Main Street Community Foundation Announces Promotions

Monday, January 7, 2019

BRISTOL, CT -- Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) is pleased to announce the promotions of Kathleen M. Kerchaert and Samantha Rajotte as of January 1, 2019.

Kate Kerchaert, who has been with the Foundation for two years, was promoted to Director of Grants and Programs.  In this position, she will be primarily responsible for all grantmaking and scholarship programs at MSCF.  Kerchaert will oversee the processing and management of all grants and scholarships, donor development and communication, and she will serve as a community leader to local non-profit organizations.  Her previous experience as the Foundation’s Program Officer will greatly enhance her ability to step into this new role.

Kerchaert is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has held several prominent positions at local corporations and non-profit organizations.  Before joining the Foundation, her most recent role was V.P. & Senior Philanthropic Relationship Manager for Bank of America.

Samantha Rajotte was promoted to Scholarship & Program Officer.  Rajotte has a long history with the Foundation.  After receiving a scholarship from MSCF in 2007, Rajotte spent a summer in college volunteering as an intern there.  She was hired full-time in June 2011 and has worked her way up through the organization, most recently serving as the Communications Manager.  In her new role, Rajotte will be managing the scholarship program and assisting with grantmaking for community-based endowments.  She will also work closely with the Women & Girls’ Fund and the Men & Boys’ Fund.

Since graduating from Boston University in 2011, Rajotte has dedicated her entire career to serving the Main Street Community Foundation.   

For further information, please call the Main Street Community Foundation at (860) 583-6363 or visit their website at

The Main Street Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for both present and future generations in the communities served by encouraging and promoting gift planning, prudent stewardship of assets, effective grantmaking and community leadership. A nonprofit public charity, created by private citizens, the foundation works with donors in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott who wish to build permanent charitable endowments to support their communities. Since its founding in 1995, the foundation has provided over $16.5 million in grants and scholarships.



Susan D. Sadecki
President & CEO
Main STreet Community Foundation