This Month's News & Updates

Story1 Giving Is Alive and Well at GWCF

Gifts to the Directors & Corporators Fund has surpassed $60,000! We are well on our way of making our goal, but we can't do it without your help. Please consider a 2017 gift to the Directors & Corporators Fund! Your investment will help to sustain our work - ensuring the longevity of a valued resource to expand philanthropy, bolstering nonprofit effectiveness, and bringing people together to solve problems and create opportunity for all. Give online today!
Story2Save The Date: Jan. 22 Screening of the film Resilience

GWCF has been taking a leadership role on the issue of Early Childhood Development in Worcester, and one of the ways we have done that is by bringing more community members into the conversation about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). As a continuation of that work, we invite to a screening of the 2016 film Resilience, a new documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. There will be a screening of the film held on January 22, 2018 from 5:30-8:00pm at Worcester Technical High School. The GWCF is c o-hosting with Dr. Heather Forkey and Worcester ACTS (Addressing Childhood Trauma).

Our President & CEO, Ann Lisi will be giving opening remarks, and the screening will be followed by remarks from Dr. Heather Forkey. To RSVP to the event, please contact Kelly Stimson, vp of donor services at
Community Grants Awards Over $1.4 Million to Nonprofits

The Foundation recently awarded over $1.4 million dollars as part of its 2017 Community Grants program. Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities; this year's areas of interest included Civic Life, the Arts and the Environment; Early Childhood Development; Youth Development and Education; Economic Security, and Healthy Communities. 137 nonprofits throughout Central Massachusetts were selected as awardees for this year's program, an increase from last year's number of recipients.
Youth For Community Improvement (YCI) recently announced the awardees of their 2017 Fall YCI Fund Program. In its 18th year, the Foundation's teen grant-making committee provides annual funding for a wide range of nonprofit initiatives in Central Massachusetts. This year's areas of interest were supportg refugee & Immigrant families, career readins, college access, and mental health supports. Organizations that received grants this season include HOPE Coalition, Nativity School of Worcester, Student Immigrant Movement, and Worcester Roots. To learn more about YCI, please visit our website and click on Youth for Community Improvement in the "About Us" menu.
Story32018-19 Scholarship Application Opening in January

We will soon be accepting applications for college scholarships! Now in our 41st year of awarding scholarships, high school seniors who live in Worcester County and seek college scholarships for the 2018 - 2019 academic year are encouraged to apply. Awards range from $300 to $5,000 and will be given to students based on a variety of criteria. Please note, submitting a single application will allow students to be considered for any of the scholarships for which they are eligible. The application will open at on January 3rd, 2018 and close on March 5, 2018 at 5:00pm.

December is flying by and as 2018 draws near, we want to extend our gratitude to you.
We thank you for all that you do to help strengthen our community. Like you, we are committed to keeping pace with the growth of Worcester and the Central Mass region; more importantly, we are all committed to insuring that everyone benefits from that growth.

We are extremely proud of all the work that we do and could not do it without our board, corporators, donors, volunteers and staff.

Together, we're all looking forward to a wonderful 2018!
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Questions? Comments? Contact our Director of Donor Services , Kelly Stimson. Call 508.755.0980  or email at