Category: The Guilford Foundation in the News

Guilford Foundation Hosts Press Conference on Guilford’s Housing Needs

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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Community Survey Shows that Guilford Needs More Affordable Housing

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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Youth Advisory Group Awards $6,000 in 2014

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.

Join TGF for our Annual Meeting & Celebration

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 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!

Murtha Cullina

The Bilco Company

Frank’s Package Store

Bishop’s Orchards to offer Giving Opportunity for Guilford

During the month of November, Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery will provide an opportunity to support the Guilford community when you check out. After shoppers have loaded up on supplies of native fruits, vegetables and other goodies, they will have the option to make a tax-deductible donation to a new legacy endowment for the Guilford Community Fund. And, to sweeten the pot, Bishop’s will match each donation made at the register during the month—dollar for dollar!

“We, the Bishop Family, are pleased to be able to help support this legacy that is being created, both as a family and a local business,” says Sarah Bishop DellaVentura. “We are proud to be a part of this community and to give back what we can.  We believe that our customers can help us to rise to the challenge to help raise funds for this endowment and feel good knowing that they are giving back to the community themselves too!”

The donations will support a new permanent legacy fund at the Guilford Foundation, whose proceeds will support the annual fund drive of the Guilford Community Fund. 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 for this effort if the community—including the Bishop’s challenge—can match it. This means a dollar given at the register Bishop’s will be quadrupled ($1 at register will be matched by $1 from Bishops, totaling $2, which will be matched by the Lees for a total of $4 for the Fund).

The income from the Guilford Community Fund Endowment will provide a source of permanent support for the Community Fund’s Annual Appeal, which raises and distributes over $120,000 each year to non-profit organizations best qualified to serve Guilford residents in need. These funds are critical to the ability of these organizations to address needs in Guilford, from services for intellectual disabilities to outdoor education to housing to women in transition to mental health services to Meals on Wheels and the Food Bank.

“Two things thrill me about this giving opportunity,” states Lydia Forgetta-Sheffield, President, Guilford Community Fund. “One is that you will be given the chance to double the value of your gift and share it with the members of our Guilford community. And the other is that you will be part of the legacy! You never know when you may need the assistance of one of our 22 agencies! Thank you to the Lees and the Bishops for this chance to start the endowment.  Come, give, and share this November.”

The mission of the Guilford Foundation is to connect people who care with the causes that matter to them to enrich the quality of life in Guilford; now and for generations to come. Tom Pinchbeck, President of the Guilford Foundation Board of Directors notes: “We are delighted to help connect the Lee Family with a cause that matters to them, and to all of us: the annual fund drive of the Community Fund. To have the Bishops family join this effort demonstrates, once again, the power of collaboration and the strength of the Guilford community.”

Community Conversation on Affordable Housing

A community meeting was held on Thursday, September 12th at the Greene Community Center in Guilford on the subject of affordable housing. The purpose of the meeting was be to explore strategies and opportunities for bringing more affordable housing to shoreline communities to meet the diverse needs of different age groups and income levels. Read here about the event as reported in the New Haven Register.

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The Guilford Foundation Awards Merit Scholarships to 9 Seniors

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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TGF in the News

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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Women & Family Life Center Agency Endowment

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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2012 Service Organization of the Year

2012 Service Organization of the Year

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!

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