Northwest Corner Fund

Berkshire Taconic established The Northwest Corner Fund in 2000 to improve the quality of life for the residents of northwest Litchfield County in Connecticut. The endowment began with gifts in honor of four individuals who were residents of northwest Litchfield County and founding board members of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation: Robert Blum, Dana Creel, William Olsen and Donald Warner. 

What Does the Fund Support?

Building Stronger Communities Through Stronger Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are vital to our communities, providing cultural offerings, elderly services, childcare centers, emergency rescue services, health services and environmental protection. To achieve long-term sustainability, their directors and board members must have knowledge and skills to manage their organizations effectively.

Each year, the Northwest Corner Fund awards grants to nonprofit groups to underwrite their participation in the Nonprofit Learning Program, in which a national expert works with board and staff members of local nonprofits to build more effective organizations.

How Can I Give to the Fund?

About Nonprofit Learning Program
About Nonprofit Learning Program

The 2015 participants of Berkshire Taconic’s Nonprofit Learning Program, an intensive training course led by internationally recognized nonprofit management consultant Simone Joyaux for executives and board leaders to learn best practices in governance, management and fund development. Organizations from Berkshire, Columbia and Litchfield counties were selected to participate. Photo by Hannah Schiff. 

About Child Care Center
About Child Care Center
The fund has provided training for a number of nonprofit daycare centers, including the Canaan Childcare Center. Photo by Brodie Kramer

Connecticut Towns Served

  • Canaan
  • Cornwall
  • Goshen
  • Kent
  • Norfolk
  • North Canaan
  • Salisbury
  • Sharon
  • Warren

Advisory Committee

  • Emilie Pryor, West Cornwall, Chair
  • Thaddeus Gray
  • Ann Goodbody, Sharon
  • Nancy Humphreys, Lakeville
  • Pete Putzel
  • Tom Quinn, Salisbury
  • David Rich, Lakeville

Our increasing stewardship responsibilities require that we have a strong and efficient organization that will last long in to the future. The Nonprofit Learning Program is a chance to carefully evaluate our organization and attend to our weaknesses.

Susannah Wood
Norfolk Land Trust
Norfolk, Conn.