We are humbled and honored that so many people have donated funds so the Kellie Duggan Foundation can continue Kellie’s work. Below are some of the ways your gifts have been used to positively impact things Kellie was most passionate about.

NURTURING YOUTH

  • Help numerous young people and their families who suffered severe traumas, including diagnoses of cancer, unemployment, underemployment, poverty, domestic violence, and the loss of a loved one. This includes providing funds for back-to-school clothing, rent relief, utilities support, counseling, and more.
  • Supported Grace Academy in Hartford, a school targeting low-income girls
  • Donated to Love Foundation/Belize, helping low-income youth
  • Sponsored the Domus’ citywide rugby team in Stamford so disadvantaged high schoolers would have a chance to play the sport Kellie loved
  • Funded the expansion of a student-run vegetable garden at Domus Academy, Domus’ school in New Haven
  • Supported Good Shepherd Services, a New York City nonprofit serving high-risk youth in a variety of ways (and where Michael and Karen met)
  • Supported Moriches Youth Organization
  • Donated funds to St. Abbott School to purchase much-needed books

CONDUCTING OUTREACH TO THE VULNERABLE

  • Supported St George Church (Guilford, CT) and its various social justice and outreach committees, including holiday donations, men’s group, Easter food baskets, peer ministers, and a new project, Abraham’s Tent, which invites a small group of men from New Haven’s Columbus House to shelter in smaller, less crowded area churches who rotate being hosts.
  • Donated to Honest Beginnings, a sober community started by a longtime friend of Kellie’s, Molly, to help those who need to jump start their sobriety
  • Supported the Diocese of Borongan in the Philippines, which was especially hard hit by 2013’s Super-Typhoon Haiyan
  • Supported the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which places volunteers in low-income communities to provide many types of support
  • Supported Moriches Community Center
  • Donated to APK Charities, which supports active, retired, and wounded military service personnel
  • Funded Saint Joseph Parenting Center to support parents as they build skills
  • Supported Mickey’s Place, a wheelchair-accessible playground in Wethersfield, CT
  • Funded Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, who serve those facing pain and suffering: the needy, the homeless, people living with HIV, the frail and elderly in hospitals and hospices, and people seeking recovery from alcohol and chemical addictions

COMFORTING THE SICK AND THEIR FAMILIES

  • Donated to cancer and disease research and support organizations, including Yale Smilow Cancer Hospital Ride, PMC/Jimmy Fund, Dana Farber, Heart Association, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, High Hopes Therapeutic Rides, Ronald McDonald House, Blue Path Service Dogs, and Reiki Support
  • Support individual families who are caregivers in the fight

HAITI

  • Supported Haiti outreach work of St George Catholic Church (Guilford, CT), including a mission trip that included Mike Duggan and Sara Duggan
  • Donated to the 900 Project, a group of young adults who strive to build 900 latrines in a Haitian village
  • Supported to Honey for Haiti, which helps young people affected by AIDS who are living in a home in Haiti
  • Donated to Center of Hope (Haiti) orphanage

SIENA COLLEGE

  • Supported Siena College Woman’s Rugby program
  • Donated to Siena College’s scholarship fund

GUILFORD, CONNECTICUT

  • Fund two college scholarships each year to Guilford HS seniors
  • Fund Guilford High School field hockey scholarships each year
  • Fund Guilford Field Hockey’s Be The Change Award to players who embody Kellie’s spirit as a teammate each year
  • Funded the Guilford Food Bank
  • Supported Guilford Parks & Recreation swimming lessons

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Every year on Kellie’s birthday, the Duggan family picks one or two coffee places and donates a lump sum, buying everyone’s coffee until the money runs out. We are happy we have inspired others to make this day one filled with random acts of kindness.