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nextgen philanthropy

Giving back is about so much more than money. ECCF’s NextGen Philanthropy initiative aims to inspire and empower rising generations – Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X — as engaged partners in supporting the health, sustainability and resiliency of our communities.

Through events and learning opportunities, the inclusive and diverse NextGen community shares their gifts of time, talent, treasure and lived experience in meaningful ways to inspire connections and greater local impact.

Here is what NextGen has to offer:

youth philanthropy

Who it’s for:
Youth in grades K-8 (and their parent/guardian)

What to expect:
NextGen’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative engages families and youth in grades K-8 in experiential volunteer opportunities. Working with local Parent-Teacher Organizations and other groups in Essex County, ECCF provides the structure and framework of learning, while participants support the missions of local nonprofits with fun, hands-on activities. Through an age-appropriate online video, youth participants learn about the many different currencies of philanthropy and why they matter. Then, participants are ready for a special day of volunteering at their choice of pre-selected Essex County nonprofits.

Young people will be inspired to take action and have fun doing it!


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purpose parties

Who it’s for:
Adults ages 21-55-ish

What to expect:
NextGen Purpose Parties are social gatherings that provide networking and leadership development opportunities for adults ages 21-55. These parties introduce attendees to social issues through a local lens, and to area nonprofits working in the region. By joining in the party, guests will gain knowledge around community issues, hear from nonprofits doing important work to address these challenges, and learn ways in which they can use their time, talent or treasure to support the causes they care about.

Purpose Parties are meaningful, social, and fun!


nextlevel hackathons

Who it’s for:
Adults ages 21-55-ish

What to expect:

NextLevel Hackathons are social events that take a deep dive into a specific challenge facing Essex County. This is a “next level” look at the data surrounding a complex challenge (like a food ecosystem or mental health services gap) and dedicated time and space to dialogue and brainstorm systemic solutions. With the help of a facilitator, guests will meet tablemates and share ideas on how philanthropy can bring about change in Essex County. Nonprofit leaders engage with guests to bring their insight to the hackathon topic and to take innovative ideas back to their organizations.

It’s a great opportunity for guests to think strategically and it’s a win for our nonprofits!


ECCF’s NextGen Philanthropy Initiative is being led by a committee of diverse and passionate community leaders from every corner of Essex County.

John Andrews | Salem
Anne Barker | Wenham
George Bixby | Newburyport
Liz Bradley | Swampscott
Johnathan Breen | Boxford
Sunil Gulab | Lynn
Purvi Harley | Beverly
Elizabeth Harrigan | Wenham
Eric Immerman | Beverly
Jireh Ishaazi | Salem
Matt Kirschner | Swampscott
Katy Langhorst | Beverly
Adriana Moschella | Lynn
Kathryn Price | Lynnfield
Blair Steck | Wenham
Doneeca Thurston | Lynn
Brendan Ward | Nahant
Carol Lavoie Schuster | ECCF

Gifts to NextGen should be made to ECCF’s Fund for the Foundation. Use the comments section to note: NextGen Philanthropy Initiative.

get in touch

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Carol Lavoie Schuster

Vice President for Programs & Nonprofit Services
(978) 777-8876 x133

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