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Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation was established in 1969. The Community Foundation serves Litchfield County with 286 funds that support nonprofit organizations and provide scholarships to area students in 20 towns within the Northwest Corner, including Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan/Falls Village, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington and Winchester/Winsted.





Northwest Corner community members gave more than $2 million toward causes that matter and programs making a difference in their communities.


The more than 286 funds with the Community Foundation address current and emerging needs in the areas of arts and culture, civic improvements, human services, and animal care and conservation, and put education within reach for local students.


Through the generosity of fundholders, fund advisors, and donors almost $4 million in grants was awarded for programs and capital needs to support local nonprofits working hard to improve lives and strengthen communities.


The Community Foundation provides prudent stewardship of a sizeable community endowment comprised of charitable funds designed to benefit future generations of Northwest Connecticut citizens.


157 local students received more than $158,000 in scholarships, providing the support they need to become the next generation of scientists, engineers, artists, teachers and medical professionals.


Local nonprofits have established more than 95 different funds with the Community Foundation. These funds support their individual charitable missions, projects, fundraisers and capital campaigns.


The Community Foundation supports the work of privately established foundations in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.



Volunteers work endlessly to support the mission of the Community Foundation and the nonprofits of the Northwest Corner.


Gifts that Make Good Possible

Northwest Connecticut community members gave $2,317,240 in gifts to more than 200 funds in support of causes that matter and programs making a difference in their communities.


Melva Bucksbaum Family Foundation
New Hartford Village Cemetery*


Estate of Steven Garbin*


Temkin Family LLC*


Mary and Patrick Scanlan*


Diane and Jeff Johnson
Cheryl and Robert Pauls


William and Mary Greve Foundation, Inc.*


Pamela Kinsey*


Allan Borghesi
The Canaan Foundation, Inc.
Torrington Area Parkinson’s Support Group*
A. Reading Van Doren Jr.


Mary Adams
Margaret & Adrian Selby Fund
Dennis Sherva


Anne Sutherland Fuchs
Estate of Edna Roy
Helen and Anthony Scoville


Joan and Stephen Altschuler
Arconic Managment Staff
Scott Asen
The Asen Foundation
Barron Financial Group in honor of Barron Financial Group Clients
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Carl’s True Value in honor of the Muller grandchildren: Cole, Layla, Avery & Callie and in memory of Angelo “Cuddy” Boscarino, Roger Mahieu Sr., Louis Trappaneze, Laurette Begin, Howard “Bill” Ross, John Pollutro, Richard Henderson, Joseph A. Lamanna Sr., Winnie Washburn, Richard Buchanan, Patrick Cordani, and Brent Lafferty, Annemarie Bushka, Steve Bennett, and Charles Usher
Hope Childs
Connecticut Online Computer Center
Dr. Roger Coutant
Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation
Elaine and Paul Dinto in memory of Frances Ducci
Paul Dinto in memory of Frances Ducci
Barbara Dughi
Barbara Garside
Carole Gibney
Betsy and Bill Goff
William B. Hall Jr.
Mike Handler for Governor
Maureen Hannon and Randall Patterson
Barbara and Gene Kohn in honor of Anne Sutherland Fuchs
Richard Leone
Betsy and Christopher Little Fund
The Loyola Foundation
LSJ Charitable Corp.
Carol Lugar
Maria and David Mazzarelli
Judy and Peter Menikoff
Linnea and James Mescall
Marta Nerin State Farm Insurance
The Francis J. & Louisa J. Oneglia Foundation, Inc.
People’s United Bank, Wealth Management
Ellen and Sam Felton Posey
The Lawrence Power Charitable Foundation
Elizabeth R. Rea
Rudy and Ronald Rosenstein
Joseph & Virginia Ruwet Memorial Fund
Philip Samponaro
Judy Staubo
Torrington Savings Bank gifts and employee matches
United Nations Association of Connecticut*
United Nations Federal Credit Union
Wall, Wall & Frauenhofer
Warner Theatre


Mary Ackerly and Michael Sconyers
Anita and William Baxter
Elizabeth and Martin Brayboy
Christopher Brigham
Nancy Marple Carter Charitable Trust
Ellen Childs
Marlene Childs
Janice and Andrew Chupka
Pam and Alan Colavecchio
Hon. Margaret Cooley
Emily Dalton and Matthew Karpas
The Lea Davies Charitable Foundation in honor of Guy Rovezzi
Susan Dean
Fran and Richard Dichillo
Doolittle Lake Company
Marcia Doyle
Lucy Fenn in memory of Albert H. and Albert R. Fenn
Founders Capital Management
Home Depot employee match
Josephine Jones
Dwight Keeney
Katherine Kinane
Mary and Richard Lanier
Mark Malloy
Ellen Marino
Madeline McClave and Richard Frieder
Barbara and Richard Moore
Gayle and Lois Moraski
The Neary Family Charitable Fund
Northwest Connecticut YMCA
Linda and Doug O’Connell
Roderic Oneglia
Andrew Pace
Cathy Perga in honor of Chris Wall
Janet and Robert Petricone
Maletta Pfeiffer & Associates, LLC
Patricia and John W. Pickard
Lynn Pike in honor of Shirley MacCallum’s birthday
Colleen and Robert Poole in memory of Gracie
Donna Rafftery and Vincent Inconiglios
Nancy and Norman Rogers
Myron S. Rolfe
Dale and Quentin R. Ryan
Joyce S. Schwartz Advised Fund
Gregory Susla
Carol and Louis Timolat
Lawrence Van Valkenburgh
Kathleen and Michael Voldstad
Nancy Wadhams
Sukey Wagner
Jane Whitney


Judy and David Addazio
Assured Partners Northeast
Bardel Family Fund
Sally Bergad
Victoria and Jonathan Biller
Deborah and Girome Bono
Susan and Bradley Bremer
JoAnn and Harry Briggs
Brooks, Todd and McNeil
Peggy and Ralph Brown
Susan and Mark Caufield
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Administration
Jean Darlington and Eduardo Marchena
Katharine Desai
Anne and Edward Dodge
Claire and Robert Dombi
Dan Dwyer and Jim Montanari
Michael Emont and Margo Rappoport Fund
Stephen Getz and Peter Coffeen
Elisabeth Gill
John Green
Diana and Edward Greene
Julia and Barney Hallingby
William G. Harding
Anna Heys
Dana Hope and John Perkins
Roberta and John E. Janco
Debby and Barton Jones
Matthew Karpas & Emily Dalton
Melanie Kirkpatrick and Jack David
Klemm Real Estate, Inc.
Barbara Kohn
Joan Kunsch
Jonathan Landman
Roxana and Ledlie Laughlin
Corky and John Lavieri in memory of William P. Exner
Robin and Kevin Ledversis
Fritz and Lee Link
The Litchfield Bancorp
David Low and Dominique Lahaussois
Judith and Peter Lynch
Frederick Machuga in honor of Shirley MacCallum’s birthday
Robert and Carolyn Mattoon Fund
Barbara Millar
John Morris
Sheila and Paul Moses
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Margo and Russell O’Connor, Jr. in memory of Edward J. and Josephine M. Schmitt
Jennifer Perga and Mike DeClement
Stephen Petricone
Susan Pinsky and Marc Rosen
Rose Ponte
Progressive Paving and Construction
Susan Rea in honor of Sandy Zielinski
Roberson Tierney & Associates
Sandra Roberts
Margaret P. Roraback Charitable Account
Caren and Gordon Ross
Linda and Douglas Roth
Patty and Guy Rovezzi in honor of Tom Bechtle and Vickie Patrick
Sand Road Animal Hospital
Edith and Kenneth Schechter
Edith Scopino in memory of Michael Scopino
Elaine and Robert Sederquist
Mark Shearer Fund
Terina and Michael Smith in memory of Tim Considine
Matthew P. Smyth
Patricia and Kurt Steele
Sterling Sintered Technologies, Inc.
Theroux, Nowell & Stoughton, LLC
Tara and Jonathan Thompson
Jane Tremper
Sanda and John Ursone
Melinda and William vanden Heuvel
Vet’s Explosives, Inc.
Law Offices of Donna D. Vincenti
Arete Warren in memory of William B. Warren
Kathleen Weinstein
Regina Wexler
Elizabeth Whalen, M.D. and Terrence Ryan, M.D. in memory of Michael Chupka
Walter and Patricia Williamsen
Toby Young
Sandra Zielinski

Gifts under $249

Janet and Salvatore Accardo
Judy and John Acerbi
The Ackerly Charitable Fund
Bernard R. Adams and Edna H. Travis Fund
Janet and Donald Aeschlimann
Philip Alexander
Joan Altschuler
Ann Amicone
Peter Anderheggen
Samuel A. Anderson III
Judi Armstrong
Edward Arum
Asbestos Management Company, LLC
Martha Baer
Janet and John Baker
Charlene Barbacci
Judy and Skip Barber
Marcia and Haworth Barker
Mary and Otto Barker
Lon Barrera
Arleen and Tom Barrett Charitable Gift Account
Cynthia Barrett
Yolanda Barrett
Mary and Jeffrey Batterton
Patricia Bayette
Thomas Bechtle
Ann and Lance Beizer
Linda Bell
Susan Belle-Isle
Bonnie Bellow and Frank Handelman
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
The Benevity Community Impact Fund match of Richard Marshall
Esther and David Bennett
Gail and Ricky Berglund
Tina Bernacki
Martha and Robert Bernstein
Anne and Silvio Berti in memory of Eugene Zordan
Barbara and Robert Bettigole
Linda and William Bianowicz
Janet and Raymond Binette
Nancy and Robert Bird, Jr.
Rita and David Bishop
Lori Black
Jean and Ralph Blackman
Cara and Kenneth Blazier
Jacqueline Blombach and Michael Duca
Candace and William M. Boden in memory of Eileen Burns
Dana and John Bongiorno
Alfred Bonvicini
Brian Boratko
Judy and Tom Bordonaro
Annesa and Richard Borla
Borla & Associates
Bowen Agency, LLC
Ellen Boyd
Michelle Brady
Margaret Brandolini
Carolyn R. Brau
Joyce Briggs
Rita and Roger Broggi
Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial
Rosemarie and Byron Brooks
William J. Buckley, Jr.
Karen and Bruce Burnett
Jane Byers
Jeannette Byers
Regan Byrne-Palmer and Timothy Palmer
CAFTA Connecticut Academy For The Arts
Lorraine and John Calder
Nancy and John Calhoun
James Cammilletti
Nancy and Robert Cannavo
Mr. and Mrs. William Capell
Gary Capitanio
Carmela Carbone
Raymond Carmignani
Kay Carroll
Susan and David Carroll in memory of Marian Zappulla
Patricia Caruso
Patricia and Larry Cassella
Constance Cather
Cailin Cerruto
Gladys Cerruto in memory of Kym Magyar
Daniel Charest
Frank J. Chiaramonte
Maryann and Edward Chicoski
Linda and Peter Chidsey
Anne Childs and Chip Collins
Rosanna and Dr. James E. Childs
Hope S. Childs
Tamara Christensen
Mary Cianciolo
Ella Clark
Peter Coffeen
Donna and Gary Colavecchio in memory of Dominic Colavecchio
Sally and Spencer Coleman
Jean and Robert Collins
Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington
Anne and John Conboy in memory of Christopher Eucalitto
Cathy and Matt Connole
The Law Offices of Conti & Levy
Pamela and David Corey in memory of Brian O'Neil
Evelyn Cornelio
Corporate Council on Africa in memory of William "Bill" Battle, Jr.
Drs. Coutant, Sederquist, Nebor & Clauss
Noel and Mark Croce
Judith Crouch
Paul Cryan
Robin and Wells Cunningham
Andrew Cushing and Ralph Burr
Lisa and William Cushman
Cut Above
Sharon Dante
Ginny and Edward Davidson in memory of Ron Nodine
Ingeleiv Day
Carol Deane
Karen and David Dee
June and John Delaney, Jr. in memory of Mayona Kirtland
Alice Dember
Janet Dember in memory of Jillian Nichols
Barbara and Paul Denza
Gina Devaux
Deirdre and Alan DiCara
Tina DiFabio
Donna and James DiMartino in memory of Donald Carberry
Anthea Disney
Lea Dmytryck
Carole Dmytryshak
Barbara Dobos
Deborah and Louis Donne
Barbara Douglas
Barbara Douglass, Ph.D. in honor of Bill Harding
Doyle's Medical Supply
Ronald Dukenski
Laurie and Dary Dunham in memory of Fred Petersen
Randy Dwenger and Steven Callahan
Dalton Dwyer
Eastside Electric Inc.
Ellen Ebbs
George Elling
Christina Emery
Angela Engle
Sally and Howard Estock
Dan Evans
James Fabiaschi
Marion Felton in memory of Toby and Kathy
Michele Fern
Deborah and Paul Ferry
Fire Equipment Headquarters, Inc.
Eileen Fitzgibbons in honor of Shirley MacCallum
Leslie and Michael Flowers
Ingely and Malcolm Forbes
Rosemary and David Frauenhofer
Rita and Lawrence Freedman
Marlene and David Frigo
Marjory and Bruce Frisch
Lynn and John Fulkerson
Mary Jo Fuoco
Jeanne Fusco
Norma Galaise
Patrice Gans
Laura Garay
Nancy and James Garfield in memory of Ezio Bonetti
Peggy and Jeffrey Geddes
Marie C. Gervasini
Kevin Gibbons
Sanita Gingras
Ann Gold
Patricia and Arnold Goldstein
Carol and Michael Gould
Melissa Grauel and Douglas Craig
John Green
Diana and Edward Greene
Mary Greenwood
Barbara Gridley
Paul A. Grossman
Nancy and Philip Groth
Mary Jane and Richard Gryniuk
Terry and Todd Hall
Linda and Raymond Hall
Sally and Laurence Hannafin
Cynthia and Robert Hart
Katherine and Paul Hart
Christina and Danny Hartnett
Anne Havemeyer and Tom Strumolo
Vicki and Ken Hawkins
Janet and Richard Healy
Jessica and Douglas Healy
Diane and David Hebert
Anne and Charles Hepner
Jill and George Hetson
The High Five for Bri Ladies
Kathy and Chris Hill
Janice and James Hiltz
Molly Hinchman and Russell Guerin
Suzanne and Edward Hinman
Mary Hoffnagle
Susan Hoffnagle and Mark Michelson
Susan Horn
Henrietta and Walter Horvay in memory of Susan and Paul Horvay, Jr.
Ruthann and Paul Horvay
Kitty Humpstone and Jeremy Koch
The Hundred Antiques
Daphne Hurford and Sandy Padwe
Iffland Lumber
Melody Iffland in memory of Michael Chupka
Michael Jackson
Alison Jassen
Colleen and Frederick Jeans
Farida and Ghulam Jilani
Kate and Martin Johnson
Ralph A. Johnson
Jane Kaczmarek
Elisabeth Kaestner and Paul DeAngelis
Nancy and Peter Kalmes
Joyce Karpinski in memory of Mayona Kirtland
Wayne Kasacek in memory of Mayona Kirtland
Dr. Nirmal Kathuria
Kathleen Katrenya
KCK Communications
Jill and Kevin T. Keane
Julie and Gary Keating in memory of Michael Chupka
Peggy and Ted Kelley
Doreen and Michael Kelly
Debra Kenneson
Alice and Peter Kent
Kathleen and Thomas Key
Nicole and Daniel Kilduff
Johanna and Anton Kimball
King, King & Associates
Klebe Fuel Company
Charles Klein
Terry Klim
Cheryl and Tim Kloczko
Chester M. Kloczko
Donna and Michael Koether
Christine and John Koplas
Janet Kozlak
Margot and David Krimmel
Pauline Krofssik
Gloria and Philip LaFave in memory of Jean Lafave
Joanna Langfield
Sheryl Leach and Howard Rosenfeld
Leaders under 40
Renee and John Lemieux
Charles Lemmen
Vanessa and John Lilly
Louise Lindenmeyr and Eliot Osborn
Jane and David Lindley
Cheryl and Carl Lindquist
Kendra Lintner
Litchfield County Pediatrics, LLC
Litchfield Lions Club
Eileen and Peter Litwin
Local 263 Service Employees' Int'l Union in memory of Mayona Kirtland
Kiau and Jo Loi in memory of Gladys and GH Wang
Virginia and William Lovallo in memory of Clara Lillian Canfield
Richard Loyer in memory of Mary O. Loyer
Anne MacDonald
Susan MacEachron and Michael Halloran
Joyce and Jeffrey Maher
Doris and David Maitland
Adair Mali and L. Antonio Guindon
Mark Malloy
Maura Malo
Lucille Maniago
Jill and Joe March in memory of Mayona Kirtland
Sandra and Ronald Marciano in memory of Michael Chupka
Stacey Marcin
Donna Marconi
Jacqueline Markham-Priaulx and Allan Priaulx
Eileen and Erich Marriott in honor of Joyce Briggs
Priscilla and Robert Marshall
Jayne and Leo Martigneni
Anita and Ronald Martin
Anita Mathewson
Donna and Brian Mattiello
Kerwin Mayers
Carolyn Mazzarelli
Barbara McCleary
Priscilla and Alan McCord
Byrthe and Robert McCormick
Madeline and George McMahon
Marybeth and Ron McNamee
Barbara McQueen and Roger Behrens
Cecily Mermann
Denise and Kenneth Merz
Mary and Theodore Miasek
Linda Milkowski
Jacqueline Miller
Jacqueline and Philip Miller
Kathryn and Frederick Minck in memory of Charlotte Dranginis
Lorraine and Richard Minelli
Modern Barber Shop
Modern Yankee Builders, Inc.
Rebecca and James Mogob
Abigail and John Moore
Nicholas J. Moore Advised Fund
Susan Moore
John Morgan
Catherine and Robert Mosey
Beverly Mosher
Barbara and Lanny Moskowitz
Jeanne and James Moye
Helena and Georgie Mubarek
Judith and Khoury Mubarek
Linda Mueller
Vita W. Muir
Martha Mullins
Atty Victor M. Muschell
Victor Muschell in memory of William "Bill" Battle, Jr.
Kara and Michael Muth
Naugatuck Valley Food Distributors, Inc.
Juli S. Nein
Karen and Mark Neri in memory of Michael Chupka
Mary New
John Newkirk
Nancy and Godwin Noell
Northwest Community Bank
Northwest Hills Credit Union
Nancy Novogrod
Joan and Morgan O'Brien
Sally and Peter O'Brien, Jr.
Karen O'Connor
Patricia and James Okrongly
Barbara and James O'Leary
James O'Leary
Ellen and Raymond Oneglia
Gloria Oneglia in memory of Louisa Oneglia
Charlene O'Neil
Doreen and Robert Orciari
Sara Osborne
Julie and Andrew Ossolinski
Barbara and Eric Ottoson
Dr. Matthew N. Pagano
Beth and Jason Pajak in honor of Shirley MacCallum
Pauline Palladino in memory of John Palladino
Jo and George Palmer
Barbara Pappalardo
Denise and Doug Parker
Victoria and Fran Patrick
Susie Payne
Mary Ellen and Ronald Peasley
Eva and Raymond Pech
Shirley Pedone
Susan and John Pelchat
Jane and Frank Pennington
James Pepper
Candy Perez
Carla and David Perlotto
Darlene and Tony Persechino in memory of Michael Chupka
Laurene and Gerald Pesce
Susan and David Peters in memory of Marian Zappulla
Petricone's Torrington Pharmacy
Susan and Donal Phillips
Edward Piechocki
Doris and William Polinsky
Robert Porter
Winifred Pratt
Nancy and Robert Pretak
Erica and Hector Prud'homme
Caryl and Anthony Pucino
Andrew & Sally Quale Foundation
Denise Raap
Paul Rabeuf
Josephine Radocchio
Rosina Rand
Corinne Rebillard
Beverly and Norman Reich
Tracey Reichen
Barbara Reidy
Anthony L. Renzullo
David Renzullo
Gail J. Renzullo
Patsy M. Renzullo, Esq.
Elizabeth and Willard Reynolds in memory of Michael Chupka
Cynthia and John Reznick in memory of The Reznick and Ryan Families
Cristin and David Rich
Lynn and William Richmond
Lori Riiska
Dr. Billie Robbins
Dorothy and Roger Robbins in memory of James & Mildred Zucco
Frances Roberts
Barbara O. Roberts and Avice Meehan
The Roberts Tax Group Inc.
Amy and Gaitan Rodriguez
Louisa and Chip Roraback
Turi Rostad and Ashley B. Rowe
Cynthia and Gerald Rothstein
Diana and Raymond Roy
Andrea and Todd Russo
John Russo
Jeanne Ruwet and Thomas Howard
Robin Ruwet-Turpin
Diane and Michael Rybak
Laurie Sablak
Ellen and William Savoia
Marilyn and Richard Schatzberg
Linda and Herbert Schettler
Beth and Franz Schober
Judith Chatfield Schwerin
Denise Sehnal
Mary Ann and Lou Seiser
J. Seitz & Co.
Margaret and Adrian Selby
Loreen Sellitto
Mary Lou Serafini in memory of Rita Pacheco
Peggy and Michael Shanahan
Doris Sibley
Penelope and Clement Sidlosky
Natalie and Christopher Sihpol
Bonnie Simon in memory of Frances Ducci
Lisa Lansing Simont and Doc Simont
Nan Skeie in memory of LJ Skeie
Sandy and David Slemmer
Pauline Smalley
Marlene and Christopher Smith
Sheila Smith
Emily Soell
Mary Anne and Ronald J. Sok in memory of William and Blanche Sok
Lisa and Michael Soliani
Noeleen and Paul Soraghan
Lori and Timothy Sparks in memory of Michael Chupka
Barbara Spiegel and Thomas Hodgkin
Laura Stancs
Roxann Steinberg
Jannette Stevens in memory of Peter Cerruto
St. John's Episcopal Church, Pine Meadow
Carole St. Mark
Frances and Mark Stoffer
Mariann and John Stone, Jr.
Betty and Theodore Stoutenberg
Susan Strand
Patricia Strawson
Nancy and Timothy Strini
Kathleen and Stephen Stupak
Paul W. Summers in memory of William Battle Jr.
Norma Sweet-Loverin
Kristen and Jeremy L. Tangarone
Karen Tansey
Catherine Tatge and Dominique Lasseur
Joelene and Robert Teittinen
Tara and Jonathan Thompson
Thomaston Savings Bank
Fred W. Thorne, Jr.
Wanda and Terence J. Tiernan
Torrington Sash and Door
Torrington Savings Bank match of Susan Carroll
Torrington Savings Bank match of Jeff Geddes
Torrington Savings Bank match L. Vanotti
Anna and Mike Traggio
Michael Trapp
Richard Tripp
Harry Tubman
Fr. Robert F. Tucker
Faye Tway-Grant and Gary Grant
Rachel Tway-Grant and Junior English
Union Savings Bank
Sanda and John Ursone
USA Hauling & Recycling, Inc.
Ruth B. Vaill
Louise and Roy Van Alstyne
Lesa Vanotti
Sally Vaun
Nicholas Veltri, DMD in memory of Michael Chupka
Tom Villanova and Chris Moscarillo
Kathryn Vinal
Jean Vitalis
Darleene and Fredric Wadhams
Alexandra Walcott
Marie Wallace in honor of Lynn Hoopes
Carol Walzer
Lee Ann Ward
Beverly and Mark Wawer
Webster Bank, N.A. - Community Affairs
Wendy Weinberg
Mia Weiner and Martin Braid
Robin and Richard Weiss in memory of David Childs
Emma Williams
Jane Williams
The Hon. Roberta Willis and Bill Willis
Mary Winslow
Judy and Robert Winters
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Elaine and Thomas Witherspoon
Susannah and Willard Wood
Virginia and Robert Worrest
Linda and James Wright in memory of Mayona Kirtland
Amy Wynn and Eli Horowitz
YBTN: New Hartford Womens Group
Patty and Nick Zabbara
Therese and James Zagryn
Nancy Zarider and William A. Ryan

Other Gifts

$150,884.97 in anonymous gifts from community members

A gift in an anonymous amount from Jennifer Perga and Mike DeClement

More than $147,000 in gifts to The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills
For a complete list of gifts to the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, please contact The Center for Cancer Care, P.O. Box 1801, Litchfield, CT 06759.

*For the establishment of a fund

Jeff and Susan Lalonde improve life in the Northwest Corner

Jeff and Susan Lalonde have lived and worked in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut for many years, Jeff as president of Torrington Savings Bank and Susan as owner of a graphic design business. Devoted to community and highly involved with local nonprofits, they met each other through their service on the boards of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and the Torrington-Winsted Rotary.

“The community provided a livelihood for us,” said Jeff. “And, it’s provided a good life for us, friends and relationships.”

In 2003, Jeff and Susan were newly married and settling into a new home in Goshen. They found that they had the means and the desire to give back to their community and the nonprofits that had brought them together.

“We had always given our time,” said Jeff. “And, that’s valuable too. But, now we were in a position to make a one-time financial contribution. Instead of giving it to one organization, we thought we would establish a fund, so we could give to many organizations for years to come.”

The Lalondes established the Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde Community Betterment Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.

Like the many donations of time and talent the Lalondes shared with their community for many years, the non-endowed donor-advised Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde Community Betterment Fund supports a wide range of programs that improve life for the residents of Litchfield County.

“There are so many good people in this community, and they have so much to offer,” said Susan.

“We admire those who come forward and work hard and are so passionate about working within local nonprofit organizations.”

Since it was established, the Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde Community Betterment Fund has awarded more than $35,000 in grants to 25 nonprofits providing emergency services, assisting veterans, supporting the arts, enhancing life for special needs adults, and assisting those struggling with hunger.

Through on-going gifts and prudent investment, the balance of the fund has continued to grow, enabling more grants each year.

“There are veterans and young mothers who come to organizations like FISH of Northwestern Connecticut for help because they are down and out, and they need to get started in their lives,” said Susan.

“To be able to support them is such a gift. There are happy endings to a lot of sad beginnings.”

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Grant-Making Funds Help our Northwest Corner Thrive

The more than 286 funds with the Community Foundation address current and emerging needs in the areas of arts and culture, civic improvements, human services, health, and animal care and conservation, and put education within reach for local students.

DISCRETIONARY FUNDS are a powerful means for donors to enable effective giving where and when it is most needed. Grants are awarded in the name of the fund to nonprofits chosen through a comprehensive selection process administered by the Community Foundation Board of Trustees. Discretionary funds provide enormous impact in addressing current and emerging community needs, creating an unending philanthropic legacy for those who make these funds possible

Bank of Boston Fund
Khurshed Bhumgara Fund
Borghesi Family Fund
Brooks Bank Fund
John Brooks Fund
Fred and Josephine Bruni Fund
Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund
Marion Isabell Coe Fund
Eva M. Coty Fund
Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment Fund
Edward W. Diskavich Fund
Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund
First National Bank of Litchfield Fund
Fleet General Fund
Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund
Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund
Keroden Endowed Fund
Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund
Pierpont Chapter #49 Order of the Eastern Star Fund
Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund
Torrington Club Fund
Torrington Savings Bank Fund
Torrington Savings Fund
Margaret C. Tupper Fund
Feliciano and Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund

FIELD-OF-INTEREST FUNDS enable annual grants to address specific issues within communities important to the fundholder. Based on personal philanthropic goals, fundholders determine grant recipient eligibility requirements—geographic area of service or specific community needs, such as arts enrichment, homelessness or the environment—and the Community Foundation annually provides carefully selected grants in the fund’s name that best reflect fundholders’ charitable goals.

1421 Opportunity Fund
Roberta Lee August Fund
Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund
Caleb J. Camp Trust
Robert V. Carr Fund
Cynthia Conklin & Family Fund For Pets in Need
Critter Fund
The Emeritus Fund
Friends Helping Children Fund
Anson and Caroline Catlin Hungerford Trust Fund
The MacCallum Family Fund for Animal Welfare
The Making Cents Fund
New Hartford Village Cemetery Fund
Louis O. Thibeault Fund for the Advancement of Children’s Education
Mary C. Williams Fund

DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS are a popular means for donors to create greater, longer-lasting impact in their charitable giving. A far more cost-effective and tax beneficial alternative to establishing a private foundation, donor-advised funds are often established through gifts of stock or other appreciated assets. Fundholders or their designated successors recommend grants to nonprofit organizations of their choice, while the Community Foundation manages all aspects of administering the fund and overseeing the prudent investment of the fund’s assets.

Susan A. Bruso Memorial Fund
The Buchanan Fund
The Canaan Foundation Non-Endowed Fund
Peter G. Cerruto Memorial Fund
Susan F. Cogswell Memorial Fund
Jeannine and Gerald Coutu Memorial Fund
Draper Foundation Fund
The Echo Valley Foundation Fund
Elson-Slemmer Fund for the Environment
Friends of New Hartford Fund
Jim & Nancy Garfield Fund for the Arts
Richard M. Gilman Memorial Fund
The Wayne M. Gnazzo & Family Fund
Sue Grossman Still River Greenway Fund
The Jeff and Diane Johnson Community Enhancement Fund
Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde Community Betterment Fund
Richard Leone COCC Fund
The Merz Family Fund
Miles for Moe Fund
Robert C. Miller and Carol H. Miller Fund
The Cara and Carl Muller Fund for Community Support
New Hartford Education Fund
Norfolk NET Fund
Northwest Building Healthier Communities Fund
Northwest Hills Fuel Bank Fund
The Molly O’Connell Fund
One Twenty One Fund
Barbara Oneglia Alvarez Tycienski Fund
Brian J. O’Neil Memorial Fund
Robert B. and Cheryl Freehill Pauls Fund
Andrew Pike Memorial Fund
PLK Fund
John A. Ponte Memorial Fund
Rebensacla Fund
Virginia and Joseph Ruwet Fund
Scanlan Family Fund
Nolin Selby Fund
Polly and Wesley Strand and James L. Holmes Fund for Programs for Women and Children
Abraham & Joann Temkin Memorial Fund
Torrington-Winsted Rotary Non Endowed Fund
Seth L. Tracy Memorial Fund for Special Needs
The G&G Educational Foundation Edward and Rachel Wang Family Fund
The G&G Educational Foundation James P. Wang Family Fund
The G&G Educational Foundation Jo Wang and Kiau Loi Family Fund
The G&G Educational Foundation Nancy A. Wang Family Fund
The Women & Girls Fund
Youth Fund
T.J. Zappulla Fund

DESIGNATED FUNDS are established to provide grants to specified nonprofit organizations. Often created by bequest, these funds ensure a steady stream of annual income to the fundholders’ favorite nonprofit organizations for as long as the nonprofit continues in the effective pursuit of its mission.

Mary H. Coutant Fund for Rising Star Camp
Gillian and Polly Fund
Dr. John S. Glenn Fund for Nurses
Holley-Doremus Fund
Litchfield Community Center Music Fund
TAPSG Marion Muschell Award

CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUSTS (CRTS) provide income for donors and/or their family members for a fixed number of years. After that, the balance is transferred to the Community Foundation to be used toward donor’s charitable interests.

Joshua Girolimon CRT Fund
Frank and Vivienne Vanoni CRT Fund


Long-time Sharon resident Khurshed Bhumgara was intensely involved in his community, serving as president of The Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals and on the Board of the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. He served as a member of the Sharon Land Trust, Sharon’s Conservation Commission, the Sharon Web Site Committee and the Sharon Energy & Environment Commission, and on the Community Foundation Board of Trustees.

“He loved his community and derived the greatest pleasure from helping those less fortunate, especially children and animals,” said Douglas O’Connell, Community Foundation Trustee.

Khurshed knew he wasn’t always going to be here to care for the children and animals who benefitted from his generosity of time and spirit. He also knew he didn’t want to leave them without providing for their future. Before Khurshed passed away, he set in motion what is now the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.

Unrestricted and endowed, the Fund provides grants to Northwest Connecticut nonprofits when and where they are needed the most, and as an endowed fund, will continue to do so, forever.


ASAP!, Pilobolus, American Mural Project, and Warner Theatre worked collaboratively to produce Ultimate Collaboration Community Project.

The Project brought together elementary school students interested in learning dance, mural painting and music. Participants worked for months with professional artists, musicians, and dancers to craft songs and large-scale paintings and to learn choreography.

“Every person, and especially every child in America should be exposed to the arts, not so they can become professional artists but because we know that it will enrich their lives and make them better, more imaginative, more creative, more productive human beings,” said JoAnne Torti, ASAP! Executive Director

A grant from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, supported the project that culminated in a full-scale performance with Pilobolus dancers and ASAP!’s multigenerational Community Dance Project dancers at the Warner Theatre.

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Grants that Make a Difference

Through the generosity of fundholders, fund advisors and donors, $3,982,320 in grants were awarded for programs and capital needs to support local nonprofits working hard to improve lives and strengthen communities.

In 2018, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

American Friends Service Committee
American Mural Project
American Whitewater
Amnesty International
Angioma Alliance
Susan B. Anthony Project
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Asian Law Caucus
Aton Forest, Inc.
Author’s Guild Foundation
Bakerville Community Nursery School
Bank Street College of Education
Barkhamsted (town of)
Barkhamsted Senior Center
Batcheller Early Education Center
Beardsley & Memorial Library
Bethlehem Ambulance Association, Inc.
Botelle Elementary School
Bronc Callahan Community Fund, Inc.
Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial
Cameron House Foundation
Canaan Child Care Center, Inc.
Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills
Caring For Bethlehem
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Casting For Recovery
Catholic Charities, Inc., Family Service Center
CCSU Foundation, Inc.
Center for Children’s Advocacy, Inc.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Administration
Chinese Museum Foundation
Chinese Progressive Association
Chore Service, Inc.
Church of Christ Congregational Norfolk
Civic Life Project

Our goal is to develop teaching tools, curricula, lesson plans and teacher training that will allow us to extend the reach of the Civic Life Project. Thanks to the support of the Buchanan Fund and funding from individuals and other organizations, Civic Life has been able to offer its services to hundreds of students and educators. – Civic Life Project

Clinic for Special Children
CMHA/ Northwest Center for Family Service & ME
Colebrook Associates, Inc.
Colebrook Congregational Church
Colebrook Historical Society
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra
Community Food Bank
Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington
Community Kitchen of Torrington
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Connecticut Food Bank
Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach, Inc.
Connecticut Legal Services
Colebrook (town of)
Cornell University for the Cornell Feline Health
Center College of Vet Medicine
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Corner Food Pantry
Cornwall Child Center
Cornwall Conservation Trust
Cornwall Food and Fuel
Cornwall Foundation Fund
Cornwall Historical Society
Cornwall Library Association
Cornwall Social Services
Covenant to Care for Children
Crescendo, Inc.
CT Credit Union Charitable Foundation
CT Public Affairs Network
Ding Sum, Inc.
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres
Douglas Library

Through the tablets [provided by a grant from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund] home visitors can connect parents with employment, and help them access benefits from other community, state, and national resources. – EdAdvance

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities
Explorations Charter School
Falls Village Children’s Theater Company
Falls Village Emergency Relief/Fuel Fund
Falls Village Senior Center
Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department
Family & Children’s Aid, Inc.
Family Strides, Inc.
First Congregational Church of Barkhamsted
FISH of Northwestern Connecticut
Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry
Food Rescue US (Community Plates)
Friendly Hands Food Bank, Inc.
Friends of Goshen Public Library
Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway, Inc.
Geer Corporation
Germantown Friends School
Germantown Monthly Meeting
Goshen Center School
Goshen Community Care & Hospice
Goshen Good Neighbor Fund
Goshen Public Library
Greenwoods Counseling Referrals
Greenwoods Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Hands of Grace
Harwinton Historical Society
Harwinton Land Conservation Trust
Harwinton Public Library
Healing Meals Community Project
Heartspace LLC
Helping Hands Chore Service
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Housatonic Valley Association
Housatonic Valley Regional High School
Housatonic Youth Service Bureau
David M. Hunt Library
Immaculate Conception Church
Institute for American Indian Studies
Institute for Justice
International Students, Inc.
Junior Achievement of SW New England
Junior Women’s Club of Litchfield Hills
Kent Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Kent Community Nursery School, Inc.
Kent Library Association
Kent Social Services
KidsPlay Children’s Museum
Lakeville Hose Company
LARC, Inc.
Last Post Cat Refuge (Vivisection Investigation League)
Litchfield Community Center, Inc.
Litchfield County Opiate Task Force
Litchfield Education Foundation
Litchfield Hills Chore Service
Litchfield Hills Elderly Nutrition Program

It is only through the continued support of local businesses, community members and grants, such as this one [from the Draper Foundation Fund], that we are able to maintain our current level of service, providing meals to homebound seniors in our local communities. We are so grateful! –Litchfield Hills Elderly Nutrition Program

Litchfield Performing Arts
Little Britches Therapeutic Riding
Little Guild of St. Francis
Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
Make It Clear Ministries
Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial
McCall Center for Behavioral Health
Mental Health Connecticut
Museum of Chinese in America
Music Mountain
National Education for Assistance Dog Services, Inc.
National Geographic Society
New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County, Inc.
New Hartford Historical Society
Norfolk (town of)
Norfolk Connecticut Children’s Foundation, Inc.
Norfolk Land Trust
North Canaan Social Services
Northwest Community Learning Center
Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation, Inc.
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
Northwest Conservation District
Northwest Hills Council of Governments Fuel Bank

Thanks again from all of us at the Northwest Music Association for so many years of support [from the Edward W. Diskavich Fund in 2018] for our summer Baroque Concerts!

Northwest Music Association
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory for the Arts
Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra
Oberlin Shansi
Old Friends, Inc.
Ox-Fam America
Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities
Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Inc.
Pipers’ Gathering, Inc.
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Prime Time House
Project A.L.S.
Quahog Bay Conservancy
RC Productions, LLC
Reason Foundation
Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
Running Start - Bringing Young Women to Politics
Salisbury Family Services, Inc.
The Salisbury Forum
Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association
Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service
Salvation Army
Sand Road Animal Hospital, LLC
Scoville Memorial Library Association
Sharon Community Foundation, Inc.
Sharon Day Care Center
SOAR Educational Enrichment, Inc.
St. Martin of Tours Parish
St. Michael’s Parish, The Episcopal Church, The Food Pantry
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Steep Rock Association, Inc.
Edward E. Sullivan Senior Center
Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau
Torrington Historical Society
Torrington Library
Torrington Police Department
Torrington Public Schools
Torrington Raider Football, Inc.
Torrington Varsity Alumni Club
Torrington Winsted Area Rotary Club
Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal Church
Tri-State Center For the Arts, Inc.
Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinarian Medicine
United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
United Church of Christ in Cornwall
United East Athletics Association (UEAA)
United Nations Association of Connecticut
University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Veterans Service Office & Museum
Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut – Torrington
VNA Northwest, Inc.
W. L. Gilbert Trust Corporation
Warm the Children
Warner Theatre
Warren Church Community Childcare
Warren Congregational Church
Warren Social Services
Washington Community Fund, Inc.
Washington Environmental Council
We Adopt Greyhounds, Inc.
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust
Wellspring Foundation, Inc.
West Hartford Public Schools Foundation, Inc.
Winchester Center Congregational Church
Winchester Public Schools
Winchester Youth Service Bureau
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Winsted Area Child Care Center
Winsted Health Center Foundation
Winsted Senior Center and Senior Enrichment Program
Winsted United Methodist Church
Women’s Support Services

Thank you for your generous support of our mission [through the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund] to end domestic violence. We cannot do this without your support. – Women’s Support Services

Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue
YMCA Camp Mohawk, Inc.


Hands of Grace in New Hartford works with social services agencies to help individuals and families in our Northwest Corner who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis by providing them food, household products, and clothing.

“Often those experiencing a financial crisis are forced to buy low-quality food,” said Kiersten Schiffer of Hands of Grace. “This type of diet has been linked to health risks such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.”

“At Hands of Grace, we see these health problems every day, and even more concerning is the number of local children experiencing the effects of poor nutrition.”

Through a grant from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Hands of Grace purchased a refrigerator for its food pantry enabling the organization to provide fresh fruits and vegetables from the Connecticut Food Bank and local farms to those they serve.

“Through the tablets [provided by a grant from the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund] home visitors can connect parents with employment, and help them access benefits from other community, state, and national resources.” – EdAdvance


The all-volunteer Harwinton Land Conservation Trust has been hard at work planting trees and building bridges and boardwalk crossings to further their goals of preserving natural spaces and encouraging recreation and educational visits of those natural spaces by individuals, including families and older adults.

A recent grant from The Elson-Slemmer Fund for the Environment, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, enabled the Land Trust to purchase the lumber and hardware, as well as signage materials needed to complete a two-mile scenic trail system through its Indian Meadow property.

“We try to make our trails easy and dry for seniors and families with young children,” said Bob Orciari, Harwinton Land Conservation Trust president. “By providing public access and trails on our properties, people appreciate what the Land Trust does to improve life in Harwinton.”

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Scholarship and Academic Funds Create a Brighter Future

SCHOLARSHIP AND ACADEMIC AWARD FUNDS are established to support educational purposes. Fundholders can restrict a scholarship fund to students attending a specific educational institution or pursuing specific courses of study. Community Foundation staff work with guidance counselors and coaches to locate eligible students, facilitate the application process and, with support from the all-volunteer scholarship committees, award recipients.

Mary Ellen Adamo Scholarship Fund
Anthony “Frank” Amicone Memorial Scholarship Fund
Russell Anderson, Carmen Brooks Anderson, and Henry Vail Brooks Scholarship Fund
Stephen G. Andre Memorial Scholarship Fund
Regina Tate Balfe Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund
David R. Bennett Scholarship Fund
Betsy L. Bertoli Scholarship Fund
Khurshed Bhumgara Fund
Mae Casali Bonvicini Scholarship Fund
Russell F. Bruno Scholarship Fund
Jack and Ruth Calder Scholarship Fund
Erman Cavagnero Memorial Scholarship Fund
Steven A. Chupka Memorial Scholarship Fund
Fred J. Coffin Memorial Scholarship Fund
Shawn Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund
Tim Considine Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dick Cooke Memorial Scholarship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Student Grants Fund
Eva M. Coty Memorial Scholarship Fund
Helen H. Dautrich Scholarship Fund
John Denza Memorial Scholarship Fund
Edward W. Diskavich Scholarship Fund

Receiving the Edward W. Diskavich Scholarship has helped me continue another year at Central Connecticut State University. Thank you so much for your kindness. – social work major

Cornelius Donahue Memorial Scholarship Fund
Robert G. Doyle Memorial Scholarship Fund
Frances H. Ducci Scholarship Fund
East School Robert Kelly Scholarship Fund
Marion Wm. Edwards Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth & Santo Fainelli Scholarship Fund
Joseph Farrington Memorial Scholarship Fund
Helen and Mario Garbin Scholarship Fund
Bob and Ray Good Scholarship Fund
Florence Hakalski Scholarship Fund
Michael G. Haschak Scholarship Fund
Kathleen T. Finn Memorial Scholarship Fund
Charles and Pierina Fossati Scholarship Fund
Health Care Auxiliary Scholarship Fund
Italian-American Republican Club Scholarship Fund
Diane and Jeff Johnson Scholarship Fund
Earle R. Julian Scholarship Fund
Frank Kalinowski Memorial Scholarship Fund
Robert J. Lariviere, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Robert C. & Margaret G. Lizotte Art Scholarship Fund
Julia McDonnell/Henry Fries Scholarship Fund
Frank “Frankie” J. McGowan, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
John A. and Ann K. Mettling Scholarship Fund
Kenneth K. Mills Scholarship Fund
James Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Victor Muschell, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
North School PTO Scholarship Fund
Nursing/Industrial Arts Scholarship Fund
Piemontese Club Memorial Scholarship Fund
Michele Farley Pittler Scholarship Fund
Friends of John Ponte Memorial Scholarship Fund
Leonard Rendino Scholarship Fund
Joseph and Bernice Repas Scholarship Fund
Margaret Ringstad Riefe Scholarship Fund
The Rivera Family Fund for Arts and Music
Dr. Shenoi & Family Scholarship Fund
Alan Silano Memorial Scholarship Fund
Arthur R. Smith Scholarship Fund
Southwest School Scholarship in Memory of Marion Wm. Edwards Fund
Jeff Stannard Memorial Scholarship Fund
Apolonia Stanulis Scholarship Fund

Thank you for choosing me as a recipient of the Apolonia Stanulis Scholarship. I am very excited and grateful to be able to continue to pursue my academic career. – nursing major

Student Council Scholarship Fund, Torrington
Nellie J. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund
Mariantonia Tate Memorial Allied Health Scholarship Fund
Temkin Family Valedictory Award Fund
Torrington Lithuanian Mutual Benefit Club Scholarship Fund
Torrington UNICO Foundation Scholarships
Albert C. and Rose Turri Scholarship Fund
The United Nations Association of Connecticut Scholarship Fund
Westside School Association/Harry Arsego Memorial Scholarship Fund
Frederick J. Wilcox Sportsmanship Scholarship Fund
James P. and Mildred Gregg Zucco Scholarship Fund

Receiving the James P. and Mildred Gregg Zucco Scholarship greatly helps reduce the financial burden on my family and me, and we are immensely grateful. – biology and music major


Edward Diskavich lived a quiet life in a small home on Beverly Rd. in Torrington. He enjoyed a long life, passing away at the age of 94. Financially successful, Edward lived modestly and enjoyed managing his investments. But his greatest achievement, his legacy, was his investment in the future of Northwest Connecticut.

Through his estate planning, Edward established two endowed funds with the Community Foundation, a scholarship fund and a discretionary fund.

The Edward W. Diskavich Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to graduates of Oliver Wolcott Technical High School. In 2017-2018, the Fund awarded $21,500 to 19 Northwest Corner students pursuing college degrees in fields including mechanical engineering, biomedical sciences, and education.

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Agency Funds Strengthen Local Nonprofits

AGENCY FUNDS are established by nonprofits to support their charitable needs. The Community Foundation handles the management and stewardship of their charitable assets to enable a stable source of revenue for the nonprofit at a low cost. This frees the nonprofit and its board of directors to concentrate on the pursuit of the nonprofit’s charitable mission.

American Legion Post 46 Fund for Goshen Community Care and Hospice, Inc.
Susan B. Anthony Project Capital Improvement Reserve Fund
Susan B. Anthony Project Endowment Fund
The Beekley Library Capital Fund
The Beekley Library Future Building Construction Fund
The Licia Beekley Garden and Winar Piano Fund
The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library Endowment Fund
The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills
Chore Service Endowment Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Bennett Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Brokaw Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Cooley Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Dodd ;Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Endowment Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Fox/Lane Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust General Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Hare Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Hart Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Hofer Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Ives Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Operating Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Prud’homme Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Rattlesnake Preserve Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Reserve Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Rogers Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Selby Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Trinity Forest Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust VanValkenburgh/Burkardt Stewardship Fund
Cornwall Conservation Trust Walker Atewardship Fund
The Cornwall Foundation General Fund
Cornwall Historical Society-Norman Dorsen Fund
Cornwall Historical Society Endowment Fund
Cornwall Library Fund
Matthew Flor Endowment Fund
Foundation for Norfolk Living, Inc. Fund
Friends of Hospice Endowment Fund
Friends of Hospice Mildred S. Pascale Fund
Friends of Hospice Rockefeller Fund
Goshen Community Care and Hospice Fund
Goshen Historical Society Capital Fund
Goshen Historical Society Endowment Fund
Goshen Land Trust Endowment Fund
Goshen Public Library Endowment Fund
Bernice H. Harmon Hospice Fund
Harwinton Library Friends Fund
Harwinton Library Friends-Stasia Motuzick Endowment Fund
Heritage Land Preservation Trust Endowment Fund
Heritage Land Preservation Trust Fund
Heritage Land Preservation Trust Northwoods Fund
Highland Lake Watershed Association Fund
Theodore A. Hungerford Memorial Museum Association Endowment Fund
The D.M. Hunt Fund
The Institute for American Indian Studies Fund
Litchfield Community Center Legacy Fund
Litchfield Community Center Reserve Fund
Litchfield Garden Club Centennial Fund
The Little Guild Endowment Fund
The Little Guild Operational Fund
Norfolk Connecticut Children’s Foundation Fund
Northwestern CT YMCA Designated Project Fund
Northwestern CT YMCA Endowment Fund
Northwestern CT YMCA Fund
Northwestern CT YMCA Youth Leadership Fund
Railroad Museum of New England – Hazel Koch Fund
The River Stewards of Tomorrow Fund
The Sharon Ambulance Fund
Sharon Community Foundation Fund
Sharon Fire Department John Morgan Fund
Sharon Fire Department Operations Fund
Sharon Land Trust Endowment Fund
Sharon Land Trust Mary Moore Fund
Sharon Land Trust Quick Strike Acquisition Fund
Sharon Land Trust Stewardship & Protection Fund
The Sharon Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund
The Taconic Learning Center Fund
Lee Tangarone Memorial Fund for Children’s Programs and Collections
Torrington Veteran’s Memorial Wall Fund
United Way of Northwest Connecticut’ “1943 Society” Fund
United Way of Northwest CT Unrestricted Operating Fund
VNA Northwest Endowment Fund
The Warner Theatre Sustainability Fund
The Warner Theatre Sustainability Fund – Non Endowed
Warren Public Library Fund
Washington Art Association Capital Campaign Fund
Washington Art Association, Inc. Endowment Fund
Washington Art Association, Inc. Fund
Washington Garden Club Investment Fund
Winchester Land Trust Fund
Winsted Area Child Care Center Endowment Fund
Winsted Health Center Foundation Fund
Wisdom House Endowment Fund
YMCA Camp Mohawk Arlene Foulds Memorial Fund
YMCA Camp Mohawk Cindy Morse Leadership Development Fund


The Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals works to save unwanted, abused and neglected cats and dogs and provides medical care and enrichment to make them more adoptable. The Little Guild holds no-cost vaccine clinics and maintains a pet-food emergency pantry to support those who cannot afford to feed their pets.

The Little Guild of St. Francis agency funds, The Little Guild Endowment Fund and The Little Guild Operational Fund, support the charitable efforts of The Little Guild by providing for long-term needs and supporting operations.

Through a grant from the Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund and the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund, funds of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, in 2018 The Little Guild provided spay and neuter vouchers to local families who could not afford the surgery for their pets.

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Supporting Organizations–Autonomous Effective Forces for Good

Supporting Organizations are similar to private foundations in that they operate with a separate board of directors with grant-making responsibilities, but because they operate under the “umbrella” of the Community Foundation, they operate more efficiently and with the benefits of a public charity. Directors enjoy a high amount of involvement in their philanthropy while benefiting from the Community Foundation’s grant and investment expertise and administrative support.

Foundation For Community Health supports organizations that work to maintain and improve the physical and mental health of residents served by Sharon Hospital* and organizations that provide community healthcare services within those areas. *Canaan, Cornwall, Cornwall Bridge, Warren, East Canaan, Falls Village, Goshen, Kent, Lakeville, Lime Rock, Norfolk, Salisbury, Sharon, South Kent, Taconic, West Cornwall in Connecticut, as well as the New York communities of Amenia, Ancram, Ancramdale, Copake, Copake Falls, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, Pine Plains, Stanfordville, Wassaic and Wingdale.

In 2018, Foundation For Community Health awarded grants to the following organizations:

Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial
Connecticut Oral Health Initiative
Regional Data Cooperative for Greater New Haven/DataHaven
St. Martin of Tours Parish

The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation was created for the purpose of protecting and improving the welfare of animals of all kinds with a focus on cats and dogs, the promotion of veterinary programs, and the protection of wildlife, including endangered species, flora and fauna.

In 2018, The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations:

Animal Protective Foundation
Connecticut Fund for the Environment
Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
Kestrel Land Trust
Mohonk Preserve, Inc.
Naromi Land Trust
New England Federation of Humane Societies
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Sea Research Foundation

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Investment Report

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation prides itself on providing prudent stewardship of a sizeable community endowment designed to benefit future generations of Northwest Connecticut citizens. Our investment objective is to maximize the endowment’s purchasing power by pursuing long-term investment results that exceed the annual spending policy—the amount needed for grants and expenses—plus inflation. This allows for sufficient and predictable growth to meet pressing community needs while providing capital preservation into the future.

The oversight and assessment of the Foundation’s investments are conducted by its Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Dedicated to the pursuit of strong returns within acceptable risk tolerances, the Investment Committee employs an asset-allocation strategy designed to capitalize on a well-diversified portfolio that performs well during a variety of market and economic conditions. In doing so, the Investment Committee considers past and expected future performance of available asset classes, including investment strategies of other community foundations, nonprofit endowments and charitable funds, along with a variety of widely accepted performance benchmarks.

For a complete set of our audited financial statements, Form 990 or for information on our investment policies and/or our Investment Committee, please visit or contact us at 860.626.1245 or

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Board of Trustees, Committees, and Staff

In its Board of Trustees, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has an active governing body that is responsible not only for establishing the mission and strategic direction of the organization, but also is charged with oversight of its finances, operations and policies. The Board, which is independent and broadly representative of the people of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, is comprised of individuals who have demonstrated civic leadership in a variety of ways and who have a strong record of volunteer community service.

Thank you to the community leaders who gave generously of their time to serve on the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Board of Trustees and Committees in 2018.

Board of Trustees

Gayle Moraski, Chair
Anne Sutherland Fuchs, 1st Vice Chair
F. Robert Petricone, 2nd Vice Chair
Victoria Patrick, Treasurer
Christopher Wall, Secretary
Anita Baxter
Thomas Bechtle
James Blackketter
Vincent Inconiglios
Jeffrey Lalonde
Donald K. Mayland
Victor Muschell
Douglas K. O’Connell
Lawrence V. Power
Lori Riiska
Norman “Skip” Rogers
Ronald S. Rosenstein
Adrian Selby
Barbara Spiegel

Executive Committee

Anne Sutherland Fuchs
Gayle Moraski
Douglas K. O’Connell
F. Robert Petricone
Christopher Wall

Development Committee

Anne Sutherland Fuchs
Jeffrey Lalonde
Donald K. Mayland
Lori Riiska
Adrian Selby

Communications and Public Relations Committee

Anita Baxter
Tom Bechtle
Alan Colavecchio
Nicole Carlson Easley
Vincent Inconiglios
Lawrence V. Power
Guy Rovezzi
Robert Rovezzi
Christopher Wall

Grants and Program Committee

Jim Blackketter
Carol Lugar
F. Robert Petricone
Jan Rathbun
Julia Scharnberg
Lisa Lansing Simont
Barbara Spiegel
Christopher Wall

50th Anniversary Committee

Anita Baxter
Nicole Carlson Easley
Anne Sutherland Fuchs
Lawrence V. Power
Adrian Selby
Christopher Wall

Governance Committee

Betsy Goff
Brian McCormick
Victor Muschell
Douglas K. O’Connell
Norman “Skip” Rogers
Ronald S. Rosenstein

Audit Committee

Jeffrey Lalonde
Donald K. Mayland
Lori Riiska

Investment Committee

Robert Geiger
Peter Menikoff
Barbara Millar
Keith Mullins
Marsha Sterling
James Thibault
Stacie Weiner

Scholarship Committee

Anita Baxter
David Bennett
Dorothea Bernbach
Marc Bernbach
Jim Blackketter
Susan Bremer
Frank Buonocore
David Carroll
Dennis Dressel
Nicole Carlson Easley
Jerry Easley
Joel Easley
John Fabiaschi
Malcolm Forbes
Barbara Fradette
Leslie Friscia
Anne Sutherland Fuchs
Betsy Goff
Douglas Haddock
Lorraine Haddock
William Harding
Bradford Hoar
Eli Horowitz
Kathleen Kulig
Elayne Landau
Mary Loyer
Michael Lynch
Donald K. Mayland
Gayle Moraski
Maureen Nikora
Ed Noonan
Mary Pat Noonan
Joan O’Brien
Morgan O’Brien
Lisa O’Neill
Joe Pathe
Dean Pergola
F. Robert Petricone
Guy Rovezzi
Patty Rovezzi
Robert Rovezzi
JoAnn Ryan
Julia Scharnberg
Christina Tranquillo
Tony Tranquillo
Marie Wallace
Dan Whalen
Harriett Weis

Emeritus Society

James C. Allen
Ann Auburn
Roberta Lee August
Thomas Bechtle
Khurshed Bhumgara
Allan Borghesi
Alan Colavecchio
Robert Cron
Miki Duisterhof
Dan Dwyer
Charles Ebersol Sr.
Charles R. Ebersol Jr.
William G. Harding
Charles Hathaway
Ann Hubbard
John E. Janco
Jeffrey Lalonde
Donald Lewis
Carol S. Lugar
Marvin “Muff” Maskovsky
Brian McCormick
Allen Nixon
Robert O’Connor
Roberta S. Ohotnicky, Ph.D.
James O’Leary
Cynthia Oneglia
Francis J. Oneglia
Frank Pascale
Victoria Patrick
E. Frederick Petersen Jr.
William Petricone
Rose Ponte
Jan Rathbun
Mary Lou Robinson
Margaret Roraback
Robert Rovezzi
JoAnn Ryan
Helen Scoville
George A. Strogatz
Alan Temkin
Alyson Thomson
Edward Thompson
Raymond Turri
John R. Ursone
Thomas Wall Sr.
Thomas F. Wall Jr.

Women & Girls Fund Executive Committee

Barbara Dughi, Chair
Sandra Zielinski, Vice Chair
Judi Armstrong
Maria Gonzalez
Kathy Kinane
Kathy Minck
Susan Payne
Dolores Raimo
Fran Stoffer
Rachel Tway-Grant
Kathi Weinstein
Jane Williams


Guy Rovezzi, President and CEO
Lorraine Haddock, Assistant to the President
Bradford Hoar, Vice President of Philanthropic Services
Nicole Carlson Easley, Communications Director
Christina Tranquillo, Program and Communications Associate
Julia Scharnberg, Grants and Program Director
Leslie Friscia, Finance Director
Dorothea Bernbach, Program Officer, John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation

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New Funds in 2018


This fund supports the charitable mission of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals of providing high quality and affordable mental healthcare and related social services for individuals and families living and working in Litchfield County.


Torrington resident Steven Garbin established this endowed scholarship fund in honor of his parents, Helen and Mario.


This fund supports the charitable mission of the Goshen Land Trust to preserve and protect natural open land to improve the quality of life for current and future generations.


This non-endowed charitable fund supports the charitable mission of Highland Lake Watershed Association to preserve and protect Highland Lake and its watershed.


This fund supports the charitable mission of the D.M. Hunt Library to provide library resources, services and programs that help to fulfill the educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs of the community in an atmosphere that is welcoming and friendly.


This fund supports the needs of the Litchfield Community Center and its charitable, social, and educational initiatives.


Established by Torrington Area Parkinson’s Support Group, this fund enables Torrington High School to award a scholarship to a graduating senior intending to study nursing or related nursing disciplines.


This non-endowed fund supports the maintenance and operation of the New Hartford Cemetery, including the repair and restoration of monuments, headstones and grave markers and the care and replacement of trees, flowers, shrubbery and lawns.


This fund supports the town of Norfolk, the Church of Christ and the Immaculate Conception Church in their work to provide support for low income and financially distressed residents of Norfolk.


Established by a local philanthropist, this non-endowed fund supports various charitable initiatives in Northwest Connecticut


Established by Mary and Patrick Scanlan, this fund supports various charitable initiatives in Northwest Connecticut and beyond.


This fund supports the charitable mission of the Sharon Community Foundation to assist Sharon residents with basic needs, and support programs that foster independence.


This donor-advised fund was established by the Temkin children to honor their parents, Abraham and Joann, by supporting area nonprofits in the areas of the environment and animals, arts and culture, civil rights and advocacy, children and youth, education and literacy, historical societies, and homelessness.


This fund awards scholarships to current high school students who will enroll in an accredited two or four year undergraduate institution and who demonstrate academic excellence and clear commitment to engagement in international issues.


This agency fund supports the Winchester Land Trust as it works to preserve the rural character and natural resources of the Winchester area, and to educate the community about the benefits of land conservation and balanced growth.

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.