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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.


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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 / 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 Barbara Fields / May 3, 2020
GWCF President & CEO, Barbara Fields reflects on her first seven months at the Foundation and the learning, changes, challenges, and collaborations that have shaped them.

By Chris O’Keeffe / November 20, 2018
What part would you like to play in strengthening your community this holiday season? Explore resources to inform your giving here.

By Ann T. Lisi / November 14, 2018
Thinking locally about year-end giving.

By Liz Nye / February 27, 2018
There is no question that empowering youth contributes to a stronger community. As the weight of societal issues falls heavier upon the shoulders of young adults, affordable post-high school options become even more critical.

By Kelly Stimson / December 20, 2017
December is flying by and 2018 will be here before we know it.

By Kelly Stimson / November 21, 2017
After getting bombarded with deals and advertising for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back.

It is that wonderful time of year as we open the annual Fall Community Grants Program and begin the process of our largest cycle of grant review.

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