This Month's News & Updates
article1A Harbinger of Fall: NSC Training Calendar for Nonprofit Leaders

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.

More details, including registration requirements, are available at the NSC Calendar link  here.


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

article427 Rising Professionals Chosen for Leadership Development Program   

Selected from more than 40 applicants, the class includes a diverse group of 14 women and 13 men from Central Massachusetts. The rigorous application process included an online application, a video, and recommendations. The Leadership Worcester Class of 2017 represents a variety of industry sectors, cultural backgrounds, and diverse educational experiences. 

Members of the Leadership Worcester Class of 2017 are: Che Anderson, Sandra Brock, Liz Sheehan Castro, Peter Caruso, Jr., Alex Cruz, Micki Davis, Jared Fiore, Kwesi Foster, Laura Glaser, Andrea Gossage, Patrick Hare, Sam Kenary, Emily Kent, Jamie Leehy, Jessica Morris, David Murphy, Lauren Petit, Jake Poplaski, Jason Port, Sarah Potrikus, Stacey Price, Peter Rawinski, Giselle Rivera-Flores, Benjamin Rivest, Jeannette Roach, Cornelius Rogers, and Elizabeth Wambui.

Click here to read the full story from the Worcester Chamber of Commerce.
a5The Foundation on Hank Stolz Experience

In July, GWCF announced the kickoff of a citywide initiative to curb the early childhood
education achievement gap. With the receipt of the multi-year evaluation report from the partners --  United  Way of Central Mass., the City of Worcester and Worcester Public Schools, the Worcester Education Collaborative, and Family Services of Central Mass. -- the project is helping some of the city's most vulnerable families. 

Chris O'Keeffe from Greater Worcester Community Foundation and Raquel Castro-Corazzini from the City of Worcester talk about reducing the achievement gap in early childhood education with Hank Stolz.

Click here to watch the complete interview. 

In the span of 72 hours, more than 20 inches of rain fell across southern Louisiana. This "500-year" flood event affected low and high ground alike. Residents now face the daunting task of rebuilding their homes and businesses - many of which were not protected by flood insurance.

In response to the devastation, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the community foundation serving the Baton Rouge/southern Louisiana region, has launched the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund. 

news5Upcoming Events Happening in our Community  

Now through September 4, POW! WOW! Worcester is hosting a marquee event that features the curation of approximately 10 murals, artist panels, outdoor celebrations and other events developed to strengthen community engagement and regional tourism.  

On September 23, the Latino History Project of Worcester presents Neighborhoods of Worcester. Their annual celebration at the Worcester Historical Museum  will include music, food, and an Interactive Exhibit about the Latino Experience in Worcester and it's Neighborhoods.

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