Through continued education on intersectional issues related to education, culture, race and class, we become better equipped to take on the difficult and necessary work of transforming our local communities and our state.

News, Philanthropy & Nonprofits November 12, 2019

A Note from David Addams, Our Executive Director: An Update on the Memorial Fund’s Equity Journey

The past five years have been a process of inquiry, discovery, reflection, and setting our eyes upon a new prize- achieving equity in education while being explicit about the impact of racism and poverty.

News, Culture & Society May 02, 2019

Justice for Immigrant and Asylum-seeking Families

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund supports the demand for justice for immigrant and asylum-seeking families detained and separated at the U.S. border.

News May 02, 2019

The Memorial Fund is Hiring a Grants Manager Organization

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is a family foundation dedicated to achieving equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty.

News May 02, 2019

The Racial Equity Training and Support Grant

The Racial Equity Training and Support Grant provides up to $10,000 for groups interested in either engaging in a training about structural racism, creating spaces for racial affinity groups, or seeking to build upon a previous racial equity training.

Community Voices February 27, 2019

Precious Price, Beverly Lawrence, Diana Martinez Story, Middletown, CT

This playlist of stories is part of StoryScape: A mixed media exhibit of stories exploring the landscape of education, justice and community across Connecticut.

July 12, 2018

Our 25th Anniversary Kicks Off in Waterbury

We kicked off the first of our regional events on Thursday, July 12 in Waterbury with an intimate group of friends and supporters who were able to partake in a storytelling session that will define the theme of our 25th-anniversary celebrations.

Grantee Spotlight May 12, 2018

Full of Joy Yoga Encourages Young Students to Practice Mindfulness to Manage Big Emotions

As I walk into the class, the students are sitting and waiting patiently for me to begin. “Buenas Dias Miss Lani!” the kids say in unison.

Grantee Spotlight April 27, 2018

The Discovery Center Hosts A Stand Against Racism Event

The first time I learned of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was three years ago when I watched her TED talk on the impacts of childhood trauma, and I was floored. I had never heard such a clear and compelling presentation of the ways trauma can affect the…

Events April 11, 2018

Lessons from a Life of Organizing: What It Takes to Make a Difference

This spring, the Memorial Fund, in conjunction with the Zoom Foundation, hosted an event for community organizers called Lessons from a Life of Organizing: What It Takes to Make a Difference, featuring lifelong community organizer Lawrence Hamm.

News, Events, Arts & Media, Culture & Society February 21, 2018

Rise and Fail of the N Word: Implicit Bias and the N Word Living in our Subconscious

Exhibit and Discussion Featuring work by artist Rhinold Ponder.