Essex Community Foundation

24 January 2018

Welcome to Essex Community Foundation

Matching People, Ideas, Resources and Needs, to make a lasting difference

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Tributes paid to ECF Founder

23rd January 2018

Pioneering philanthropist, Ian Marks, who founded Essex Community Foundation, has died peacefully at his home in Margaretting, aged 85.

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Phone-In Funding Surgery Southend: 14 February

17th January 2018

Are you a voluntary or community organisation operating in Southend-On-Sea and do you need funding?

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Grants available for Essex charities

12th January 2018

Voluntary and commmunity organisations in Essex are invited to apply for grants from two charitable funds set up by Essex County Council.

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New Annual Review and Survey

13th December 2017

Our Annual Review is now available for you to view online and we welcome your thoughts.

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Dear Friends

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Mr Ian Marks, CBE DL, founder of Essex Community Foundation, died peacefully at home on Saturday 20 January.

Ian established ECF in 1996.  He was our first Chairman and after retiring from the Board in 2003 he became our President.

Ian was a man of vision and his contribution to the growth and development of Essex Community Foundation and the promotion of philanthropy was immense.  He was an inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed.

Our sympathy is with his family, particularly his wife Angela who gave him such support for his ambitions to make Essex a better place.

-Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive