About Us

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Nest Egg Foundation Inc. is a Connecticut-based tax exempt 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Founded in 2015, the organization provides financial grants for IVF treatment to those who have been unable to start their families due to financial need. Nest Egg Foundation is a collaborative effort between medical and financial professionals, attorneys and others who care about building families and want to help those who cannot afford fertility treatments. Nest Egg Foundation aims to give an opportunity to those struggling with infertility via education and access to treatment.




Who We Are

At our core, we are a group of people who care about building families...including those who cannot afford fertility treatment. We are painfully aware that there are men and women in our community, people who would make wonderful parents, who will end their quest to have a family, simply due to financial constraints. And that’s a hard simply to swallow. 

We don’t want that to be the end of the story for any family, so we have formed Nest Egg Foundation to address the "money" part. We acknowledge that affording fertility treatment can be out of the grasp for some of us and that is simply not a good enough reason not to have a family.

Simply? We’re here to help build your family.

Board of Directors

Nest Egg Foundation’s Board of Directors is a collaboration between multidisciplinary individuals who are both concerned with women’s health issues and passionate about family building.

Dana Gilland, President

Dana Gilland serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for Nest Egg Foundation and has over 23 years experience as a lawyer. Dana is currently Deputy General Counsel for Edgewell Personal Care Company (formerly known as Energizer Holdings, Inc.) and is responsible for all marketing, sales, advertising, social media, trademark and antitrust legal work for all brands and business units on a global basis. Before joining Edgewell, Dana was Vice President & Assistant General Counsel of Diageo North America, Inc. for over 18 years. 

In addition to Dana’s professional experience, she has previously served on the Board of Directors for the International Trademark Association, currently volunteers for various local school and church organizations, and is passionate about women's health issues.

Amy Matton, Vice President

Amy Matton has fifteen years of experience as a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist, working in women’s health. She has served as the coordinator for RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Program since its inception in 2011. Her extensive study includes training at the distinguished China Beijing International Acupuncture Centre. She received her a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College in New York City in 2001, where she was awarded the prestigious Kamwo Valedictorian Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in 1991.

Daniel Simpson, Treasurer

Daniel B. Simpson serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors for Nest Egg Foundation and has over thirteen years of experience in the fields of finance and accounting. Daniel is currently chief financial officer for an asset management firm and previously worked for Ernst & Young LLP for more than eleven years. Daniel holds a M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame (2005) and an M.B.A. from Columbia University (2010).

Robin Mangieri, Secretary

Robin Mangieri has almost twenty years of experience in the field of Reproductive Medicine & Infertility. She is presently the CEO for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). Prior to joining RMACT in 2002 she spent six years working as the Administrative Manager for the Donor Egg and Embryo Program at Cornell’s Center for Reproductive Medicine in New York City. She has served as Chair for the Association for Reproductive Managers, a special interest group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Robin holds a Master’s Degree from Hofstra University and a Bachelor’s Degree with High Distinction from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Mark Leondires, Board Member

Dr. Mark P. Leondires is Medical Director and Partner in reproductive endocrinology at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Sharon Horowitz, Board Member

Sharon Horowitz, PhD is a business psychologist. She is the founder and president of CenterNorth International, a company specializing in succession planning and leadership transition management for the financial services and technology industries. She has held faculty positions at The Tavistock Institute in London and The Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Previously, Sharon worked in the health care industry. She was a research fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and did her post-doctoral fellow-ship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She has a MS from Columbia University and PhD From New York University.

Harold Levy, Board Member

Harold J. Levy was a co-founder of Iridian Asset Management in 1996. He is responsible for the management of the First Eagle Fund of America. He previously worked over eleven years as a portfolio manager with Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, Inc. From 1983 to 1984, he was a research analyst withLehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. In addition, from 1979 to 1983, he worked as a research analyst focusing on venture capital with E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Company. Mr. Levy holds a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University (1975) and an M.B.A. from University of Chicago (1979).

John Nulsen,  Board Member

Dr. Nulsen is a Director and a lead physician at The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services. Dr. Nulsen is Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. He has specialized in Reproductive Endocrinology since 1987 and has been Director of The Center’s IVF Program since 1990. Dr. Nulsen founded and is the Director of The Center’s Donor Egg Program, which was responsible for the first successful donor egg conception in New England in 1987. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1980 and completed his residency and fellowship training as well as a year of research in reproductive biology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Upcoming Events

2018 Nest Egg Grant opens for application June 1, 2018


Nest Egg Foundation, Inc. a Connecticut-based non-profit organization founded to help those struggling with infertility, will launch their 2018 grant application process on June 1 until. Nest Egg Foundation is a non-..

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Path2Parenthood Surrogacy Grant for Nest Egg Foundation


Path2Parenthood joins Nest Egg Foundation to offer a $10,000 grant to those needing a Gestational Carrier to fulfill their dream of having a child. Path2Parenthood (P2P) is an inclusive organization committed to help..

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Latest Nest Egg Addition


We're so pleased to announce that another baby has been born with the help of a Nest Egg Foundation grant. This little lovey was born Friday 10/6, measuring 19 inches and weighing in at 6 lbs, 5 oz. Congratulations t..

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First Nest Egg Babies Born this August, 2017!


The team at the Nest Egg Foundation is proud to announce that a family, which received a Nest Egg Foundation grant in 2016, welcomed twins at the end of this past August. The birth of the twins marks an important mil..

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2017 Grant Window opens on June 26, 2017


Nest Egg Foundation, Inc. a Connecticut-based non-profit organization founded to help those struggling with infertility, will launch their 2017 grant application. Nest Egg Foundation is a non-profit charity granting ..

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2016 Grant Applications are now being accepted!


Many couples and individuals experience infertility, however only a select few can afford a solution. This condition affects approximately one in eight women. Consider as well the number of singles or same sex couple..

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Guest Post from Path to Fertility


by Lisa Rosenthal Infertility is tough enough – facing not having the family you are dreaming of because you don’t have enough money? That is even worse. So much worse. Our dreams of having a family aren’t akin t..

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Nest Egg Foundation Offers 2016 Grants


Connecticut-based nonprofit offers grant assistance to individuals and couples to achieve parenthood via IVF WESTPORT, CT, May 23, 2016 -- This week Nest Egg Foundation, a new, Connecticut-based non-profit organi..

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Welcome Letter from the President


It is a great honor and privilege to serve as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Nest Egg Foundation. Our goal is to give opportunity to those struggling with infertility as fertility treatment..

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