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.


$250,000 Technology Campaign

The Northshore Education Consortium launched a $250,000 campaign in 2015 to meet the critical need for classroom technology. To date, we have raised $206,000. The following foundation grants have been of tremendous assistance in moving us towards our goal. (as of 1/31/18)

John W. Alden Trust – $15,000

East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation – $15,000

Doug Flutie Foundation (Allison Keller Education Technology Program) – $5,000

People’s United Charitable Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts – $20,000

Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation – $17,000

Other Foundation Support

Grants received in FY17 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017)

Cell Signaling Technology – $5,000 environmental grant for Northshore Academy Upper School Outdoor Adventures Program

Cummings Foundation – $20,000 from multiyear $100K for 100 grant for exercise and movement at the Kevin O’Grady School.

New England Biolabs Employee Contributions – $2,000 for Kevin O’Grady School vocational program

North Shore Community Health Network – $5,000 adolescent behavioral health grant for Northshore Academy Upper School Outdoor Adventures Program

Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation – $30,000 for professional development

We are pleased to be a recipient of a $100Kfor100 grant from the Cummings Foundation. (5-year grant 2013 – 2018)

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

Chris Concheri, IBM

Andrea Kantaros, Invested Community Member

Cindy Johnson, EBSCO & NEC Parent

Margot Abels, Northeastern University & NEC Parent

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