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digital equity

Advancing Digital Equity

ECCF’s multi-year, $3 million commitment to empower all residents with the access, education and equipment necessary to successfully navigate our increasingly digital world.

vision for change

By working collaboratively with our communities, we aim to….

  • connect 20,000 Essex County residents with free or affordable access to the internet.
  • train 1,000 individuals and business owners to confidently use a computer and perform tasks online.
  • provide 5,000 Essex County residents with reliable devices so they can engage fully in the digital world.
  • engage over 100 partners who together will build resiliency for future digital challenges by acting as a countywide network of support.
    the data

    To better understand the inequities in our communities, ECCF partnered with the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tisch College, Tufts University to produce a baseline analysis of how the digital divide impacts each of Essex County’s 34 cities and towns.

    > Read the report in English

    > Read the report in Spanish

    investment areas


    Increasing available opportunities for affordable, quality Wifi or broadband internet service.  

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    Working collaboratively with community partners to equip residents with the hardware necessary to connect to and utilize the internet.

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    Amplifying digital literacy programming designed to train residents to operate digital devices and successfully navigate the internet.                                                                                                      

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    Ecosystem of Support

    Uniting cross-sector leaders in a coalition to generate ideas, form partnerships and share information to find sustainable solutions to our region’s digital inequities.

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    looking forward

    ECCF aims to further the depth and scope of this work by identifying and investing in innovative opportunities that break down additional barriers that may intersect with issues of digital inequity, or simultaneously address more than one of the above facets of this work.

    Recent investments:

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    Six Month Donor Update

    January 2022

    Advancing Digital Equity Initiative Launch

    June 2021

    Stratton Lloyd

    Rising Together event

    North Shore CDC

    Salem, MA Access Project

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    ‘This is right where ECCF wants to be’

    ECCF sponsors Digital Equity Challenge; MakeIt Haverhill Wins First Place MakeIt Haverhill, an organization that focuses on workforce development initiatives for the city’s residents, was the winner of the Digital Equity Challenge, a pitch competition for innovators...

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    Kate Machet

    Director of Strategic Initiatives

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