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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.

Bruce J. Anderson Foundation RFP info session Jan 11
December 20, 2013

An information session for Cape Ann prospective applicants for the 2013 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation will be held from 10-11am, January 11 2013 at ECCF.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation is a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation and has been making grants on Cape Ann and the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Friday, February 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Grant decisions will be made by early June.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County Celebrates Grant Recipients
Press Release
November 15, 2013

On October 24th, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 11th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. The luncheon featured “Homeless to Harvard” student Dawn Loggins interviewed by award winning news anchor Natalie Jacobson. Thirteen Essex County agencies were honored, grant recipients under this year’s funding focus of “Leadership & Empowerment”:  Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of Lynn, Girls Inc.

Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey
October 21, 2013

ECCF is partnering with Third Sector New England(TSNE) on a new employee compensation and benefits survey designed to provide data on current nonprofit pay and benefits practices across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A report will be made available with the survey results that will give nonprofits:

Rediscovered Treasure
Itemlive.com
October 14, 2013

SWAMPSCOTT —Â On the highest point of Swampscott Cemetery, amidst the tombstones and the trees, sits a small, 90-year-old stone chapel. For more than 25 years it was locked up, hidden in weeds and forgotten.

Until now.

Deborah Bogardus, a lifelong Swampscott resident, rediscovered Andrews Memorial Chapel while looking for a place to hold a memorial service for her sister 12 years ago.

“It was in pretty bad repair then,” said Bogardus. Read more...

Women’s Fund of Essex County to host annual Grant Awards Luncheon
Wicked Local North of Boston
September 17, 2013

North of Boston —The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 11th annual Grant Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Drive, Peabody.

Keeper of Ayer Mill tower clock gets time moving again
The Eagle Tribune
August 1, 2013

Heatwave stopped workings of giant timepiece

LAWRENCE — The recent heat wave was enough to halt time. At least that’s what happened when the torrid temperatures stopped the hands on the face of the city’s iconic Ayer Mill clock.

“The heat causes the pendulum to expand by 16th of an inch and changes the speed of the clock,” Charles E. Waites, keeper of the Ayer Mill clock, said yesterday. “The high heat over a couple of weeks, it did have an effect on the clock.”

Reid’s Ride Continues to Shine in its Drive to Improve the Outlook for AYA Cancer Patients
Press Release
July 22, 2013
Reid's Ride 2013

LYNNFIELD, MA.  It was only fitting that relief from the week-long record-setting heat wave would come just in time for the Ninth Annual Reid’s Ride this past Sunday morning.  The day dawned dry, much cooler and brilliantly sunny for more than 400 cyclists joining the fun and challenge of this year’s event.

Dave Caruso, Financial Planner of the Year, Shares award with ECCF
Press Release
July 9, 2013
Dave Caruso with check

Dave Caruso, donor and friend of ECCF, was named 2013 Financial Planner of the Year by the Financial Planners Association of Massachusetts, and named ECCF as the beneficiary of his $1000 gift. We asked Dave why he chose ECCF.

He said, "Being a North Shore & Essex County resident for almost 25 years, I have found ECCF to be one of the most responsive organizations I’ve worked with and provide amazing services to nonprofits that truly need help. Their annual Institute for Trustees is the best that I’ve ever attended and wouldn’t miss it for even a Celtics or Red Sox game! I feel that focusing on those in your own neighborhood and backyards is a far better choice for me!

2013 Margaret Voss Teacher Recognition Award
Marblehead Reporter
June 24, 2013

Marblehead —For making a difference in her students’ lives every day and for having a positive impact on the school in which she teaches, a Bell School third-grade teacher was awarded the 2013 Margaret Voss Howard Teacher Recognition Award recently.

Lindsay Turcotte, a Swampscott native who has taught at Bell for the past nine years, was presented the annual award during a meeting with the entire faculty inside the school’s library just after the school day ended on Wednesday, June 19.

ECCF Awarded $100k grant from Cummings Foundation
Press Release
June 20, 2013

Essex County Community Foundation was awarded $100k from the Cummings Foundation. As one of the recipients in Cummings Foundation's $100k for 100 grant program, ECCF joined a number of other North Shore nonprofits in celebration at the award ceremony on June 19th.

“This generous grant from the Cummings Foundation will support the Center for Nonprofit Excellence which provides essential training on board governance and nonprofit leadership to organizations across the region” said Jay Caporale, ECCF Executive Vice President and Director of Philanthropy.

2013 Youth at Risk Conference
June 6, 2013

ECCF's 13th Annual Youth at Risk Conference, held on June 5th at Endicott College, was a great day of learning and networking. The region's only all day conference designed specifically for professionals working with at risk youth was attended by over 700 social workers, counselors, court personnel, psycologists, nonprofit staff and others. The keynote was delivered by Michael Thompson, best-selling author and psychologist, who is devoting his career to helping educators understand boys and how they can be better supported in the school environment.

David Tory to receive Honorary Doctorate from Salem State University
Press Release
May 16, 2013

In honor of his dedication to the nonprofit sector through his founding and leadership of the Essex County Community Foundation, David Tory of Essex will be conferred the degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the Salem State University School of Graduate Studies on May 16th 2013. The commencement program will be held from 4-5:45pm and will include a presentation to his co-recipient, Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education who was appointed to office by President Obama in 2009, followed by the ceremony for the over 500 graduates of the school this year.  Dr. Kanter will deliver the Commencement Address.

National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
May 11, 2013

The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

To help the effort, ECCF and EBSCO Publishing Company have partnered to purchase ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ bags that will be delivered to residents this week in participating towns. The bags have been proven to increase donations by up to 80%!

Whether you receive a bag or not, please participate in this important food drive. Donations go to local food pantries to help stock their shelves during the summer months.

ECCF Welcomes Two to Board of Trustees
Press Release
May 1, 2013

Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Karen Ansara of Essex and Mollie Byrnes of Gloucester to the ECCF Board of Trustees.

North Shore Hunger Network Attends FRAC’s 2013 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference
Executive Summary
April 3, 2013

Members of the North Shore Hunger Network had a successful visit to the Food Research and Action Center's (FRAC) National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington D.C. March 2 through March 5 that culminated in a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill. Thanks to support from the Essex County Community Foundation, three members of the North Shore Hunger Network (NSHN) Beverly Bootstraps, Our Neighbor's Table and The Open Door were able to attend, represented by Gus McDonald (BB), Lori Townsend (ONT), Jen Perry (TOD) and Sarah Grow (TOD).

3rd Annual Lights & Sirens Fundraiser, April 27
April 1, 2013

The Michael Latta EMS Scholarship Foundation is hosting its 3rd Annual Lights & Sirens Fundraiser on April 27 at Sal’s Riverwalk Function Hall, Lawrence, MA! The event includes a spaghetti dinner, scholarship presentations, raffles, silent auction and dancing. Tickets are required and are $25 each. 100% of all proceeds go towards the scholarship foundation whose purpose is to award scholarships to young EMT's to help them continue their education and become Paramedics. Doors open at 7pm.

Register now!

2013 Institute for Trustees
March 23, 2013

The fourth annual Institute for Trustees was held on March 23, 2013 at the Pingree School and this year was sold out. Bill Cummings, founder of the Cummings Foundation, was the keynote speaker and captivated the room with his inspirational approach to philanthropy both locally and abroad—particularly in Rwanda. Bill and his wife Joyce became the first Massachusetts residents to join "The Giving Pledge", initiated by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, and have already donated more than 90 percent of their assets to charitable causes.

Power of the Purse to be held April 4
Press Release
March 10, 2013

The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its fifth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event on April 4th, 2013 at the Brookwood School in Manchester.  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 4, 2013, from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. at Brookwood School located off Rt. 127, in Manchester, MA.  All proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.

Linda Abbene headlines 23rd annual Legacy of Teaching Institute
Press Release
February 15, 2013

Linda Abbene is the keynote artist at Play it Forward Giving Circle's 23rd Annual Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute, at the Riverside School, 95 Liberty St., Danvers, MA on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Linda will be painting a nature scene at her easel and over 100 early childhood professionals are invited to paint the same scene on canvas. Each participant will be given a canvas, brushes, acrylic paint to work at their own easel. It will be one giant painting flash mob.

Building Connections with the Lawrence Public Schools
December 10, 2012

If your nonprofit organization serves school-aged children in Lawrence, MA, please join us on January 3rd from 9am through lunch for a meeting with school principles and local nonprofit leaders facilitated by Jeff Riley, Reciever, Lawrence Public Schools and Dave Welbourn, CEO ECCF. The meeting will be held in the Lawrence High School Field House.

ECCF Nonprofit Benefits Projects
December 3, 2012

Exploring group benefits options to save nonprofits money

One of ECCF's goals is to create economies of scale to help nonprofits save money. We are currently looking into two new projects to offer nonprofit organizations ways to save on overhead costs. Here are the two projects under consideration:

What is Happening in Lawrence Public Schools?
November 6, 2012

Join funders from throughout Massachusetts on November 28 from 8-10:30am for a lively and interactive discussion about the role of private philanthropy in public education reform and the lessons being learned at Lawrence Public Schools, which, this past January, became the first school district placed in receivership by the State. The session will be held at AGM, 55 Court Street, Suite 520, Boston. Tickets are free for AGM members, $35 for non-members.

Learn more and register.

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