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2016 Community Report

​2016 Community Report At-A-Glance

Founded 1969
Assets $94.1 million
Geographic area 20 towns of Northwest Connecticut Funds under Foundation management 274 Scholarships awarded $136,450
Grants awarded $2,977,043.27
Grants and scholarships awarded $3,113,493.27
Grantees 203
Scholarship recipients 192
Volunteers more than 120
Gifts received $6,582,243.79*
*includes contribution receivables realized in 2016

Contents

Gifts and Grants by Fund

The Community Foundation is comprised of unique and impactful discretionary, field of interest, donor advised, designated, scholarship, and agency funds. Throughout the year, fundholders and members of the community establish or make contributions to funds held at the Community Foundation with a focus on causes that matter and programs that work to improve our Northwest Corner. These gifts result in grants that effect positive change in our communities.

Agency Fund Contributions, Gifts and Disbursements

Agency funds are created by nonprofits to support their charitable efforts. Throughout the year, nonprofits make contributions to and distributions from their funds.

Scholarship Fund Donations and Recipients

Scholarship funds at the Community Foundation support education in the Northwest Corner by providing awards and scholarships to area students based on the criteria established by fundholders.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

The Community Foundation works with donors to establish flexible giving options that provide for their families now and support their charitable interests long into the future.

Supporting Organizations

The Community Foundation supports the work of privately established foundations in the Northwest Corner.

Corporate Partnerships

The Community Foundation supports the philanthropic work of corporations.

Investment Report and Audited Financials

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation was established in 1969.  We serve Litchfield County with 274 funds that support nonprofit organizations and provide scholarships to area students in 20 towns within the Northwest Corner, including Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan/Falls Village, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington  and Winchester/Winsted.

Our Mission
To enrich the quality of life for residents of Northwest Connecticut by inspiring local philanthropy, convening stakeholders in community welfare, strengthening the regional nonprofit network and fostering collaborative funding partnerships.

Governance
In its Board of Directors, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has an active governing body that is responsible not only for establishing the mission and strategic direction of the organization, but also is charged with oversight of its finances, operations and policies. The Board, which is independent and broadly representative of the people within the Northwestern Connecticut area served by the Foundation, is comprised of individuals who have demonstrated civic leadership in a variety of ways and who have a strong record of volunteer community service.

Funds

2016 New Funds

Cornwall Conservation Trust - Trinity Forest Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust funds are used for land acquisition and management with the aim of preserving unspoiled open space for the benefit of the community at large.

Edward W. Diskavich Fund
A longtime Torrington resident, Mr. Diskavich established this fund through his estate planning to support the nonprofits of Northwest Connecticut.

Edward W. Diskavich Scholarship Fund
Mr. Diskavich established this fund through his estate planning to support the educational  goals of graduates of Oliver Wolcott Technical School.

The G&G Educational Foundation- Edward and Rachel Wang Family Fund
Established by Edward C. Wang, this fund supports initiatives, scholarships and programming that deepen the knowledge and understanding between China and America and address the human services needs of Asian people and communities in the United States.

The G&G Educational Foundation- James P. Wang Family Fund
Established by James Payton Wang, this fund supports initiatives, scholarships and programming that deepen the knowledge and understanding between China and America and address the human services needs of Asian people and communities in the United States.

The G&G Educational Foundation-Jo Wang and Kiau Loi Family Fund
Established by the Jo Ann Loi family, this fund supports initiatives, scholarships and programming that deepen the knowledge and understanding between China and America and address the human services needs of Asian people and communities in the United States.

The G&G Educational Foundation- Nancy A. Wang Family Fund
Established by Nancy Ann Wang, this fund supports programming, initiatives, and scholarships that deepen the knowledge and understanding between China and America, and address the human services needs of Asians and their communities in the United States.

Health Care Auxiliary Scholarship Fund
This fund supports the educational goals of Region 1 students pursuing a career in the healthcare field.

The Merz Family Fund
Established by Kenneth Merz, this fund supports charitable, religious, and educational initiatives in Northwest Connecticut.

Norfolk Connecticut Children’s Foundation Fund
This fund supports the charitable mission of the Norfolk Connecticut Children's Foundation that no Norfolk child should be denied civic, educational, social, or cultural enrichment opportunities because of financial need.

Virginia and Joseph Ruwet Fund
This fund was established to honor life-long Torrington community members Virginia and Joseph Ruwet.

VNA Northwest Endowment Fund
This endowed agency fund was established to support the VNA Northwest CT’s charitable mission to provide home health, hospice and wellness programs in a professional and caring manner to residents of Litchfield County.

Warren Public Library Fund
This fund supports the Warren Public Library in its mission to meet and anticipate the community’s intellectual and social needs, including providing a place for the discovery and exploration of ideas.

Winsted Health Center Foundation Fund
​This fund supports the Winsted Health Center Foundation in perpetuity as the Foundation works to establish and maintain healthcare services primarily in Winchester, and the surrounding communities, to conduct education programs for the benefit of the public at large and expand economic stability in the community through the provision of healthcare related employment.

 

Gifts and Grants by Fund

Community Leadership Fund

Each year, The Community Foundation asks individuals and families within our Northwest Corner to partner with the Community Foundation to support arts and culture, healthcare, education, human services, animal care, and land conservation. The collective charitable gifts provided through the Annual Appeal are vital to support the operating expenses of the Community Foundation.

Gifts
$5,000-$9,999
Margaret & Adrian Selby Fund
Elena and Dennis Sherva

$3,000-$4,999
Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation
Anne Sutherland Fuchs

$1,000-$2,999
Anonymous Gifts
Joan and Stephen Altschuler
The Bono Family Fund
Susan and Jeffrey Borghesi
Robert Boyett
Hope Childs
Mary Close and Philip V. Oppenheimer
Margaret Ferguson and Daniel Sherr
Benjamin Foster
Maria P. Horn and Thomas Quinn
Susan and Jeffrey Lalonde | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
The Loyola Foundation
Judy and Peter Menikoff | with a matching gift from Chubb Bermuda Insurance
Barbara and James Millar
Ellen and Sam Felton Posey
Helen and Anthony Scoville
Katherine Wenning and Michael Dennis | in honor of Anne Fuchs

$500-$999
Anonymous gifts
Anita and William Baxter
Becton Dickinson and Company
Fran and Richard Dichillo
Stacey Fitch
Thomas Gelormino
Melinda and William J. Vanden Heuvel Foundation, Inc.
Roberta and John E. Janco | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Karpas Strategies, LLC
Nancy and Dr. Henry Kissinger
Jane and Dr. Richard Kresch
Mary and Richard Lanier
Roxana and Rev. Ledlie Laughlin
Carol Lugar
Stephanie and Stephen Mazzarelli
The Neary Family Charitable Fund
Linda and Doug O’Connell, Esq.
Roderic Oneglia
Victoria and Fran Patrick | in honor of The Patrick & DeMichiel Families
Nancy and Hon. Norman Rogers
Rudy and Ronald Rosenstein
Dale and Quentin R. Ryan
Philip Samponaro
Matthew P. Smyth
Edward Sulzberger Foundation, Inc.
Carol and Louis Timolat

$250-$499
Anonymous gifts
Bernard R. Adams and Edna H. Travis Fund
Judy and David Addazio
Caroline and Dyck Andrus
Back to Earth
Marcia and Haworth Barker
Thomas Bechtle and Don Bachman
Elizabeth and Martin Brayboy
Susan and Bradley Bremer
Peggy and Ralph Brown
Sarah and Frank Buonocore | in memory of Charles Buonocore
Mary Cianciolo
Pam and Alan Colavecchio
Hon. Margaret Cooley
Julia and Jeffrey DeMichiel
Anne Dodge
Anne and Edward Dodge
Dan Dwyer and Jim Montanari
Barbara and Joseph Ellis
Lucy Fenn | in memory of Albert H. and Albert R. Fenn
The Field Family Foundation Trust
Founders Insurance Agency
Mary Ellen and Andrea Geisser
Stephen Getz
John Green
Diana and Edward Greene
Janis and Dr. Gary Griffin
Anne Harris
Marjorie and Simon Hewett
Debby and Barton Jones
Corky and John Lavieri
Starling Lawrence
Lee and Fritz Link
Carol and Edward G. Lord
Sandra Magyar
Dorothy Mather
Robert and Carolyn Mattoon Fund
Kathy and Jay Metz
Gayle Moraski
Northeast Work & Safety Boats, LLC
Jennifer Perga and Mike DeClement
Janet and Robert Petricone
Susan Pinsky and Marc Rosen
Margo Rappoport and Michael Emont
Clare and Evan Rashkoff
Elisabeth and William Richard
Molly and Charles Roraback Fund
Philip Roth
Alan Rothfeld, Esq.
Patty and Guy Rovezzi
Rosemarie and Dr. William Ryan
Edith and Kenneth Schechter
Richard Schlesinger
Elaine and Dr. Robert Sederquist
Mark Shearer Fund
Elizabeth C. Smith
Emily Soell
Benjamin Stapleton
Chilton Thomson | in honor of Alyson Thomson
Kathleen and Alexander Thomson
Jane Tremper
Sanda and John Ursone
Kathleen and Michael Voldstad
Arete Warren | in memory of William B. Warren
Leone Young

$100-$249
Anonymous gifts
Ann and Travers Auburn
Arleen and Tom Barrett
Nanci Battistoni and Stan Voket
Ann and Rev. Lance Beizer
Esther and David Bennett
Gail and Ricky Berglund
Barbara and Robert Bettigole
Rita and David Bishop
Virginia and James Blackketter
Cara and Kenneth Blazier
Elizabeth Borden
Annesa and Richard Borla
Sheila and Arthur Borla
Elaine and James Bourgoin
Earl Brecher
Richard Bredice | in memory of Sue Bredice
JoAnn and Dr. Harry Briggs
Joyce Briggs
Veronica Burns
Regan Byrne-Palmer and Timothy Palmer
Nancy and John Calhoun
John Capobianco
Stacey L. Caren | in memory of Claire and Allen Caren
Dona and James Casey
Frank J. Chiaramonte
Linda and Peter Chidsey
Anne Childs and Charles Collins
Ella Clark
Peter Coffeen
Barry Cone’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Leslie and Carl Contadini
Dr. Roger Coutant
Noel and Mark Croce
Peggy and David Cusick
Barbara Darcey | in memory of William J. Darcey
Lea Davies and Larry Power
Susan Dean
Barbara and Paul Denza
Irene and Roger Dietlin
Deborah and Louis Donne
Barbara Douglass, Ph.D. | in honor of Bill Harding
Denise and Ron Dower
Kara Dowling and the Hon. Andrew Roraback
James Dresser
William Dunkin
Randy Dwenger and Steven Callahan
Nicole and Joel Easley
Lori and Kenneth Edwards
Cheryl and Dan Evans
James Fabiaschi
Julie and John Fabiaschi
Elaine Fortuna | in memory of James B. Fortuna
Rita and Lawrence Freedman
Evan Friedman
Susan and Tino Galluzzo | in honor of Guy Rovezzi for his continued support of the cultural life of the Northwest Corner
Joseph Gelormino | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Marie C. Gervasini | in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Gervasini
Elisabeth Gill
Sanita Gingras
Anne Giordano and Gary Arnold
Ann Gold
Paul A. Grossman
Sue and Blake Hall
William G. Harding | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Adelaide and William Harris
Vicki and Ken Hawkins
Janet and Richard Healy
Peggy and David Heck
Joan and Stephen Hennessey
Elaine T. Hinchcliffe
Susan Hoffnagle and Mark Michelson
Holley Doremus Fund
Lynn Ray Hoopes
Joel Howard
Daphne Hurford and Sandy Padwe
Cindy and Michael Italiaander
Gail and Jeff Jacobson
Dr. Helen Jessup
Diane and Jeff Johnson
Keith Johnson
Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek | in honor of Ted Drum
Jill and Kevin T. Keane
Peggy and Ted Kelley
Alice and Peter Kent
Johanna and Anton Kimball | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Katherine Kinane
Susan and Robert E. King
Joan Kirwin
Betsy Kittredge and Christopher Little
Klemm Real Estate, Inc.
Cheryl and Tim Kloczko
Eliza Klose and Harding Bancroft
Margot and David Krimmel
Joan Kunsch | in memory of Robert Huffman and Kennet Oberly
Philip LaFave | in memory of Jean LaFave
LaPlaca Oil and Propane
Patricia and Barry Lawrence | in memory of Gerald Young
Faye Lawson
Robin and Kevin Ledversis
Robinson Leech
Barbara and Charles Lemmen
Diane and Mark Libby
Jack Limpert
Jane and David Lindley
Litchfield Lions Club
Logan & Mencuccini, LLP
Mary and Dr. Richard Loyer
Anne MacDonald
Susan MacEachron and Michael Halloran
Caitlin Macy and Jeremy Barnum
Doris and David Maitland
Dr. Kim Maynard and Andrew Luciano
Marrin Santore Realty, LLC
Donna and Brian Mattiello
Kerwin Mayers
Priscilla and Alan McCord
Brian McCormick, Esq.
Ann McGurk
Jacqueline and Philip Miller
Nicholas Moore Fund
Susan Moore | in memory of Robert A. Moore
Lois Moraski
Lois Moraski | in memory of Stanley E. Moraski, Sr.
John Morgan | in memory of Phyllis Morgan
Julia and John Morris | in memory of Ann Smith
Kristin and Grant Mudge
Barbara Niles
Nancy and Godwin Noell
Margo and Russell O'Connor, Jr | in memory of Edward and Josephine M. Schmitt and Edward J. and Josephine (Mattola) Schmitt
Patricia and James Okrongly
Gail O’Neil | in memory of Brian J. O’Neil
Denise and Doug Parker
Cathy Perga
William Perotti & Sons, Inc.
Linda and Greg Perosino | in memory of Paula O’Heron
Bonetti and Gail Ruwet Svendsen
Laurene and Gerald Pesce
Patricia and John W. Pickard
Judith and Roger Pollick
Virginia and Robert Potter
Erica and Hector Prud'homme
Josephine Radocchio | in memory of Camille Radocchio
Rosina Rand
Jan and Jerome Rathbun
Beverly and Norman Reich
Cynthia and John Reznick | in memory of the Reznick and Ryan families
Cristin and David Rich
Anthony Roman
Linda and Douglas Roth
Diana and Raymond Roy
Barbara and John Rutledge
Barbara and Lewis Schaffel
Marilyn and Richard Schatzberg
Hugh Schoelzel
Mary Lou Serafini | in memory of Rita Pacheco
Peggy and Michael Shanahan
Lisa Lansing Simont and Doc Simont
Ruth and David Skovron
Sandy and David Slemmer
Teresa and Allan Smith | in memory of Barry Patterson
Terina and Michael Smith
William Spear
Judy Staub
Peter Steiner
Stillwater Farm
Nancy and Timothy Strini
Susan and William Sweetman
Ann and Robert Switzgable
Joelene and Robert Teittinen
Tara and Jonathan Thompson
Tournesol, LLC
Michael Trapp
Rev. Robert F. Tucker
Christina Hoyt Vanderlip
Bonnie VanGilder and Jonathan Landman
Sally Vaun
Village Wine Imports
Jean Vitalis
Nancy Wadhams | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Beverly and Mark Wawer
Stacie Weiner
Patricia and Walter Williamsen
Robert Winters
Susannah and Willard Wood

up to $99
Anonymous gifts
Janet and Salvatore Accardo
Judy and John Acerbi
Harry Ackerman
Yvonne and Joseph Adorno
Ann Amicone
Peter Anderheggen
Julia and Peter Antsey
Ronald Aubel
Joan Auclair
Roberta Lee August
Dorothy and John Bazzano
Robert Beck
Raymond Belding
Linda Bell
Susan Belle-Isle
Rebecca and Edward Bent
Anne and Silvio Berti
Linda and William Bianowicz
Ann and Greg Bidou
Jean and Ralph Blackman
Scott Blackmon and Daniel Kulbarsh
Candace and William M. Boden
Dana and John Bongiorno
Ann and Alan Booth
Ellen Boyd
Carolyn R. Brau
Esther Brodie
Rita and Roger Broggi
Polly Brooks and Reto Morosani
Debra A. Brown, Esq.
Josephine Bruni | in memory of Fred P. Bruni
Nancy and John Calhoun
Dr. Mark J. Cantin
Marilyn and Michael Carano
Kay Carroll
Ellen Childs
Laura Cohen and Donald Sexton
Thomas Colligan
Jean and Robert Collins
Anne and John Conboy
Janice and Martin Connor | in memory of Robin Connor
Mary Ellen and Lawrence Connors
Evelyn Cornelio
Susan Cosgriff | in memory of Henry R. Cosgriff
Barbara Creaser
Jean Darlington and Eduardo Marchena
Ginny and Edward Davidson
Alice Dember
Janet Dember
Deirdre DiCara
Donna and James DiMartino
Carole Dmytryshak
​Lea Dmytryck | in memory of Paul Dmytryck
Rita-Clare and Robert Doyle
Marie and Ken Doyon | in memory of JoAnne McCormick
Inge Dunham
Laurie and Dary Dunham | in memory of Fred Petersen
George Elling
Anne Marie and Jeffrey M. Engel
Angela Engle
Ruth and Ed Epstein
Robert Fancher
Eloise and Richard Farmer
James Fedorich | in memory of Marge Fedorich
Anne and Frederick Fenn
Audrey and Edward Ferman
Paul Ferry
Laurie and Thomas Filippini
Paul Fleming and Pamela Lund
Leslie and Michael Flowers
Terri and Gary Franzi
Rosemary and David Frauenhofer, Esq.
Susan and Michael Fritch | in memory of Ann and Andy DeCroce
Susanne and John Funchion | in honor of Susanne Funchion
Moses Gabelmann
Dianna and Ken Galitello
Nancy and James Garfield
Linda Garrettson
Richard C. Gauthier Drilling & Blasting, Inc.
Dolores and Donatantonio Gerardi | in memory of Carmelina and Andrew Pace
Karin Gerstel and Joseph Woodard
Jane Giddens-Jones
Mary Gilman | in memory of Richard M. Gilman
Thomas Gilson
Patricia and Arnold Goldstein
Kathryn and Edward Goodhouse
Thomas Grayson
Carolyn and John Grazia
Martha Green and Alan Cohen
Paula and Joseph Gregoire
Barbara Gridley
Nancy and Philip Groth
Cindy Harmon
Shelley Harms and David Torrey
Cynthia and Robert Hart
Diane and David Hebert
Myra and Leon Helt
Joyce Hemingson
Anne Hepner
Dr. Jill and Dr. George Hetson
Kathy and Chris Hill
Larry Hilt | in honor of the kids
Dr. Molly Hinchman and Russell Guerin
Satomi and Bradford W. Hoar
William Hohensee | in memory of Violet Hohensee
Janet and Carl Hooper | in memory of Mary Coutant
Alison and Kerry Jassen
Wendy and Wayne Jenkins
Candace Jones-Pacholski and Richard Pacholski
Kay and Frederick Joseph
Elisabeth Kaestner and Paul DeAngelis
Kathleen and Thomas Key
Susan and Dr. Randolph Kinkade
King, King & Associates
Jane and George Knapp
Susan Knight
M.R. Koether Plumbing & Heating, LLC
Kathleen Krassner
Bernadette Krayeski
Alfred Langer
Joan and Gerald Libby
Carol and Robert Linden
Karen Linden and Colin Wilson
Kathleen and Joseph Linley
Virginia and William Lovallo | in memory of Clara L. Canfield
Lorraine and Louis Lubus
Carol Magowan
Joyce and Jeffrey Maher | in memory of Mike Maher
Judy and Roger Mahieu
Lucille Maniago
Rose Marchetti
Darcey and John Markelon
Anita and Ronald Martin
Sandy and Bruce Mason
Anita Mathewson
Mark McEachern
Marybeth and Ron McNamee
Barbara McQueen and Roger Behrens
Berta and Matthew Andrulis Mette
Libby Mitchell and Jim Herity
Allison and Mitchell Mohagel
Marie and Terrence Moreschi
Sheila and Paul Moses
Beverly and Bruce Mosher
Phyllis Nauts | in memory of Hendon Chubb
Karen and Mark Neri
George Nichols
Joan and Morgan O’Brien, Esq.
Sally and Peter O'Brien, Jr.
Karen O'Connor
Barbara and James O’Leary
Charlene and Michael O’Neil
Doreen and Robert Orciari
Barbara and Eric Ottoson
Susie Payne
Eva and Raymond Pech
Connie and Danny Peelman
Susan and John Pelchat
Philip Pepper
Frankie and Dr. Joseph Polidoro | in memory of Robert Grigg
Eleanor and Kenneth Pratt
Michelle and Joseph Pratt
Caryl and Anthony Pucino | in memory of David Childs
Christine Puglio
Christine and Joseph Quartiero
Susan Rand and The Hon. Curtis Rand
Janet Recidivi | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Katherine and Edward Regner
Jean and Everett Reid
Arlene and Robert Revaz
Billie and Arthur Robbins
Dorothy and Roger Robbins | in memory of James and Mildred Zucco
Anthony Roman
Marlene and John Rouleau
Turi Rostad and Ashley B. Rowe
Tillie Roy
George Rusiecki
Diane and Michael Rybak, Esq
Sylvia Saarnijoki
Eleanor and Donald Sauer
Linda and Herbert Schettler
Elaine Schlapak
Marian G. Schroeder
Debra and Gary Schroen
Sheila and Steven A. Sedlack
Mary Ann and Lou Seiser
Doris Sibley | in memory of Harold R. Sibley Jr.
Bee Simont
Nan Skeie
Stewart Smith
Aurora Sokolik
Barbara Spiegel and Thomas Hodgkin
Joe Spirio | in honor of Kevin Mahon
Connie Steuerwalt
Marnell and Richard Stover
Patricia Strawson | in memory of Timothy Considine Sr.
Kathleen and Stephen Stupak
Mary Sullivan | in memory of John R. Sullivan
George Szigeti
Frances and Lee Taliaferro
Coralie Tedesco
Lisa and Gerald Traub
Leticia and Harry Tubman
United Nations Association of Connecticut
Louise and Roy Van Alstyne
Valerie Vitalo | in memory of Frank and Evelyn DeFeo
Darleene and Fredric Wadhams
Laurene and John J. Wallace
Inza and Darrell Wilcoxon
Tracey Wiles
Amy Wynn and Eli Horowitz
Therese and James Zagryn | in memory of Laurie D. Fischberg
Pamela Zanetto

Discretionary Funds

Discretionary Funds are a powerful means through which donors enable effective charitable giving where and when it is most needed. Grants are awarded in the name of the fund to nonprofits chosen through a comprehensive selection process administered by the Community Foundation. Discretionary funds provide enormous impact in addressing current and emerging community needs, creating an unending philanthropic legacy for those who make these funds possible.

Bank of Boston Fund est. 1998

Created by local executives at the then Bank of Boston, this permanent fund supports the Community Foundation and the communities it serves.

Grant

  • ​Litchfield Community Center, Inc. | $250 in support of Litchfield Community Center’s SummerFest 2016: All Aboard! Litchfield to London event (total grant $500 with $250 from the Fleet General Fund)

Khurshed Bhumgara Fund est. 2014

This endowed unrestricted fund was established through a bequest from Khurshed Bhumgara. Mr. Bhumgara retired in 2002 from a successful career in capital and real estate development. He settled in Sharon, Connecticut, where he worked tirelessly to support and steward the nonprofits of the Northwest Corner, including serving as a Community Foundation board member for many years.

Gifts
Estate of Khurshed Bhumgara

Grants

  • Bethlehem Ambulance Association, Inc. | $1,325 in support of the purchase of Prestan Professional CPR Manikins
  • Church of Christ Congregational Norfolk | $5,000 in support of the repair and restoration of Tiffany stained glass windows in Battell Chapel
  • Fortunate Blessings Foundation, Inc. | $7,500 challenge grant in support of the Caring for the Caregivers program for staff and volunteers of FISH and New Beginnings
  • Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut | $2,450 in support of website development Housatonic Valley Association | $3,000 in support of an assessment by UConn Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of culverts and bridges in the Town of Washington, and a comprehensive Road-Stream Crossing Inventory and Management Plan
  • Litchfield Community Center, Inc. | $1,265 in support of two Keeping History Alive performances
  • Litchfield Hills Elderly Nutrition Program | $8,000 in support of the purchase of a new Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle
  • Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation | $10,000 in support of the preparation and production of a report on the opioid epidemic and a community report card
  • Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities | $10,000 in support of the preparation of a detailed implementation plan for a regional food hub (total grant $50,000 with $40,000 from the Draper Foundation Fund)
  • Sharon Land Trust | $1,230 in support of the purchase of a land trust database management software program
  • Sunrise Foundation for Women | $2,500 in support of assistance for women who are regaining independence after leaving abusive relationships
  • TriArts at the Sharon Playhouse | $4,000 in support of The Youth Theatre Scholarship Program
  • Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust | $1,125 in support of redesigned and updated trail guides
  • Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center | $1,800 in support of improvements to the Center's water supply, including installation of a chemical mixing tank, flow meter and new pH electrode

Brooks Bank Fund est. 1970

One of the first to be established at the Community Foundation, this fund was initiated by employees of the Torrington-based Brooks Bank, which subsequently merged with Colonial Bank and Trust Company.

Grants

  • Institute for American Indian Studies | $900 in support of a Native American artist workshop for families during April school vacation week

John Brooks Fund est. 1977

A prominent Torrington banker, Mr. Brooks established this endowment to assist area nonprofit organizations in perpetuity.

Grants

  • Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities | $500 in support of the Farmer's Table Dinner
  • Sharon Community Foundation, Inc. | $100 in support of printing costs for the NW Cares booklet

Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund est. 2011

Established by family of the late Fred Bruni, this fund supports charitable scientific and educational initiatives in the Northwest Corner.

Grants

  • Torrington Police Activities League, Inc. | $1,000 in support of the cost of supplies for the Dress for Success Back to School Clothing/School Supply Event

Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund est. 1985

Founder of the Litchfield County Insurance and Travel Agency in Torrington, Mr. Carr established this endowed fund as a token of his appreciation and to enhance the quality of life for the people of the community.

Grants

  • Canaan Child Care Center, Inc. | $1,250 in support of the purchase of an iPad, art materials, chairs, and an LED activity panel
  • FISH of Northwestern Connecticut | $1,500 in support of the purchase of replacement sheets and towels
  • Hotchkiss Library of Sharon | $1,500 in support of the purchase of literacy packets presented to the families of babies born at Sharon Hospital

Marion Isabell Coe Fund est. 1998

Grants (made possible by funding from Bank of America) from this trust fund assist under-resourced residents of Litchfield, Warren, Morris and Goshen, with a preference for Litchfield residents.

Grants

  • Cornwall Library Association | $500 in support of Books and Blooms 2016: Author lecture, reception and tour of five Cornwall gardens
  • Warren Historical Society | $300 in support of a wine and cheese reception and historical exhibit

Eva M. Coty Fund est. 1998

This fund was established by bequest to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Litchfield County.

Grants

  • Prime Time House | $2,500 in support of the purchase of a new fire and security system (total grant $6,100 with $3,600 from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church | $5,000 in support of roof replacement and stained-glass window restoration

Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund est. 2007

This fund honors the memory of Ruth E. Cron, supporting nonprofit organizations throughout the Northwest Corner.

Grants

  • Goshen Community Care & Hospice | $2,000 in support of the cost of two portable folding aluminum wheelchair ramps and two walkers with wheels and baskets
  • McCall Center for Behavioral Health | $2,000 in support of replacement signage
  • SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center of Canton, Inc. | $1,500 in support of therapeutic riding lessons for children in the Community Foundation's service area
  • Women's Support Services | $1,500 in support of the cost of a new computer server

Edward W. Diskavich Fund est. 2016

A longtime Torrington resident, Mr. Diskavich established this fund through his estate planning to support the nonprofits of Northwest Connecticut.

Gifts
Estate of Edward W. Diskavich

Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund est. 2004

Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, both educators with a long history of civic involvement, were dedicated to learning and devoted to Torrington. This fund was established by a bequest of $2.75 million. It supports the crucial work of nonprofit organizations.

Grants

  • Connecticut Council for Philanthropy | $10,000 over two years in support of the Working Cities Challenge
  • Covenant to Care for Children | $3,500 in support of the purchase of basic essential goods to keep children and families intact
  • Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities | $4,000 in support of the purchase of replace- ment appliances (refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher)
  • FISH of Northwestern Connecticut | $10,000 in support of gap funding for current year operations due to an unanticipated state budget cut
  • Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests, Inc. | $1,300 in support of printing costs of recreation map, trailhead information, membership application, Trail Guide for Forests booklet
  • Kent Library Association | $6,500 in support of the purchase of replacement tarps used during the annual outdoor Summer Book Sale
  • Lake Waramaug Task Force | $7,500 in support of the development and construction of a zooplankton farm to improve water quality at Lake Waramaug
  • Mental Health Connecticut | $6,400 in support of the purchase of 800 training manuals for a new Mental Health First Aid Program for Litchfield County
  • NAMI Connecticut | $14,300 in support of two new bilingual mental health programs (NAMI Basics, Parents and Teachers as Allies)
  • Northwest Connecticut YMCA | $1,500 in support of the cost of Fit Together's 5-2-1-0 and farm-to-school program initiatives for grades K-5 in the Torrington Public Schools
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern New England | $5,000 in support of the cost of healthcare services for low-income patients who qualify for Planned Parenthood's Torrington Fund for Access
  • Prime Time House | $3,600 in support of the purchase of a new fire and security system for the building that houses Prime Time House's social program (total grant $6,100 with $2,500 from the Eva M. Coty Fund)
  • Special Olympics Connecticut Northwest Region | $500 in support of the 2017 Winsted Penguin Plunge
  • Winsted Area Child Care Center | $800 in support of the cost of replacing a 75-gallon light commercial natural gas water heater for the Prospect Street location (total grant $3,350 with $2,550 from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund)

Year-end Critical Needs

  • Canaan Child Care Center, Inc. | $1,200
  • Center Congregational Church | $800
  • Chore Service, Inc. | $600
  • The Corner Food Pantry | $1,000
  • Cornwall Social Services | $800
  • Falls Village Emergency Relief/Fuel Fund | $1,000
  • Falls Village Senior Center | $500
  • First Church of Bethlehem | $1,500
  • Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry | $1,500
  • Goshen Community Care & Hospice | $600
  • Helping Hands Chore Service | $600
  • Housatonic Youth Service Bureau | $750
  • Kent Social Services | $1,000
  • Litchfield Hills Chore Service | $600
  • Mental Health Connecticut | $1,000
  • North Canaan Congregational Church | $500
  • North Canaan Social Services | $500
  • Northwest Hills Council of Government | $1,000
  • Prime Time House | $450
  • Sharon Community Foundation, Inc. | $600
  • Sharon Day Care | $1,200
  • Sharon Food Bank | $500
  • Town of Warren Social Services | $750
  • Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut | $750
  • VNA Northwest, Inc. | $750
  • Washington Community Fund, Inc. | $1,000
  • Women's Support Services | $750

First National Bank of Litchfield Fund est. 1997

This endowment supports the Community Foundation and the communities it serves in perpetuity.

Fleet General Fund

This endowed unrestricted fund supports the nonprofits of Northwest Connecticut.

Grants

  • Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut | $500 in support of the organization and its mission
  • Litchfield Community Center, Inc. | $250 in support of Litchfield Community Center’s SummerFest 2016: All Aboard! Litchfield to London event (total grant $500 with $250 from the Bank of Boston Fund)

Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund est. 2008

A lifelong resident of Torrington, Mrs. Fritz established this unrestricted fund through a bequest.

Grants

  • Community Kitchen of Torrington | $5,000 in support of the purchase of food for the daily hot meal prepared and served to food insecure residents
  • Little Red Schoolhouse Association | $2,500 in support of the cost of roof replacement
  • Warren Church Community Child Care (through the fiscal sponsorship of Warren Congregational Church) | $4,000 to support the cost of carpet replacement in the infant and toddler room
  • Wellspring Foundation, Inc. | $2,000 in support of the cost of replacement furniture for the main reception area

Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund est. 1988

Torrington residents Carlton D. Fyler, a chauffeur, and Jenny R. Fyler, an educator, established this endowed fund through their estate planning. The fund continues their lifelong interest in supporting the moral, artistic, intellectual, and physical development of children.

Grants

  • After School Arts Program | $3,300 in support of program supplies for ASAP's 2-week summer arts program
  • After School Arts Program | $4,000 in support of the Metamorphosis Project for 75 fourth graders from Forbes School in Torrington'
  • CAFTA Connecticut Academy For The Arts | $5,500 in support of Summer Art Camp scholarships for low-income students
  • Civic Life Project | $4,800 in support of a tuition- free summer camp for 12-16 low-income high school students
  • Connecticut Public Affairs Network | $3,100 in support of the Torrington Region Connecticut History Day Contest
  • Danielle Mailer Gallery, LLC (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council) | $7,000 in support of the final phase of work and installation of the Fish Tales mural
  • Fortunate Blessings Foundation, Inc. | $3,500 in support of one training program for those who work with children suffering from or at risk for PTSD after being exposed to trauma
  • Joyful Noise, Inc. | $4,000 in support of the purchase of new choral robes
  • Junior Achievement of SW New England | $7,500 in support of financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship programming for 1,145 students in Colebrook, Litchfield, Torrington, and Winsted
  • Little Britches Therapeutic Riding | $2,550 in support of therapeutic riding lessons for five riders from the Community Foundation's service area
  • Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale University) | $5,000 in support of a series of concerts and master classes for 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students
  • Northwestern Regional High School | $5,400 in support of the cost of parts and refurbishment for a milling machine and replacement drill press and band saw for the robotics team
  • Nutmeg Symphony | $2,000 in support of two educational concerts serving up to 1,400 third graders from Torrington, Winsted, New Hartford, Harwinton and surrounding communities
  • Survive the Drive | $1,500 in support of auto crash prevention presentations to high school juniors and seniors
  • Torrington Police Activities League, Inc. | $1,500 in support of the cost of summer camp for low- income, at-risk youth in the Foundation’s service area
  • Torrington Public Schools | $1,500 in support of KidsMarathon Final Mile event for 600 Torrington students following 8-10 week in- school training program
  • Torrington Public Schools | $4,800 in support of shelving and other costs to provide space for a Community Family Learning Center at KidsPlay Museum
  • Winsted Area Child Care Center | $2,550 in support of the cost of replacing a 75-gallon light commercial natural gas water heater for the Prospect Street location (total grant $3,350 with $800 from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund)
  • YMCA Camp Mohawk, Inc. | $2,500 in support of camp scholarships for low-income girls

Keroden Endowed Fund est. 2002

Established anonymously, this unrestricted fund enables the Community Foundation to meet a broad range of evolving community needs.

Grants

  • Greenwoods Counseling Referrals | $10,000 in support of a year-long training, outreach and public awareness program to establish a Trauma Recovery Network for Litchfield County
  • The Norfolk Land Trust | $4,500 in support of part of the acquisition costs of a 25-acre parcel on Hall Meadow Brook (total grant $5,000 with $500 from Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of Eastern Star Fund)

Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund est. 2008

An open and flexible community resource, this fund was created as an easy and cost-effective way for the general public to be a part of the local philanthropic experience. The fund provides a platform that helps local citizens realize their charitable goals.

Gifts
Estate of Gladys Fingar | in support of holiday grants

$5,000-$9,999
Mary Adams | in support of the Washington Art Association

$1,000-$2,999
Barron Financial Group | in honor of Barron Financial Group clients
Southside Cafe’s George Mazzaferro 5th Annual Charity Pub Ride proceeds

$500-$999
Robert Alvine | in memory of Rita Pacheco
Maria and David Mazzarelli | in support of scholarships

$100-$249
Sally Bergad | in support of scholarships

in memory of Rita Pacheco
Christine and Thomas Allen
Roberta Lee August
Therese and John Ryan
Kathleen and Murray Schuyler
​Mary Lou Serafini

in memory of George Mazzaferro
American Legion Riders Post 195
Ruth Sarah Mazzaferro
Standard Valuation Services

up to $99
Anonymous | through Amazon Smile
Carol and Michael Gould | in support of health and social services
Suzanne and Craig Litwin | in support of scholarships
Karen Noble | in support of arts and culture

in memory of Rita Pacheco
Theresa and David Frascarelli
Lucy Serafini Marguerite Tompkins

in honor of George Mazzaferro
Deborah and Brian Flinn
Frances and Robert Mazzaferro
​Virginia Napiello

Grants

  • Civic Life Project | $1,500 in support of the purchase of a new Apple computer to deliver programming to schools via videoconference
  • Falls Village Children’s Theater Company at the Center on Main | $250 in support of the organization and its mission
  • Helping Hands Chore Service | $6,860.40 in support of the organization and its mission David M. Hunt Library | $250 in support of the organization and its mission
  • David M. Hunt Library | $ 500 in support of “A Library for Nellie Grace” book event
  • New Opportunities Inc. | $1,500 in support of the Secure Jobs Pilot Project, focusing on Torrington Northwest Connecticut YMCA | $870 in support of camperships from the proceeds of the Southside Cafe’s George Mazzaferro 5th Annual Charity Pub Ride
  • Torrington Public Schools | $574 in support of Read Aloud Day Literacy Initiative 2017 (total grant $1,000 with $426 from the Roberta Lee August Fund)
  • Washington Art Association | $5,314.71 in support of the Capital Campaign
  • Oliver Wolcott Library, Inc. | $500 in support of the 2016 Festival of Trees
  • YMCA Camp Mohawk, Inc. | $870 in support of camperships from the proceeds of the Southside Cafe’s George Mazzaferro 5th Annual Charity Pub Ride

Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of the Eastern Star Fund est. 2005

This fund was established in memory of Deborah A. Goldthwaite, Past Matron of Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of the Eastern Star.

Grant

  • The Norfolk Land Trust | $500 in support of the acquisition costs of a 25-acre parcel on Hall Meadow Brook (total grant $5,000 with $4,500 from the Keroden Endowed Fund)

Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund est. 1971

Established through the estates of Mr. and Mrs. Stone, this fund supports nonprofit organizations in the Community Foundation’s service area.

Grant

  • Kent Historical Society | $4,000 in support of the cost of environmentally safe storage for artwork and archival materials

Torrington Club Fund est. 1969

This fund established the original Torrington Area Foundation for Public Giving as a community foundation. The fund continues to support the communities of Northwest Connecticut.

Grant

  • The Discovery Center | $1,000 in support of workshops for 380 fourth grade Torrington students and teachers that promote multicultural understanding and appreciation (total grant $1,500 with $500 from the Margaret C. Tupper Fund)

Torrington Savings Bank Fund est. 1997

Established by the management of the Torrington Savings Bank, this endowed fund supports the Community Foundation and the communities it serves.

Torrington Savings Fund

This endowed unrestricted fund supports the nonprofits of Northwest Connecticut.

Margaret C. Tupper Fund est. 1993

Established through a bequest in her will, Ms. Tupper’s endowed fund will continue to improve the quality of life for future generations of Northwest Connecticut residents.

Grants

  • The Discovery Center | $500 in support of workshops for 380 fourth grade Torrington students and teachers that promote multicultural understanding and appreciation (total grant $1,500 with $1,000 from the Torrington Club Fund)
  • Northwest Connecticut Arts Council | $3,000 in support of an economic impact study of cultural nonprofits in Northwest CT
  • Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center | $500 in support of the 2016 Wisdom Award Celebration

Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund est. 1999

This endowed fund, which memorializes a well- known Torrington couple, helps to improve the lives of citizens in Northwest Connecticut.

Grants

  • Gilbert School | $1,000 in support of the purchase of age-appropriate books for Winchester Public Schools students in grades K-6
  • St. Francis Church | $1,500 in support of the cost of plumbing valves and other plumbing parts in their community buildings

Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds enable annual grants to address specific issues within communities important to the fundholder. Based on personal philanthropic goals, fundholders determine grant recipient eligibility requirements—such as a geographic area of service or specific community needs, such as arts enrichment, homelessness or the environment—and the Community Foundation annually provides carefully selected grants in the fund’s name that best reflect fundholders’ philanthropic objectives.

Roberta Lee August Fund est. 1998

This fund was established to honor Miss August, a longstanding Community Foundation volunteer. The fund supports programs in the areas of mental illness and literacy.

Gifts
$500-$999

in memory of Roberta Lee August
Sandy and David Dolinsky
Harry Massey

$250-$499
Anonymous gift

$100-$249
Anonymous gift | in memory of Tom and Vi O'Brien
Antoniazzi family Corinne and Dino Casali

in memory of Roberta Lee August
Ann and Travers Auburn
Carol and Tom Barron
Nancy and James Garfield
Corky and John Lavieri
Susan Linker
Molly and Charles Roraback
Joelene and Robert Teittinen

up to $99

in memory of Roberta Lee August
Ann and Thomas Bott
Susan and Bradley Bremer
Lynn and Stephen Grant
Sandy Monterose
Gayle Moraski
Cynthia Oneglia
Rose Ponte
Patty and Guy Rovezzi
Louise and Roy Van Alstyne
​Law Offices of Donna D. Vincenti

Grant

  • Torrington Public Schools | $426 in support of the Read Aloud Day Literacy Initiative (total grant $1,000 with $574 from the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund)

Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund est. 2006

Established by Peter Cable of Harwinton in honor of his wife, this fund provides support for human service organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the Greater Torrington area.

Grants

  • American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter | $1,900 in support of smoke alarms, materials and tools for homes located in the Community Foundation’s service area as part of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign
  • Girl Scouts of Connecticut | $870 in support of the Girlz R.U.L.E. summer program for 70 girls from Torrington, Winsted and Harwinton
  • Harwinton Land Trust | $1,470 in support of the purchase of building materials to extend the Meadowview boardwalk
  • Harwinton Library (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Town of Harwinton) | $3,775 in support of the purchase of an A.W.E. Early Literacy station computer
  • Helping Hands Chore Service | $1,500 in support of the cost of transportation to medical appointments for seniors
  • The Torrington Library | $960 in support of the purchase of two mobile hotspots to lend to patrons, allowing them to connect to the Internet free of charge

Caleb J. Camp Trust

Originally established as a trust almost one hundred years ago to honor a prominent Winsted benefactor, this fund assists under-resourced residents of Winsted.

Grant

  • Helping Hands Chore Service | $3,000 in support of underserved Winsted residents

Robert V. Carr Fund est. 2005

This fund directs much of its support to health and human service organizations, libraries, and to organizations engaged in the promotion of the arts and the beautification of the community.

Grants

  • Northwest Music Association | $1,000 in support of venue costs for the 2016 Baroque summer concert series
  • Warner Theatre | $5,000 matching grant in support of the cost of a 5-year Capital Needs Assessment Study

Critter Fund est. 2005

Established by the Community Foundation, this endowed fund supports charitable organizations in Northwest Connecticut dedicated to animal welfare. The fund assists with shelter, rescue and adoption, training, prevention of cruelty, spaying and neutering, elderly companionship, services to the disabled and wildlife preservation.

Gifts
$5,000-$9,999
Estate of Gladys Fingar

$100-$249
Roberta Lee August | in memory of Kanga Roberts and David Childs, Miss Lily and Patty JoAnn, Chloe Harding, Martha Sullivan, Oreo Crowe, as well as current and deceased dogs of Gayle Moraski, and all pets of community foundation personnel and Board members
William G. Harding | in memory of Chloe Harding
Torrington Winsted Area Rotary Club | in memory of Roberta Lee August

Up to $99
Betsy Anderson | in memory of Kanga

in memory of Chloe Harding
Leslie and Joe Friscia
Laurie and Richard McCue
Linda and Doug O’Connell
Patty and Guy Rovezzi

The Emeritus Fund

Grants from this field of interest fund, which honors past members of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors for their dedicated service, support the efforts of local nonprofits to enhance their governance.

Gifts
$100-$249
Carol S. Lugar

Up to $99
William G. Harding | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Linda and Douglas K. O’Connell, Esq
Victoria and Fran Patrick | in memory of Roberta Lee August

1421 Opportunity Fund est. 2002

This fund was created to assist at-risk teens in Northwest Connecticut.

Friends Helping Children Fund est. 1999

Torrington residents created this endowed fund to assist children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Grant

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of CT and Western MA | $1,000 in support of lodging and services for families staying at Ronald McDonald House while their children are in the hospital for treatment

Anson and Caroline Catlin Hungerford Trust Fund est. 2007

Established by Mr. Newman Hungerford in memory of his parents, this fund assists deserving residents of Harwinton with hospital-related medical expenses.

Kent Cultural Arts and Music Fund est. 2007

This field of interest fund supports cultural programs within the Kent community with a preference for music-related programs that appeal to a wide audience.

The MacCallum Family Fund for Animal Welfare est. 2013

This fund provides for emergency medical care for sick, injured and/or neglected animals through emergency grants that support the treatment of animals brought to animal hospitals by good Samaritans and animals whose owners are in need of financial assistance for their care. The fund also supports efforts to educate the community about the care of animals.

Gifts
$1,000-$2,999

Sand Road Animal Hospital

$100-$249
Marion Felton
Gwen Melvin
Gayle Moraski | in memory of Chloe Harding
Lois Moraski
Beth and Jason Pajak | in honor of Shirley MacCallum's birthday
Beth, Madison, and Jason Pajak | in memory of Toby MacCallum

Up to $99
Nicole and Joel Easley | in memory of Woobie
McEwan Family
Mary Pasteris

Grants

  • Sand Road Animal Hospital, LLC | $350 in support of veterinary expenses for Oscar, a dog
  • Sand Road Animal Hospital, LLC | $200 in support of veterinarian expenses for two dogs, Bear and Valentino
  • Sand Road Animal Hospital, LLC | $700 in support of veterinary expenses for Delta, a dog

Louis O. Thibeault Fund for the Advancement of Children’s Education est. 2009

This fund was established by Mr. Thibeault to advance the education of disadvantaged children by addressing obstacles to learning specifically related to their health, well-being and/or deficits in needed assistive technology. The fund strives to enhance learning by assisting families of limited means with associated expenses.

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds are an increasingly popular means for donors to create greater, longer-lasting impact in their charitable giving. A far more cost-effective and tax beneficial alternative to establishing a private foundation, donor advised funds are often established through gifts of stock or other appreciated assets. Fundholders or their designated successors recommend grants to nonprofit organizations of their choice, while the Community Foundation manages all aspects of administering the fund and overseeing the prudent investment of the fund’s assets.

Borghesi Family Fund est. 1999

Created by Allan and Maria Borghesi, this fund helps to improve the quality of life in Northwest Connecticut.

Grants

  • Third Sector New England | $1,250 in support of a nonprofit workforce compensation study

Susan A. Bruso Memorial Fund est. 2004

Established in memory of Ms. Bruso, a Winsted resident who worked for many years in the technology industry, this fund supports charities in Norfolk and also awards annual scholarships to Botelle Elementary School graduates.

Awards

  • Botelle Elementary School graduates: Lauren Dauphinais and Cody Feathers

The Buchanan Fund est. 2009

A gift from the William E. and Josephine B. Buchanan Family Foundation, Inc., established this donor advised fund, which supports area charitable organizations.

Grants

  • Bank Street College of Education | $3,000 in support of the organization and its mission Cornwall Historical Society | $5,000 in support of an exhibit focusing on Cornwall artists and authors and the town as a long-standing creative community
  • Crescendo, Inc. | $5,000 in support of the organization and its mission
  • Housatonic Valley Association | $1,200 in support of riverside activities in Sharon, Cornwall and Kent as part of the Source to Sound Paddle Adventure along the Housatonic River celebrating the 75th anniversary of HVA
  • TriArts at the Sharon Playhouse | $15,000 in support of building repair

The Canaan Foundation Non-Endowed Fund est. 2006

The Canaan Foundation, a nonprofit organization, established this community-specific fund to enhance the quality of life for residents of Canaan.

Gift
up to $99

Hon. Margaret Cooley

Peter G. Cerruto Memorial Fund est. 2004

Established by family and friends, this fund honors the memory of Mr. Cerruto, a lifelong Torrington resident and a World War II and Normandy Invasion veteran.

Gifts
$100-$249

Joan and Stephen Altschuler | in memory of Peter Cerruto
Judy Staubo

Up to $99
William G. Harding Jannette Stevens

Award Recipient

  • Brett Benham

Charter Oak Review Fund est. 2002

This fund was established by Harry Harlow to manage the funds of Charter Oak Review, a nonprofit organization that supports deserving writers.

Susan F. Cogswell Memorial Fund est. 2010

Established in memory of Ms.Cogswell, a lifelong Torrington resident and former state insurance commissioner known for her commitment to public service, this donor advised fund supports charitable endeavors in Northwest Connecticut.

Draper Foundation Fund est. 2012

The late Jim and Shirley Draper’s gift of $30 million will forever serve as a testament to their exceptional kindness and generosity. One of the largest single gifts on record to a community foundation in the state of Connecticut, the fund benefits mainly local charitable organizations by making yearly grants to 19 nonprofits named by the Drapers and through annual donor advised grants.

Gifts
Estate of James L. Draper, Jr.

Grants

  • Susan B. Anthony Project | $25,000 in support of the Rebuilding Lives Program
  • Bakerville Library | $12,100 in support of electrical system updates
  • EdAdvance | $17,500 in support of operating costs while implementing long-term sustain- ability measures for the Center for Children’s Therapy in the Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial building
  • Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities | $50,000 in support of the capital campaign to increase the size of the facility
  • New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County, Inc. | $20,000 in support of the renovation of the waiting room and meeting space to better accommodate client and administrative staff needs, and a laundry chute
  • Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities | $40,000 in support of preparation of a detailed implementation plan for a regional food hub (total grant $50,000 with $10,000 from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)
  • Torrington Winsted Area Rotary Club | $4,000 in support of the 2016 Torrington-Winsted Pet Parade
  • Torrington Winsted Area Rotary Club | $8,500 in support of the 2017 Torrington-Winsted Pet Parade
  • Town of Colebrook | $16,200 in support of the purchase and installation of a large screen TV for the Senior Center and a new dishwasher with grease trap for the elementary school
  • University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. | $121,250 in two grants in support of scholarships
  • Winsted Area Child Care Center | $37,700 in support of the implementation of recommended security improvements: portable radio security system, interior door locks, additional security entrance check point, and a more comprehen- sive surveillance system
  • Winsted Area Child Care Center | $15,000 in support of the purchase and installation of three SMART Boards

In support of the organization and its mission

  • Beardsley & Memorial Library | $91,250 in two grants
  • Colebrook Associates, Inc. | $8,750 in two grants
  • Colebrook Congregational Church | $18,750 in two grants
  • Colebrook Historical Society | $5,000 in two grants
  • Cornell University, Cornell Feline Health Center College of Veterinary Medicine | $8,750 in two grants
  • W. L. Gilbert Trust Corporation | $36,250 in two grants
  • Greenwoods Scholarship Foundation, Inc. | $55,000 in two grants
  • Last Post Cat Refuge | $110,000 in two grants
  • Little Guild of Saint Francis | $110,000 in two grants
  • Northwest Connecticut YMCA | $55,000 in two grants
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College | $92,500 in two grants
  • Salvation Army-Estate Admin | $36,250 in two grants
  • Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine | $8,750 in two grants
  • University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. | $61,250 in two grants
  • We Adopt Greyhounds, Inc. | $36,250 in two grants
  • Winchester Youth Service Bureau | $23,750 in two grants
  • Winsted Area Child Care Center | $23,750 in two grants
  • Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue | $8,750 in two grants

Year-end Critical Needs

  • Susan B. Anthony Project | $1,000
  • Barkhamsted Senior Center | $350
  • Batcheller Early Education Center | $850
  • Catholic Charities, Inc., Family Service Center | $400
  • Church of Christ Congregational Norfolk | $1,000
  • Community Food Bank | $250
  • Community Kitchen of Torrington | $1,500
  • Family & Children's Aid, Inc. | $600
  • Family Resource Center at Vogel-Wetmore School | $800
  • FISH of Northwestern Connecticut | $1,500
  • Friendly Hands Food Bank, Inc. | $1,500
  • Hands of Grace | $1,500
  • Litchfield Hills Elderly Nutrition Program | $700
  • McCall Center for Behavioral Health | $500
  • Neighbor to Neighbor | $400
  • North Congregational Church | $650
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College | $1,500
  • Operation Overflow | $1,500
  • Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau | $750
  • Town of Colebrook | $500
  • Winchester Center Congregational Church | $750
  • Winchester Youth Service Bureau | $750
  • ​Winsted Area Child Care Center | $750

The Echo Valley Foundation Fund est. 2009

Established anonymously, this donor advised fund supports charitable, scientific and educational initiatives in Northwest Connecticut and throughout the region.

Gifts
Anonymous

Grants

  • Farmington River Watershed Association | $1,000 in support of the Jamie McEwan Triple Crown Race
  • The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp | $15,000 in support of the organization and its mission

Elson-Slemmer Fund for the Environment est. 2007

Established by Sandra Elson Slemmer and David Slemmer, this fund is used primarily for charitable, scientific and educational support relating to the protection of the natural environment with a primary focus in Northwest Connecticut.

Robert B. and Cheryl Freehill Pauls Fund est. 2015

Established by Robert and Cheryl Pauls, this fund supports the arts—visual and performing—and arts educational initiatives in Northwest Connecticut and beyond.

Gifts
Robert B. and Cheryl Freehill Pauls

Grants

  • Cornwall Library Association | $500 in support of underwriting art exhibits
  • Litchfield Performing Arts | $500 in support of scholarship assistance for the Litchfield Jazz Camp
  • Warner Theatre | $600 in support of the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education Scholarship Fund

Friends of New Hartford Fund est. 2002

Established by longtime New Hartford resident David L. Childs and New Hartford community members, this fund provides grants to charitable organizations in New Hartford.

Gifts
$1,000-$2,999

Ann and Travers Auburn | in memory of David Childs and Gaylord Gray Horn
Ellen Childs

$500-$999
Melanie Kirkpatrick and Jack David
Nancy and Hon. Norman Rogers | in memory of David Childs and Gaylord Gray Horn
Caren and Gordon Ross | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn

$250-$499
Robert Bartos
William B. Hall, Jr. Charitable Fund
Katherine and Robert Morton | in memory of David Childs
Torrington Savings Bank
Regina Wexler
Virginia and Robert Worrest | in memory of David Childs

$100-$249
Jane and Matthew Allyn
Helaine and Jonathan Ayers | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Anita and William Baxter
Elaine and James Bourgoin
Susan and Bradley Bremer | in memory of David Childs and Gaylord Gray Horn
Susan and Thomas Childs | in memory of David Childs and Katherine C. Childs
Laura and Bruce Clark
Donna and Gary Colavecchio | in memory of David Childs and Gaylord Gray Horn
Jean Darlington and Eduardo Marchena
Irene and Roger Dietlin
Ellen and George Durstin
Michele Fern
Joseph Fisher | in memory of David Childs
Sanita Gingras
William B. Hall, Jr. Charitable Fund | in memory of David Childs and Gaylord Gray Horn
Vicki and Ken Hawkins
Peter Hawley
Herbert H. Hedick
Donna Hires | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Allison and Kenneth Kimmerle | in memory of David Childs and Gray Horn
Corky and John Lavieri | in memory of David Childs
Nancy and Jeffrey Linton | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn and David Childs
Timothy Lyman and Alden Smith
Marandino Spirits
Susan and Dr. Joel Markowski | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Julie and Andrew Ossolinski
Mary Perry | in memory of Gray Horn
Tamera and Charles Pompea | in memory of David Childs
Radwick’s Coffee & Sandwich
Cynthia and Philip Rockwell | in memory of David Childs
Caren and Gordon Ross
Linda and Douglas Roth
Mark Rousseau | in memory of David Childs
Louise Rozene and James Kohler | in memory of David Childs and Gaylord Gray Horn
Andrea and Todd Russo
John Russo
Brenda and Keith M. Schaufler
Karin Schneider and Robert Krzys | in memory of Gray Horn
William R. Scoville, CPA
Natalie and Christopher Sihpol
Carolann and Donald F. Streinz
Robert Tonkin
Richard Tripp
Turning Point Realty, LLC
Robin and Richard Weiss | in memory of David Childs
Jane Whitney
Virginia and Robert Worrest | in memory of Gray Horn

up to $99
Asbestos Management Company, LLC
Anne Bailey
Adele and Edward Banas | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Cynthia and William Bohan | in memory of David Childs and Gray Horn
Joanne and Paul Bourdeau, Esq. | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
James Brett
Robin and Thomas Buzzi
Kathleen Castello-Webster and Michael Webster
Constance Cather
June and Keith Chiarillo
Maryann and Edward Chicoski | in memory of David Childs
Josephine Cisco
Paul Cryan
Robin and Wells Cunningham
Lisa and William Cushman
Eloise and Richard Farmer
Alan Gioia
Patricia and Arnold Goldstein
Simone Graffam
Janice and Ben Grainger
Sally Halsey | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Elaine T. Hinchcliffe
Elizabeth and Gordon Hines | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Patsy Keene and Richard Droller
Terry Klim
Karen and John LaPenta
Mildred Loomis | in memory of David Childs
Patty and Richard Marshall
Priscilla and Robert Marshall
Marilyn and Frank McCarty
Nancy and Patrick McCotter
Madeline and George McMahon
Gayle Moraski | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Lois Moraski | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Sheila and Paul Moses
Lois and Anthony Mountzoures | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Judith and Khoury Mubarek | in memory of David Childs
Georgie and Helena Mubarek | in memory of David Childs
Naugatuck Valley Food Distributors, Inc.
Patricia and James Okrongly
Rose and Robert Osborne | in memory of David Childs
Barbara and Eric Ottoson
Laurie Palmer
Marcia and Stephen Potter | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Mary Lou Rayno
Maureen and Alan Regner
Lynn and William Richmond
Brenda and Keith M. Schaufler | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Karin Schneider and Robert Krzys
Pauline Smalley
Maria and Frank Sollitto | in memory of Gaylord Gray Horn
Noeleen and Paul Soraghan
Lane and Baldwin Terry | in memory of David Childs
Fred W. Thorne, Jr.
Cynthia and William Welch
Pamela Wild

Jim & Nancy Garfield Fund for the Arts est. 2002

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Garfield, this fund supports cultural life in Northwest Connectcut.

Gift
$100-$249
Ann and Sandy Mazeau

Grants
In support of the organization and its mission

  • The American Mural Project | $250
  • KidsPlay Children's Museum | $350
  • Northwest Connecticut Arts Council | $500
  • Warner Theatre | $250

Richard M. Gilman Memorial Fund est. 2003

Mary Gilman began this fund to carry on the work of her late husband, Richard, whose efforts to help people extended from Torrington to Zimbabwe.

The Wayne M. Gnazzo & Family Fund est. 2011

A lifelong Torrington resident, Mr. Gnazzo established this donor advised fund to support charitable endeavors in Northwest Connecticut.

The G&G Educational Foundation - Edward and Rachel Wang Family Fund est. 2016

Established by the Edward C Wang, this fund supports initiatives, scholarships and programming that deepen the knowledge and understanding between China and America and address the human services needs of Asian people and communities in the United States.

Gifts
G & G Educational Foundation

Grant

  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor | $3,000 in support of scholarships for students of Asian descent

The G&G Educational Foundation - James P. Wang Family Fund est. 2016

Established by the James Payton Wang, this fund supports initiatives, scholarships and programming that deepen the knowledge and understanding between China and America and address the human services needs of Asian people and communities in the United States.

Gifts
G & G Educational Foundation

The G&G Educational Foundation - Jo Wang and Kiau Loi Family Fund est. 2016

Established by the Jo Ann Loi family, this fund supports initiatives, scholarships and programming that deepen the knowledge and understanding between China and America and address the human services needs of Asian people and communities in the United States.

Gifts
G & G Educational Foundation

Grants

  • Museum of Chinese in America | $400 in support of programs and activities, on behalf of Mei Lan Low
  • Oberlin Shansi | $700 in support of the Carlson Fund to be used only for student/teacher exchange between the US and China
  • United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia | $800 in support of the Dr. Amy Lee, Fellows Program
  • United East Athletics Association | $1,000 in support of the Fun Fun Saturday Program, on behalf of Mei Lan Low
  • US China Strong Foundation | $1,400 in support  of the 100 Thousand Strong Campaign, for U.S. students to study in China on behalf of James L. Loi

The G&G Educational Foundation - Nancy A. Wang Family Fund est. 2016

Established by Nancy Ann Wang, this fund supports programming, initiatives, and scholarships that deepen the knowledge and understanding between China and America, and address the human services needs of Asians and their communities in the United States.

Gifts
G & G Educational Foundation

Grants
In support of the organization and its mission

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice Asian Law Caucus | $1,200
  • Asian Immigrant Women Advocates | $1,000 Asian Women’s Shelter | $600
  • Cameron House Foundation | $600 Chinese Progressive Association | $600
  • Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra | $1,000 in support of programming

Sue Grossman Still River Greenway Fund est. 1999

Created by the Still River Greenway committees of Torrington and Winsted, this fund supports the construction of a five-mile path for bicycling and walking between towns.

The Jeff and Diane Johnson Community Enhancement Fund est. 2015

Established by Diane E. and James F. Johnson, this donor advised fund primarily supports the charitable, scientific, or educational initiatives in or affecting the people of Goshen.

Gifts
Diane and Jeff Johnson

Grant

  • Goshen Community Care & Hospice | $1,000 in support of the monthly senior lunch program Goshen Community Care & Hospice | $500 in support of senior socials

Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde Community Betterment Fund est. 2005

Established by Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde, this fund supports efforts to improve the quality of life in Litchfield County.

Grants
In support of the organization and its mission

  • FISH of Northwestern Connecticut | $500
  • KidsPlay Children's Museum | $250
  • Litchfield Community Center, Inc. | $250
  • Litchfield Community Services Fund | $250
  • The Torrington Library | $500
  • Warner Theatre | $500
  • White Memorial Conservation Center | $250
  • Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center | $250
  • Oliver Wolcott Library, Inc. | $250

Richard Leone COCC Fund est. 2004

Mr. Leone, president of Avon-based COCC, established this fund to benefit local charities. Formerly Connecticut Online Computer Center, Inc., COCC is a leading provider of technology for community banks and other financial institutions in the region.

Local Area Fund est. 2002

Established anonymously, this fund furthers the philanthropic goals of a local donor family.

Gifts
Anonymous

Grants

  • Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale University) | $25,000 in support of the 2016 Summer Festival
  • Yankee Institute for Public Policy | $25,000 in support of the organization and its mission

The Merz Family Fund est. 2016

This fund supports charitable, religious, and educational initiatives in Northwest Connecticut.

Gifts
Elizabeth and Kenneth Merz

Miles for Moe Fund est. 2011

Established by Torrington residents Emil and Colleen Renzullo, this donor advised fund honors the memory of their son by supporting LARC’s camp for children with and without special needs. The camp’s namesake, Emil “Moe” Renzullo, Jr., succumbed to leukemia in 2010 at age 12.

Gifts
$3,000-$4,999
Alcoa Howmet
Harvest Fest 5k/Silent Auction proceeds

$1,000-$2,999
Corinne and Dino Casali
1st Order, Inc.
Linnea and James Mescall, Esq. | in memory of Moe Renzullo and Henry Olson
Carole and Raymond Neag

$500-$999
Andrew Pace
Gregory Susla

$250-$499
BBB Cast
Maria and Allan Borghesi
Michael A. Carbone Building Contractor, Inc.
Robert F. Dwyer, Esq.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Administration
Mark Malloy
Susan and Dr. Joel Markowski
McDonald's #7809
O&G Industries, Inc.
Theroux, Nowell & Stoughton, LLC
Torrington Savings Bank
Vet’s Explosives, Inc.

$100-$249
All Star Storage-Torrington, LLC
Avid Concessions LLC
Dorothy Beckley
Alfred Bonvicini
Bowen Agency, LLC
Elinor and Gerard Carbone
Charles Collins
Cook Funeral Home
William A. Conti, Esq.
Explorations Charter School - Students and Staff
Klebe Fuel Company
Cheryl and Tim Kloczko
The Litchfield Bancorp
Daniel E. Livingston
Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly PC
Modern Yankee Builders, Inc.
Abigail and John Moore
Maryann and Terrence Musselman
Northwest Community Bank
Northwest Hills Credit Union
Dr. Matthew N. Pagano
Kathleen Petito
Petricone’s Torrington Pharmacy
Precision Auto, Inc.
Progressive Paving and Construction
Anthony L. Renzullo
Jeanne Ruwet and Thomas Howard
Sehnal Family | in memory of Henry Olson
Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial
Dennis Strand | in honor of Valeria Strand
Wood’s Pit BBQ & Mexican Cafe

Up to $99
Janet and Donald Aeschlimann
Philip Alexander
Asbestos Management Company, LLC
Gail Bado | in memory of Valeria Strand
Mary and Otto Barker
Janet and Raymond Binette
Mary Ann and Edward Boulanger
John Calkins
James Cammilletti
Gary Capitanio
Carmela Carbone
Jean and Robert Collins
Drs. Coutant, Sederquist, Nebor & Clauss
Corrine D'Angelo
Carol Deane
Barbara and Paul Denza
Barbara Dobos
Donna and Francis DuCotey
Eastside Electric Inc.
John Fabbri
Cathleen and Daryl Falk
Barbara Ferrarotti
Carol and Patrick Finn
Fire Equipment Headquarters, Inc.
Mary Jo Fuoco
James Fournier
Melissa Grauel and Douglas Craig
Mary Grinvalsky
Mary Jane and Richard Gryniuk
Jennifer Hart and Justin O'Neill
Irene Hricko
Iffland Lumber
Kathryn Josefow | in memory of Henry Olson
King, King & Associates
Antoinette Landor
Linda and Robert Lundberg
Cecilia Mescall | in memory of Henry Olson
Mary and Theodore Miasek
Joseph Mitchell
Modern Barber Shop
James Mogob
Nader Associates, LLC
Juli S. Nein
John Newkirk
Pauline and John Palladino
Jane and Frank Pennington
Rose Ponte
Robert Porter
Prudential Premier Homes
Christine and Joseph Quartiero
Gail J. Renzullo | in memory of Valeria Strand
Lisa and Michael Soliani
George Szigeti
Torrington Municipal and Teachers Federal Credit Union
Torrington Sash and Door
Union Savings Bank
Valerie Manor
Helen Villazon
Lee Ann Ward
Washington Real Estate Agency, Inc.

Grants

  • Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Center for Youth & Families | $1,000 in support of the purchase of a Smart TV, DVD Player, and Wall Mount for CHH Center for Youth & Families Bridges Program
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center | $4,000 in support of the purchase of new equipment in the cancer department
  • LARC, Inc. | $15,000 in support of camperships for Camp Moe, in memory of Emil, 'Moe', Renzullo, Jr.
  • Torrington Football Letterman's Club | $1,000 in support of purchase of the Huddle software program, in memory of Emil, 'Moe', Renzullo, Jr.
  • Torrington Varsity Alumni Club| $2,000 in support of scholar athletes at Torrington High School, in memory of Andy Pace

Robert C. Miller and Carol H. Miller Fund est. 2006

This fund benefits area charitable organizations.

Grants

  • Virginia Museum of Transportation | $200 in support of the Fire Up 611! Program
  • Oliver Wolcott Library, Inc. | $800 in support of the Carol H. Miller Memorial Books program

The Cara and Carl Muller Fund for Community Support est. 2006

The Mullers created this fund to support emerging community needs.

Gifts
$1,000-$2,999
Carl's True Value | in memory of Matthew Antoniazzi, Eleanor Barber, Marilyn Cleveland, Raymond "Brooklyn" Colangelo, Agnes "Aggie" Deane, John Motyka, John Polson, and Roberta Jean Waldron

$100-$249
Torrington Winsted Area Rotary Club | golf tournament proceeds

New Hartford Education Fund est. 2006

Grants from this fund support educational initiatives in the town of New Hartford.

The Molly O’Connell Fund est. 2011

This fund, established by family of the late Molly O’Connell, supports charitable, scientific, or educational initiatives.

One Twenty One Fund est. 2013

This fund supports charitable, scientific and educational initiatives in Northwest Connecticut.

Grant

  • The Norfolk Library | $4,000 in support of the organization and its mission

Brian J. O’Neil Memorial Fund est. 2004

This fund was established in memory of Mr. O’Neil, a native of Winsted, after his untimely death on December 3, 2004, at age 50. The husband of Gail Williams O’Neil, Mr. O’Neil was a respected businessman and graduate of The Gilbert School and Central Connecticut State University.

Gifts
$500-$999

Sandy and David Dolinsky

$100-$249
Pamela and David Corey
Terry and Todd Hall

Up to $99
William G. Harding

Barbara Oneglia Alvarez Tycienski Fund est. 1994

Established in honor of the late Barbara Oneglia Alvarez Tycienski, this fund was established to support youth organizations within the Community Foundation’s service area.

Gifts
$500-$999

The Francis J. & Louisa J. Oneglia Foundation, Inc.

$100-$249
Torrington Winsted Area Rotary Club

Up to $99
Jayne and Leo Martigneni | in memory of A. George Oneglia
Nancy and Andrew Smith | in memory of Dorothy Groden

Grant

  • After School Arts Program | $2,000 in support of transportation for student participants of the Inter-District Strings Project

Andrew Pike Memorial Fund est. 2010

Established by family of the late Andrew Pike, this donor advised fund supports charitable endeavors in Northwest Connecticut.

Gifts
$500-$999

Cory Pike | in memory of Andrew Pike

John A. Ponte Memorial Fund est. 2010

Established by Mr. Ponte’s friends and family, this fund is named for a popular Torrington businessman.

Rebensacla Fund est. 2010

Established anonymously, this fund supports charitable initiatives in Northwest Connecticut.

Gifts
Anonymous

Grant

  • Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal Church | $500 in support of operating expenses

Virginia and Joseph Ruwet Fund est 2016

This fund was established to honor life-long Torrington community members Virginia and Joseph Ruwet.

Gifts
$1,000-$2,999

Thomas Howard and Jeanne Ruwet

JoAnn Ryan Fund est. 2003

This fund was established to support various local charities

Polly and Wesley Strand and James L. Holmes Fund for Programs for Women and Children est. 2006

Torrington businesswoman Susan Strand established this fund to honor her late parents, Polly and Wesley Strand, and her uncle, James L. Holmes, for their devotion to community service.

Grant

  • Community Kitchen of Torrington | $2,000 in support of the organization and its mission

Seth L. Tracy Memorial Fund for Special Needs est. 2004

Established by the family of Seth Leo Tracy, this fund honors Seth’s memory with grants to organizations that serve individuals with special needs.

Grants

  • Autism Speaks | $250 in support of the organization and its mission
  • W. L. Gilbert Trust Corporation | $250 in support of the Student Emergency Fund

Weigold Family Fund est. 2001

This fund awards annual grants to nonprofit organizations that assist children with disabilities or terminal illnesses.

The Women & Girls Fund est. 1999

Established as a giving circle in 1999 by a small group of women who shared a concern for the real-life needs of local women and girls, the Women & Girls Fund has grown to more than 200 supporters who help women and girls develop skills, attain economic security, and improve their quality of life.

Gifts
$1,000-$2,999

Barbara Dughi and Christopher Brigham | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Northwest Community Bank | RHOK Jr. sponsorship
People's United Bank, Wealth Management | RHOK Jr. sponsorship
Nancy Wadhams

$500-$999
Julia DeMichiel Anthea Disney

$250-$499
Judy and David Addazio
JoAnn and Dr. Harry Briggs | in memory of Lisa Perretti Bodenstadt
Claire and Robert Dombi
Anna and J. Richard Heys
Carol Lugar
Barbara and James Millar
Jennifer Paul | The Hartford employee giving
Susan and Martin Schnurr
Lesa Vanotti | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Kathleen and Michael Voldstad
Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
Hon. Roberta Willis and Bill Willis
Women & Girls Fund reception donations

$100-$249
Joan Altschuler
Judi Armstrong
Ann and Travers Auburn
Cynthia Barrett
Tina Bernacki
Joanne Borduas | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Annesa Borla
Joyce Briggs | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Veronica Burns
Susan Carroll
Hope S. Childs
Hon. Margaret Cooley
Ellen and Carl Culbreth
Jeanne and William Danaher | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Sharon Dante | in memory of Mary Ellen Adamo
Andrea Doyle Asman, Esq.
Jonathan Dughi | in honor of Barbara Dughi
Peggy and Jeffrey Geddes | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Marie C. Gervasini
Betsy and Bill Goff
Carol and Michael Gould
Amanda S. Hill
Lynn Ray Hoopes
Farida and Ghulam Jilani
John M. Kelley
Debra Kenneson
Catherine Kerr
Corky Lavieri
Eileen and Peter Litwin
Lorraine and Louis Lubus
Robin and Hon. Michael Magistrali | in honor of the Wedding of Candy Perez and Nora Mocarski
Kerwin Mayers
Mary Jane and James Mazzarelli
Nancy Novogrod
Victoria and Fran Patrick
Janet Petricone
Martha and Kevin Phillips
Faith Poliquin
Heidi Picard-Ramsay
Louisa and Chip Roraback
Tina Rossi
Robin Ruwet-Turpin
Marlene and Christopher Smith
Judy Staubo
Carole St. Mark
Rachel Tway-Grant and Junior English | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Carol Walzer
Sandra Zielinski | in memory of Roberta Lee August

Up to $99
Berta Andrulis Mette
Berta and Matthew Andrulis Mette
Martha and Robert Bernstein
Polly Brooks | in honor of unsung women
Kim Brown
Cailin Cerruto
Gladys Cerruto
Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington
Judith Crouch
Abbey Darer
Ginny and Edward Davidson
Ingeleiv and Donald Day
Barbara Douglas
Barbara Douglass, Ph.D.
Carole Dmytryshak
Patricia Donovan
Nicole and Joel Easley
Ruth and Ed Epstein
Ingely Forbes
Linda and Paul R. Frank
Rosemary and David Frauenhofer, Esq.
Helen Trubek Glenn
Terry Goodwin
Gary Grant
Martha Green
Rachel Hart | in honor of Daria Hart
Barbara Herbst | in honor of Judi Armstrong
Anna and J. Richard Heys
Carrie Hodel
Ruthann and Paul Horvay
Housatonic Youth Service Bureau
Howd Lavieri & Finch
Roberta Janco
Kathleen Katrenya | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Laura Lasker
Nina LeMay
Diane Libby
Cheryl and Carl Lindquist
Kiau and Jo Loi | in memory of Ann Cuddy
Regina Madigan
Maura Malo
Jennifer Marchand | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Donna Marconi | in memory of Rita Pacheco
Joyce and Robert Marcotte
Eileen Marriott
Carolyn Mazzarelli
Barbara McCleary
Susan McGowan
Kathryn and Frederick Minck | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Judith and George Motel
Joan O’Brien
Joan and Morgan O’Brien, Esq. | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Cynthia Oneglia
Gloria Oneglia
Barbara Pappalardo
Victoria and Fran Patrick | in memory of Marilyn Reis Cleveland
Jennifer and The Honorable Leo Paul, Jr.
Shirley Pedone | in honor of Robin Pedone
Lorraine Petricone
Josephine Radocchio | in memory of Camille Radocchio
Lori Riiska CPA, LLC
Julie Scharnberg
Barbara Spiegel
Barbara Spiegel and Thomas Hodgkin
Barbara Stone
Norma Sweet-Loverin
Katharine and Walter Thompson
Faye Tway-Grant
Sanda and John Ursone
Ruth Ursone Napoleone
Marie Wallace | in memory of Roberta Lee August
The Hon. Roberta Willis and Mr. Bill Willis | in memory of Roberta Lee August
Mary Winslow
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Margaret Woodin

Grants

  • Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington | $3,500 in support of educational workshops on job search and readiness, and personal budgeting
  • Housatonic Youth Service Bureau | $1,400 in support of the Summer Internship program Mental Health Connecticut | $1,000 in support of the purchase of a laptop and printer, bus passes, and GED test preparation books
  • New Opportunities Inc. | $2,500 in support of two full-day workshops for personal development and goal-setting
  • Prime Time House | $2,000 in support of the Clubhouse Program, which helps to identify and remedy tuition needs; job-related wardrobe needs; and, job-related transportation needs, leading participants to economic self-sufficiency

Youth Fund est. 2000

Established through the generosity of the Borghesi family, the Youth Fund supports the Community Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program, which serves to perpetuate community leadership by helping young people develop positive connections to their communities. The Youth in Philanthropy program is designed to give young people a platform for expression and innovation that can bring about new and sustainable solutions to community issues. Through their participation in school-based youth in philanthropy councils, students learn lifelong lessons about charitable giving and volunteering. They make annual grant recommendations to the Community Foundation based on their examination of issues impacting youth, in particular, and their community, in general, and also help to raise money for this endowed fund.

Gifts
$100-$249
Judy Staubo

Designated Funds

Designated Funds are established to provide grants to specified nonprofit organizations in perpetuity. Often created by bequest, these funds ensure a steady stream of annual income to the fundholders’ favorite nonprofit organizations for as long as the nonprofit continues in the effective pursuit of its mission.

Mary H. Coutant Fund for Rising Star Camp est. 2001

Established in recognition of Mary H. Coutant’s contributions to the community, this endowment supports programs that benefit at-risk children through the Winchester Youth Service Bureau aged 5 to 15 by encouraging healthy choices and goal-setting.

Gifts
$250-$499

Sandra Roberts

$100-$249
Thomas Howard and Jeanne Ruwet

Grant

  • Northwest Connecticut YMCA, Winsted Branch | $1,500 in support of Rising Star Camp

Gillian and Polly Fund est. 2001

This endowed fund supports Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington and the Susan B. Anthony Project.

Grant

  • Susan B. Anthony Project | $350 in support of the organization and its mission

Dr. John S. Glenn Fund for Nurses est. 2000

Grants from this fund benefit clinical staff at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Gifts
$100-$249

Bette and Jerry Geci | in memory of Dr. John S. Glenn

Up to $99
Hon. Margaret Cooley
Jennifer Glenn Wuerker

Grant

  • Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Administration | $1,400 in support of the education of nurse

Holley-Doremus Fund est. 2010

Established by the late Mary Holley Doremus, of Harwinton, with the remainder of a trust created during her lifetime, this fund provides grants to a variety of area charitable organizations.

Grants
In support of the organization and its mission

  • Susan B. Anthony Project | $320
  • Community Mental Health Associates | $160 Harwinton Historical Society | $160 Harwinton Land Trust | $160
  • Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation | $160
  • Torrington Historical Society | $320
  • United Way of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. | $320

Keroden Designated Fund est. 2002

Established anonymously, this fund provides support for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Grants

  • Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Administration | $11,500 in support of the organization and its mission

Litchfield Community Center Music Fund est. 2002

Established by the late Dan North, this endowed fund supports danceable music programs held at the Litchfield Community Center

Grants

  • Litchfield Community Center, Inc. | $4,025 in support of the Youth & Teen Dance, Friday Feast & Dance, Troubadour, BrewFest, and the Donor Party
  • Litchfield Community Center Music Fund | $7,340 in support of Youth & Teen Dance; Friday Feast & Dance; SummerFest Gala; Kids Concert, Kais & Dollz Concert and Survivor's Swing Band
  • Litchfield Community Center Music Fund | $9,675 in support of Youth & Teen Programs, Bands for Fridays, Starry Night Cafe, Family Nights, and Music Afternoons

 

Agency Fund Contributions, Gifts and Disbursements

Agency Funds are established by nonprofits to support their charitable needs. The Community Foundation handles the management and stewardship of their charitable assets to enable a stable source of revenue for the nonprofit at a low cost. This frees the nonprofit and its board of directors to concentrate on the pursuit of the nonprofit’s charitable mission.

American Legion Post 46 Fund for Goshen Community Care and Hospice, Inc. est. 2008

Established with donations from the Legion post, this fund supports the work of Goshen Community Care and Hospice.

Susan B. Anthony Project Funds est. 2007

These funds support the Susan B. Anthony Project and its affiliated agencies. The Susan B. Anthony Project promotes safety, healing, and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence:

Susan B. Anthony Project Capital Improvement Reserve Fund
Susan B. Anthony Project Endowment Fund

Gifts
up to $99

Hon. Margaret Cooley
Rachel Hart | in honor of Daria Hart

Agency Contributions
Susan B. Anthony Project | $103,733.07

Agency Disbursements
Susan B Anthony Project Endowment Fund | $40,000

The Beekley Library Funds est. 2010

This collection of designated agency funds supports the charitable, scientific and educational purposes of and capital improvements to The Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library and maintenance of the library’s piano and gardens.

The Beekley Library Capital Fund
The Beekley Library Future Building Construction Fund
The Licia Beekley Garden and Winar Piano Fund
The Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library Endowment Fund

Agency Contribution | $500

Gift
$100-$249

Robin and Richard Weiss

The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills est. 2004

This fund provides complementary therapy programs, such as massage therapy, oncology nutrition, social work services and yoga, and provides financial support for cancer patients in active treatment. During 2016, more than 200 individuals donated more than $100,000, most in memory of loved ones. For a complete list of gifts, please contact The Center for Cancer Care P.O. Box 1801 Litchfield, CT 06759

Agency Disbursement
The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills | $175,000

Chore Service Endowment Fund est. 2009

This designated agency fund supports Chore Service, Inc. in perpetuity, a nonprofit that helps senior and disabled residents of Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, Norfolk, Salisbury and Sharon stay at home safely and independently.

Cornwall Conservation Trust Funds est. 2005-2016

These funds are used for land acquisition and management with the aim of preserving unspoiled open space for the benefit of the community at large. In addition to these funds, the Student Grants Fund provides scholarships to Region 1 students who demonstrate a concern for the environment:

Bennett Stewardship Fund Brokaw Stewardship Fund
Cooley Stewardship Fund
Dodd Stewardship Fund
Endowment Fund
Fox/Lane Stewardship Fund
General Stewardship Fund

Gift
up to $99

Hon. Margaret Cooley

Hare Stewardship Fund
Hart Stewardship Fund
Hofer Stewardship Fund
Ives Stewardship Fund
Operating Fund

Agency Disbursement
Cornwall Conservation Trust, Inc. | $120,000

Prud'homme Stewardship Fund
Rattlesnake Preserve Stewardship Fund Reserve Fund
Rogers Stewardship Fund Selby Stewardship Fund
Trinity Forest Stewardship Fund

Gift
$3,000-$4,999

Erica and Hector Prud’homme

VanValkenburgh/Burkardt Stewardship Fund
Walker Stewardship Fund

The Cornwall Foundation General Fund est. 2002

This fund supports The Cornwall Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents of Cornwall.

Agency Disbursement
Cornwall Foundation | $5,000

Cornwall Historical Society Funds

These funds support the charitable, scientific and educational mission of the Cornwall Historical Society with current income and long-term stability:

Cornwall Historical Society Endowment Fund est. 2012

Gift
up to $99

Hon. Margaret Cooley

Cornwall Historical Society-Norman Dorsen Fund est. 2014

Cornwall Library Fund est. 2008

Established through the Edwards Community Endowment Project, this permanent fund contributes to the library’s long-term stability.

Gift
$100-$249

Hon. Margaret Cooley

Five Points Gallery Fund est. 2013

This non-endowed fund was established to support the charitable purposes of Five Points Gallery.

Foundation for Norfolk Living, Inc. Fund est. 2006

This agency pass-through fund supports the charitable purposes of the Foundation for Norfolk Living.

Gift
$5,000-$9,999

Leila and Daniel Javitch

Friends of Hospice Funds est. 2002 and 2007

Multiple agency funds support Friends of Hospice, the foremost provider of services for terminally ill residents of Litchfield, Harwinton and Torrington:

Friends of Hospice Endowment Fund

Agency Disbursement
Friends of Hospice | $15,000

Friends of Hospice Mildred S. Pascale Fund

Gift
up to $99

Margaret and William Sullivan

Friends of Hospice Rockefeller Fund

Goshen Community Care and Hospice Fund est. 2005

Grants from this fund are used to help finance health care in the town of Goshen, especially for the elderly and chronically ill.

Goshen Historical Society Funds

These agency funds support the long-term needs and capital needs of the Goshen Historical Society:

Goshen Historical Society Capital Fund est. 2011
Goshen Historical Society Endowment Fund est. 2008

Goshen Public Library Endowment Fund est. 2006

This fund supports the Goshen Public Library in perpetuity.

Agency Contributions
Friends of Goshen Public Library | $4,000

Bernice H. Harmon Hospice Fund est. 2012

This endowed fund provides current income and long-term protection for the operations of the Goshen Community Care and Hospice, Inc.

Harwinton Library Friends Funds

These agency funds support the mission of Harwinton Library Friends as well as charitable scientific or educational initiatives in Harwinton:

Harwinton Library Friends Fund est. 2012
Harwinton Library Friends-Stasia Motuzick Endowment Fund est. 2015

Heritage Land Preservation Trust Funds est. 2008

These funds support the charitable purposes of the Heritage Land Preservation Trust:

Heritage Land Preservation Trust Endowment Fund
Heritage Land Preservation Trust Fund

Agency Disbursement
Heritage Land Preservation Trust, Inc. | $30,000

Heritage Land Preservation Trust Northwoods Fund

Theodore A. Hungerford Memorial Museum Association Endowment Fund est. 2010

This designated agency fund supports the museum and its mission in perpetuity.

The Institute for American Indian Studies Fund est. 2015

This endowed designated agency fund supports The Institute for American Indian Studies in its charitable mission to preserve and promote the spirit of the first people.

Agency Disbursement | $85,000

Litchfield Community Center Reserve Fund est. 2014

This agency fund supports the operations and capital needs of the Litchfield Community Center and its charitable, social, and educational initiatives.

Litchfield Garden Club Centennial Fund est. 2013

This agency fund was established to further the Litchfield Garden Club’s charitable mission to educate members and the public in scientific and artistic methods of gardening, stimulate interest in horticulture, encourage and assist in civic beautification, raise environmental awareness, and protect and conserve our national and  historic heritage.

Agency Contributions
Litchfield Garden Club | $700

The Little Guild Funds

These funds provide for long-term needs and support the charitable efforts of The Little Guild of Saint Francis, provide protection for operations, and support the charitable efforts of the shelter for homeless pets:

The Little Guild Endowment Fund est. 2011

Gifts
Up to $99

Hon. Margaret Cooley

The Little Guild Operational Fund est. 2012

Gifts
$500-$999

Elizabeth and James Fishman Sherry LaPorte

Agency Disbursement
Little Guild of Saint Francis | $150,000

Norfolk Connecticut Children’s Foundation Fund est. 2016

This fund supports the charitable mission of the Norfolk Connecticut Children's Foundation that no Norfolk child should be denied civic, educational, social, or cultural enrichment opportunities because of financial need.

Agency Contributions
Norfolk Connecticut Children's Foundation, Inc. | $350,569.87

Agency Disbursement
Norfolk Connecticut Children's Foundation | $10,000

Grant

  • Town of Norfolk | $5,000 in support of Weekend in Norfolk

The Norfolk Foundation Fund est. 2015

This fund supports the charitable purposes of the Norfolk Foundation, contributing to the sustainability and revitalization of Norfolk in relationship to the area’s natural, artistic, and cultural attractions.

Gifts
$20,000-$24,999
George M. Cronin Fund

$10,000-$14,999
Ruth and Stephen Melville

$500-$999
Leila and Daniel Javitch
Doreen and Michael Kelly

Agency Disbursement
The Norfolk Foundation | $20,648.45

Northwestern CT YMCA Funds est. 2007

These agency funds provide operational support and perpetuate the charitable purposes of the Northwestern Connecticut YMCA and support the YMCA’s efforts to nurture the development and leadership potential of area children and teens:

Northwestern CT YMCA Fund

Agency Contributions
Northwest Connecticut YMCA | $14,685.57

Agency Disbursements
Northwestern CT YMCA | $79,198

Northwestern CT YMCA Designated Project Fund
Northwestern CT YMCA Endowment Fund
Northwestern CT YMCA Youth Leadership Fund

Gifts
$100-$249

Roberta Lee August | in honor of Sandy Roberts

Agency Disbursements
Northwestern CT YMCA Youth Leadership Fund

Railroad Museum of New England – Hazel Koch Fund est. 2005

This fund supports the Railroad Museum of New England in perpetuity.

The River Stewards of Tomorrow Fund est. 2009

Proceeds from this designated agency endowment support the Housatonic Valley Association’s conservation efforts by educating and training future generations to be stewards of the environment.

Agency Contributions
Housatonic Valley Association | $500

Agency Disbursements
Housatonic Valley Association | $5,000

Sharon Land Trust Funds est. 2014

These funds support the protection and preservation of lands with special scenic, natural, environmental, recreational, historic, or agricultural value for the rural atmosphere of the town of Sharon. The Mary Moore Fund provides land stewardship for the nature preserve or sanctuary bequeathed to the Sharon Land Trust by Mary Moore:

Mary Moore Fund
Sharon Land Trust Endowment Fund
Sharon Land Trust Stewardship & Protection Fund

The Sharon Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund est. 2014

This fund furthers the charitable mission of the Sharon Woman’s Club to stimulate and encourage all efforts toward intellectual and social betterment in the home and in the community.

The Taconic Learning Center Fund est. 2014

This agency fund supports the charitable mission of the Taconic Learning Center to provide the opportunity and resources for lifelong education and self-development for residents of Northwest Connecticut and adjacent communities in New York and Massachusetts.

Agency Contributions
Taconic Learning Center | $5,000

Lee Tangarone Memorial Fund for Children's Programs and Collections est. 2012

This non-endowed fund supports children’s books, materials, and programming at the Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library.

Gifts
$100-$249
Ann and Travers Auburn
Sue and Blake Hall

Torrington-Winsted Rotary Fund est. 2002

The Torrington Rotary established this fund to support its continued service to the community.

Gifts
up to $99

Carl's True Value | in honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Bob & Regina Neal and the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Jim & Rita Zeller

Agency Contributions
Torrington Winsted Area Rotary Club | $434

Torrington Veteran’s Memorial Wall Fund est. 2013

This fund supports the maintenance of the Veteran's Memorial Wall located at 140 Main Street, Torrington, as well as the Association's charitable work to honor and memorialize local veterans and educate the public about the role of local veterans throughout history.

United Way Funds

These funds support the local United Way’s ongoing operations and support agency operations:

United Way of Northwest Connecticut’s “1943 Society” Fund est. 2005
United Way of Northwest CT Unrestricted Operating Fund est. 2011

VNA Northwest Endowment Fund est. 2016

This endowed agency fund was established to support the VNA Northwest CT charitable mission to provide home health, hospice and wellness programs in a professional and caring manner to residents of Litchfield County.

Agency Contributions
VNA Northwest, Inc. | $2,368,967.11

The Warner Theatre Sustainability Fund est. 2015

This agency fund supports the efforts of the Warner Theatre toward the development of performing, visual, and literary arts through media presentations and local community stage productions; the providing of a venue for local and regional organizations, and national touring companies, and artists; the providing of educational opportunities to all; and the preservation and maintenance of the historical Warner Theatre building, Nancy Marine Studio Theatre and the Warner Campus.

Gifts
$99,000-$150,000

O&G Industries, Inc.

$100-$249
Rose Ponte

Agency Contributions
Warner Theatre | $27,000

Warren Public Library Fund est. 2016

This fund supports the Warren Public Library in its mission to meet and anticipate the community’s intellectual and social needs, including providing a place for the discovery and exploration of ideas.

Agency Contributions
Warren Public Library | $53,839.56

Washington Art Association, Inc. Funds

These agency funds support the charitable purposes of the Washington Art Association:

Washington Art Association, Inc. Fund
Washington Art Association, Inc. Endowment Fund est. 2009
Washington Art Association Capital Campaign Fund est. 2015

Gifts
$5,000-$9,999

Elizabeth R. Rea

Agency Contributions
Washington Art Association, Inc. | $7,500

Agency Disbursements
Washington Art Association | $5,000

Washington Garden Club Investment Fund est. 2015

This agency fund supports the charitable mission of the Washington Garden Club to develop knowledge of and a love for gardening among its members and the public, to enhance the natural beauty of the Washington, Connecticut, community through civic plantings, and to promote the conservation of natural resources.

Winsted Area Child Care Center Endowment Fund est. 2012

This fund provides current income and long-term security for the Winsted Area Child Care Center.

Agency Contributions
Winsted Area Child Care Center | $10,000

Winsted Health Center Foundation Fund est. 2016

This fund supports the Winsted Health Center Foundation in perpetuity as the Foundation works to establish and maintain healthcare services primarily in Winchester, and the surrounding communities, to conduct education programs for the benefit of the public at large and to expand economic stability in the community through the provision of healthcare related employment.

Agency Contributions
Winsted Health Center Foundation | $972,892.64

Wisdom House Endowment Fund est. 2004

This endowment provides funding to support the mission of Wisdom House, a center for spiritual growth since 1949.

YMCA Camp Mohawk / Arlene Foulds Memorial Fund est. 2008

This fund, established in memory of Arlene Foulds, supports the YMCA’s Camp Mohawk for girls.

Agency Disbursements
YMCA Camp Mohawk, Inc. | $500

YMCA Camp Mohawk / Cindy Morse Leadership Development Fund est. 2006

Proceeds from this fund, established in memory of Cindy Morse and her inspirational leadership as a director and trustee of the camp, support the YMCA’s Camp Mohawk for Girls in perpetuity.

Agency Disbursements
YMCA Camp Mohawk, Inc. | $3,320

 

Scholarship Funds with Gifts and Awards

Scholarship and Academic Award Funds are established to support educational purposes. Fundholders can restrict a scholarship fund to students attending a specific educational institution or pursuing specific courses of study. Community Foundation staff work with guidance counselors and coaches to locate eligible students, facilitate the application process and award recipients.

Mary Ellen Adamo Scholarship Fund est. 2004

Established by the family of Mary Ellen Adamo to honor her memory, this fund provides tuition assistance to female students at Torrington’s Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts.

Russell Anderson, Carmen Brooks Anderson, and Henry Vail Brooks Scholarship Fund est. 2000

This fund provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Torrington High School who plan to major in industrial arts, teaching, or nursing. Recipients are chosen based on financial need, academic excellence, character and citizenship.

Scholarship Recipients
$23,000 awarded to 13 Torrington High School graduates

Betsy L. Bertoli Scholarship Fund est. 2001

Recipients of this scholarship are graduates of Torrington High School who plan to pursue a career in accounting or business administration/management.

Gifts
up to $99

Christine and John Koplas

Scholarship Recipient
$300 awarded to a Torrington High School graduate

Khurshed Bhumgara Fund est. 2014

Gifts
Estate of Khurshed Bhumgara

Scholarship Recipients
$9,300 awarded to 23 Northwest Connecticut students

Russell F. Bruno Scholarship Fund est. 2001

This fund provides an annual award to a Torrington High School graduate who has excelled in English and plans to pursue college studies in writing, literature, journalism, or related fields.

Jack and Ruth Calder Scholarship Fund est. 2002

This scholarship benefits deserving high school graduates from Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Litchfield, New Hartford, Norfolk, Torrington or Winsted.

Gifts
$100-$249

Penelope and Clement Sidlosky

up to $99
Lorraine and John Calder

Scholarship Recipient
$400 awarded to a Litchfield High School graduate

Mae Casali Bonvicini Scholarship Fund est. 2001

This scholarship was established to benefit outstanding graduates of Torrington High School with financial need who are pursuing degrees at four-year colleges or technical schools.

Scholarship Recipients
$2,250 awarded to three Torrington High School graduates

Steven A. Chupka Memorial Scholarship Fund est. 2001

Recipients are graduates of Oliver Wolcott Technical High School who demonstrate financial need, academic merit and community service. Preference may be given to students with an academic focus in electronics, but students pursuing other fields of study also are eligible to apply.

Gifts
$500-$999

Janice and Andrew Chupka

$100-$249
Geraldine Zimmerman | in memory of Paul Zimmerman

Scholarship Recipient
$350 awarded to Oliver Wolcott Technical High School graduate

Tim Considine Memorial Scholarship Fund est. 2013

Established in honor of beloved community member Tim Considine, this fund provides support to Torrington residents currently enrolled as seniors in a high school or vocational technical school who are seeking admission to an accredited university. Preference is given to students who participate in school and/or organized sports while demonstrating academic achievement and a commitment to organized religion and who display exemplary character through either extracurricular accomplishments or community service.

Gifts
$5,000-$9,999

Tee It Up for T. Cons proceeds

$1,000-$2,999
Kevin Mahon – ALS & Tim Considine Fundraiser

$100-$249
Barbara and Paul Denza
Ann Marie and Steven Lancor
Terina and Michael Smith | in memory of James Pellegren
Joan Becker
Anthony J. Boucino Jr
Jane Gill
A. H. Harris & Sons Inc.
Knights of Columbus
Wendy and Frank Maggiorotto
Janet and Kevin Michel
Michael Pellegren
Jayne and Norman Sholtis
Barbara Speight
James Telesco
Evelyn Triggs
Walter Yonkaitis

Up to $99
in memory of James Pellegren
Debra and Michael Bednarz
Kathy Belizze
Thomas Caputi
Cheryl Considine
Kimberly and Scott Corwin
Pat, Carol, Maggie, Kevin and Connor Finn
Mary and Lee Kilmer
Myra Monteagudo
Phillip Pellegren
Donna and Robert Puzacke
Elizabeth and Willard Reynolds
Robert Spadaccini
Warren Wezel
Kim Joyce Wien

Scholarship Recipients
$2,000 awarded to two Torrington graduates

Dick Cooke Memorial Scholarship Fund est. 2011

This fund benefits Torrington High School graduates who demonstrate financial need academic merit and community service.

Scholarship Recipient
$900 awarded to a Torrington High School graduate

Cornwall Conservation Trust Student Grants Fund est. 2008

The Student Grants Fund provides scholarships to Region 1 students who demonstrate a concern for the environment.

Scholarship Recipients
$5,200 awarded to nine Region 1 graduates

Jeannine and Gerald Coutu Memorial Fund est. 2008

This fund was established by the three Coutu children in honor of their parents, longtime residents of Canton.

Edward W. Diskavich Scholarship Fund est. 2016

Mr. Diskavich established this fund through his estate planning to support the educational goals of graduates of Oliver Wolcott Technical School.

Gifts
Estate of Edward W. Diskavich

Scholarship Recipients
$3,200 awarded to 10 Northwest Corner graduates

Frances H. Ducci Scholarship Fund est. 2003

Mrs. Ducci, who was a resident of New Hartford, established this endowed scholarship fund to benefit graduates of a public high school who reside in the Community Foundation’s service area.

Gifts
$1,000-$2,999

Elaine and Paul Dinto
Paul Dinto

Up to $99
Bonnie Simon

Scholarship Recipients
$3,500 awarded to four Northwest Connecticut students

Marion Wm. Edwards Scholarship Fund est. 2000

This scholarship benefits Torrington High School graduates who are continuing in Italian studies.

Michele Farley Pittler Scholarship Fund est. 2002

This memorial fund provides scholarships to Torrington High School graduates based on financial need, academic merit, and community service.

Scholarship Recipients
$1,300 awarded to two Torrington High School graduates

Charles and Pierina Fossati Scholarship Fund est. 2009

Established through a bequest by Eleanor Fossati in memory of her parents, this scholarship is awarded to Torrington High School graduates who demonstrate financial need, exemplary character and academic achievement.

Scholarship Recipient
$900 awarded to a Torrington High School graduate

Italian-American Republican Club Scholarship Fund est. 2000

Recipients are Torrington residents of Italian descent entering their junior or senior year of college who are majoring in political science, government, history, or pre-law.

Diane and Jeff Johnson Scholarship Fund est. 2009

This scholarship fund benefits Goshen residents based on financial need and extracurricular accomplishments.

Scholarship Recipients
$6,000 awarded to two Goshen students

Earle R. Julian Scholarship Fund est. 2005

Established by Elizabeth Julian in memory of her late brother, this scholarship benefits past graduates of St. Anthony School who plan to pursue a career in accounting.

Health Care Auxiliary Scholarship Fund

This fund supports the educational goals of Region 1 students pursuing a career in the healthcare field.

Agency Contributions
Health Care Auxiliary $168,861.10

John A. and Ann K. Mettling Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in honor of John and Ann Mettling.

Scholarship Recipients
$500 awarded to one Northwest Connecticut graduate

Kenneth K. Mills Scholarship Fund est. 2006

Per the will of Mr. Mills, this fund provides scholarships to Shepaug Valley Regional High School graduates who will be attending Rutgers University.

Chuck Pataky Memorial Scholarship Fund est. 2012

This scholarship supports graduating senior(s) at Torrington High School who participate in athletics and demonstrate exceptional character, effort, and determination despite challenging life circumstances.

Scholarship Recipient
$800 awarded to one Torrington High School graduate

Friends of John Ponte Memorial Scholarship Fund est. 2010

Established in tribute to a prominent Torrington businessman and community activist who died unexpectedly in 2004 at age 44, this fund provides scholarship support for graduating high school athletes who exemplify traits possessed by Mr. Ponte, including character, leadership, scholarship and athletic achievement.

Gift
$100-$249

Rose Ponte | in memory of John Ponte

Scholarship Recipients
$1,000 awarded to two Northwest Connecticut students

The Rivera Family Fund for Arts and Music est. 2015

Established through a bequest from Torrington resident Mary Elizabeth Rivera, this fund supports the advancement of the arts and music through scholarships.

Alan Silano Memorial Scholarship Fund est. 2007

This fund was established in memory of Torrington educator Alan Silano.

Arthur R. Smith Scholarship Fund est. 2001

This fund was established in memory of a venerable teacher at South Kent School. Each year, the faculty designates a scholarship recipient who exemplifies traits possessed by Mr. Smith, including intellectual curiosity, moral integrity, and a sense of humor.

Southwest School Scholarship in Memory of Marion Wm. Edwards Fund est. 2000

Established in memory of Marion Wm. Edwards by his wife, the late Alice Fabro Edwards, this fund makes an annual award to a Torrington High School graduate who also graduated from Southwest Elementary School in Torrington.

Scholarship Recipient
$350 awarded to Southwest Elementary School graduate.

Apolonia Stanulis Scholarship Fund est. 1997

Through a bequest in his will, Vincent J. Stanulis established this endowment to honor his mother. Recipients are residents of the Community Foundation’s service area who are entering any year of undergraduate or graduate school.

Scholarship Recipients
​$26,500 awarded to 43 Northwest Connecticut students.

Torrington High School Scholarship Funds

This collection of scholarships supports the continuing education of graduates of Torrington High School:

Anthony "Frank" Amicone Memorial Fund
Stephen G. Andre Memorial Scholarship Fund
Regina Tate Balfe Memorial Nursing Fund
David R. Bennett Scholarship Fund
Erman Cavagnero Memorial Scholarship Fund
Fred J. Coffin Memorial Scholarship Fund
Shawn Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund
Eva M. Coty Memorial Scholarship Fund
Helen H. Dautrich Scholarship Fund
John Denza Memorial Scholarship Fund
Cornelius Donahue Memorial Scholarship Fund
Robert G. Doyle Memorial Scholarship Fund

Gifts
$500-$999

Marcia Doyle
Maletta Pfeiffer & Associates, LLC

$100-$249
Mary Ellen and Ronald Peasley

East School PTO Robert Kelly Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth & Santo Fainelli Scholarship Fund
Kathleen T. Finn Memorial Scholarship Fund

Gifts
$100-$249

Dr. Alfred J. Finn

Bob and Ray Good Scholarship Fund

Gifts
$1,000-$2,999

Margaret Good | in memory of Raymond Good and Robert Good

$100-$249
Rita Barredo
Lucille Good | in memory of Raymond Good in memory of Robert Good
Lucille Good and Family

Up to $99
in memory of Raymond Good
Barbara and Frank Bonello
Bernadine Brancale and James Osgood
Diane and Gary Burton
Patricia and Richard Clemmer
Joseph Gelormino | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Mary Keyes

in memory of Robert Good
Patricia Cahill
Phyllis and David Craig
Laura Crump
Roger Crump
Rita-Clare and Robert Doyle
Gary Finn
Joseph Gelormino | with a matching gift from Torrington Savings Bank
Maria and Daniel Giambersio
Annette and Anthony Lombardi
Joan Monteleone
Sharon and Donald Newkirk
Dolores and Anthony Sacchetti
Jeri Soltis
Richard Stevenson
Aurelia Sultaire
Ann and Louis Szabo

Florence Hakalski Scholarship Fund
Michael G. Haschak Scholarship Fund
Robert C. & Margaret G. Lizotte Art Scholarship Fund
Julia McDonnell/Henry Fries Scholarship Fund

Gift
$100-$249

Mary Ann and Lou Seiser | in memory of Kristopher McDonnell and Nancy McDonnell Goodwin

Frank “Frankie” J. McGowan, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
James Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Victor Muschell, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
North School PTO Scholarship Fund
Robert H. Frost Memorial Scholarship Fund
Frank Kalinowski Memorial Scholarship Fund
Robert J. Lariviere, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Nursing/Industrial Arts Scholarship Fund
Cpl. Gerald J. Roberts Art Scholarship Fund
Piemontese Club Memorial Scholarship Fund
Leonard Rendino Scholarship Fund
Joseph and Bernice Repas Scholarship Fund
Margaret Ringstad Riefe Scholarship Fund
Dr. Shenoi & Family Scholarship Fund
Jeff Stannard Memorial Scholarship Fund

Gift
$500-$999

Darlene and Lucian Stannard

Student Council Scholarship Fund
Nellie J. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund
Mariantonia Tate Memorial Allied Health Scholarship Fund
Temkin Family Valedictory Award Fund

Gifts
$3,000-$4,999

Gayle and Steven Temkin
Zena Temkin

Torrington High School Pooled Scholarship Fund
Torrington Lithuanian Mutual Benefit Club Scholarship Fund
Frederick J. Wilcox Sportsmanship Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Recipients
$12,500 awarded to 32 Torrington High School graduates.

Torrington UNICO Foundation Scholarships est. 2010

A composite of 14 annual awards named for prominent community leaders and UNICO members, these scholarships assist area youth with the cost of higher education in perpetuity.

Gifts
$1,000-$2,999

Edith Scopino

$500-$999
Annamarie Corrolo

$250-$499
Stephen Petricone | in support of the Fiore Petricone Scholarship

$100-$249
Angela Flammia | in memory of Linda Szczech and in support of the Francis J. and Donald G. Albreada Scholarship Fund
Paula and Robert Lynch | in memory of Joseph Petricone Sr.
Rita and James Zeller | in support of the Fiore Petricone Scholarship

up to $99
Rita and Roger Broggi | in memory of Joseph Petricone Sr.
Gloria Cianciolo | in memory of Linda Szczech in support of the Francis J. and Donald G. Albreada Scholarship Fund
Carole and James Conner | in memory of Joseph Petricone Sr.
Fedor Family: Steve, Wendy, Emmy and Cassie | in memory of Joseph Petricone
Mary Locche | in memory of Linda Szczech and in support of the Francis J. and Donald G. Albreada Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Recipients
$20,700 awarded to 21 students in Northwest Connecticut

Albert C. and Rose Turri Scholarship Fund est. 2010

Established by family of the late Albert C. Turri, this scholarship supports area students pursuing postsecondary degrees in the fields of electrical engineering or electronics. The fund honors Mr. Turri’s legacy as founder of Turri Electric Co. in 1946.

Scholarship Recipients
$5,000 awarded to three students in Northwest Connecticut

United Nations Association of NW Connecticut Scholarship Funds

The UNA scholarship funds support a United Nations Association scholarship administered by The United Nations Association. Scholarships benefit graduates of public high schools in Northwest Connecticut. Recipients demonstrate academic merit, interest in international issues, foreign language proficiency, and a commitment to social betterment.

United Nations Association of NW Connecticut Scholarship for International Cooperation in memory of Lisl C. Standen est. 2009

Scholarship Recipient
$2,000 awarded to two Northwest Corner students

The United Nations Association of Connecticut Scholarship Fund est. 2015

Scholarship Recipients
$1,000 awarded to a Northwest Corner student

Westside School Association/Harry Arsego Memorial Scholarship Fund est. 2001

This scholarship supports students attending the Warner Center for Performing Arts with tuition expenses.

James P. and Mildred Gregg Zucco Scholarship Fund est. 2001

This scholarship supports graduates of The Gilbert School, Oliver Wolcott Technical High School, and Northwest Regional District 7 High School. Selection is based on financial need, academic merit, and community service.

Scholarship Recipients
$7,500 awarded to 12 Northwest Connecticut students

 

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) provide income for donors and/or their family members for a fixed number of years. Then, the balance is transferred to the Community Foundation to be used toward donor’s specific charitable interests.

Joshua Girolimon CRT Fund est. 2010

This fund was established by the family of Joshua Girolimon to support his medical needs during his lifetime. In the future, the Community Foundation will use proceeds from the remainder of the trust to support nonprofits in his honor.

Frank and Vivienne Vanoni CRT Fund est. 2005

Established by Dr. Vanoni and his late wife, Vivienne, this fund provides income for Dr. Vanoni during his lifetime. In the future, the Community Foundation will use proceeds from the remainder of the trust to support nonprofits in their honor.

 

Supporting Organizations

Supporting Organizations are similar to private foundations in that they operate with a separate board of directors with grant-making responsibilities, but because they operate under the “umbrella” of the Community Foundation, they operate more efficiently and with the benefits of a public charity. Directors enjoy a high amount of involvement in their philanthropy while benefiting from the Community Foundation’s grant and investment expertise and administrative support.

Foundation For Community Health

Foundation for Community Health supports organizations that work to maintain and improve the physical and mental health of residents* served by Sharon Hospital and organizations that provide community healthcare services within those areas. *Canaan, Cornwall, Cornwall Bridge, Warren, East Canaan, Falls Village, Goshen, Kent, Lakeville, Lime Rock, Norfolk, Salisbury, Sharon, South Kent, Taconic, West Cornwall in Connecticut, as well as the New York communities of Amenia, Ancram, Ancramdale, Copake, Copake Falls, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, Pine Plains, Stanfordville, Wassaic and Wingdale.

John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation

The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation was created for the purpose of protecting and improving the welfare of animals of all kinds with a focus on cats and dogs, the promotion of veterinary programs, and the protection of wildlife, including endangered species, flora and fauna.

Grants

  • Adopt-A-Dog, Inc. | $21,000 in support of the purchase of kennel runs for the Isolation Building
  • Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc | $29,160 in support of the creation of a funding and governance plan for long-term sustainability
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine | $50,000 in support of Year 2 of Dr. Berliner's Shelter Medicine Experiential Learning and Educational Program
  • Friends of the Great Swamp | $45,600 in support of the creation of a formal Management Plan, the cost of the first two years of Plan implementation, surveying and marking boundaries of newly acquired parcels in the Great Swamp
  • Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, Inc. | $95,000 in support of renovation and improvement of the shelter
  • Hartland Land Trust | $1,920 in support of biological survey and mapping of Bassett-Kell Preserve
  • Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc | $20,000 in support of K-12 education and the Young Men & Young Women at the Helm programs
  • Mohonk Preserve, Inc. | $15,000 in support the STEM Rising program
  • New York Restoration Project | $20,000 in support of the Nature in My Neighborhood program
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College | $4,198 in support of a Vet-Tech program scholarship
  • Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary | $100,000 in support of Phase Three construction at the Ashford Sanctuary to increase housing for cats and dogs
  • Protectors of Animals | $50,000 in support of the purchase of surgical/medical and non-medical equipment and consumables for the spay/neuter and wellness clinic
  • Sea Research Foundation | $30,000 in support of 1,500 underserved students and their educators from Greater Hartford and surrounding urban areas to visit Mystic Aquarium
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine | $75,000 in support of a post-doctoral fellow position for the Swine Cognition and Welfare project

 

Corporate Partnerships

Corporate Partnerships are customized corporate giving programs that align with the values and culture of individual companies. The right giving plan improves employee morale, builds brand visibility and recognition, fosters customer loyalty, and maximizes the impact of your company’s giving and its return in tax benefits. Corporate giving plans often include donor advised grant-making funds, match employee contributions, and offer contributions as part of employee-reward programs.

Cotiviti

Cotiviti of Atlanta, Ga. with offices in Connecticut is a leading payment accuracy provider that helps healthcare payers and retailers achieve their business objectives by unlocking value from the incongruities it discovers in complex interactions with stakeholders. Cotivit donated 100 Lenovo T420 laptop computers and 40 Lenovo ThinkCentre M91p computers to the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. These computers are donated to nonprofits throughout Northwest Connecticut.

 

Investment Report

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation prides itself on providing prudent stewardship of a sizeable community endowment designed to benefit future generations of Northwest Connecticut citizens. Our investment objective is to maximize the endowment’s purchasing power by pursuing long-term investment results that exceed the spending policy—the amount needed for grants and expenses—plus inflation. This allows for sufficient and predictable growth to meet pressing community needs while providing capital preservation into the future.

The oversight and assessment of the Foundation’s investments are conducted by its Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Dedicated to the pursuit of strong returns within acceptable risk tolerances, the Investment Committee employs an asset-allocation strategy designed to capitalize on a well-diversified portfolio that performs well during a variety of market and economic conditions.

In doing so, the Investment Committee considers past and expected future performance of available asset classes, including investment strategies of other community foundations, nonprofit endowments and charitable funds, along with a variety of widely accepted performance benchmarks.

Performance

The 5-year net annual return ending December 31, 2016, is 11.53%; and 7-year, 10.34%.

Returns Net of Investment Manager Fees

  2016 2015
Coporate 3.88%

3.68%

Trust

4.14%

-1.09%

 For a complete set of our audited financial statements, Form 990 or for information on our investment policies and/or our Investment Committee, please visit contact us at 860.626.1245 or info@northwestcf.org.

Audited Financials

Statement of Financial Position
For the year ended December 31, 2016, with comparable totals for 2015

Statement of Activities
For the year ended December 31, 2016, with comparable totals for 2015

For a complete audit or 990, contact us at 860.626.1245

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.