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

Giving Thanks: A Fifth Century Vision for Essex County
The Salem News
November 22, 2014

The Salem News published Dave Welbourn's column in its opinion section Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

Essex County is just beginning a long string of 400th anniversaries. If we could go back that far, we’d see early seasonal fishing villages and natives with a few French words. In the summer months, we’d have seen Captain John Smith sailing past Cape Ann and Nahant, mapping every harbor and island.

Letter to the Editor: A Century of American Giving
November 17, 2014

In honor of the 25th Annual National Community Foundation Week, Jay Caporale, ECCF's Executive Vice President & Director of Philanthropy, wrote the following letter to the editor of several area newspapers.

ECCF Chair to Globe: A Better Way to Invest in Effective Charity
November 13, 2014

The Boston Globe ran a story exploring how financial service corporations in general, and Fidelity in particular, are affecting charitable giving (read article). In response, Jon Payson, ECCF's Board Chair, wrote the following letter to the editor suggesting community foundations provide more meaningful alternatives for philanthropic investments:

Dear Editor,

Women’s Fund of Essex County Hosts 12th Annual Luncheon to Celebrate Grant Recipients
Press Release
November 13, 2014

On October 21st, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 12th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. Keynote speaker Piper Kerman, author of the best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, shared her story and her passion for criminal justice reform with the group.  

ECCF Joins National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Giving
Press Release
November 6, 2014

During the week of November 12-18, ECCF will join more than 700 community foundations across the U.S. participating in National Community Foundation Week. For 25 years, the week-long effort has raised awareness of the increasingly important role these philanthropic organizations play in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

New Funds Increase ECCF’s Impact on Youth
Press Release
October 30, 2014

It’s no secret that a scholarship can change the life of a young person, and three new such funds established in October at Essex County Community Foundation—Nancamp, JEOL USA, Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts—now offer area youth increased opportunities for recreation, education, and artistic development.

Dave Welbourn, CEO/President, to Retire in December 2014
Press Release
October 14, 2014

Danvers, MA— For over four decades, ECCF CEO/President Dave Welbourn has focused his career on developing resources for the growth of nonprofit institutions. During his six-year tenure at ECCF, his vision for enhancing the quality of life across Essex County has turned the Community Foundation into a flagship resource for philanthropists and nonprofits across Massachusetts.

Welbourn will retire December 1, 2014.  ECCF’s Board of Trustees is expected to announce his successor by November.

CEO Dave Welbourn to Speak at Local and National Gatherings
Press Release
October 1, 2014

Because of his deep and successful experiences with advocacy and nonprofits, Dave Welbourn, CEO  and President of the Essex County Community Foundation, has been selected as a featured speaker for two upcoming professional gatherings for nonprofit leaders.

As part of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence fall series, Welbourn will discuss key strategies for identifying major gifts and engaging new donors in a workshop entitled,  “The Path to Major Gifts Success” on Wednesday October 8 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA. Registration and information is available at www.eccf.org/workshops.

New Collaborative Survey Explores "State of Governance"
Press Release
September 19, 2014

It’s no secret there are great nonprofits doing great work every day in Essex County. That's why a collaborative Team comprised of Jay Caporale, executive vice president and director of philanthropy at ECCF, Laurie J. LaChapelle, director of planning & institutional research at North Shore Community College, and Dan Bakinowski, tax attorney, Ed.D. candidate at Endicott College, has come together to explore how better to serve nonprofit organizations, making their leadership—and Essex County—even stronger.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence Offers Four New Fall Workshops
Press Release
August 21, 2014

How can you build a better culture in your organization? What are the best ways to identify and engage major donors? And what’s wrong with the term ‘annual fund’?

These issues and others will be addressed this fall during a series of workshops tailored specifically to nonprofit leaders in Essex County. Hosted by the ECCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the four interactive workshops draw on the expertise of both ECCF staff and local professionals to address topics affecting the impact and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations.

One Run for Boston Presents $455,000 to Mayor for One Fund
Press Release
July 31, 2014

One Run for Boston's gift to mayor is featured in the Boston Herald.

On April 13, 2014, one thousand runners ran down Boylston Street towards the Boston Marathon Finish Line, marking the last leg of One Run For Boston – a 3,328 mile non-stop running relay from Los Angeles to Boston that raised money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. They passed the baton to a group of bombing survivors who took it the final meters to Copley Square.

22 New Donor Advised Funds Expand ECCF's Impact in Region
Press Release
July 10, 2014

As a new fiscal year begins this month, the Essex County Community Foundation celebrates a range of new charitable funds that increases its philanthropic impact across the region.

ECCF established 22 new donor advised funds in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, including general interest, family and scholarship funds, raising assets under management to nearly $26,000,000.

Trustee Pat Meservey: On ECCF's Value and Opportunities
June 28, 2014

Pat Maguire Meservey, Salem State University President and ECCF Trustee, discusses the unique impact the Community Foundation is having in Essex County through our diverse funds, grants and vision.

Matt Doring Discusses Why ECCF Matters to him
June 28, 2014

Current Trustee Matt Doring recalls the many ways the ECCF makes a difference throughout the county—and why he wanted to be a part of its mission.

Trustee Karen Ansara and the Impact of Giving through ECCF
June 28, 2014

Trustee, activist and philanthropist Karen Ansara believes deeply in the power and impact of giving through ECCF.

Karen Ansara on the Value of Our Community Foundation
June 28, 2014

There are a number of reasons for talented and visionary leaders to join the ECCF board. Here Karen Ansara, a current Trustee and activist in Haiti, discusses what matters most to her.

Pat Meservey on being an ECCF Trustee
June 28, 2014

The Essex County Community Foundation is fortunate to have many talented and qualified leaders on its board. Here, Salem State University President Pat M. Meservey talks about why she joined the work and mission of the ECCF as a Trustee.

Beginnings: Co-Founder David Tory Recalls ECCF's History
June 28, 2014

It's always good to reflect on how a vision and organization began, in order to help guide its future.

Here, ECCF co-founder David Tory recalls the story of the Community Foundation's roots and purpose.

Four New Trustees Named to ECCF Board
Press Release
June 26, 2014

From health care and investment consulting to youth work and entrepreneurship, ECCF’s four new Trustees bring a wide range of expertise and vision to the Board.

Benjamin Chigier of Manchester, Benigno Espaillat of Methuen, Tracy Abedon Filosa of Ipswich and John H. “Joe” Knowles, Jr. of Manchester begin their new terms as Trustees on July 1, 2014. (See this story in the July 3, 2014, edition of The Gloucester Times.)

On Air: Dave Welbourn Featured on Comcast Newsmakers
June 23, 2014

On Tuesday, June 3, ECCF CEO and President Dave Welbourn headed to the Comcast studio at Suffolk University, one of only a handful of local leaders invited to discuss his work and the impact of our organization. (See our Blog for more on the story behind his interview.)

ECCF Awards $280,000 in Summer Grants for Lawrence Kids!
Press Release
June 23, 2014

The Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund—which supports summer recreation, learning and hope for at-risk youth in the Greater Lawrence area—has awarded 49 agencies nearly $280,000 worth of total grants. Now, almost 15,000 children are getting ready for a whole lot of summer fun. Congratulations to each organization.

Press Release:
Danvers, MA—As they play soccer, perform in theater, ride horses and conduct science experiments, almost 15,000 youth-at-risk in the Greater Lawrence area are already enjoying a better summer.

ECCF Awards $500,000 in Grants to Six Public School Districts
Press Release
June 5, 2014

In order to support and promote academic achievement in English, math and science in the public school systems, the Hardscrabble Education Fund at the Essex County Community Foundation recently awarded over $500,000 in grants to schools in six districts for use during the 2014-2015 academic year.

This year’s winning grant applications included projects for new technology such as SMART boards, document cameras and iPads for the classrooms, lab equipment for the sciences and hundreds of books for libraries and classrooms. The grants equip teachers in all grade levels.

Dave Welbourn Speaks at Institute for Trustees 2014
May 22, 2014

David Welbourn thanks the 400 attendees of the Institute for Trustees at Pingree School for their work in Essex County.

How To Build a Board: Free Workshop at Newburyport Bank
Press Release
May 20, 2014


Danvers, MA—How do leaders of nonprofits recruit the best match for their boards? And once they do, what are effective ways to engage them so that everyone benefits?

Catch the Spirit! Institute for Trustees 2014 Video
May 20, 2014

Nearly 400 nonprofit leaders, executives and board members from across Essex County (and beyond) gathered in March 2014 at Pingree School. The day-long training conference has become a tradition of the ECCF: the Institute for Trustees.