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Liz Moulton joins ECCF's Board of Trustees
Press release
December 22, 2017

Essex County Community Foundation, a $65 million grantmaking organization serving the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, is pleased to announce that Liz Moulton has been elected to the organization’s Board of Trustees.


Moulton brings extensive experience in leadership and organizational assessment, with a specific focus on empowering women and girls to become leaders in business, education and communities. Together with her husband, Congressman Seth Moulton, Liz is committed to work that advances the economic security and prosperity of families in Essex County, and all of Massachusetts.


ECCF, Sen. Tom McGee host city leaders for Transportation Summit
press release
December 13, 2017

For all its natural beauty, art, culture and history, Essex County – like many others of the state’s burgeoning regions – can be a little difficult to navigate.

“We say it’s hard to get to, but worth it,” said Salem mayor, Kim Driscoll, about her city, which experiences its share of traffic and transportation issues, especially during the fall season when it becomes a major hotspot for Halloween revelers.

“It takes forever to get anywhere,” Driscoll added. “It doesn’t have to be this way.”

Bob Gore elected to ECCF Board of Trustees
press release
October 31, 2017

The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Robert C. Gore of Boxford has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

ECCF trustees are selected for their record of charitable service, strong ties to Essex County, fiscal responsibility and dedication to improving the lives of those who live, work and raise families in our region.

On anniversary of son's death, hope remains
Press Release
July 26, 2017

Two years ago on July 17, Tim and Marie Tobin said goodbye to their only child, a tragic loss for which the Beverly couple is still deeply grieving.

At the age of 19, anxiety and depression – symptoms often associated with Klinefelter Syndrome, the genetic disorder their son, Brendan, was diagnosed with at the age of 15 – and other circumstances, led Brendan to take his life. Now the Tobins want to make sure his death wasn’t in vain.

ECCF announces hiring of new Program Officer
press release
July 11, 2017

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.


ECCF's Julie Bishop announces retirement after 11 years at the Foundation
press release
June 27, 2017

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. 

Second Lawrence fire highlights importance of Emergency Fund
press release
June 21, 2017

In less than two weeks, two tragic house fires have displaced dozens of Lawrence residents:

Fire in Multi-Family Home Forces Residents to Evacuate (June 21, 2017, NECN)

Fire Ravages Lawrence Neighborhood (June 12, 2017, Eagle-Tribune)

One giant leap for Impact Essex County
press release
May 17, 2017

Advisory council discusses collective impact; begins to narrow focus


If money grew on trees, Essex County – rich in green space – could fund all of our philanthropic endeavors.


But until those financial forests grow, we need to come together as a community to set priorities. This has been the task of the advisory council for Impact Essex County, Essex County Community Foundation’s community leadership initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for the 750,000+ residents that call Essex County home.


Putting the FUN in summer
press release
May 15, 2017

ECCF’s Greater Lawrence Summer Fund powers opportunities for low-income youth


For many kids, the anticipation of summer break is a feeling like no other. It’s a time to explore the open borders of nature, satisfy curiosities at summer camp and learn new skills at fun educational programs.


ECCF honors philanthropists, nonprofits at Celebration
press release
May 12, 2017

Philanthropists, ones that give with a purity of intention, teach future generations much about what it means to give. 


On May 4, Essex County Community Foundation honored several such philanthropists at its Celebration of Giving breakfast, an annual event that celebrates local giving and the people and organizations making an impact on our communities. The theme for the event was “Inspiring Philanthropy for Generations.”


The van Otterloo family of Marblehead – headed by Ejk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo – was given the George Peabody Award for outstanding philanthropy in Essex County.


A small grant makes big changes at Community Action, Inc.
press release
April 5, 2017

Gail Souther is the first person you’ll meet when you walk through the doors at Community Action, Inc., located at 3 Washington Square, a multilevel brick building in downtown Haverhill that could be considered a relic by modern standards. Souther, who has been the organization’s receptionist for 25 years and knows just about everything there is to know, sits in a cramped reception area, a space she shares with other CAI employees who are meeting with clients or conducting intakes.


Institute for Trustees highlights the strength in our differences
press release
April 3, 2017

A Baby Boomer, a Gen X’er and a Millennial step onto a stage. They look different. They have diverse backgrounds. And they think differently.


The Baby Boomer, Scott Beyer, is a longtime board member of the YMCA of the North Shore. The Gen X’er, Eliza Cowan, has been on the board at Wellspring for three years. Yesenia de Leon, a Millennial who participated in the RAW Artworks program as a teen, has been on that board for two years.


Though their differences emerge, there is a common thread that ties this trio of nonprofit board members together: their passion.


Students dig into data to learn more about Essex County
press release
March 21, 2017

When Gloucester High School sociology teacher, Rich Francis, wanted his students to learn more about Essex County's changing demographics, diversity and challenges, he knew there was a one-stop place where they could find it all.


How do we love Essex County?
press release
February 9, 2017

Let us count the data-driven ways


The month of February is all about heart. Not only do people celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, but it’s also American Hearth Month, a great time to commit to small changes that can lead to a healthy heart. And so Essex County Community Foundation thought February was the perfect time to help your heart feel full by sharing some of the reasons we adore our one true love: Essex County.


Raising Kids Who Are: The Opposite of Spoiled
press release
February 6, 2017

As parents, we all want to raise kids who are caring, compassionate and grounded, especially in today’s increasingly uncertain world. We just need the right tools.


On Feb. 1, more than 200 people joined Essex County Community Foundation for an engaging seminar with New York Times columnist Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled, a highly praised guide book full of practical advice for teaching kids about money, family values, gratitude and the concept of giving back.   

ECCF receives $18 million bequest
Press Release
January 9, 2017

The Essex County Community Foundation announced today that it is the beneficiary of an approximately $18 million bequest – the largest gift ever received by the Foundation – from the estate of the late R. Kingman “King” Webster, a former Lawrence businessman and philanthropist. 


Webster, who passed away late last year, left behind a legacy of giving, which was largely focused on providing Lawrence youth with educational opportunities.


Engaging Your Children in Philanthropy with Ron Lieber
December 22, 2016

Beverly, MA – Talking openly to children about money can help parents raise young adults who are grounded, generous and wise beyond their years, according to Ron Lieber, best-selling author of The Opposite of Spoiled, a groundbreaking book about kids, values and finances.


On Feb. 1, Essex County Community Foundation, in partnership with Shore Country Day School in Beverly, will present an inspiring seminar at which Lieber, the Your Money columnist for the New York Times, will discuss the how, when and why to talk to kids about money and engage them in philanthropy.


ECCF announces John Colucci as new trustee
press release
December 12, 2016

The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that John D. Colucci, director of the Corporate Department of the law firm of McLane Middleton and manager of the firm’s Woburn office, has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.


Colucci is joining the Foundation at a critical time, as ECCF strives to achieve the goals of its strategic plan, which include growing its charitable assets, widening its grantmaking impact and bringing about social change through its community leadership initiatives: Impact Essex County and NextGen Philanthropy.


ECCF to unveil critical data about Essex County on Oct. 28
Press release
October 20, 2016

Danvers, MA – Every day, we are surrounded by reminders of the ways in which Essex County shines, and where we struggle. We are blessed with the abundance of green space ablaze in autumn color, the history alive in our rich architecture and seacoast. But there’s also another side: the families who gather groceries at their local food pantries, the loved ones whose names have been added to the list of the 400 people who die each year of drug overdoses in our communities.  We all have these stories to tell.

But when those stories are backed by data, they have power. They can unite and mobilize. They can drive people to strengthen what works and fix what doesn’t.

ECCF Announces New Trustees
press release
September 18, 2016

Danvers, MA — The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Ben Langille has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

ECCF trustees are selected for their record of charitable service, strong ties to Essex County and fiscal responsibility. Langille is joining the Foundation at a critical time, as the organization advances our ambitious strategic plan and nears completion of the first phase of ECCF’s Impact Essex County. A vital data-driven community leadership project, ECCF’s Impact Essex County aims to identify critical issues in the region and help solve some of Essex County’s biggest challenges.

ECCF announces new vice president for development
press release
August 30, 2016

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. 

ECCF closes CNE; focuses on IFT for nonprofits
press release
August 4, 2016

Danvers, MA - The 1,266 nonprofit organizations located within Essex County’s 501 square miles represent a crucial part of the lifeblood of our county, sustaining, enriching and bettering the lives of Essex County’s 762,000 residents.

Since its inception in 1999, Essex County Community Foundation has, as part of its vision for a thriving, robust region, worked to strengthen these area nonprofits so that they can more efficiently fulfill their own vital missions: feeding the hungry, preserving our landscape, empowering our youth and offering hope to those in need.

New ECCF fund to provide scholarships to Andover students
press release
July 13, 2016

Donations to the Rick Starkweather Scholarship Fund now being accepted, donate online.

Danvers, MA – Born and raised in Andover, Rick Starkweather was the type of person who just loved to live life.

Rick, an Andover High School graduate who passed away on March 11 at the age of 48, will also be remembered as the guy everyone turned to for advice and help, as well as a hockey enthusiast who was the number one fan of his three children, Morgan, Casey and Jack.

ECCF's Dave Edwards appointed to AGM board
press release
June 28, 2016

Over 120 foundation and philanthropic leaders gathered at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Boston, MA - June 22, 2016 - Associated Grant Makers announced the appointment of new board members and officers at its 47th Annual Meeting held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston.

ECCF partners with LetsAllDoGood
press release
June 15, 2016

Danvers, Mass – Essex County Community Foundation today announced its partnership with LetsAllDoGood, a new app that connects causes directly to supporters on their smartphones.

Last month, LetsAllDoGood launched in Boston with 10 nonprofit partners and has recently announced its partnership with another 15 Boston area organizations.

After 100 years of giving, the Junior Aid Society dissolves
press release
June 2, 2016

Marblehead, MA – After more than 100 years of supporting charities for women and children on the North Shore, the Junior Aid Society, a nonprofit based in Marblehead, has announced that it is retiring its name and transferring the organization’s remaining funds to The Women’s Fund of Essex County.

“As a former Junior Aid member, I have great appreciation and respect for the contributions Junior Aid made to our community,” said The Women’s Fund Vice President Lynn Bryant. “I am honored that The Women’s Fund has been chosen as the recipient of Junior Aid’s remaining funds, and we will put them to good use as part of our granting process.”

ECCF announces new trustees
Press release
May 18, 2016

Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Robert P. Goldman and Richard Yagjian have been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

ECCF partners with Buffett family to educate donors
Press Release
May 4, 2016

Brookwood School hosts first event in new ECCF donor education series

Manchester, MA – In 2014, charitable giving across the country rose 5.4 percent to a record $358 billion, and now represents 2.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.

At the same time, Gen X’ers and Millennials are poised to receive a record-setting transfer of wealth totaling $30 trillion from their baby boomer parents, who are nearing retirement.

ECCF announces Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Press Release
April 19, 2016

Danvers, MA – Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Awards. 

Nine extraordinary organizations will receive grants from this highly competitive program that helps strengthen the capacity of Essex County nonprofits to perform their work more effectively. For 2016, ECCF is awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that are engaged in projects to improve their evaluation of programs, services, employees, board performance or overall organizational effectiveness.

IFT attendees encouraged to 'change the questions to change everything'
Press Release
March 29, 2016

South Hamilton, MA - Change is difficult to achieve. Many of us are guilty of making this assumption.


“These assumptions come from the dawn of humanity because life was hard, change was hard,” said social scientist Hildy Gottlieb. “In this modern, interconnected world, that story no longer serves us.”


ECCF launches plan to tackle Essex County’s biggest challenges
Press Release
February 5, 2016

Congressman Seth Moulton among local leaders to support Impact Essex County

Danvers, MA – Essex County Community Foundation, a local nonprofit devoted to strengthening the communities of Essex County, recently announced a new leadership initiative that aims to make a long-term measurable impact on the quality of life for the region’s 750,000 residents.

Special Tax Bill Includes Extended Help for Charities
Press Release
January 4, 2016

Provision Permits Tax-free Charitable Transfers from IRAs

On Dec. 18, Congress passed the PATH Act, which renews and makes permanent the Charitable IRA provision of 2006, making it easier for Americans to give to causes they care about. This provision has the power to help local charities strengthen their communities by allowing individuals to roll over up to $100,000 annually from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to charity without being federally taxed.

Essex County Community Foundation Receives National Recognition
Press Release
December 1, 2015

Danvers, MA – The Essex County Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates Essex County Community Foundation demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission.”

Celebrated Youth at Risk conference moves to Salem State University
Press Release
September 29, 2015

Salem, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Salem State University has assumed leadership of its annual Youth at Risk Conference.

Youth at Risk (YAR), which marked its 15th anniversary in June with a record 750 attendees, is a celebrated all-day conference devoted to service providers across the social service, law enforcement, and health and education sectors of Eastern Massachusetts who serve at-risk youth. Since it’s inception in 2000, YAR – which features dynamic keynote speakers, workshops, program exhibitions and networking opportunities – has grown to become the largest regional conference of its kind.

Essex County Community Foundation announces new director of strategic development
Press Release
September 22, 2015

Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Kristin Hansen has been hired as the Foundation’s new director of strategic development.

Kristin joins ECCF at a critical turning point in its history, as the organization shifts its overall focus towards asset development and community leadership.

“We are very pleased to be working with Kristin, who has done some very impressive development work with Citizen Schools,” said ECCF President and CEO, Dave Edwards. “She will play an integral role in taking ECCF to the next level.”

Hardscrabble awards $540,000 to North Shore school projects
Press Release
August 11, 2015

Educators are among our community’s most valuable resources. They inspire, inform and foster a love of learning so that our children will have the confidence and knowledge to become tomorrow’s leaders.  

The Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $540,000 in grants from the Hardscrabble Education Fund to some of those teachers and administrators working to make a difference in the lives of local students. Money will be used to assist educators with a broad array of projects that encourage experiential learning, promote teacher development, enhance technology in the classroom and augment the regular curriculum.

ECCF announces new program director for Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Press Release
August 10, 2015

Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Sarah M. Jackson has been hired as the new program director for the organization’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE).

Sarah joins ECCF at a critical juncture in its history, as the organization shifts its overall focus towards donor services, asset development and community leadership.

“We are thrilled to be leaving the CNE in Sarah’s capable hands,” said Dave Edwards, ECCF’s president and CEO. “The director role is a natural extension of Sarah’s career-long dedication to nonprofit excellence.”

Essex County Community Foundation announces new trustees
Press Release
July 3, 2015

Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Jim A. Rullo and Moira McNamara James have been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

ECCF trustees are selected for their strong knowledge of the local community, record of charitable service and fiscal responsibility. Rullo and James are joining ECCF at a pivotal point in the Foundation’s history, as the focus shifts to improving donor services, assessing community needs and asset development. ECCF is poised to become a $100 million foundation by the year 2020.

ECCF's Greater Lawrence Summer Fund awards over $300,000 to summer programs for kids
Press Release
June 18, 2015
Youth from Greater Lawrence enjoy time outdoors with the Appalachian Mountain Club, thanks to the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a find of the Essex County Community Foundation.

Danvers, MA – Summertime just got a little sweeter for nearly 6,500 youth in Greater Lawrence.

The Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund (GLSF), a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation, recently announced that it will give $302,050 to support programming that enriches out-of-school time for youth ages 2-22 in Andover, North Andover, Lawrence and Methuen.

On its 15th Anniversary, YAR inspires, educates and motivates
Press Release
June 10, 2015

Working with at-risk youth is both a demanding and rewarding experience, but it is a labor of love that can sometimes feel like it comes with more demands than rewards. That is why for 15 years, the Essex County Community Foundation has hosted the Youth at Risk Conference, a day for professionals in the youth services field to inspire and be inspired, rejuvenate and reflect, and come together to reaffirm their important work.

Collective philanthropy highlighted at Celebration of Giving
Press Release
May 12, 2015

It was a morning filled with camaraderie, emotion and a common vision as hundreds gathered to celebrate some of Essex County’s outstanding philanthropists and nonprofits at the Essex County Community Foundation’s annual Celebration of Giving breakfast.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County to host “Power of the Purse”
Press Release
April 9, 2015

Essex County, MA—April, 2015 - The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its seventh annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event. Inspired by the Victor Hugo saying, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled,” this signature event includes a ladies’ evening of fabulous hors d’oeuvres and wine, together with a raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers. The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 30th, 2015, from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. at Willowdale Estate in Bradley Palmer State Park, 24 Asbury Street, Topsfield. Proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.

Lead the Way at 2015 Institute for Trustees
Press Release
January 6, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 Institute for Trustees, Sat. March 28.

ECCF Welcomes Dave Edwards as New CEO
Press Release
December 4, 2014

The Board of Trustees for Essex County Community Foundation has unanimously named David A. Edwards as the organization’s fourth president and CEO. His tenure will begin January 12, 2015.

Women’s Fund of Essex County Hosts 12th Annual Luncheon to Celebrate Grant Recipients
Press Release
November 13, 2014

On October 21st, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 12th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. Keynote speaker Piper Kerman, author of the best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, shared her story and her passion for criminal justice reform with the group.  

ECCF Joins National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Giving
Press Release
November 6, 2014

During the week of November 12-18, ECCF will join more than 700 community foundations across the U.S. participating in National Community Foundation Week. For 25 years, the week-long effort has raised awareness of the increasingly important role these philanthropic organizations play in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

New Funds Increase ECCF’s Impact on Youth
Press Release
October 30, 2014

It’s no secret that a scholarship can change the life of a young person, and three new such funds established in October at Essex County Community Foundation—Nancamp, JEOL USA, Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts—now offer area youth increased opportunities for recreation, education, and artistic development.

Dave Welbourn, CEO/President, to Retire in December 2014
Press Release
October 14, 2014

Danvers, MA— For over four decades, ECCF CEO/President Dave Welbourn has focused his career on developing resources for the growth of nonprofit institutions. During his six-year tenure at ECCF, his vision for enhancing the quality of life across Essex County has turned the Community Foundation into a flagship resource for philanthropists and nonprofits across Massachusetts.

Welbourn will retire December 1, 2014.  ECCF’s Board of Trustees is expected to announce his successor by November.

CEO Dave Welbourn to Speak at Local and National Gatherings
Press Release
October 1, 2014

Because of his deep and successful experiences with advocacy and nonprofits, Dave Welbourn, CEO  and President of the Essex County Community Foundation, has been selected as a featured speaker for two upcoming professional gatherings for nonprofit leaders.

As part of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence fall series, Welbourn will discuss key strategies for identifying major gifts and engaging new donors in a workshop entitled,  “The Path to Major Gifts Success” on Wednesday October 8 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA. Registration and information is available at www.eccf.org/workshops.

New Collaborative Survey Explores "State of Governance"
Press Release
September 19, 2014

It’s no secret there are great nonprofits doing great work every day in Essex County. That's why a collaborative Team comprised of Jay Caporale, executive vice president and director of philanthropy at ECCF, Laurie J. LaChapelle, director of planning & institutional research at North Shore Community College, and Dan Bakinowski, tax attorney, Ed.D. candidate at Endicott College, has come together to explore how better to serve nonprofit organizations, making their leadership—and Essex County—even stronger.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence Offers Four New Fall Workshops
Press Release
August 21, 2014

How can you build a better culture in your organization? What are the best ways to identify and engage major donors? And what’s wrong with the term ‘annual fund’?

These issues and others will be addressed this fall during a series of workshops tailored specifically to nonprofit leaders in Essex County. Hosted by the ECCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the four interactive workshops draw on the expertise of both ECCF staff and local professionals to address topics affecting the impact and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations.

One Run for Boston Presents $455,000 to Mayor for One Fund
Press Release
July 31, 2014

One Run for Boston's gift to mayor is featured in the Boston Herald.

On April 13, 2014, one thousand runners ran down Boylston Street towards the Boston Marathon Finish Line, marking the last leg of One Run For Boston – a 3,328 mile non-stop running relay from Los Angeles to Boston that raised money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. They passed the baton to a group of bombing survivors who took it the final meters to Copley Square.

22 New Donor Advised Funds Expand ECCF's Impact in Region
Press Release
July 10, 2014

As a new fiscal year begins this month, the Essex County Community Foundation celebrates a range of new charitable funds that increases its philanthropic impact across the region.

ECCF established 22 new donor advised funds in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, including general interest, family and scholarship funds, raising assets under management to nearly $26,000,000.

Four New Trustees Named to ECCF Board
Press Release
June 26, 2014

From health care and investment consulting to youth work and entrepreneurship, ECCF’s four new Trustees bring a wide range of expertise and vision to the Board.

Benjamin Chigier of Manchester, Benigno Espaillat of Methuen, Tracy Abedon Filosa of Ipswich and John H. “Joe” Knowles, Jr. of Manchester begin their new terms as Trustees on July 1, 2014. (See this story in the July 3, 2014, edition of The Gloucester Times.)

ECCF Awards $280,000 in Summer Grants for Lawrence Kids!
Press Release
June 23, 2014

The Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund—which supports summer recreation, learning and hope for at-risk youth in the Greater Lawrence area—has awarded 49 agencies nearly $280,000 worth of total grants. Now, almost 15,000 children are getting ready for a whole lot of summer fun. Congratulations to each organization.

Press Release:
Danvers, MA—As they play soccer, perform in theater, ride horses and conduct science experiments, almost 15,000 youth-at-risk in the Greater Lawrence area are already enjoying a better summer.

ECCF Awards $500,000 in Grants to Six Public School Districts
Press Release
June 5, 2014

In order to support and promote academic achievement in English, math and science in the public school systems, the Hardscrabble Education Fund at the Essex County Community Foundation recently awarded over $500,000 in grants to schools in six districts for use during the 2014-2015 academic year.

This year’s winning grant applications included projects for new technology such as SMART boards, document cameras and iPads for the classrooms, lab equipment for the sciences and hundreds of books for libraries and classrooms. The grants equip teachers in all grade levels.

How To Build a Board: Free Workshop at Newburyport Bank
Press Release
May 20, 2014


Danvers, MA—How do leaders of nonprofits recruit the best match for their boards? And once they do, what are effective ways to engage them so that everyone benefits?

Caring for New England’s Young People: 14th Annual Youth At Risk Conference a Success
press release
May 19, 2014

Danvers, MA—From school safety, suicide prevention, and human trafficking to digital communication, mental health, and family support, the workshop topics in this year’s Youth At Risk conference reflect the many challenges and issues facing today’s young people—and those who help them.

ECCF’s Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Names 2014 Grantees
Press Release
April 22, 2014

Danvers, MA—From health and history to arts and youth programs, the 2014 Fund for Nonprofit Excellence (FNE), a funding source of the Essex County Community Foundation, has awarded over $70,000 in grants to a variety of local organizations.

Power of the Purse is Coming
Press Release
April 15, 2014

Essex County, MA—April, 2014 - The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its sixth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:30-9pm at Willowdale Estate in Bradley Palmer State Park in  Topsfield. Inspired by the Victor Hugo saying, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled,” this signature event includes a ladies’ evening of fabulous hors d’oeuvres and wine, together with a raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers. Tickets for the event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.

Women’s Fund of Essex County Gives $200K to 19 Nonprofits
Press Release
April 9, 2014

April 8, 2014 — The Women’s Fund of Essex County announced that it has awarded $200,000 to 19 nonprofit programs in Essex County that teach economic self-sufficiency, leadership and empowerment, and health and well-being skills to women and girls.

Susan Barry, president of the Women’s Fund of Essex County, said her group focuses on women and girls women have the highest rates of poverty, the lowest median income, are the most underemployed, and suffer the greatest rates of violence.

In Essex County, of the almost 29,000 children who live in poverty, 74 percent live in single mother families.”

Billy Starr, New Technology Highlight 2014 Institute
Press Release
March 10, 2014

Danvers, MA—Over 400 executive directors and board members from nonprofits across Essex County will gather for the 2014 Institute for Trustees, a premiere leadership conference hosted by the Essex County Community Foundation, Saturday, March 22, at the at Pingree School in Hamilton, MA.

ECCF Names Director of Communication
Press Release
March 5, 2014

Danvers, MA — With an ever-growing impact and reach, the Essex County Community Foundation has expanded its staff and named Jo Kadlecek of Beverly as its new director of communication.

“The flood of good news coming out of the 2,500 nonprofits in Essex County touches all of us. These stories have to be told; they’re inspiring,” said Dave Welbourn, president and CEO of the Essex County Community Foundation. “Jo brings over 25 years of experience as a reporter, writer, educator and public relations professional to ECCF. She’s been an advocate for all types of nonprofits and has a keen sense about how to tell their stories.”

Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute, March 8
Press Release
February 18, 2014

Play it Forward Giving Circle invites you to the Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute, an educational conference for early childhood educators to be held at the Riverside School in Danvers on March 8, 2014 from 8am-2:45pm.

Jack Outside the Box is the theme of this year’s Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute.

Jack Hartmann is the keynote presenter for this year's annual Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute. The theme “Jack Outside the Box” is designed to give teachers ways to teach curriculum that reaches children with different learning styles.

Bruce J. Anderson Foundation RFP info session Jan 11
December 20, 2013

An information session for Cape Ann prospective applicants for the 2013 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation will be held from 10-11am, January 11 2013 at ECCF.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation is a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation and has been making grants on Cape Ann and the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Friday, February 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Grant decisions will be made by early June.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County Celebrates Grant Recipients
Press Release
November 15, 2013

On October 24th, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 11th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. The luncheon featured “Homeless to Harvard” student Dawn Loggins interviewed by award winning news anchor Natalie Jacobson. Thirteen Essex County agencies were honored, grant recipients under this year’s funding focus of “Leadership & Empowerment”:  Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of Lynn, Girls Inc.

Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey
October 21, 2013

ECCF is partnering with Third Sector New England(TSNE) on a new employee compensation and benefits survey designed to provide data on current nonprofit pay and benefits practices across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A report will be made available with the survey results that will give nonprofits:

Reid’s Ride Continues to Shine in its Drive to Improve the Outlook for AYA Cancer Patients
Press Release
July 22, 2013
Reid's Ride 2013

LYNNFIELD, MA.  It was only fitting that relief from the week-long record-setting heat wave would come just in time for the Ninth Annual Reid’s Ride this past Sunday morning.  The day dawned dry, much cooler and brilliantly sunny for more than 400 cyclists joining the fun and challenge of this year’s event.

Dave Caruso, Financial Planner of the Year, Shares award with ECCF
Press Release
July 9, 2013
Dave Caruso with check

Dave Caruso, donor and friend of ECCF, was named 2013 Financial Planner of the Year by the Financial Planners Association of Massachusetts, and named ECCF as the beneficiary of his $1000 gift. We asked Dave why he chose ECCF.

He said, "Being a North Shore & Essex County resident for almost 25 years, I have found ECCF to be one of the most responsive organizations I’ve worked with and provide amazing services to nonprofits that truly need help. Their annual Institute for Trustees is the best that I’ve ever attended and wouldn’t miss it for even a Celtics or Red Sox game! I feel that focusing on those in your own neighborhood and backyards is a far better choice for me!

ECCF Awarded $100k grant from Cummings Foundation
Press Release
June 20, 2013

Essex County Community Foundation was awarded $100k from the Cummings Foundation. As one of the recipients in Cummings Foundation's $100k for 100 grant program, ECCF joined a number of other North Shore nonprofits in celebration at the award ceremony on June 19th.

“This generous grant from the Cummings Foundation will support the Center for Nonprofit Excellence which provides essential training on board governance and nonprofit leadership to organizations across the region” said Jay Caporale, ECCF Executive Vice President and Director of Philanthropy.

2013 Youth at Risk Conference
June 6, 2013

ECCF's 13th Annual Youth at Risk Conference, held on June 5th at Endicott College, was a great day of learning and networking. The region's only all day conference designed specifically for professionals working with at risk youth was attended by over 700 social workers, counselors, court personnel, psycologists, nonprofit staff and others. The keynote was delivered by Michael Thompson, best-selling author and psychologist, who is devoting his career to helping educators understand boys and how they can be better supported in the school environment.

David Tory to receive Honorary Doctorate from Salem State University
Press Release
May 16, 2013

In honor of his dedication to the nonprofit sector through his founding and leadership of the Essex County Community Foundation, David Tory of Essex will be conferred the degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the Salem State University School of Graduate Studies on May 16th 2013. The commencement program will be held from 4-5:45pm and will include a presentation to his co-recipient, Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education who was appointed to office by President Obama in 2009, followed by the ceremony for the over 500 graduates of the school this year.  Dr. Kanter will deliver the Commencement Address.

National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
May 11, 2013

The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

To help the effort, ECCF and EBSCO Publishing Company have partnered to purchase ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ bags that will be delivered to residents this week in participating towns. The bags have been proven to increase donations by up to 80%!

Whether you receive a bag or not, please participate in this important food drive. Donations go to local food pantries to help stock their shelves during the summer months.

ECCF Welcomes Two to Board of Trustees
Press Release
May 1, 2013

Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Karen Ansara of Essex and Mollie Byrnes of Gloucester to the ECCF Board of Trustees.

North Shore Hunger Network Attends FRAC’s 2013 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference
Executive Summary
April 3, 2013

Members of the North Shore Hunger Network had a successful visit to the Food Research and Action Center's (FRAC) National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington D.C. March 2 through March 5 that culminated in a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill. Thanks to support from the Essex County Community Foundation, three members of the North Shore Hunger Network (NSHN) Beverly Bootstraps, Our Neighbor's Table and The Open Door were able to attend, represented by Gus McDonald (BB), Lori Townsend (ONT), Jen Perry (TOD) and Sarah Grow (TOD).

3rd Annual Lights & Sirens Fundraiser, April 27
April 1, 2013

The Michael Latta EMS Scholarship Foundation is hosting its 3rd Annual Lights & Sirens Fundraiser on April 27 at Sal’s Riverwalk Function Hall, Lawrence, MA! The event includes a spaghetti dinner, scholarship presentations, raffles, silent auction and dancing. Tickets are required and are $25 each. 100% of all proceeds go towards the scholarship foundation whose purpose is to award scholarships to young EMT's to help them continue their education and become Paramedics. Doors open at 7pm.

Register now!

2013 Institute for Trustees
March 23, 2013

The fourth annual Institute for Trustees was held on March 23, 2013 at the Pingree School and this year was sold out. Bill Cummings, founder of the Cummings Foundation, was the keynote speaker and captivated the room with his inspirational approach to philanthropy both locally and abroad—particularly in Rwanda. Bill and his wife Joyce became the first Massachusetts residents to join "The Giving Pledge", initiated by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, and have already donated more than 90 percent of their assets to charitable causes.

Power of the Purse to be held April 4
Press Release
March 10, 2013

The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its fifth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event on April 4th, 2013 at the Brookwood School in Manchester.  Inspired by the Victor Hugo saying, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled,” this signature event includes a ladies’ evening of fabulous hors d’oeuvres and wine, together with a raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers.  The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. at Brookwood School located off Rt. 127, in Manchester, MA.  All proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.

Linda Abbene headlines 23rd annual Legacy of Teaching Institute
Press Release
February 15, 2013

Linda Abbene is the keynote artist at Play it Forward Giving Circle's 23rd Annual Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute, at the Riverside School, 95 Liberty St., Danvers, MA on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Linda will be painting a nature scene at her easel and over 100 early childhood professionals are invited to paint the same scene on canvas. Each participant will be given a canvas, brushes, acrylic paint to work at their own easel. It will be one giant painting flash mob.

Building Connections with the Lawrence Public Schools
December 10, 2012

If your nonprofit organization serves school-aged children in Lawrence, MA, please join us on January 3rd from 9am through lunch for a meeting with school principles and local nonprofit leaders facilitated by Jeff Riley, Reciever, Lawrence Public Schools and Dave Welbourn, CEO ECCF. The meeting will be held in the Lawrence High School Field House.

ECCF Nonprofit Benefits Projects
December 3, 2012

Exploring group benefits options to save nonprofits money

One of ECCF's goals is to create economies of scale to help nonprofits save money. We are currently looking into two new projects to offer nonprofit organizations ways to save on overhead costs. Here are the two projects under consideration:

What is Happening in Lawrence Public Schools?
November 6, 2012

Join funders from throughout Massachusetts on November 28 from 8-10:30am for a lively and interactive discussion about the role of private philanthropy in public education reform and the lessons being learned at Lawrence Public Schools, which, this past January, became the first school district placed in receivership by the State. The session will be held at AGM, 55 Court Street, Suite 520, Boston. Tickets are free for AGM members, $35 for non-members.

Learn more and register.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s Annual Luncheon will Celebrate 10 Years of Empowering Women & Girls
Press Release
September 26, 2012
Miranda Russell

Essex County, MA, September, 2012 – The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 10th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Dr. Peabody, MA. 

Reid’s Ride Celebrates Milestone in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care
Press Release
July 20, 2012

In what can only be called a “ride to remember”, more than 360 cyclists pedaled 28 miles from Lynnfield to Gloucester in an event that raised more than $149,000 to fight the cancers striking adolescents and young adults.  At the finish line, riders and supporters celebrated some long-awaited achievements in that fight.  
This was the eighth consecutive year for the Reid’s Ride Bike-a-thon, held annually on the third Sunday in July.   The event is named after Reid Sacco, a Lynnfield native who lost his two-year battle with cancer at age 20.

ECCF Welcomes 4 New Members to Board of Trustees
June 27, 2012

Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Steven P. Cohen, Robert R. Fanning, Jr., Susan J. Gray and Kevin M. Tierney Sr. to The Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

“These deeply-experienced leaders will instantly raise the Foundation’s game,” said ECCF CEO, Dave Welbourn. “They have been stars in a great variety of nonprofit roles and now they will strengthen the Community Foundation’s grants and services to Essex County’s 2500 nonprofits.”

The new Trustees take office July 1st.

Youth at Risk 2012
June 7, 2012
Andre Dubus

The 12th Annual Youth at Risk Conference held on June 6, 2012 at Endicott College was an inspiring and educational event attended by a record 734 people! The information packed day began with a keynote address by New York Times bestselling author and Haverhill native, Andre Dubus III, who recounted his inspiring recovery from a violent childhood through writing.

North Shore Hunger Network Goes to Washington, D.C.
May 22, 2012

Washington DC- With thanks to the Essex County Community Foundation, 5 representatives from three local organizations in the North Shore Hunger Network were able to add their voices to the 700 antipolicy advocates that descended on Washington D.C. in late February to attend the Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. The Three days were jam-packed with workshops including such topics as “Best Practices of SNAP (Food Stamp) Outreach” , “Making Summer Meals Happen”, " Keeping Hunger in the Public Eye", "Child Nutrition and Wellness", and "Strategic Partnerships and Coalitions for Effective Advocacy".

Hardscrabble Awards over $265K to Public School Classrooms
Press Release
May 10, 2012

On May 3rd, Essex County Community Foundation awarded 71 grants totaling over $265,000 to public school classrooms in Lynn, Beverly, Salem, Nahant and Swampscott. Grants will fund the latest in educational technology, equipment, books and curriculum development. View complete list of grant awards.

ECCF’s Hardscrabble Education Fund was established in 2001 by a North Shore philanthropist to promote and support academic achievement in the public school system by issuing grants to individual public schools or districts primarily in the fields of English, Mathematics and Science.

National Letter Carriers' Food Drive, Saturday, May 12
Press Release
May 2, 2012

ECCF and EBSCO Publishing Partner to Support the U.S. Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Each year on the second Saturday of May, mail carriers across the country volunteer their time to collect food donations for the food pantries and soup kitchens in their communities. In 2011, this national drive provided 70.2 million pounds of food to help feed hungry families throughout the country. Celebrating its 20th year, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collects food at a crucial time of year- stocking pantry shelves with nonperishable food items for the summer months ahead.

Institute for Trustees 2012
March 26, 2012
Institute attendees arriving at Pingree School.

The 2012 Institute was a high energy, information packed day of learning and networking. A constant buzz permeated the hallways in between sessions and during lunch as people met old friends and made new connections— sharing fresh ideas to bring back and put to work in their respective organizations.

Invitation to Meet Jeff Riley
March 1, 2012

At the request of Jeffrey Riley, Superintendent/Receiver for the Lawrence Public School District, the Essex County Community Foundation will be gathering nonprofit organizations from the Lawrence community to attend an informal "get to know you" session with Mr Riley. The session will be held on March 15 from 8:30-10am in the Lawrence High School Performing Arts Center in Lawrence,

Mr. Riley will share his vision and plans for improving the Lawrence Public Schools for the children of Lawrence. The session also will provide an opportunity for him to learn about the vibrant nonprofit community that serves the people of Lawrence. We hope you can join us for this event.

ECCF Honors Betty Beland, Renames Summer Fund
Press Release
February 2, 2012

In honor of the founder of the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the renaming of the Fund to the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund.

“Betty’s vision to enhance the quality of life in the Merrimack Valley was realized in creating the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund which now supports activities for over 19,000 children each summer. Her legacy and spirit will live on for generations to come” said Jay Caporale, ECCF Director of Philanthropy.

Announcing the new Grants Resource Center at ECCF
Press Release
January 26, 2012
Brian Frykenburg takes advantage of the GRC.

ECCF is pleased to announce the opening of the EBSCO Publishing Grants Resource Center at ECCF (GRC). In partnership with Associated Grant Makers and sponsored by EBSCO Publishing, the GRC is a valuable research database for nonprofits seeking new funding sources through regional, national and international granting foundations.

Merrimack Valley General Fund awards $40K to local agencies
Press Release
December 13, 2011

Twenty nonprofit organizations serving the Merrimack Valley region will receive over $40,000 in grant awards from the Merrimack Valley General Fund. The awards ceremony will be held this morning, December 13th, at Family Service Inc. in Lawrence. The grants will help stock shelves at local food pantries , support a variety of after-school programs, as well as fund programs for the elderly and the disabled. A grant to the Lawrence History Center will help fund the development of a curriculum guide for local schools to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bread & Roses Strike next year.

Webster Family Fund awards $27,300 to local nonprofits
Press Release
December 1, 2011

We are pleased to announce the awardees of The Webster Family Fund fall 2011 grant cycle. The Fund distributed a total of $27,300 to 8 nonprofit programs in the Greater Lawrence region. This year’s recipients were Acting Out! Theater Company, Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence Catholic Academy, Lawrence Community Works, Lazarus House Ministries, Notre Dame High School, YWCA of Greater Lawrence.

A Tribute to Betty Beland
Press Release
November 17, 2011
Betty Beland

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Betty Beland on Tuesday November 15, 2011. Betty’s dedication to the support of the nonprofit community in the Greater Lawrence area was of profound and invaluable importance. Among her legacy of extraordinary accomplishments is her leading role in the establishment of the Essex County Community Foundation.

Youth at Risk Conference: supporting youth service providers
Press Release
June 1, 2011
Lunchtime at the Youth at Risk Conference.

The 11th annual Youth at Risk (YAR) Conference will be held at Endicott College in Beverly on Wednesday, June 8th. Attended each year by over 500 professionals from all over the region, this event has become an essential conference for providers of services to youth. YAR enables providers to deepen their knowledge of critical practices and reconnect with peers as they work to reduce the problems faced by many young people. Conference attendees can choose from over 20 workshops on topics ranging from the treatment of trauma and substance abuse to the effects of immigration on families, suicide prevention in adolescents, and identifying and treating youth with Aspergers Syndrome.

National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive
Press Release
May 14, 2011

The annual food drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers is set to take place on Saturday, May 14th. Participating post office branches encourage residents to leave a bag of non-perishable, non-expired food items by their post box prior to their normal mail delivery time on Saturday the 14th.

This food drive has become one of the most important food drives of the year for food pantries and soup kitchens to stock their shelves for the early summer months. Please support your local food pantry by participating in this national event and thank your letter carrier for helping alleviate hunger in the community.

Second Annual Institute for Trustees
Press Release
March 15, 2011
A workshop in session at the IFT.

ECCF works to promote local philanthropy and strengthen the nonprofits that provide many of the services we benefit from every day such as cultural events, historical preservation, education, health services, social services, environmental protection and more.

On Saturday, March 26, ECCF will hold the 2nd Annual Essex County Institute for Trustees at the Pingree School in Hamilton to bring together the leadership of many of these organizations to learn, share best practices and bring a sense of community to the nonprofit sector in Essex County.

ECCF Investments Continue to Outperform National Benchmarks
Press Release
February 22, 2011

ECCF manages over 100 Charitable Funds and more than 135 scholarships. This $18+ million family of funds includes Donor Advised Funds for family philanthropy (the best alternative to family foundations), Agency Funds (the endowment and reserves of nonprofits), and ECCF's program funds.

With a Community Foundation's special ability to pool many smaller funds, ECCF can diversify holdings, increase safety, employ expert managers, provide greater oversight, and achieve economies of scale for Fund Holders. Every three years, ECCF issues a Request for Proposal for investment managers and selects a diverse group to guard and grow these assets.

Welcoming the Play it Forward Giving Circle to ECCF
Press Release
January 15, 2011

Jan Plourde and her family ran a special kind of business supporting teachers and parents with teaching tools and ideas for 22 years in the Boston area. The Learning Tree Store in Danvers and Stoneham served as a community hub for teachers to buy toys, books and teaching supplies, as well as to access new ways to teach their young charges through teacher training and support. When the recession hit in October 2008, the store lost 35% of its business and after two years had to close its doors.

Anne Dodge joins ECCF's Board of Trustees
Press Release
November 15, 2010
Anne Dodge

Danvers, MA- ECCF is pleased to welcome Anne Dodge to the ECCF board of Trustees. Anne brings over 30 years of nonprofit board work to her role at ECCF. Following a 3 year stint as an investment officer and trader of US Government securities with the Bank of Boston, Anne began her long and committed involvement with the leadership and governance of educational and religious institutions in our region.

Tierney Launches Series of Grants Workshops
Press Release
July 10, 2010

Burlington- As local communities, non-profits, and hospitals continue to face challenges, Congressman John Tierney is launching a series of grants workshops to highlight new and ongoing opportunities to bring federal dollars to Massachusetts.

Reid’s Ride benefits fight against cancers striking young people
Press Release
July 2, 2010
Reid's Ride

Middleton —On Sunday, July 18 an expected 400-500 cyclists of all ages will participate in the 6th annual Reid’s Ride.Cyclists will pedal 28 miles along a scenic route that launches from Lynnfield High School and passes through six towns along the North Shore and Cape Ann from Lynnfield through Middleton into Danvers, Beverly, Manchester and ending in Gloucester before finishing at historic Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park for a barbeque, music, and prizes.