This Month's News & Updates

It's not hard to create a list of reasons why people might opt out of voting. Many may feel frustrated with the candidates, or turned off by government itself or the election process. It may be easier to just stay home, and not get involved.   But your nation, and your city, needs you. Voting is a fundamental act that keeps our communities functioning. Every citizen has the ability to decide on who represents us at the local, state or national levels - but only if you exercise your right to vote.  In our work with business leaders, university and nonprofit colleagues, and everyday citizens, we hear the passion for making our city and our nation always better. Your vote is your voice. Everyone matters, regardless of economic status, religion, etc. Let's make Worcester proud. Be part of your corner of the world. Get out and vote on November 8!
National Philanthropy Day and Giving Tuesday

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day which celebrates the charitable work that everyone does to make a difference and create impact in their communities. Whether you're a donor or a volunteer (or both!), young or old, no matter how much you give or what causes you support-what you do from the heart makes a difference! And you make a difference every day! Soon after that is Giving Tuesday which this year is observed on November 29. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is  a movement to create an international day of philanthropy at the beginning of the holiday season. After doing your in-store and online shopping be sure to save a little extra to give to your favorite nonprofit. 
GWCF Mini-Grant Program

Did you know that GWCF has a Mini-grant program?  Mini-grants are one time discretionary grant in the amount of $500 to $3,000 made to nonprofits in Worcester County for: pilot projects, organizational improvement, restructuring, and equipment purchases. A total pool of $50,000 has been set aside for mini-grants this year. Some of the 2016 Mini-grants which have been allocated are for new signage for the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, new playground equipment for the Guild of St. Agnes, professional development for Music Worcester, a website redesign for Preservation Worcester and a planning grant for Children's Friend Inc. If you would like more information about the GWCF Mini-grant program click here
November NSC Sessions for Nonprofit Leaders

There's still several sessions available in our Fall 2016 NSC schedule with plenty of time to sign up. We offer trainings, resources and  local seminars at little or no cost to help staff and board members do their jobs well. More details, including registration requirements, are available at the NSC Calendar here.

Wednesday, November 2 
@GWCF, 370 Main St., Worcester
Keys to Successful Grant Writing 

Thursday, November 17 
@Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross
Using Face-to-Face Personal Solicitation - Yes You Can Ask for Big Gifts

Wednesday, November 30
@Central Community Branch YMCA, 766 Main St., Worcester
Developing the Leaders You Need: What You and Your Organization Can Learn from the YMCA

GWCF has an active and growing social media presence, particularly on Facebook. In the past two years, we have grown our Facebook audience to nearly 2,500 active and engaged followers! Be part of the conversation and like us today! We're also on Twitter, Linkedin, Youtube and our YCI program even has it's on Instagram page. Click on the platform below to like us today!

Like me on Facebook  Follow me on Twitter  View my profile on LinkedIn  View my videos on YouTube  View on Instagram
Read Our Blog
We use our blog as a way to engage with you to create an ever more vital and prosperous community and region, where opportunity is extended to everyone. Click here to read our latest blog post. 

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