The Guilford Foundation assembled local leaders, service providers and community members on January 12, 2016 at the Guilford Free Library to review work to date on efforts around housing in Guilford. The event concluded with the premiere screening of an informational video that shows testimonials of real citizens who are impacted by the lack of housing diversity in Guilford.
Sandy Ruoff, Chair of the Town Committee on Housing For Economic Development; Mary Jo Kestner, GF Board of Directors; Liza Janssen Petra, Executive Director of GF; and James Mancini, Board President of GF
The Guilford Foundation (GF) works to connect people who care with causes that matter to them to improve the quality of life in Guilford now and for generations to come. GF does this by pooling contributions from like-minded citizens, managing these funds with professional guidance, and then carefully granting a portion of the income generated to organizations that serve the community. GF’s efforts are more than just about grants, however, as is demonstrated through the efforts around housing. GF also works to identify emerging or unmet needs in the community and address those issues proactively.
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Guilford needs more affordable housing, particularly low-priced, single-family homes, and housing that provides more options for seniors and young families would improve the town, a survey conducted by the Guilford Foundation and Guilford Interfaith Housing found.
The survey distributed last summer drew responses from nearly 400 residents, with a strong level of agreement on several points. Nearly 70% of respondents said more affordable housing would be a benefit to Guilford, with the same proportion listing “modest single-family homes” as the most important priority. The next highest priority was two-bedroom rentals, at 45%.
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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.
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 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 Foundation's award for 2012 Service Organization of the Year
The Guilford Foundation was surprised and pleased to be recognized by the Guilford Chamber of Commerce as the 2012 Service Organization of the Year.
We were thrilled to be awarded alongside such other worthy honorees, and we accepted the award in January 2013 on behalf of our donors and funds whose vision and generosity drive the good work of the Guilford Foundation.
We hope this is just the beginning of what we can accomplish for Guilford!