Live Here, Give Here.
The Mission of The Guilford Foundation is to enrich the quality of life in our community by connecting people who care with causes that matter, now and for generations to come.
Building Strong Communities Through Philanthropy
The Guilford Foundation values integrity and equity as we actively seek to be a responsive, collaborative, and trusted leader that makes a positive difference in our community.
Empowering Easy and Effective Philanthropy
Our goal is to make philanthropy easy and effective. We accomplish this by enabling donors to contribute to the projects and efforts in our community that they care about the most. We are the hub of philanthropy in Guilford. Forever dedicated to meeting the diverse and ever-changing needs of our community.
We are a trusted nonprofit foundation focused on improving life in Guilford. Grants, sponsorship awards, scholarships, and leadership initiatives are the ways we invest in our community to support critical needs and priorities.
We are grateful for the community’s support for our work. This trust and generosity allow us to partner with service providers to have a lasting positive impact on the people who live, work and play in Guilford.
— LIZA JANSSEN PETRA
Meet Our Team
John D. Gillespie
Norma S. Ginz
William “Bo” Huhn
Mary Jo Kestner
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For The Future
We’re grateful for those enlightened donors who want to secure a strong future for our community through thoughtful philanthropy. By creating The Guilford Foundation’s Legacy Circle, we can recognize members’ generosity now with the hope of encouraging others to plan a gift for the future.
Legacy Circle Members
A Storied Start To The Guilford Foundation
In 1975, Betty Stevens, Hugh Jones, Stanley Page, John Leffingwell, and Lawrence Appleton planted the seed that became The Guilford Foundation.
2000 – 2010
2010 – 2015
2015 – 2020
2020 – Present