November 1, 2022
Joyce Ripianzi receives ECCF Professional Advisor Award

Wilmington CPA recognized for her work in the nonprofit sector  

Danvers, Mass – Joyce Ripianzi is often the first person that nonprofit leaders turn to when they need immediate and sound advice.

As a financial services professional with more than 30 years of diverse accounting experience, Ripianzi, a CPA and partner with Westborough-based AAFCPAs, is sought out by many local organizations for her deep understanding of the special financial and organizational decisions they must make to remain stable, secure and focused on their missions. Joyce is a leader in the firm’s Outsources Accounting practice. Her nonprofit clients describe her as an honest, thoughtful, creative and proactive partner who is critical to the success of their operations.

Because of her professional commitment to the nonprofit sector, Ripianzi was recently presented with Essex County Community Foundation’s Professional Advisor Award.

“There is no one who deserves this award more than Joyce,” said ECCF President and CEO Beth Francis. “Since I’ve known her, Joyce consistently goes above and beyond for her nonprofit clients and the entire local nonprofit sector. She cares deeply that nonprofits are fiscally sound and about how that leads to greater impact.”

In addition to her professional work, Ripianzi also serves on the nonprofit accounting and auditing committee of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs (MassCPAs) and the finance committee of the Scandinavian Living Center. She has also been an invaluable member of ECCF’s audit committee since 2014, a position to which she gives the same level of dedication, care and wisdom that she shows her nonprofit clients.

“Joyce brings an unbeatable combination of expertise, experience and attention to detail to our audit committee,” said ECCF Trustee Allan Huntley, who also serves on the committee. “She’s been a selfless, longstanding volunteer and our whole team has a deep appreciation for her work.”

Sought after for her knowledge and expertise, Ripianzi is a regular presenter for various nonprofit groups and at ECCF’s Institute for Trustees, an annual conference for nonprofit board leaders and executive directors.

“From the first time I saw Joyce presenting at ECCF’s Institute for Trustees, I knew she would be an invaluable resource, not only for the community foundation, but for the nonprofit community in Essex County,” said Jon Payson, who is a longtime member and former chair of ECCF’s board of trustees. “Her unparalleled expertise in nonprofit audit, her policy work as a CPA and her generous contribution of expertise to our community foundation over the years stand out as examples of true professionalism and philanthropy.”

Ripianzi is the sixth recipient of the Professional Advisor Award. Previous recipients include Dianne Brand, David McKechnie, Thomas Burger, Richard Sumberg and George Cushing.

“I am humbled and filled with gratitude to receive this award and to be associated with and able to serve ECCF and the nonprofit community,” said Ripianzi.

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