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ECCF announces Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Awards

ECCF announces Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Press Release
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Danvers, MA – Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Awards. 

Nine extraordinary organizations will receive grants from this highly competitive program that helps strengthen the capacity of Essex County nonprofits to perform their work more effectively. For 2016, ECCF is awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that are engaged in projects to improve their evaluation of programs, services, employees, board performance or overall organizational effectiveness.

“Program evaluation helps action-based organizations determine their impact in the community, plan for the future and build upon their success,” said Julie Bishop, ECCF’s vice president for philanthropy. “We are so pleased to present this year’s Fund for Nonprofit Excellence awards to some exceptional organizations working to improve the quality of life for all who live in Essex County.”

ECCF congratulates the following Essex County nonprofit organizations, which were chosen out of 24 applicants for the awards. They will be celebrated at ECCF’s Community Leadership Breakfast on May 5, 2016.

Fund for Nonprofit Excellence Awards

ACT Lawrence is a community development organization that empowers low- to moderate-income populations in Lawrence through business and youth development programs and financial education.

Children’s Center of Faith United Methodist Church in Methuen provides year-round early education for low-income children ages one month to 14 years with a mission to provide a loving, warm, nurturing, safe, environment for all children. Class, Inc. is a Lawrence-based organization that supports people with disabilities and provides opportunities through daily loving skill building, work skills, community engagement and more.

CLASS, Inc. supports people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers by building pathways to the community to ensure individuals with disabilities live lives fully realized. 

Community Action, Inc., serves struggling individuals and families in over 20 Essex County communities overcome poverty by offering education, financial, housing and emergency assistance, scholarships and much more.

Essex County Greenbelt Association works to conserve the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes that help define the region through land conservation and stewardship and community engagement.

Ipswich River Watershed Association works to protect nature and make sure there is enough clean water for people, fish and wildlife now and in the future.

Lowell’s Maritime Foundation DBA Lowell’s Boat Shop, located in Amesbury, preserves and perpetuates the art of wooden boat building.

North Shore InnoVentures is a Beverly-based nonprofit technology business incubator committed to accelerating growth of startups in the cleantech and biotech sectors and supporting economic development on the North Shore.

The Open Door in Gloucester uses practical strategies to connect people to good food, advocates for those in need and engages others in the work of building food security.

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