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New funds 2014


The following new funds and planned gifts were established in 2014. The Hartford Foundation is proud to partner with these individuals, families and organizations to improve the quality of life in our region. Enjoy reading their stories and the inspiration behind their generosity.

Anonymous 

Charitable Gift Annuity

An anonymous couple established five individual charitable gift annuities, which will provide a fixed source of income during their lives, and thereafter, 85 percent will be added to a fund to provide support for the visually impaired, and 15 percent will be added to the Hartford Foundation’s unrestricted endowment.

Anonymous 

Charitable Gift Annuity
An anonymous donor now residing in Florida established a gift annuity which will provide a guaranteed income and create a legacy for the community. At the end of the annuity, 85 percent will be used to establish a fund to benefit the Bolton Land Trust and 15 percent will be added to the Hartford Foundation’s unrestricted endowment for general support of the community.

Bartlett Family Scholarship Fund 

Scholarship Fund
The motto for The Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Program is "changing the world one child at a time". To this end, the Bartlett Family Scholarship has been established at the Hartford Foundation to help graduating seniors who have been or are current participants in a Big Brothers Big Sisters program who are in need of financial aid to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.

Jackson-Batchelder Family Scholarship Fund 

Scholarship Fund
Sara Batchelder began her relationship with the Hartford Foundation when she established a donor- advised fund in 2012. Her interest in education led to establishing a second fund in 2014, the Jackson-Batchelder Family Scholarship Fund. Awards will assist a Latino or African American high school senior from Hartford to achieve his or her dream of going to a four-year college. Sara’s work with low income people in Hartford made her aware of the obstacles many face in obtaining higher education, and fueled her desire to help them.

Mathew Caruso Memorial Scholarship Fund 

Scholarship Fund
Mathew Caruso was only 19 years old when he was killed in Korea on Dec. 6, 1950, as he bravely pushed a chaplain down in an ambulance to shield him from machine gun fire. Mathew had attended Bulkeley High School in Hartford, and was determined to graduate and continue his education when he returned from Korea. Since he never got that chance, his brother, retired Superior Court Judge and fellow Marine John Caruso, established this scholarship to honor Mathew’s distinguished memory. It will support students from the Greater Hartford region who have academic ability, financial need and a commitment to their communities. Mathew was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, a Purple Heart, the United Nations Service Medal, and, in 2014, his Bulkeley High School diploma.

Blair Childs 

Charitable Gift Annuity
Mr. Blair Childs established a charitable gift annuity which will provide a source of guaranteed income and create a legacy for the community. At the end of the annuity, 85 percent will be added to the Carol Childs Memorial Fund, an unrestricted fund that provides broad support to the Greater Hartford community with a preference for educational needs in the Hartford School system and charitable projects in the Town of Suffield, and 15 percent will be used to establish the Carol Alcorn Fund a fund that provides broad support to the Greater Hartford community.

John David Creedon Fund 

Field of Interest Fund
John David Creedon was born in Hartford. A graduate of Yale University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he had a long and successful career, retiring from his position as President of Simplex Security Systems, Inc. John enjoyed golf and boating, and being of service to his community. A member of the Church of Saint Timothy in West Hartford, he also was a trustee for Kingswood-Oxford School and Easter Seals Association. John and his wife Mary raised a son and daughter, and enjoyed their four grandchildren. With thoughtful foresight, John and Mary established a testamentary trust that was used to create this fund that will grant support for homeless shelters and programs that provide for the hungry.

Mary Gay Creedon Fund 

Unrestricted Fund
West Hartford resident Mary Gay Creedon passed away in March of 2013. Her husband John had predeceased her. Many years earlier, the Creedons had generously chosen to include the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in their estate plans, resulting in these two funds being established in 2014. Mary Gay will be remembered in perpetuity through this fund, which will support changing needs in the Greater Hartford community.

Beverly Beach Eaton and Edward C. Eaton, III Fund 

Unrestricted Fund
The late Bev and Ed Eaton of West Hartford were married for 60 years and raised two daughters. Bev volunteered with the Junior League, the Church Home of Hartford Auxiliary, and the Town and County Club. She was active at Saint John's Episcopal Church, where she was a member of the Women of Saint John's and served on the Altar Guild. She loved playing the piano and the organ and shared her skills, playing for church services at Seabury Retirement Community. Ed worked in the insurance industry, and enjoyed playing golf and fundraising for his alma mater, Williams College. He was also active with the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. Bev and Ed made a lasting gift to support the Hartford community by establishing a charitable remainder trust that terminated at Bev’s death in 2014. The proceeds became an unrestricted fund at the Hartford Foundation.

Fechtor Family Foundation Fund 

Donor-Advised Fund
Robert Fechtor of West Hartford is a successful businessman who has always believed in giving back to his home community. In 1989, he and his wife, Louise, established the private Fechtor Family Foundation, through which they supported a range of local and national causes and programs. In 2014, Mr. Fechtor decided to close the foundation and transfer the assets to the Hartford Foundation, where it now operates as a donor-advised fund. He and his three sons, Stephen, David, and Richard continue to recommend grants from the fund, while the Hartford Foundation handles the investments, reporting requirements, payments, etc. In so doing, the generosity of the Fechtor family will continue in perpetuity through this fund.

Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund 

Donor-Advised Fund
Stanley D. Fisher Scholarship Fund and Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Scholarship Fund
Scholarship Funds
The Hartford Foundation was the grateful recipient of the proceeds of the Fisher Foundation in 2014. Established in 1957, the Fisher Foundation had a dynamic program of grantmaking to many nonprofits in the greater Hartford area over many years, including support of summer programs. The Fisher Foundation was a broad-based funder, granting in the arts, health, education, and family and social services. In addition, it awarded scholarships to deserving seniors throughout the Hartford area, including seniors at Hall High School, Stanley Fisher´s alma mater.

At the request of Hinda Fisher, the Fisher Foundation was closed in December 2014 and the assets transferred to the Hartford Foundation to create three new funds:

  • The Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund, a donor-advised fund,
  • The Stanley D. Fisher Scholarship Fund to support college costs for a graduating senior from Hall High School, West Hartford, and
  • The Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Scholarship Fund as part of the Hartford Foundation’s scholarship pool.

Stanley Fisher was a visionary developer of industrial parks in the 1950’s and 1960’s, creating an environment in which people were proud of their work and the places where they were working. He was active in his community, supporting Jewish causes and many other worthy projects. Hinda Fisher carried on her husband’s philanthropy through the Fisher Foundation and will continue with her daughter, Lois, and Beverly Boyle as co-advisors to recommend grants to community causes through the Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund.

Janice and Kerry Foster, Sr. Scholarship Fund 

Scholarship Fund
While sitting in the audience of the 2014 Scholarship Recipient Reception, Janice turned to her husband Kerry and asked him to establish a scholarship in her name when she passes away. Kerry lovingly replied that they should establish one now, there was no need to wait and possibly never meet their scholars in person. The Fosters had established a scholarship fund some years earlier to honor their young son KJ, who passed away in 2006. Now, there is the Janice and Kerry Foster, Sr. Scholarship Fund as well. This fund will help deserving scholars from the region, with a preference for students graduating from high schools in the City of Hartford. The Foster family has left a lasting legacy that will help kids for many, many years to come.

Fannie Estelle Hairston Fund 

Field of Interest Fund
Ms. Thomasina Clemons, a resident of Vernon, Connecticut established the Fannie Estelle Hairston Fund, in honor of her mother. The fund will support programs and projects in the Greater Hartford region that support the advancement of women and the prevention of domestic violence; issues that are important to Ms. Clemons. The generosity of Ms. Clemons will continue forever to support these critical matters.

Mary A. Huber Fund 

Unrestricted Fund
Mary Huber was a lifelong resident of Connecticut. She was born in Waterbury and lived in Farmington. Before retiring, Mrs. Huber was employed by the town of Farmington in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools for many years. The gift from Mrs. Huber’s estate was used to establish the Mary A. Huber Fund, an unrestricted fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving that will support changing needs in the region for years to come.

Anthony S. and Evelyn L. Hulme Charitable Fund 

Donor-Advised Fund
Joan Mathews established a charitable trust in 1990 that created a donor-advised fund at the Hartford Foundation after her passing. Her son and daughter-in-law, Anthony (Tony) and Evelyn Hulme, of West Simsbury will serve as advisors. Joan was a sports enthusiast, notably golf, tennis and fishing. Dogs were an important part of her life and she gave a loving home to many pets. The Hulmes hope to carry on Joan’s interests in the community through support of organizations in the greater Hartford area.

Walter “Doc” Hurley Scholarship Fund for Greater Hartford 

Scholarship Fund
Walter “Doc” Hurley was raised in Hartford and graduated from Weaver High School, where he was a standout 4-sport athlete. He became a legendary educator and coach, retiring in 1984 from his position as Assistant Principal of Weaver. For decades, he raised funds to give needy students help paying for their college education, and he gave them encouragement and emotional support. Upon his death, several community leaders and residents established this fund in his honor, to continue his kindness in perpetuity. Scholars who receive this award participate in a wide variety of scholastic and extracurricular activities. The fund is administered by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving as part of the Foundation’s General Scholarship Endowment Program.

Peter Jung Scholarship Fund 

Scholarship Fund
Peter Jung is a 20-year-old sophomore at Trinity College, where he is studying biology and computer science. He is an avid cycler and a native of Bellevue, Washington. Mr. Jung has embraced Hartford as his home for the next few years and he wanted to establish a connection to the local community. Because he is grateful for many of the educational experiences that he has had, he wanted to do his part to help other young men and women advance their educational opportunities. By establishing this scholarship fund at the Hartford Foundation, Mr. Jung will help local students realize their goals for years to come.

The Walter S. Kapala Scholarship Trust 

Scholarship Fund
Mr. Walter Kapala was a West Hartford resident for over 50 years and was employed as manager of the shoe department at the former G. Fox & Co. department store in Hartford. For many years after his death, the trustees of Mr. Kapala’s estate offered a scholarship, which they publicized in the Hartford Foundation’s annual Scholarship Directory. The trustees, noting the good reputation of the Foundation, transferred the estate assets to the Foundation when they could no longer manage the fund. Scholars who receive this award should have high academic standing, graduate from a public high school located in the towns of Hartford or West Hartford, and require financial assistance to further their education at a college, university or graduate school.

Tom and Margah Lips Fund 

Donor-Advised
Tom and Margah Lips are officially residents of South Glastonbury, but they also enjoy time in Mexico and Rhode Island. Tom is a Managing Director of Investments with Lips Rousseau Partners, a division of the Swiss bank UBS. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Law School. Margah is a graduate of Boston University and an active member of the Garden Club of Hartford. Tom and Margah are both accomplished artists. They have been active volunteers with Hartford Stage, Kingswood Oxford School, the World Affairs Council, and the Mark Twain Memorial, among other organizations. They have been involved with the Hartford Foundation for many years, both professionally and personally, as charter members of the Catalyst Endowment Fund, and as members of the 1925 Society. Margah and Tom give charitably to needs in Mexico as well. In 2014, they decided to take their support of this region a step further by establishing this fund. They hope to learn more about the community’s needs and compelling programs.

Frederick L. Mitchell Fund 

Unrestricted Fund
Frederick Lee Mitchell was passionate about music and in particular, pipe organ music. From his first exposure to the pipe organ as a little boy, Mr. Mitchell was able to turn this interest into both a personal and professional calling. He studied organ playing, building and design, toured around the world playing the pipe organ in various cathedrals, and then dedicated his career to designing them. He spent 49 years working for Austin Organs of Hartford. Mr. Mitchell’s other passions included sailing, world travel, photography, carpentry, hiking, reading, and attending live music events. Upon his death, the Frederick L. Mitchell Fund was established as an unrestricted fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Reba and Arthur Nassau Fund 

Unrestricted Fund
Reba and Arthur Nassau, residents of Avon, established this unrestricted fund in 2014. Arthur is retired from a career as an attorney. He graduated from Yale University and Yale Law School, and served on the board of the Yale Club of Hartford. He also has served on the Legal and Tax panel for the Jewish Community Foundation. Reba is an active community volunteer. The Nassaus have also made provision for a percentage of an IRA to be added to this fund after their passing. This fund will support public charitable purposes in perpetuity, continuing support for a wide range of needs in the Greater Hartford area.

Joyce S. Picard Scholarship Fund 

Scholarship Fund
Mr. Henri “Hank” Picard established this scholarship to honor the memory of his beloved wife Joyce S. Picard, after her courageous battle with cancer. A loving wife and mother, Joyce was an active community volunteer and resident of South Windsor, where she and Hank raised their three children. This scholarship was established for graduating seniors from South Windsor High School or East Catholic High School (in Manchester) who plan to pursue a career in science, medicine, nursing, or other health-related field. Mr. Picard hopes this scholarship will assist a deserving student whose career will be devoted to fighting and curing the terrible diseases in our world.

June Miller Rosenblatt Community College Scholarship Fund 

Scholarship Fund
June Miller Rosenblatt Scholarship Fund
Scholarship Fund
June Miller Rosenblatt believes in the power of a good education and in ensuring that high school students have the financial access to attend college. Mrs. Rosenblatt, a resident of West Hartford, made a commitment to ensure that those beliefs would turn into reality for deserving students in our region. This year, Mrs. Rosenblatt created the June Miller Rosenblatt Community College Scholarship Fund and the June Miller Rosenblatt Scholarship Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Many deserving students will be helped to follow their dreams, thanks to her thoughtful generosity.

Henrietta T. Shaw Fund 

Unrestricted Fund
Henrietta T. Shaw, known as Tommy, was born in Lakeville, Connecticut and spent most of her life in West Hartford. She worked for many years for the Penrose Insurance Company. Mrs. Shaw passed away in September 2014 at the age of 109. She and her late husband Alfred are survived by their daughter Nancy as well as seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. Many years ago, her employer established a pooled income fund to benefit her with quarterly distributions during her life, and then create a lasting legacy in her name after her passing. As a result of this generous gesture, the Henrietta T. Shaw Fund was created and will support changing needs in the Greater Hartford community for years into the future.

South Asian Bar Association Endowed Fund 

Scholarship Fund
The South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut serves as a resource to South Asian lawyers and law students for mentoring, networking, and community outreach. The nine-member board of directors and association members established this fund in honor of the Association’s tenth anniversary. This scholarship supports summer public interest fellowships and currently enrolled law school students who are in their second, third or fourth year and in good standing at their law school, of South Asian descent or demonstrate a commitment to serving the South Asian community.

South Windsor Historical Society Endowment Fund 

Designated Fund
Inspired by a generous offer from longtime supporter Mary Beach Shepard, the board of the South Windsor Historical Society decided to begin building an endowment fund at the Hartford Foundation. Mrs. Shepard made the establishing gift in December 2014, and the Board is now working to motivate other community members to add to the endowment, thereby ensuring long-term stability for the Historical Society. The Society works to preserve the history of South Windsor, which was settled in 1634. They provide historical educational programs, including the popular Heritage Day, maintain and manage the Pleasant Valley District 5 Schoolhouse Museum, and are also restoring the Union District School building.

Richard E. and Jane B. Thompson 

Charitable Gift Annuity
Richard “Dick” and Jane Thompson established a charitable gift annuity which will provide a source of guaranteed income and create a legacy for the community. At the end of the annuity, 85 percent will be used to establish the Richard E. and Jane B. Thompson Fund, a designated fund to provide support to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, and 15 percent will be added to the Hartford Foundation’s unrestricted endowment.

Westley V. Thompson and Rosemarie E. Thompson Fund 

Donor-Advised Fund
The Westley V. Thompson and Rosemarie E. Thompson Fund is a donor-advised fund that will build up over a number of years from contributions from a Charitable Lead Annuity Trust established by the Thompsons in 2014. Most recently, Wes served as President, Sun Life Financial U.S., where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s U.S. insurance businesses. Wes retired from Sun Life in April 2014 to pursue a variety of entrepreneurial and personal interests. Wes has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having held executive leadership roles at Lincoln Financial Group, CIGNA and Aetna. He is an active board member of Hartford Hospital, the Bottom Line, and Phoenix Wealth Management. Rosemarie is principal of Roselake Property and Design, a real estate development and interior design firm located in West Hartford, Connecticut. The Thompsons hope to recommend grants in the areas of education, youth development and the arts.

Clinton B. Yeomans Fund 

Unrestricted Fund
As a resident of Dublin, New Hampshire and West Hartford, Connecticut, Mr. Yeomans was actively involved in volunteer activities in both communities. Mr. Yeomans was a World War II veteran and had a distinguished career as a trust officer. Upon his death, the Clinton B. Yeomans Fund was established as an unrestricted fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The fund will support a range of needs in the Greater Hartford community in perpetuity.

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