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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.

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.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County Celebrates Grant Recipients
Press Release
November 6, 2012
Susan Barry, Women’s Fund President with speakers Mary Ellen Drew and Katie Galenius. Photo by Alyse Gause.

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.

A New Opportunity for Lawrence Nonprofits
October 12, 2012

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.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s Annual Luncheon will Celebrate 10 Years of Empowering Women & Girls
Press Release
September 26, 2012
Miranda Russell

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 Receives $200,000 in Hardscrabble Grant Funding
Lynn Journal
August 1, 2012

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.

Receiver: Individual schools to lead way in Lawrence turnaround
Eagle Tribune
August 1, 2012

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.

Reid’s Ride Celebrates Milestone in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care
Press Release
July 20, 2012

In what can only be called a “ride to remember”, more than 360 cyclists pedaled 28 miles from Lynnfield to Gloucester in an event that raised more than $149,000 to fight the cancers striking adolescents and young adults.  At the finish line, riders and supporters celebrated some long-awaited achievements in that fight.  
This was the eighth consecutive year for the Reid’s Ride Bike-a-thon, held annually on the third Sunday in July.   The event is named after Reid Sacco, a Lynnfield native who lost his two-year battle with cancer at age 20.

ECCF Welcomes 4 New Members to Board of Trustees
June 27, 2012

Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Steven P. Cohen, Robert R. Fanning, Jr., Susan J. Gray and Kevin M. Tierney Sr. to The Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

“These deeply-experienced leaders will instantly raise the Foundation’s game,” said ECCF CEO, Dave Welbourn. “They have been stars in a great variety of nonprofit roles and now they will strengthen the Community Foundation’s grants and services to Essex County’s 2500 nonprofits.”

The new Trustees take office July 1st.

Youth at Risk 2012
June 7, 2012
Andre Dubus

The 12th Annual Youth at Risk Conference held on June 6, 2012 at Endicott College was an inspiring and educational event attended by a record 734 people! The information packed day began with a keynote address by New York Times bestselling author and Haverhill native, Andre Dubus III, who recounted his inspiring recovery from a violent childhood through writing.

“Power of the Purse” will help bring about change
Wicked Local Danvers
June 3, 2012
Power of the Purse fundraiser

North of Boston —More than 200 women from all over Essex County and as far away as Maine attended the fourth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event and purse raffle held in April at Brookwood School, in Manchester.

Proceeds from the event help to fund the Women’s Fund of Essex County special projects and grant awards.  Special thanks to Brookwood School and to the generous merchants, caterers and friends who donated the fabulous purses and bags and delicious hors d’oeuvres!

North Shore Hunger Network Goes to Washington, D.C.
May 22, 2012

Washington DC- With thanks to the Essex County Community Foundation, 5 representatives from three local organizations in the North Shore Hunger Network were able to add their voices to the 700 antipolicy advocates that descended on Washington D.C. in late February to attend the Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. The Three days were jam-packed with workshops including such topics as “Best Practices of SNAP (Food Stamp) Outreach” , “Making Summer Meals Happen”, " Keeping Hunger in the Public Eye", "Child Nutrition and Wellness", and "Strategic Partnerships and Coalitions for Effective Advocacy".

Hardscrabble Awards over $265K to Public School Classrooms
Press Release
May 10, 2012

On May 3rd, Essex County Community Foundation awarded 71 grants totaling over $265,000 to public school classrooms in Lynn, Beverly, Salem, Nahant and Swampscott. Grants will fund the latest in educational technology, equipment, books and curriculum development. View complete list of grant awards.

ECCF’s Hardscrabble Education Fund was established in 2001 by a North Shore philanthropist to promote and support academic achievement in the public school system by issuing grants to individual public schools or districts primarily in the fields of English, Mathematics and Science.

National Letter Carriers' Food Drive, Saturday, May 12
Press Release
May 2, 2012

ECCF and EBSCO Publishing Partner to Support the U.S. Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Each year on the second Saturday of May, mail carriers across the country volunteer their time to collect food donations for the food pantries and soup kitchens in their communities. In 2011, this national drive provided 70.2 million pounds of food to help feed hungry families throughout the country. Celebrating its 20th year, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collects food at a crucial time of year- stocking pantry shelves with nonperishable food items for the summer months ahead.

Lynn Community Health Center honors two
Marblehead Reporter
April 10, 2012
Honorees with guests. Photo by Reba Saldanha.

Marblehead —Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College, and Paula Shorts, president of the Women’s Fund of Essex County, were honored by the Lynn Community Health Center at its inaugural “Women for LCHC Recognition Breakfast” recently. Over 200 guests were on hand to recognize the honorees for their contributions to the health education, and economic development of women and girls.

Institute for Trustees 2012
March 26, 2012
Institute attendees arriving at Pingree School.

The 2012 Institute was a high energy, information packed day of learning and networking. A constant buzz permeated the hallways in between sessions and during lunch as people met old friends and made new connections— sharing fresh ideas to bring back and put to work in their respective organizations.

Invitation to Meet Jeff Riley
March 1, 2012

At the request of Jeffrey Riley, Superintendent/Receiver for the Lawrence Public School District, the Essex County Community Foundation will be gathering nonprofit organizations from the Lawrence community to attend an informal "get to know you" session with Mr Riley. The session will be held on March 15 from 8:30-10am in the Lawrence High School Performing Arts Center in Lawrence,

Mr. Riley will share his vision and plans for improving the Lawrence Public Schools for the children of Lawrence. The session also will provide an opportunity for him to learn about the vibrant nonprofit community that serves the people of Lawrence. We hope you can join us for this event.

Danvers-based group offers training for non-profit leaders
Boston Globe
March 1, 2012
A workshop in session at the IFT.

Over 2,500 non-profit organizations employ almost 45,000 people on the North Shore, providing a valuable part of the economy and much needed resources for residents going through tough times. But leading a non-profit is not always easy.

Trustees need time to focus on their dedication to their organization and renew energy to do their jobs better, according to Julie Bishop, vice president of grants and services for the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), a Danvers-based organization that works to educate and develop local non-profits.

“If the board is strengthened, everything an organization does will be stronger,” said Bishop.

ECCF Honors Betty Beland, Renames Summer Fund
Press Release
February 2, 2012

In honor of the founder of the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the renaming of the Fund to the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund.

“Betty’s vision to enhance the quality of life in the Merrimack Valley was realized in creating the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund which now supports activities for over 19,000 children each summer. Her legacy and spirit will live on for generations to come” said Jay Caporale, ECCF Director of Philanthropy.

Announcing the new Grants Resource Center at ECCF
Press Release
January 26, 2012
Brian Frykenburg takes advantage of the GRC.

ECCF is pleased to announce the opening of the EBSCO Publishing Grants Resource Center at ECCF (GRC). In partnership with Associated Grant Makers and sponsored by EBSCO Publishing, the GRC is a valuable research database for nonprofits seeking new funding sources through regional, national and international granting foundations.

State receiver embarks on historic mission to transform Lawrence's failed school system
Eagle Tribune
January 12, 2012

State receiver embarks on historic mission to transform Lawrence's failed school system

LAWRENCE — Lawrence Public Schools made history yesterday when the troubled district became the first to be placed into receivership by the state. But the school system will make even bigger history if the receiver's turnaround plan works, something that may take years.

Merrimack Valley General Fund awards $40K to local agencies
Press Release
December 13, 2011

Twenty nonprofit organizations serving the Merrimack Valley region will receive over $40,000 in grant awards from the Merrimack Valley General Fund. The awards ceremony will be held this morning, December 13th, at Family Service Inc. in Lawrence. The grants will help stock shelves at local food pantries , support a variety of after-school programs, as well as fund programs for the elderly and the disabled. A grant to the Lawrence History Center will help fund the development of a curriculum guide for local schools to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bread & Roses Strike next year.

Webster Family Fund awards $27,300 to local nonprofits
Press Release
December 1, 2011

We are pleased to announce the awardees of The Webster Family Fund fall 2011 grant cycle. The Fund distributed a total of $27,300 to 8 nonprofit programs in the Greater Lawrence region. This year’s recipients were Acting Out! Theater Company, Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence Catholic Academy, Lawrence Community Works, Lazarus House Ministries, Notre Dame High School, YWCA of Greater Lawrence.

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