We are home to over 600 charitable funds created by generous area individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations who care about Eastern Connecticut.

We are Here To Serve You

If you’re considering establishing a charitable fund to benefit the residents of Eastern Connecticut, we welcome your involvement and commend your generosity.

Questions To Consider

Here are the initial questions we recommend new donors consider when they begin to contemplate their charitable giving.

We specialize in helping our donors create charitable funds that make a meaningful impact on the issues and communities they care about. We work closely with our donors to help you learn more about the causes you care about and achieve your philanthropic goals. Read more about Our Work, Our Priorities and Our Communities

Would you like to start giving immediately, prefer to make a future donation through your estate, or would you like to do both? There are many options open to you. We specialize in helping our donors develop charitable funds customized to their financial needs, abilities and preferences. Read more about the different Types of Funds that are available and how to Give to an Existing Fund or Give Later: Leave a Legacy

Endowed funds enable you to make grants in perpetuity, ensuring your generosity endures for generations to come. They’re, by definition, permanent. Our Board of Trustees, Investment Committee and professional investment managers oversee the strategic investments of endowed funds to ensure we maximize financial returns on our donors’ funds to issue as many grants and scholarships from those funds as possible each year. Non-endowed funds – or “pass-through funds” – are not permanent. We ensure these funds always remain liquid and accessible so that they can be distributed upon our donors’ request. Read more about Our Financial Accountability and Our Investment Strategies

We can help you establish a fund that addresses one specific philanthropic interest or a broad field of interest. Whatever your preference, we’ll connect you to the most effective nonprofits working on the issues you’re passionate about. Read more about Types of Funds and Why Donors Choose Us

Some donors wish to establish funds in their own name or in honor of a cherished family member or friend, or in recognition of someone’s birthday, anniversary, wedding or other milestone; others prefer to donate in anonymity. We will work with you to ensure the level of public visibility you desire. Read more about Why Donors Choose Us

We are able to accept a wide variety of charitable gifts – from cash and stocks, to retirement plan assets and life insurance benefits. Read more about Gifts We Accept

There’s a variety to choose from – each of which offers specific advantages and benefits. We would love the opportunity to walk you through the choices and help identify the best options for you. Read more about Types of Funds

We are committed to maximizing our donors’ investments so their funds can issue as many grants as possible every year to benefit our community.

While there are no fees involved in setting up a charitable fund at our foundation, there are some small fees associated with its ongoing administration.

Read more about our fees