Join dozens of other area donors in our Legacy Society by establishing a charitable fund as part of your estate planning.

The Matthew and Denise Shafner Fund

Attorney Matthew Shafner spent much of his 56-year legal career improving the lives of residents of Eastern Connecticut. He passed away in 2015 and the next year, his widow, Denise, decided to honor his life and create a legacy by establishing the Matthew and Denise Shafner Fund. A reflection of their shared and abiding interest in giving back and helping others, the fund is focused on promoting education, health, music and environmental preservation.


Many donors like to create funds now that they will contribute to later through their estate plans. Future Funds – more commonly known as Planned Gifts – give donors the opportunity to provide for their community after first providing for their loved ones, and provide a lasting testament to their personal values and charitable passions.

We stand ready to walk you through the choices and help identify the best options for you. We would be happy to answer your questions or set up a meeting to discuss a gift. Contact Alison Woods, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, or Lauren C. Parda, Senior Development Officer.