Peter Dunn: President and CEO

Peter Dunn

Worcester, MA – Peter Dunn has been named President and CEO of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. In this role, Dunn will lead the Foundation's efforts to promote philanthropy, strengthen nonprofits, and improve the quality of life for the people of Worcester and all of Central Massachusetts.

Most recently, Dunn has been CEO of the Central New York Community Foundation (CNYCF). During his 15-year tenure, CNYCF’s assets nearly quadrupled from $110 million to $399 million, with the organization’s annual grantmaking increasing from $5.2 million in 2008 to $18.1 million in 2022. Over the past 15 years, CNYCF has distributed more than $200 million in grants to support a range of community initiatives, including education, healthcare and the arts.

Before joining CNYCF, Dunn was Vice President, Philanthropic Services and Chief Development Officer at the California Community Foundation in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s largest community foundations.

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) serves the largest county in the state of Massachusetts (Worcester County), which includes 60 cities and towns across 1,579 square miles and with approximately 826,000 year-round residents. Today, the Foundation has nearly $200 million under management in over 550 funds, and annually it distributes over $5 million through grants and scholarships for programs in education, the arts, health and human services, and environmental protection. With its history of leadership, strong relationships across sectors, and deep knowledge of the region’s needs and nonprofits, GWCF has the ability to significantly influence the priorities of the city and region and help direct community resources towards the most pressing issues and needs of the time. For more information, visit