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A community foundation is a philanthropic hub offering donors highly effective tools for giving, and it provides nonprofits with grants, training and support to make available the myriad services we take for granted in our communities. There are many reasons why ECCF is your partner of choice for giving.

  • A Personalized Approach
    We provide a highly personalized service tailored to each individual’s charitable interests and financial goals. We meet with you to understand your interests and provide many options for giving wisely, thereby maximizing your charitable dollars.
  • The Philanthropic Community
    Donors become members of our philanthropic community. Our staff is available anytime you would like to discuss local issues and/or provide opportunities for collaborative giving by connecting you to other active philanthropists in the region.
  • Local Impact
    Through constant interaction with community leaders, we understand community needs and the programs addressing them, giving you a deep resource to understand the charitable initiatives at work in the region. We encourage people to give where they live. There are hundreds of nonprofit programs in Essex County addressing huge needs and important causes. What moves you? ECCF can help you identify where you can make the most impact.
  • Increasing the Impact
    One of ECCF’s founding principles is the belief that in order to improve nonprofit programs serving the residents in our region, education for their board and staff is just as crucial as providing funding for the work they do. Our workshops and Institute for Trustees give nonprofit leaders the tools and support they need to best serve their organization and make maximum use of charitable dollars.
  • All adminstrative duties included
    Experience the joy of giving while we handle all the details. ECCF oversees professional financial management of assets, handles all compliance and reporting duties, manages all grantmaking processes, and provides you with quarterly reports on your Fund's activity. We accept a wide variety of assets, can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving, and offer maximum tax advantages under state and federal law.
  • Shape the Future of Essex County
    We are the most effective philanthropic partner to make a profound difference in your community. ECCF gives you the essential tools necessary to build a legacy that keeps on giving. And we create collaborative initiatives that join together nonprofit leaders, community activists and philanthropists to solve community problems.
  • We comply with National Standards
    ECCF is recognized by the national Council on Foundations for full compliance with its rigorous standards for transparent, efficient and ethical organizational and financial practices for community foundations.

Although we promote local philanthropy, the Community Foundation helps donors meet their charitable goals anywhere in the world. Since our founding in 1998, contributions from thousands of individuals, families, corporations and private foundations have allowed ECCF to award $28 million in grants. We invite you to join our family of donors by establishing a fund, giving to an existing fund, or supporting our leadership work in the community.

To learn more, contact Julie Bishop, Vice President of Philanthropy, at 978-777-8876 x28 or j.bishop@eccf.org.