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The month of February is all about heart. Not only do people celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, but it’s also American Hearth Month, a great time to commit to small changes that can lead to a healthy heart. And so Essex County Community Foundation thought February was the perfect time to help your heart feel full by sharing some of the reasons we adore our one true love: Essex County.
As parents, we all want to raise kids who are caring, compassionate and grounded, especially in today’s increasingly uncertain world. We just need the right tools.
On Feb. 1, more than 200 people joined Essex County Community Foundation for an engaging seminar with New York Times columnist Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled, a highly praised guide book full of practical advice for teaching kids about money, family values, gratitude and the concept of giving back.
The Essex County Community Foundation announced today that it is the beneficiary of an approximately $18 million bequest – the largest gift ever received by the Foundation – from the estate of the late R. Kingman “King” Webster, a former Lawrence businessman and philanthropist.
Webster, who passed away late last year, left behind a legacy of giving, which was largely focused on providing Lawrence youth with educational opportunities.
Beverly, MA – Talking openly to children about money can help parents raise young adults who are grounded, generous and wise beyond their years, according to Ron Lieber, best-selling author of The Opposite of Spoiled, a groundbreaking book about kids, values and finances.
On Feb. 1, Essex County Community Foundation, in partnership with Shore Country Day School in Beverly, will present an inspiring seminar at which Lieber, the Your Money columnist for the New York Times, will discuss the how, when and why to talk to kids about money and engage them in philanthropy.
The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that John D. Colucci, director of the Corporate Department of the law firm of McLane Middleton and manager of the firm’s Woburn office, has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.
Colucci is joining the Foundation at a critical time, as ECCF strives to achieve the goals of its strategic plan, which include growing its charitable assets, widening its grantmaking impact and bringing about social change through its community leadership initiatives: Impact Essex County and NextGen Philanthropy.
Danvers, MA – Every day, we are surrounded by reminders of the ways in which Essex County shines, and where we struggle. We are blessed with the abundance of green space ablaze in autumn color, the history alive in our rich architecture and seacoast. But there’s also another side: the families who gather groceries at their local food pantries, the loved ones whose names have been added to the list of the 400 people who die each year of drug overdoses in our communities. We all have these stories to tell.
But when those stories are backed by data, they have power. They can unite and mobilize. They can drive people to strengthen what works and fix what doesn’t.
Danvers, MA — The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Ben Langille has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.
ECCF trustees are selected for their record of charitable service, strong ties to Essex County and fiscal responsibility. Langille is joining the Foundation at a critical time, as the organization advances our ambitious strategic plan and nears completion of the first phase of ECCF’s Impact Essex County. A vital data-driven community leadership project, ECCF’s Impact Essex County aims to identify critical issues in the region and help solve some of Essex County’s biggest challenges.
Danvers, MA— Essex County Community Foundation announced today that Beth Francis has been named vice president for development.
Francis – a respected nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of development and communications experience – joins ECCF at a critical juncture in its history, as the Foundation works to significantly expand its donor base and increase its impact in Essex County. The Foundation is preparing to launch the second phase of its major community leadership project, Impact Essex County.
Danvers, MA - The 1,266 nonprofit organizations located within Essex County’s 501 square miles represent a crucial part of the lifeblood of our county, sustaining, enriching and bettering the lives of Essex County’s 762,000 residents.
Since its inception in 1999, Essex County Community Foundation has, as part of its vision for a thriving, robust region, worked to strengthen these area nonprofits so that they can more efficiently fulfill their own vital missions: feeding the hungry, preserving our landscape, empowering our youth and offering hope to those in need.
Donations to the Rick Starkweather Scholarship Fund now being accepted, donate online.
Danvers, MA – Born and raised in Andover, Rick Starkweather was the type of person who just loved to live life.
Rick, an Andover High School graduate who passed away on March 11 at the age of 48, will also be remembered as the guy everyone turned to for advice and help, as well as a hockey enthusiast who was the number one fan of his three children, Morgan, Casey and Jack.
Over 120 foundation and philanthropic leaders gathered at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Boston, MA - June 22, 2016 - Associated Grant Makers announced the appointment of new board members and officers at its 47th Annual Meeting held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston.
Danvers, Mass – Essex County Community Foundation today announced its partnership with LetsAllDoGood, a new app that connects causes directly to supporters on their smartphones.
Last month, LetsAllDoGood launched in Boston with 10 nonprofit partners and has recently announced its partnership with another 15 Boston area organizations.
Marblehead, MA – After more than 100 years of supporting charities for women and children on the North Shore, the Junior Aid Society, a nonprofit based in Marblehead, has announced that it is retiring its name and transferring the organization’s remaining funds to The Women’s Fund of Essex County.
“As a former Junior Aid member, I have great appreciation and respect for the contributions Junior Aid made to our community,” said The Women’s Fund Vice President Lynn Bryant. “I am honored that The Women’s Fund has been chosen as the recipient of Junior Aid’s remaining funds, and we will put them to good use as part of our granting process.”
Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Robert P. Goldman and Richard Yagjian have been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.
Danvers, MA— The word “leadership” has been defined many times over, but on May 5, the Essex County Community Foundation captured the true essence of the word at its third annual Community Leadership Breakfast.
Over 350 people gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Danvers to celebrate those who have made a significant positive impact on the communities of Essex County, and to raise funds for ECCF’s community leadership project, Impact Essex County.
Brookwood School hosts first event in new ECCF donor education series
Manchester, MA – In 2014, charitable giving across the country rose 5.4 percent to a record $358 billion, and now represents 2.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.
At the same time, Gen X’ers and Millennials are poised to receive a record-setting transfer of wealth totaling $30 trillion from their baby boomer parents, who are nearing retirement.
Danvers, MA – Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
Nine extraordinary organizations will receive grants from this highly competitive program that helps strengthen the capacity of Essex County nonprofits to perform their work more effectively. For 2016, ECCF is awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that are engaged in projects to improve their evaluation of programs, services, employees, board performance or overall organizational effectiveness.
South Hamilton, MA - Change is difficult to achieve. Many of us are guilty of making this assumption.
“These assumptions come from the dawn of humanity because life was hard, change was hard,” said social scientist Hildy Gottlieb. “In this modern, interconnected world, that story no longer serves us.”
Imagine being a single mother of three children. Now imagine having no place to call home.
Congressman Seth Moulton among local leaders to support Impact Essex County
Danvers, MA – Essex County Community Foundation, a local nonprofit devoted to strengthening the communities of Essex County, recently announced a new leadership initiative that aims to make a long-term measurable impact on the quality of life for the region’s 750,000 residents.
Provision Permits Tax-free Charitable Transfers from IRAs
On Dec. 18, Congress passed the PATH Act, which renews and makes permanent the Charitable IRA provision of 2006, making it easier for Americans to give to causes they care about. This provision has the power to help local charities strengthen their communities by allowing individuals to roll over up to $100,000 annually from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to charity without being federally taxed.
Danvers, MA – The Essex County Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.
“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates Essex County Community Foundation demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission.”
Salem, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Salem State University has assumed leadership of its annual Youth at Risk Conference.
Youth at Risk (YAR), which marked its 15th anniversary in June with a record 750 attendees, is a celebrated all-day conference devoted to service providers across the social service, law enforcement, and health and education sectors of Eastern Massachusetts who serve at-risk youth. Since it’s inception in 2000, YAR – which features dynamic keynote speakers, workshops, program exhibitions and networking opportunities – has grown to become the largest regional conference of its kind.
Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Kristin Hansen has been hired as the Foundation’s new director of strategic development.
Kristin joins ECCF at a critical turning point in its history, as the organization shifts its overall focus towards asset development and community leadership.
“We are very pleased to be working with Kristin, who has done some very impressive development work with Citizen Schools,” said ECCF President and CEO, Dave Edwards. “She will play an integral role in taking ECCF to the next level.”
Educators are among our community’s most valuable resources. They inspire, inform and foster a love of learning so that our children will have the confidence and knowledge to become tomorrow’s leaders.
The Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $540,000 in grants from the Hardscrabble Education Fund to some of those teachers and administrators working to make a difference in the lives of local students. Money will be used to assist educators with a broad array of projects that encourage experiential learning, promote teacher development, enhance technology in the classroom and augment the regular curriculum.