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Promoting philanthropy and strengthening nonprofits serving the people of Essex County, Massachusetts

  • Kids having fun at a YMCA camp.

    Distributing over $4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations each year.

  • The Women's Fund of Essex County at their annual Power of the Purse fundraiser.

    Home to 143 Charitable Funds including the Women's Fund of Essex County.

  • Groundwork Lawrence Green Team

    Providing support for youth programs like the Groundwork Lawrence Green Team.

  • Institute for Trustees

    Supporting trustees through the IFT

  • Notre Dame High School Graduation

    Supporting schools that increase opportunities for inner city youth.

  • A workshop on Capital Campaigns

    Presenting workshops on all aspects of nonprofit management.

  • Cape Ann Art Haven

    Helping young organizations gain the knowledge and tools they need to succeed.

  • YAR workshop

    Gathering youth care providers for training and networking at the Youth at Risk Conference.

  • Graduation ceremony

    Assisting young people reach their dreams through scholarships.

  • National Association of Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

    Supporting initiatives to relieve local hunger.

Promoting philanthropy and strengthening nonprofits serving the people of Essex County, Massachusetts


ECCF Welcomes New CEO

The Board of Trustees for Essex County Community Foundation has unanimously named David A. Edwards as the organization’s fourth president and CEO.

Edwards brings almost 15 years of successful leadership with community foundations and expertise in the nonprofit sector, and over 15 years of higher education administration experience in the Greater Boston area. His tenure with ECCF will begin January 12, 2015.

Read more about Dave.

New Funds  All Funds

  • David Welbourn Fund for Innovation and Collaboration
  • Richard J. Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Goodwin Wregg Land Stewardship Endowment Fund
  • Inspire to Act Fund
  • JEOL Families Scholarship Fund
  • Lupoli Family Fund
  • Robinhood Cove Fund
  • Webster Scholarship Fund

Nonprofit of the Year Award!

Which nonprofit organization in Essex County do you think should win the Nonprofit of the Year award? The award will be presented at the annual Celebration of Giving Breakfast in May.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Fund for Nonprofit Excellence

January 20, 2015

For grants submitted before the new online system was implemented, please use the following Final Report Form and Budget Form.

CNE Events

Institute for Trustees 2015
March 28th, 2015
8 am - 4 pm
Pingree School, South Hamilton MA

Registration now open!


Check out our Winter Workshop Series!

Next workshop...

What difference are you making? Developing and Measuring Outcomes

Feb 25th, 9:00 – 11:30am

Presenter: Sue Dahling Sullivan, Chief of Staff/Chief Strategic Officer, Citi Performing Arts Center