Publication: In Your Northwest Corner

In Your Northwest Corner Vol. 3

March 22, 2023

$435,820 in Gifts and NCCF Matches Benefit Local Nonprofits

Nonprofits raised $435,820 through the Northwest CT Community Foundation’s (NCCF) Northwest Corner Gives program. In July, 33 nonprofits posted campaigns to, NCCF’s crowdfunding program created to help build awareness and raise matching funds.

​Throughout the month of July, individuals and families donated $217,910 through Northwest Corner Gives. NCCF matched those donations dollar-for-dollar up to campaign goals for a total of $435,820. ​

"Northwest Corner Gives enables Food Rescue US - Northwest CT to fundraise at a higher level, and the donations that we receive are critical to our efforts to fight hunger and food waste.

"The generosity of the donors left us speechless. Thank you!," said Stacey Smith of Food Rescue US - Northwest CT.

Northwest Corner Gives dollar-for-dollar matches were made possible by a generous gift from the Northwest CT Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund.

Matches were also made possible by ​the NCCF Northwest Corner Gives: Covid-19 Fund, Khurshed Bhumgara Fund, Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund, Edwin M. Stone and Edith H. Stone Fund, Northwest CT Philanthropy Fund, Margaret C. Tupper Fund, Edward W. Diskavich Fund, Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund, Robert Venn Carr Jr. Fund, Keroden Endowed Fund and Borghesi Family Fund.

View all participating nonprofits and their final grant awards, visit

Helping Families Achieve Financial Success

Connecticut Association for Humane Services (CAHS) provides family economic security programs to residents of Bethlehem, Torrington and Winsted, including coordinating with CT Money School to offer free financial education classes and volunteer income-tax assistance.

CAHS also leads Bank on CT, an effort to help unbanked individuals open low-cost bank accounts and work toward financial success.

A recent grant from the Northwest CT Community Foundation Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund supported CAHS' virtual income-tax assistance program, providing more than 300 low-income individuals and families with cost-free tax preparation services.

"CAHS works to improve opportunity and prosperity for Connecticut's children and families by shaping policies and programs that significantly and measurably reduce poverty," said Takima Robinson of Connecticut Association for Human Services, Inc.

"Funding from the Northwest CT Community Foundation has played an important part in our work."


Saving Animals with so Much Love to Give

The Little Guild has been dedicated to rescuing, healing and nurturing homeless dogs and cats for more than 60 years. The Little Guild matches homeless animals with caring homes, provides shelter to animals of domestic violence victims while they are in treatment, maintains a pet pantry, and provides free exams and vaccinations for dogs of pet owners who need financial assistance.

Grants from the NCCF Draper Foundation Fund provide annual support for the operation of the Little Guild.

A recent grant from the NCCF Karen M. O'Connor Fund supported the purchase of equipment for facility maintenance, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation.

A recent grant from the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, a supporting organization of the Northwest CT Community Foundation, supported the Little Guild's capital campaign and the purchase of medical equipment.

"We are working hard to save as many animals as possible every day. Each cat and dog has a unique story and love to share. Finding them all homes is our mission," said Jennifer Langendoerfer of Little Guild.

"Thank you for your support. We couldn't do our work without you."