State Budget Briefing

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 -
11:00am to 12:15pm EDT
Virtual Meeting
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Join the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy as we host a panel overview discussion of Connecticut's state budget, the recent federal stimulus packages, and what they mean for philanthropy. 

Legislative leaders and Governor Lamont are currently in negotiations to try to adopt a new, biennial budget before the regular General Assembly session adjourns in June. Additionally, over the last year, several federal stimulus packages have been passed that have resulted in billions of federal dollars flowing to Connecticut.

Join your funder colleagues and other leaders as we discuss these important issues and how the philanthropic community can engage, including: 

  • State budget overview: Details of the negotiated state budget. How has the pandemic impacted the state's revenue, deficit, and spending plans?
  • Impact analysis: How will the budget impact the nonprofit sector and the communities that our members serve?
  • Looking ahead: What are the future priorities, and what will be the impact of ARPA dollars on funders and organizations?


Cost: This event is for funders and is free for CCP members. For funder non-members, the fee is $250.

Registration: To register, click on the registration button on the right-hand side and complete the form.

Questions: Please contact Annie Adams, program manager, 860-525-5585 x514


Keith Phaneuf State Finances Reporter, CT Mirror

A winner of numerous journalism awards, Keith Phaneuf has been CT Mirror’s state finances reporter since it launched in 2010. The former State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Keith has spent most of 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government, and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. 

Gian-Carl Casa President and CEO, CT Community Nonprofit Alliance

In 2016, Gian-Carl Casa became the first President and CEO of the The Alliance. Before that, he served for five and a half years as Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs at the state Office of Policy and Management. At OPM, he was responsible for budget-related and other legislation, managed requests for state bond funding and was in charge of communications for the agency, working closely with the Governor’s office in all areas. Before joining the administration he worked for over two decades at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, most recently as Directory of Public Policy and Advocacy, where he worked on many association-related activities. 

Joe DeLong Executive Director and CEO, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities 

Joe DeLong is CCM's Executive Director & CEO. He received his Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University (WVU). While attending WVU he was a standout athlete on the football team and helped the Mountaineers to an undefeated regular season in 1993. Prior to joining CCM in April 2015, DeLong spent time as a State House Majority Leader and the Chief Executive of a $100 million public/private corporation.

Emily Bryne Executive Director, Connecticut Voices for Children. 

Emily Byrne has extensive experience in developing human-centered policies and programs as well as driving effective advocacy strategies in service of progressive change. Emily has led and contributed to work that has been recognized by past White House administrations. Most notably, she was the founding Executive Director of New Haven Promise, a nonprofit at the intersection of education and economic development.

A public servant by training, Emily started her career as a policy analyst for the City of New Haven, CT where she helped design the nation’s first municipal identification card for residents irrespective of immigration status. Since then she has held various governmental leadership positions as a systems intrapreneur within the social and economic justice arenas.


Elaine Mintz – VP of Operations, Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Elaine joined the Community Foundation in 2011 to lead its Center for Nonprofit Excellence. In July 2016, she was named VP of Operations. Elaine oversees the Community Foundation’s human capital management plan, the strategic goal setting process and the administrative operations of the Community Foundation.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Elaine served as Director of the Greater Danbury Nonprofit Resource Center. Before her nonprofit work, Elaine served at the state level as a research consultant with the Office of Policy & Management and as a staff member for the Connecticut General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee. 

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