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Read the thoughts and impressions on a variety of topics written by Ann T. Lisi, President and CEO, and Chris O’Keefe, Vice President of Program, as well as occasional guest bloggers about what’s happening at Greater Worcester Community Foundation.


As the first eight years of life are the most critical for human development, we have come to believe that what matters most are the types of environments that we create for children.

“Congratulations! It is my pleasure to inform you…” This is the phrase that every college-bound senior hopes to see from the schools they’ve applied to. But once accepted, how do they afford it?

As 2016 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this year a success for our Foundation and community.

We take pride in the wide ranging capacity of the Community Foundation’s interests and impact -- from early childhood and the environment to social justice and creativity.

Columbus Day has passed, and summer 2016 is in the rear view mirror. Before it fades further, I want to report back to you on the progress of our work for young children since my last posting in June.

Throughout Massachusetts and across the Country, youth are engaging with each other and their communities in different and new ways that broaden their philanthropic understanding.

It was just ten years ago when Greater Worcester Community Foundation received a challenge grant from the National Gay & Lesbian Funding Partnership to develop the region’s first (and still only) community fund serving the LGBT communities of Central Massachusetts.

We love the feel of autumn for many reasons, including the back-to-school mindset and the promise of fresh learning. For our many friends who lead local community nonprofits, we are especially mindful of the need to discuss new ideas with peers.

There’s a lot of work that goes into identifying the right interventions on a community level. Fortunately, Worcester County enjoys a strong network of thoughtful and strategic nonprofit organizations committed to doing what works -- mobilizing people, learning from practice, and working collaboratively with others.

With the end of school, and the launch yesterday of Recreation Worcester’s program, the summer learning season is upon us. That’s right – the learning season.

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