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.