crisis response

COVID-19 pandemic

The Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund launched on March 20, 2020 to support nonprofits on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, to date more than $8.5 million has been delivered through 300 grants to local nonprofits supporting our region’s most vulnerable communities.

MA COVID-19 relief fund grantees

Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund

ECCF extends a very special thank you to our partner, the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund that has distributed $31.2 million to date to nonprofits across the state. Grantees listed below received funding from this statewide philanthropic effort.

Acord Food Pantry

Action Inc

Addison Gilbert

Among Friends St. Paul’s Church

Anna Jaques Hospital

Aspire Early Education Center/Aspire Developmental Services, Inc

Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services

Northeast Behavioral Health Corporation

Beverly Bootstraps Community Services Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill

Boys & Girls Club of Lynn

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, Inc.

Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley, Inc.

Bread and Roses Inc

Bridgewell, Inc.

Camp Fire North Shore

Children’s Friend and Family Services (Fs: Justice Resource Institute)

Citizens Inn Haven from Hunger

Community Action Inc.

Community Day Care Center Of Lawrence Inc.

Cor Unum

Danvers YMCA (Community Young Men’s Christian Assoc Of Danvers Ma Inc.)

Deaf, Inc. (Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities Inc)

Eliot Community Human Services Inc./MSPCC

Express Yourself Inc

Family Services of The Merrimack Valley Inc.

Fidelity House

First Baptist Church

First Church Congregational Boxford

Food for The World

Good Hope Foods at Calvary Christian Church

Greater Lawrence Community Action Council

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Greater Lynn Senior Services

Groundwork Lawrence

Haverhill YMCA Children’s Learning Center/YMCA Of the North Shore, Inc.

Health Law Advocates

John Ashford Link House Inc

Lawrence Boys & Girls Club, Inc.

Lawrence General Hospital

Lazarus House

Leo/Lynn Economic Opportunity Inc.

LHAND/Food for Thought – Lynn Food Collaboration

Lynn Community Health Center

Lynn Community Health, Inc.

Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.

Merrimack Valley YMCA, Inc.

My Brother’s Table

Neighbors in Need

North Shore Community Action Program

North Shore Community College

North Shore Community Health

North Shore Elder Services/Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc

North Shore Health Project Inc

Northeast Arc

Northern Essex Community College

Open Hearts Ministries, Inc.

Our Neighbors’ Table

Pathways for Children, Inc.

Pettengill House

Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative

Roca, Inc

Rocky Neck Art Association

Salvation Army – Lawrence

Salvation Army – Lynn

Salvation Army – Newburyport

Salvation Army – Salem

SeniorCare, Inc.

Spectrum Health Systems (Methadone Clinic Haverhill & Methuen)

Sterling Enrichment and After The Bell/YMCA Of The North Shore, Inc.

The Food Project

The Open Door

The Psychological Center Inc

The Salem Food Pantry

Triangle, Inc.

YMCA Of Metro North

YMCA Of the North Shore – Salem YMCA

YMCA Of the North Shore

essex county covid-19 relief fund donors

ECCF extends a very special thank you to our partner, the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund that has distributed $31.2 million to date to nonprofits across the state.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund


Additional donors of more than $1,000 are listed below, with permission.

Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund

ASD Fund

Neil Ayer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Anita W. Brewer-Siljeholm

Nat and Jess Chamberlin

Shelly and Ben Chigier

Clark Smith Fund

Tim Collins

Ana Colmenero & Hoyt Van Otterloo

Cross Family Giving Account

Cummings Foundation

David Tory Fund

DCS Fund

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

Eaton Vance COVID-19 Fund


Tom & Jen Eddy


Tracy and Steve Filosa

Senator Barry Finegold

Rebecca Foisy Riff

Michelle Franciose & Paul Schimmel

Scott Glosserman

Gorton’s Seafood

Janice and Ralph James

Leslie Hammond

Elizabeth and Whitney Hatch

Allan & Marla Huntley

Cara and Brit Hutchins

Carolyn & George Koehler

Holly Langer

William and Angela Lowell

Medtronic Foundation

Merck-Evarts Fund

David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation

Mount Blue Fund

Jean Nichols and Richard DiPerna

North Shore Bank

North Shore Community Health Network

Bernadette and Brian Orr

Beth and Jon Payson

Pentucket Bank

People’s United Bank

Chris and Jenny Perkin

Mary Pritchard

Chat and Claudia Reynders

Patrick and Julie Riordan

James & Julie Rose

Jim and Eileen Rullo

Paula and Binkly Shorts

Small Steps Fund

Spruce Environmental Technologies

Lolli and Dick Sumberg / The Sumberg Family Fund

Steven & Joyce Tadler

The Barr Foundation

The Families of Capone Iron Corporation

The French Family

The Stevens Foundations

The Women’s Fund of Essex County

Kevin & Deborah Tierney

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Van Demark Fund

Van Otterloo Family

Jean Verbridge

Wagner B. Foundation


Weber Family Foundation

Worden Family Foundation

nonprofit stories of impact

We are honored to share the stories of nonprofit systems doing critical work to support our most vulnerable  neighbors every day – but especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you listen to and share these stories with your friends and families. And if you are able, we urge you to GIVE to support this incredible work.

Lynn Comm. Health Center

Root, Salem

The Center, Lawrence

a multi-faceted response

ECCF’s multi-faceted response to the COVID-19 health crisis is possible with the support of our fundholders, individual donors, local businesses and regional and statewide coalitions.

eccf donor impact

ECCF’s family of 230 fundholders have responded to the COVID-19 health crisis with generosity and urgency, delivering critical support and making a significant collective impact on the local response.

Impact to Date
  • Between March 15 and May 15, 2020 more than 350 grants totaling $3 million were distributed from ECCF Donor Advised Funds to nonprofits on the front lines of the pandemic
  • This is an increase of 54% in grants delivered, and almost 65% in dollars awarded over the same time last year in response to the crisis

voices of giving

“When I was young, NYC had a massive financial crisis. My dad was laid off and the next few years of my life were spent in and out of poverty. I know firsthand how shocking and difficult this is for so many families and the challenges they are facing that are even worse when support systems are being overwhelmed. Help is needed more than ever.”
– ECCF fundholder Gary Romano

nonprofit support & funding

Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund
A countywide collaborative effort to provide financial resources to nonprofits working with communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Impact to Date
  • To date: more than 8.6 million awarded through 300 grants to local nonprofits
  • Ongoing countywide survey assessments and data gathering to 1) identify the evolving needs of our nonprofits and 2) direct funding strategically

voices of giving

“We are honored to be among the outstanding organizations chosen for a COVID-19 emergency grant. These necessary funds will help us to overcome obstacles caused by the pandemic to ensure we can continue to find forever families for the youth in our care.”

– Plummer Youth Promise

creative sector support

Aligned with our work in local arts and culture, ECCF is providing vital financial support to individual artists and arts-focused nonprofit organizations.
Impact to Date
  • Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program: $134K granted to 47 arts and cultural nonprofit organizations
  • Essex County Artist Fund: Granted $50k to 125 artists to date

voices of giving

“We are truly grateful for this, both as a financial necessity and as a vote of support for our work during this very difficult time.  For a clumsy metaphor, we have been riding out this storm that is covering our landscape, recognizing that our boat is not the most important one or the one most in immediate peril.  We are anxious to be able to start the road to societal recovery and I am confident that this is the role in which Maritime Gloucester will be able to best contribute.”

– Maritime Gloucester

small business support & advocacy

Impact to Date
  • Built state and local-level coalitions to advocate for sector support
  • Regional technical assistance providers help meet ongoing business crisis needs
  • Conduct continuous county and statewide survey assessments and data gathering to understand evolving needs
  • Collaborate to provide ongoing advocacy with local, state and federal audiences to support immediate and long-term small business priorities
  • Assist local businesses in capitalizing on available federal, state and philanthropic relief opportunities

Aligned with our work to empower economic opportunity and strengthen small businesses in Essex County, ECCF is committed to sharing resources and advocating for these critical cornerstones of our community with local, state and federal audiences.


voice of giving

“The local PPP Coalition saved the day and my business. MCCI helped me get the loan very quickly. That loan has kept my business afloat during these tough times. Not only did they help me apply for the loan, but they also kept in contact with me and answered all my questions very quickly. They really eased my stress by being there for me every step of the way.”

– Jerry Tucarella, Small Business Owner, Lawrence

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covid-19 news

Column: Systems of support help local students make gains

COLUMN IN THE SALEM NEWS By Stratton Lloyd and Michelle Xiarhos Curran SEE ORIGINAL COLUMN IN THE SALEM NEWS HERE. Though the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students is not yet fully known, what we do know – and what the early data confirms – is that...

Essex County Creative Economy to Get Boost from State Grant

ECCF-led virtual platform will distribute and promote region’s digital creative content Essex County’s cultural organizations and artists will soon have a powerful tool to aid in their economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to a $230,000 grant from the...

Column: Philanthropy’s role in vaccine equity

COLUMN IN THE GLOUCESTER TIMES By Stratton Lloyd and Michelle Xiarhos Curran SEE ORIGINAL COLUMN IN THE GLOUCESTER TIMES HERE. What we know and how we approach the multi-layered issue of COVID-19 vaccine access is continuously evolving. But what remains the same is...

Column: The COVID effect and the challenge ahead

COLUMN IN THE SALEM NEWS By Stratton Lloyd and Michelle Xiarhos Curran SEE ORIGINAL COLUMN IN THE SALEM NEWS HERE. Prior to the arrival of COVID-19, some parts of Essex County were thriving. The overall unemployment rate – which had been declining steadily since the...

January 2021 update report


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