Welcome to the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP), an association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good.
CCP’s members are foundations (private, corporate, community), business and corporate giving programs, bank trusts, donor-advised funds, individual philanthropists, and those serving the philanthropic sector. CCP members annually grant more than $1.01 billion from assets of more than $8.4 billion.
CCP is dedicated to providing its members with the highest quality programs, resources and services, networking opportunities, and insight and news about grantmaking and philanthropy.
Knowledge and information
We compile facts, figures and trends on grantmaking and charitable giving in the state, provide analysis and context, and disseminate knowledge broadly to the philanthropic sector. Examples include:
- Guiding Principles and Effective Practices for Connecticut Grantmakers, a tool to articulate a shared commitment to excellence and to serve as a guide for Connecticut funders as we pursue our missions.
- Giving in Connecticut, CCP's annual report on charitable giving including key findings on individual and foundation giving with thoughtful interpretation of the data.
- Connecticut Toolkit for Giving, an overview of various options for charitable giving.
Education and professional development
Each year, we present an average of 20 programs and events that are focused on providing our members and grantmakers with knowledge that can help them in their work. These programs and workshops pertain to a variety of topics of interest to funders as well as “how-to” sessions that focus on particular skills. These programs are delivered in locations around the state to help grantmakers make the most of their giving.
Connections among grantmakers and others
We annually provide 20+ network meetings for grantmakers with common interests to come together to share knowledge and experiences. Periodically, we also offer grantmakers and grantseekers the opportunity to engage in dialogue. The Council also represents the interests of our members at numerous meetings, both local and national.
CCP is a leader in enhancing and promoting philanthropy in Connecticut. We serve as an advocate for philanthropy by sharing with elected and appointed officials, the media and the general public the importance and impact of philanthropy on the public good in the state, and engage in public policy work to promote and protect the social purpose sector.
As a nonprofit organization, CCP is governed by an 15-member board of directors that includes representation from our member organizations and the community at large. Our funding is derived from member support, program fees, earned income, sponsorship, leadership gifts and grants.
The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is a proud member of the United Philanthropy Forum which connects a diverse network to lead change and increase impact in philanthropy.
With deep regional roots and a broad nationwide reach, the Forum's members represent more than 7,000 philanthropic organizations - the largest network serving philanthropy in America.