Derby Community Endowment

Created by the citizens of Derby in 2012 to provide extra funding for city beautification and for Derby students.

The endowment fund will be held by the Valley Community Foundation. Once a year a percent will be disbursed to the City of Derby for scholarships/awards, non-recurring school expenses, and city beautification and capital projects. An endowment fund is a way to store money and take advantage of market gains rather than low checking or savings account interest rates. A donation to the endowment fund

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The Secret Mission To Unearth Part Of A 142-Year-Old Experiment 04/22/2021

Hello friends of the Derby Community Endowment! We've recently helped support a dry-erase table at Irving school, and will be awarding two "service awards" to two graduating seniors. Here are the Irving project details:

Also, I can't help but share articles I find of cool long-term thinking. This one is about a science experiment that's 142 years old.

The Secret Mission To Unearth Part Of A 142-Year-Old Experiment Scientists in Michigan went out in the dead of night to dig up part of an unusual long-term experiment. It's a research study that started in 1879 and is handed from one generation to the next.

Find a classroom to support | 04/10/2019

Upcoming: we will be participating in The Great Give this coming May 1st and 2nd.

Recent giving from the endowment: we've been able to support 2 service awards for graduating seniors, the hall of fame bricks in the Greenway plaza, and a "donorschoose" school project - see this website for projects happening now:¢erLat=41.3207¢erLng=-73.0890&includeNearbyLocations=true

Find a classroom to support | makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to t...

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Valley Community Foundation Receives $1.4 Million Bequest | Valley Independent Sentinel

Via the Valley Indy and VCF: A big donation to the Valley Community Foundation from Raymond Mackowski -
Awesome to think of the good that will come from this! The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) was the named beneficiary for the estate of Raymond P. Mackowski and received a bequest totaling more than $1.4 million of unrestricted funds that will...


It's "Giving Tuesday" - the "shop now" button has been updated to "Donate" - so thankful Facebook added that option!

Over the next year about $800 will go out to Derby to help with school projects, the hall of fame bricks, etc.

Our Derby Endowment fund is up to over $26,000 thanks to you, businesses (including Morgan Stanley), and a nice market return!


The Derby Hall of Fame has added 3 new members. If you're by the plaza and fountain off Division, see how quickly you can find these three bricks!


2017 Derby Community Endowment award winners Rianna Frosceno and John Dytko - thanks in advance for all the service you'll give your communities! (pictured with Mark Nichols)


Derby's BEST is an organization trying to improve the educational experience of our kids - register today for the walk/race that's happening THIS SATURDAY!


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Remember that Great Give fundraiser thing back in May? Thanks to you and friends of the endowment we raised $625.03. We also received another $1,000 donation from Morgan Stanley!

Also, a $740 check was just issued from the endowment fund to Derby that will benefit education and beautification over the coming year. I'll be reporting back on what projects get funded. From some of last year's disbursement, we just got some new Hall of Fame bricks on the Greenway. Check out the new class:

Final note: as of today our endowment has $20,800!!! Derby, Connecticut This is the official site map for the City of Derby and contains information about all aspects of life in Derby.


Congrats to this year's "Derby Community Endowment Award" winners Charles Sampson and Allie Narowski, two service-oriented graduating seniors! Good luck to you two in your endeavors and thanks in advance for the future service you give to your communities!


Thanks to everyone for your support of the endowment during The Great Give! I'll report back soon on how much was raised. And also, consider donating credit card reward points to the Valley Community Foundation (directing them to the Derby Community Endowment). I know at least Capital One allows it!
- Mark


The Great Give 2016

There are many worthy causes raising money during "The Great Give"... it's happening now until 8 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, May 4th). Please consider a $25 donation (which will be partially matched!) here:

Many causes spend their donations immediately but we let the money be the gift that keeps on giving. Only a portion each year is used to benefit the Derby community while the rest grows and allows us to spend more and more in the future. Questions? Email Mark at [email protected]. Help us on our way to $20k! I just supported a local nonprofit. Join me in The Great Give® 2016!


GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community

I don't think these ratings are the end-all be-all for schools (since I believe they're only test scores based), but at least Derby's school ratings are ticking upwards. The high school and junior high each went up a point recently.


When you make an eligible purchase from, a portion can now go to the Valley Community Foundation!

1) Go to
2) Near the top it shows who you're supporting. You can click to update/change your charity.
3) Search for "Valley Community Foundation Derby CT"
4) Select "Valley Community Foundation"


The attached image shows some of the screens you'll see as you do this. Also, the money can't be directed to a specific fund such as the "Derby Community Endowment", but rather it will go to a general fund for use at the President's discretion.



There's a 5k run, or mile fun run/walk to benefit Derby schools. Register and come out and have some fun on Saturday, September 26th! Derby s BEST 5k Run - Walk - Welcome


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With Jack Walsh's "blessing" our Endowment now holds the money that supports the new bricks for the Derby Hall of Fame each year. You can find the new bricks at the hall of fame plaza next to BJs. Here's the background on the new inductees: Derby, Connecticut This is the official site map for the City of Derby and contains information about all aspects of life in Derby.


This is our first year giving out an award or scholarship to graduating Derby High School students. Our Derby Community Endowment Award was given to students who are exemplars of service in the community... because benefiting the community is what we do!

Given it's a small amount we're calling it an "award" for now. The first winners were Andrea Albarella and Stephen Bisaccia. Here's a screen grab of them standing in acknowledgement.

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