Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Tops $3 Million in Spring Grants Cycle (northwest Litchfield County)

April 25, 2017

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the recipients of its first round of grantmaking for 2017. The foundation distributed nearly $380,000 in grants to individuals, school communities and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and over $2.7 million in grants from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In northwest Litchfield County, Taylor Sherwood of Lakeville received the 2017 Margaret Derwin “Blue Sky” Scholarship, an award named in memory of a beloved 2005 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Sherwood, currently a junior at the school, will receive as much as $25,000 annually toward tuition and other costs to attend the four-year, U.S. college or university of her choice, and up to $5,000 for an overseas enrichment program this summer.

Dr. Michael Rooke
of Northwest Connecticut Community College received a scholarship to participate in Harvard Business School’s ‘Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management’ program. Taught by a team of Harvard faculty members who specialize in nonprofit management, and valued at $6,000 per participant, this intensive six-day program is for nonprofit CEOs, presidents or executive directors who are responsible for shaping the direction, policies and major programs of their organizations. 

Six area funds and anonymous Columbia County donors contributed a total of $70,000 for eight nonprofit organizations to participate in Berkshire Taconic’s Nonprofit Learning Program, an intensive training course for executives and board leaders to learn best practices in governance, management and fund development. Led by internationally recognized nonprofit management consultant Simone Joyaux, this team-based program is comprehensive in scope, with five group training sessions, 12 hours of private consultation and a $2,000 implementation grant. In northwest Litchfield County,
Kent Historical Society and Women’s Support Services are participating.

A full list of regional grants can be found at
www.berkshiretaconic.org/springgrants.






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