ECCF at Work
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.... Read more
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. of the Seacoast Area/a Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Affiliate, Gloucester Writers Center, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lifebridge, Pathways for Children, Raw Art Works, Salem YMCA, Tri-Town Council and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.
The Women’s Fund extends special thanks to all of its generous business sponsors of the Grant Awards Luncheon: Philanthropist Level sponsors include Brookwood School; Glovsky & Glovsky LLC; Lahey Health; McCue Corporation; Oakmont Partners, LLC; Robie Properties; Salem Five Charitable Foundation; Shore Country Day School and Zampell Refractories.
“The evidence is overwhelming - empowering and educating women and girls is not only a matter of fairness and gender equality, but doing so also makes sound economic sense resulting in stronger families and communities,” said Susan Barry, Advisory Board President. The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA. For more information, please visit www.thewomensfundec.org
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:... Read more
- Up-to-date data to help you make informed hiring and pay decisions.
- A free resource to use to evaluate your pay practices relative to those of similar organizations in your field and immediate geographical region.
- Accessible research for information to determine compensation for your chief executive and other top positions, as required for many nonprofits by IRS Section 990.
If you are a nonprofit staff member responsible for HR, please take a few minutes to complete this survey https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1357728/tsne2014/
2010 Nonprofit Compensation Report
TSNE collected results from the 2010 survey of the same purpose which is available here, 2010 Nonprofit Compensation Survey Report.
North of Boston —The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 11th annual Grant Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Drive, Peabody.... Read more
The annual luncheon will recognize and honor the recipients of the fund’s 2013 grant awards in the funding field of Leadership and Empowerment, including Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Family Service, Inc., Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of Lynn, Gloucester Writers Center, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center/ Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area, Lifebridge, Pathways for Children, Raw Art Works, Salem YMCA, Tri-Town Council and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.
The luncheon features “Homeless to Harvard” student Dawn Loggins interviewed by award-winning news anchor Natalie Jacobson. Read more
Heatwave stopped workings of giant timepiece
LAWRENCE — The recent heat wave was enough to halt time. At least that’s what happened when the torrid temperatures stopped the hands on the face of the city’s iconic Ayer Mill clock.... Read more
Heatwave stopped workings of giant timepiece
LAWRENCE — The recent heat wave was enough to halt time. At least that’s what happened when the torrid temperatures stopped the hands on the face of the city’s iconic Ayer Mill clock.
“The heat causes the pendulum to expand by 16th of an inch and changes the speed of the clock,” Charles E. Waites, keeper of the Ayer Mill clock, said yesterday. “The high heat over a couple of weeks, it did have an effect on the clock.”
Some area residents had noticed that hands had been stuck at 8:56. Once he climbed 220-feet above the city, Waites, 61, also discovered that the pulley which holds the main cables that drives the clock were dried. He oiled the pulley with the help of his son, Chris, something they do twice a year.
“If it runs dry, it doesn’t pull much weight and it affects the power on the clock,” said Waites who has been maintaining the clock for 22 years. The four-faced clock has been a beacon for thousands of workers and residents in Lawrence who rely on it to get the time. “No one likes a dead clock,” Waites said. “People want to know what time it is.”
The Ayer Mill clock is only 6 inches shorter than Big Ben in London. It was installed in 1910 by the E. Howard Company in Boston and features 15-foot pendulum powered by springs and gears, clockwork made out of brass and cast iron and 1,600 pounds of glass that holds the 12 -foot-long hands. It stopped working in the mid 1950s. A community-wide campaign raised nearly $1 million to restore it in 1991 including a new bell cast in the Netherlands. There’s a nearly $500,000 endowment for the tower’s maintenance and care under the jurisdiction of the Essex Community Foundation. The Ayer Mill houses the New Balance footwear company, however, the Essex County Community Foundation of Danvers is in charge of the clock’s maintenance. New Balance handles the upkeep of the tower.
“It’s important to maintain it because it’s a historic time piece for the Merrimack Valley and everyone watches it,” said Dave Welbourn, president and chief executive officer of Essex County Community Foundation.
Waites’ contract is for 10 hours a week. In addition to making sure the clock is functioning, his other duties include cleaning the levels leading to the clock tower, repairing broken cables and gears.
“This is a good old clock. As long as it gets a weekly maintenance, it will last forever,” Waites said .
“I know how well the clock is by the sounds it makes and right now it’s running pretty good,” he said. “Nothing is perfect, but we do our best to keep it running.”
“I love this clock. I was always fascinated by it even as a little kid,” Waites said.
Even after two heart surgeries, Waites said he will continue as keeper of the Ayer Mill clock.
“I will retire when I say so,” he quipped.
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.... Read more
The cyclists once again pedaled 28 miles from Lynnfield to Gloucester, this year helping to raise more than $170,000 to improve the care and prognosis of patients with adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers. Riders and supporters celebrated their achievement with a reception on the captivating ocean-side grounds of Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park, beautifully decorated for the event, and replete with food, cold drinks, music, and prizes.
This was the ninth 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. Proceeds from the all-volunteer event benefit the ECCF/Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund and the scientific and clinical programs it supports.
Lorraine Sacco, Director of the event, observed that, “We’re very pleased with the turnout and results, and are of course very fortunate that the beautiful weather arrived just in time. Conditions were perfect for a summer morning bicycle ride, and as we approached the shoreline along the second half of the route, temperatures were in the high seventies and just perfect for an event like this. Someone seems to be watching over us. We’ve had good weather for all nine Reid’s Rides.”
Anticipating that the heat wave might not clear in time, the Ride had added additional ice and water stops along the route. These stops served not only to assure that riders are well hydrated, but to greet riders with cheers and homemade posters to motivate the cyclists along the challenging 28 mile route. One particularly memorable water stop was staffed by volunteers from the athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica. Equipped with its own sound system, they provided exuberant encouragement for riders tackling the hill on Elliot Street toward Cabot Street in Beverly.
At the finish line reception at Stage Fort Park, hungry riders and supporters were greeted with a complementary feast of hamburgers, turkey burgers and veggie burgers from Fuddruckers, sausages from Bianco & Sons, salads from Countryside Deli and from Brothers, pizza from Papa Gino’s, Kayem hotdogs, and fruit and other items. Dunkin Donuts was again on-site with its mobile restaurant, and served hundreds of its famous cold drinks and iced coffees.
Participants visited a number of tents and booths set up on the grounds. Riders took the opportunity to receive a Reiki massage or an acupuncture treatment courtesy of Dreamtime Wellness, to cool down with an ice cream courtesy of MIX 104.1, or to purchase Reid’s Ride signature cycling jerseys and hats. New this year was a special tent staffed by representatives from two AYA cancer programs supported by Reid’s Ride, one at Connecticut Children Medical Center and St Francis Hospital, and the other at Reid Sacco AYA Clinic at Tufts Medical Center
Speaking from the gazebo on the Stage Fort Park grounds, Lorraine opened the proceedings by thanking the assembled riders, supporters, volunteers, and sponsors. She announced that their tireless fund-raising and assistance had helped this year’s event break new ridership and fund-raising records for Reid’s Ride. She would later award prizes to the top ten individual fund-raisers, and to the top ten fund-raising teams.
Susan Parsons, M.D., director of the newly established Reid R. Sacco Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Clinic for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, then introduced two of the clinic’s staff, both of them young adults. Mr. Tully Saunders, Program Director, and a cancer survivor, explained the importance of the work the clinic is doing to fill an unmet need for AYA cancer survivors and patients. Lynnfield native Nathan Bankoff , and a Peer Navigator for the clinic, explained that Peer Navigators are assigned to each patient, matched by age and background, and work with the patient and the patient’s doctor to help the patient navigate the complex issues of long-term follow-up care. The clinic opened in January 2013 as part of a first-of-its-kind program in New England to uniquely focus on the AYA age group.
Setting the spirit of Reid’s Ride to music was Ms. Venere Salzillo. She led the crowd gathered around the Stage Fort Park gazebo with a moving solo of the song “The Climb”. The event has adopted this song because its lyrics speak so relevantly to the uphill challenge those fighting cancer must overcome.
Lorraine took a moment to acknowledge the importance of volunteers in making the many moving parts of the event come together and run smoothly. She reminded the audience that the event is run entirely by volunteers. Its volunteers manage all aspects of the event, be it the registration process, safety monitoring, raffles, food preparation, return transportation for bikes and riders, and site logistics at Lynnfield High and Stage Fort Park.. Lorraine remarked, “Our armies of volunteers take charge of every element of every task, smoothing out every little bump along the way, which is so important for an event this large, this complex, and packed into a short four hours on summer Sunday morning. They are all amazing, and none of what you witnessed here today happens if it weren’t for them.”
To close the festivities, Dunkin Brands’ Bill Bode, Regional Vice President, Northeast and Tracy Treadwell, Operations Manager, presented Reid’s Ride with a check for $25,000 from the Dunkin Donuts Community Foundation, to be used to fund the programs at the Tufts AYA clinic. Dunkin Donuts is the premier event sponsor for Reid’s Ride.
Reid’s Ride would like to thank the Lynnfield Police Department, the Middleton Police Department, the Gloucester Police Department, the Danvers Fire Department, Lyons Ambulance, and North Shore Radio Association for their roles in making this year’s Ride safe and traffic-friendly. Once again, Endicott College allowed Reid’s Ride to use its parking lot along the route as the rest and refreshment stop for riders. The Lynnfield Rotary Club, the Peabody Rotary Club, and the Beverly Kiwanis Foundation have all lent a hand in a variety of capacities to make the Ride successful.
The organizers of Reid’s Ride would like to thank the following sponsors and donors for their generous support of this year’s event: Fuddrucker’s Restaurant, Pfizer, Inc., Pediatric Healthcare Associates, Landry’s Cycles, Universal Screening Studios, Michael’s Limosine, , Northeast Health Systems, Mix 104.1 Radio, B-Yond Music, Salem Five Bank, Azorean Restaurant, Mariposa, Rainbow Balloons, and Northeast Health Systems. The organizers would also like to thank Bianco and Sons Sausage, Countryside Deli, Lynnfield Meat and Deli, Crosby’s Market, Monadnock Spring Water, Stop & Shop, and Tube Ice, Inc.
Again this year, the event was professionally captured in digital images by Bob and Laurie Priestley of Lynnfield, and by AmyLou Astolfi of Gloucester.
Organizers would like to recognize the great people at Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) of Danvers, for their hard work and personal service in providing specialized expertise and professional guidance in administering and managing the ECCF/Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund.
Reid’s Ride is the primary fund-raiser for the ECCF/Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund, which provides financial support to clinical and scientific programs targeted at finding improved treatments – and someday a cure – for the cancers that strike adolescents and young adults. Compared to cancer patients in other age groups, this age group is grossly underserved in terms of cancer treatment options, access to clinical trials, and improved survival rates.
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.... Read more
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!
I’ve dedicated my career to better educate, entertain and help people get their arms around handling their financial affairs. I feel that the type of education, knowledge and financial assistance ECCF provides is in total support of my life vision."
Marblehead —For making a difference in her students’ lives every day and for having a positive impact on the school in which she teaches, a Bell School third-grade teacher was awarded the 2013 Margaret Voss Howard Teacher Recognition Award recently.... Read more
Lindsay Turcotte, a Swampscott native who has taught at Bell for the past nine years, was presented the annual award during a meeting with the entire faculty inside the school’s library just after the school day ended on Wednesday, June 19.
“This year’s honoree is a wonderful representative of teachers who care,” said Peg Voss Howard, in whose honor the award was established after she retired as a Marblehead school administrator. “She is a classroom teacher who has been warmly and enthusiastically nominated by a team of her fellow educators – a huge honor, in itself.”
This year marked the first time that the award was given after a teacher's colleagues - in this case third-grade teachers Adam Bowen, Melissa Erickson, Maura McMahon and Karen Pierce - jointly submitted nomination papers into the Essex County Community Foundation, the organization that oversees the award and selects recipients, one from Salem and another from Marblehead, each year. Read Article...
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.... Read more
“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.
ECCF congratulates the Essex County nonprofit organizations who also received awards: Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly Children's Learning Center, Beverly Education Foundation, Beverly Hospital, Beverly School for the Deaf, Bridgewell, Change is Simple, Children's Friend and Family Services in Salem, Essex County Community Foundation, Essex National Heritage Commission, HAWC, Hospice of the North Shore, Beyond Soccer, Lawrence Family Development Charter School, Lazarus House, MA Coalition for the Homeless, Merrimack Valley Hospice, North Shore Community Mediation, North Shore Innoventures and Northshore Education Consortium.
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.... Read more
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.
The 4th annual Diruhi Mattian Memorial Award was presented to Mark Lebon, VP of Ambulatory Services at Lahey Health Behavioral Services and a professor of counseling and social work at Salem State University to honor his daily impact on youth at risk. The acknowledgement was especially appropriate given the comments shared by Vic DiGravio at the preconference breakfast for donors, lawmakers and community leaders. "A major concern in the care of youth today is the lack of access to mental and health behavioral services. There are good counselors and agencies but insurance companies do not reimburse them in full causing care providers to lose money on the services they provide. This has caused many to close their doors or stop accepting insurance", DiGravio said and he shared a story of one mother having to call over 60 doctors and counselors to find the care she needed for her son. We hope calling attention to this issue will help put pressure on insurance companies to reimburse in full agencies providing behavioral health services.
Twenty-five workshops were offered in two breakout sessions giving attendees an impressive array of topics to choose from such as, 'Emotional Challenges of Students with Language Based Learning Disabilities', 'Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents' and 'Collaborative Engagement of Parents and Caregivers in Behavioral Health Care'. At the end of the day, qualifying attendees were awarded Continuing Education Credits for participating in the program.
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.... Read more
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.
Bringing his considerable business skills and his own generous spirit to bear on the institutions that provide all of our cultural, spiritual and environmental well-being and much of our health, human services and education, David established Essex County Community Foundation in 1999. Its mission is to promote philanthropy and develop the nonprofit sector for the benefit of the people of Essex County and beyond. As the new Foundation’s president and CEO for its first decade, he directed the ethical development of its Board, provided education and services to hundreds of nonprofits, and raised and granted over $7.5 million dollars to charitable entities throughout the County.
Still bearing his clear vision, ECCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence has become a national leader in developing more effective and efficient nonprofit organizations, and Essex County benefits measurably from a healthy community of philanthropists. With the momentum he established, the Foundation has now produced a charitable footprint of over $42 million in its young life. Though he still exercises gentle influence over philanthropic life throughout Essex County, David has always been self-effacing about his own generosity and the progress of his creation. This honor from Salem State University is a most deserved recognition for his devotion, vision and leadership.
David’s influence in the region and his success with ECCF is built upon expertise built through a very accomplished corporate career. Between 1995 and 1999, David worked with Morgan Stanley Venture Capital and was actively engaged with a number of community based non-profit agencies. David was President and CEO of the Open Software Foundation from November 1988 to September 1995. The Open Software Foundation, a joint venture research and development organization, had about a dozen employees when David was appointed CEO. Within two years it had grown to employ 350, primarily software engineering staff. Funders, supporters and clients of OSF comprised most of the world's major computer hardware and software companies as well as large computer users representing Government Agencies and the Fortune 500.
Before being recruited to run OSF, David was Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning at Computer Associates Inc. There, he was a member of the senior management team that grew Computer Associates from a small, privately-held software company to a large, multi-national, publicly traded corporation with revenues, on his departure, of $1 billion. David also directed Computer Associates' merger and acquisition business, a major source of the company's growth.
In late 1976, David Tory joined Computer Associates as Managing Director of the UK subsidiary, when the company acquired the software distribution firm he had started in 1971. In 1978, David was appointed International Vice President of Marketing, based in Ferney Voltaire, close to Geneva. In 1980, he was asked to transfer to Computer Associates Head Quarters in New York to work directly with the CEO as Vice President of Planning. He was also given responsibility for Computer Associates' international network of distributors. From 1965 to 1970, David was employed by Honeywell Information Systems in the UK. There, he held a number of software technical support and management positions. In 1970, he was sent to South Africa to help set up Honeywell's local subsidiary where he held a number of technical and marketing management positions. He returned to the UK in 1971. David began his career in 1961, when he joined Unilever in London. He transferred to Unilever's head office computer unit in 1962 as a fledgling computer programmer.
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.... Read more
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.
- Place your nonperishable food donations in a bag.
- Leave at your mailbox on May 11th.
- Your letter carrier will pick up and deliver to local pantries.
Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Karen Ansara of Essex and Mollie Byrnes of Gloucester to the ECCF Board of Trustees.... Read more
Karen Ansara is a philanthropic powerhouse at the local, national and international level. Karen and her husband Jim, who founded Shawmut Design and Construction, began making local and global anti-poverty grants 13 years ago. Anchored at First Baptist Church in Beverly, Karen serves as a board member of Harborlight Community Partners, an affordable housing organization on the North Shore; MicroCredit Enterprises, which disseminates microloans worldwide; and Partners in Health, which provides health care to the poor in 10 countries. Passionate about international development, Karen is a ten-year member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America. She co-founded and chairs New England International Donors, a learning network of donors and grantmakers committed to global philanthropy and social investing.
Since the earthquake of 2010, Karen and Jim have focused on Haiti where Jim has overseen (pro-bono) the construction of the newly opened University Hospital of Mirebalais operated by the Haitian Government and Partners in Health. They established the Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Fund at The Boston Foundation where Karen serves on the Grantmaking Committee and Advisory Council. The fund awards grants to Haitian-led initiatives on the island and in Greater Boston’s Haitian community. For their work for Haiti, Karen and Jim jointly received Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from Salem State University. A resident of Essex, Karen holds a Masters in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, a B.A. from Wellesley College and a certificate from The Philanthropy Workshop West. Karen was the Keynote speaker at ECCF’s 2012 Institute for Trustees, and is already an influential leader at the organization.
Mollie Byrnes is a longtime community volunteer. She is a board member of Rockport Music, serving from 2001-2008 and then from 2010-present. Her roles have included Secretary and Vice Chair as well as membership on the following committees: rebranding, development, nominating and governance, senior staff searches, volunteer, events, and architecture for the Shalin Liu performance center. She has been a permanent family trustee of the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation since 1986, serving on the operations committee where her duties include reviewing grant proposals. She is also a corporate trustee of The Trustees of Reservations.
A resident of Gloucester, Mollie cares deeply about the region, and seeks to clear obstacles that can hamper a young person's normal childhood and education. Her goal is to help all children reach their potential educationally and have a chance to be well adjusted productive citizens. Her focus on children connects well with the Foundation’s many education, youth-at-risk, and child and family development initiatives throughout the County.
ECCF is proud and honored to welcome these inspirational women to Essex County’s hub for nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. They will take office on July 1st.
Location: Sal’s Riverwalk Function Hall, Lawrence, MA
Fee: $25 now through April 1st. $30 after April 1st.
The Michael Latta EMS Scholarship Foundation is hosting its 3rd Annual Lights & Sirens Fundraiser! The event includes a spaghetti dinner, scholarship presentations, raffles, silent auction and dancing. Tickets are required.... Read more
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.
For more information, please visit, www.emsscholarship.com
Location: Brookwood School, Manchester, MA
Fee: Tickets for the event are $35 in advance and $40 at the door
The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its fifth 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 f... Read more
undraiser 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.
The Women’s Fund of Essex County was founded in 2003 to promote philanthropy and to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County.
To date, The Fund has awarded over $500,000 in grants to Essex County nonprofit organizations. The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA.
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.... Read more
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).
During two days of intense workshops and networking, NSHN representatives attended 24 Workshops focusing on both direct and indirect anti-hunger policy practice that included but was not limited to Advocacy Building, SNAP Outreach, Innovative Approaches to Address Senior Hunger, Data Matching, and Strategic Partnering with Schools to Implement Child Nutrition programs. (Please see attached complete report of each workshop.)
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.... Read more
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.
21 workshops were offered in 3 breakout sessions on topics such as finances for the finance committee, for-profit enterprises for nonprofits, and engaging the next generation in board leadership. A special feature this year was the Master Class track—2 hour sessions that offered experienced board members an opportunity to delve deeply into a selected subject in a roundtable format. Also offered were ½ hour one on one sessions with top consultants in lieu of a workshop.
“This is the most wonderful opportunity for all the nonprofits to share their experiences, learn from one another and keep things in perspective,” said Amanda C. Hogan, executive director of Windrush Farm.
Dozens of positive reviews reinforce the value of this unique conference. So much knowledge and so many best practices and new ideas are being shared both by leaders in the field and from peer to peer. 100% of attendees said they would return next year or recommend it to colleagues, so mark your calendars now for next year’s Institute planned for March 22, 2014!
See our facebook page for more photos of the event, www.facebook.com/ECCFBulletin.
Location: Riverside School, 95 Liberty St., Danvers, MA
Linda Abbene is the keynote artist at the 23rd Annual Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute, at the Riverside School, 95 Liberty St., Danvers, MA on Saturday, March 9, 2013.... Read more
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.
In addition to the keynote address, eight local teachers and professionals will present workshops on subjects including empathy in the preschool classroom, music and movement, gardens and recycling and what makes children tick.
The theme of the event is 'Inspire, Inquire, Maintain Your Fire', and is dedicated to giving teachers of young children an energy boost near the end of the winter season. Play It Forward Giving Circle, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation, sponsors the Legacy of Teaching Institute. The institutet is planned and organized by an all volunteer committee made up of teachers from around the region.
For more information, please visit www.playitforwardgc.org.
This is an information session for Cape Ann prospective applicants for the 2013 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation. The Bruce J.... Read more
Anderson Foundation 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.
This year, as part of the RFP process, TBF is requiring all applicants to complete an organizational profile on the Boston Foundation’s Giving Common website. An overview of the Giving Common will be presented during the information sessions. If you would like to learn more about the Giving Common and/or start your profile, please visit www.givingcommon.org.
We hope you will consider taking advantage of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity. Please RSVP if you plan to attend and direct any questions regarding program eligibility to email@example.com or (617) 338-2686.
Snow date will be Monday, January 14.
If your nonprofit organization serves school-aged children in Lawrence, MA, please Join us on January 3rd for a meeting with school principles and local nonprofit leaders facilitated by Jeff Riley, Reciever, Lawrence Public Schools and Dave Welbourn, CEO ECCF.... Read more
Progress in restoring the quality and success of our schools depends on good integration of your work and ours. The goal is to give all school-age children a seamless community of services that will include your organization and dozens of other nonprofits, with close connections between schools and services and homes. LPS has many students who need your help, so we hope you will see this as a good way to grow your programs and connections.
This event affords community partners two opportunities to engage personally with all the LPS principals to hear their needs and tell them your ideas. First we’ll have a lot of quick and easy “speed dating” conversations with each other, and then after a break we’ll take time to have deeper conversations among those who have discovered some particularly good opportunities for collaboration. Lunch will be served at noon.
We have some funding and will add more to help worthy organizations add and expand services as opportunities arise from these conversations. Many doors will open January 3.
How the day will work:
- The goal: To connect your programs and Lawrence schools to extend learning time and programs for our students, in school and throughout the city, throughout the year.
- Your opportunity: All 32 Lawrence school principals will be there to learn about your programs for school-aged children and to talk with you about working together.
- Your role: Each nonprofit (YOU!) will have a table in a big circle in the Fieldhouse. Bring your ideas, business cards, print materials, and elevator speech. You may have up to two people at your table. Please do not bring large posters or displays.
- Speed dating: The principals will circulate around the room in search of programs that can be helpful to their students. This will be like a speed-dating event: you’ll have three minutes with each principal, to tell them what you do and find out what they need. Make a match, spark some interest, exchange cards.
- More contact: Have lunch at noon with principals you’ve connected with, and maybe with peer organizations that you might collaborate with.
- Follow-up: in the following weeks and months there will be opportunities to follow up and decide on your partnerships. There may be urgent needs to fill now, but the primary objective is to develop alliances for summer projects or perhaps during the next school year.
- About the money: Grants totaling $250,000 will be awarded to outstanding summer programs, with preference for those relating to student achievement, and we’re raising money to support more projects next fall.
We hope you will join us at this incredibly important event as we build teamwork between our schools and the community at large. We are asking that each organization bring no more than two representatives. Please share this invitation with anyone who serves – or intends to serve – children and youth in Lawrence.
Please rsvp with firstname.lastname@example.org by january 2nd.
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:... Read more
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:
- Expanding our group health insurance benefits. Expanding our group insurance offering entails creating a purchasing cooperative plan. A purchasing cooperative plan can save premium costs by combining the numbers of individuals from different organizations to reduce the cost for all. The number needed to create a cooperative is 1000 individuals.
- Creating a group retirement plan. We are at early stages in assessing this possibility and your input would help us determine if the project is feasible.
We have created a survey for nonprofit leaders to complete on behalf of their organization. This survey will help us gauge the level of interest and ascertain the range of needs in the nonprofit community. If your nonprofit organization is located within Essex County and did not receive the benefits survey via email you can access it here, www.eccf.org/benefits-survey. We welcome your participation. The more nonprofits that join together to create economies of scale the more we can be efficient and save money for all. The form will be closed to further submissions on December 31st.
Any questions about the projects, please contact Susan Perry at email@example.com. Any questions about accessing or submitting the form, please contact Jonah Ruh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 55 Court Street, Suite 520, Boston, MA 02108
Fee: 0$ for Members, $35 for non-members
Why Does it Matter to Funders Across the Commonwealth?
Join funders from throughout Massachusetts 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.... Read more
Why Does it Matter to Funders Across the Commonwealth?
Join funders from throughout Massachusetts 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.
Keynote, Jeff C. Riley, Superintendent and Receiver, Lawrence Public Schools, will brief grant makers on the plan for Lawrence and the progress made to date.
All eyes are on Mr. Riley and Lawrence and it is expected that the success – or failure – of the receivership will impact the future of school district reform, not only in Massachusetts, but in troubled school systems throughout the country.
A panel of education experts will offer their view of what is happening in Lawrence and its connection to other education trends, past and present.
Beth Anderson, Executive Director, Phoenix Charter Academy
Sheila Balboni, Executive Director, The Community Group
Scott Given, CEO, Unlocking the Potential, Inc.
Presentations will be followed by a facilitated funder discussion lead by AGM member, Dave Welbourn, President and CEO of the Essex County Community Foundation. This important peer-to-peer learning opportunity will provide funders active in Lawrence and other communities to share information about their strategies, concerns and future plans. Featured Funders include:
Lynne Doblin, Executive Director, Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
Katie Everett, Executive Director, Lynch Foundation
Laura Perille, Executive Director, EdVestors
On October 18, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 10th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. The Luncheon honored twelve Essex County agencies, grant recipients under this year’s funding focus of “Economic Self-Sufficiency and Security.” The 2012 grant recipients are: Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Citizens for... Read more
Adequate Housing, COMPASS for Kids, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill, Girls Inc. of Lynn, HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change), Healthy Directions, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center/ Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area, Wellspring House, YMCA of the North Shore and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.
The Women’s Fund extends special thanks to generous business sponsors of the Grant Awards Luncheon: Anthony & Dodge, PC, Certified Public Accountants; Barry O'Brien, North Shore Communications Groups, Inc.; Beverly Hospital; Brookwood School; Glovsky & Glovsky LLC.; Oakmont Partners, LLC., Personal Wealth Management; Shore Country Day School; Townsend Oil & Propane; J Barrett & Company; North Shore Pro Landscaping; pH Lawn Care; Prince Pizzeria; Tammy MacKenzie/Worth Collection; and The Cricket Press.
The mission of The Women’s Fund of Essex County is to promote philanthropy as we raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County. The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA. For more information, please visit www.thewomensfundec.org
Photo credit: Alyse Gause Photography, www.alysegause.com.
To: Leaders of nonprofit organizations and community services in Greater Lawrence, Massachusetts
From: Jeff Riley, Receiver of Schools, and the Committee to Connect Schools and Community... Read more
To: Leaders of nonprofit organizations and community services in Greater Lawrence, Massachusetts
From: Jeff Riley, Receiver of Schools, and the Committee to Connect Schools and Community
Does your nonprofit organization serve school aged youth in Lawrence, MA? If so join a city-wide movement to raise student achievement, create new opportunities for learning, support families and faculty, and strengthen your own organization.
We have created the following survey to help us understand the array of services being offered by local nonprofits for Lawrence school children.
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.eccf.org/lawrence-nonprofit-survey
Lawrence’s schools are at work on major improvements, including expanded learning time and valuable community experiences for all students. Your answers will help the city’s public schools work with nonprofits to match each other’s needs and opportunities so that together we meet the needs of Lawrence youth. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and implies no obligation on anyone’s part.
Questions? E-mail Dave Welbourn at the Essex County Community Foundation, email@example.com
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.... Read more
The Annual Luncheon will recognize and honor the recipients of the Fund’s 2012 grant awards in the funding field of Economic Self-Sufficiency and Security, including Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Citizens for Adequate Housing, COMPASS for Kids, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill, Girls Inc. of Lynn, HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change), Healthy Directions, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center/ Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area, Wellspring House, YMCA of the North Shore and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.
As a special thank you to The Women’s Fund’s donors and supporters, the Luncheon will also include entertainment by Essex County resident Miranda Russell, a dynamic singer whose interpretations of the great popular songs of our day, as well as American Songbook classics, have earned her praise from critics and audiences throughout the region and in Europe. “Miranda Russell will knock your socks off – should you be wearing any this close to the beach”, noted the Boston Phoenix.
The Women’s Fund of Essex County is an organization of energetic, dedicated women helping to change the lives of women and girls in Essex County. Founded in 2003 to promote philanthropy and to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and promote solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County, the Fund has awarded over $500,000 in grants to Essex County non-profit organizations to date. The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA.
To purchase tickets to the Luncheon and learn more about The Women’s Fund, please visit www.thewomensfundec.org.
Lynn Public Schools teachers, principals, and professional staff have been awarded 55 Hardscrabble Education Fund Grants worth more than $200,000. The grant money will support teaching initiatives and student achievement in Lynn schools.... Read more
Each year, the Hardscrabble Education Fund supports projects benefiting Essex County public-school students in Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Salem and Swampscott by issuing grants to teachers, schools, or districts.
The grant program, run by the Essex County Community Foundation, awards one-year grants, primarily in the areas of English, science and mathematics, in amounts of $1,000-$5,000. Since its inception in 2002, the Hardscrabble Education Fund has awarded more than $730,000 to Lynn Public Schools. Read more
BOSTON – Lawrence Public School Superintendent/Receiver Jeffrey C. Riley told a ballroom full of educators over breakfast yesterday that he doesn't think that turning around an entire school district has ever been done.... Read more
But Riley, who was hired by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education six months ago to do just that with the state's most troubled school system, vowed he will do whatever it takes to get the job done. He called it "unacceptable" that half of the students who attend Lawrence High School "actually wind up walking across the stage" to receive their diplomas. Read article...
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.
On-hand for the finish-line festivities at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester was Susan Parsons, M.D., Director of the newly established Reid R. Sacco Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Clinic for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Addressing the hundreds in attendance, Dr. Parsons announced that the clinic will open in September 2012 as part of a first-of-its-kind program in Boston to uniquely focus on the AYA age group. She went on to describe details of the program and its role in patient follow-up and treatment, in basic research, and in the education of patients, families and medical professionals. Dr. Parsons explained how the program will help fill an urgent unmet medical need for this patient population.
The clinic and program are major milestones for Reid’s Ride and its mission to improve the outlook of cancer patients age 15-39.
Setting the spirit of Reid’s Ride to music was Ms. Venere Salzillo, of Saugus, who had recently returned from Los Angeles where she placed first in a national teen vocals competition. Her moving rendition of “The Climb” stirred cheers, applause and tears from the Reid’s Ride audience. With lyrics that speak to the importance of facing each uphill challenge with strength and perseverance, the song not only symbolized each rider’s effort that day but it also resonated with those who have personally experienced the impact of cancer on their lives. At the conclusion of Ms. Salzillo’s performance, a large balloon in the shape of a butterfly was released in a symbolic gesture of honor or remembrance for those who have won or lost their battle with cancer.
Lorraine Sacco, Director of Reid’s Ride, congratulated and thanked the assembled riders, supporters, volunteers, and sponsors for their tireless fund-raising and assistance in making this year’s event another record-breaker. She emphatically reminded them that it was their hard work and commitment that made the new clinic and program at Tufts a possibility and now a reality. “Reid would be very proud of how far we have come in so little time,” Sacco concluded.
Frank Basler, Operations Director for Dunkin Brands, presented Lorraine a check for $25,000 from the Dunkin Donuts Community Foundation. Dunkin Donuts is the premier event sponsor for Reid’s Ride. Accompanying Mr. Basler was the Braga family of Gloucester. The Braga family is a franchise-holder and a tremendous supporter of Reid’s Ride.
Heading up the list of top fund-raising individuals was Patrice Fogg (Madbury, NH). Other top fund-raisers included Meredith Greeno (Brookline, MA), Michael Marra (Brighton, MA), Jane Greeno (Los Angeles, CA), Weston Sacco (Lynnfield, MA), Rachael Sacco (Haverhill, MA), Frank Sacco (Haverhill, MA), Linda Ladd (Lynnfield. MA), Liz Joyce (Danvers.MA), Kate Jackson (Danvers, MA), and Eric Primack (Ipswich. MA)
The top ten fund-raising teams were Skid Marks (Revere and Madbury, NH), Danvers Diehards (Danvers), Babo Kicks Butts (Babson College Alum), Team Fun (Concord), Team Lyons (Danvers), Team Turner (Haverhill), Pedal Mettle (Lynnfield), Team Bankoff (Lynnfield), and Team Newbury North (Lynnfield).
“We had about 360 registered riders this year, and more than 50 teams,” Sacco reported. “We’re very pleased with that, and very fortunate have had beautiful weather. We had prepared for the forecasted heat and humidity by adding extra water stations and supplies. But temperatures turned out quite reasonable for this time of year, with some cooling breezes off the ocean. It was a delightful ride.”
Over the years, Reid’s Ride has become a popular “warm-up” event for those cyclists competing in the Pan Mass Challenge in early August. Next year, Reid’s Ride organizers plan to add a separate start, with timing services, for those interested in obtaining an official time for the 28 mile ride through Lynnfield, Middleton, Danvers, Beverly, Manchester and Gloucester.
Sacco remarked that there is really only one formidable challenge to Reid’s Ride. “So many wonderful people turn out for Reid’s Ride that you just want to jump off your bike to catch up with old friends or to learn what motivated a new rider to come out this year. If I did that every time I wanted to, though, I’d still be out on the course!”
“We’re already planning for next year’s event,” Sacco concluded, “and will spend the next month listening to riders and volunteers for ideas on how we can improve. Our adolescents and young adults are counting on this event becoming even bigger and better, so that we accelerate the progress we need to make in the fight against AYA cancers."
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.... Read more
“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.
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.... Read more
Twenty-three workshops on important youth care topics were offered in the morning and afternoon breakout sessions. The lunch time break featured a music performance by youth from Plummer Home for boys, followed by a presentation of the Diruhi Mattian award and a much appreciated and humorous keynote address by Carrie Stack, Founder of the Say Yes Institute and Certified Life Coach.
North of Boston —More than 200 women from all over Essex County and as far away as Maine attended the fourth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event and purse raffle held in April at Brookwood School, in Manchester.... Read more
Proceeds from the event help to fund the Women’s Fund of Essex County special projects and grant awards. Special thanks to Brookwood School and to the generous merchants, caterers and friends who donated the fabulous purses and bags and delicious hors d’oeuvres!
Founded in 2003, the Mission of The Women's Fund is to promote philanthropy as we raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County. To date, the Fund has awarded over $500,000 in grants to Essex County nonprofit organizations. Read article...
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.... Read more
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". The five North Shore advocates were busy learning and neworking from morning till night, until day three culminated in visits to their local representatives’ offices Senator Scott Brown, Senator John Kerry, and Congressman John Tierney.
The North Shore Hunger Network is a collaboration of 25 local agencies committed to hunger-relief in north shore Massachusetts communities. NSHN partners attending the FRAC conference were Beverly Bootstraps (Beverly), Haven From Hunger (Peabody) which attended for the first time and The Open Door (Gloucester). Executive director of The Open Door, Julie LaFontaine, credits the 10 years of attendance at the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference for helping to expand and deepen the programs offered at The Open Door.
Throughout the weekend in-depth timely discussions on the potential cuts to the 2012 Farm Bill were stressed. Proposed cuts include funding for SNAP (food stamps), and cuts to USDA Commodities that supply nutritious food to many food banks and local emergency providers. “Our mission at The Open Door is to connect people to good food,” says Julie LaFontaine and emphasized how critical it is to talk to local representatives about real needs for these services as they contemplate the 2012 Farm Bill and next year’s budget cuts. “We know that 80% of our clients are already on SNAP, and come to the Food Pantry every month when their SNAP benefits run out,” said Julie. “Low-income families are already feeling the pinch and struggle to put food on their tables even with the $4 a day that SNAP provides. Cuts to these basic services will lead to more hunger, put more stress on families, and further strain resources to hunger-relief agencies in the North Shore Hunger Network. We are already stretched.”
In 2011, The Open Door, like many members of the North Shore Hunger Network, saw a 23 percent increase in the number of requests for food assistance. Haven From Hunger saw a 35 percent increase, and in the last three years Beverly Bootstraps and The Open Door have seen a record 30 percent jump and have worked hard to both maintain and meet that need. Cuts last year to the federally funded TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) meant that for many agencies there were no USDA-funded commodities on the shelves of food banks and food pantries. For six weeks pantry shelves at The Open Door were empty of USDA-funded peanut butter and tuna fish, a basic protein-source that many clients rely on to make a nutritionally balanced meal. This short-fall in supply had to be made up through local food drives and local funding.
For NSHN advocate Alyse Barbash who has just completed her first year as executive director of Haven From Hunger (HFH) “going to Washington helped me change not just my small day-to-day world, but showed me how to work collectively to make a difference for everyone, not just Haven From Hunger.”
Since going to Washington and taking FRAC’s Summer Lunch workshop, Alyse has taken the lessons learned and expanded HFH’s Summer Lunch sites from two to seven and expects to serve about 700 meals--up from 200 a year ago. “I learned a lot about what’s available including the Summer Lunch and After School Meals program.” Now after focusing her attentions on Summer Lunch, Alyse hopes to look into providing some after-school meals. Going to the FRAC conference “really helped me step up my game in terms of program development and advocacy,” said Alyse.
NSHN advocate Sue Gabriel from Beverly Bootstraps said “knowing that our clients must focus on their day-to-day basic needs creates an incentive for us to advocate, many times on their behalf, for legislation and funding that will assist them. Going to FRAC helped our NSHN advocates connect with others so together we can advocate for funding and effective programming to alleviate hunger in all our communities.”
Capitol Hill visits by the North Shore Hunger Network put local representatives in touch with the real-life stories of hunger that exist here in the North Shore in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester, Peabody and Rockport. They heard of the NSHN client “James” that finally managed to find a job after almost six months of unemployment, 3 months less the average amount of time some one is on SNAP (Feeding America). He was able to survive thanks to the safety net that SNAP and the food pantry provided him. Because of those face-to-face visits on Capitol Hill, supported by the Essex County Community Foundation, less than a week later, Congressman John Tierney gave testimony on the house floor to the importance of SNAP and TEFAP funding for our most vulnerable North Shore residents and clients of the North Shore Hunger Network.
If you would like to review the FRAC Conference materials and presentations, they are posted as PDF's on the FRAC web site here: http://www.antihungerpolicyconference.org/workshop-presentations
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.... Read more
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.
The Fund has now invested over $1 million to public schools in Salem, Lynn, Beverly, Marblehead, Swampscott and Nahant. Proposals from teachers and administrators from the elementary, middle and high schools from the six towns are reviewed by a committee at The Community Foundation every April and grants are awarded to the schools in May to enable funded programs and technology to be installed for the school year beginning in September. This year’s awards focused heavily on Lynn schools which submitted the most and strongest proposals.
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.
This year ECCF is partnering with EBSCO Publishing of Ipswich, MA to supply grocery bags to encourage the donation of food for the drive. Joining Campbells Soup Company, International Paper, AARP and Publix grocery stores who provide bags in other regions of the country, ECCF and EBSCO will provide 169,000 bags for participating Letter Carriers to deliver to residents along their routes. The bags help make donating easy and fun.
ECCF has provided the bags as part of its Hunger Initiative for the past three years which resulted in 50%-80% additional food for the County's hunger organizations. Look for your Stamp Out Hunger grocery postcard and/or bag in your mailbox during the week leading up to the May 12th pick up date, fill bag with nonperishable food items, and on Saturday May 12th leave it by your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up. And if you see your mail carrier, don't forget to thank him or her for helping us stamp out hunger in Essex County!
If you don't receive a postcard or bag, you can still participate by donating to your local food pantry. Go to http://www.essexcountyhungerrelief.org to find a food pantry or soup kitchen near you.
Marblehead —Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College, and Paula Shorts, president of the Women’s Fund of Essex County, were honored by the Lynn Community Health Center at its inaugural “Women for LCHC Recognition Breakfast” recently. Over 200 guests were on hand to recognize the honorees for their contributions to the health education, and economic development of women and girls.... Read more
Health Center Executive Director Lori Abrams Berry put forth a vision of the local communities as places where poor health is never again a barrier to a woman’s success in school, the workplace or as a member of her family. Berry described the way in which the health center cares for women in ways that go far beyond the exam room.
“We care for women like no one else does,” she said. “Comprehensive OB/GYN, breast health and other ‘women’s health’ services are seamlessly integrated with primary care, mental health care, social services and specialty services not only for a woman but for her whole family. Read article...
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.... Read more
The conference opened with a moving keynote address by Karen Ansara, co-founder of The Haiti Fund at The Boston Foundation. 15 workshops were offered in the morning and afternoon breakout sessions on both beginning and advance level topics on board management and the lunch time break featured a presentation of Bank of America's High Net-Worth Philanthropy Study. New this year was a well received opportunity for attendees to have one on one sessions with high level consultants in place of workshop sessions. The information packed day closed with a well deserved 'Salute to Trustees' wine and cheese social.
During Karen Ansara's presentation, she asked attendees what their personal mission is in the philanthropic work they do. We collected their responses and would like to share their inspiring words. Together they paint a picture of the heart and passion driving the nonprofit sector to make our communities better, healthier and more compassionate to those less fortunate.
- Making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities so that the world will be a better place because of my existence.
- Out of my Jewish faith I believe in working to repair the world. My world is focused in Lawrence as a catalyst for change.
- Do good things.
- I'm passionate about enriching the lives of children through arts.
- Help improve my community locally and the lives of poor women around the world.
- I want to make all the world care about the ocean's health and its ability to sustain all life in the world.
- I'm committed to building justice in every sphere of my life.
- To make everything possible to promote opportunities for children and families to do better in life.
- To support women and girls to be powerful and make them to be self-sufficient and find peace within themselves.
- Housing is a right not a privilege.
- I seek to translate my religious faith and values into action and gifts to change the world.
- I believe beauty can transform individuals and groups and is the lasting legacy of human society.
- To wake up each morning with the core belief that I, individually and within a group can make the world a better place now and for future generations.
- I want to help break the cycle of family violence and abuse that I myself have experienced and survived.
- I was told by others that I had much to give in areas I never thought of before - and discovered this was true and discovered also the pleasure that this giving gives me.
- I will create and support communities and systems that empower people through knowledge, self-knowledge, exploration and a love of learning.
- I helped protect all the remaining undeveloped land in Essex County through a collaborative effort with donors and land owners.
- To help children foster a sense of intellectual curiosity.
- My time and support can make a difference.
- To heal broken people in the neediest places and from the poorest circumstances in the world.
- Continue to open my heart and my mind by remaining present and knowledgeable of the human condition- one story at a time.
- I work to enable all parents and children who are in need to live in healthy homes and neighborhoods as a foundation for building healthy lives.
- The measurements of life's success are not the things we have, but the way we gave of ourselves to others for their growth and personal development.
- We do what we do to break down barriers between people.
- Connect kids to nature to save earth's biodiversity and natural resources for the benefit of all.
- Promote social justice and opportunity by strengthening the nonprofit sector and increasing philanthropy.
- My inspiration for philanthropy will inspire and encourage others to become involved in programs and organizations close to their hearts.
- One is important. Two can do more. Whatever you do has an impact.
- In helping others, I enrich and improve myself as well.
- Live with a focus on mission in all you do, a passion fo truly making a difference, and with the vision to meaningfully impact the lives of others.
- In a micro sense, to preserve and enrich the culture my children's school has given them and me. In a macro sense, to bring that mission and nurtuting commitment they have taught us beyond the schools boundaries.
- To share the knowledge, assets and wisdom with those who are less fortunate than me.
- To share skills from a lifetime within non-profits to facilitate whatever others want to learn and do.
- I am on a mission to stop the stigma of mental illness. It is called CAP. Community Awareness Project.
- My mission is to teach my child to be self sacrificing and to care about others.
- A person to person campaign to make things better for family care givers and their loves ones in nursing homes organized through civic minded hair salon operators.
- Convince my spouse and family that my mother's drive to make a difference for the less fortunate is valid and to be pursued. With my current board position to give more and find another to contribute more in line with my own goals.
- To take groups of people from different perspectives and backgrounds with the same ultimate goals and to weave that into successful outcomes.
- Taking the potential that is everywhere and make it work.
- I am beginning to acknowledge that my journey is about the connection and power between the arts and social responsibility.
- Faith, family and experience led me to answer the question, "Am I my brother's keeper?" with the word "Yes."
- Positive, heartfelt giving.
- Continue to hear God's calling and guidance to serve his children and help God's children help themselves out of poverty and into sustainable meaningful lives.
- He saved the coast of Massachusetts from destruction and degradation and inspired residents to take an active role in its protection.
- I want to build an educational community on the water/ocean.
- Never stop giving back to honor what you have been given.
- To provide opportunities to those who lack them through education and direct service.
- Growing and living in and around poverty, my family had always been of the tribe of medicine. It has been in my DNA to do do the good hard work of giving back.
- Eliminating economic disadvantage as a barrier to educational opportunity and advancement, believing that "education is the great equalizer".
- I have a fundamental responsibility to conserve the environment and to provide shelter to all people.
- To develop the characters of young men of African descent through Christ (to be the leaders of our future).
- I change the world one child at a time!
- A world empowering all with the courage to help people heal and become self-sufficient.
- Ensure a strong community that values people and places.
- Empower and enable girls and women through access to education and job training.
- I want to lead as a participant, with humility, respect and openness.
- As a christian, I have a passion to address the whole person through any and every avenue available.
- The best way to honor Him who sent us is to hone the work and the workers He put beside us; to preserve the value in all things and raise up who and what has fallen.
- Every child deserves a rainbow.
- Share our experiences and stories with others with the hope that they can understand experiences of people different from themselves.
- I believe children and their mothers should have shelter as a first step out of poverty, and I love using my gifts to help.
- I have a 'tool box' given to me by my parent but I am the only one who can use it. I hope to teach the same 'tool box' to my children for them to use to the best of their ability.
- I commit to elevate my own gifts to excite an unstoppable path of empowered leadership for others to achieve their lifes potential.
- I continue to learn. I learn to continue.
- To make the world I see in front of me, a better place.
- As Board Chair my mantra is to encourage mission-focused results through board member participation. Open the door for the cats to go through.
- To recognize and embrace every opportunity to help further causes that lead children to the fulfillment of their life's dreams.
- Helping students/people to make real world connections to find their true calling.
- Let all share in the grace from which I have benefitted.
- Changing and empowering lives one person and a time.
- Core values - Appreciate the seniors of America as living time capsules and how they can be more appreciated and ackowledged as learning opportunities and inspirations for children and grandchildren. Sentence - I'd like to write a children's book to help society discover the wonderful relationships that can exist between grandparents and grandchildren.
- Tap into the goodness of others in order to echo the goodness of God especially in behalf of and in partnership with the poor.
- Mantra- I am entering doctoral studies to research the efficacy of single parent higher education programs. There are only nine in the United States. What are the stress factors and enhancers for these single parents and how does a higher education improve the lives of parent and child(ren)? Then, I would like to form an alliance with a college or University and start another program for single parents becuase if we can educate and improve the lives of these families by creating opportunities, we can prevent them from generations of poverty.Why? Becuase i was a single parent of three and was challenged with the role of work, parent and school!
- Serving the environment by sharing images of nature with others through photography and service.
- Serve others through local environmental and church stewardship.
- To advocate for those who have no one to advocate for them.
- To help kids grow to their greatest potential.
- Giving back so other people can live a decent life.
- As a small pebble, let me create a ripple that changes the world.
- Everyone should be as lucky and happy as me.
- I have been blessed with a talent and want to share it with others to make a difference.
- I want to inspire my children and the children of my community to care for the earth as part of a lifetime journey.
- One's health is the foundation of a connected community; empower individuals to make healthy choices and build stronger families and communities now and in the future. The power of a community depends on the health of its people.
- To open the door of opportunity to those without.
- To live my life in faith and give in faith to as many as I can.
- If there really is a God, He'll know I lived a good life and let me in.
- My efforts in board leadership go towards supporting the belief that all children, particularly those of 1st generation immigrants deserve and can rise to the standard of an excellent education.
- Spread the importance of education and strengthen support structures for education of first generation immigrants.
- I assist and encourage other people to recognize and achieve their full potential.
- Eliminate poverty at the local level in my community through affordable housing, education, and leadership opportunities.
- To live a life that honors the mystery of compassion and respects a person's spirit where it meets the bone.
- Promote historical preservation activities.
- I am helping new immigrants become self-sufficient and part of the American mainstream.
- To become personally engaged with others and organizations who promote social improvement.
- Educating young adults in the area to understand finances for their personal success.
- He taught us all to treat each other with respect and to listen to one another.
- To help others reach their goals they can only now dream of.
- 1. See more people do more for others. 2. Help children in need of companionship and education.
- My purpose is to share with my family and other families our values, beliefs and shelter so they can grow and become more independent and contributing members of society.
- Make each relationship better than I found it.
- Think LOCALLY in addition to globally.
- Empower and engage youth to prepare for a future with full possibilities and potential.
- To use my God given gifts to make my community and the world a better place.
- Every day to take an action that makes a positive change or outcome.
- I empower people to find their voices and build community.
- Help as many downtrodden people as possible in my lifetime.
- Breaking the cycle of poverty.
- Help and support others to rewrite the script others have imposed on them.
- To rediscover the wealth, the beauty and the mystery of the ocean is to embrace and sustain the human spirit.
- Clearing the way for children who need help clears a path for all.
- I will make a world where the equality babies are born with can remain with them throughout life.
- To empower youth to grow and achieve personal potential.
- To find my passion and make it serve my community.
- Make a difference in my community. Belive in the process of working together to make a right in what we do.
- 1. Make my children's world better than my own. 2. This is borrowed: "If you want peace, work for justice"
- To create a center of openness where people can discover the Holy and be empowered to change the world.
- Where there is a need there is a way.
- It doesn't matter what you do, but you should be contributing to something larger than yourself.
- To make Salem a better place to live.
- I transfer my profession and manufacturing to address poverty by building homes and growing Habitat's umbrella with sound business practice.
- Pay it forward!
- If I cannot make the world a better place, at least I can make it more comfortable.
- Give the opportunities to others to improve the condition of all.
- He moved His world one step forward for the betterment of those he encountered.
- Giving back is easy and forever.
- My personal philanthropic mission is to link under-privileged people to resources that they need in order to improve their quality of life, and to do this in collaboration with others. (service providers, communities of faith, etc.) To break down barriers and differences between "privileged" and "underprivileged."
- My sense of purpose comes from strong family values that define a need to improve the human condition/quality of life for those less privileged.
- May I be as generous with my time as those who inspire me.
- I want for others what I have for myself.
- My goal is to leave my community stronger than I found it!
- I will do what I can to be sure that everyone in America has access to food and health, which will make it easier for everyone to participate in global action.
- To do what I can to help someone else improve their moment.
- Making people aware of the roots of disharmony. To inspire others to become strong and work towards peace and a better quality of life.
- I will pass this way just once; therefore I will do what I can to make life better for those around me.
- Feeding one family at a time.
- My desire to be inolved with the communities I live in or I used to live in has been driven by the example of the women in my life starting with my mother and grandmothers and their desire for better opportunities for their children and others around them.
- From a very young age I have been drawn to help people in need and this desire to help has been nurtured in my family, in my education and world as a registered nurse, and in my church, and I hope to give back to my world with hands on care, with personal relationships to empower individual wholeness, and to express the power of love and creativity of the inclusive God I have come to know.
- Keep your eyes on the right thing and do it.
- Moving mountains - together.
- Land conservation.
- To do the comparatively little I can to improve life of education for my community.
- To endow St. Ann School into the future.
- I've learned how to make a difference in the organizations I have served and see how these small changes can have a large impact on the community and this fuels my passion.
- Provide, promote beneficial medical assistance to others.
- Let's not allow our freeedom of speech be sold to corporate America!
- Free digital rights for all citizens of the world.
- Creo en ambientes, lugares y situaciones que me apoyaron, motivaron y conscientizaron a preparame por la mejoria del estado para la solidaridad. (rough translation: I believe in the environments, places and situations that have supported me, motivated me and made me aware to improve myself in solidarity.)
- To open the door of opportunity to the underserved populations.
- I am a communicator for vulnerable populations who do not have voices to speak for themselves, whose language is not English.
- To enhance the lives of people who do not have a voice. To enhance the lives of people with disabilities.
- To bring the ability to experience self-respect and self-belief to other people regardless of their life circumstances.
- Respect and dignity for all: rich, poor, abled, disabled, educated, undereducated…etc.
At the request of Jeffrey Riley, Superintendent/Receiver for the Lawrence Public School District, the Essex County Community Foundation is gathering nonprofit organizations from the Lawrence community to attend an informal "get to know you" session with Mr Riley.... Read more
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.
Please R.S.V.P. online at http://www.eccf.org/jeff-riley-forum-317.html or contact Kathy Moriconi at Essex County Community Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-777-8876 x25. Directions are available at the link above.
Over 2,500 non-profit organizations employ almost 45,000 people on the North Shore, providing a valuable part of the economy and much needed resources for residents going through tough times. But leading a non-profit is not always easy.... Read more
Trustees need time to focus on their dedication to their organization and renew energy to do their jobs better, according to Julie Bishop, vice president of grants and services for the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), a Danvers-based organization that works to educate and develop local non-profits.
“If the board is strengthened, everything an organization does will be stronger,” said Bishop.
Karen Keating Ansara of Essex, a mother of four adopted children, knows this firsthand. After witnessing poverty in South America through the adoption process, Ansara and her husband, Jim, became committed to ending poverty overseas through local platforms. Now co-founder and board member of three non-profit organizations, The Ansara Family Fund, New England International Donors, and The Haiti Fund, Ansara wants to become a better leader herself. Read article...
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.... Read more
“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.
Betty Beland was a passionate supporter of nonprofit organizations in and around Lawrence and was involved in many organizations and initiatives. While serving on Associated Grantmakers’ Summer Fund committee, she became inspired by the efficiency and impact of the model and in 1990, devoted herself to starting a similar Summer Fund for the Greater Lawrence region.
“Betty was a powerful fundraiser for GLSF and brought donors together to work on a common interest in a way that had not happened before. Her love and passion for her City was a vital part of who she was. The Greater Lawrence Summer Fund is a perfect example of all the things she worked so hard to bring to fruition. There are a handful of folks who over the past thirty years have had similar impact, but Betty and the Summer Fund are unique.” –Josh Miner, Stevens Foundations.
The Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund is a collaborative donor fund at ECCF that provides support for over 40 summer programs in Greater Lawrence for low income youth. The Fund connects donors interested in supporting summer programs with the agencies that provide quality programs that truly benefit those who attend. These summer enrichment activities are essential for students to sustain the learning of the previous academic year. Without access to them, low income students may fall as much as 3 grade levels behind their more affluent peers.
If you would like to join the Betty Beland GLSF donor collaborative and help support summer youth programs in Greater Lawrence contact Carol Lavoie Schuster at 978-777-8876 ex 33 or via email, email@example.com.
We are 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.... Read more
The GRC is a portal located at Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers that provides access, free of charge, to two databases: AGM’s Grant Makers Directory which consists of in-depth data on 400 funders that grant in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online which includes over 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grant-making public charities.
The GRC portal opened on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The first in the door was Brian Frykenburg of Friends of Andover Tennis Fund. He said, “It’s a valuable resource. I found three good leads that I will now pursue for new funding!”
The GRC at ECCF is available by appointment only Monday through Friday (except holidays) 10am - 5pm. Beginning in March, extended hours will be available one day per week until 7 pm and one Saturday per month from 9 am – 12 noon. Dates TBA. The GRC is available for nonprofit staff, grant writers, fund holders, foundation staff and development consultants. It is not available to for-profit businesses.
The GRC is part of ECCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence - a comprehensive set of educational offerings, services and resources designed to train and support nonprofit leadership. Learn more or sign-up for a GRC session.
State receiver embarks on historic mission to transform Lawrence's failed school system
LAWRENCE — Lawrence Public Schools made history yesterday when the troubled district became the first to be placed into receivership by the state. But the school system will make even bigger history if the receiver's turnaround plan works, something that may take years.... Read more
State receiver embarks on historic mission to transform Lawrence's failed school system
LAWRENCE — Lawrence Public Schools made history yesterday when the troubled district became the first to be placed into receivership by the state. But the school system will make even bigger history if the receiver's turnaround plan works, something that may take years.
Calling it "a great day," state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester introduced the receiver he has appointed to oversee what is hoped will be a transformation of the failed school system. Chester said the hiring of a Boston educator Jeffrey C. Riley, 40, to run Lawrence schools was an unprecedented response to the problems of a chronically underperforming public school system. Read article...
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.... Read more
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.
The Merrimack Valley General Fund (MVGF) is a permanent fund of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) serving agencies in the Eastern Merrimack Valley. The fund was established when the Merrimack Valley Community Foundation merged with ECCF in 2004. The MVGF funds all fields of interest including Arts and Culture, Education, Social and Community Services, and Youth Service. The 2011 MVGF committee members are Richard Blain, North Andover, Peter Caruso, Sr. Andover, Sheila Doherty, Andover, Patricia Driscoll, Lawrence, Julie Gadziala, Andover, Chair, Paul Heggarty, Newburyport, Patricia Karl, North Andover, Lisa Mc Donald, Andover, Daniel Murphy, North Andover, Marianne Paley, Newton, and Len Wilson, Andover. View grant awards...
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!... Read more
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.
The Webster Family Fund was formed in 2005 when the D.K. Webster Family Foundation transferred its assets into a field of interest fund at the Essex County Community Foundation. The Fund supports capital projects at nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Lawrence community. View list of awardees...
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.... Read more
"A wonderful woman and inspiring philanthropist"
Betty, a long time administrator of The Stevens Foundations, was a passionate promoter of the importance of providing broad levels of assistance beyond financial support to grass-roots, nonprofit organizations in and around Lawrence. At the same time, she recognized that there had to be a way of retaining some of the philanthropic dollars that were then flowing into Boston, and refocusing them to support local nonprofits.
The founders of Broadhow, the precursor of ECCF, first met Betty through her active support of and engagement with the Essex Art Center in Lawrence. She encouraged them to establish Broadhow in 1998, to provide low cost or free consulting and training to nonprofits. Betty worked closely with Broadhow and helped plan its reorganization to become the Essex County Community Foundation, of which she was a founding board member. Through her active promotion, The Stevens Foundations made substantial and critically important grants to underwrite ECCF’s early operating costs.
It was Betty who started the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund in 1990 and drove it to become a major funding source for Greater Lawrence nonprofits. In 2001, she asked ECCF to take over the Summer Fund which is now one of ECCF’s most successful donor collaboratives providing summer enrichment activities for over 15,000 youth in the region.
Betty was also one of the founders of the Greater Lawrence Community Foundation which began in 1993. As its scope expanded, it was soon renamed the Merrimack Valley Community Foundation and in 2004 it merged with ECCF. Its legacy is now the Merrimack Valley General Fund which makes grants each year to nonprofit programs in the area. Betty’s purpose in all of these efforts was always to bring donors together to do big things they could not do as well separately.
Betty Beland was a unique, warm and caring person. She was a much loved “den mother” of the Greater Lawrence nonprofit community and an inspiration to all she worked with. With all she did and all the difference she made to so many, it seems as if she received special recognition by passing away on National Philanthropy Day. We have all benefited from her example and many contributions to the community and will miss her more than words can tell.
-Remarks from David Tory, Founder of the Essex County Community Foundation
"My 'Irish Godmother'"
Betty Beland was my self proclaimed "Irish Godmother". Betty took me under her wing and taught me to see her Lawrence, the potential, the need and the unique qualities of the people engaged in the non-profit sector. She provided great guidance in the founding and growth of Groundwork Lawrence, she introduced me to funders in both the private foundation sector as well as the business community. She included me at the table when we began the Lawrence Community Foundation even though I was a kid, she sat next to me at meetings and made me laugh with her gossip and running commentary - always with the twinkle in her eye. She taught me that you can lead with your heart and vision to change the world. What a difference a person can make.
- Remarks from Marianne Paley Nadel, Founding ED of Groundwork Lawrence and ECCF Merrimack Valley General Fund committee member
Danvers — With a lofty goal of empowering women and girls in the area, the Women’s Fund of Essex County took another significant step to that end by awarding 12 grants to deserving charities last week at their 9th annual luncheon.... Read more
Over $84,000 in grants was shared among organizations that target helping women and girls. Co-chairs of this year’s luncheon Paula Jerome and Kristine Trustey greeted the almost 300 women at the sold out event who gathered in the grand ballroom of the Peabody Marriott Hotel. The group was brought together by the common desire to help the thousands of women and girls who face life-diminishing issues including homelessness, abuse, bullying, poor health, financial illiteracy, inadequate job skills and education in Essex County.
The Women’s Fund of Essex County was founded in 2004 and since it’s inception has grown to be one of the most successful funds in the country. Read article...
HAMILTON — One could easily argue Anita Evetts was born to be a teacher. She had a piano in her second-grade classroom at Cutler Elementary in Hamilton and would play and sing with her students every day.... Read more
"She was brilliant at connecting with all children," said Janie Bellenis, a teaching assistant at Cutler and close friend of Evetts. "She was incredibly vibrant and fun. She made learning very fun."
Evetts died in September 2009, four months after being diagnosed with cancer. She will be remembered tomorrow at a coffeehouse fundraiser for a scholarship created in her memory. Planned for 2 to 5 p.m. at Miles River Middle School, tomorrow's event features live music by local performers and a few Evetts family members, as well as auctions.
...The Evetts scholarship has been given to Hamilton-Wenham graduates for the past two years; the fund is managed by the Essex County Community Foundation. Read Article
The National Teen Leadership Program will hold its will hold its first East Coast program from July 15-17 at Endicott College...
Endicott College was selected as the site of its first East Coast retreat because of the presence of the Essex County Community Foundation's Youth at Risk conference, Kim said.... Read more
The National Teen Leadership Program will hold its will hold its first East Coast program from July 15-17 at Endicott College...
Endicott College was selected as the site of its first East Coast retreat because of the presence of the Essex County Community Foundation's Youth at Risk conference, Kim said.
"I was looking for a location and community that would have a good synergy with the work we do with teens and that could potentially be an ongoing home for our program," Kim said. "That was confirmed at this year's 11th annual conference where 650 youth workers attended and showed the dedication of individuals who work with youth in Essex county. Already a number of groups from organizations in Essex county such as Family Continuity, GenYLife Design, and Health & Education Services are planning to attend." Read article...
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.... Read more
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.
Kids, who have become involved with the social service system, often meet with a variety of organizations who are attempting to provide a complete continuum of care. When these providers know about each other, the gaps in services often close and the opportunities for success increase exponentially. While parents remain the first line of defense in keeping our kids from following self destructive behaviors, social workers, psychologists, youth counselors, teachers, school adjustment counselors, and public health workers are necessary elements for this task. YAR is a place where these providers can network and learn from each other what resources are available.
Hearing directly from those who have received services is an essential element of the Youth At Risk Conference. This year, a midday “Panel of Hope” will highlight former at risk youth who will share their stories of what brought them to the attention of human services, their journeys to recovery and stability and their advice for conference attendees looking for encouragement to continue their work. Providing some joy and rhythm to the lunch time break will be a performance by Express Yourself. This exciting and inspirational program offers at-risk youth the opportunity to explore art, music and dance as a path toward healthy identity and belonging. Express Yourself has performed at the Wang Theater and the White House and has become an annual treat for YAR attendees.
"The Youth At Risk Conference has attracted very engaging speakers and workshop facilitators", says Marian Myers, co-chair of the YAR organizing committee. This year’s keynote speaker will be Edward Hallowell, M.D. a child and adult psychiatrist, and director of The Hallowell Center in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He has authored eighteen books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of the human connection, and the childhood roots of happiness in life. Recent keynote presenters have included: Jack Williams of Channel 4 and founder of Wednesday's Child and Dr. Ross Greene, the author of the highly acclaimed books' The Explosive Child' and 'Lost at School'".
To thank the sponsors, agency executives, and public officials who support YAR, a pre-conference breakfast is held. This year’s breakfast speaker will be the Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, who oversees 17 state agencies and serves in the Cabinet of Governor Deval Patrick.
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.... Read more
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.
How it works: On or about Wednesday May 11th residents should receive a postcard reminding them of the upcoming food drive. Many branches will also be delivering a plastic bag created especially for food drive donations. If you receive a postcard or bag, please participate in the drive by leaving a bag of food by your mail box on Saturday, May 14th before your regular mail delivery. Your letter carrier will pick up your donations and bring them to their branch post office where the food is sorted and distributed to local participating food pantries and soup kitchens. If you do not receive a postcard or bag or you miss the food drive, please still consider bringing a donation to your local food pantry or send a financial gift to help them supply non food items to their clients. Find your local food pantry at www.essexcountyhungerrelief.org.
Note: Please do not leave any donations contained in glass jars. This causes breakage and possible injury. Thank-you!
About: The National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive began in 1993 in Phoenix, Arizona as an idea of the Phoenix Letter Carriers. It has since spread and become a national effort, which during its first 18 years has collected over 1 billion pounds of food. Participation by each branch and letter carrier is on a volunteer basis. Essex County Community Foundation has partnered with local branches of the association to provide plastic shopping bags for the event which has been proven to significantly increase participation and therefore food donations. Please participate and thank your letter carrier today!
It might sound like a less-than-exciting way to spend a warm spring Saturday. But this Saturday, about 300 Essex County nonprofit board members will get together in Hamilton to learn about topics like fiduciary responsibility and donor retention.... Read more
They say the Essex County Institute for Trustees helps them keep the area’s arts groups, food banks, and other nonprofit organizations running successfully in difficult financial times.
“It has been tough, and a lot of people come to these types of events to see if they can generate some ideas,’’ said Peter Konrad, a board member at Danvers-based Strongest Link AIDS Services Inc., who also attended last year. “It’s a good networking opportunity, it’s a good learning opportunity, it’s an energizing opportunity.’’ Read article...
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.... Read 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.
This conference will be an opportunity for board members and executive directors to spend a day with their colleagues who are experiencing the same challenges, opportunities and successes associated with the leadership of nonprofit organizations. This conference will reinforce and enhance the steps needed to build a cohesive and effective board.
Attendees can expect to take away from the conference:
- A better understanding of the role of trustee of a nonprofit organization
- New pathways to success for your organization
- A resource guide containing presentations and additional information on board leadership
- Counsel from leaders in the field of nonprofit governance
- Connections to other Essex County nonprofits
Last year, more than 300 individuals attended the Institute for Trustees and the response was outstanding. Said one attendee, "My colleagues and I were filled with ideas and inspiration to help move our program up a notch in the coming year. To say nothing of gaining a sense of real citizenship in the Essex County public charities community."
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.... Read more
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.
ECCF's Investment Policy Statement requires a carefully balanced portfolio aimed at preserving capital and growing assets for the long run as is appropriate for charitable funds. In recent years it has ranged from 55% equities to 70% equities as the Committee has adjusted to changes in capital markets.
The results are worthy of the good causes these funds support. ECCF measures its investment performance against two benchmarks. One is the national average for over 800 college and university endowments, which ECCF has significantly exceeded three years in a row. In 2010, these college and university endowments on average gained 11.9% while ECCF gained 14.6%.
The second benchmark is the balanced model for ECCF's main portfolio. The Foundation's chief custodian, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, submitted its 2010 summary report at the January meeting of the Trustee Committee on Investments. Here are the latest results:
60% S&P 500
35% BARCLAY'S INTERMEDIATE BOND
5% 90 DAY TREASURIES
70% S&P 500
30% BARCLAY'S INTERMEDIATE BOND
OF 865 COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Hamilton- A food pantry that serves Manchester and Essex families may be losing some storage room and workspace but not its spirit of serving the North Shore community...... Read more
Acord is one of dozens of pantries on Cape Ann and the North Shore surviving to support others in spite of economic or real estate setbacks. Collaborating its efforts with various pantries, Acord receives weekly drop-offs of food from the Gloucester-based The Open Door food pantry's truck and other donors.
"Most of these food pantry organizations are small, so when they band together they accomplish much more," said Dave Welbourn, executive director of Essex County Community Foundation, which supporting nonprofit organizations with grants, strategic planning and fundraising. "The coming together is largely an efficiency improvement. It's easier to raise money, get supplies and so on." Read article...
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.... Read more
When the recession hit in October 2008, the store lost 35% of its business and after two years had to close its doors.
Because the community of teachers had felt so supported by Jan and The Learning Tree Store, they wanted to ensure the real magic of the store could continue, so in the spring of 2010, they gifted Jan with the funds necessary to set up the Play it Forward Giving Circle as a fund at the Essex County Community Foundation.
The mission of Play it Forward Giving Circle is to offer support to folks who are doing the great work of teaching our young children. The main initiative is the Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute which Jan started in 1989 as the Four College Conference. In 1995 the conference became The Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute, and it is the only early childhood conference dedicated to providing workshops and inspiration for teachers of young children in our region. This year's Institute will be held March 12th at the Riverside School in Danvers.
"There is much good work being done in our schools, but it's like taking a spoon and shoveling beach sand. We are trying to support and supplement what good work is already happening," commented Jan Plourde.
Play it Forward Giving Circle is also developing five initiatives that will take place throughout the year. The first is the Sister School Initiative, a collaboration between an independent high school and a primary school in Lynn. This year's sister schools will be Pingree School in Hamilton and the Tracy School in Lynn. During Pingree's 2-week March break, motivated students will become helpers and role models to Tracy School's kindergarden-5th grade students by spending an hour each day working on art projects. They will create an art installation at the school, with a planned reception and art show the week before Mother's Day where the framed artwork will be sold to raise money to support Tracy School's art program.
While Jan has the momentum of years of passionate work at The Learning Tree Store, the Giving Circle itself is still in its fledgling state. "The vision for the Circle is to build a team of people with a strong interest in supporting education with a special focus on early childhood education to raise money and volunteers for collaborative initiatives in our region's schools," Jan said.
The Circle is perfect for folks who have recently retired from teaching, empty nesters, young mothers and anyone who wants to be involved in improving education for our young. The next meeting is January 29th at Notre Dame Children's Class in Wenham. All are welcome to join. Because ECCF is so pleased to welcome Jan and her creative new fund to our philanthropic community, we asked Jan why she chose to set up Play it Forward Giving Circle with us.
"Because ECCF is a foundation. We can focus on our own region; they teach us how to do the job of a nonprofit, and we receive mentoring and support. It is a natural fit."
Thanks Jan, from all of us at ECCF!
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.... Read more
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.
Jonathan Paschal, 12, and his brother Jordan, 6, were dropped off each day over the summer at the Children’s Center in Methuen, but that wasn’t always where they stayed.
“They took trips to the beach, to lakes, to Canobie Lake Park,’’ says their mother, Tracey Anderson. “Jordan loves the water. Jonathan was more a fan of Laser Craze.’’... Read more
Jonathan Paschal, 12, and his brother Jordan, 6, were dropped off each day over the summer at the Children’s Center in Methuen, but that wasn’t always where they stayed.
“They took trips to the beach, to lakes, to Canobie Lake Park,’’ says their mother, Tracey Anderson. “Jordan loves the water. Jonathan was more a fan of Laser Craze.’’
The boys covered a lot of ground during the Children’s Center’s summer program, thanks in part to grants provided by the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a collaborative donor effort administered by the Essex County Community Foundation.
“We do two to three field trips a week, plus an array of classes and workshops,’’ says Erica Kennedy-Cruz, the center’s director. “Everything from a Fenway Park tour to a live show at the Palace Theater in Manchester, N.H., to cooking classes and beach days.’’
There’s an academic element to all that fun as well, Kennedy-Cruz says.
“The kids have to write a mini-report after each activity. They answer questions like what did they like about it, what was the biggest surprise, things like that.’’
In addition, the children put in reading time each day, usually focused around the summer reading lists supplied by their schools. The center also works in conjunction with the Lawrence and Methuen public schools to find out what they want emphasized over the summer, including math and science.
It’s this combination of culture and education that exemplifies the goal of the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund program, according to Clare Gunther, assistant manager for Grants and Services at the Essex County Community Foundation.
“The Summer Fund began in 1990 when it was created by the Stevens Foundation,’’ Gunther says. “At the time, the idea was that low-income kids deserved access to enjoyable summer programs, too.’’
The foundation took over the program in 2001. Today, more than 40 organizations in Greater Lawrence support the effort to offer a fun learning experience.
“It’s phenomenal. There are over 5,000 children involved,’’ says Dick Purinton, a foundation board member who sits on the Summer Fund committee.
“The majority of the programs are educational, or have strong educational content.’’
It’s that emphasis that addresses a hot topic in education: summer learning loss. According to a study by Duke University professor Harris Cooper, all children lose some math skills while they’re away from school in the summer.
But while middle-class students hold their own in reading skills over the break, their low-income peers lose both reading and spelling skills, slipping as many as three months behind in reading comprehension. Cooper determined that by ninth grade, summer learning loss could be blamed for almost 60 percent of the achievement gap between the income groups.
Last summer, the Essex County Community Foundation raised $228,000 for the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, with a $38,500 matching gift from the Amelia Peabody Foundation, a grant provider focused on positive learning experiences for children in Massachusetts.
All of the programs and organizations that benefited featured some element to address summer learning loss.
One was the Greater Lawrence Community Boating program, which runs rowing, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking lessons out of the Abe Bashara boathouse on the Merrimack River.
While membership for the program runs $50 per summer, between 600 and 1,000 children participate for free, supported in part by the Essex foundation.
In addition, 2010 marked the first year community boating used Summer Fund grant money to introduce the Project Coach program, a curriculum developed at Smith College to use sports to engage and empower teenagers by training them to become coaches in their communities.
According to Ellen Minzner, executive director of the Community Boating program, the 50 Lawrence High School students who took the six-week program last summer learned leadership skills while being physically active.
“Project Coach trains them in leadership. They did role-playing exercises and videotaped their sessions to learn different coaching styles,’’ she says.
“Then they got to practice coaching when the rec kids would come in each day.’’
No easy feat, given that Lawrence Recreation brings between 200 and 300 children per day to the boathouse for summer programs. In addition to their training sessions, Project Coach students had to commit to daily Kaplan academic sessions. Today, graduates of the Project Coach program use the skills they learned to coach middle school students on indoor rowing equipment, teaching basic fitness exercises in addition to on-water techniques that can be used next summer.
“The carryover has been fantastic,’’ says Minzner. “The kids are really engaged; they remember so much and work really well together. This is where we see the rewards of the program.’’
Carlos Taveras, 17, says the best part of going through Project Coach was interacting with the Smith College coaches.
“We learned about what kind of attitude we need to have, and how to keep your cool working with kids,’’ he says. “They taught us so much. You learn how to set goals, and you want to meet those goals.’’
When asked if his experience has translated into the classroom now that he is back in school, Taveras says one skill in particular has come in handy.
“The public speaking part. As a coach, you have to be the voice of the team,’’ he says.
“I am no longer afraid to raise my hand and say what I have to say.’’
Reprinted here with thanks to The Boston Globe. Access article here.
Hamilton —The word philanthropy used to conjure up images of affluent men sharing their wealth with those in need. But in 2010 philanthropy is now a woman’s world.... Read more
And if the 270 dynamic, community focused women who attended The Women’s Fund of Essex County Eighth Annual Grant Awards Luncheon at the Peabody Marriott on Oct 21 are any indication that philanthropy movement among women is increasing in strength.
“We are at a tipping point with the power of women’s philanthropy,” Paula Shorts, president of The Women’s Fund, told the audience in her opening remarks. Shorts expressed her gratitude for everyone coming to laugh, learn and feel powerful at this year’s luncheon. Read article...
...Through a week-long artist-in-residence program at the Witchcraft Heights School, students in all grades worked with children’s author and poet Jeff Nathan, who taught them writing skills through lessons infused with humor and song...Grade five teacher Kathy Marchetti raised $6,000 to pay for the program, securing a $1,000 grant from the Salem Education Foundation, donations from the PTO and... Read more
a school fundraiser, and a $3,000 matching grant from the Essex County Community Foundation. Read more...
In Lawrence, everybody knows what time it is by looking at the Ayer Mill Clock Tower. And today, they’ll prove they care with a centennial celebration for the four-sided, 267-foot-tall landmark.
“We hope it’s a symbol of the continued revitalization of Lawrence,’’ said Jay Caporale, executive vice president of the Essex County Community Foundation.... Read more
In Lawrence, everybody knows what time it is by looking at the Ayer Mill Clock Tower. And today, they’ll prove they care with a centennial celebration for the four-sided, 267-foot-tall landmark.
“We hope it’s a symbol of the continued revitalization of Lawrence,’’ said Jay Caporale, executive vice president of the Essex County Community Foundation.
The clock tower, with its 22-foot clock dials, is one of the tallest in the world, the foundation says. “The fact that it was so enormous was a tremendous sense of pride to all the laborers who worked in these massive textile mills,’’ said Barbara Brown, executive director of the Lawrence History Center.
The tower’s history has paralleled that of the city itself. The tower at the Ayer Mill complex on South Union Street went up at a time when tens of thousands of workers poured in and out of Lawrence’s mills every day.
“That clock tower was a central visual symbol to the greater community on the importance of the mills and the workers,’’ said Caporale. “It tolled at curfew, it chimed to call workers to work, it called them to worship. The city was almost managed and guided by the clock tower.’’
But by the middle of the 20th century, the mills were emptying out and Lawrence began its long economic decline. The clock stopped working, the bell disappeared, and the tower fell into disrepair. In 1991, though, the community raised $1 million to restore the clock, including casting a new bell.
There’s a nearly $500,000 endowment for the tower’s maintenance and care under the jurisdiction of the foundation. Currently they’re near completion of a $30,000 fund-raising effort to install new, efficient lighting on the clock faces. Once again Lawrence is enduring tough times, from the foreclosure crisis to City Hall controversy. But local leaders hope the tower will continue to be a beacon.
“We now have a new wave of immigrants that are in the process of making their way toward the American dream, and we think that symbol of Lawrence nicely bridges the past, the current immigrants and future immigrants,’’ said Caporale.
The free public event will be held at 2 p.m. today in the courtyard at the History Center, 6 Essex St., looking across the Merrimack River to the tower. There will be several speakers and the bell will ring 100 times, for the tower’s 100 years. More information is at www.lawrencehistorycenter.org.
LAWRENCE — It was a towering icon of American industry, a ringing symbol of the working class in this city and across the nation for half a century. By the late 1950s it had become something else: a crumbling relic of Lawrence's vanishing glory and a 267-foot-high roost for generations of pigeons that left behind tons of droppings during the four decades they had the run of the place.... Read more
By the late 1950s it had become something else: a crumbling relic of Lawrence's vanishing glory and a 267-foot-high roost for generations of pigeons that left behind tons of droppings during the four decades they had the run of the place. The city still struggles, but a million-dollar restoration brought back the Ayer Mill clock tower in 1991. On Oct. 3, it turns 100.
"The local people, by making that investment in the tower, (showed) their desire and endeavor to change the direction of Lawrence," said David Tory of the Essex County Community Foundation, the successor of the company that took possession of the tower as part of the renovation. "It was a message to the world: We want Lawrence to come back, and an indication of ato refurbish its most obvious landmark."
The clock tower's 4,850-pound copper and tin bell first pealed across the Merrimack River valley at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3, 1910, when mill owner Frederick Ayer pulled the rope nine times to signal bedtime to his hundreds of employees. At a celebration on Oct. 3, Charlie Waites, the keeper of the clock, will pull the rope 100 times to mark each year in the tower's centennial, although the peals will come from a replica of the original bell that was manufactured in the Netherlands for $36,000 as part of the 1991 restoration. The original bell disappeared after the mill closed, possibly melted for scrap or sent downriver to serve another tower.
If the bell is a replica, the 2,000 pounds of brass and cast-iron that make up the clockworks are original. The works, which include a 14.5-foot pendulum that powers the springs and gears, along with the four transparent faces of the clock and the tower's copper roof, were the major parts of the $1 million renovation. Rick Balzer, the clockmaker who rebuilt the Lawrence clock in his Freeport, Maine, studio, will speak at the centennial celebration. "I've got to talk basics with you," Balzer said in response to a question about why the clock is worth saving, then launched into a description of the double three-legged gravity escapement and other pieces of clock guts that only a clockmaker could love — or understand. "How long will your car last — 100,000 miles? 200,000 miles?" he asked. "And you run it an hour or two a day, maybe? And you get rid of it after three or five years? This thing goes nonstop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And it's still going. Show me another machine that can do that. That alone should be a good reason to save it."
Balzer's wife, Linda, a partner in the project, recalled the hopeless conditions that greeted her when she walked through the tower for the first time. "You can see the pigeon dung is halfway up the leg," she said, pointing out the piles of waste in a photograph of the structure that supports the clockworks. "I heard it was 20 tons. It was also infested with mice. They were living in the pigeon dung. It was unbelievable. A hazardous waste company removed the dung. There was so much dust (coming out of the tower) that people thought it was on fire."
The restored tower, atop a mill building where New Balance assembles pieces of shoes made in China, operates on a budget of up to $15,000 a year, supported by a $400,000 endowment. The Essex County Community Foundation recently began soliciting contributions to replace the interior lighting in the tower, which will allow its glass dials to be illuminated from within.
The Oct. 3 centennial celebration will feature a raffle — which will include a tour of the clock tower — to help reach the $40,000 goal to redo the lighting. The celebration begins at the tower at 2 p.m.
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.... Read more
On Monday, July 19 at 9 a.m., Tierney will host the first in his series of grants workshops, bringing together local officials, business owners, non-profits, and others with federal and state agencies.
“Federal grants are important to our local communities as we work to rebuild our economy, create and save jobs,” Tierney said. “I believe these workshops can help our localmunicipalities, non-profits, housing developments, and health care organizations access all available resources and opportunities for Federal funds.”
At the first workshop, presenters will include representatives from the U.S. E-Grants Initiative, Salem State College, U.S. Census Bureau, and the Essex County Community Foundation.
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 Glo... Read more
ucester’s Stage Fort Park for a barbeque, music, and prizes.
"Last year’s Ride was a tremendous success,” said Lorraine Sacco, Director of Reid’s Ride, “but registrations are coming in this year at a pace that tells me that the 2010 Reid’s Ride will be the biggest ever!” In 2009, riders and their supporters raised over $90,000 for the fight against cancers in adolescents and young adults. Read article...