The Community Foundation's Kara Straun Receives Prestigious Award

Friday, April 12, 2019

NEW HAVEN, CT -- The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s (The Foundation) Kara Straun received the Association of Black Foundation Executives’ (ABFE) Philanthropic Emerging Leadership Award on April 5 in Detroit.

In the photo, Kara (right) poses with AFBE’s Vice President of Programs Edward Jones (left) at the James A. Joseph Lecture & Awards Ceremony at ABFE’s annual conference, this year titled “HARAMBEE: Let’s All Pull Together.”

In her address, Straun says, “I look at this award less as an acknowledgment of any great facts achieved thus far, but a call to action and challenge to do more, to continue connecting dots and work for that balance and healing for people of color and those most disenfranchised.”

The event honors those, like Straun whose innovative leadership promotes philanthropy as a vehicle for social change. Straun has worked at The Foundation since 2013. She was honored by ABFE for her guidance to local nonprofits and leaders in the Greater New Haven region, as well as her support of The Community Fund for Women and Girls, a component fund of The Foundation. ABFE advocates for responsive and transformative investments, while leveraging resources for the advancement of black communities.

About The Community Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of three generations of donors, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven gave $34.6 million in grants and distributions in 2018. The endowment was valued at approximately $570 million at year end 2018 and is composed of hundreds of individually named funds. In addition to its grantmaking, The Community Foundation helps build a stronger community by leading on issues and supporting donors and nonprofits in creating a community of opportunity for all. The Foundation's 20 town service area includes: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven, Woodbridge.



Ratasha Smith
Communications Officer
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

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