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Women and Philanthropy: Leaving a Legacy

Ninety years ago, Nettie J. Dayton became the founding mother of what was then the New Haven Foundation.  Her bequest for broad charitable purposes solidified her position as the first person to make a gift to the community’s new permanent charitable endowment.  An heir to her family’s carriage business, Nettie lived most of her life without the right to vote. Even still, she chose to rise above the issues and inequities of her time, by committing a final act of generosity to help create a better future for all.

Women of all backgrounds have stepped forward to continue this legacy by establishing funds at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven that support the work of the Community Fund for Women & Girls. Learn more about some of these inspiring leaders below and join them in creating your legacy. 

Champion for Young People

Ilene Saulsbury gave to children Read More »

Finance Pioneer

Birgitta Johnson was one of the first women VPs in Connecticut banking Read More »

Chemist and Community Leader

Jane Curran was a chemist who helped develop the first antihistamine Read More »

The Community Fund for Women & Girls is supported by the following individually-named funds:

The Mary B. Arnstein Fund
The Clara Stella Tropeano Arpaia Memorial Fund
The Barrie Muir Fund
The Myrna & Arnold Baskin Fund
The Dr. Miriam C. Birdwhistell Fund
The Anne Tyler Calabresi Fund
The Ann Pecora Diamond Fund
The Birgitta W. Johnson Fund*
The Edelweiss Fund
The Ercolano-Astorino Fund
The Molly Rubin Fried Fund
The Griswold Homecare Fund
The Nancy I. Hoskins Fund
The Hulbert Family Fund
The Susan M. Lewin Women's Leadership Fund
The Catherine P. & Edward Petraiuolo Jr. Fund~
The Push Fund
The Phyllis Z. Seton Fund
The Jane Steidley Shaw Fund~
The Gustave & Carol L. Sirot Family Fund
The May C. Smith Fund
The Women's Vision Fund
The Isadora Wyman Fund
The Janice & Richard Yusza Fund
The Tina Yao Fund

If you are interested in establishing a named fund, please contact Sharon Cappetta at 203-777-7071.

*established by bequest; ~ bequest intention

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New Haven, CT 06510



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