CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 9

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The AGC of Connecticut
Foundation: Serving the
Industry's Needs Through
Charitable Giving
By John Butts

Executive Director
AGC of Connecticut

Members of the construction industry have a welldeserved reputation for giving back to their communities, their state, and their industry. Countless cases of
contractors outfitting disabled veterans' homes, building
playgrounds for kids, and participating in Habitat for
Humanity projects are evidence. While these examples
are typical across the country, we need to look no further
than the effort AGC and CCIA members put in to help
fund and build Ann's Place, a cancer support center in
Danbury, to demonstrate the generosity and caring of
Connecticut contractors.
It was in this spirit that the idea of the AGC of Connecticut
Foundation began to take shape. The passing of one of
our past presidents, Tom Giardini, in 2015, called attention to the fact that the Connecticut construction industry
lacked a non-profit charitable organization to which AGC
members could make tax-deductible contributions to
help address some of the most challenging problems
within the industry - notably, educating, recruiting, and
cultivating the next generation of construction workers
and leaders. Those were causes near and dear to Tom's
heart; however, there was no charitable arm associated
with the state's construction industry to receive donations
in his memory. National industry non-profits, such as the
AGC of America Education and Research Foundation and
AGC Charities, have served the industry for many years,
but nothing of the kind existed in Connecticut.
For models, the chapter also looked at other AGC
chapters across the country that had well-established
foundations that provide substantial support to students
through scholarships, and to local and state training and

education programs such as career fairs, pre-apprenticeships, veteran recruitment programs, construction
educator training, and virtually any qualified program
that offers exposure to students to construction careers.
In late 2015, the chapter's Board of Directors saw the
possibilities and took action. They embarked on the long
process of forming the AGC of Connecticut Foundation,
governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of industry
representatives, which, as a public non-profit charity,
would be able to receive tax-deductible contributions
from a wide variety of donors. The Board envisioned a
specific mission which the Foundation eventually adopted:
to support educational, training, and workforce development activities and programs in the field of construction
in Connecticut.
In 2016, chapter leaders started organizing a Foundation
Board of Trustees, and by the end of the year, a Board
of Trustees, comprised of Chairman of the Board Robert
Berkmoes (James T. Kay Co.), Dan Donofrio (Cohn
Reznick LLP) Joe Ferrucci, (F+F Mechanical Enterprises,
Inc.), Katie Hurley (Gilbane Building Co.), Doug Poulin
(McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP), Sam Walker,
(John Moriarty Associates), Derrick Werner, (The Fusco
Corporation), and me, as the President, had come together.
Gary Hammersmith from McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney and
Carpenter volunteered to serve as corporate counsel and
proceeded to devote many hours drafting corporate documents and coordinating the necessary filings. Accountants
from Cohn Reznick helped out with the application to the
IRS for non-profit status as a public charity, and on July 14
of this year, the foundation was finally granted status as a
501(c) (3) non-profit charitable foundation.
Having achieved its non-profit status, the Foundation's
Board of Trustees recently set a goal of raising $10,000 in
2018, its first full year of existence. The Foundation has
sent out direct mail appeals and members have responded
generously. The trustees recently outlined plans for a series
of 3 fund-raising events, and are exploring the possibility
of establishing a named scholarship program to honor the
legacies of industry members. With the funds it raises,
the trustees are organizing a standard scholarship program for Connecticut students in four-year and two-year
construction-related degrees, and will establish an award
and grant program to distribute funds to various training
and education programs in Connecticut.
The AGC of Connecticut Foundation serves a higher
purpose not only by funding programs to cultivate the next
generation of construction workers, but by giving members of the industry a chance to express the generosity
and kindness for which they are so well-known through
charitable gifts and contributions. If you would like to join
the growing list of Foundation supporters, please give me
a call at the chapter office.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2017

Being Productive
The AGC of Connecticut Foundation: Serving the Industry’s Needs Through Charitable Giving
Productivity, Costs and the Future of Machine Control
Diving Into Unmanned Aerial Systems
Looking to the Future: How Technology will Disrupt and Improve the Construction Industry
Improve Operational Efficiency, Mitigate Risk, and Foster Growth with a Defined IT Strategy
2017 AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards & Dinner
2017 CRBA Annual Fall Dinner Meeting
2017 Diggers Mixers Fixers: Jim Langlois Memorial Golf Outing
YCF Fall Membership Meeting
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Intro
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - cover1
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - cover2
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 3
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 4
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 5
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 6
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Being Productive
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 8
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - The AGC of Connecticut Foundation: Serving the Industry’s Needs Through Charitable Giving
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Productivity, Costs and the Future of Machine Control
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 11
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Diving Into Unmanned Aerial Systems
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 13
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 14
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 15
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Looking to the Future: How Technology will Disrupt and Improve the Construction Industry
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 17
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 18
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 19
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 20
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Improve Operational Efficiency, Mitigate Risk, and Foster Growth with a Defined IT Strategy
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 22
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 23
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 2017 AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards & Dinner
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 2017 CRBA Annual Fall Dinner Meeting
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 26
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 2017 Diggers Mixers Fixers: Jim Langlois Memorial Golf Outing
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 28
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 30
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - cover3
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