We put philanthropy into action to help address the needs, rights and interests of our Eastern Connecticut communities, while fulfilling the passions of our donors.

Assisting Donors

Alison Woods, VP and Chief Development Officer, discussing the establishment of a new fund with a new donor.

We help donors — and their professional advisors — establish personally meaningful charitable funds that make a lasting impact on the issues and communities of greatest interest to them. Our experience helps us connect them to the region’s current and emerging needs and bring about enduring change.

Issuing Grants & Scholarships

2016 Graduates of New London High School who worked with Higher Edge during high school and through the college application process.

Thanks to the funds established by our donors, we are able to offer charitable grants to nonprofit organizations to support their work in our communities; as well as hundreds of annual scholarships to help local students pursue their educational dreams.

Strengthening Area Nonprofits

In addition to grant making, we work closely with nonprofit organizations in and around Eastern Connecticut to help them strengthen their capabilities, increase their technical skills and operate more effectively and efficiently.

Seeking and Supporting Solutions to Community Challenges

In 2016, the Community Foundation held a mentoring convening with board members and local area partners.

Throughout our 30 plus-year history, we have routinely convened meetings of community leaders, nonprofits, service agencies, business leaders, volunteers, donors and local residents to discuss our shared challenges and to explore and pursue the best ways to address them.