Draper Foundation Fund Provides More than $800,000 in Support of Area Nonprofits

The Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund recently awarded area nonprofits $827,325. The Fund awarded $637,875 to 19 designated nonprofits and $189,450 in donor-advised grants to nonprofits that provide essential programs and services for residents of Northwest Connecticut.

Noteworthy donor-advised grants include:

  • $10,000 to Connecticut Foodshare to support the reinstatement of mobile food pantry service to Winsted

“The Mobile Pantry dispatches trucks of food into underserved neighborhoods deemed as ‘food deserts,’ distributing food to assist those in need who lack direct proximity to a supermarket or food pantry or may not have a vehicle or the physical means to access resources outside of their neighborhood,” said Laurie Robillard of Connecticut Foodshare.

  • $20,000 to EdAdvance to support bridge funding for the Litchfield County Family Childcare Network

“Family childcare providers are very isolated as they are caring for young children at home on a daily basis and have mixed ages,” said Michelle Anderson of EdAdvance. “There is often little time for them to further their education or keep up with trends in the Early Childhood field...Funding for this network is critical as it keeps family childcare providers engaged and promotes quality care.”

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

Beardsley & Memorial Library $6,000 to support half of the cost of a replacement boiler

Community Kitchen of Torrington $30,000 to support the acquisition of a small cargo van

Connecticut Foodshare $10,000 to support the reinstatement of mobile food pantry service to Winsted

EdAdvance $20,000 to support bridge funding for the Litchfield County Family Childcare Network

FISH $41,550 to support the renovation of the family, veterans’, men’s, and women’s bathrooms

Friendly Hands Food Bank $9,800 to support the purchase of a second van

Little Guild of St. Francis $50,000 to support a new shelter facility to provide a healthier and quieter environment for animals, the ability to accommodate more animals, and more efficient working space for staff

New Beginnings (The Gathering Place) $8,750 to support replacement office and cleaning equipment for The Gathering Place and to provide three months of operating support

Torrington Police Activities League $6,850 to support the PAL Ambassador Program to serve 15-20 students from Torrington Middle School

Winchester Youth Service Bureau $6,500 to support replacement equipment and supplies for Rising Star Camp

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 Connecticut 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 Northwest CT Community Foundation 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 Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation 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.