One of every 408 Americans lives in Essex County, the place where America’s philanthropic life began. Global firsts abound here: from the machine that stitches shoes to the CT scanner that finds tumors. Here the Bill of Rights was first put on paper, the Navy and Coast Guard were founded, and fried clams were invented.
Those things make our region notable, but so does the level of charitable giving provided throughout the county. Over the past four centuries, the people of Essex County have created almost 2,500 local nonprofit organizations that serve our children, seniors and neighbors, and 20,000 of us currently serve on their boards. Read More