This Month's News & Updates

Community Grant Deadline September 15

Our annual community grants cycle deadline of September 15 is quickly approaching. The Foundation awards community grants to support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities in Central Massachusetts. The typical grant range is $5,000 to $25,000.

To help you prepare a more effective proposal, we have created a set of instructions for your use. Click here to view them. We have also created a webinar, which you can view here.

Nonprofit Support Center Fall Schedule

For our many friends who lead local community nonprofits, we are especially mindful of the need to discuss new ideas with peers. The Nonprofit Support Center , a program of Greater Worcester Community Foundation, presents local seminars at little or no cost to help staff and board members, whether new to the role or seasoned veterans. Seminars include:
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Getting Started
  • Successful Media Strategies for Nonprofits
  • Leading and Governing: Achieving Success on a Nonprofit Board 
  • Interactive Media and You: How Digital Games Can Drive Nonprofit Success
  • Unmasking Fundraising! Knowledge not Opinion. 
For more details, including registration requirements, please click here.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences on 9/19 at Worcester Tech

The Foundation is pleased to invite its key stakeholders to a very special event:

The Root of the Root: The Lifelong Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Presentation by Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., M.P.H, F.A.A.P

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:30PM, with reception to follow at 7:00PM at Worcester Technical High School

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACES) refer to toxic stress created by poverty, violence, crisis, or family dysfunction that can have a major impact on learning in children and can also manifest as chronic disease in adulthood. ACES affect all races, income and ethnic groups. Dr. Burke Harris is one of the most sought after speakers in the country on this subject.

We are striving to build a community in which all can thrive, particularly the youngest among us, creating conditions that enable our youngest children to succeed in school and in life. As a stakeholder, you can help us build community understanding, and help foster action on this critical issue.  Please join us! Click here for more information.

POW! - It's the impact that art has on a person. WOW! - It's reaction that art has on a viewer. Together they form POW! WOW!, which is a Native American term that describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music and art.

Now through September 3, POW! WOW! Worcester is hosting a marquee event to strengthen community engagement and regional tourism. Centered around a week-long event that includes gallery shows, lecture series, mural projects, concerts, and live art installations, POW! WOW! brings international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art. The festival has visited cities and destinations such as Taiwan, Long Beach, Hawaii, D.C. and now in it's second year, Worcester!
Investment Luncheon Save the Date

The Foundation's president, Ann Lisi, invites you to attend our 2017 Investment Luncheon on Tuesday, November 7, 12PM - 1:30PM.

Learn about our investment structure and recent performance while discussing the Foundation's plan and philosophy to expand the community's endowment.

To reserve your seat, please contact Kelly Stimson at 508.755.0980 or
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Questions? Comments? Contact our Director of Donor Services , Kelly Stimson. Call 508.755.0980  or email at