For Immediate Release: July 7, 2024
Media Contact: Katina Hungerford 860-626-1245 x108

Northwest Corner Gives 2024 Launches–Donations Matched-Dollar-for-Dollar
for Local Nonprofits

TORRINGTON, CT --- The Northwest CT Community Foundation (NCCF) is thrilled to announce the launch of Northwest Corner Gives 2024, an online giving program designed to empower local nonprofit fundraising through digital engagement.

Northwest Corner Gives will run from July 8th to July 28th, offering a vital opportunity for community members to support a diverse array of local causes.

*NCCF will match donations to nonprofit campaigns dollar-for-dollar up to campaign goals.

Northwest Corner Gives Campaigns

American Mural Project
Bantam Cinema & Arts Center
Bantam Civic Association
Bethlehem Ambulance Association
Brooker Memorial
Caring for Bethlehem
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Chime In! Music with a Mission
FISH/Friends in Service to Humanity
Friends of Topsmead State Forest
Goshen Community Care
Goshen Players
Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals
Grumbling Gryphons Children’s Theatre
Healing Hoofbeats
Housatonic Child Care Center
Housatonic Youth Service Bureau
The Housing Collective
Kidsplay Children’s Museum
Little Britches Therapeutic Riding
Little Guild
McCall Behavioral Health Network
NWCT Arts Council
Northwest CT Food Hub
Northwest Connecticut YMCA
Primetime House
Sharon Hospital
SOAR Educational Enrichment
Summit Adaptive Sports
Susan B. Anthony Project
|Torrington Area Families for Autism

Dollar-for-dollar matches are made possible by the Northwest CT Community Foundation: Draper Foundation Fund, Douglas and Janet Roberts Fund, Marion Wm. Alice Edwards Fund, Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund, Khurshed Bhumgara Fund, Eva M. Coty Fund, 1421 Opportunity Fund, Karen M. O’Connor Fund, Northwest CT Philanthropy Fund, Edwin M. Stone Fund and Edith H. Stone Fund, and An Anonymous NCCF Fund.

Beginning July 8th, community members are encouraged to view and support nonprofit campaigns at

NCCF created Northwest Corner Gives to help local nonprofits build awareness and raise matching funds for essential expenses. Launched in 2020 in response to urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwest Corner Gives has raised more than $1 million for local nonprofits.

About NCCF  
Established in 1969, the Northwest CT Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 280 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $150 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships, totaled in excess of $5 million.

Press Release: June 4, 2024

NCCF Honored with 2024 Quality of Life Award 🏆

NCCF Staff and Board Members

TORRINGTON, CT — Northwest CT Community Foundation (NCCF) is honored to announce that we have been selected to receive the 2024 Quality of Life Award from the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce. This award is a testament to NCCF’s ongoing commitment to enriching the quality of life for residents of Connecticut’s Northwest Corner through the generosity of fundholders by inspiring local philanthropy, convening stakeholders in community welfare, strengthening the regional nonprofit network, and fostering collaborative funding partnerships.

The Quality of Life Award is one of three distinguished honors presented at the annual Celebration of Success event, hosted by the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Chamber recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the region's business environment, community involvement, and overall quality of life. This year's honorees include:

Business Leader Award: Ted Murphy, E.J. Murphy Realty, LLC
Community Leader Award: Joanne Borduas, Community Health & Wellness Center
Quality of Life Award: Northwest CT Community Foundation

Honorees are nominated by Chamber membership and selected by the Celebration of Success Committee based on their contributions to the community. NCCF is deeply honored to be recognized alongside such esteemed leaders and organizations.

We invite the community to join us in celebrating this achievement at the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce annual Celebration of Success event on June 27th, 5:00 p.m. at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton. The evening will feature a reception with bountiful hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and entertainment by the SCSU Jazz Band. Tickets are $50 per person, and registration can be completed online at

As we celebrate this milestone, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce, our dedicated board members, and the generous donors and community partners who support our mission. Together, we are making a lasting impact on the lives of those in Northwest Connecticut.

To learn more about NCCF, visit
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Press Release: May 30, 2024

Draper Foundation Fund Boosts Northwest CT with Over $800k in grants

The Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund supports 19 area nonprofits, chosen by Jim and Shirley Draper, with grants awarded annually. Additionally, trustees award grants on a competitive basis to a broader range of projects and organizations in the region, further expanding the reach of the fund's impact.

Notable Competitive Grants:

Other competitive grants include:

The following nonprofits receive grants annually:

Jim and Shirley Draper

Jim and Shirley Draper of Colebrook, known for their profound commitment to community and humility, chose a life of modest means with a focus on substantial philanthropy. In 2010, their final act of generosity—a $30 million endowment—established the Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund under the stewardship of NCCF. More than a decade later, this visionary gift continues to expand, bringing significant support to area nonprofits. The first distributions of $812,750 for 2024 were awarded, reaffirming the enduring impact of the Drapers' generosity.

Managed with care and foresight by NCCF, the Drapers' endowment has not only been preserved but has thrived, magnifying their legacy. Over the past decade, the Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund has made a profound impact on the community, distributing nearly $18 million to various local nonprofits. NCCF stewardship ensures a continual and impactful source of funding for community services, aiming to benefit the region in perpetuity. The strategic allocation of these funds demonstrates a deep understanding of local needs and a commitment to fostering long-term community development.

For more information about the Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund or learning how to establish your own Legacy Fund, please visit