(Worcester, MA – March 1, 2023) The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has partnered with technology platform Resilia to provide capacity-building support to 35 small, grassroots, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led and serving nonprofits across the region.
Resilia’s one-on-one training is designed to support common organizational pain points including fundraising, board management, program evaluation, storytelling, and will complement GWCFs resources for nonprofits. The cohort will receive access to individualized coaching, online training, fundraising tools, and peer-to-peer learning to build their capacity and maximize their impact. In addition to providing this opportunity to some local organizations, the Foundation has also joined Resilia's Elevate initiative, a first-of-its-kind national learning and action network of 50+ funders aimed at elevating the capacity and voices of BIPOC-led and serving grassroots organizations.
Supporting and creating opportunities for nonprofits outside the money it grants has been part of the mission of GWCF since 1999, when it launched its Nonprofit Support Center (NSC). The NSC was established to create access to local high quality learning opportunities for our local nonprofits to stimulate the development of a capable, forward thinking and collaborative nonprofit sector.
“We know that running a nonprofit can be very challenging – with the COVID pandemic adding to that complexity. We therefore decided to ensure that a wide range of educational and training opportunities were available to meet the ever-changing landscape.” said Jonathan Cohen, GWCF Vice President of Programs & Strategy.
The organizations chosen for GWCF’s pilot Resilia program are:
Community Health Awareness Network
Cultural Exchange Through Soccer
Friends of the Stone Church, Inc.
Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts
Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center
Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice
Welcoming Alliance for Refugee Ministry
Worcester Caribbean American Carnival Association
Worcester Families Feeding Families
Worcester Youth Orchestras, Inc.