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Established in 2003, this fund ensures future funding diversity for this behavioral health organization and encourages staff and board members to give to this endowed fund to maximize a challenge match donation.   “We plan to continue serving individuals throughout Middlesex County for years to come. We realize the importance of an endowment as one part of a strategy to insure our long term success. What better partner to help insure this than the Foundation that shares our values and concerns. We saw the investment the Foundation was making in our community and the positive effect it was having for…

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Established in 2006 to help support the Community Foundation and diversify the investment of their small and growing endowment. The proceeds of this Fund provide Oddfellows Playhouse funding to support operations and programming. Agency Endowment Funds are created by the nonprofits themselves to produce a revenue stream for long-term financial health and stability.  

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The Community Foundation’s first Agency Endowment Fund was established in 2001 with donor-restricted endowment gifts as an example to all nonprofits. Agency Endowment Funds are created by the nonprofits themselves to produce a revenue stream for long-term financial health and stability.

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Established in 2007, Camp Hazen YMCA partnered with the Community Foundation to ensure that its vital programs will be offered long into the future for the benefit of our young people. Agency Endowment Funds are created by the nonprofits themselves to produce a revenue stream for long-term financial health and stability.

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He has been a manufacturer, mayor of West Hartford, educational film producer, and president of the Connecticut Historical Society. She was a member of the Founders of Hartford, the Colonial Dames of America, volunteered in Hartford Hospital’s emergency room, and was active in many organizations and projects including Riverfront Recapture. It is no surprise that Ellsworth and Virginia Grant are considered life-long stewards of the Humanities and the Arts. Virginia was committed to the history of Connecticut and her connections to her community. She was an avid sailor and tennis player, spending many summers in Fenwick. Ellsworth has long been…

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A Lasting Memory for a Wonderful Friend, Teacher and Mentor Karen was a gifted pianist and dedicated and inspiring teacher and was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2009. Her expertise in performance, teaching and adjudicating were well established throughout Connecticut and beyond. Karen held degrees in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale School of Music. She continued her studies with Paul Baumgartner in Switzerland, with Leon Fleischer, and with Konrad Wolff. At the time of her death she was teaching students of all ages at her Westbrook studio, Brown University in Providence, and Choate…

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FRIENDS INSPIRED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A SPECIAL MUSICIAN THROUGH THE CAROLYN GREENLEAF MEMORIAL FUND Carolyn Greenleaf was a resident of Essex who was passionate about music and who worked tirelessly to promote music education in her community. Sadly, Carolyn passed away at an early age in 2004. Her friends and family wished to honor her memory and in 2007 established a merit award for students who show great dedication to and promise in their musical studies. This award was created to keep Carolyn’s legacy alive and to honor her celebration of and passion for music. In 2008 the Carolyn Greenleaf…

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Did you know that an outdoor classroom at a school can Improve a child’s development and encourage collaboration and teamwork? Improve a child’s physical, mental, emotional health? Boost a child’s academic performance and self-esteem? Provide practical experience for science and natural world classes? (who doesn’t love examining creepy crawlies up close and personal!) Most importantly, outdoor classrooms provide children an opportunity to connect with the natural world and connect with their own unique learning methods and approaches. The Essex Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (EES PTO) has a goal – build an outdoor classroom at Essex Elementary to enhance our…

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Community and education were driving forces in Marjorie Rosenbaum’s life. A lifelong resident of Middletown and one of the original graduates of Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program, Marjorie thrived in a community in which music, theater, literature, and education were prevalent. Marjorie worked with others in the community to establish and nurture programs that would ensure a bright future for Middletown. A founder of CAUSE (Community & University Services for Education), Marjorie believed in facilitating cooperative projects between Wesleyan University and the Middletown community; she looked to the future, understanding that creating collaborative programs within the university and local community…

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 A Legacy of Community Compassion Our health care providers give so much – their time, their expertise, and their compassion. Nick Ramcke knew from personal experience how important that dedication and attention was. As Nick’s mother Heidi looked for ways to give back to our community and share her compassion, she and her aunt and several friends and family members hit upon an idea – knitting and crocheting baby blankets, booties, and hats for every new born at Middlesex Health and Yale New Haven Hospital. They knew Nick would appreciate that every newborn would be wrapped in his community’s “arms”…

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