our approach

systems philanthropy

ECCF’s unique Systems Philanthropy approach to change invests philanthropic dollars in collaborative, community-based initiatives tackling root causes of systemic social issues and making sustainable, population-level change.

Systems Philanthropy is a new kind of philanthropy that compliments the responsive nature of traditional giving. It is grounded in three main components:

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Impactessexcounty.org, ECCF’s county indicator website, maps 100+ data points tracking quality of life across the region and provides the foundational analytics for our community leadership work.

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community aligned

The voice of the community is embraced through strategic convening and collaborating to identify and amplify good work already happening.

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ECCF is an engaged partner in the work, providing ongoing strategic support and greater financial resources to support long-term goals and deliver lasting outcomes.

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impact by the numbers

ECCF is continuously learning, shaping, and sharing gained insights from our systems approach to social change. To date, we are encouraged to see increased impact.

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invested in systems-based community leadership initiatives

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individuals directly supported by systems-change efforts

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organizations collaborating to address root causes of our most challenging issues

ECCF’s community leadership work is powered by contributions from our generous community.

systems philanthropy news

Community Foundations Can Help With Charity

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY NORTH OF BOSTON MEDIA GROUP By Beth Francis The historic events that have taken place over the last 18 months have influenced the role businesses play as catalysts for social reform in our communities. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and...

Collaborative grants set stage for resilient food security ecosystem

COLUMN IN THE SALEM NEWS By Stratton Lloyd and Michelle Xiarhos Curran SEE ORIGINAL COLUMN IN THE SALEM NEWS HERE. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck Essex County, nonprofit organizations working to nourish the region’s most vulnerable residents were among the first in...

Column: Systems of support help local students make gains

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 learning has suffered, equity gaps have widened and the time to come together to create systems that work for all students is now.

A collaborative focus on hard-hit restaurants signals better days ahead

Arturo Acosta always dreamed of opening his own restaurant. The Dominican-born chef, who spent much of his career in Chile, made that dream a reality in July of 2018 when he opened Japú in Lawrence. It was a risk, he says, introducing the concept of Nikkei – a fusion of Peruvian ingredients and Japanese culinary techniques – to the local food scene.

Time to create a statewide system of small business support

Strolling down Massachusetts’ Main Streets now looks very different than it did a year ago. Foot traffic is down. Online shopping and curbside pickup have largely replaced local, in-person experiences. And all across the state, small businesses that once breathed life and vitality into our communities — some of them for decades — are shuttering their storefronts for good.

read the position paper

ECCF and the Case for Systems Philanthropy cover page

get in touch

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Stratton Lloyd

Executive Vice President & COO
(978) 777-8876 x126

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community voices

“The partnership between our five Community Action Agencies that has developed over the past two years is truly a testament to systems work. When crisis struck during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to hit the ground running to support our clients.  There is a rhythm, a trust, and a true working relationship that is not born overnight.  We were hoping that the financial literacy program would create a system change — did it ever.”

-Kerri Perry, Community Action, Inc.
Empowering Economic Opportunity partner

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