Draper Foundation Fund Provides Over $750,000 in Support of Area Nonprofits

The Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund recently awarded area nonprofits $750,275. The Fund awarded $583,200 to 19 designated nonprofits and $167,075 in donor-advised grants to nonprofits that provide essential programs and services for residents of Northwest Connecticut.

Noteworthy donor-advised grants include:

  • $35,000 to Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities to support the distribution of fresh locally-grown produce to low-income families, food pantries or to Meals on Wheels

“The plan for 2021 is to again focus on serving the ‘food at risk’ population,” said Kay Carroll of Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities. “The Hub was successful in doing this logistically in 2020, and the need has doubled in the past year.”

  • $6,000 to Salvation Army Winsted Regional Service Center to support providing child-friendly food bags to families during the summer

“During the summer months many households that rely on reduced or free lunch program are fraught with the prospect of not having enough food for their children,” said Pamela Carignan of Salvation Army Winsted Regional Service Center. “...The families we provided these extra boxes of food to were very appreciative and grateful for this additional help.”

  • $10,000 to Winchester Youth Service Bureau to support the Leaders in Training program at Rising Star Camp

“The overarching purpose of this grant is to develop and foster leadership skills that will continue to benefit the youth served as they grow into young adults,” said Catharina Ohm of Winchester Youth Service Bureau. “Specifically, the goals of this program are to provide ten 14 to 16- year old teenagers the opportunity to become aware of their developing leadership style through an age appropriate assessment tool.”

The following is a complete list of nonprofit organizations that received donor-advised grants from the Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund:

Church of Christ Congregational $5,750 to support the purchase of a refrigerator, freezer, and shelving for the food pantry

FISH of Northwestern Connecticut $13,250 to support parking lot and sidewalk repairs

Litchfield County Opiate Task Force $70,000 to support Year 2 of the second shift Community Case Worker position

New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County $12,075 to support electrical upgrades and four months of operating expenses

Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities $35,000 to support the distribution of fresh locally-grown produce to low-income families, food pantries or to Meals on Wheels

Salvation Army Winsted Regional Service Center $6,000 to support providing child-friendly food bags to families during the summer

Winchester Youth Service Bureau $10,000 to support the Leaders in Training program at Rising Star Camp

Winsted Area Child Care Center $15,000 to support the cost of repairs and repainting all interior walls of the Prospect Street building

The following nonprofits designated by the Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund receive awards twice 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 Connecticut. The Fund, which has grown to more than $37 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.

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