our mission & values

about ECCF

what we stand for

Essex County Community Foundation inspires philanthropy that strengthens the communities of Essex County by managing charitable assets, strengthening and supporting nonprofits, and engaging in strategic community leadership initiatives.

Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life in the 34 towns and cities of Essex County.

our values

ECCF seeks to reflect these important values in our work:

  • Integrity. We steward charitable resources with an honesty and transparency that inspires trust, always in service to community.
  • Collaboration. We build authentic relationships across our communities, working together to learn, iterate and think creatively to advance social change.
  • Equity. We act to create and strengthen systems and structures that advance just opportunities for all people.
  • Inclusivity. We believe in the inherent value of all people, striving for a culture where everyone feels welcome and can fully participate as themselves.
  • Joy. We love what we do and have fun doing it.

our vision

Essex County thrives when we have:

  • Successful schools and students
  • Safe, clean and green neighborhoods
  • Strong job and economic opportunities
  • Vibrant arts and culture experiences
  • Healthy people

about ECCF

2023 Annual Report

ECCF 2021 Annual Report

ECCF’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan

ECCF 2021 Annual Report
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what we do

partner with donors and professional advisors

We help donors of all sizes elevate their giving by managing charitable assets, sharing our local expertise and providing philanthropic guidance and education.

strengthen and support nonprofits

Essex County’s 4000+ nonprofit organizations are doing smart, innovative work. We support their critical efforts with education, resources and funding.

engage in systems based community leadership work

To solve our region’s most complex social issues, we invest and engage in community leadership initiatives driven by our Systems Philanthropy approach to change.

our history

Since 1998, ECCF has proudly served the 34 unique cities and towns of Essex County. What started as an organization solely dedicated to strengthening our region’s nonprofits, has evolved – along with our communities – to an innovative and deeply connected Foundation inspiring system based social change.

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500 Cummings Center, Suite 5450
Beverly, Massachusetts 01915