John D. Allen and Keith E. Hyatte for LGBTQ+ Interests Fund
|John Allen and Keith Hyatte. Photo Credit: Katheen Cei
During LGBT Pride Month (June) of 2019, New Haven Pride Center founder John D. Allen, Ed.D. & husband Keith Hyatte, director of Paint (ret.), Long Wharf Theatre, decided it was time that giving back to the LGBTQ+ community take on a new form — one that will provide a revenue stream long after their lifetimes.
The couple, who met in New Haven, established a donor advised fund at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven so that LGBTQ+ interests will be advanced for generations to come.
"We’re at a point in our lives when we want to start thinking about a legacy and how to plan for our retirement and thereafter. We’re new to more formalized
philanthropy. We never realized this was something that was open to us. That’s been exciting to realize; anybody can do it. We really feel a part of The Community Foundation family, and we want to help share that and make sure others feel the same."