A Planned Giving Community

It’s a universal truth: you can’t take it with you. You determine how your assets are spent during your lifetime and you can also determine how you want your assets to be used when you are no longer here. 

You can provide for your heirs through your estate plan and create a lasting legacy for the Valley. Your planned gift will impact what you are passionate about and make a difference  regardless of the amount. The Gates Society is the Valley Community Foundation’s (VCF’s) planned giving community

Joining is simple. All it takes is for someone to let us know that they plan to remember VCF in their estate, regardless of the fund, amount or percentage. 

The Society is named in honor of Ross and Frank Gates, brothers of the last generation of a prominent Derby family, who created trusts in their family name to benefit charitable causes they were passionate about. The trusts established The Gates Fund with our partner in philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and specified that in the selection of beneficiaries due consideration be given “…to the benefit of the inhabitants in the vicinity of Derby, Connecticut…” Created over a half a century ago, the Gates Fund continues to distribute substantial resources for the benefit of Valley communities, and beyond.

Today, a person doesn’t need to set up a trust to support a charitable cause after their lifetime. Whether your gift is endowed or for current use, there are many ways to establish a legacy of giving forever by making a planned gift using the Valley Community Foundation as a partner. 

VCF has deep roots in the Valley and strong knowledge of our community’s needs and opportunities. Establish your legacy of giving forever through the Valley Community Foundation. Contact VCF at 203-751-9162 and your trusted professional advisor to explore your options.

Gates Society Members Include:

Sharon Closius
Jamie Cohen
Jane Cohen*
Edmund J. Conklin* 
Patricia DeCicco  
Walter and Bonnie Drozeck
Helen Dubrava*
Bob and Sheri Grier
William and Jo-Anna Holden
Heidi Kaplan
M. Elizabeth Kennard
Laura Lane
Robert Lang
Raymond F. Mackowski*
Mary Theresa Mahoney*
Ned Miller
Raymond Oppel
Dorothy Palazzi
Lynne Bassett Perry
Beth Smith
Donald W. Smith Sr.*
Brad and Marianne Smythe
Valentina Vitali*
Donald Warichar
Joseph Warichar 
John and Laura Zaprzalka    


* deceased


253-A Elizabeth Street
Derby, Connecticut 06418


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