November 2018
This Month's News & Updates
Here in greater Worcester, differences are cause for celebration, working together advances opportunity for all, and giving is a cherished tradition.
YOU make our community whole, and our gratitude is beyond measure.
GWCF leads cultural planning for Worcester

On Saturday, October 27, the Foundation, in partnership with the City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition, convened nearly 100 community members for some good, old-fashioned brainstorming.

Lead by facilitators Tom Borrup and Harry Waters, Jr. of Creative Community Builders based in Minneapolis, participants spent the day voicing their hopes for how arts, culture and creativity can contribute to the growth and vibrancy of Worcester. An area of focus was the city’s tremendous cultural diversity and the experiences of youth and families. 

This planning process represents a key stage in the development of a Cultural Plan for the City of Worcester. So stay tuned! A draft of the plan is expected in early December.
“Arts and culture are essential to the success and vibrancy of any city not only because they create jobs and drive economies , but also because of what the arts and creative sector contributes to residents’ quality of life."
Edward M. Augustus Jr.
Worcester City Manager
20 years later and still growing the good
After Michael Minty passed away from liver cancer in 1988, members of the Worcester Rugby Football Club (WRFC) established a scholarship fund at the Foundation to honor the memory of their dedicated and charismatic coach and co-founder. But that's not all.

The WRFC came up with another creative way to commemorate Michael's spirit, as well as the memories of other lost Club members: an annual rugby tournament.
The Callaghan Cup is a celebration of sportsmanship and community. And this year, it raised over o ver $1,000 for the Michael Minty Memorial Scholarship Fund!
Photo Courtesy of Worcester Rugby Football Club
Scholarships at GWCF do more than help students fund their higher education goals. They bring communities closer together .
Your Partner in Giving
There's still time to start a fund before year-end!

Maximize your tax benefits this year by starting a fund with the Foundation. Getting started is easier than you might imagine. We offer a number of types of funds and giving options to match your goals and maximize your contribution's impact.

When you give through the Foundation you also gain our expertise in community philanthropy and access to our vast network of community partners.

Questions? Contact Kelly Stimson, Vice President of Donor Services
Call 508-755-0980 or email
November brings NSC workshops you don't want to miss

This Fall's Nonprofit Support Center lineup has included impressive and timely workshops that span a spectrum of topics beneficial to nonprofit organizations. And it's not over yet!

Explore our November workshops as well as our online NSC resources pages for valuable training information, industry trends, and more.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion:
Moving Ahead
Thursday, Nov. 8, 12 - 2 PM
*You or someone from your organization must have attended Diversity Equity & Inclusion: Getting Started
Mergers & Strategic Alliances
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 9 - 10 AM
NSCfc Presents
Navigating the New Normal: The Way Forward for Arts & Culture Organizations
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9 - 10:30 AM
Stay tuned for the NSC's spring calendar. It will be released by year's end!
Is your grant application ready?
The YCI Fund deadline is November 12!

Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), a Foundation advisory committee comprised of area high school students, is accepting grant proposals from Worcester County nonprofits for programs that align with the following areas of interest:

Academic Enrichment for Young People
Health & Wellness for Young People
Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement
Foundation Blog: New Post!
YCI Members Gain a Civic-Minded Perspective
Youth-led philanthropy programs are making a difference across the country. Through YCI, we are seeing the dedication of young people demonstrated here and now. Read on .
Commemorate your local veterans with activities around Worcester

Veteran's Day is coming up, Sunday, November 11!

Veteran's Day Parade, 11 AM - 12 PM
Grove Street

Wreath Laying, 2 - 3 PM
Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
Looking to join the GWCF team?

The Foundation is seeking a full-time Donor Services Associate to join our team. Under the guidance of the Vice President of Donor Services and the Donor Services Officer, the Associate will be primarily responsible for providing administrative support for donor relations, marketing, and the scholarship program.
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