Jim and Shirley Draper of Colebrook were well known for their kindness and humility.
During their lives, they supported many community organizations and educational institutions, foregoing affluence to provide for the needs of their community.
In 2010, the Drapers left their final and perpetual gift, a $30 million endowment to establish the NCCF Draper Foundation Fund.
The donor advised fund supports 19 area non-profits chosen by the Jim and Shirley Draper, awarding grants twice per year, forever.
Nonprofits supported by the Draper Foundation Fund
Beardsley & Memorial Library
Colebrook Associates, Inc.
Colebrook Congregational Church
Colebrook Historical Society, Inc.
Cornell University for the Cornell Feline Health Center College of Veterinary Medicine
W. L. Gilbert Trust Corporation
Greenwoods Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Little Guild of St. Francis
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Northwest CT YMCA
The Salvation Army
Tufts University, School of Veterinarian Medicine
The University of CT Foundation, Inc.
Vivisection Investigation League, a/k/a The Last Post
We Adopt Greyhounds, Inc.
Winchester Youth Service Bureau
Winsted Area Child Care Center, Inc.
Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc.
According to the Jim and Shirley Drapers' wishes, these charities receive regular distributions from the Fund, providing a sustainable and dependable source of support in perpetuity.
In addition to the 19 nonprofits named by the Drapers, the Draper Foundation Fund Trustees award grants to nonprofits in the towns of Torrington, Winsted, Norfolk, Colebrook, New Hartford, and Barkhamsted through an invitation-only LOI process.
Contact Julia Scharnberg, Vice President of Community Engagement