Philip Grzewinski, the president/CEO of the Fitchburg-based United Way of North Central Massachusetts and president/CEO of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, will be retiring from both positions during the summer of 2019.
The boards of the two organizations have formed search committees to identify separate CEOs to succeed Grzewinski.
Grzewinski has served 28 years as president of the United Way, and he has also served as the president of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts since it was formed in 2001.
“Phil has been a prime mover in the growth of the United Way for almost thirty years. During his tenure, annual United Way funding has increased from $1.1 million to $3.3 million,” United Way Board Chair Winfield S. Brown said. “He has been recognized nationally for his leadership in founding the Tocqueville Society at the United Way of North Central Mass. that has successfully raised large gifts to its annual campaigns. He has focused on giving to partner agencies and measuring grant outcomes. Phil has also helped the United Way to form new initiatives to reduce childhood hunger, to supplement basic needs for working families, to promote early childhood literacy and to provide emergency shelter.”
The North Central chapter includes a broad stretch of geography, including the Nashoba Valley communities of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Pepperell, Townsend and Shirley.
Grzewinski helped to found the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts in 2001. Since that time he has overseen its growth to over $50 million in assets and 225 individual funds.
“Under Phil’s leadership, the Community Foundation has enjoyed remarkable growth and has developed initiatives that will have a lasting impact on our communities,” Community Foundation Board Chair Henri L. Sans said. “In its 17 years, the Community Foundation has distributed over $58 million in grants to our community.”
“My retirement will allow me to spend more time with my family,” Grzewinski said.