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Donor-Advised Fund Provides the Flexibility for Education and Environmental Support

Acquiring an important piece of open space, providing environmental education, or maintaining trails and building a viewing platform are among the community investments envisioned by William (Bill) Bloss, who recently established the Jared Eliot Fund on behalf of an anonymous donor.

The donor-advised fund was started with a $200,000 contribution and will focus on environmental issues, the preservation of open space and improving educational services in Guilford. Bloss explains the unusual sequence of events that led to the establishment of this latest fund at The Guilford Foundation.

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12 scholarships totaling $11,450 to Guilford High School Graduating seniors

The 2016 scholarship recipients are:

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Guilford Art Center Launches Endowment Fund with the Guilford Foundation

With the support of a generous matching donor, the Guilford Art Center is launching an agency endowment with the Guilford Foundation, a permanent legacy fund to create long-term income for the Center.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Guilford Foundation to create this endowment, and extremely grateful to the Eder Family Foundation for matching the funds we raise,” says Art Center Executive Director Maureen Belden. “We hope this generosity will inspire others who wish to give in this way, which will help support all of the benefits of the arts in our shoreline community.”

“The mission of the Guilford Foundation is to connect people who care with causes that matter to them,” states Liza Janssen Petra, Executive Director of the Guilford Foundation. “In this case, the cause is the Guilford Art Center and the Eder Family Foundation is leading the charge among the people who care for the Center. The Guilford Foundation is delighted to steward this connection through a permanent legacy fund that will support the Center forever.”

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TGF’s Youth Advisory Group Grants $10,396 in 2016

The Guilford Foundation’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) recently granted the following awards:

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Guilford Foundation Awards $10,850 in Grants In June

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) is pleased to announce grant awards to five organizations serving Guilford. The awards ranged from $500 to $4,550 and support youth, case management for children and families, and the environment.


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Guilford Foundation Awards $16,300 in Grants in March 2016

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) is pleased to announce grant awards to six organizations serving Guilford. The grants ranged from $1,200 to $5,000 and support kids, the environment, and basic needs.

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Guilford Foundation Hosts Press Conference on Guilford’s Housing Needs

The Guilford Foundation assembled local leaders, service providers and community members on January 12, 2016 at the Guilford Free Library to review work to date on efforts around housing in Guilford. The event concluded with the premiere screening of an informational video that shows testimonials of real citizens who are impacted by the lack of housing diversity in Guilford.

Sandy Ruoff, Chair of the Town Committee on Housing For Economic Development; Mary Jo Kestner, GF Board of Directors; Liza Janssen Petra, Executive Director of GF; and James Mancini, Board President of GF

The Guilford Foundation (GF) works to connect people who care with causes that matter to them to improve the quality of life in Guilford now and for generations to come. GF does this by pooling contributions from like-minded citizens, managing these funds with professional guidance, and then carefully granting a portion of the income generated to organizations that serve the community.  GF’s efforts are more than just about grants, however, as is demonstrated through the efforts around housing. GF also works to identify emerging or unmet needs in the community and address those issues proactively.

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Community Survey Shows that Guilford Needs More Affordable Housing

Guilford needs more affordable housing, particularly low-priced, single-family homes, and housing that provides more options for seniors and young families would improve the town, a survey conducted by the Guilford Foundation and Guilford Interfaith Housing found.

The survey distributed last summer drew responses from nearly 400 residents, with a strong level of agreement on several points. Nearly 70% of respondents said more affordable housing would be a benefit to Guilford, with the same proportion listing “modest single-family homes” as the most important priority. The next highest priority was two-bedroom rentals, at 45%.

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Guilford Housing Needs ~ Video

Guilford Housing Video – 2016 Final

Please click the link above to watch the video on YouTube.

Guilford Foundation 40th Anniversary Fund Drive for the Future

As the Guilford Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary, a pair of local philanthropists has pledged a major gift that will help fund the town’s changing needs as they arise.

Guilford Foundation Vice President Roger Joyce and Director Dee Lundberg have each committed $20,000 toward the Guilford Foundation 40th Anniversary Fund Drive, a total of $40,000 that the Foundation hopes will be matched by donors in the community.

Dee & Bruce Lundberg

Since it was founded in 1975 to plant and maintain trees on the Guilford Green, the Foundation has grown to more than $1.9 million in assets and will distribute over $87,000 this year. It has a number of separate funds dedicated to causes such as education and the environment, but Joyce and Lundberg want to make sure the Foundation also has general-purpose funds to address emerging needs.

Lundberg, a longtime community volunteer, joined with Joyce, Vice Chairman of Bilco Manufacturing in New Haven, to commemorate the anniversary in an attention-grabbing way.

“We want to celebrate the 40th anniversary in a special way—we thought $40,000 between the two families was a good number,” said Lundberg, whose husband Bruce is a Yale oncologist.

Roger & Connie Joyce

“We are sponsoring this fund for two reasons,” added Joyce, who made the pledge with his wife, Connie.  “We want to recognize the vision of the founders (some of whom we knew personally) who created a place for local philanthropy. Also, after 40 years, the needs of Guilford and its residents have grown dramatically.”

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