NORTHWEST, CT— The Draper Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut recently awarded area nonprofits $521,225. The Fund awarded $455,625 to 19 designated nonprofits and $65,600 in donor-advised grants to nonprofits that provide essential programs and services for residents of Northwest Connecticut.
Noteworthy donor-advised grants include:
- $17,500 to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to support the purchase of a Torch Ultraviolet Light Disinfection System for hospital operating and patient rooms
“… the addition of ultraviolet light disinfecting systems to our current cleaning and sanitation processes will greatly enhance patient safety and our hospital environment,” said Daniel McIntyre, President and Executive Director.
- $8,000 to the Northwestern Connecticut YMCA Winchester Youth Service Bureau to support the implementation of a mentoring program for at-risk youth, including mentor screenings, trainings, and mentor expense reimbursements
“One of the primary challenges that puts youth at risk is lack of a caring adult role model,” said Greg Brisco, CEO, Northwestern Connecticut YMCA. “Extensive research has shown that well-supported and trained volunteer mentors can have significant positive impacts on youth by developing on-going supportive relationships.”
- $1,500 to the Winchester Family Resource Center to support the purchase of a Smart TV for the parent leadership program, Parents Seeking Educational Excellence
“The Smart TV will be a valuable tool for the 20 enrolled parents to present their research and resources to the group during the 13 week session and subsequent meetings as they continue their work,” said Ruthann Horvay, Winchester Family Resource Center Director.
The following is a complete list of nonprofit organizations that received donor-advised grants from The Draper Foundation Fund:
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital––$17,500 to support the purchase of a Torch Ultraviolet Light Disinfection System for hospital operating and patient rooms
Community Systems, Inc.––$17,000 to support the replacement of flooring in the Day Services area
FISH of Northwestern Connecticut––$10,000 to support general operations
Winchester Youth Service Bureau––$8,000 to support the implementation of a mentoring program for at-risk youth, including mentor screenings, trainings, and mentor expense reimbursements
Winsted Area Child Care Center––$11,600 to support the purchase of new classroom and office furniture and kitchen equipment
Winsted Family Resource Center––$1,500 to support the purchase of a Smart TV for the parent leadership program, Parents Seeking Educational Excellence
The following nonprofits designated by the Draper Foundation Fund receive awards bi-annually:
Beardsley & Memorial Library
Colebrook Associates, Inc.
Colebrook Congregational Church
Colebrook Historical Society, Inc.
Cornell University for the Cornell Feline Health Center College of Veterinary Medicine
W. L. Gilbert Trust Corporation
Greenwoods Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Little Guild of St. Francis
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Northwest CT YMCA
The Salvation Army
Tufts University, School of Veterinarian Medicine
The University of CT Foundation, Inc. - General
The University of CT Foundation, Inc. - Scholarship
Vivisection Investigation League, a/k/a The Last Post
We Adopt Greyhounds, Inc.
Winchester Youth Service Bureau
Winsted Area Child Care Center, Inc.
Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc.
A $30‐million endowment from the estate of Jim and Shirley Draper of Colebrook, The Draper Foundation Fund represents the largest single gift in the Community Foundation’s history and one of the largest single gifts on record to a community foundation in the state of Connecticut. The Fund, which has grown to $35 million benefits mainly local charitable organizations by making yearly awards to nonprofits designated by the Drapers, as well as through annual donor‐advised grants, such as those listed above.
Established in 1969, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $80 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3.5 million.
Nicole Carlson Easley
Community Foundation of Northwest CT
Program and Communications Associate
Community Foundation of Northwest CT