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With a total annual discretionary grants budget of approximately $1.6 million, the foundation strives to augment the operating budgets of nonprofits serving the Foundation’s areas of interest including arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, health and human services.
A complete list of Fall 2015 Discretionary grants can be viewed here.
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for their Community Grant program. Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities in Central Massachusetts. The Foundation focus on five areas of interest for community grants, which include arts and culture, civic engagement, and environment; early childhood development; youth development and education; economic security; and healthy communities.
“After a year-long “learning tour,” spent exploring issues and speaking with nonprofit leaders we revised our community grant guidelines in early 2016. The changes were made with both continuity and increased effectiveness in mind,” said Ann Lisi, President and CEO at GWCF. “One of the changes was to shift our community grants program from a semiannual to an annual schedule to make more efficient use of staff and volunteer time and to increase the rigor of our grant making by facilitating comparison of proposals.”
Several fundamental values inform GWCF’s grant making: access to opportunity, respect for diversity, and sustainable institutions. With these in mind, we are confident that a healthy and vibrant community can be realized.
Community grants are available for first-time applicants as well as existing and past grantees. Applications must be received by September 15, 2016. For more information, contact Jonathan Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980.
Greater Worcester Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for its Fairlawn Foundation Fund. The Fairlawn Foundation Fund is dedicated to improving health and health care in the Worcester area through grants to nonprofit organizations in Central Massachusetts. Since its inception in 1992, more than $6 Million has been awarded in grants to support capital needs, clinical services, and professional education.
In 2017, the Fairlawn Foundation will be focused on innovative projects that address mental health needs in our community. The Fund is especially interested in projects that:
To be considered eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as recognized by IRS code 501(c)(3) located in the greater Worcester area.
Applications must be received online by Friday, June 16th. For more information, please contact Jonathan Cohen, email@example.com or 508-755-0980.
The Foundation announced today the awarding of $342,00 through the Fairlawn Foundation Fund that will serve the health needs of Central Massachusetts. For 2017, the Fairlawn Foundation focused on innovative projects that address mental health needs in our community.
Each of this year’s grantees are striving to have meaningful, measurable impact on the mental health of young people. The following organizations received grants from the Fairlawn Foundation Fund:
● CASA Project to pilot an innovative, collaborative approach to ensure that children in the foster care system who require mental health services get access to them in a timely manner with fewer barriers.
● Children’s Friend, Inc. to increase the ability of schools and area organizations to address the needs of LGBTQI youth and their families, this pilot will include close collaboration with a school district and the development of supportive education and training materials.
● Community Healthlink to expand a program that integrates wellness interventions into children’s behavioral health services for children with serious emotional disorders, improving their overall health and quality of life.
● Genesis Club to work with area high schools to insure that teens who would benefit from the Club’s mental health support services are informed about and tracked into the program.
● HOPE Coalition for the Worcester ACTs (Addressing Childhood Trauma) partnership that seeks to provide mental health supports to young children who are exposed to violence, and their families, addressing short-term issues with the hope of preventing long-term challenges.
Fairlawn Foundation, a donor advised fund at the Foundation, is a philanthropic endowment dedicated to improving health and health care in the Worcester area through grants to nonprofit organizations in our region.
Foundation’s Nonprofit Support Center (NSC) is holding its fall series of classes that offer training and resources to help local nonprofits do their jobs better. The NSC focuses on practical programs, believes in the power of peers learning together, and engages high-quality presenters in order to foster a strong network of nonprofits in the region.
The upcoming Fall 2017 Workshop programs are listed below:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Getting Started
Tuesday - September 26, 2017
12:00 - 2:00PM
Are you interested in taking the next step toward equity in your organization and your work, but not sure how to move forward? This session will help. Organized as a clinic and led by two senior managers who are leading their agencies on the journey, you can expect practical advice and consultation in a supportive, non-judging and confidential setting. You will also have ample opportunity to share your experience and learn from others in the group. Follow-up peer support may be available.
Presenters: Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director, YWCA of Central Massachusetts, & Valerie Zolezzi—Wyndham, Managing Attorney, Community Legal Aid
Audience: Executive directors and other senior nonprofit managers
Location: YWCA of Central Massachusetts Conference Room- 1 Salem Square, Worcester.
Fee: Free. Lunch included
Register: here by September 19
Successful Media Strategies for Nonprofits
Thursday - October 12, 2017
What can a communications plan really do for your organization? More than you think! Powerful, coordinated communications will sharpen your focus, engage all of your stakeholders, enhance your reputation in the community and make fund raising simpler and easier. Learn how an external communications plan can help streamline your work and amplify your message. The focus will be on creating positioning statements, defining your external personality, press release writing, connecting with all your audiences and measuring the ROI of a public relations campaign. Free follow-up consultation available.
Presenter: Jake Messier, COO, Mungo Creative Group
Audience: Executive directors and communications staff
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, 6th Floor
Fee: Free. Lunch Included
Register: here by October 5
Leading and Governing: Achieving Success on a Nonprofit Board
Tuesday - October 24, 2017
4:00PM - 6:30PM
Is this your first experience serving on a nonprofit board of directors? Are you thinking about board service for the first time? Are you a veteran board member taking on a new role or looking to re-ground yourself in best practices? This engaging crash course in trusteeship will help you contribute from day one. Board service should be truly rewarding - working for a good cause surrounded by caring and interesting people. But you need the tools to make it so. Discover how to contribute your special talents to the board and organization you are serving. Explore how nonprofits are similar to, and also very different from, for-profit businesses. Learn what should you pay attention to and how to focus on the right questions. Take control of your own learning plan. Join our expert guide for a lively investigation of trusteeship. Safely ask those questions you’ve been holding back.
Presenter: Gayle Gifford, President, Cause & Effect Inc.
Audience: Newer nonprofit board members (3 yrs or less experience), community members interested in serving on boards and veteran board members
Fee: Free. Light snacks included.
Register: here by October 17
Interactive Media and You: How Digital Games Can Drive Nonprofit Success
Thursday - November 2, 2017
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Learn how interactive media can help your organization advance its mission by connecting, engaging, activating and supporting your constituents. The pace of technological change in today’s digital world presents unique challenges - and opportunities - for nonprofits of all sizes. This event, co-hosted by Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDigi) at Becker College, is designed to help leaders gain a better understanding of interactive media and its potential. Assistance on specific projects may be available.
Presenter: Panel, moderated by Tim Loew, Executive Director, Massachusetts Digital Games Institute
Audience: Nonprofit staff with interest in the subject
Location: Becker College
Fee: Free. Meal included
Register: here by October 26
Unmasking fundraising! Knowledge, not opinion. Roles, not desires. Donors, not you.
Monday - November 6, 2017
8:30AM - 12:30PM
No one will try to convince you to love (or even like) fundraising! But you will learn what you should (actually must) do. Find out the facts…whether you’re the executive director or a board member or a development officer. Who does what…why and how. Learn why the donor is the hero, not your organization. Figure out why organizational culture matters, and outline how to build a donor-centered organization. And always remember… Do it wrong and you for sure won’t raise more money. Do it right and you’ll surprise even yourselves.
Presenter: Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip, Joyaux Associates
Audience: Teams only - Executive directors, senior development officer and 2, board members
Why the required team: Because you create a shared understanding and ownership in this workshop. Then you go back and build that understanding and ownership within your organization.
Location: College of The Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center Suite B 4th floor
Fee: $75 per team (3 or 4 individuals). Coffee and snacks provided
Register: here by October 39
To sign up for a program or for more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980 with questions.
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