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ECCF is consistently being recognized in the news, in magazines, and on the radio. These features show how our impact is spreading and creating meaningful change throughout Essex County.

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 honors philanthropic leaders, raises funds for critical work
Press Release
May 18, 2016

Danvers, MA— The word “leadership” has been defined many times over, but on May 5, the Essex County Community Foundation captured the true essence of the word at its third annual Community Leadership Breakfast.

Over 350 people gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Danvers to celebrate those who have made a significant positive impact on the communities of Essex County, and to raise funds for ECCF’s community leadership project, Impact Essex County.

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.”


Empowering Women – The Women’s Fund of Essex County
Merrimack Valley Magazine
February 11, 2016
2015 Power of the Purse fundraiser. Photo by Alyse Gause.

Imagine being a single mother of three children. Now imagine having no place to call home.

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.

Working Collaboratively to serve Essex County
North of Boston Business Magazine
June 26, 2015

Essex County is a region of extremes. Located within its 501 square miles are some of the state's poorest cities, as well as some of its wealthiest. It is an area of great need, but also of great opportunity.

Essex County Community Foundation was founded in 1999 to bring these two extremes into balance, to connect able donors who wanted to improve their communities with the hundreds of local nonprofits in need of financial support to make those improvements.

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.

Dave Edwards, Essex County Community Foundation
April 24, 2015

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.

Celebrating Dave Welbourn
November 23, 2014

After six amazing and successful years, ECCF's CEO Dave Welbourn is retiring December 2014. So what better way to honor him than with a video celebration and 'roast'!

Almost 150 ECCF friends and family gathered in Ipswich, MA, on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, for an official send off, where this surprise video was first screened. We'll miss you, Dave, especially all those cool factoids about Essex County, but we know you'll find lots of new stories in your retirement. Congratulations and thanks for all you've done to make our region a better place to live.