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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:
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.
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...
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.
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.”
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, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Karen Ansara of Essex and Mollie Byrnes of Gloucester to the ECCF Board of Trustees.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.
On October 18, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 10th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. The Luncheon honored twelve Essex County agencies, grant recipients under this year’s funding focus of “Economic Self-Sufficiency and Security.” The 2012 grant recipients are: Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Citizens for Adequate Housing, COMPASS for Kids, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill, Girls Inc. of Lynn, HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change), Healthy Directions, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center/ Girls Inc.
To: Leaders of nonprofit organizations and community services in Greater Lawrence, Massachusetts
From: Jeff Riley, Receiver of Schools, and the Committee to Connect Schools and Community
Does your nonprofit organization serve school aged youth in Lawrence, MA? If so join a city-wide movement to raise student achievement, create new opportunities for learning, support families and faculty, and strengthen your own organization.
We have created the following survey to help us understand the array of services being offered by local nonprofits for Lawrence school children.
Essex County, MA, September, 2012 – The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 10th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Dr. Peabody, MA.
Lynn Public Schools teachers, principals, and professional staff have been awarded 55 Hardscrabble Education Fund Grants worth more than $200,000. The grant money will support teaching initiatives and student achievement in Lynn schools.
Each year, the Hardscrabble Education Fund supports projects benefiting Essex County public-school students in Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Salem and Swampscott by issuing grants to teachers, schools, or districts.
BOSTON – Lawrence Public School Superintendent/Receiver Jeffrey C. Riley told a ballroom full of educators over breakfast yesterday that he doesn't think that turning around an entire school district has ever been done.