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Waterbury, CT was first established in 1686 and later incorporated as a city in 1863. The city had considerable industrial interests in the 20th century, and was noted for the manufacture of watches and clocks. It was also leading the manufacture of brassware in the US, which led to its nickname of "Brass City" and inspired the city's motto: "What Is More Lasting Than Brass?"
Founded in 1991 by Harold and Ruth Ann Leever, the Leever Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to supporting opportunities for people in Waterbury —especially children — to fulfill their potential. By working collaboratively with communities, learning experientially and staying grounded in a core set of values, the Leever Foundation is steadfast in its support of place-based transformational change efforts towards a just and equitable society.
Harold and Ruth Ann Leever would be best described as vibrant and passionate individuals grounded by tradition yet guided by intense curiosity. This curiosity, in concert with sparks ignited early on, inspired them to lead lives of creativity and innovation. Harold and Ruth Ann informed the values that define the Leever Foundation and how we work with each other and with our grantees and partners:
We strive to spark a philanthropic spirit in future generations of the Leever family. We believe that we are stronger and more effective as a foundation when we share and utilize our diverse perspectives. We hope that by working together creating meaningful change in Waterbury, we will enhance Harold and Ruth Ann’s legacy by creating a family culture and tradition of philanthropy, and that we motivate and unify the family to continue this critical work for generations to come.
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