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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.


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.

For any high school senior applying for college, finding scholarship aid to help with tuition can be an unwelcome additional assignment. But thanks to Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s single-online application, the process is just a bit smoother for hundreds of Worcester County families every year.

During April, the Foundation awarded $341,000 to twelve projects through our children’s initiative, a grant making and advocacy effort to change the possibilities for Worcester’s youngest children and their families.

It’s been my sincere pleasure to serve as the Chairman of the Board for the Greater Worcester Community foundation for the past 3 years. Serving alongside my fellow board members, Ann and the staff, the corporators and volunteers has been a distinct honor.

There is an African proverb which reads, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

I recently came across an interesting Forbes article titled, Innovation: Five Keys to Educating the Next Generation of Leaders, and was immediately inspired by the first line, “the best way to predict the future is to create it.”

It has become our tradition. Every February or March, as the snow melts and days start to lengthen, we gather our donors for Winter Supper, a light meal and conversation behind the scenes at a local nonprofit

Worcester County’s nonprofit organizations bring essential services to those living in central Massachusetts.

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