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About the Trust
The W.L. Gilbert Trust Corporation was formed according to the wishes of local businessman William L. Gilbert, who wanted to make a solid education available to all students. As instructed by Mr. Gilbert's will, the Trust was to use the endowment he left for “the establishment and maintenance of an institution of learning to be known as The Gilbert School."
More than one hundred years later, the school still stands as his legacy and The W.L. Gilbert Trust continues to manage the endowment. Over the years, the Trust has been fortunate to receive charitable gifts/donations for the endowment. It produces income each year that is used to enhance the learning environment at The Gilbert School. Alumni and friends have created and contributed to memorial funds and scholarships, either through bequests or direct donations, and classes have given gifts in honor of their graduations or reunions. It's wonderful to witness people giving back to their school to ensure it continues a tradition of high-quality education by teaching and applying 21st-century skills.
In addition to the general endowment, the Trust manages $2 million designated for scholarships that benefit many Gilbert students and alumni each year. The Trust also provides enhancement funds to The Gilbert School for projects, programs, and other expenses that are not covered by the operating budget—including the 1999–2000 renovations, which cost the Trust $3.5 million. The state of Connecticut funded the balance for a total of more than $10 million in renovations and upgrades.
William Gilbert was clear in his vision “to educate the young as will help them become good citizens.” The members of the Trust take this responsibility seriously and look for every opportunity to make a positive impact on the education of the students at The Gilbert School.
Contact the Trust
The W.L. Gilbert Trust Corporation is always open to your questions, comments, and suggestions. Feel free to contact any member, each living in Winsted as mandated by Mr. Gilbert’s will. They will be pleased to talk to you. All Current and Emeritus Trustees can be reached initially through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Thomas J. Botticelli, President
c/o The Gilbert School
200 Williams Avenue
Winsted, CT 06098