Civic Leader

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.

Our leadership initiatives include:

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.
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) 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 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) develops the philanthropic and leadership skills of high school students from diverse backgrounds by providing the opportunity to award community grants together.

National Standards

The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community.

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. National Standards guide committee in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, Greater Worcester Community Foundation submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to a rigorous peer review.