Guilford Foundation
P.O. Box 35
Guilford CT 06437
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 35
Guilford, CT 06437-
Telephone (203) 6404049 x
Fax 0-n/a
E-mail lizapetra@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Grass Island
Mission
The Mission of the Guilford Foundation (TGF) is to connect people who care with causes that matter to them to enrich the quality of life in Guilford; now and for generations to come.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1975
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Liza Janssen Petra
Board Chair Kyle Eagleson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Guilford Savings Bank
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission The Mission of the Guilford Foundation (TGF) is to connect people who care with causes that matter to them to enrich the quality of life in Guilford; now and for generations to come.
Background

In 1975, Betty Stevens, Hugh Jones, Stanley Page, John Leffingwell, and Lawrence Appleton planted the seed that became The Guilford Foundation.

 


The group began its work by organizing beautification efforts for the area around the town Green. Their actions resulted in the creation of an endowment that raised money to plant and maintain trees in front of the stores on Whitfield Street facing the Green. Soon after, the group was incorporated and The Guilford Foundation expanded its focus to include many other aspects of community life. This philanthropic attitude inspired other citizens to establish funds in the name of loved ones in order to answer the growing needs of the community and its residents.

Our goal

Our goal is to make philanthropy easy and effective. We accomplish this by enabling donors to contribute to the projects and efforts in our community that they care about the most. We are especially invested in becoming the hub of philanthropy in Guilford; dedicated to meeting the diverse and ever-changing needs of our community…forever

Impact

The Guilford Foundation (TGF) is pleased to announce that we have committed over $120,000 for initiatives and organizations serving Guilford in 2017, the most ever and a 17% increase from fiscal year 2016. This reflects 13 grants made through our competitive grant making (complete list below), 12 scholarship awards to graduating Guilford High School students, 10 grants from designated funds for local organizations, and investments in TGF-driven leadership initiatives (including the Shoreline Nonprofit Workshop Series). This record-breaking level of support is only made possible by community members who generously support our mission to “connect people who care with the causes that matter to them.” Thanks to your generosity, our investments into the community continue to grow and are able to respond to needs as they arise.

Needs

The Guilford you know and love today looks a lot different than it did when 25 Puritan men signed the Guilford Covenant in 1639 and set forth their vision for the community they would build together. In fact, Guilford looks a lot different than it did in 1975, when the Guilford Foundation was established by five local families to protect trees around the Green.

But what hasn’t changed over these years is the dedication the members of our community feel for our fellow citizens. We look different today, operate differently than we did then, and have differences of opinion, but at the end of the day, people who care about Guilford—like you—come together to take care of each other.

At the Guilford Foundation, we identify this directly through your commitment to our mission. Gifts to the Foundation continue to increase, and, as a direct result of this and prudent management of our permanent endowment fund, we are able to give back to the community more than ever. In 2017 alone, we have committed over $120,000 for initiatives and organizations serving Guilford, including grants for diapers for babies, the Witness Stones Project, food for the needy, Guilford’s first-ever Performing Arts Festival, and restoration of the Grass Island shack, to name just a few.

As we look towards 2018, we anticipate another year of intense funding requests. Fiscal insecurity at the State level has led to programmatic cuts, which will directly impact organizations serving Guilford. While the Guilford Foundation can’t and shouldn’t replace governmental funding, Guilford citizens will be impacted and the Guilford Foundation is prepared to respond.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations / Community Foundations
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Guilford
The Guilford Foundation was established as a community foundation to enrich the quality of life in Guilford, Connecticut.
Programs
Description

The mission of the Guilford Foundation is to “connect people who care with causes that matter to them,” to enrich the quality of life in Guilford, now and for generations to come. We fulfill our mission by building and maintaining a charitable endowment and making prudent grants that serve to address the ever-changing needs of the Guilford community.

Applications should include some of the following elements: Address a documented need or concern of focus area; Recognize and build on a community’s or organization’s strengths and assets; Build the capacity of community organizations and/or individuals to help themselves; Foster cooperative approaches to community issues through collaborations based on shared visions and mutual responsibility; Serve as a catalyst for attracting other resources, such as matching gifts; and Build infrastructure within the organization in order to meet its mission.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
CEO/Executive Director
Liza Janssen Petra
Term Start May 2011
Email lizapetra@gmail.com
Experience My career focus has been in helping nonprofit, philanthropic and government organizations work to improve the lives of everyday people. Over the past 17 years, I have worked for public, private and charitable organizations, and for the past 10 years, I have served as the Executive Director of nonprofit organizations serving the central Connecticut shoreline communities.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2015
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Partnership with Branford Community Foundation to share back office support.
Board Chair
Kyle Eagleson
Company Affiliation Guilford Savings Bank
Term June 2017 to June 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Peter Barrett
Sarah Bishop DellaVentura
Amy Earls Page Hardware
Christine Fappiano Real Estate
Deirdre Jacob
Roger Joyce The Bilco Company
Delaney Lundberg Retired
Michael McNiff Community Volunteer
Matthew Peterson
Helen Rizzo Retired
Irving Schloss Retired
Marta Slattery
Linda Weber
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Distributions / Grant Making
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Feb 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Jan 31 2018
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $97,005.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,484,756$2,049,071$1,802,542
Current Assets$91,407$24,821$72,144
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$3,833
Total Net Assets$2,484,756$2,049,071$1,798,709
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGuilford Savings Bank $11,443 --Guilford Savings Bank $13,072
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Goal $150,000.00
Dates Feb 2016 to Jan 2017
Amount Raised To Date 10000 as of Mar 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address P.O. Box 35
Guilford, CT 06437
Primary Phone 203 6404049
Contact Email lizapetra@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Liza Janssen Petra
Board Chair Kyle Eagleson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Guilford Savings Bank

 

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