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Bishop’s Fund Drive Provides $8,460.28 for Guilford Community Fund Endowment

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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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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Building our Operations

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.

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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New Legacy Funds at the Guilford Foundation

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) announces the creation of four new legacy funds to add to its family of funds, including, for the first time, two “donor advised” funds. Three of these funds also represent a new incentive for fund development: an “Acorn Fund” option, which allows the donors time to build up the fund to a meaningful level.

“We hope to grow the number of funds at the Foundation by reaching a broad cross section of Guilford individuals and organizations and encouraging them to create a perpetual legacy that will keep on benefitting Guilford for decades to come,” says Board President John Crawford. “Increasing the number of legacy funds mean more resources for the community.”

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2011 Annual Report

The Guilford Foundation is pleased to announce to release of our 2011 Annual Report, which provides an overview of the activities, financial data, donors, and grant awards made during the fiscal year starting February 1, 2011 and ending January 31, 2012.

Many thanks to Drink Communications for designing this document.

2012 Scholarship Award Presentations

The Guilford Foundation was pleased to award scholarship awards to 9 remarkable seniors from Guilford High School at our Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation on May 31st. The honorees are pictured below.

Elizabeth Adams Fund Scholarship: Matthew Doyle (in absentia) & Amanda Simon.

Joan Shrewsbury presents the Adams Award to Amanda Simon.

Carl A. Balestracci, Jr. Humanitarian Fund Scholarship: Alejandro Betancourt & Emily Ott.

Carl Balestracci presents the award to Emily Ott and Alejandro Betancourt.

Al & Gene Bishop Fund for Vocational and Industrial Arts: Michael Shay.

Al & Gene Bishop present the Bishop award to Michael Shay.

Stuart D. Burt Scholarship: Amanda Shank.

Stephen Page presents the award to Amanda Shank.

Stephen Looney Scholarship: Marissa Mormile & Marco Parisi (in absentia). Pictured with Joan Shrewsbury and Marissa Mormile are Stephen Looney’s niece and nephew, who helped to present the award.

Joan Shrewsbury, Marissa Mormile, Andrew Elsaid, and Olivia Elsaid (l-r).

Elizabeth M. “Lizzie” Schwanfelder Fund: Juan Carlos Lluberes

Elisa Milano and Jennifer Alexander present the award to Juan Carlos Lluberes.

Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration May 31 at 6pm

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Guilford Yacht Club

379 Whitfield Street, Guilford, Connecticut

Reception at 6:00pm

Dinner & Awards at 6:45pm

Admission is $50 per person – $25 under 18

This dinner is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:

  • Guilford Savings Bank
  • Prospector Funds
  • The Guilford Courier
  • Shoreline Financial Advisors, LLC
  • Royal Printing Service
  • Drink Communications

The Guilford Foundation Approves $15,550 to 7 Local Organizations

At its March Board meeting, the Guilford Foundation Board of Directors approved $15,550 of funding to 7 local organizations.

“The Board was once again pleased to support a broad scope of needs in the community, from youth scholarships to senior services to families in need,” stated Board President John Crawford.

The March awards are as follows:

  • $1,500 to Guilford A Better Chance, Inc., to provide partial scholarships for students to attend summer college preparatory classes.
  • $3,000 to Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc., to provide emergency financial assistance to Guilford residents through the Shoreline Collaborative.
  • $2,500 to Girl Scouts of Connecticut Troop 62117 to help a Girl Scout achieve her Gold Award by erecting plaques with historic facts on the lampposts of the Guilford Green.
  • $1,200 to the Guilford Housing Authority to install raised beds for gardens for use by residents.
  • $550 to Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore to reach out to Guilford residents regarding services and opportunities.
  • $3,000 to the Orchard House, an adult day center located in Branford, to initiate outreach efforts to clients in Guilford and to assist with the development of marketing and promotional materials.
  • $3,800 to Pilgrim Fellowship to provide scholarship funding for youth members to attend the annual mission trip.

The Guilford Foundation’s next application deadline for funding is on June 1st, 2012. For more information on the grant application process, go to www.guilfordfoundation.org or email Liza Janssen Petra at lizapetra@gmail.com.

Foundations Fuel Families: In the News

Fuel Aid Effort Kicks Off on Valentine’s Day. Click the link for photos and article in the Guilford Courier.

3 Shoreline towns’ charity to offer fuel aid. Click the link for the article in the New Haven Register.

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