The Myrna & Arnold Baskin Fund

supporting local programs that aid women and girls

Myrna Baskin. Photo credit Robert Lisak.

Myrna Baskin lives by a motto: Appreciate your blessings and make every effort to help others.

The New Haven native is doing just that by being part of a group of special people who have created designated funds to increase the grants from the Community Fund for Women & Girls.

Through the Fund's Giving Women Campaign in 2009, Myrna chose to create a permanent fund the will benefit women and girls in Greater New Haven forever.

I've been a supporter of the Community Fund for Women & Girls since its beginning. When I learned there was a way I could permanently increase the Fund's grantmaking resources by creating my own fund, I seized the opportunity. Now, yearly distributions from the Myrna & Arnold Baskin Fund will be added to the Community Fund for Women & Girls' grants pool. That means that there will be more funding available for local programs that aid women and girls.

Myrna Baskin

She's referring to programs that promote social and economic advancement for women. That teach job skills and break the cycle of violence and poverty in women's lives. Programs that provide health services and screenings and improve literacy. And, perhaps most appealing to Myrna, programs that enrich lives through the performing arts, poetry and musical instruction.

"I've had a lifelong passion of the arts," says Myrna, who majored in Music at Smith College and serves on the Board of Directors of New Haven Symphony Orchestra, once as its President.

"There's so much talent and ability in New Haven, yet so many things about the arts that young women and girls don't have an opportunity to take advantage of. I think it is a privilege to enable young women to develop skills and interests in the arts. To build on those things is not only good for their futures but for everyone's future."

You can support Greater New Haven's women and girls, too, by creating your own individually named fund. Contact Sharon Cappetta to learn more.

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