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Central MA Funders Network Meeting

The recent influx of immigrants and refugees into Massachusetts has dominated headlines and challenged our community- and immigrant-serving organizations in so many ways. Join peer funders focused on Central MA for a conversation about the value immigrants bring to Worcester County, and the needs of, and services for, newly arriving immigrants across the County. Leaders from three different organizations who are working on the front lines of this issue will describe what’s working and what’s not, where service gaps exist, and the interplay of public and private dollars.  

Speakers include:

Jillian Phillips, New Americans Coordinator, City of Worcester 

Dr. Olga Valdman, Executive Director, Worcester RISE for Health

A representative from Making Opportunity Count

The conversation will be moderated by Jennie Segel, Executive Director of The Shapiro Family Foundation. 

About the Network:

The Network is for staff at grantmaking institutions making grants in Worcester County, or those grantmakers interested in learning more about the County.

The Central MA Funders Network exists to:

  • Build community / strengthen relationships with peer funders 
  • Exchange knowledge / share practices around grantmaking strategies and approaches
  • Leverage collaborative voice/philanthropy to influence policy in MA

Criteria for Network Participation:

  • Grantmaking institutions based in Worcester County and making grants in the County OR grantmaking institutions based elsewhere but making grants in the County.
  • This includes corporate funders, United Ways, family foundations, private/independent foundations, philanthropic advisors, etc.