The Guilford Foundation connects people who care to the causes that matter to them, to enrich the quality of life in Guilford. Established in 1975 as a community foundation, the Foundation builds and maintains a charitable endowment valued at nearly $2.5 million and uses a portion of the annual income to address the needs of the Guilford community.
The Guilford Foundation (TGF) is pleased to announce that we have committed over $120,000 for initiatives and organizations serving Guilford in 2017, the most ever and a 17% increase from fiscal year 2016. This reflects 13 grants made through our competitive grant making (complete list below), 12 scholarship awards to graduating Guilford High School students, 10 grants from designated funds for local organizations, and investments in TGF-driven leadership initiatives (including the Shoreline Nonprofit Workshop Series).
In just the first half of 2017, TGF provided thirteen grants though our competitive grant making process ranging from $600 to repair Osprey platforms along the Guilford shoreline to $20,000 support the first performing arts festival in Guilford. A complete list of competitive grants made in 2017 is as follows:
The Guilford Foundation recently presented scholarship awards totaling $12,300 to twelve Guilford High School graduates to help offset the costs of their education. The records of these remarkable students reflect their hard work and commitment to personal development and inspire hope in the future citizenry of our great town.
The twelve students (as well as their colleges) are as follows:
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.
The 2016 scholarship recipients are:
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.”
The Guilford Foundation’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) recently granted the following awards:
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.
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.
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.