Connecticut Community Foundation has released a new Guide to Giving which highlights the philanthropic endeavors of Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills residents to enrich communities in the region and describes customizable charitable giving opportunities for financial and estate planning.

The Guide features the stories of Emily and Eric Anderson of Woodbury, Valerie Friedman of Washington, Samantha and Rob Nobile of Southbury, Lisa Powers and Fred Baker of New Milford, and Dolores Riollano of Waterbury.

Valerie Friedman has established two funds at Connecticut Community Foundation that reflect her passions and her wish to leave a legacy that will benefit Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills forever. One will fund projects that sustain the environment and another will allow the Foundation to make grants in her name to address pressing needs in the community.

Said Friedman, “Problems on a worldwide scale often appear overwhelming. To combat this, we must focus on making a positive impact on our small corner of the universe. And that is where Connecticut Community Foundation comes in.”

Paula Van Ness, president and CEO of the Foundation, said, “Since 1923, thousands of people have created and grown philanthropic funds through the Foundation to help Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills thrive. We expect the Guide to Giving to be a vital resource for financial and estate planners, community residents, and donors and potential donors who wish to make more charitable visions reality.”

View the donor stories and Guide to Giving at

Pictured: Valerie Friedman Photo by Dorian Mode Photography