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Ann T. Lisi, President & CEO of Greater Worcester Community Foundation, will be retiring on June 30, 2019, after 30 years with the foundation. A search committee has been formed to identify the next CEO.
The transition was announced to the membership in October by Gerald M. Gates, Chair of the Board, who wrote, “Ann has expanded the Foundation’s leadership role on behalf of nonprofits, enhanced donor engagement, and pioneered initiatives that will have a lasting impact on our community. Thanks to Ann's guidance, the Foundation is in a strong position on all major fronts - we're ready to face the transition ahead.”
Lisi originally joined the organization in 1989 as program officer and was appointed executive director in 1992. Under her leadership, the Foundation has grown from $24 million to over $155 million with more than 550 named funds that award $7-8 million annually to nonprofits. Signature efforts under her leadership have been programs in nonprofit management; diversity and leadership development; arts and creativity; environmental stewardship; children, youth, and families; and civic engagement.
“I love this work,” Lisi said. “It has been my greatest honor to serve the community through the unique vantage point of GWCF. The people who are engaged in community building - nonprofit leaders, community activists, donors from all walks of life, and colleagues across the country - bring an astonishing array of talent. Their commitment and creative spirit are what holds our communities together, no matter what stresses we encounter.”
The search is being handled by Rebecca Swartz of Isaacson Miller. Candidate outreach is expected to commence in February. For more information, visit www.greaterworcester.org.
January 9, 2019
The Foundation announced the 139 awardees of its 2018 Community Grants: a total of $1,747,900. Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Central Massachusetts. Areas of interest this year included Civic Life, the Arts and the Environment; Early Childhood Development; Economic Security; Healthy Communities; Youth Development & Education.
Of the 159 grants awarded, 22 were dedicated solely to projects that focused on early childhood development. Through its Early Childhood Initiative, the Foundation has invested in programs that improve the quality and availability of early childhood education and care, reduce summer learning loss, and support families as primary nurturers and teachers. The initiative aims to ensure that all children in the community gain a sound start during their formative first years.
“We are honored to be a part of a strong and thoughtful network of strategic donors that are committed to making positive change in Greater Worcester. I am especially excited that of the over $1.7M granted, over $400,000 went specifically towards early childhood projects, a Foundation priority,” said Ann T. Lisi, GWCF President and CEO. “Our Community Grant program is the largest funding cycle we have, and annually provides meaningful support towards the better of the community. We look forward to seeing the impact, especially for our community’s children, in the year ahead.”
Shelter, Housing, and Advocacy Operations
African Community Education Program (ACE)
Family Outreach & Education Programming
Youth Academic & Social-Emotional Programming
Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts New Hampshire Chapter
Increasing Core Services through Volunteer-Powered Program Delivery
American Red Cross
Disaster Cycle Services
Angels Net Foundation Inc
Educational and Social Programs for Immigrant and Refugee Youth
Anna Maria College
OpporTUNEity® Music Connections
Appalachian Mountain Club
Youth Opportunities Program Worcester Summit Site 2019
Apple Tree Arts*
Head Start Preschool Music Outreach Program
Art in the Park Worcester (fs Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston)
Art in the Park, Worcester
Ascentria Community Services, Inc.
Immigration Legal Assistance Program
Auburn Youth & Family Services
Youth and Family Support Programs and Services
Audio Journal, Inc.
General Operating Support
Best Buddies Massachusetts
Worcester County Friendship Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.
Worcester Area Mentoring Program
Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club
2019 Summer Program Camperships
Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg
Boys & Girls Club of Webster - Dudley
Junior Staff Development Program
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
Youth Development Programs
Building Futures, Inc. (fs Worcester Housing Authority)
Lakeside Summer Camp
Camp Putnam, Inc.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester
Citizenship Services and Education for Families
Center for Health Impact
Supporting Early Childhood Development Through Cultural and Linguistic Navigation
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc.
Public Education & Advocacy
Adam Achiever Program
Clinton Adult Learning Center
Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester (fs YWCA of Central MA)
Strengthening and Diversifying Community Engagement in the CHIP
Community Harvest Project
CRAVE (Class Room Agriculture and Vegetable Education)
Volunteer Farming Program
Community Healthlink (fs UMass Memorial Healthcare)*
Together For Kids
Community Legal Aid, Inc.
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
Nutrition Program for Critically Ill Individuals & Families
Creative Hub Worcester
Discovery Science: Worcester
Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.
Prisoner Reentry Program
Dress for Success Worcester Inc
More Than a Suit
EcoTarium (Worcester Natural History Society)
EBT Access Program
EcoTarium (Worcester Natural History Society)*
Countdown to Kindergarten 2018/2019
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Linguistically and Culturally Competent Care for Arabic-Speaking Patients
Edward Street Child Services*
Early Childhood Matters
Master Teacher Consultation Program
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.
Summer Jump Start 2019
Healthcare for Homeless Families Program
Dental Care for Un/Underinsured Low-income Individuals
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.*
Fathering Fathers Inc.
Fresh Start Furniture Bank, Inc.
Furniture Distribution Center
Friendly House, Inc.
Frances Perkins Transitional Program
Friends of St Luke's, Inc
St. Luke's Guesthouse
Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library
English Conversation Circle
Genesis Club, Inc.
Supported Education with Young Adults Focus
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts
It's A Girl's World
Girls Incorporated of Worcester
Support for General Operations
Greater Worcester Land Trust
Community Based Environmental Conservation
Growing Places Garden Project
NCM Food Hub Connector
Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester
General Program Support
Hope Coalition (fs UMass Memorial)
Peer Leadership Program
Hope Coalition (fs UMass Memorial)*
Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma)
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester (fs Friendly House)
Joy of Music Program, Inc.
Financial Aid Program
Fostering Early Connections - Building Parenting Confidence and Competence
L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.
Latin American Health Alliance of Central Mass. Inc.
Latino Education Institute (fs Worcester State Foundation)
ENLACE (Encouraging Latinos to Achieve Excellence)
Latino Education Institute (fs Worcester State Foundation)*
Early Connections Program
Let's Get Ready
Worcester Access to Success Program
LGBT Asylum Support Task Force (fs Hadwen Park Congregational Church)
LGBT Asylum Task Force
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester
English Language Literacy for Job Seekers and Other Adult Immigrants & Refugees
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester*
English Language Literacy for Immigrants and Refugee Parents Helping Schoolchildren
Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts
ESOL Tutoring Programs
Main South Community Development Corporation
Youth-Police Dialogue Program
Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.
Nature Education and Recreation Programs for Worcester Youth
Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc.
Collegiate Success Institute (CSI)
Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO)
On Our Way
Matthew 25, Inc.
Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network
Family Pathways Project
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.
Homework Help Center at Green Acres
Muslim Community Link Inc
Black Seed Farmers Market
Nativity School of Worcester
Graduate Support Program
Service Dog Training
New Hope, Inc.
MJ Leadenham Center Supervised Visitation Expansion
North of Main Neighborhood Initiative
North Brookfield Youth Center
North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy, Inc.
Protecting Vulnerable People
Notre Dame Health Care
Educational Bridge Center
Oak Hill CDC
Operating Support for Neighborhood Development
One Can Help
Open Sky Community Services
South County Homeless Assistance Program
Opera New England of Northeastern CT
Opera and Symphony Programs for Schools
Our Father's House, Inc.
Ensuring Health & Wellness in Homeless Children
Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
Financial Assistance for Children from Low-Income Households
Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)
Outreach and Navigation for Families
Pathways for Change
Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor Services
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.*
Early Childhood Development Program
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Sex Education for Youth and Parents
Preservation Worcester, Inc.
Pride Productions Inc
Millennial Media Group
Quinsigamond Community College Foundation
Brothers & Keepers Summer Bridge Program
Women in Technology STEM Program
Support for Food Programs
Rainbow Child Development Center*
Early Education Program
Reach Out and Read*
Worcester Rx for Success!
Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC)
ESOL System Navigator
Comprehensive Case Management
Regatta Point Community Sailing, Inc.
Boating Program Scholarships for Youth
Regional Environmental Council, Inc.
Restorer of Broken Bridges, Inc.
Net of Compassion - Main Street Saturday Program
Rise Above Foundation
Activities for Foster Youth
Salisbury Singers Inc
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
Building Healthy Asian and Arabic Speaker Communities
Spanish American Center, Inc.
Nos Estamos Ayudando (Helping Ourselves)
Straight Ahead Ministries Inc
Worcester Youth Re-Entry Center
Tasks for Transit, Inc.
Free WRTA Bus Day Pass
Summer Tennis & Reading Program
The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc.
The CASA Project*
Early Childhood Support Services
The Salvation Army - Worcester Citadel Corps
The SHINE Initiative (fs Community Foundation of North Central MA)
Student Wellness Advisory Team (SWAT)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Worcester County Horticultural Society)
Youth Refugee Gardening Program
Nutrition Program for Seniors
United Way of Central Massachusetts
YouthConnect Worcester - 2019
United Way of Central Massachusetts*
Summer Learning Collaborative
Open Door Gallery at Worcester Art Museum
The Sounds & Stories of Worcester
Whitin Community Center
Youth Outreach Programs
Summer Scholars Program
Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team (fs Worcester Common Ground)
Program Support for WAFT
Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC)
Youth Craft + Creativity
Worcester Center for Performing Arts (Hanover Theatre)
Adopt-A-School WPS Partnership
Worcester Common Ground, Inc.
Community Building and Affordable Housing
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.
YouthWorks Year-Round Jobs Program
Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc.
Confronting Critical Housing & Financial Needs for Long-Term Solutions
Worcester Cultural Coalition
Building Community Through Creativity
Worcester Earn a Bike Inc.
Worcester Education Collaborative (fs United Way)
Worcester Impact on Sexual Health (WISH) (fs Center for Health Impact)
Putting Worcester to Work
Worcester Jewish Community Center*
Scholarships for Afterschool and Summer Childcare Programs
Worcester Public Library*
2018 Summer Reading Program
Worcester Public Schools (fs City of Worcester)
Building Student Leadership through Youth Philanthropy
Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc.
Worcester Youth Center
Support for Core Programs
Worcester Youth Orchestras
Financial Aid & Scholarship Program
Yes We Care, Inc.
YMCA of Central Massachusetts
Minority Achievers Program
Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc.
Dynamy Youth Academy
YWCA of Central Massachusetts
Racial Equity Program
Domestic Violence Services
* Indicates Early Childhood grant
The Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 14th annual Renaissance Award as Gordon Hargrove, Executive Director of Friendly House. The winner was announced today during the Foundation’s annual meeting held at Mechanics Hall, where it also released its 2017 financial results and elected new directors and corporators.
With an operating budget of over $4.8 million, Friendly House provides comprehensive coordinated neighborhood basic services to inner-city families in Worcester. Gordon Hargrove has been with Friendly House for more than 60 years since joining as a volunteer in 1957. He would go onto become Program Director in 1964 and then Executive Director in 1969. Hargrove has been described by his colleagues as instrumental in adapting the focus of Friendly House to meet the ever-changing needs of the citizens of Worcester. Over the decades, he has helped open facilities and shelters, initiated important programming to lift families out of poverty, and established invaluable partnerships with other nonprofits and organizations to ensure low-income Worcester residents receive the care they need. Hargrove’s generosity extends into all aspects of his life, from shoveling driveways of disabled residents to making after-hours calls to ensure shelter placement for the homeless.
“Thousands of low-income families in Worcester have been impacted by Gordon’s leadership and dedication over the decades that he has been involved with Friendly House,” said Ann T. Lisi, president & CEO of the Foundation. “His tireless commitment to serving the Worcester community has demonstrated the utmost merit to be this year’s winner of our Renaissance Award.”
The Renaissance Award is a cash prize of $5,000 awarded annually by the Foundation to recognize the exceptional talent and dedication of those who lead nonprofits in our area. It 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. Selection is based on a record of dedicated commitment to the nonprofit sector, professional accomplishments, and talent in fostering collaborative relationships.
In addition to the Renaissance Award, the Foundation’s financial reporting for 2017 was released to the public at the annual meeting. With total assets exceeding $157 million comprised of permanent charitable endowments that are available for local grantmaking; the foundation awarded $8.4 million in grants and scholarships and received more than $5.6 million in contributions. A complete annual report can be found at www.greaterworcester.org.
The following were elected to the Board for a four-year term:
The following were elected as new Corporators for a five-year term:
Robyn K. Kennedy
Edward F. Manzi Jr.
Luis G. Pedraja
James M. Salois
Elizabeth J. Tripp
Cesar A. Vega
Mark R. Wetzel
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 $675,000 in college scholarships to local residents for the 2018-19 academic year. Awards ranged from $300 to $5,000 and were given to 413 students who are beginning or continuing their college educations.
Since the scholarship program began in 1978, the Foundation has awarded $11.2 million to 7,784 students through 132 scholarship funds, each endowed by local donors with eligibility criteria reflecting various interests. More than 146 volunteers on 46 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 2018-19 academic year:
Recipients throughout Worcester County were selected through a highly competitive process on the basis of merit, financial need and special criteria established by Foundation donors. College-bound high school seniors can be considered for multiple scholarship opportunities through the Foundation’s single online application. The next application cycle will open in January 2019.
For more information, please contact Scholarship Program Manager Beckley Schowalter at email@example.com.
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