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Giving Local On The Rise in Middlesex County

Community Foundation Increases Annual Grant Awards to $656,848 Well, you did it again. Because of you – our investors and partners – the Community Foundation of Middlesex County helped more people, supported more programs and services in 2014. Your partnership allowed us to work with the county’s nonprofits and make dreams come true. Your commitment Read More →

Carolyn Greenleaf Music Award Application Now Available

Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Fund Award Committee Now Accepting Applications for the Spring 2015 Award The Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Fund Award Committee is accepting applications for a music education award for talented high school students. This merit-based award was originally established in 2007 and honors the memory of Carolyn Greenleaf, a resident of Essex who worked Read More →

Valley Shore YMCA

CFMC — Helps Westbrook First Graders Learn To Swim

With funding support to the Valley Shore YMCA, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County helped every first grader in Westbrook learn how to swim. At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we know that it’s the little things that count, that can change a community and improve the quality of life for all. TOGETHER we Read More →

Avery Fund

CFMC — Brings Attention to CDKL5

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Avery Fund donors Leah Wysock and Mara Kelley with Avery Leopoldino in 2012. At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we know that it’s the little things that count, that can change a community and improve the quality of life for all. TOGETHER we feed the hungry, shelter families, teach Read More →


How Does the Community Foundation Work?

CFMC launches new infographic to illustrate how we help “Good People Do Great Things”.  

NOTICE: Bullyfree Rally – Venue Change

PLEASE NOTE – VENUE CHANGE FOR BULLY-FREE COMMUNITIES RALLY DUE TO FORECAST OF RAIN, THE BULLY-FREE COMMUNITIES RALLY HAS BEEN MOVED TO MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 100 Training Hill Drive, Middletown National Unity Day – October 22. Join students, parents, neighbors, and colleagues from Middlesex County in a show of unity for bully-free communities at a Read More →

Campaign for Bully-Free Communities

Stand Together for Change Join us today and Take the Pledge to help us make Middlesex County a bully-free community.

Thank You to our Fiddle Fest Auction Donors

We extend a heartfelt Thank You to our generous donors who provided wonderful auction items for “Fiddle Fest on the Connecticut River.” An Enchanting Evening at the Moore Estate Enjoy a private dinner for ten (you and 9 of your closest friends) at the enchanting home of Deborah and Roy Moore in Killingworth. Surrounded by Read More →

Giving Back, Paying Forward, Partnering Forever

Bob Drouin of Middletown loved a bargain, made a mean blueberry muffin, and was even was known to dress up as Santa from time to time. He shopped at Saver’s and rarely spent money on himself, but when it came to taking care of his community, Bob’s generosity was outstanding, even after he passed away.

CFMC Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2015 Funding Considerations

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is now accepting grant applications for the 2014-2015 Competitive Grant Cycle. Organizations considering applying to the Community Foundation are encouraged to review the Community Foundation’s grant making priorities, focus and impact areas, and guidelines located on the Grant Making Timeline page. Application materials can be downloaded from the Forms & PR Read More →

CFMC’s Cheryl Mehalik Luyster Fund Supports Shoreline Soup Kitchens

The Cheryl Mehalik Luyster Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County has generously awarded a grant of $2,000.00 to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP). Cheryl’s friends and family created the Fund to honor and remember Cheryl, a longtime Old Saybrook resident, and to support the causes she was passionate about.

CFMC Legacy of Generosity

Helping Good People Do Great Things – that is your Legacy of Generosity in Middlesex County. Take a brief tour of some of the great things you have made possible in our community. Thank You for your investment through the years.

Katherine “Katchen” Coley

Conservation, Education, Beautification – CFMC’s Katchen Coley Conservation Fund Now Accepting Applications

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is accepting grant applications for the Katchen Coley Conservation Fund. Nonprofit organizations working with and in the communities of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, Middlefield, Middletown, and Portland may download the application

Your Grant Impact – a Photo Retrospective of Your Legacy of Generosity

During a “lunch and learn” earlier this year, a donor requested more visuals of your grant making impact and we wholeheartedly agree! To kick this off we have compiled

Your Return on Investing With – and Through – the Community Foundation

$152,204 Awarded Through the 2013-2014 Competitive Application Process You – our investors and partners – help us address issues facing our community every day. Your partnership allows us to work with the county’s nonprofits and make dreams come true. Thanks to your generosity, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County awarded $152,204 to nonprofits organizations during Read More →

“No Bully Zone” at The Country School in Madison

Creating positive communities through youth empowerment is the goal of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Council of Business Partners. The “No Bully Zone,” developed in partnership with Rushford prevention specialists, provides tools and programs for schools and community groups to address bullying and help children stand up to bullying. Donny Marshall, a former UConn Read More →

Leading the Way – Four Individuals Elected to CFMC Board of Directors

The CFMC Board of Directors Class of 2014 welcomes four individuals who bring passion and a broad range of skills to the Community Foundation’s leadership team. John L. Boccalatte of Middletown was first elected in August to complete past board member Lyn May’s term. President and Manager of the law offices of Farrell, Geenty, Sheeley, Read More →

New Fund Changing Lives for At-Risk Boys

In 2013 a group of volunteers with the support of generous donors created a new fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County — At-Risk Boys Fund. The goal for the men and women on the all-volunteer committee was simple. They wanted to make a difference. Together, they wanted to support programs and projects that Read More →

Impacting Lives with just $1 a Day

365 Fund Welcomes New Members Philanthropy is as simple as $1 a day – $365 a year. The idea is simple. You give $365 – a dollar a day – to make our community better. You pool those daily dollars with others. Then you decide together which organizations you want to receive the money. 365 Read More →

CFMC Honors Chatman, Kalayjian, Pastorello, and Royston for service

CFMC celebrated and thanked four Board members for their years of service to the community at its December meeting. William Chatman (Essex), Marcia Kalayjian (Clinton), Tom Pastorello (East Hampton), and David Royston (Old Saybrook) completed their terms as members of the Board of Directors in December 2013. “These individuals have each helped to move the Read More →

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