Draper Foundation Fund Provides Over $895,000 in Support of Area Nonprofits

The Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund recently awarded area nonprofits $895,775. The Fund awarded $637,875 to 19 designated nonprofits and $257,900 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 Explorations Charter School to support additional technology infrastructure to add STEM courses

“This increase in infrastructure will allow students to have hands-on opportunities using hardware and software to prepare them to meet the needs of employers throughout the region and beyond,” said Jill E. Johnson of Explorations Charter School.

$8,000 to Hands of Grace to support individually bagged food suitable for children to prepare on weekends

“The bags are distributed weekly and consist of individually proportioned foods which can be easily prepared by younger children without adult assistance,” said Kiersten Schiffer of Hands of Grace. “Because these types of prepared foods are more costly and generally not obtainable through CT Foodshare, the program requires an increased and ongoing budgetary commitment from our organization.”

$25,000 to Northwest Connecticut YMCA to create an outdoor recreation and event space

“This project creates recreational and gathering spaces for Y program participants and the general public to encourage physical activity, healthy habits, a safe environment for kids to play and a location for meeting family and friends,” said Greg Brisco of Northwest Connecticut YMCA. “Children enrolled in childcare, summer camps and sports programs will now have access and opportunity to participate in outdoor activities and new activities will attract new kids and families.”

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

Connecticut Foodshare $10,000 to support a mobile food pantry truck in Winsted

Explorations Charter School $35,000 to support additional technology infrastructure to add STEM courses

FISH of Northwestern Connecticut $8,250 to support the replacement of the shelter heating system

Friendly Hands Food Bank, Inc. $10,100 to support the purchase of a second cargo van to facilitate food deliveries

Hands of Grace $8,000 to support individually bagged food suitable for children to prepare on weekends

Litchfield County Opiate Task Force (fiscal sponsor Charlotte Hungerford Hospital) $75,000 to support year three of a pilot program adding a community case manager for evening and weekend hours to improve connections to care for clients suffering from substance use disorder

McCall Center for Behavioral Health $25,000 to support upgrades and integration of all computer systems into a single network to facilitate the merger of McCall Center for Behavioral Health and Help Inc.

New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County, Inc. $11,550 to support the cost of weekly cleaning for one year, two fire-resistant cabinets, and a cabinet for janitorial supplies

Northwest Connecticut YMCA $25,000 to create an outdoor recreation and event space

Susan B. Anthony Project $32,000 to support the purchase of a passenger van

Winsted Area Child Care Center $18,000 to support the purchase of replacement commercial kitchen equipment

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 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.