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NEC's annual road race, Festivus 5K for Autism, supports educational and enrichment opportunities for our students.


The Northshore Education Consortium (NEC), one of the first educational collaboratives in Massachusetts, opened its doors to students in 1975.

Thirty years later, educational budget cuts combined with rising costs made it necessary for the organization to begin pursuing other funding to ensure the continuation of high quality services and content offered in NEC programs.

In 2005, NEC’s Board of Directors created a non-profit arm of the organization solely devoted to fundraising and development. This entity, The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium (Friends), pursues funding for general operating and programmatic costs via grant proposals, events and major gift donations.

This volunteer advisory board is comprised of educational professionals, parents and area business leaders who have created a comprehensive fundraising strategy, and are committed to seeing NEC succeed.

Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Highlights

  • Revenue of $228,869
  • $44,240 donated to our Tribute Program
  • $69,116 received from grants
  • $45,130 was raised during our annual appeal; our highest year ever

Friends of NEC Annual Report

Each year, Friends of NEC reports it’s financial data from the previous fiscal year. The following reports are from the past four fiscal years.

2020 Friends of NEC Annual Report

2019 Friends of NEC Annual Report

2018 Friends of NEC Annual Report

2017 Friends of NEC Annual Report

2016 Friends of NEC Annual Report

2015 Friends of NEC Annual Report

Friends of NEC Board

Friends of NEC Board of Directors, Feb. 2020

Cindy Johnson, NEC Friends Board President, EBSCO & Parent of a thriving NEC graduate

Graham Bacheller, Lincoln Investment Planning

Luisa Coppola, East Boston Savings Bank

Andrea Kantaros, retired from People’s United Bank

Elma Mandzo-Jonvanic, First Ipswich Bank

Debra Margolis, Spaulding Rehabilitation

Carmen Posteraro, Salem Five Bank


Fran Rosenberg, Executive Director

Alison Cody, Grants Coordinator

Sarah Seiler, Development Director