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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, is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization (EIN# 61-1479553) that 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 2021-2022 Highlights

  • Revenue of $179,570
  • $26,436 donated to our Tribute Program
  • $59,978 received from grants
  • $58,164 was raised during our annual appeal; our highest year ever

Friends of NEC Annual Report

Each year, Friends of NEC reports its financial data from the previous fiscal year. The following reports are from the past eight fiscal years.

2022 Friends of NEC Annual Report

2021 Friends of NEC Annual Report

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

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

Luisa Coppola, Friends of NEC Vice President, Rockland Trust

Elma Mandzo-Jonvanic, Friends of NEC Treasurer, Newburyport Bank

Andrea Kantaros, Friends of NEC Clerk, retired from People’s United Bank

Graham Bacheller, Friends of NEC immediate past President, Lincoln Investment

Carmen Posteraro, Salem Five Bank

Alison Famico, proud Parent of NEC student


Fran Rosenberg, Executive Director

Anne Noyes, Grants Coordinator

Sarah Seiler, Development Director

Heather Wolsey, Assistant to the Business Office / Development, Marketing & Communications

Cummings Foundation

Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million through Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program. The organization was selected from a total of 630 applicants during a competitive review process. Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium will receive $225,000 from the Cummings Foundation.

1% for the Planet Nonprofit Partner

Friends of NEC Outdoor Adventure Program is an approved nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, a diverse and global network of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals working together to ensure that our shared planet and our future generations thrive.

1% for the Planet Nonprofit Partner