The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut in New London has announced gifts totaling $16 million from the estates of sisters Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins, who shared a lifelong love of ornithology and nature.
Gifts of $8 million each to CFECT and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County in Middletown will establish a Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals, and Nature at each foundation in support of bird and animal welfare as well local land preservation efforts. Mary Janvrin, who died in September, was pre-deceased by her sister.
The gift is the second largest ever received by CFECT, after a $10 million bequest in 2014 that also was directed to benefit animal welfare and the environment. To date, CFMC's environmental grantmaking has supported programs that introduce urban youth to forest habitats and work with local communities to preserve the natural environment, among other activities.
"Mary and her sister Natalie cared deeply about preserving the species and spaces that make Connecticut a wonderful place to live," said Moira Martin of Essex Savings Bank's Trust Department, which served as the executor of the Janvrin estate. "We in the Trust Department are tremendously proud to have been given the opportunity to work with such generous and passionate clients as Mary and Natalie, whose gift will both stimulate new conservation efforts and energize existing conservation programs for the wildlife, lands, and people in our region."