December 18, 2018
Philanthropy VP Named at Essex County Community Foundation

Beth Francis
September 12, 2017 — Beth Francis has been named vice president for philanthropy at the Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers, overseeing all fundraising and marketing activities for the organization.

Julie Bishop, who had been vice president for philanthropy for The Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), stepped down this summer after 11 years in the job.

Francis, who has 25 years of development and communications experience, joined ECCF last year as vice president for development, responsible for fundraising and marketing. She previously served as director of product development and, for the last nine years, chief development officer at the North Shore YMCA, where she raised funds for the annual, capital, and endowment support.

She earned a bachelor's degree public relations and communications from Marquette University.

Carol Lavoie Schuster, who most recently served as associate vice president for philanthropy, has been named vice president for grants and services, responsible for all fund oversight, community leadership, and donor services, which had been in Bishop's portfolio.

Bishop founded ECCF’s Institute for Trustees, now recognized as the region’s premier nonprofit leadership conference, attended by nearly 400 nonprofit leaders from around the region each year.

She also spearheaded the foundation’s newest community leadership initiative, Impact Essex County, a collaborative multi-year project that aims to address some of Essex County’s most pressing social issues.

Bishop worked with philanthropists seeking to establish donor advised funds, charitable accounts that allow them to easily support the causes they care about. Currently, ECCF manages the charitable assets of more than 180 donors.

Schuster joined ECCF in 2011 as assistant manager of grants and services. In her most recent role, she was responsible for all grantmaking at ECCF, managed scholarships for ECCF and curriculum development for donor education and donor services.

Schuster earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in arts history from Dickinson College, and currently serves on the grants committee of the Salem Education Foundation and volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

Founded in 1998, ECCF today manages assets of $55.4 million and 180 charitable funds. Since its founding, the foundation has granted more than $38 million for a wide range of projects in its service area that spans 34 cities and towns.

For the year ending June 30, 2016, ECCF reported $24.6 million in revenue, of which $23.4 million came from contributions and grants, and $18.3 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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