mission.
Trustee, activist and philanthropist Karen Ansara believes deeply in the power and impact of giving through ECCF.
There are a number of reasons for talented and visionary leaders to join the ECCF board. Here Karen Ansara, a current Trustee and activist in Haiti, discusses what matters most to her.
The Essex County Community Foundation is fortunate to have many talented and qualified leaders on its board. Here, Salem State University President Pat M. Meservey talks about why she joined the work and mission of the ECCF as a Trustee.
It's always good to reflect on how a vision and organization began, in order to help guide its future.
Here, ECCF co-founder David Tory recalls the story of the Community Foundation's roots and purpose.
From health care and investment consulting to youth work and entrepreneurship, ECCF’s four new Trustees bring a wide range of expertise and vision to the Board.
Benjamin Chigier of Manchester, Benigno Espaillat of Methuen, Tracy Abedon Filosa of Ipswich and John H. “Joe” Knowles, Jr. of Manchester begin their new terms as Trustees on July 1, 2014. (See this story in the July 3, 2014, edition of The Gloucester Times.)
On Tuesday, June 3, ECCF CEO and President Dave Welbourn headed to the Comcast studio at Suffolk University, one of only a handful of local leaders invited to discuss his work and the impact of our organization. (See our Blog for more on the story behind his interview.)
The Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund—which supports summer recreation, learning and hope for at-risk youth in the Greater Lawrence area—has awarded 49 agencies nearly $280,000 worth of total grants. Now, almost 15,000 children are getting ready for a whole lot of summer fun. Congratulations to each organization.
Danvers, MA—As they play soccer, perform in theater, ride horses and conduct science experiments, almost 15,000 youth-at-risk in the Greater Lawrence area are already enjoying a better summer.
In order to support and promote academic achievement in English, math and science in the public school systems, the Hardscrabble Education Fund at the Essex County Community Foundation recently awarded over $500,000 in grants to schools in six districts for use during the 2014-2015 academic year.
This year’s winning grant applications included projects for new technology such as SMART boards, document cameras and iPads for the classrooms, lab equipment for the sciences and hundreds of books for libraries and classrooms. The grants equip teachers in all grade levels.
David Welbourn thanks the 400 attendees of the Institute for Trustees at Pingree School for their work in Essex County.
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Danvers, MA—How do leaders of nonprofits recruit the best match for their boards? And once they do, what are effective ways to engage them so that everyone benefits?
Nearly 400 nonprofit leaders, executives and board members from across Essex County (and beyond) gathered in March 2014 at Pingree School. The day-long training conference has become a tradition of the ECCF: the Institute for Trustees.
Danvers, MA—From school safety, suicide prevention, and human trafficking to digital communication, mental health, and family support, the workshop topics in this year’s Youth At Risk conference reflect the many challenges and issues facing today’s young people—and those who help them.
Collaborative giving happens everyday in Essex County. It is often seen in the inspiring stories of women and men who work hard to make our region a better place for all of us to live. The spirit of such community efforts is the star of this video, shown first at ECCF's inaugural Celebration of Giving breakfast on Wed., May 7, 2014. But there are hundreds of similar stories we can all be a part of!
Danvers, MA—From health and history to arts and youth programs, the 2014 Fund for Nonprofit Excellence (FNE), a funding source of the Essex County Community Foundation, has awarded over $70,000 in grants to a variety of local organizations.
Pan Mass Challenge Founder/CEO Billy Starr's 2014 Institute for Trustees keynote address on how to grow an organization with passion.
Essex County, MA—April, 2014 - The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its sixth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:30-9pm at Willowdale Estate in Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield. 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. Tickets for the event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.
April 8, 2014 — The Women’s Fund of Essex County announced that it has awarded $200,000 to 19 nonprofit programs in Essex County that teach economic self-sufficiency, leadership and empowerment, and health and well-being skills to women and girls.
Susan Barry, president of the Women’s Fund of Essex County, said her group focuses on women and girls women have the highest rates of poverty, the lowest median income, are the most underemployed, and suffer the greatest rates of violence.
In Essex County, of the almost 29,000 children who live in poverty, 74 percent live in single mother families.”
One of every 408 Americans lives in Essex County, the place where America’s philanthropic life began. Global firsts abound here: from the machine that stitches shoes to the CT scanner that finds tumors. Here the Bill of Rights was first put on paper, the Navy and Coast Guard were founded, and fried clams were invented.
Danvers, MA—Over 400 executive directors and board members from nonprofits across Essex County will gather for the 2014 Institute for Trustees, a premiere leadership conference hosted by the Essex County Community Foundation, Saturday, March 22, at the at Pingree School in Hamilton, MA.
Danvers, MA — With an ever-growing impact and reach, the Essex County Community Foundation has expanded its staff and named Jo Kadlecek of Beverly as its new director of communication.
“The flood of good news coming out of the 2,500 nonprofits in Essex County touches all of us. These stories have to be told; they’re inspiring,” said Dave Welbourn, president and CEO of the Essex County Community Foundation. “Jo brings over 25 years of experience as a reporter, writer, educator and public relations professional to ECCF. She’s been an advocate for all types of nonprofits and has a keen sense about how to tell their stories.”
LAWRENCE — A beacon for the Merrimack Valley recently received a bit of a makeover.
The Ayer Mill Clock — the largest mill clock in the world, with a face just a foot smaller than Big Ben’s in London — now boasts new, brighter, energy-efficient lighting to make it visible far and wide.
“It is the face of the city and surrounding countryside,” said Dave Welbourn, president and chief executive officer of Essex County Community Foundation, which oversees the care of the clock. “We figured that now that the clock is working well, we should try to make it more visible to people.”
Play it Forward Giving Circle invites you to the Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute, an educational conference for early childhood educators to be held at the Riverside School in Danvers on March 8, 2014 from 8am-2:45pm.
Jack Outside the Box is the theme of this year’s Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute.
Jack Hartmann is the keynote presenter for this year's annual Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute. The theme “Jack Outside the Box” is designed to give teachers ways to teach curriculum that reaches children with different learning styles.