GWCF's Services to Nonprofit Organizations

We're all about developing strong, collaborative relationships with our region's nonprofits and also networks that connect organizations with potential donors and volunteers. We work with nonprofits in a few key ways:

Nonprofit Support Center

We're here to help! Through our Nonprofit Support Center, we seek to stimulate the development of a capable, forward-thinking, and collaborative nonprofit sector in Worcester County. We offer resources year-round to help boards and staff members do their jobs well. We also offer workshops in the spring and fall that engage high-quality presenters and provide participants with the opportunity to learn from professionals and peers in the field. Learn more. 

Granting Programs

The Foundation serves all of Worcester County, Massachusetts, with particular emphasis on the Greater Worcester area. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to make grants that support a variety of programs across sectors and in response to pressing community needs. Each of our granting programs has its own set of guidelines.

Agency Funds at the Foundation

We manage the endowments of more than 70 nonprofit agencies in the region, enabling these organizations to focus on serving their constituents while they build capital for current and future needs.



Donor Spotlight: The Brian M. and Maureen E. Chandley Fund

Donors like the Chandleys help make it all possible!

    Newly retired, Brian and Maureen Chandley decided to establish a fund with the Foundation, where Brian has volunteered for more than a decade. A board member since 2007, Brian also for six years chaired the Foundation’s Distribution Committee, a group of community leaders who review grant proposals and recommend grantees.

“Maureen and I enjoy contributing to charities we care about as volunteers and donors,” says Brian. “At the same time, we wanted to bring a strategic focus to our charitable investments."

The couple created a discretionary fund, which lets the Foundation determine the best use of its grants.

“This citizen-run grantmaking process is unbiased and effective, with impact that is second to none,” says Brian. “Community grants provide both new and proven nonprofits with sustainable, reliable support.”

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