Preference Fund Stories

With a Preference Fund, gifts address a broad range of local needs - including future needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time a gift is made. VCF evaluates all aspects of community well-being: arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health and human services, neighborhood revitalization, and more. The flexibility of a preference fund enables the Valley Community Foundation's program experts to respond to the community's most pressing needs, today and tomorrow.

Harvey and Gerry Eckhardt Fund for the Seymour Oxford Food Bank »


Est. 2019 by Harvey and Gerry Eckhardt

Frank and Ann Conroy Fund for the Joy of Music »


Est. 2019 as a donor advised fund by siblings, Theresa, Edward, Michael, and Kathleen, in memory of their parents, Frank and Ann.

D'Addario Family Fund for the Benefit of Griffin Hospital »


Est. 2019 as a designated fund by Mary and Thomas D'Addario to benefit Griffin Hospital.

Henry Shelton Wells and Edith Birdseye Wells Family Fund »


Est. 2017 by Thomas and Royal Wells on behalf of their other siblings.

Shelton Congregational Church Endowment Fund »


Est. 2012 as a preference fund to continue the legacy of service of the Shelton Congregational Church.

Alphonso and Eulalia Vitello Family Fund »


Est. 2010 as a preference fund.

Anthony F. Savignano Sr. Fund »


Est. 2009 as a preference fund by memorial gifts from family and friends of Anthony ("Sonny") Savignano for the benefit of the students of Shelton High School.

Herb Rollinson Fund »


Est. 2008 as a preference fund by Linda Rollinson Vincent in memory of her father to aid Valley youth to attend summer camp.

Angelina and Valentina Vitali Fund »


Est. 2008 as a preference fund by the estate of Valentina V. Vitali to be used for education, health and local charitable needs as may arise for people of the lower Naugatuck Valley.

Paul & Gloria Konwerski Family Fund »


Est. 2007 as a preference fund in memory of Paul and Gloria Konwerski.

The Future Fund »


Est. 2006 as a preference fund by Arthur H. Bogen to support projects that help in the restoration and preservation of the environment and/or to help people who have suffered childhood trauma to restore their sense of self.

Selma L. and Harold B. Yudkin Fund »


Est. 2006 as a preference fund for the benefit of Derby and neighboring Valley communities by Selma L. Yudkin in honor and memory of her husband, Harold B. Yudkin.

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