Days of Giving

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Days of Giving

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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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

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Featured Fund

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.

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Recent News

  • Buddying Up for Positive Change in Essex

    Community Foundation of Middlesex County Supports Social Inclusion Youth Project   The “Buddy Bench” is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Representatives from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and Rushford Academy  recently joined students, teachers and parents at Essex Elementary School for a very special ribbon cutting ceremony. Read More →

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From The People in The Community
Sisters’ Legacy to Support Where We Live, Work and Play

Community Foundation of Middlesex County to Receive $8 Million Bequest  The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) received an early 20th anniversary gift this year with news that the nonprofit organization will be the recipient of an $8 million bequest from the trust of the late Mary Janvrin. Ms. Janvrin and her pre-deceased sister Natalie Read More →

Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We had an incredible turnout for our Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on May 24, 2017. There are so many to thank for coming out to share this very special event with the Community Foundation. We must offer our deepest gratitude to the Tomc family for their generous Read More →

Save the Date to Celebrate!

You’re Invited! Save the date for the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s 20th Anniversary party! Join us for an evening filled with Good People Doing Great Things! Get a jump on the rush and reserve your seats below! Generously sponsored by Whelen Engineering, Peach Pit Foundation, The Clark Group, Essex Savings Bank, Essex Financial, Guilford Read More →

Why Leave a Legacy?

Leaving the Future in Good Hands A conversation with Deborah Moore Deborah Moore has called Middlesex County home throughout her entire life. She grew up in Chester, and still lives and works where she has roots. So it’s no surprise that she lives by the mantra, “Live Local and Give Local.” Deborah is grateful for Read More →

Oh What a Night – Thank You!

Thank you – one and all – for an incredible night celebrating 20 Years of Philanthropy * Leadership * Legacy. November 17, 2017 truly was a night to remember – made possible by the generosity of so many in our community. We are deeply humbled and grateful for the support of our guests and friends, Read More →

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 →

Celebrating Our 2018 Local Leaders Local Legends

At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC), we are so fortunate to be surrounded by “Good People Doing Great Things”. Every day we are reminded that everyone in our region truly cares about our friends and neighbors and where we live, work and play. On Wednesday August 22, CFMC held its bi-annual Local Leaders, Read More →

Oh What an Evening on the Connecticut River

What an evening – from entrancing wildlife to great friends to beautiful vistas, we couldn’t have asked for more! We wish to thank everyone who joined us for a beautiful evening of fun and good cheer aboard the Lady Katharine as we Sailed Away for a Celebration on the Connecticut River. For those of you Read More →

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Recognizes Morgan High School with Bully-Free Spotlight Award

HIGHLIGHTS: 400+ stand together for change at Rally for Bully-Free Communities in Middletown; The Morgan School in Clinton Recognized For Positive School Climate. Students, educators, business owners, and community leaders came out in record numbers to rally for bully-free communities at the EMPOWER Leadership Sports Center in Middletown on October 4, in recognition of National Read More →

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