Essex County Community Foundation, a $62 million grantmaking organization serving the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, is pleased to announce that Hehershe Busuego has joined the Foundation as its new program officer.
Ms. Busuego, who has 10 years of experience working with nonprofits, was most recently a Program Associate at the Boston Foundation, where she co-designed and administered Open Door Grants, a $2 million responsive grantmaking program created in 2016 to respond to the expressed ideas and needs of the community. The program supports a broad spectrum of nonprofits, including those that specialize in out-of-school time programs, hunger relief, health and youth development. She also designed and managed the Foundation’s capacity-building initiatives and oversaw grants management for TBF’s Nonprofit Effectiveness strategy.
Prior to joining TBF as a Proteus Fund Diversity Fellow, Ms. Busuego worked with the Young Leaders Fund, a donor advised fund at the Chicago Community Trust that engages young professionals in the support of emerging nonprofits, and the Headwaters Group, a Chicago-based international philanthropic consulting firm specializing in evaluation, strategic planning and program research. Previous experience includes assignments in research, development, program and communications for such organizations as the Chicago Global Donors Network, a nonprofit that promoted international philanthropy through knowledge sharing and community building, and Open Books Ltd., a nonprofit social enterprise that promotes literacy in Chicago and beyond.
“I’m really excited to leverage my experience to build upon all of the great things happening at ECCF right now,” said Ms. Busuego, “and I look forward to digging into all of ECCF’s established grantmaking programs and helping them grow.”
At ECCF, which manages more than 180 charitable funds and has granted more than $43 million to nonprofits, schools and students in Essex County and beyond, Ms. Busuego will assist Vice President for Grants and Services, Carol Lavoie Schuster, in administering the Foundation’s various grantmaking programs. She will be responsible for working with numerous grantmaking committees, assisting with the review of grant applications, coordinating site visits and overseeing all of the grant administration activities. She will also assist the donor services department with donor education events and communications.
“We feel very fortunate to have landed a program officer with such a depth of nonprofit experience,” said Lavoie Schuster. “We are confident that Ms. Busuego will play a key role in building upon the success of ECCF’s grantmaking programs and the Foundation’s overall growth.”
Ms. Busuego, who will begin her new role at ECCF on July 14, is a graduate of Smith College and earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University’s Questrom School of Management.