Make an Impact Together - With CFMC

Philanthropy Matters. Philanthropy Works. Anyone can be a philanthropist - any time, and with gifts of all sizes. Explore ways you can join your neighbors and support our community!
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20th Celebration Thank You

Oh What A Year! Oh What A Celebration! Thank YOU for making our 20th Anniversary Year Incredible - and for a wonderful evening highlighting all the Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County.
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Helping Good People Do Great Things

The community foundation concept is a simple one. It is a group of individuals and businesses who pool resources to support the community where we live, work and play. In 1997, community leaders from across Middlesex County established our Community Foundation dedicated to enhancing and improving the quality of life in the area.
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Stand Together For Change

Take the pledge today and Help create a bully-free community in Middlesex County.
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Your Grant Impact - A Photo Retrospective of Your Legacy of Generosity

You asked and here it is - a retrospective photo show of some of the great nonprofits impacted by your investment in and through the Community Foundation. (check back often for more slideshows and videos of your grant making at work)
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Faces of Philanthropy

Funded by an anonymous donor and produced by Outthink of Essex, this video gets to the heart of Philanthropy – Pure & Simple, focusing on the many ways individuals, businesses and organizations can work together improve the quality of life in our community.
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Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund

Neigbhor_Helping_NeighborWhen disaster strikes, you’re always there to help. You, our friends and neighbors, have come to the aid of individuals and businesses to lend a helping hand through the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. With each catastrophe, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County has received calls and donations to help, to support the services and programs that are essential and ever-present in our community. Each time, the Community Foundation has reached out to service providers and towns and determined what is needed and how to respond. Yet with each unforeseen event, CFMC always asked “what could we have done to be better prepared to help?”

When Disaster Strikes, A Community Comes Together

The Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund provides an opportunity for CFMC to work with you to support organizations and services to help our neighbors, to respond immediately when catastrophe occurs, today – and in the future. The Fund is ready to come to the aid of those local organizations that respond so readily when needed – volunteer firefighters, health providers, organizations providing shelter, food and basic needs. The Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund is just one more way the Community Foundation works with and for you, our friends and neighbors, to improve life today – and in the future – in Middlesex County.

Community Philanthropy

Making Life in Middlesex County Better

cfmclogoThe community foundation concept is a simple one. It is a group of individuals and businesses who pool resources to support the community where we live, work and play. Perhaps you want to preserve a piece of the community you love. Perhaps you are just beginning to explore your charitable purposes and want to join with others to create impact.

In 1997, community leaders from across Middlesex County established our Community Foundation dedicated to enhancing and improving the quality of life in the area. They believed that our county deserved a community foundation like those that were working successfully in surrounding communities. Ours is now one of 17 in Connecticut and more than 850 nationwide.

Anyone Can Be a Philanthropist

There are many ways to give to the community. The Community Foundation offers many flexible opportunities and many ways to respond to community needs. Learn more about what the Community Foundation of Middlesex County does, and how you can participate.

Live Local Give Local

Preserving Our Local Community

LLGL_home100% of your gift to the Live Local Give Local Fund will be granted to our local nonprofits this year.

You Can Make a Difference

The community is where we work, where we play, where we raise our children, where we call home.

It is our responsibility as citizens to exercise good stewardship within our communities. Live locally and give locally to preserve the quality of life in our towns through grants supporting our nonprofit organizations.

Established in 2009 in response to the economic crisis, the Live Local Give Local campaign is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to raise awareness among the residents of Middlesex County about how important it is to take care of the community during difficult times by living locally and giving locally. The Community Foundation of Middlesex County helps maintain the quality of life in Middlesex County by offering training programs for and funding grants to nonprofit organizations to address the community needs.

Ways To Give

Support the Community Foundation

communityphilanthropyCommunity foundations offer flexibility and impact for your charitable giving. There are many options for you to consider. Think about what you want your gift to do, and we will work with you to find the best way for your donations to make a positive difference.

Philanthropy plays a vital role as a partner with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to strengthen and enrich the quality of life for Connecticut residents.

Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of the County now and in the future by developing endowments, making grants that have impact, and assisting donors in meeting their philanthropic objectives.

Become a Donor

  • Donate Online – Use our easy online donation center!
  • Via Phone – Call us to make a donation!
  • Mail-In Form – Download and print a donation form.

Recent News

  • TAKE A SEAT…and learn how Middlesex County cares…

    It’s a simple idea – with lasting results. Sometimes children (and even adults) feel alone. Sometimes children aren’t certain how to ask others to be included in activities at school. Well, there’s a solution – the Buddy Bench. Thanks to a partnership with the Community Foundation’s Council of Business Partners and At-Risk Boys Funds, Rushford Academy, Read More →

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From The People in The Community
When a Grant Becomes Something More

Finding Strength and Gratitude Through Art A Gift from Maria Louise A grant from the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women and Girls made it possible for Maria to have an artist mentor her as she explored her own talents and gifts. For her final project, she chose to paint a portrait of Community Foundation Read More →

Leaving the Future in Good Hands

A Conversation with Bea Holt Bea Holt is a resident of Middletown and Florida, and is very active in her communities. She loves the outdoors and can often be found leading hikes and environmental programs for children and adults. She is also an avid patron of the arts, attending performances at all of the local Read More →

CFMC Honors Two Local Leaders Local Legends

Director, McRae Recognized For Lifetime of Community Giving The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is pleased to announce that Arthur Director and Willard McRae are the recipients of the Sherry and Herb Clark Beacon of Philanthropy Award. Established in 2012 and named for the first recipients, Sherry and Herb Clark, the Sherry and Herb Clark Read More →

St. Luke’s Sends a Thank You and Some Great News

What does a grant look like? Sometimes it is as simple as a Thank You letter with some wonderful news. St. Luke’s Community Services received word of their 2015-2016 grant award at the same time they received some more good news — so they decided to say Thank You and Hooray in a single announcement. Read More →

James Family Documentary Film Project is underway

It took three generations to create a family legacy. It’s only taken months to begin telling that story in film. It has been a very busy fall (2015) for the documentary film project “For Dear Mother’s Sake: The James Family Letters that Shaped Ann Petry.” Liz Petry and her cousins Ashley James and Kathryn Golden Read More →

A Champion of the Community, Arthur Director

We all lost a community champion when Arthur (Art) Director passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Art led quietly by example, both in his business life and in his community service life. A long-time supporter of our youth, Art gave of his time and his considerable talent to ensure children have every advantage possible Read More →

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