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2020 Impact Report

The Guilford Foundation is proud to present our 2020 Impact Report, although 2019 seems like a hundred years ago. Since March, our work has focused on responding to the community’s needs in response to COVID19. The 2020 Impact Report presents three stories about the crucial impact of your gifts since the onset of the pandemic and also provides a summary of our work in 2019.

We hope the information within the 2020 Impact Report fills you with great pride in our work over the past few months and in 2019– it’s been an amazing community effort, and we couldn’t do it without you.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!


2020 Competitive Grant Awards

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) recently awarded 14 grants through our regular Competitive Grant making process, although this year’s process was anything but normal. These grants are made annually through our endowment funds based on our spending policy. TGF’s original grant deadline was March 12—the Thursday of that fateful week that initiated a national shutdown.

While we had already received a number of applications, we made two decisions in response to the coronavirus:

1. We extended the deadline to May 1, 2020.

2. We reprioritized our grant making to focus on the impact of COVID19 on our community.

Organizations who had already submitted an application were given the chance to resubmit based on the changing landscape, and many did. Organizations were also encouraged to apply for funding through our new COVID19 Response Fund for Guilford, and many did that as well.

The resulting grants through our Competitive Grant making process are as follows:

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Guilford Foundation Awards $28,950 in Scholarships to Guilford High School Graduates

Although the ceremony was via Zoom this year, the Guilford High School scholarship awardees were no less impressive. The Guilford Foundation was honored to provide 18 awards to graduating seniors from Guilford High School.

These impressive students were selected according to a variety of qualifications, from academic excellence to sportsmanship to career intentions, and have finished their high school career under the most extreme and isolating conditions.

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The Guilford Foundation Awards $20,725 in Scholarships Awards

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) recently awarded $20,725 through 18 scholarship awards to graduating Guilford High School seniors (except where noted) who plan to pursue post-secondary education. The awards and honorees are as follows:

  • Elisabeth Adams Scholarship ($500 each): Mariam Kish & Keldon LaRose
  • Carl A. Balestracci Humanitarian Scholarship ($550 each): Giana Cardonita & Leo Westguard
  • Al & Gene Bishop Fund ($3,150): Noah Thomas
  • Richard Brooks Scholarship Fund ($1,000): Brielle Kendrioski
  • Stuart D. Burt Scholarship ($2,250): Ellis Riccio
  • Maureen Cyr Caruso Scholarship Fund ($1,000): Mia Tilton
  • Guilford ABC Scholarship ($2,000): Sumaiyah Lee
  • Jaffe Scholarship Fund ($1,300 each year for four years): Kush Patel
  • Stephen A. Looney Scholarship ($750 each): Alessandra Stankewich & Braden Stephens
  • Jake Penman Memorial Fund ($1,000): Juan Colberg-Martinez
  • Ralph Schipani Scholarship Fund ($750 each): Nicole Teply & Michael Kegel
  • Elizabeth M. “Lizzie” Schwanfelder Scholarship ($2,400): George Sanderlin
  • Kyle E. Smith Scholarship ($525): Karley Krickmier
  • Alison Varian Scholarship Fund for the Sound School ($1,000): Chloe Melillo

These students represent the best of Guilford’s future—they work after school jobs, they are active in politics, they volunteer at numerous organizations, they are in National Honor Society, play in orchestra and band, row crew, play baseball, softball, soccer, basketball & lacrosse, go on mission trips around the country, are honor students, are captains of their teams, lead Guilford’s Youth Advisory Group, are AP & International Baccalaureate scholars; participate in theater; tutor, and somehow sleep and go to school. The Guilford Foundation extends its deep congratulations to these remarkable scholars as they start the next chapter of their journey.

The Guilford Foundation Awards $68,400 in Competitive Grants

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) recently awarded $68,400 to organizations serving Guilford. These grants were awarded through TGF’s annual competitive grant making process.

TGF received 33 applications for funding—reflecting a 21% increase from 2018 in the amount requested for funding.  TGF was able to support 20 of those requests, including grants that relate to the environment, affordable housing, basic needs, arts and culture, and youth.

The full list of awardees, the amount and the purpose of the grant follows:

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2019 Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration!

The Guilford Foundation invites you to our Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at the Guilford Yacht Club (397 Whitfield Street).

Admission starts at $75 per person. Live music by high school trio “Heart Strings.” RSVP by May 20th.

The dinner is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, including:

  • Guilford Savings Bank
  • GSB Wealth Management
  • Whittlesey
  • The Eder Family Foundation
  • The Guilford Courier
  • drinkcaffeine
  • Deborah Abildsoe & Irving Schloss
Guests at the 2018 Annual Dinner

Sponsorships are also available! Contact jmullett@guilfordfoundation.org with questions or to register.

Guilford Foundation Commits $112,000 to Guilford in 2018

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) is pleased to announce that it has committed $112,000 for initiatives and organizations serving Guilford in 2018. This reflects 14 grants made through our competitive grant making (complete list below), 3 additional awards made through our emergent grant budget, 14 scholarship awards to graduating Guilford High School students, 14 grants from designated funds for local organizations, and investments in TGF-driven leadership initiatives (including the Shoreline Nonprofit Workshop Series).

TGF provided 14 grants though our competitive grant making process ranging from $1,000 to support a Habitat for Humanity build to a $10,000 signature grant to the Guilford Preservation Alliance’s Witness Stones Project to expand their programming in Guilford. A complete list of competitive grants made in 2018 is as follows:

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2017 Guilford Community Report

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.

View 2017 Guilford Community Report

Guilford Foundation Commits over $120,000 to Guilford in 2017; Grant Budget Maxed for Year

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).

WFLC Ground Breaking Ceremony

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:

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