Glory in Our Hearts Foundation

Thank you for visiting the Glory in our Hearts Foundation website to learn more about Glory M. Rufa’s purpose-filled life. She worked tirelessly to support those most in need in her community in Northern New York. Though her life was tragically cut short by undetected heart disease at the age of 52, her spirit will continue to burn bright in the hearts of the countless people whose lives she touched.

The organization is dedicated to continuing her mission of enriching the communities of Northern New York now and for generations to follow by providing financial assistance to children in pursuit of educational and spiritual endeavors, raising awareness of heart disease, and continuing Glory M. Rufa’s charitable work.

Upcoming Events

  • – Walk for Heart Health (February)
  • – 5K Walk/Run to Remember (May)
  • – Foundation Scholarship (June)
  • – Camp Guggenheim Scholarships (Summer)
  • – Backpack Drive/ College Book Assistance (Late August)

Foundation Milestones

The signature program of the foundation is the Backpack Drive targeting students age K-12 in need of financial assistance, to begin the school year with the necessary supplies for educational success. The foundation has provided 30 backpacks filled with school supplies to date.

The Foundation Scholarship provides a graduating senior with a $1,000 tuition award to begin a degree program in any human services field of study.  Apply for this scholarship HERE.

The Camp Guggenheim Scholarships provide two teenagers the opportunity to attend a faith-based summer camp, the late Glory valued. The Heart Health Awareness Activity educates community members about the dangers of heart disease and promotes an effective plan for prevention.

In addition, the foundation organizes A 5K Walk/Run to Remember as the main fundraising event of the year. The event presents members of Northern New York an opportunity to donate their resources, help the foundation raise awareness of heart disease, and remember the life of a friend.

How to Get Involved

You can help the Foundation in many ways – most importantly by simply spreading the word about our website, Facebook page, events and scholarships. We also appreciate your financial donations to support our outreach activities.

Facebook Page
Please visit the Glory in our Hearts Foundation Facebook page
to share your own stories about Glory and how she impacted your life.

Contact Us
For more information about the Foundation and its activities, please contact us at [email protected].

Thank you for your support of the Foundation and for always keeping Glory in your Hearts.

Jason M. Rufa
Justin R. Rufa
Jonathon P. Rufa
Athena M. (Rufa) Curley
Natalie Rufa
Dianne Pomainville
Morganne Hopkins

Fund Administrators

  • Justin Robert Rufa
  • Jonathon Peter Rufa
  • Athena Marie (Rufa) Curley


CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Glory in Our Hearts Foundation
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

Use credit card by clicking the link below:

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer. For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.

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