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News – Impact on the Community

Cathyann Roding Performing Arts Scholarship Fund

The Branford Community Foundation is thrilled to announce one of our newest funds—the Cathyann Roding Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. The fund was established with a sold-out celebration at Branford High School (BHS), where alumni filled the stage to sing in honor of Cathyann, BHS’s recently retired choral director. Organized by former student Colin Sheehan (pictured…

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Deirdre Baker Schiffer Fund: BCF’s First Donor-Advised Fund

Deirdre Baker Schiffer was a gifted artist with a passion for the wild beauty of Branford’s Farm River Estuary. Now, her family shares Deirdre’s love of nature as a lasting gift to the community through the Deirdre Baker Schiffer Fund. Established in 2016 by Joe Schiffer in memory of his late wife, the Deirdre Baker…

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Why Philanthropy Matters

In the acclaimed 2013 book Why Philanthropy Matters, Zoltan Acs explores philanthropy’s vital role and impact on the well-being of the world. Acs describes in eloquent detail how philanthropy boosts productivity and promotes vital forces like education for innovation and advancement. Acs further argues that philanthropy’s focus on health and the arts promotes the greater…

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The Inspiring Story Behind The Lasala Family Fund

As a founder of the Daniel P. Cosgrove Animal Shelter and Branford Compassion Club, Eunice Lasala has dedicated decades to the care and protection of animals. Now, her commitment has become the purpose of Branford Community Foundation’s (BCF) new Lasala Family Fund for Animals. A long-serving BCF board member and past president, Eunice has encouraged…

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