New Haven Symphony to get slice of $20 million bequest to Community Foundation

Posted on: December 16, 2011

A report Thursday (12/15) on the Hartford Business Journal Online states, “A prominent New Haven family who are descendants of a 19th-century, two-term Connecticut governor has endowed $20 million to fund five New Haven charitable and cultural organizations. The late Richard L. English and his family bequeathed $20,024,640 to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the nonprofit said Thursday. The organization said it is the largest bequest in its 84-year history. Richard English, who died July 11 at age 76, and his family are descendants of former Democratic Gov. James English, who served from 1867 to 1869, and again from 1870 to 1871. Forty-percent of the available annual distribution from the endowment is earmarked to go to each of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the New Haven Museum; and 10 percent each to the Neighborhood Music School and the Connecticut Yankee Council Boy Scouts of America. … ‘This extraordinary gift is a great step forward for community philanthropy in Greater New Haven and a reminder to us all of the powerful role local giving plays in the future of our community,’ said Will Ginsberg, president & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.”

Posted December 16, 2011