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Start a Charitable Fund

ECCF manages over 180 charitable funds. We provide investment management and expert guidance, and customize each fund to meet the donor's philanthropic intentions. Learn more about setting up a Fund.

Donate to ECCF

Three Reasons to give to ECCF’s Annual Fund to support the work of the Community Foundation and its impact in Essex County:

  • We support the work of nonprofits with grants that fund the vital work of agencies.
  • We bring people together for the common good with education/training for nonprofit board members to strengthen services in Essex County.
  • We inspire philanthropy and community leadership through initiatives like “Impact Essex County” and “Next Gen” that make social change happen.

Donate to an ECCF Fund

We invite you to learn more and support ECCF’s Community Leadership Funds or donate to any of our Donor Advised Funds.

Community Leadership Funds

Please visit Community Leadership Funds to learn more about these special funds.

Give to an Existing Donor Fund

See ECCF Funds to donate to a specific fund.

Turn your Private or Family Foundation into a Donor Advised Fund

Donor advised funds are now the most popular family philanthropy vehicle in America, outnumbering private foundations 2 to 1. Moving some or all your charitable assets to a donor advised fund at ECCF allows you to continue your philanthropic giving, free from the administrative burdens, payout requirements and exposure. Learn more.

Incorporate philanthropy into your estate plan

Planned giving can be an extremely effective approach to charitable giving. Learn more about planned giving options at Ways to Give.