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Youth Philanthropy at Work: YAG Year in Review

The Guilford High School Interact Club Youth Advisory Group (YAG), an initiative of the Guilford Foundation to promote youth philanthropy, raised over $10,000 in donations during the 2014-15 school year, awarded grants totaling $7,475 to six organizations serving Guilford, and invested $7,000 into their permanent endowment fund.

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Guilford Foundation Provides $11,600 Worth of Scholarships to 12 College Bound Graduates

The Guilford Foundation recently presented scholarship awards totaling $11,600 to twelve Guilford High School graduates to help offset the costs of their education. The records of these remarkable students reflect their hard work and commitment to personal development and inspire hope in the future citizenry of our great town.

The twelve students (as well as their colleges) are as follows:

  • Elizabeth C. Adams Fund: Krisandra Cusanelli (Wheaton College) & Jessie Pelosi (University at Buffalo)
  • Carl A. Balestracci, Jr. Humanitarian Fund: Joseph Iassogna (University of Virginia) & Emma Munson (North Carolina State University
  • Al and Gene Bishop Fund for Vocational & Industrial Arts: Samantha Zuniga (Johnson & Wales Providence
  • Stuart D. Burt Fund: Edward Gresham (Loyola Marymount University
  • Stephen A. Looney Fund: Madeline Weil & Noah Rattet (Eastern Connecticut State University)
  • Jake Penman Memorial Fund: Kay Horan (University of South Carolina)
  • Ralph Schipani Scholarship Fund: Mackenzie Iasparra (Quinnipiac University) & John Suchy (Bridgewater State University)
  • Elizabeth M. “Lizzie” Schwanfelder Scholarship Fund: Olivia Watrous (Northeastern University)

The Guilford Foundation salutes these community members and their families for this special recognition.  TGF also gratefully acknowledges the Guilford High School Guidance Office for their assistance in identifying these students. For more information about the scholarships or the Guilford Foundation, go to

Guilford Foundation Awards $8,100 in Grants in March 2015

The Guilford Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards to four organizations serving Guilford. The grants ranged from $750 to $5,000 and support youth, affordable housing and the arts.

The largest grant went to Lifelinx, Inc., an addictions recovery support organization that helps people who are in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders. Lifelinx recently established a sober residential program and is building four units of affordable permanent housing for families so that program participants can reconnect with the community in a healthy and resilient fashion. The $5,000 grant from Guilford Foundation funds architectural and engineering services, and supports existing funding awarded from the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund. Housing diversity remains a key focus of the Guilford Foundation as we work to education and address the lack of available housing stock in our town.

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Guilford Foundation Awards $30,300 in Grants in December 2014

In December, the Guilford Foundation (TGF) Board of Directors awarded 7 grants to organizations serving Guilford, totaling $30,300 and ranging in size from $1,300 to $7,500. The grants cover a number of issues, including ESL training, nutrition programs for shoreline residents who struggle financially, programs for individuals with different abilities, and programs for children. In addition, TGF is pleased to announce that $7,500 will go to the Partnership for Strong Communities to help Guilford address our lack of diverse housing, an issue of key focus for TGF.

Board President Tom Pinchbeck noted, “We are pleased to support these organizations serving Guilford’s neediest families and who enhance our town’s quality of life. With these grants, the Guilford Foundation has invested a total of $77,499 in Guilford in 2014, and we are grateful to those donors and supporters whose contributions allow us to meet Guilford’s unique needs.”

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Guilford Foundation Proud to Announce Fund for Food

At a time when families gather to celebrate the holiday season with neighbors and loved ones, the community also takes time to consider the needs of those who may not be able to provide the kind of meals for their family they would like or need. Guilford is a town with great wealth, but we have community members among us who need our support.

The Guilford Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of a permanent source of funding for the two local organizations that provide food for those in need: the Guilford Food Bank and the Saint George Food Pantry. Anita Catardi formally created the Catardi Family Loaves & Fishes Fund in memory of her husband, Salvatore Catardi, on National Hunger Awareness Day (September 4, 2014).

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Guilford Foundation Awards $23,449 in Grants in July 2014

In July 2014, the Guilford Foundation made grants totaling $23,449. The awards—listed below—include results from the competitive grant making process; awards from multi-year commitments; sponsorships, donor advised recommendations; and awards from our designated funds.

Chittenden Boardwalk at the June 22nd Dedication

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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.

2014 Scholarship Awards

The Guilford Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 scholarship awards, which were presented at the GHS Awards Night on June 2, 2014:

  • $1,500 Stuart D. Burt Fund Scholarship to Madeline Blank
  • $1,200 Al & Gene Bishop Fund for Vocational & Industrial Arts Scholarship to Michael Montesano
  • $1,100 Elizabeth “Lizzie” Schwanfelder Fund Scholarship to Megan Burke
  • $500 Carl A. Balestracci, Jr Humanitarian Fund Scholarship to Kathryn Van Steenbergen
  • $500 Carl A. Balestracci, Jr Humanitarian Fund Scholarship to Michael Greco
  • $500 Elisabeth Adams Fund Scholarship to Claire Suites
  • $500 Elisabeth Adams Fund Scholarship to Jake Morgan
  • $500 Stephen A. Looney Fund Scholarship to Wyatt Vilaseca
  • $500 Stephen A. Looney Fund Scholarship to Claire Weil
Congratulations to these impressive students! Many thanks to the GHS Guidance Office for their work in identifying students worthy of these awards.

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

Guilford Foundation Awards $7,000 In Grants

The Board of Directors recently approved three grants, of nine received, from our March 1, 2014, deadline submissions. Because the Guilford Foundation has decided to focus the majority of our grant making this year on housing concerns in Guilford, we were faced with the difficult situation of being unable to fund several worthy requests.

We are pleased to report, however, that two of the grants responded in some way to the need for housing opportunities for young adults, seniors, and families with low or moderate income: requests from the Women & Family Life Center and Lifelinx each addressed the issue in some way. Our third grant supports the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Guilford’s 375th Anniversary.

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