Our Blog: Foundation Reflections 



Read the thoughts and impressions on a variety of topics written by Foundation staff, as well as occasional guest bloggers about what’s happening at Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

By Kelly Stimson / February 17, 2022
GWCF’s Community Grant Program has always been the reliable workhorse of our grant making, and that remains true. The program, though, has changed over the years. Just a few years ago, we went from two cycles a year to just one. And each year we have modified the guidelines – sometimes making tweaks that sharpen the focus a bit, and at other times making bigger changes. In the past year we separated operating support from project requests; better clarified our funding interests; and, more meaningfully, centered racial equity, community voice, and systems change as priorities for our grantees. For 2022, we are making changes to the timeline again. Spoiler alert: The magic date is no longer September 15th.

By Liz Nye / June 24, 2021
GWCF chats with Victoria Njoroge, a young person sharing her thoughts on the importance of teaching diverse perspectives in schools.

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By Emily Gowdey-Backus / February 11, 2021
Chick and Gayle Weiss: Chick is a former Greater Worcester Community Foundation board member, and as a couple, the Weiss’ are long-time forces for good in the nonprofit community. Last year, they decided to establish a donor-advised fund with the Foundation. The couple chose the Foundation for its knowledge of community issues, philanthropic leadership and flexibility in managing funds.

By Emily Gowdey-Backus / December 22, 2020
Fresh off its 20th anniversary, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s Youth for Community Improvement program this year focused its grantmaking on COVID-19 relief as well as access and equity across the greater Worcester community.

By Emily Gowdey-Backus / December 3, 2020
Awards totaling nearly $2 million are included in this year's Greater Worcester Community Foundation Community Grant Program cycle. In 2020, the Foundation presented 123 awards to 114 nonprofit organizations totaling $1.935 million.

By Emily Gowdey-Backus / November 23, 2020
Individuals and nonprofits across Central Massachusetts experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of the pandemic can expect additional support from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation in the coming months.

By Emily Gowdey-Backus / November 16, 2020
On Monday, Nov. 16 the Greater Worcester Community Foundation joined with 13 fellow Bay State community Foundations to create the Massachusetts Community Foundation Partnership.

By Jonathan Cohen / October 27, 2020
In the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s calendar, the arrival of fall also means the commencement of the community grant program – our biggest discretionary granting cycle of the year. This year, however, is different. Every nonprofit organization is feeling the impact of COVID-19.

By Barbara Fields / October 6, 2020
Barbara Fields, Greater Worcester Community Foundation president and CEO, reflects on what she's learned in her first year leading the 45-year-old Foundation.

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By Emily Gowdey-Backus / September 25, 2020
Gifts of all shapes and sizes helped the Greater Worcester Community Foundation raise more than $10 million from residents and organizations across Worcester County. Here is one story of a donation sparked by the writings of high school poetry students in the era of COVID-19.

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