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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.
Hamilton- A food pantry that serves Manchester and Essex families may be losing some storage room and workspace but not its spirit of serving the North Shore community...
Acord is one of dozens of pantries on Cape Ann and the North Shore surviving to support others in spite of economic or real estate setbacks. Collaborating its efforts with various pantries, Acord receives weekly drop-offs of food from the Gloucester-based The Open Door food pantry's truck and other donors.
Jan Plourde and her family ran a special kind of business supporting teachers and parents with teaching tools and ideas for 22 years in the Boston area. The Learning Tree Store in Danvers and Stoneham served as a community hub for teachers to buy toys, books and teaching supplies, as well as to access new ways to teach their young charges through teacher training and support. When the recession hit in October 2008, the store lost 35% of its business and after two years had to close its doors.
Danvers, MA- ECCF is pleased to welcome Anne Dodge to the ECCF board of Trustees. Anne brings over 30 years of nonprofit board work to her role at ECCF. Following a 3 year stint as an investment officer and trader of US Government securities with the Bank of Boston, Anne began her long and committed involvement with the leadership and governance of educational and religious institutions in our region.
Jonathan Paschal, 12, and his brother Jordan, 6, were dropped off each day over the summer at the Children’s Center in Methuen, but that wasn’t always where they stayed.
“They took trips to the beach, to lakes, to Canobie Lake Park,’’ says their mother, Tracey Anderson. “Jordan loves the water. Jonathan was more a fan of Laser Craze.’’
The boys covered a lot of ground during the Children’s Center’s summer program, thanks in part to grants provided by the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a collaborative donor effort administered by the Essex County Community Foundation.
Hamilton —The word philanthropy used to conjure up images of affluent men sharing their wealth with those in need. But in 2010 philanthropy is now a woman’s world. And if the 270 dynamic, community focused women who attended The Women’s Fund of Essex County Eighth Annual Grant Awards Luncheon at the Peabody Marriott on Oct 21 are any indication that philanthropy movement among women is increasing in strength.
...Through a week-long artist-in-residence program at the Witchcraft Heights School, students in all grades worked with children’s author and poet Jeff Nathan, who taught them writing skills through lessons infused with humor and song...Grade five teacher Kathy Marchetti raised $6,000 to pay for the program, securing a $1,000 grant from the Salem Education Foundation, donations from the PTO and a school fundraiser, and a $3,000 matching grant from the Essex County Community Foundation. Read article...
In Lawrence, everybody knows what time it is by looking at the Ayer Mill Clock Tower. And today, they’ll prove they care with a centennial celebration for the four-sided, 267-foot-tall landmark.
“We hope it’s a symbol of the continued revitalization of Lawrence,’’ said Jay Caporale, executive vice president of the Essex County Community Foundation.
The clock tower, with its 22-foot clock dials, is one of the tallest in the world, the foundation says. “The fact that it was so enormous was a tremendous sense of pride to all the laborers who worked in these massive textile mills,’’ said Barbara Brown, executive director of the Lawrence History Center.
LAWRENCE — It was a towering icon of American industry, a ringing symbol of the working class in this city and across the nation for half a century. By the late 1950s it had become something else: a crumbling relic of Lawrence's vanishing glory and a 267-foot-high roost for generations of pigeons that left behind tons of droppings during the four decades they had the run of the place.
Burlington- As local communities, non-profits, and hospitals continue to face challenges, Congressman John Tierney is launching a series of grants workshops to highlight new and ongoing opportunities to bring federal dollars to Massachusetts.
Middleton —On Sunday, July 18 an expected 400-500 cyclists of all ages will participate in the 6th annual Reid’s Ride.Cyclists will pedal 28 miles along a scenic route that launches from Lynnfield High School and passes through six towns along the North Shore and Cape Ann from Lynnfield through Middleton into Danvers, Beverly, Manchester and ending in Gloucester before finishing at historic Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park for a barbeque, music, and prizes.