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For a number of years, the Foundation has funded a set of college readiness programs through our Community Grant Program. For one night only, we are bringing together representatives from all of these programs to share with attendees their important work and what it means for participants.
Attendees will hear how each of the programs vary in their approach and service population, as well as what each of these providers see as both challenges and opportunities when it comes to getting Worcester teens ready for college.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980.
During the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s annual meeting held on May 17 at Mechanics Hall, the grant-making institution released its 2016 financial results, elected new directors, and corporators and announced the 13th annual Renaissance Award, which recognizes the organization’s nonprofit leader of the year.
T. Diago McClain, founder and CEO of Worcester Pay It Forward (PIF), grew up in Worcester and attended Holy Name High School, where he now coaches basketball three nights a week. In the last 8 years, McClain has transformed the lives of more than 3,500 Worcester area youth ages 4 to 18 through mentoring, coaching, and leadership provided by PIF. The organization is dedicated to the development of young boys and girls through the game of basketball. Its mission is to teach local youth life skills and positive values through athletics, in order for those children to maximize their individual and educational potential.
Children from Holden, Auburn, Shrewsbury, Paxton and Worcester’s most challenged neighborhood have benefited from PIF’s mission and McClain’s leadership. In partnership with Holy Name High School, McClain and PIF provide a variety of programs including the “Tiny Tots” basketball, “Rise Against Bullying,” Summer basketball league, school vacation camps, travel basketball and WSUP Peer Mentoring. Under McClain’s guidance, support, and encouragement, many PIF graduates have gone on to pursue higher education at colleges and universities including Clark University, Newbury College, Worcester State University, Assumption College, Boston College, Assumption College, Salem State University, and Quinsigamond Community College. With the support of PIF and McClain, participants receive opportunities at scholarships, financial assistance, and a chance to cultivate a successful future.
“Diago’s impact on the youth of the Central Massachusetts community goes far and beyond being a mentor and coach. He and his organization provide a sense of hope and opportunity for every one of his participants,” said Ann T. Lisi, GWCF CEO and President. “Diago’s dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of so many disadvantaged youths is inspirational to us all. We’re proud to present him with this award.”
The Renaissance Award was established as an endowed prize through a gift by the late John W. Lund to show the community’s appreciation to those who serve in nonprofit roles. The award comes with a $5,000 cash prize. The award is given to an individual, not an agency, and is intended to be used for personal renewal. Selection is based on a record of dedicated commitment to the nonprofit sector, professional accomplishments, and talent in fostering collaborative relationships.
The annual meeting also publicly released the foundation’s financial reporting for 2016. With total assets exceeding $139.2 million comprised of permanent charitable endowments that are available for local grantmaking; the foundation awarded $6.6 million in grants and scholarships and received more than $5 million in contributions. A complete annual report can be found at greaterworcester.org.
The Foundation also elected the following to the Board for four-year terms:
● J. Christopher Collins
● Timothy Jarry
● Patsy Lewis
● Matthew Wally
● Kimberly Salmon
Chair: Gerald Gates
Vice Chair: Warner Fletcher
Clerk: Carolyn Stempler
Treasurer: Tim Jarry
The Foundation recently announced the awarding of over $630,000 in college scholarships to local residents for the 2017-18 academic year. Awards ranged from $300 to $5,000 and were given to 390 students who are beginning or continuing their college educations. Recipients throughout Worcester County were selected through a highly competitive process on the basis of merit, financial need and special criteria established by the foundation’s donors.
Since the scholarship program began in 1978, the foundation has awarded $10.5 million to 7,318 students through 130 scholarship funds, each endowed by local donors with eligibility criteria reflecting various interests. More than 167 volunteers on 50 selection committees awarded the scholarships, the highest number of awards and annual scholarship payout in the history of the foundation.
Students from the following high schools will be receiving scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year:
· Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School
· Algonquin Regional High School
· Assabet Valley Vocational High School
· Auburn High School
· Bartlett High School
· Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
· Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional High School
· Burncoat Senior High School
· Claremont Academy
· Clinton Senior High School
· David Prouty High School
· Doherty Memorial High School
· Douglas High School
· Fitchburg High School
· Grafton Memorial High School
· Holy Name Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School
· Leicester High School
· Leominster High School
· Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science
· Milford High School
· Millbury Memorial Jr/Sr High School
· Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School
· Murdock Middle/High School
· Narraganset Regional High School
· Nashoba Regional High School
· Nipmuc Regional Middle/High School
· North Brookfield High School
· North High School
· North Middlesex Regional High School
· Northbridge High School
· Oakmont Regional High School
· Oxford High School
· Quabbin Regional High School
· Shepherd Hill Regional High School
· Shrewsbury High School
· South High Community School
· St. John's High School
· St. Peter-Marian CC Jr/Sr High School
· Sutton Memorial Jr/Sr High School
· Tahanto Regional High School
· Tantasqua Regional High School
· University Park Campus School
· Uxbridge High School
· Wachusett Regional High School
· West Bolyston Jr/Sr High School
· Westborough High School
· Whitinsville Christian School
· Winchendon School
· Worcester Technical High School
The Foundation’s scholarship program enables college-bound high school seniors to be considered for multiple opportunities through a single online application. The next application cycle will open in early January 2018.
For more information, please contact Scholarship Program Manager Beckley Schowalter at email@example.com.
The Foundation is accepting grant applications for its Fairlawn Foundation Fund, which is dedicated to improving health and healthcare through grants to nonprofit organizations in the Worcester region. The Fairlawn Foundation is focused on innovative projects that address mental health needs in our community, and is especially interested in projects that:
Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Support Center provides nonprofit organizations in Worcester County the training, tools and support to build their operational expertise. The programs being offered this fall are:
Thursday, October 15 - 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Whatever the funding target may be – a foundation, corporation, or government funder – there are certain steps that are generally the same and key areas that deserve special attention. This session will focus on asking good questions up front, clarifying goals and objectives, the roles of needs assessment, logic models, theory of change, and partnerships and how to stay “in the know” about grantwriting trends.
Thursday, October 29 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sponsored by Bowditch & Dewey
Attend this session to discover the principles and mechanics of reserve funds – including how operating reserves fit into an organization’s overall capital structure – and how an effective strategy bolsters an organization’s long-term sustainability.
Tuesday, November 10 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Story can be a powerful change agent and catalyst. Understanding what it is, why it’s important, and how to use it intentionally are important leadership skills with multiple applications for nonprofit staff and board. In this interactive workshop attendees will discover the power of storytelling as a communication tool to engage, motivate articulate challenges and inspire others to support their vision.
Wednesday, November 18 - 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (lunch to be provided)
In this session participants will learn more about the survey data from the recently published report, Leadership New England: Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector and explore the changes that leaders believe are essential, and discuss strategies that will contribute to healthy, resilient nonprofits over the next decade.
Wednesday, December 2 - 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thought leaders in our region from corporate, private, and community foundations will discuss trends that are expected to have increasing influence on grant decisions in coming years. Panelists: Cary Olson-Cartwright, AVP Social Responsibility, UNUM; Deborah Linnell, Program Officer, Van Beuren Charitable Foundation; Geeta Pradhan, President, Cambridge Community Foundation; Rebecca Donham, Senior Program Officer, Metrowest Health Foundation. Moderator: Chris O’Keeffe, VP for Program, Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
To learn more about the Nonprofit Support Center or to register, visit www.greaterworcester.org call (508)755-0980.
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