Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts Makes $1 Million in Distributions

Fitchburg, Mass. (Nov. 26, 2013) – The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts made over $1 million in distribution for its most recently completed quarter.  

The Community Foundation, which has over 175 charitable funds that have been established by donors, said 35 of its funds made distributions to local programs for a variety of causes.

“What is amazing is the breadth of the grants made by our donors,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

All the awards for the quarter—125 grants—came from funds established by donors to benefit a specific nonprofit or provide scholarships.

One of the programs that benefitted from the grants was the Community Education Department of Domestic Violence Services at the YWCA, which coordinates violence prevention programming for central and northern Worcester County. It was the Melinda L. Persons Domestic Violence Education Fund that made the award, which was established as a memorial fund at the Foundation for Melinda Persons, who was from Fitchburg.

The funding from the grant will help support programs like its Violence Prevention Workshops, which deal with all forms of family violence. The workshops address a variety of topics: healthy/unhealthy relationships, dating violence, rape and sexual assault, child abuse, child sexual assault and incest, gender role stereotyping and violence, sexual harassment, and community resources. 

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $35 million in grants and distributions from 175 funds that have been established by individuals, families and organizations.

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