BCF Impact Report 2023

BCF Impact Report 2023 (Published June 2024)

Dear Friends-

We write with heartfelt gratitude and a sense of accomplishment as we reflect on the progress and impact of our work over the past year, thanks to your support.

In the 2023 Impact Report, we spotlight the invaluable work of our nonprofit partners who enrich and support our community. We hope these stories provide a sense of the tangible difference your philanthropy makes. Reflecting on our accomplishments, we see more than just numbers; we see the collective efforts of individuals and organizations committed to creating a stronger Branford.

Community Investment Last year, we witnessed remarkable generosity. We had the most donors ever supporting our operating and annual appeals (except our 2020 COVID-19 Fund initiative). Our endowment stands strong at just over $3 million, allowing us to invest nearly $175,000 in 2023 into Branford through grants, scholarships, and sponsorship awards in partnership with GSB. Our investment into the community since 2013 is over $1.5 million.

ARPA Funding In addition to our traditional grantmaking, we were honored to have been entrusted by the Town of Branford to make recommendations for $395,000 in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. The RTM accepted our recommendations for awards ranging from $2,000 to $50,000, to 25 local nonprofits to aid in their recovery from COVID-19’s impacts.

Leadership The historic ARPA funding strengthened our connections with charitable partners, fostering deeper collaborations and initiating site visits to our hard-working grantees. We continue to execute our strategic plan, which serves as our roadmap to increase our community impact. This past year, we added a part time staff member to assist with administrative duties and have contracted with a marketing and communications specialist to focus on our community outreach and communications.

Looking ahead, we’re excited to build on the growth of the past year and continue to build our relationships with our nonprofit, Town, and donor partners. Your commitment to Branford and our role in supporting our community has been crucial.

Thank you for your unwavering support. We’re committed to building a brighter future for generations together.



Liza Janssen Petra, Executive Director

Stephanie Donegan Dietz, Board Chair


Branford Community Foundation 2022 Impact Report