The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced a bequest of more than $20 million — the largest in its 84-year history — from the estate of Richard L. English to establish a permanent endowment.
Income from the Richard L. English Fund will be distributed to the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (40 percent of available annual distribution), the New Haven Museum (40 percent), the Neighborhood Music School (10 percent), and the Connecticut Yankee Council of Boy Scouts of America (10 percent). A second bequest of $50,000 will be used to establish the Richard L. English Fund for Birding Activities in support of the New Haven Bird Club, of which English was the longest-standing member.
A member of a family that has called New Haven home for more than three hundred years, Richard English was the great-grandson of Connecticut governor James English and a descendent of Yale scientist James Dwight Dana, a noted geologist and chief editor of the American Journal of Science and Arts.
"This extraordinary gift is a great first 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 CFGNH president and CEO Will Ginsberg. "Richard's bequest follows the tradition of his parents, who each established funds through their wills to ensure that their local community would continue to benefit for generations to come."