Anonymous Donor Provides $100,000 for Hurricane Sandy Relief

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many Connecticut residents continue to struggle to recover their livelihoods and to provide nutritious food, safe shelter, transportation, clothing, and medical supplies for their families.

A philanthropic family from Northwest Connecticut, who wishes to remain anonymous, stepped in to help. The family, who established the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut’s Local Area Fund, advised the Foundation to provide a grant for $50,000 to assist individuals and families still struggling to recover from the storm.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut presented the $50,000 grant to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, which is currently working with the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut to develop a flexible application process for storm victims to apply for funds.

“The Local Area Fund is a great example of the positive impact of local philanthropy,” said Guy Rovezzi, President of The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut. “Many nonprofits supporting our community could not exist without the generosity of Litchfield county fundholders and donors like those who established the Local Area Fund.

“But when our neighbors have a great need, such as in the case of an unavoidable disaster, there is a natural desire to reach beyond our region to assist.”

Since the initial $50,000 grant, the family has provided another $50,000 to continue to restore hope for those struggling to recover.

The Local Area Fund was established in 2002 to support Litchfield county nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, the Fund has provided more than $900,000 to 24 Litchfield county non-profits supporting conservation, emergency services, health care, medical research, and the arts.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut serves Litchfield County with a collection of more than 250 funds from local donors. These funds support nonprofit organizations and provide scholarships to area students throughout Northwest Connecticut.

The Foundation serves the towns of Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan/Falls Village, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington and Winsted/Winchester.

Established in 1969, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. serves 20 towns in northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to nearly $70 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $1.2 million.

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