This fund was established in 2020 by Dr. Davia Shepard. Dr. Shepard founded Ladies Power Lunch, a collective of women from a wide range of businesses that only has one rule: support each other. Ladies Power Lunch offers free educational monthly business or personal development workshops, and throughout the year hosts summits, conferences and retreats. Dr.
Laura Schlesinger Minor established this fund in 2017 to ensure the work of the Women & Girls Fund at Main Street Community Foundation continues past her lifetime. Distributions from the fund will support those initiatives identified by the Women & Girls’ Fund. Laura, a participant in the Women & Girls Fund’s early focus groups, is including a bequest in her estate plan to further fund this endowment.
This memorial scholarship fund was established by Heidi DellaBianca in 2010 to honor her late husband’s wish to encourage people working at least part-time to pursue post-secondary education. Eligible applicants may be graduating seniors or graduates of Farmington High School currently enrolled in a post-secondary 2-year, 4-year or technical school.
Established in 2010 by the Leading Ladies of Southington, this permanent fund provides a source of immediate response grants to help women and girls in Southington who are in need of assistance with emphasis on basic needs, health, safety, education or employment opportunities.
This fund was established by the Leger family in 2005 as a scholarship fund to assist Bristol women returning to higher education at least ten years after graduating from high school. The family wished to support the special challenges faced by women in the workplace while helping them to make a better life for themselves and their children.
Established in 1997 by former local residents Peter and Lena Korotie to do something special to help children in Bristol. The award is given to students who are attending or will attend St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.
Ed and Laura Lorenson established this donor advised fund to support a variety of charitable organizations primarily in the communities served by Main Street Community Foundation. Ed, a founder of MSCF, together with his wife Laura, have always been supporters of the greater Bristol community and have made it their mission to improve the lives of those around them.
A scholarship established by the family of Louis Rascoe on the occasion of his 2005 retirement from the field of education will support Plymouth students entering the field of education – especially those who attended Prospect Street School where Lou was a principal for nineteen years prior to his retirement.
This fund was established in 2014, this scholarship fund honors Louise (Humphrey) Van Gorder. Louise and her husband Bob have enriched the lives of thousands of students and music lovers through their Bristol String Orchestra and business, Fiddlin’ Around located in Bristol. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a music student currently in 9th through 12th grade to attend a one-week camp experience at Laurel Music Camp in Winsted, CT.
Started in 2006 with a donation from the Yarde Metals NapCar Event, this fund will provide immediate response grants to address the needs of children under the age of 18, with an emphasis on basic needs or special opportunities. The Yarde Metals Company wishes to encourage other citizens to contribute to the fund for the general well-being of area youth.
This fund was established in 2000 with a $10,000 gift from an anonymous donor to support the operations and activities of Main Street Community Foundation. Many donors, including Board members, Founders and staff, have since contributed to the fund.
The Main Street Community Foundation Memorial Fund accepts memorial donations not otherwise included in or eligible to be a separate named fund. This fund provides a permanent source of funding for charitable projects and programs which will enhance the quality of life for citizens of the service area of the Foundation.
Set up by the Main Street Community Foundation Board of Directors in 1997 as a combined scholarship fund to accept gifts from donors interested in pooling their money for scholarship purposes. The first gift to this fund came from the estate of Lucrezia Lena.
This fund was established in 2009 to provide grants for special and creative initiatives that cannot be funded on a meaningful scale through the regular school budget. This permanently endowed fund will be built by gifts and donations of many individuals, families, businesses and the community-at-large to create a new resource for enhancing the education of students who attend schools in Burlington and Harwinton.
A bequest received in 2005 from the estate of Harold L. Malerbo provides the opportunity to award funds to non-profit youth sports organizations in Bristol and Burlington for field improvements or field maintenance equipment.
Established in 2005 through a bequest from the estate of Harold L. Malerbo, this fund provides scholarships for Bristol students attending St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.
Established in 2015 in memory of Sandra Caggiano, a former Bristol school teacher, who passed away on April 20, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. This fund will provide an annual grant to the Family Resource Center at South Side School located in Bristol, CT to support children and families serviced in the program.
The fund was established by the Manning/Sisson families to honor the memory of Mary M. Sisson along with her parents, Dennis and Anna May Manning. Grants will be made to charitable organizations for general charitable purposes at the recommendation of the donors, with preference for programs that foster the sport of swimming through team competition and skill-building at the municipal recreational level for the City of Bristol or the Town of Plainville, and/or support of swim team programs at the collegiate level.
Originally established with bequests from the estates of Colonel Frederick Manross, Robert Manross and Arthur Manross, these funds were transferred to the Foundation by the City of Bristol Library Board in 2014 to administer in perpetuity. Annual distributions will support operating, capital expenditures and the purchase of children’s and nature books at the F.N. Manross Memorial Library in Forestville as a supplement to the annual appropriations from the City of Bristol.
In memory of Margaret Haberman, this fund was established in 2010 to support programs and organizations for the promotion and appreciation of music in the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.