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22 New Donor Advised Funds Expand ECCF's Impact in Region
Press Release
July 10, 2014

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.

Trustee Pat Meservey: On ECCF's Value and Opportunities
June 28, 2014

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.

Matt Doring Discusses Why ECCF Matters to him
June 28, 2014

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 Karen Ansara and the Impact of Giving through ECCF
June 28, 2014

Trustee, activist and philanthropist Karen Ansara believes deeply in the power and impact of giving through ECCF.

Karen Ansara on the Value of Our Community Foundation
June 28, 2014

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.

Pat Meservey on being an ECCF Trustee
June 28, 2014

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.

Beginnings: Co-Founder David Tory Recalls ECCF's History
June 28, 2014

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.

Four New Trustees Named to ECCF Board
Press Release
June 26, 2014

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 Air: Dave Welbourn Featured on Comcast Newsmakers
June 23, 2014

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.)

ECCF Awards $280,000 in Summer Grants for Lawrence Kids!
Press Release
June 23, 2014

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.

Press Release:
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.

ECCF Awards $500,000 in Grants to Six Public School Districts
Press Release
June 5, 2014

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.

Dave Welbourn Speaks at Institute for Trustees 2014
May 22, 2014

David Welbourn thanks the 400 attendees of the Institute for Trustees at Pingree School for their work in Essex County.

How To Build a Board: Free Workshop at Newburyport Bank
Press Release
May 20, 2014


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?

Catch the Spirit! Institute for Trustees 2014 Video
May 20, 2014

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.

Caring for New England’s Young People: 14th Annual Youth At Risk Conference a Success
press release
May 19, 2014

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.

Experience 'The Power of Giving'
May 7, 2014

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!

ECCF’s Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Names 2014 Grantees
Press Release
April 22, 2014

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.

Billy Starr at the 2014 IFT
April 17, 2014

Pan Mass Challenge Founder/CEO Billy Starr's 2014 Institute for Trustees keynote address on how to grow an organization with passion.

Power of the Purse is Coming
Press Release
April 15, 2014

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.

Women’s Fund of Essex County Gives $200K to 19 Nonprofits
Press Release
April 9, 2014

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.”

Column: Good leadership doesn't just happen
The Salem News
March 17, 2014

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.

Billy Starr, New Technology Highlight 2014 Institute
Press Release
March 10, 2014

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.

ECCF Names Director of Communication
Press Release
March 5, 2014

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.”

Let There be Light
Eagle Tribune
February 28, 2014

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.”

Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute, March 8
Press Release
February 18, 2014

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.