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90 Years of Being There “From The Start”

90 Years

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of its founding, The Community Foundation is proud to present a series called “From the Start” — a history of investing in good ideas and talented people. Since 1928, Foundation funds have started and sustained successful nonprofits and created and funded crucial collaboratives and inclusive coalitions. You will find stories about the founding of an organization serving people with the then newly-identified disease of AIDS; a group of visionary women who believed New Haven could be the next Spoleto; a philanthropist who found a way to recognize outstanding individual effort to nourish the partnership between Yale and the community; and many more. And if you have a story about how The Foundation supported a community endeavor, please submit it below!

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From the Start: the Quinnipiac River Fund

Jul 17, 2018
For over 25 years, the Quinnipiac River Fund has been a trusted protector and advocate for River preservation. Read More »

From the Start: Neighborhood Civics in Action

Aug 27, 2018
Evolving over the years, the neighborhood program has held onto one core element: helping residents improve their community. Read More »

From the Start: The International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Jul 13, 2018
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas delights audiences with outstanding entertainment and inspiring programs, and The Community Foundation has been there from the start. Read More »

Salute to Fellow Nonagenarians: Ruth and Charles Grannick

Jul 09, 2018
As The Foundation celebrates its 90th anniversary, we’re honored to be in the company of these amazing 90(plus)-year-old donors: Ruth and Charles Grannick. Read More »

From the Start: The Elm and Ivy Awards Partnership

Apr 26, 2018
The Seton’s philanthropic and civic leadership continues to enrich many lives. Read More »

Salute to Fellow Nonagenarians: Dag and Nancy Pfeiffer

Mar 12, 2018
As The Foundation celebrates its 90th anniversary, we’re honored to be in the company of these amazing 90(plus)-year-old donors: Dag and Nancy Pfeiffer. Read More »

From the Start: AIDS Education and Assistance

Feb 20, 2018
The Foundation pledged an initial $120,000 grant for New Haven AIDS service organizations in the 1980s. Read More »

"From the Start" Trivia Challenge: Win a $250 gG Card


Ruth and Charles Grannick.

 Celebrate The Foundation’s 90th anniversary with us by taking our trivia quiz. Read our "From the Start" story series about The Foundation’s historical connection with a particular topic, group, person, challenge or opportunity. After reading the articles, answer the trivia question below (and check back for a new one every few months). A name will be randomly drawn from among all correct entries, and a $250® card will be awarded to one lucky participant. That’s $250 to designate to your favorite nonprofits on®!   

"From the Start" Trivia Contest Question:

What items did Ruth and Charles Grannick collect together to decorate their home, which also honored the namesake of their Branford neighborhood?

Submit Your Trivia Answer

Congratulations to Gerry E. of Seymour!


Gerry and Harvey Eckhardt

Gerry’s answer was randomly selected from among 77 correct answers to the first question of our 90th Anniversary Trivia Challenge.

Gerry has chosen to designate her $250 to support the Woodbridge Town Library.

Learn more about Gerry and her fund etsblished in 2016 with our partner in philanthropy, the Valley Community Foundation.


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