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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?

The Northwest Corner Fund for Substance Abuse Prevention

While communities across the country grapple with the growing opioid epidemic, a promising effort to prevent substance use and misuse in young people is taking shape in Northwest Connecticut. Berkshire Taconic’s Northwest Corner Fund and the Foundation for Community Health are together investing in an evidence-based approach to substance abuse prevention that has mobilized a local coalition of school staff, health and human service providers, and community members known as the Northwest Corner Prevention Network. The effort is being led by the McCall Center for Behavioral Health.

Together, they are pursuing a set of strategies designed to delay the first use of alcohol and marijuana among students. For example, the Botvin LifeSkills Training program provides students in the Region One School District with the confidence and knowledge to handle difficult situations. This fund supports their vital work.

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?


Christina Khounsombath, left, explained the dangers of vaping during a Botvin LifeSkills Training class at North Canaan Elementary School. Photo by Darryl Gangloff

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

  • Henry Putzel III, Sharon, Chair
  • Janet André Block, Salisbury
  • Betsy Childs Gill, Norfolk
  • Ann Goodbody, Sharon
  • Thaddeus Gray, Lakeville
  • Nancy Humphreys, Lakeville
  • Emilie Pryor, West Cornwall
  • Tom Quinn, Salisbury
  • David Rich, Lakeville
  • Ira D. Smith, Sharon