Strengthening Democracy & Communities Through Civic Engagement

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -
10:00am to 12:45pm EST
Graustein Memorial Fund, Hamden
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For staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations

In December, CCP hosted a program on the role advocacy in grantmaking. In January, we are continuing the conversation with a program focused on civic engagement. Regardless of what issue or region you are focused on, community engagement, voting, leadership, and policies matter.


Investments in civic engagement can strengthen democracy and strengthen our communities. Join this program to deepen your understanding of civic engagement efforts in Connecticut, learn about a variety of national philanthropic strategies to strengthen civic engagement, and connect with others interested in this issue.

We will be joined by Kristen Cambell, Executive Director, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), a national network of foundations and funders that invest in civic engagement and democracy. Kristen will set the stage with a national overview of how foundations and funders invest in democratic practice through various strategies and approaches.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will be joining Mark Abraham, DataHaven and Valeriano Ramos, Everyday Democracy, to provide an overview of the current state of civic health in CT. 

Finally, a funder panel will share stories of how – and why – they are investing in civic engagement, including: Elizabeth Barajas-Román, Solidago Foundation; Martha McCoy, Everyday Democracy; and Ian Simmons, Foundation for Civic Leadership.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

The program will be followed by a networking lunch to continue conversations with colleagues about your foundation’s work.

After lunch, CEOs are invited to join a working meeting of the newly formed CT Funders Collaborative to Promote Civic Engagement. This first meeting is aimed at jump starting the learning and work of the collaborative. This initiative is being led by Maryam Elahi, Community Foundation Foundation of Eastern CT. Space for the CEO meeting is limited to 20 participants, so please RSVP quickly to Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585. 

Draft mission statement: The mission of the CT Funders Collaborative to Promote Civic Engagement is to invest in civic engagement as a means for increasing the participation of diverse voices in our community to contribute to a just, equitable and thriving civil society.

This meeting will be co-hosted by CCP and the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.


10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Civic Engagement Program

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: CEO Meeting


Mark Abraham
Executive Director



Elizabeth Barajas-Román
Chief Executive Officer
Solidago Foundation



Kristen Cambell
Executive Director
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)



Martha McCoy
Executive Director
Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday Democracy)



Denise W. Merrill
Connecticut Secretary of the State



Valeriano (Val) Ramos (Invited)
Director of Strategic Alliances and Equity Officer
Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday Democracy)



Ian Simmons
Foundation for Civic Leadership




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Non-Member Funders: Contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.


Contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.

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