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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.
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.
“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.”
The Guilford High School Interact Club Youth Advisory Group (YAG), an initiative of the Guilford Foundation to promote youth philanthropy, raised over $10,000 in donations during the 2014-15 school year, awarded grants totaling $7,475 to six organizations serving Guilford, and invested $7,000 into their permanent endowment fund.
The Guilford Foundation recently presented scholarship awards totaling $11,600 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:
- Elizabeth C. Adams Fund: Krisandra Cusanelli (Wheaton College) & Jessie Pelosi (University at Buffalo)
- Carl A. Balestracci, Jr. Humanitarian Fund: Joseph Iassogna (University of Virginia) & Emma Munson (North Carolina State University
- Al and Gene Bishop Fund for Vocational & Industrial Arts: Samantha Zuniga (Johnson & Wales Providence
- Stuart D. Burt Fund: Edward Gresham (Loyola Marymount University
- Stephen A. Looney Fund: Madeline Weil & Noah Rattet (Eastern Connecticut State University)
- Jake Penman Memorial Fund: Kay Horan (University of South Carolina)
- Ralph Schipani Scholarship Fund: Mackenzie Iasparra (Quinnipiac University) & John Suchy (Bridgewater State University)
- Elizabeth M. “Lizzie” Schwanfelder Scholarship Fund: Olivia Watrous (Northeastern University)
The Guilford Foundation salutes these community members and their families for this special recognition. TGF also gratefully acknowledges the Guilford High School Guidance Office for their assistance in identifying these students. For more information about the scholarships or the Guilford Foundation, go to www.guilfordfoundation.org.
The Guilford Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards to four organizations serving Guilford. The grants ranged from $750 to $5,000 and support youth, affordable housing and the arts.
The largest grant went to Lifelinx, Inc., an addictions recovery support organization that helps people who are in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders. Lifelinx recently established a sober residential program and is building four units of affordable permanent housing for families so that program participants can reconnect with the community in a healthy and resilient fashion. The $5,000 grant from Guilford Foundation funds architectural and engineering services, and supports existing funding awarded from the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund. Housing diversity remains a key focus of the Guilford Foundation as we work to education and address the lack of available housing stock in our town.
In December, the Guilford Foundation (TGF) Board of Directors awarded 7 grants to organizations serving Guilford, totaling $30,300 and ranging in size from $1,300 to $7,500. The grants cover a number of issues, including ESL training, nutrition programs for shoreline residents who struggle financially, programs for individuals with different abilities, and programs for children. In addition, TGF is pleased to announce that $7,500 will go to the Partnership for Strong Communities to help Guilford address our lack of diverse housing, an issue of key focus for TGF.
Board President Tom Pinchbeck noted, “We are pleased to support these organizations serving Guilford’s neediest families and who enhance our town’s quality of life. With these grants, the Guilford Foundation has invested a total of $77,499 in Guilford in 2014, and we are grateful to those donors and supporters whose contributions allow us to meet Guilford’s unique needs.”
At a time when families gather to celebrate the holiday season with neighbors and loved ones, the community also takes time to consider the needs of those who may not be able to provide the kind of meals for their family they would like or need. Guilford is a town with great wealth, but we have community members among us who need our support.
The Guilford Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of a permanent source of funding for the two local organizations that provide food for those in need: the Guilford Food Bank and the Saint George Food Pantry. Anita Catardi formally created the Catardi Family Loaves & Fishes Fund in memory of her husband, Salvatore Catardi, on National Hunger Awareness Day (September 4, 2014).
In April, YAG made grant awards to the following 6 local organizations:
- $1,750 to Guilford Social Services for their back to school program
- $1,500 to Women & Family Life Center for “Safe Search”
- $1,000 to the Guilford Free Library for software for 3D printing
- $1,000 to Shoreline Arts Alliance for Shakespearean Summer Camp for youth
- $500 to Guilford High School’s Apple Pi Robotics for a new robot
- $250 to Guilford Art Center for GHS field trips
The GF Board of Directors was impressed by the group’s energetic fundraising and thoughtful deliberation of the grant applications. YAG continues to exceed expectations around the promotion and development of youth philanthropy. Kudos to Allen Jacobs and Patricia DeChiara for their volunteer guidance of these students.
The Guilford Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 scholarship awards, which were presented at the GHS Awards Night on June 2, 2014:
- $1,500 Stuart D. Burt Fund Scholarship to Madeline Blank
- $1,200 Al & Gene Bishop Fund for Vocational & Industrial Arts Scholarship to Michael Montesano
- $1,100 Elizabeth “Lizzie” Schwanfelder Fund Scholarship to Megan Burke
- $500 Carl A. Balestracci, Jr Humanitarian Fund Scholarship to Kathryn Van Steenbergen
- $500 Carl A. Balestracci, Jr Humanitarian Fund Scholarship to Michael Greco
- $500 Elisabeth Adams Fund Scholarship to Claire Suites
- $500 Elisabeth Adams Fund Scholarship to Jake Morgan
- $500 Stephen A. Looney Fund Scholarship to Wyatt Vilaseca
- $500 Stephen A. Looney Fund Scholarship to Claire Weil