David P. O'Sullivan Fund

Est. 2020 by David P. O’Sullivan.

Throughout most of his working life, David P. O’Sullivan was in the business of asking for donations — for vegetables and fruits, money and bread — anything to keep New Haven’s Community Soup Kitchen feeding the many people it cared for.

David O'Sullivan
David O'Sullivan. Photo credit Judy Sirota Rosenthal.

With two million meals served across 40 years, seven as a volunteer and 33 as executive director, O’Sullivan was continually moved by the people he served and by the community’s generosity.

Patricia O'Sullivan
Patricia O'Sullivan Lucey. Photo courtesy of David O'Sullivan.

After he received an inheritance from his aunt, Patricia Barbara O’Sullivan Lucey, a legendary golfer who won many Connecticut and New England Women’s Amateur Championships, he established the David P. O’Sullivan Fund at The Community Foundation.

“One of the things that struck me was that I’d been asking for money throughout my career, and I thought 'wouldn’t it be neat to be able to give something.’ That was my motivation,” he said.

He had seen The Foundation’s impact firsthand, as the Community Soup Kitchen received Foundation grants and “donations from a great many family funds similar to mine, only older and more established,” he said. “I like the Fund’s permanence and the flexibility to be able to give to different causes.”

His first donation will go to the Catholic Archbishop’s Annual Appeal as “they were a long source of support for Community Soup Kitchen, and it’s a way to distribute more money to more groups.”

He is proud to be able to “honor my aunt and to do something unique that I don’t believe anyone else in our family has done,” he said. “I feel very lucky to leave a legacy like this and to use this gift to help others.”