Friends of NEC

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The Northshore Education Consortium (NEC), one of the first educational collaboratives in MA, 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 who are committed to seeing NEC succeed.

The Friends can solicit funds from foundations, community partners and corporations because of its exemption under the 501(c) 3 IRS rules. Since its inception, the Friends have raised over $2,000,000 for the Consortium’s programs, including a $125,000 grant for Technology Consulting and Implementation in 2010-2011, $50,000 from Danversbank Charitable Foundation for the PlaySpace Build and a five year $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation for a new recreation field and adaptive exercise for students of the Kevin O’Grady School in 2013. More recently, the Friends was active in securing a $150,000 gift from cherished members of the North Shore community. This gift will support the building of rock climbing wall at our Northshore Academy Upper School, technologies to support our most severely disabled and non-verbal students, music therapy, sensory integration devices and much much more…

To make an online donation, please visit our donate page.

Click here for a copy of the Friends of NEC Annual Report.


Fran Rosenberg

Executive Director

Deborah Gardner Walker

Grants Manager

Sarah Seiler

Development Director

Friends of the NEC Board

Graham Bacheller, President, Lincoln Investment Planning

Brad Hildt, Essex Consulting Group

Chris Concheri, IBM

Andrea Kantaros, People’s United Bank

Cindy Johnson, EBSCO & NEC Parent

Margot Abels, Northeastern University & NEC Parent

Bridget McGuiness, New England Consortium at UMass Lowell & NEC Parent

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