Philanthropy's Role in Empowering Change

Thursday, April 30, 2015 -
11:00am to 2:00pm EDT
Omni Hotel, New Haven, CT
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Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's
Annual Meeting and Philanthropy Awards

Join your colleagues for a thought provoking conversation on Philanthropy’s Role in Empowering Change--in recognition of the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965--and honor leaders in the philanthropic field.

Read the Annual Meeting Recap and find links to photos and session materials >>

11:00 am - Networking Reception

11:30 am -  2:00 pm Luncheon and Program

2:00 - 3:30 pm - Optional Sessions



DARREN WALKER, president of the Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Their goals for more than half a century have been to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. Darren will reflect on the history and the future of the foundation in the continued struggle for civil rights and on philanthropy’s role in empowering change. Read Darren's Bio >>


Join your colleagues for one of two conversations following the meeting and awards. Registration is required.

SESSION 1- REGISTRATION IS FULL: The Essential Place of Equity in Philanthropy – Led by Lori Villarosa, director of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, and Everyday Democracy, a project of The Paul  J. Aicher Foundation 

Many in philanthropy are recognizing the need to include an “equity lens” in their efforts to help grantees create positive change in communities. But, what does this mean and what does it look like? This interactive session will provide ideas and tools for funders who are navigating the complex and interrelated challenges of racial and economic equity in their grantmaking. 
Session leaders will include Lori Villarosa, director of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE); Carolyne Abdullah, director of community assistance at Everyday Democracy; and Valeriano Ramos, director of strategic alliances at Everyday Democracy. 
PRE’s mission is to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers. Everyday Democracy is a project of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation, a national operating foundation that supports equitable, participatory community building. 

SESSION 2: Educational Equity in Connecticut Schools - Join in a conversation with Susan Eaton, Research Director at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School 

Susan will lead a conversation about shifting demographics in Connecticut and the impact of these changes on schools and equity in education. Susan's scholarly and research interests center around the causes and cures for unequal opportunities for racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities in the United States. She is particularly concerned about the challenges of schooling and childrearing in high-poverty, urban neighborhoods. She has lectured, studied and written about related subjects for two decades as a journalist, scholar and activist across the United States, in South Africa and in Japan. Susan is also the author of The Children in Room E4, a narrative account of the Sheff v. O'Neill civil rights case and a classroom in Hartford, Connecticut.

Special thanks to our breakout session sponsor: 


John H. Filer Award: BARBARA NETTER, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy

Martha S. Newman Award: KIM HEALEY, New Alliance Foundation

Nancy P. Roberts Award: THE WALKER GROUP


Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Bank of America
Liberty Bank Foundation
The Walker Group
Webster Bank

Bronze Sponsors:

eBenefits Group Northeast
First Niagara Bank Foundation
UIL Holdings Corporation

Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities >>


For information or mutliple reservations, contact Kevin Cifone, 860-525-5585.

Cancellations must be received by April 22, 2015 to receive a refund.