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 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
We also have incubated projects that achieved independent success as standalone entities: the Guilford Fund For Education started at the Foundation; the DAY (It’s Worth It) Initiative originated from TEAM Guilford, a project fully funded and driven by the Foundation; we launched an initiative to support senior living through what’s now known as the Schiller Institute of Lifelong Learning; and we helped give wings to Roses for Autism when it reinvented itself as a nonprofit organization.
We’ve also supported every qualified organization in town that helps our neighbors. Those that help our most vulnerable; organizations that ensure access to arts and culture; and those that preserve our beautiful natural resources. And we’ve provided a number of scholarships to graduating seniors over the years. Of course we are also very proud of the students in our Youth Advisory Group, who have raised and invested over $35,000 in the community since 2010.
Our latest leadership work, as you may know, focuses on housing and figuring out how to keep our young professionals, teachers, librarians, firefighters, and seniors living in Guilford. We have revitalized Guilford Interfaith Housing, and we’re working with the Town to find collaborative and innovative solutions to this complicated issue.
In addition to taking a leadership role on housing and continuing TGF’s efforts to invest in Guilford beyond housing, TGF’s Board of Directors undertook a major strategic planning process in 2014. Reflecting on TGF’s growth of resources and impact in the community over the past few years, the Board has set an ambitious agenda in order to better meet our mission to enhance the quality of life in Guilford. The three major goals to come out of the process are: 1) Grow TGF’s permanent philanthropic endowment; 2) Position TGF as a community leader and investor; 3) Ensure TGF has sufficient management and governance infrastructure to support the organization’s growth.
The Board and staff are energized to strive for these goals, and recognize that we need more substantive back office to support this plan. In order to manage operating costs, we entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Branford Community Foundation to share back office support. This will allow us to hire an administrative assistant and invest in technology support—with the costs to be shared between the organizations.
TGF identified Guilford’s lack of diverse housing stock as an issue of focus in 2013. There are few to no options in Guilford for college graduates who want to return home, divorcing spouses who need to stay in the school system, and down-sizing seniors, much less affordable housing for those who qualify as low income (in Guilford, a household would qualify for low income housing if their income is equal to or below $76,000).
Our efforts around this issue included $15,500 in grant investment in Guilford last year to three organizations for: 1) emergency financial assistance for housing; 2) pre-development costs for building affordable housing units; and 3) outreach and support around the issue. While the grants amount is a modest number, we view our effort as investments for the future. We will continue to look to support worthy efforts around this cause.
We continue to work with the Town of Guilford on their Incentive Housing Zone (IHZ) grant, which is being used to identify parcels, evaluate their suitability for sewage disposal, establish design criteria and draft IHZ regulations. This study will reveal specific information that will help in locating appropriate setting for new housing units.
Finally, we are thrilled to report that were also successful in reinstating the nonprofit status of Guilford Interfaith Housing, a separate, independent nonprofit organization that will serve as a catalyst for solutions to the housing crisis in Guilford. This revitalized organization has 10 new and invested Board members and has been meeting regularly since December 2014. Their current focus is to assist the Town on the IHZ grant, as well as guide our grant to the Partnership for Strong Communities to educate Guilford about housing needs and how we can address them.
The Guilford Foundation seeks grants that enhance the quality of life in Guilford. Grant applications should address a need within the focus area and demonstrate impact on the organization, project, community, or persons served.
Applications should include some of the following elements:
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