Leading Change. Transforming Communities.



Our work is centered on creating a strong community of local philanthropists and connecting donors and civic and nonprofit leaders to make the most impact on local issues. A founding principle of The Community Foundation has been education both through Donor Learning events and Nonprofit Leadership training. Please join us at the following opportunities to learn and network with peers.

Upcoming Events!

Saturday, March 24, 8:30am - 4:30pm. ECCF's annual Institute for Trustees | Pingree School, Hamilton. 


Monday, April 9, Time TBD. NextGen Donor Education Event, "The Giving Book" with author Ellen Sabin | Brookwood School, Manchester. 


Friday, April 13, 9am - 3pm. Creative County Arts Summit | Cabot Theater, Beverly. REGISTER TODAY!


Thursday, May 3, 7:30am. 5th Celebration of Giving Breakfast | DoubleTree Hotel, Danvers. 

ECCF will honor The Women's Fund of Essex County with the Geogre Peabody Award.
Dave McKechnie of Beauport Financial  will be the recipient of the Professional Advisor Award. 


Past Events

ECCF's Presentation on Impact Essex County at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce

On Jan. 10, 2018, nearly 200 attendees learned about ECCF's vision for imroving the quality of life in the 34 cities and towns of Essex County. Check out the photos on Facebook. 


2017 Celebration of Giving Breakfast

On May 4, 2017, ECCF held its 4th annual Celebration of Giving breakfast at the DoubleTree in Danvers. Over 400 guests enjoyed an inspirational morning of collective philanthropy, honoring local philanthropists and nonprofit organizations and learning more about the impact that ECCF is making in our communities. 

To learn more about the Celebration, click here. Check out ECCF's Facebook page to see photos from the event. 


8th Annual Institute for Trustees

On March 25, 2017, more than 300 nonprofit leaders joined ECCF at the Pingree School for our 8th annual Institute for Trustees, the region's premier all-day conference for nonprofit board members and executive directors. 

Read all about the 2017 Institute for Trustees here. And check out ECCF's Facebook page to see photos from the event. 


The Opposite of Spoiled with New York Times Columnist and author, Ron Lieber

On Feb. 1, 2017, Essex County Community Foundation's NextGen Initiative and Shore Country Day School partnered to present New York Times columnist, Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled, a groundbreaking guide book full of practical advice for teaching kids about money, family values, gratitude and the concept of giving back.

Read more about the advice Mr. Lieber had for parents trying to raise children who are caring, compassionate and grounded.