The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is the leading voice to policy makers on behalf of Connecticut’s grantmakers. The Council works with its foundation and corporate giving members and its public policy committee to connect the ideas and insights of the Connecticut philanthropic community to policy makers.

Building and maintaining relationships with policymakers is essential to the philanthropic sector’s ability to:

  • educate policymakers about the work, value and impact of foundations;
  • advise policymakers about potential legislation or regulation that could harm the sector and decrease much needed philanthropic dollars;
  • gain policymakers’ support for legislation that could support the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy;
  • and build partnerships with policymakers to achieve policy reforms that improve the quality of life for those foundations seek to serve.

Advocacy Resources

Find General Resources, documents to help you with Advocacy Rules and Regulations, Best Practices, and Resource Links to help you with the full range of foundation advocacy activities.

Evaluating Advocacy

Find resources to help you evaluate different aspects of your advocacy, including capacity, progress and impact.

Advocacy Best Practices

Letter on Census Citizenship Question

Connecticut Council of Philanthropy was one of 33 philanthropy serving organizations that signed onto a letter opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Connecticut Giving Report

The Connecticut Giving Report covers individual and foundation giving for calendar year 2015, the most recent year available for comparable data.

Giving in Connecticut - 2016

Giving in Connecticut 2016 looks at charitable giving in Connecticut for calendar year 2014 and includes individual giving through reported contributions, bequests made through estate giving, and foundation giving. Giving in Connecticut 2016 uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the IRS Statistics of income Division, the Foundation Center, and self-reported data gathered by CCP.

CCP Johnson Amendment Letter to CT Congressmen

Read the letter that Connecticut Council for Philanthropy delivered to political leaders in Congress and shared with leaders in the state, about preserving the Johnson Amendment "Protect the integrity of America’s nonprofit sector by maintaining the current law that keeps politics and campaign contributions out of the work of charities."