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
Congratulations to these impressive students! Many thanks to the GHS Guidance Office for their work in identifying students worthy of these awards.
Please join the Board of Directors and Corporators at the 2014 Annual Meeting & Celebration, to be held at 6pm on Thursday, May 22, at the Guilford Yacht Club. Contact Liza Janssen Petra, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your seats or if you have any questions.
Admission is $75 / $100 per person.
Live music by Dr. Joe & Friends.
Please RSVP by May 14.
Thank you to our sponsors!
The Bilco Company
Frank’s Package Store
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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