As Essex County Community Foundation’s Vice President for Philanthropy, Julie Bishop has spent the last 11 years working to improve the communities of Essex County.
Described as compassionate and dedicated by the donors, fundholders, nonprofit organizations and colleagues she works with, Bishop recently announced that she would be retiring from ECCF this summer.
“I started my career with ECCF in 2006, and I am so proud to have been part of the Foundation’s evolution into a thriving organization with a strong, multi-faceted mission that focuses on our fundholders, on community leadership and on strengthening our local nonprofits,” said Bishop. “There are so many exciting things on the horizon for ECCF, and I can’t wait to see the continued impact the organization has on the future of Essex County.”
Eight years ago, Bishop founded ECCF’s Institute for Trustees, now recognized as the region’s premier nonprofit leadership conference, attended by nearly 400 nonprofit leaders from around the region each year. She also spearheaded the Foundation’s newest community leadership initiative, Impact Essex County, a collaborative multi-year project that will aim to tackle some of Essex County’s most pressing social issues. For more information on Impact Essex County, which was launched in 2016, visit www.impactessexcounty.org.
“When I joined ECCF in 2015, I knew right away I would be relying on Julie’s vast institutional knowledge and expertise,” said Dave Edwards, ECCF’s president and CEO. “She’s been an invaluable part of the Foundation, and much of our success can be attributed to her efforts.”
At ECCF, Bishop works closely with philanthropists seeking to establish donor advised funds, charitable accounts that allow them to easily support the causes they care about. Currently, ECCF manages the charitable assets of more than 180 donors.
“It’s really her relationships with people that make her so good at what she does,” said Edwards. “She is going to be sorely missed, but I am confident our new leadership team will continue to build on the Foundation’s recent success.”
ECCF’s Assistant Vice President for Philanthropy, Carol Lavoie Schuster, will take over the vice president for philanthropy role, and will work closely with Edwards and ECCF’s Vice President for Development Beth Francis, who joined ECCF late last year after more than 20 years of development work with the YMCA of the North Shore.
Bishop, a longtime Wenham resident and avid volunteer, serves as trustee of Wellspring House in Gloucester, where she was recently elected chair of the board. She has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including as director of education at the Wenham Museum.
“Though I’m looking forward to my retirement, I will most definitely miss the work and the people,” said Bishop. “But I’m still invested in ECCF’s success and will continue to keep track of all the great things the Foundation continues to do for Essex County.”