CCP 2020 Racial Equity and Justice Programs

CCP is moving Connecticut philanthropy from commitment to learning to action on racial equity. Upcoming programs provide opportunities for funders to ground themselves in the basics, begin to apply learning to their grantmaking, and engage with peers in a community of practice to ramp up their work with a racial equity or racial justice lens.

CCP is grateful to supporters who have enabled us to offer these programs at a reduced cost to members. CCP is committed to making these programs available to all interested funders. If the cost of registration presents a barrier to your participation, please let us know.

SEPTEMBER 15: Ground Yourself with the Basics—Racial Equity 101 >>

SEPTEMBER 22: Integrate New Equitable Practices—Grantmaking with an Equity Lens >>

OCTOBER through DECEMBER: CCP’s Racial Equity Cohort Series: Race, Equity and Philanthropy: Building a Community of Practice >>

OCTOBER 15-29: CCP 2020 Conference—Featuring Keynote Address with Trabian Shorters >>   

Ground Yourself with the Basics

Racial Equity 101

SEPTEMBER 15: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Virtual Training

Ground your racial equity learning with historical context, language, and key concepts including equity, justice, racism, anti-racism, power, and more. Great for anyone looking for an introductory overview, or to brush up before taking part in other racial equity and justice programs. Presented in partnership with RE-Center. Register >>     

Integrate New Equitable Practices

Grantmaking with an Equity Lens

SEPTEMBER 22: 12:00 -3:00 PM
Virtual Training

Considering diverse perspectives and experiences is critical to effective grantmaking and foundation programming. Practicing equity requires slowing down to reflect on the ways we can facilitate a more equitable and inclusive grantmaking process. This interactive workshop is designed to equip philanthropy professionals with key background and practical approaches to centering equity in the practice of grantmaking and program development. Presented in partnership with PhilanthropyNW. Register >>     

CCP’s Racial Equity Cohort Series

Race, Equity and Philanthropy: Building a Community of Practice

This program, presented in partnership with RE-Center, is updated to work in a virtual space and to reflect the rapidly changing environment in which racial equity and justice work is taking place. The program is designed for mid- and senior-level philanthropy professionals looking to form a community of practice—philanthropic peers working to center racial equity and justice in their work and address racial discrimination and inequity with a systems and field-wide approach.


The main focus of the cohort program will be on applied learning and practice. While CCP staff has developed a proposal for key topics, participants will co-create the agenda based on the needs and feedback of the group. Information will be provided with a focus on practical application, navigating challenges, and developing solutions to stumbling blocks that participants encounter in the work to advance racial equity and justice. CCP will share further information about registration details and cohort session dates soon.

CCP gratefully acknowledges the support of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the United Philanthropy Forum in helping to bring this workshop series to our members.    

BIPOC Philanthropy Affinity Group

This fall CCP will begin hosting regular convenings and creating affinity space for BIPOC philanthropy professionals in Connecticut.   

CCP's 2020 Virtual Conference: Meeting the Moment: Community, Equity, and Philanthropy

This year’s conference will focus on practical strategies to increase impact, advance equity, and improve grantmaking outcomes. CCP will bring the most important elements of our annual conference to a virtual space, providing opportunities for learning, networking, and building relationships to move work forward.

Staff and trustees of grantmaking and nonprofit organizations, and government and community leaders may register for the conference.

Register Now >>  

Keynote Address with Trabian Shorters

Asset Framing for Equity During Crisis

Learn How Language and Narratives Can Support Communities and Social Change

OCTOBER 15: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Virtual presentation, followed by breakout discussions to connect, reflect and move the work forward.

CCP will present 2020 annual conference keynote speaker Trabian Shorters, in a special virtual program, "Asset Framing for Equity During Crisis." Understanding the transformational roles of storytelling and narratives in advancing racial equity and justice, Trabian Shorters, founder and CEO of BMe Community, former Knight Foundation VP, and New York Times bestselling author, pioneered the concept of "Asset-Framing,"—defining the communities we serve by their aspirations and contributions, not their challenges and deficits—a visionary approach to communications and engagement with communities that can increase equity, diversity, and impact. This keynote address is sure to inspire and provide new insights and tools you can begin applying to your work.

Building Community Engagement to Increase Equity and Impact

OCTOBER 20: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Virtual presentation, followed by breakout discussions to connect, reflect and move the work forward.

In the second session of CCP’s 2020 virtual conference, local and national funders will share practical ideas and lessons from their experience developing meaningful engagement with communities. Join Michelle DePass, President and Chief Executive Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust, and Laura McCargar, President, Perrin Family Foundation, for an informative funder-to-funder dialogue about how foundations can increase impact and advance equity by engaging substantively with those most closely connected to the communities they aim to support.   

Building Boards to Move Mission-Driven Work:Justice, Equity, and Nonprofit Boards

OCTOBER 29: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Virtual presentation, followed by breakout discussions to connect, reflect and move the work forward.

In the third and final part of CCP’s 2020 conference, we’ll focus on foundation boards. Boards are key to advancing racial equity and creating institutional change. Anne Wallestad, Executive Director of BoardSource, will headline this program, outlining new ways to approach engaging with and thinking about boards to better serve mission-driven work and advance equity within philanthropy.


Program Support

Thank you to the following for their support of our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives: The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund; William C. Graustein; Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Newman’s Own Foundation; Perrin Family Foundation; and United Philanthropy Forum.

Thank you to our 2020 Annual Conference sponsors >>

blumshapiro; CohnReznick; The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut; Community Foundation of Greater New Britain; The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; Connecticut Health Foundation; eBenefits Group Northeast, LLC; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund; Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Melville Charitable Trust; Nellie Mae Education Foundation; Nordson Corporation Foundation; People’s United Bank; PKF O’Connor Davies; Reid and Riege; Universal Healthcare Foundation of Connecticut; Webster Bank and Webster Private Bank.