2016 Giving Guide

The nonprofit sector remains a large and important part of the Central Massachusetts economy. Not only are the region's nonprofit organizations some of our top employers, but many also rely heavily on executives and other influential individuals from the community to play a leadership role in their organization.

Successful nonprofits have a sharp eye on long-term strategy, quality of service and the delivery of real value to their clients and customers. Today's donors are focused on how effectively their contributions are put to use, and how well the organization is achieving its mission.

In an effort to shed more light on some of our region's leading nonprofits, we are proud to be publishing our 7th annual Central Massachusetts Giving Guide. This directory aims to deliver an easy-to-read snapshot that outlines each organization's mission and goals, top volunteer activities and major events, as well as a list of board members and leadership. While you may be familiar with many of these organizations, we're confident that you'll discover a few new things you didn't know. We've got a dynamic nonprofit community, and the best organizations are always evolving and adapting their services to meet the changing needs of the marketplace, as well as sharpening their message.

Business leaders have a long tradition of giving back to the Central Massachusetts community, and you'll see the names of many top executives and committed corporate citizens on the boards of these nonprofits. Engaging with our nonprofit community is not only energizing for those on the board of directors, but also for a wide variety of companies and their employees who have found many ways to get involved and give back.

Supporting our nonprofit community is integral to the mission of our partners in the Giving Guide, the United Way and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. It is great to be teaming up with them again to produce this annual directory.

The Central Massachusetts business community has a rich tradition of engagement with our nonprofits. Done right, it is a rewarding partnership for both parties. If you or your company want to become more involved, start by reading through the many opportunities in this issue.

Peter Stanton
New England Business Media

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