Dec 03, 2021
Kathryn Price and Carol Lavoie Schuster
ECCF's NextGen Initiative

NextGen is an initiative of ECCF, representing a growing number of Millennial and GenX change-makers in Essex County who are passionate about community, impact and giving back.

Our work is intended for rising generations and those that have been excluded out of the traditional “philanthropic” frameworks. Our goal is to empower changemakers here in our own community(ies) to become part of systemic solutions. This work is about authentically opening the table to make change together through our many currencies:

• Money

• Connections • Skills

 • Knowledge

Recognizing the importance of instilling these values into future generations, the NextGen committee piloted a Youth Philanthropy initiative in Spring 2021, creating opportunities for NextGen’ers to participate in meaningful service projects with their children. As they prepare to roll out more such opportunities in Fall 2021, NextGen is going to come talk to our club about their initial successes and how Rotarians can participate going forward.


Kathryn Price, co-chair, ECCF NextGen Youth Philanthropy Committee: 


Kathryn has been in Early Childhood Education for 20 years, teaching Preschool, First Grade, and Math Intervention in both public and private school settings. In 2015, Kathryn opened Curious Kids Lynnfield in order to focus on the aspects of teaching she likes best: connecting with small groups of students, helping early educators with curriculum development, and guiding the experiential learning of children through rich hands-on learning experiences.

Through Curious Kids, Kathryn offers onsite STEM workshops at preschools and local elementary and private schools and also works with school administrators to offer Professional Development in the area of STEM Education in Early Childhood. She also presents this material at regional and national conferences on the topic.

Kathryn is also a professor of Early Childhood Education at Salem State University, focus on STEM Education Methods in Early Childhood, and supervises Graduate students and pre-service Teachers during their practical classroom experiences for the School of Education.

   In her spare time, Kathryn in running all the World Marathon Majors in memory of her uncle and serves on various local community boards in Lynnfield. She is a mom of a 12- and 9-year-old and an unruly puppy named Moose.

Carol Lavoie Schuster, ECCF Vice President for Grants, Donor and Nonprofit Services:


 At ECCF, I serve as the lead for our grantmaking, fundholder relations, nonprofit leadership and donor services departments. In addition, I also manage ECCF’s NextGen Philanthropy Initiative, which I established in 2014. My role here really gives me the opportunity to make authentic connections with those working in the community, collaborate and to step back and get a bird’s eye view of the impact we are all making together. It’s also given me the chance to see the ingenuity, intellect and perseverance of the human spirit in the face of challenge.

I have more than 23 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining ECCF in 2011, I was the Program Manager at Philanthropy Massachusetts (formerly AGM) in Boston. Before that, I was an Executive Director, Gallery Director and Director of Development for several arts and cultural organizations. Today, I also serve on the boards of the Hamilton Wenham Ed Fund and the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association.

I find inspiration in nature, my family and friends, and making authentic connections. I think that’s why I actually loved my two-year stint as a taxi driver way back when. It was the best way to meet people.

 When I’m not working, I love to play tennis, golf, spend time with my kids and be creative. One day, I hope to sell my own art at a gallery, along with many other things like seeing the Northern Lights, taking a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course, finishing the Boston Marathon and hiking to the basin of the Grand Canyon.