This Month's News & Updates

In June, the Foundation awarded 390 scholarships on the basis of merit, financial need and special criteria totaling $630,000 to students at nearly 50 schools in Central Massachusetts.
The Foundation hosted a Scholarship Reception on June 14, 2017 for scholarship recipients, their families, scholarship donors, and community volunteers. Over 300 people attended the event, which was held at Worcester State University, to celebrate our students and the step they're taking toward a successful future.

To learn more about our scholarship program, please click here.
The Foundation Fights Back Against Summer Learning Loss

With the end of school, the summer learning season is upon us. Kids and families work hard throughout the school year and most of our students achieve steady growth in literacy and math. But during the summer, many students lose ground. Families that can enroll their kids in enrichment programs generally stave off the "summer slide." But too many low-income children don't have this opportunity.
Since the summer of 2015, GWCF has partnered with United Way of Central Mass and Family Service of Central Mass to expand the reach of the Worcester Summer Literacy Initiative, to help reduce learning loss for the kids who participate. To learn more about our initiative, please contact Chris O'Keeffe at
YCI Youth Empowered at National Training Event

The Foundation's Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), a youth-led program empowering area teens to make important funding decisions in the community and develop grant making and leadership skills, hosted a workshop at a national training event on June 14, 2017.

The event, "Building a Bridge to the Future: Sustainability in Action," was hosted by the L.E.A.D Collaborative and UMASS Donahue Institute. Program officer, Sarah Shugrue, and 6 YCI students facilitated a workshop called Youth Voice: A Seat at the Table Isn't Enough. The YCI students spoke in front of an audience of Office of Adolescent Health grantees about their role as teen grantmakers, what they look for when reviewing grant applications and how they assess program sustainability.

Empowering young people as philanthropists and grantmakers provides them with the opportunity to have a seat AND a voice at the table. With this event, the students of YCI and the attending youth programs across the country explored what it takes to build a truly youth driven program and how they work collaboratively to impact their community and grow as change agents.
For more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue at or click here to learn more about our YCI program.

NSC Summer Social at the Sprinkler Factory

Sprinkler Factory Artist Group
Date: Thursday, July 20, 5 to 7 pm
Location: 38 Harlow Street, Worcester
This event is specifically for our community's nonprofit leaders and funders. Executive directors are welcomed to bring a staff member as a guest.
If you are interested in attending our social, kindly reserve your spot by July 14. For more information or to RSVP, please indicate your name, title and organization to .
The Nonprofit Support Center (NSC), a program of Greater Worcester Community Foundation established in 1998 to develop a capable, forward-thinking, and collaborative nonprofit sector. We focus on practical programs, believe in the power of peers learning together, and engage high-quality presenters in order to foster a strong network of nonprofits in our region.

O&E Site Visitor Program - July and August Visits Available

Site visits are an outstanding way for GWCF volunteers, fund holders and corporators to experience first-hand the impact our grantmaking has on the community.
Volunteers are invited to come hear from top agency leaders and see where programs are delivered. The best visits end with participants informed and inspired, both by the work of the agencies, and by how the Foundation is having a real impact.

Consider joining us for an upcoming visit, and if you are interested, come on as many as you would like. Click on the individual link to learn more and sign up for a visit:
Area(s) of Interest: Early Childhood Education
Tuesday, July 18, 9:30 AM
Location: 633 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Area(s) of Interest: Youth Development & Education; Afterschool & Summer Programs
Monday, July 24, 4:00 PM
Location: 55 Oxford Avenue, Dudley
Area(s) of Interest: Mental Health; Substance Abuse/Recovery Programs
Thursday, August 3, 9:00 AM
Location: 10 Mechanic Street, Worcester
Area(s) of Interest: Health & Human Services, Senior Programs/Services
Tuesday, August 8, 9:00 AM
Location: 67 Millbrook Street, Worcester
Area(s) of Interest: Mental Health
Monday, August 14, 3:00 PM
Location: 29 East Mountain Street, Worcester

Additional site visits are being planned for August, so check back!
For more information, visit O&E Site Visitors Program.
2017 Community Grant Program Opens July 7 

We are pleased to announce that our 2017 Community Grant Program will begin accepting applications on July 7. The Foundation awards Community Grants to support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities in Central Massachusetts. Community Grants are made possible by donors who have set up endowment funds with us for this purpose. The typical grant ranges is $5,000 to $25,000. Submitted applications should align with our Community Grant Guidelines . Online applications are due September 15.

Start Your Legacy Today 

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of others in your community? By working with the Foundation, we'll create a fund that reflects your philanthropic and financial goals through an easy, effective process covering everything from donor education to fund administration. We get to know you and help you match your passions with local needs and worthy programs.
With a $10,000 gift, you can create your own charitable fund with Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Establish your fund in your name or the name of your family -- or let its name honor a cherished person, group or cause. All grants from your fund will carry its name, now and in the future.
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