April 2019
This Month's News & Updates
Opportunities to connect with the Foundation on the important
work of building community come in many shapes and sizes.
In this month's Newsletter, we hope you'll find the right fit!
Outreach & Education Site Visitors Program Kicks Off
Get ready to be awed and inspired!

Conducting site visits of our grantee organizations is an important (and fun!) part of our grantmaking process. Beginning April 8, we're inviting you to come along as we tour and talk with grantees delivering critical services to our region.

Participating in an O&E Site Visit is a great way for GWCF Corporators and friends to experience first-hand the impact the Foundation's granting has on our community. Site Visits will be happening throughout the spring and summer.

We hope you'll join us on an upcoming O&E!

April O&E Site Visits :

Central Mass Housing Alliance
April 8, 3:00-5:00pm
Area(s) of Interest : Homeless
Prevention Programs/Services

Interfaith Hospitality Network
April 18, 9:00-11:00am
Area(s) of Interest : Homeless
Prevention Programs/Services

Dress for Success Worcester
April 22, 9:15-11:00am
Area(s) of Interest : Adult Job Training/Placement/Supports
Don't Forget to Register for
the 2019 Spring PAN Event!
Coming up April 25

Our annual  Professional Advisor's Network   (PAN) Dinner   is an education and networking opportunity hosted in collaboration with the Estate & Business Planning Council of Worcester County, the Montachusett Estate & Retirement Planning Council, and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

Date:  Thursday, April 25
Time: 5:00pm
Location:   Wachusett Country Club

RSVP to Lindiana Semidei at events@greaterworcester.org .
New Philanthropy Tool:
Growing the Good, your guide to giving

Our latest publication is now available! With information and stories about the many ways to give, this resource is a conversation-starter that we hope you enjoy and share.

Leadership Worcester Builds Momentum with 5th Cohort
Here are 5 reasons you should apply
  1. Connect with key leaders as you learn about our region's assets, challenges, and opportunities.
  2. Build skills that will prepare you to take action on issues you care about.
  3. Experience Worcester's anchor institutions and hidden gems from an exclusive, behind the scenes perspective.
  4. Have fun while expanding your professional network and making lifelong friends.
  5. Become freshly inspired by all Worcester has to offer and by the network of talented people working together to move the community and each other forward.
Applications are due May 24!
Leadership Worcester is a joint initiative
of GWCF and the Worcester Regional
Chamber of Commerce.
Foundation Blog: New Post!
Balancing the Leadership Matrix
Foundation President Ann Lisi reflects on leadership, confidence-building, and ways to support developing leaders at this critical time of transition.

"The retirement wave for nonprofit executives has reached New England –just like they said it would."... Read on!
Considering a Leadership Role?
New NSC Workshop April 24 is an opportunity you don't want to miss!

Have you ever wondered if the role of Executive Director is right for you? This
NSC workshop brings together a panel of seasoned, local executives. Jill Dagilis, of  Worcester Community Action Council , Jeff Chin, of  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central/Metrowest , and Yolanda Coentro, of  Institute for Nonprofit Practice will answer the important question: “If I knew then what I know now, what would I have done differently?"  Join us to learn what this leadership position entails and how you can prepare for it.
So, You Want to Be An Executive Director?
Wednesday, April 24
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Inspiring a Love of Learning
FOLK Fund celebrates 20 years of community-supported grant making

The Friends of Learning in Killingly (FOLK) Fund was started by the members of Killingly High School Class of 1966 as
a way to give back to their school community. Thanks to the collective generosity of its many donors, the Fund has grown to become a thriving educational initiative, enriching the lives of thousands of students in Killingly, Connecticut public schools.

To celebrate the Fund's 20th anniversary, FOLK's founding members raised over $30,000 to achieve a $100,000 milestone! The FOLK Fund ensures that students will always benefit from innovative educational opportunities. Hats off to everyone involved!
The 2019 Friends of Learning in Killingly (FOLK) Grantees. Each of the 10 grantees represents one of the public schools in Killingly, CT.
Upcoming Grant Program Deadlines
Leicester Savings Bank Fund
Deadline: April 12

This Fund, which honors the Leicester Savings Bank for its decades of leadership in the community, supports projects that improve the quality of life for residents of Leicester.
Fairlawn Foundation Fund
Deadline: April 26

Since 2017, the Foundation has focused on innovative projects that address mental health needs in our community. The Foundation looks to be an incubator of scalable, replicable, sustainable projects.  
Basic Needs Capital Grant
Deadline: April 26

This one-time small capital grant seeks to advance projects that allow organizations addressing hunger and homelessness to increase efficiency, serve more people, and improve accessibility. This grant opportunity is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.
Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger
Deadline: May 17

This fund seeks to support innovative
and sustainable solutions to the complex problem of hunger through advocacy and other programming. Funding priority is given to initiatives focused on accessibility to healthy food and economic self sufficiency.
Be Part of the Celebration!

The GWCF Board of Directors invites you to the
Celebration Dinner & Dance in Honor of Ann T. Lisi
Tuesday, June 25 at Mechanics Hall at 5:00pm

Commemorative Program Book
Reserve your space now in the event program book.

Dinner provided by Struck Catering | Dance Music by Clockwork

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