This Month's News & Updates

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.
Spring programs start on March 16. Topics include: engaging stories, leveraging social media, effective grant writing, working with the board, establishing clear goals for diversity, and developing financial projections.  For more information or to sign up for a program, click here .
story2Final Reminder for Scholarships
One application opens the door. Any Worcester County graduating high school senior planning to enroll in college this fall should check out our Scholarships 2017 portal on our website .

Applications are due on Monday, March 6, 2017. Awards will be announced three months later. For more information, please contact Beckley Schowalter, Scholarship Program Manager at
Now Accepting Grant Applications

Early Childhood Grant Program
The Foundation has made early childhood education a priority in its funding initiatives. These grants will support early childhood programs that increase the quality and quantity of formal early education for low-income children, provide a foundation for lifelong development rooted in behavioral and physical health; support parents and families in their roles as teachers, caregivers, and supporters of their children's development; and help eliminate summer learning loss among low-income children in greater Worcester. Online applications are due by March 1, 2017. For more information click here .  

Fallon/OrNda Grant Program
The purpose of the Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund is to advance projects that increase access to healthcare or health promotion services to improve the health status of vulnerable populations. These grants will support projects such as the creation of primary care outreach services to vulnerable populations; and, the removal of barriers that prevent people from receiving services such as lack of transportation, cultural competency of providers, language differences, or others. Online applications are due by March 31, 2017. For more information, click here .

Unibank Grant Program
The UniBank September 11th Emergency Personnel Education Fund was created in 2002 by Unibank for Savings to honor the everyday heroes who responded to the September 11th tragedy and to help local emergency personnel become better prepared. Organizations that deploy emergency service teams in the towns of the Blackstone Valley: Millbury, Grafton, Northbridge, Upton, Hopedale, Mendon, Blackstone, Millville, Uxbridge, Douglas and Sutton are encouraged to apply.  Online applications are due by March 31, 2017. For more information, click here .
O&E Site Visitors Program

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. Outreach & Education visits are scheduled to various GWCF grantees across Worcester County throughout the spring, summer and fall. 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.
The following site visits are scheduled for March. Click on the individual link to learn more and sign up for the visit:
Area(s) of Interest: Education; Early Childhood Development
Tuesday, March 7, 9:00 AM
Area(s) of Interest: Economic Security; Affordable Housing
Thursday, March 23, 9:00 AM
Area(s) of Interest: Health & Human Services; Prisoner Reentry Programs/Services
Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 AM
For more information, visit O&E Site Visitors Program

Winter Supper Reminder

On February 28th, we will gather at ArtsWorcester for our annual Winter Supper. We will be celebrating community creativity this year with the 13th Annual College Art Showcase as well as youth performances from African Community Education Program, Girls Inc., Southeast Asian Coalition and the Worcester Chamber Music Society Neighborhood Strings. We look forward to celebrating the art of creativity and conversing over dinner with our treasured friends. To reserve call Kelly Stimson at 508.755.0980 or email
Save the Date for Charitable Planning, Trends and Strategies


GWCF's Professional Advisor Network, the Estate and Business Planning Council of Worcester County, the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Montachusett Regional Estate & Business Planning Council and invite you to a special di nner and an informative discussion of current trends in philanthropy on Thursday, April 27 at 5:00PM. Remarks by David Brosnan and Josh Dally from Fidelity Charitable.  To reserve call Kelly Stimson at 508.755.0980 or email .

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