TORRINGTON, CT -- The Draper Foundation Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, recently awarded area nonprofits $691,025. The Fund awarded $455,625 to 19 designated nonprofits and $235,400 in donor-advised grants to nonprofits that provide essential programs and services for residents of Northwest Connecticut.
Noteworthy donor-advised grants include:
- $20,000 to New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County, Inc., to support renovation of the waiting room and meeting space at The Gathering Place to better accommodate client and administrative staff needs and install a laundry chute.
“Making the visit more comfortable for them will result in a better meeting with staff, less agitation and better communication all around,” said Claudia Sweeney, Vice President.
- $40,000 to Partners For Sustainable Healthy Communities to support preparation of a detailed implementation plan for a regional food hub.
“The goal is to establish a sustainable ’food value chain’ business model in which producers, buyers, processors and related agriculture product businesses generate financial returns while advancing social and environmental values,” said William A. Burgess, President and Executive Director.
- $37,700 to the Winsted Area Child Care Center to support implementation of recommended security improvements.
“These improvements would ensure we are able to continue our mission in providing high-quality care for our smallest community members in a safe, nurturing, and educational environment,” said Rachel Tway-Grant, Executive Director.
The following is a complete list of nonprofit organizations that received donor-advised grants from The Draper Foundation Fund:
Education Connection - $17,500 to support operating costs while implementing long-term sustainability measures for the Center for Children's Therapy in the Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial building.
New Beginnings - $20,000 to support renovation of the waiting room and meeting space at The Gathering Place to better accommodate client and administrative staff needs and install a laundry chute.
Northwestern Connecticut YMCA - $100,000 to support a portion of the acquisition costs of the Elks Pond property for YMCA summer camps.
Partners For Sustainable Healthy Communities - $40,000 to support preparation of a detailed implementation plan for a regional food hub (total grant $50,000 with $10,000 from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)
Rotary Club of Torrington and Winsted Areas - $4,000 to support the 80th Annual Torrington-Winsted Pet Parade.
Town of Colebrook - $16,200 to support the purchase and installation of a large screen TV for the Senior Center and a new dishwasher with grease trap for the elementary school.
Winsted Area Child Care Center - $37,700 to support implementation of recommended security improvements.
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.
- 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 Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation 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 $4.3 million.
Nicole Carlson Easley
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
Program and Communications Associate
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation