Danvers, MA— Essex County Community Foundation announced today that Beth Francis has been named vice president for development.
Francis – a respected nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of development and communications experience – joins ECCF at a critical juncture in its history, as the Foundation works to significantly expand its donor base and increase its impact in Essex County. The Foundation is preparing to launch the second phase of its major community leadership project, Impact Essex County.
“It was a stroke of great luck – and great timing – for ECCF that Beth became available during our search,” said Jon Payson, ECCF’s board chair. “Her professional credentials, deep roots in Essex County, and longtime association with one of the county’s top nonprofits are a great fit for the Foundation’s goals and the important collaborative work ahead of us with Impact Essex County.”
Francis joins ECCF after 21 years with YMCA of the North Shore, where she served as both director of product development and, for the last nine years, as chief development officer. In this role, Francis raised $6.5 million in capital funds, increased the annual charitable operating support by 123 percent, doubled the organization’s number of donors to 4,000 and developed its first planned giving initiative, resulting in over 70 endowment supporters over three years.
"Beth's track record at the Y is extraordinary, and her network in Essex County is impressive,” said ECCF Trustee Theresa Ellis, who heads the Foundation’s development committee. “I am very much looking forward to working with Beth as we continue to build the impact of the Foundation, and I expect many of our partners will be excited to work with her too."
Prior to YMCA of the North Shore, Francis served as director of membership and marketing at Beverly Regional YMCA. Before that, she was marketing and communications manager at YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.
As ECCF’s vice president for development, Francis will lead the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and help individuals, families, corporations and nonprofit organizations reach their philanthropic goals by engaging them with the Foundation and the greater community.
"I'm inspired by ECCF’s work and honored to join the organization’s dedicated staff and volunteers in their efforts to improve the lives of all those in Essex County,” said Francis. “It is very motivating to raise vital funding in an organization striving for real social change. Hunger relief, access to quality education, breaking the cycle of poverty and the healthcare crisis – these are the causes I am passionate about and why I’ve joined ECCF.”
She added, “Managing philanthropists' charitable assets so they can support the causes they are passionate about while giving deserving organizations the vital funds they need to make a real impact is a win-win, and extremely rewarding work.”