The Foundation has awarded over $2.7 million in Board Designated grants to support special opportunities that do not fit the Synergy Initiative or Activation Fund guidelines but complement the Foundation’s grant portfolio and mission.  Organizations cannot apply for Board Designated grants. 

Below are some organizations that have recently received a Board Designated grant.

  • One Worcester, Building Capacity to Provide Technical Assistance to Small & Growing Nonprofits (2021)
  • Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll), Building Capacity to Support Under-Represented Entrepreneurs in Central MA (2021)
  • Ascentria Care Alliance, Legal Services for Afghan Evacuees and Other Urgent Needs (2021)
  • City of Worcester, COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign (2021)
  • Worcester Homecoming, Worcester Homecoming event (2019)
  • Latino Education Institute, Worcester State Foundation, WIPLE in the Community (2017)
  • The Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, Support for The Campaign (2016)
  • Health Law Advocates, Initiative to Protect Consumers’ Legal Rights to Coverage (2015)

Marilyn E. Plue Director Recognition Awards

Because of Mrs. Marilyn E. Plue’s extraordinary service as the first director to fulfill the duties of the office of Secretary, the Board of Directors conveys their deep gratitude for her volunteer efforts by naming this award in her honor.  As a statement of appreciation for the service of retiring directors, the Foundation awards unrestricted grants of $10,000 to health-related nonprofits serving the Central Massachusetts Region in a fashion complementary to the Foundation’s grantmaking agenda, as designated by the retiring director. 

Thirty-five unique organizations have received a Plue Award.  Below are some recent recipients.

  • Open Sky Community Services (2021)
  • UMass Medical School Foundation (2021)
  • City to Saddle (2019)
  • Abby’s House (2019)
  • Heywood Hospital, The Quabbin Retreat (2017)
  • GVNA HealthCare (2017)
  • Boys & Girls Club Worcester, Plumley Village Clubhouse (2017)
  • Facing History and Ourselves (2016)

Community Member Recognition Awards

As a statement of appreciation to retiring community members (i.e., non-Board members) the Foundation awards unrestricted grants of $5,000 to health-related nonprofits serving the Central Massachusetts Region in a fashion complementary to the Foundation’s grantmaking agenda, as designated by the retiring community member. 

Thirty-six unique organizations have received a Community Member Award.  Below are some recent recipients.

  • Dudley Conservation Land Trust (2021)
  • Care Central VNA & Hospice (2020)
  • Community Legal Aid (2019)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester (2019)
  • AIDS Project Worcester (2019)
  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts (2017)
  • Juvenile Advocacy Group, Milford (2016)
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Worcester County (2016)