Civic Leadership

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation goes beyond making grants. The Foundation identifies and addresses our region’s current and emerging challenges. In collaboration with partners in our nonprofit, public and business sectors, we bring people and resources together to help our region meet pressing and long-term needs and prepare for the future.

Leadership Initiatives

The Foundation creates, runs and supports programs that develop philanthropy in our region and foster collaborative, forward-thinking solutions to regional needs. Find out below what our leadership initiatives include.

The Nonprofit Support Center

The Nonprofit Support Center stimulates development of a capable, forward-thinking, and collaborative nonprofit sector in Worcester County. Its programs and services help organizations think strategically, govern effectively and work cooperatively with community partners.

Leadership Worcester

Leadership Worcester is a joint initiative of Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. The program engages promising new professionals in Greater Worcester’s civic life and offers training and skill development to connect them with key players. Participants are outstanding local professionals with demonstrated leadership potential. The program operates from September through May. More information on the program and instructions for applying can be found here.

2016-2017 Leadership Worcester Flyer

The Planned Giving Council of Central Massachusetts

The Planned Giving Council of Central Massachusetts promotes planned giving through a collaborative program formed by the Foundation, other local nonprofit organizations, community leaders and professional advisors.

The Professional Advisory Network (PAN)

The Professional Advisory Network (PAN) is an advisory committee of professional advisors who are committed to capitalizing on the Foundation as a resource to help their clients achieve charitable and financial goals.

The Worcester Foundation Forum

The Worcester Foundation Forum [PDF] convenes grantmakers—private foundations, corporate giving programs and public foundations—to share knowledge of local needs and increase the impact of their charitable investments.

Youth for Community Improvement (YCI)

Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) develops the philanthropic and leadership skills of high school students from diverse backgrounds by providing the opportunity to award community grants together.

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