The Board of Directors recently approved three grants, of nine received, from our March 1, 2014, deadline submissions. Because the Guilford Foundation has decided to focus the majority of our grant making this year on housing concerns in Guilford, we were faced with the difficult situation of being unable to fund several worthy requests.
We are pleased to report, however, that two of the grants responded in some way to the need for housing opportunities for young adults, seniors, and families with low or moderate income: requests from the Women & Family Life Center and Lifelinx each addressed the issue in some way. Our third grant supports the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Guilford’s 375th Anniversary.
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Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery recently provided the Guilford Foundation with a $8,460.28 check to support a new permanent legacy fund: The Lee Family Fund to Support the Guilford Community Fund. This donation reflects the results of a fund drive held in November 2013 that encouraged shoppers to give a tax-deductible donation at check out. Bishop’s also encouraged employees to donate, and, in the end, matched all donations.
The Guilford Community Fund Endowment is being established through the generosity of Bill and Kate Lee and their family, who are longtime supporters of both the Guilford Foundation and the Guilford Community Fund. The Lees have offered up to $25,000 to this effort if the community can match it.
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Building community foundations takes time, and it takes support from many areas. But the long term impacts are tremendous: we are a permanent and growing source of income to invest in the Guilford Community; a permanent vehicle for local philanthropy; and an independent community leader.
We are so grateful for the response to our recent appeal for operating support. As of today, supporters have donated $14,930, not including the $10,000 challenge gift from an anonymous donor. This means we can continue our efforts to build the capital we need to meet the needs of local nonprofits.
Last year, the Guilford Foundation granted nearly $70,000 to organizations serving Guilford– a 30% increase from 2010. And while numbers are important, our assistance to the community goes beyond grant making to leading special projects (such as fuel assistance and housing) and partnering with funders, businesses and others to leverage support.
We are growing, moving forward, and doing a better job meeting the needs in the community. We would be unable to do so without your support. Thank you for joining us in our journey to build Guilford’s Foundation.
The Guilford Foundation hosted its Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 30th, under clear, warm skies at the Guilford Yacht Club. At the dinner, we awarded scholarships to nine Guilford High School graduating seniors to help offset the costs of their college education. The records of these remarkable students reflect their hard work and commitment to personal development and inspire hope in the future citizenry or our great town.
GHS Scholarship Recipients
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We’ve been delighted to have some of our recent initiatives and work highlighted in local and regional news media. Here is a listing of some of the recent articles:
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Representatives from W&FL and TGF sign agreement for new agency endowment.
Part of The Guilford Foundation’s mission is to ensure that the quality of life in Guilford remains strong and vibrant, which means supporting those organizations that make a difference in the everyday lives of our citizens. To that end, TGF was pleased to work with the Women & Family Life Center (W&FL) to establish our first Agency Endowment, a permanent legacy fund that creates annual income for W&FL in perpetuity.
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The Guilford Fund for Education and the Guilford Foundation awarded a grant of $2,450 in March 2013 to Guilford Art Center and Guilford Before and After School Care for a joint project to provide art instruction to After School Care students onsite at A.W. Cox, Calvin Leete, and Guilford Lakes schools in Guilford.
Members of YAG at a Guilford High School fund raising event.
The Guilford High School Interact Club Youth Advisory Group (YAG), an initiative of the Guilford Foundation to promote youth philanthropy, recently awarded four grants totaling $10,000 to 5 local organizations:
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