This Month's News & Updates

The Foundation will hold its Scholarship Reception on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 for scholarship recipients, their families, scholarship donors, and volunteers.  
Event Details:
Worcester State University, May Street Building, Worcester
Program at 4:30
Free and Open to the Public
RSVP to Kelly Stimson at
Now accepting application for the Fairlawn Foundation

For 2017, the Foundation is focused on innovative projects that address mental health needs in our community. Proposals selected for funding will have a strong evidence base, specific outcomes, and measurable indicators of progress or effectiveness. The Fairlawn Foundation is dedicated to improving health and health care in the Worcester area by supporting innovative projects, rooted in evidence-based practice, that strive to produce demonstrable outcomes.

Applications must be received by June 16, 2017. For more information, please contact Jonathan Cohen at or 508-755-0980.

Come Learn About Southbridge 

The Foundation provides support to agencies across Worcester County, although the City of Worcester gets most of the attention. However, it goes without saying that every community faces its share of social issues and challenges, and many of them are similar. What varies from town to town is how they are prioritized and addressed - and that depends on available resources, the presence of committed individuals and agencies, and the community's wherewithal to tackle them.

Southbridge is the tenth largest town in the county and in many ways it is the heart of South County. That is why we have selected it for our first-ever Community Education Panel. Foundation board members, corporators, fund holders, and others are invited to join us in Southbridge on Tuesday, June 6, at 5:00 PM at the Tri-Community YMCA to learn about how this community is tackling its challenges and maximizing its opportunities.

We have lined up an outstanding panel of Southbridge experts, each with a unique perspective to bring. The panel will include:
  • Jessica Huizenga, Acting Superintendent of the Southbridge Public Schools
  • Rosemary Scrivens, Director of Economic Development & Planning for the Town of Southbridge
  • Robin Weber, Program Director at the Kennedy-Donovan Center representing the local nonprofit sector
  • Shane Woodson, Chief of the Southbridge Police Department

In addition, representatives from many of Southbridge's nonprofit agencies (including several GWCF grantees) will be present to add to the conversation and share with attendees about the work they are doing. Refreshments will be served, and attendees are encouraged to stay down south for dinner.

Advanced registration is encouraged, click here.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Program Officer Jonathan Cohen at

NSC Workshop for June - Enroll Here!

The Nonprofit Support Center (NSC) is a series of classes created for nonprofit leaders -- both staff and board members. 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.

The following session is scheduled for June. Limited spots available!  Click on the link to learn more and sign up for the workshop:
An organization's ability to understand, measure and communicate about its impact is more important than ever. This interactive half-day workshop will cover what outcome measurement is and isn't and offers practical steps for immediate implementation.
Monday, June 5, 9 am - 12 noon

For more information and to register click here .
Annual Meeting Wrap-up and Renaissance Award Winner
The Annual Meeting was held on May 17 at Mechanics Hall. The 2016 Annual Report was released, new and renewing Corporators were elected and guest speaker, Maria Mossiades, Massachusetts Child Advocate spoke to the future of children in our community.
The 2017 Renaissance Award winner was also announced. This year's recipient was Diago McClain, founder and CEO of Worcester Pay It Forward. In the last 8 years, McClain has transformed the lives of more than 3,500 Worcester area youth ages 4 to 18 through mentoring, coaching, and leadership provided by the Pay It Forward organization. We congratulate Diago on receiving the 2017 Renaissance Award.
O&E Site Visitor Program - June 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: Health & Human Services; Access to Healthcare; Healthcare Workforce Development
Friday, June 2, 3:00 pm
Location: 35 Harvard Street, Worcester

Area(s) of Interest: Health & Human Services; Youth & Family Programs
Monday, June 5, 4:00 pm
Location: 57 Church Avenue, Northbridge

Area(s) of Interest: Community Development; Education; Health & Human Services
Tuesday, June 6, 5:00 pm
Location: 43 Everett Street, Southbridge

Area(s) of Interest: Health & Human Services; Health Care Center
Wednesday, June 14, 3:00 pm
Location: 19 Tacoma Street, Worcester

Area(s) of Interest: Health & Human Services; LGBTQ Programs/Services
Thursday, June 29, 5:00 pm
Location: 4 Mann Street, Worcester

Additional site visits are being planned for July and August, so check back!
For more information, visit O&E Site Visitors Program.
Professional Advisors Network Event Recap 

Our Professional Advisors Network event took place on April 27, 2017 and featured special guest speakers, David Brosnan and Josh Daly, Vice Presidents and Charitable Planning Consultants for Fidelity Charitable. The event provided an opportunity for advisors to connect and to learn new ways to incorporate philanthropy into their work.

For more information about our Professional Advisors Network, click here.

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Questions? Comments? Contact our Director of Donor Services , Kelly Stimson. Call 508.755.0980  or email at