Category: Sponsorship

The Guilford Foundation and GSB Give $17,000 in Sponsorship Awards to Local Non-Profits

The Guilford Foundation (TGF), in partnership with GSB, gave $17,000 in its first wave of sponsorship funding for 2023 to 14 non-profits to support events that fundraise or increase the organization’s visibility. For the second wave of grant disbursement, $13,000 will be available for the second wave of disbursement in August, bringing the total sponsorship distribution to $30,000 for 2023.

For the February application deadline, sponsorship awards ranged from $500 – $5,000. Funding was awarded to the following community-serving organizations:  BHcare, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Community Dining Room, Community Nursery School, Guilford Art Center, Guilford Keeping Society, Legacy Theatre, Paul Dotsie KARE Foundation, GHS Project Graduation, SARAH Foundation, Shoreline Arts Alliance, Theater Arts Parents Support (TAPS), and Woman and Family Life Center.

“As we look at sponsorship applications, we look for organizations making a meaningful impact on the Guilford community and aligning with the values and mission of The Guilford Foundation. The awards are used for important community events, including the Memorial Day Picnic at Medad Tavern, The GHS production of Little Shop of Horrors, Little Folks Fair, and Project Graduation, which organizes a safe, substance-free celebration for seniors, to name a few,” explained Executive Director Liza Janssen Petra.

For 2023, TGF modified its sponsorship process, reviewing applications twice a year. The first application deadline was February 10, and the final deadline for the 2023 awards is August 1. To qualify, the organization must be tax-exempt and offer programs or services directly benefiting the Guilford community. The specific event or series of events should be consistent with the mission and values of The Guilford Foundation and GSB.

Petra added, “We’re thankful for the generosity of GSB, whose funding truly enriches the quality of life for our residents.”

To learn more about our sponsorship award program, click here.

2023 Sponsorship Award Program Launched

The Guilford Foundation is pleased to report that we are once again partnering with GSB in 2023 to provide sponsorship awards to qualifying organizations serving the Guilford community.

Sponsorships are defined as a single event (i.e., a gala, road race, etc.) or a series of individual events held by an organization over a given time period to increase visibility or to support fundraising efforts.

GSB chose TGF to lead the program because of our role as a trusted community leader, philanthropic expertise, and strong relationships with community-serving organizations. In 2022, we were delighted to distribute $25,000 to support 20 organizations with awards ranging from $250 to $2,500.

For 2023, we are making big and important adjustments to our application and decision-making process to improve our ability to review requests and ensure that distributed funds have the most significant impact.

The three biggest changes are:

We will review requests two times per year instead of on a rolling basis. The first deadline for a request is February 10, 2023, and the second is August 1, 2023. Please plan your requests accordingly—if the event you seek support for is in the first half of the year, be sure to apply in February. If your event is in the fall or winter, you can apply in August.

We have expanded information captured about the applicant’s focus in Guilford. The committee felt that more information was needed about each organization to understand how the award would directly benefit our community.

We will require a signed Sponsorship Agreement for successful applicants. This is to ensure our expectations are in alignment.

Thank you for the wonderful work you do in Guilford and for your understanding as we work to continuously improve how we can support you. Don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer Mullett or me with any questions.

The sponsorship application link is live—click here.

2022 Impact Report

Our 2022 Impact Report spotlights the great work done over the past year, including our continued efforts to assist Guilford residents hardest hit by the COVID pandemic. TGF’s endowment increased by 15% despite the challenging times, enabling us to give over $270,000 to critical organizations within the community ranging from mental health services to arts programs to uniforms for participants in the Special Olympics. The generosity of our donors allows us to continue our work to enrich our remarkable and caring community. Take a look at our annual overview.

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