Community Foundation

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) Aims to Help Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet

BRIDGEPORT, CT -- Members of the Greater Bridgeport Family Economic Security Coalition, elected government officials, coordinated by the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) and Internal Revenue Service have kicked-off the start of the  2019 tax season. VITA is a program sponsored by the IRS, where trained volunteers prepare and file state and federal returns for low- and moderate-income families for free. Families who generally had an income of $55,000 or less in 2018 may qualify for additional tax credits. This year’s VITA campaign is made possible with support from the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Citi Community Development, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, and Near & Far Aid.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Latino Endowment Fund Successfully Raises $50,000 to Receive Matching Grant from the Knight Foundation

HARTFORD, CT -- In May 2017, Alberto Ibargüen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, came to Hartford and announced a surprise in the form of a $50,000 matching grant to the Latino Endowment Fund (LEF) at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Less than two years after Ibargüen’s announcement, the Latino Endowment Fund is pleased to announce that it has successfully raised $50,000 making it eligible for the dollar for dollar grant, thus doubling the matching contribution from new or renewing memberships and other donations.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2019 Launches New WHY I GIVE Video Contest!

NORWALK, CT -- Fairfield County’s Community Foundation announced the launch of the new Fairfield County’s Giving Day WHY I GIVE video contest to give nonprofits participating in Giving Day the opportunity to truly sizzle, spread their message and create awareness for their missions. Contest video submissions can be made from Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12:00am ET through Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET.

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Housing Vital to Reducing Recidivism for Returning Citizens

HARTFORD, CT -- Jay Williams, president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, gives his perspective on recindivisim, talks about the Foundation's support of the new Reentry Welcome Center in Hartford and the Connecticut’s Commission on Equity and Opportunity's new report, and mentions a new documentary that "will help to bring the voices of returning citizens that are seldom heard to audiences."