"Each one of us holds the power to contribute something."
As Earth Day approaches, we are even more aware of the spectacular region in which we live and the need to steward its natural resources for future generations. The donor advisors for the Salem Fund Foundation at Connecticut Community Foundation tell us how they would like to see the fund's assets used to benefit the local environment. Here they share their thoughts on giving.
"While it is true that any one person cannot protect all of Mother Nature in this world, each one of us holds the power to contribute something—even a little something—to the greater good of the whole.

We decided, through the Salem Foundation Fund, to focus on the local level.

To be even a small part of helping with the preservation of local bodies of water, or a jewel like Botany Pond at the nearby nature sanctuary [Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust], has proven to be an incredibly rewarding and worthwhile endeavor for us.

The Foundation's invaluable service helps us to easily actualize our objectives of contributing on this local environmental level."

—Advisors to the Salem Foundation Fund at Connecticut Community Foundation

Photo: Children making catch and release discoveries in the Botany Pond. Courtesy of Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust
"Land is Life."
Five percent may seem small, but when it refers to the amount of land protected by land trusts in Connecticut, it amounts to quite a bit: 190,193 acres to be exact. What happens on that land is as varied as the 137 land trusts that exist in the state, but the benefits are real to all of us. Read story
Let's give back, give together and give more!
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Mosaic murals near the Waterbury Green Are among ten new arts projects funded by the Foundation

The Greater Waterbury YMCA’s “Art by the Green” is among the projects newly funded by Connecticut Community Foundation in its latest grand round.  Read story