Draper Foundation Fund Provides $566,225 in Support of Area Nonprofits

The Draper Foundation Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, recently awarded area nonprofits $566,225. The Fund awarded $455,625 to 19 designated nonprofits and $110,600 in donor-advised grants to nonprofits that provide essential programs and services for residents of Northwest Connecticut.

Noteworthy donor-advised grants include:

  • $50,000 to Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, to support the capital campaign to increase the size of the facility.

“ECAD's mission is to enable people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through the use of specially educated dogs. And, with an expanded state-of-the-art facility, the organization can increase the rate and reach at which this mission is achieved,” said Dale Picard, Executive Director.

  • $25,000 to Susan B. Anthony Project, to support the Rebuilding Lives Program.

“The Rebuilding Lives Program's goal is to intervene in crisis situations and provide support services to keep women, men, and children safe from domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and trafficking and promote opportunities for their healing and growth as survivors,” said Jeanne Fusco, Executive Director.

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

Bakerville Library - $12,100 to support electrical system updates.

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities - $50,000 to support the capital campaign to increase the size of the facility.

Rotary Club of Torrington and Winsted Areas - $8,500 to support the 2017 Pet Parade.

Susan B. Anthony Project - $25,000 to support the Rebuilding Lives Program.

Winsted Area Child Care Center - $15,000 to support the purchase and installation of SMART Boards.

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.

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