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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.
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.
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.
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!
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Betty Beland on Tuesday November 15, 2011. Betty’s dedication to the support of the nonprofit community in the Greater Lawrence area was of profound and invaluable importance. Among her legacy of extraordinary accomplishments is her leading role in the establishment of the Essex County Community Foundation.
Danvers — With a lofty goal of empowering women and girls in the area, the Women’s Fund of Essex County took another significant step to that end by awarding 12 grants to deserving charities last week at their 9th annual luncheon.
HAMILTON — One could easily argue Anita Evetts was born to be a teacher. She had a piano in her second-grade classroom at Cutler Elementary in Hamilton and would play and sing with her students every day.
"She was brilliant at connecting with all children," said Janie Bellenis, a teaching assistant at Cutler and close friend of Evetts. "She was incredibly vibrant and fun. She made learning very fun."
The National Teen Leadership Program will hold its will hold its first East Coast program from July 15-17 at Endicott College...
Endicott College was selected as the site of its first East Coast retreat because of the presence of the Essex County Community Foundation's Youth at Risk conference, Kim said.
The 11th annual Youth at Risk (YAR) Conference will be held at Endicott College in Beverly on Wednesday, June 8th. Attended each year by over 500 professionals from all over the region, this event has become an essential conference for providers of services to youth. YAR enables providers to deepen their knowledge of critical practices and reconnect with peers as they work to reduce the problems faced by many young people. Conference attendees can choose from over 20 workshops on topics ranging from the treatment of trauma and substance abuse to the effects of immigration on families, suicide prevention in adolescents, and identifying and treating youth with Aspergers Syndrome.
The annual food drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers is set to take place on Saturday, May 14th. Participating post office branches encourage residents to leave a bag of non-perishable, non-expired food items by their post box prior to their normal mail delivery time on Saturday the 14th.
This food drive has become one of the most important food drives of the year for food pantries and soup kitchens to stock their shelves for the early summer months. Please support your local food pantry by participating in this national event and thank your letter carrier for helping alleviate hunger in the community.
It might sound like a less-than-exciting way to spend a warm spring Saturday. But this Saturday, about 300 Essex County nonprofit board members will get together in Hamilton to learn about topics like fiduciary responsibility and donor retention.
They say the Essex County Institute for Trustees helps them keep the area’s arts groups, food banks, and other nonprofit organizations running successfully in difficult financial times.
ECCF works to promote local philanthropy and strengthen the nonprofits that provide many of the services we benefit from every day such as cultural events, historical preservation, education, health services, social services, environmental protection and more.
On Saturday, March 26, ECCF will hold the 2nd Annual Essex County Institute for Trustees at the Pingree School in Hamilton to bring together the leadership of many of these organizations to learn, share best practices and bring a sense of community to the nonprofit sector in Essex County.
ECCF manages over 100 Charitable Funds and more than 135 scholarships. This $18+ million family of funds includes Donor Advised Funds for family philanthropy (the best alternative to family foundations), Agency Funds (the endowment and reserves of nonprofits), and ECCF's program funds.
With a Community Foundation's special ability to pool many smaller funds, ECCF can diversify holdings, increase safety, employ expert managers, provide greater oversight, and achieve economies of scale for Fund Holders. Every three years, ECCF issues a Request for Proposal for investment managers and selects a diverse group to guard and grow these assets.