BCF was pleased to support Read to Grow in their efforts to provide free books to Branford children!More free books from Read to Grow will be available this year to Branford children thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Branford Community Foundation. Children’s books will go to Branford organizations that serve children, including the East Shore District Health Department Nurturing Families Network. We thank the Branford Community Foundation! ... See MoreSee Less

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Melodie Lane O’Connor Elected to BCF Board of Directors

Melodie2The Branford Community Foundation, the leader in supporting a variety of local philanthropic needs, programs and services for 35 years, has elected Branford resident Melodie Lane O’Connor to its Board of Directors.

Melodie O’Connor has more than 30 years of professional experience in ultra-premium cosmetic brands and packaged goods retail development, education and management. Her most recent position at The Estee Lauder Companies, a $10.8 billion publicly held global parent company of 28 cosmetic brands, was Vice President, Global Education for Aramis and Designer Fragrances and BeautyBank. She is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and spent her childhood at the New Jersey Shore. Melodie is a recent transplant to Branford and resides in Pine Orchard with her husband Curtis (Curt) and beloved pets.

Branford Community Foundation Board president Stephanie Farber remarked, “Melodie is a welcome addition to our team. We are especially grateful for her extraordinary marketing skills and passion for the community.”

The Branford Community Foundation benefits all residents by pooling contributions from like-minded citizens, managing these funds with professional guidance, and then carefully granting a portion of the income generated to local, nonprofit organizations. As a multipurpose permanent local charitable endowment, the Branford Community Foundation helps to build a healthy and successful community by supporting everything from basic needs and health services, to local environmental issues and education, to the arts and other programs.