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Giving to the Consortium

It is through the support of donors, like you, that we have been able to open doors that typically would have remained closed for the unique body of students we serve. Thank you!

 Online Donations

All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor. Also check to see if your company will match your gift. The following is a partial list of matching gift companies.

Ways to Give

Circle of Trusted Partners

We want to encourage you to join one of our membership levels listed…

Art therapy, music therapy, field trips, an inclusive playground, iPads, Chromebooks, an athletic field and track and so much more are all the direct result of individuals like you believing that their contribution can and does make a difference.

$5,000 Founder

$2,500 Steward

$1,000 Benefactor

$500 Partner 

$250 Supporter

$100 Friend

Membership is renewable annually.

Tribute Program

In any given year the Northshore Education Consortium (NEC) is the grateful recipient of numerous donations made in memory of or in honor of someone cherished. Through the Tribute Program, you can honor the memory of a loved one, recognize special occasions, wish someone a speedy recovery or even say thank you! At the same time, your recognition will provide invaluable resources to our very vulnerable population of students with special needs. These gifts are mentioned in our annual publications unless otherwise directed.

Matching Gifts

More for YOUR dollar!

Your company might have a Matching Gift program which may allow you to increase or even double the value of your gift to Friends of NEC! Check with your employer’s Human Resources office to determine if your company has a matching gift program.

The following is a partial list of matching gift companies. If you would like your company added to this list please contact the Development Office at 978-232-9755 ext. 1251

Matching Gift Companies

O’Grady Legacy Society

Including Friends of NEC in your will, is the simplest type of planned gift and one of the easiest to implement. A bequest may specify a dollar amount, a particular asset, or a percentage of your estate. A bequest to Friends of NEC can be as simple as a sentence or two in your will or living trust agreement.

LEARN MORE about Legacy Giving

Our Story

Over the years it has been said that the Northshore Education Consortium (NEC) is “one of the best kept secrets” on the North Shore.  I’m not sure about that but I do know we have had much to be proud of during our 47-year history. I hope you will agree!

Established in 1974, NEC was created to support North Shore school districts help kids with a variety of complex special needs achieve their full potential.

Our story is as follows. And through it you will see how you can make a critical difference!

As an educational collaborative, NEC’s budget is made up of tuition received from the sending school districts (a.k.a. local cities and towns). Charitable donations help bridge the gap between a cost effective education and what NEC needs to help our kids reach their full potential.

To keep NEC’s tuition costs low, while keeping the quality of education high, additional funds have always been required. Inviting individuals, foundations, and businesses to support our student needs through a charitable organization seemed like the most plausible solution, so in 2005, our Friends of NEC (Friends) was established.

Together the Friends have helped us raise over $3.1 million since those early days to underwrite: playgrounds; an athletic field & track; vital technology; communication devices for non-verbal students; outdoor programming; science labs; a Family Resource Center; field trips; art and music therapies; professional development; mental health programming; and the list goes on, yet, all have been deemed essential to our students’ overall learning process.

With the onset of the pandemic, NEC faced yet another myriad of unexpected challenges, but, because we were able to again depend on our Friends, NEC students and staff weathered the storm with devices for remote learning and classroom modifications for hybrid education.  Navigating these challenges, plus the current realization that education delivery has now changed forever, has only reinforced our sense of how critical our Friends are to the health and wellbeing of the NEC.

Our students, our families, and our staff ALL offer thanks because without you, the story we have to tell would not be a success story. We could not do what we do and serve who we serve without your support.

“Every student. Every day. No matter what it takes.”

How to Give

Your financial contributions help fund our programs and make our work possible!

Secure Online Gifts

As a convenient method for giving, the Friends of NEC offers a secure payment site for online giving option through SecurePay. 

By Mail:

Please make checks payable to: Friends of Northshore Education Consortium, 112 Sohier Road, Beverly, MA 01915


If you would like to schedule a visit to learn more about our giving opportunities and, more importantly, meet our students, please contact:

Sarah Seiler, Director of Development

Phone: 978.232.9755 ext. 1251