The Powers-Baker Fund

“Because we know Connecticut Community Foundation’s inner workings so well, we have confidence that they will do great things for the community with our fund, now and forever.” —LISA POWERS AND FRED BAKER, NEW MILFORD

Partners in life, philanthropy and community service, Lisa Powers and Fred Baker can be found volunteering for many causes across our region. Together they roll up their sleeves to plan annual galas, fundraise, organize political activities and serve on committees. And they have volunteered with the Foundation for many years—Fred as a former trustee and president, and Lisa as a thoughtful and energetic community ambassador and committee member.

Fred’s desire to help others access health services started years ago when he assisted a doctor in setting up a children’s clinic that treated kids regardless of their immigration status in the United States, for free, with no questions asked. Seeing the need, he helped raise money and make connections.

Through their community involvement, Fred and Lisa came to a profound awareness of local needs and issues. They are most committed to the idea that all people have a right to medical access, to education that leads to success in life and to the inspirational power of the creative arts. They believe that all people should be able to achieve whatever is important in their lives, regardless of their physical or mental ability or financial situation.

Fred and Lisa have established an unrestricted endowment fund at the Foundation and have also included the Foundation in their estate plans. The latter will enhance their fund after their lifetimes.

As Lisa said, “We’ll trust the Foundation to use the funds for the most pressing community needs, without tying their hands in advance.”

Photos by Dorian Mode Photography