Archive for Donor Advised Fund

Elizabeth “Betsy” Goodspeed Frederick Fund

Elizabeth (Betsy) Goodspeed Frederick (1939 – 2023) was an esteemed educator, technology pioneer, dance enthusiast, and staunch advocate for civil rights. A Donor-Advised Fund was established to honor her multifaceted legacy, providing the family with flexibility year-to-year to support causes dear to Betsy’s heart, from promoting STEM opportunities for girls to backing Planned Parenthood or a friend’s dance company.

Jonathan & Nancy Bishop Fund for Musical Opportunities for Youth

Jonathan and Nancy Bishop established this donor-advised fund in 2023 to support musical opportunities for young people. They realize the important role music has played in their lives and hope to nurture a lifelong love of music for children and youth in Guilford.

Paul Dostie “KARE”, (Kindness Always Rewards Everyone) Fund

This donor advised fund memorializes Paul Dostie by supporting families fighting serious illness as well as youth initiatives.

Guilford Interact Student Advisory Fund

This restricted field of interest fund was established in 2010 through a partnership between The Guilford Foundation and the Interact Club at Guilford High School (GHS), the youth arm of the Guilford Rotary Club.

Chris & Carl Balestracci Jr. Community Fencing Fund

Chris and Carl Balestracci started fencing at the same time in 1976. Chris was a freshman at Guilford High School with no fencing experience, and he came home to ask his dad to be the faculty advisor for the team because they didn’t have a coach. Carl was the Coach/Faculty advisor for the next 12 years until 1988. He also served as President of the CT Fencing Association for several years. During his tenure, the GHS team won several State Team Championships and they had many individual Champions as well.

Fappiano Family Fund for Special Needs

Christine and Tony Fappiano established this donor advised fund in 2018 to support individuals with special needs relating to cognitive disabilities, including autism, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities, who require assistance in living a full and vibrant life.

Jared Eliot Fund

Acquiring an important piece of open space, providing environmental education, or maintaining trails and building a viewing platform are among the community investments envisioned by William (Bill) Bloss, who recently established the Jared Eliot Fund on behalf of an anonymous donor.

Gustave & Carol L. Sirot Fund

Carol Sirot established the Guilford Foundation’s very first donor advised fund in 2012 in her name and the name of her late husband, Gustave.

Guilford Bell Curve Charitable Fund

A group of 25 teammates from the Guilford Bell Curve Soccer Club came together in 2012 to establish one of The Guilford Foundation’s first donor advised funds.