CT Philanthropy Digest - April 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Join CCP At Its 50th Anniversary Lunch >>

CCP Celebrates Three with Philanthropy Awards >>

Where is #CCP50 Keeps Members Guessing >>


Stand Against Racism >>

Successful Civic Life Project Expands to Middle Schools in Northwest CT >>

"The Green Book: Guide to Freedom" Debuted in Hartford >>

Liberty Bank Foundation Supports St. Vincent de Paul in Bid for Arts Center >>








Join CCP At Its 50th Anniversary Lunch >>

As CCP celebrates its 50th Anniversary, it’s looking toward the future. CCP invites staff and trustees of nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and elected officials are invited to attend the CCP's 50th Anniversary Lunch. Register Today >>



Keynote: Titus Kaphar, Artist and MacArthur Genius Fellow - "Can Art Amend America?"
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
12:30 - 3:00 PM
Omni New Haven Hotel

With more urgency than a headline, Titus Kaphar’s artworks capture the spirit of social justice and change in America today (exemplified in his TIME cover portrait of the Ferguson protests). Named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow for “highlighting the lack of representation of people of color in the canon of Western art with works that deconstruct the literal and visual structure of the artwork,” Kaphar’s art and talks expose racism, inequality, and a criminal justice system that is anything but just. Read more about Kaphar in The New York Times' April 14 article, An Artist Rises, and Brings a Generation With Him >>      

CCP Celebrates Three with Philanthropy Awards


Connecticut Council for Philanthropy will honor Tracey and Russell Golden and Juanita T. James at its Annual Conference on May 7 at the Omni New Haven Hotel.

Tracey and Russell Golden are co-recipients of the 2019 John H. Filer Award for their leadership in promoting private action for the public good. “Tracey and Russ Golden are an amazing couple who have played a significant role, professionally and personally, in the greater coastal Fairfield County region,” said Merle Berke-Schlessel, president and CEO of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County (UWCFC). “Through a variety of actions they have made a lasting impact on the philanthropic work of the area.” Read more >>

Juanita T. James, president and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, is the recipient of the 2019 Martha S. Newman Award for her demonstrated, sustained, and exemplary service to the philanthropic sector in the state. “Juanita has led Fairfield County’s Community Foundation with laser-focus vision,” said Mirellise Vazquez, executive director of the Tauck Family Foundation. “Juanita also generously gives her time to counsel and mentor emerging leaders in philanthropy, including emerging leaders of color like myself.  Her wisdom and advice are invaluable and the time that she gives you makes you feel valued, important, and affirmed.” Read more >>   

Where is #CCP50 Keeps Members Guessing

Where is CCP's 50th Anniversary Logo? Send your answer by April 30, 2019 to CCP50@CTphilanthropy.org

CCP's "Where is #CCP50?" contest is helping to raise the visibility of CCP, the 50th Anniversary, and CCP Members. Once a month on CCP's social media, CCP posts a photo of its 50th Anniversary logo at a Connecticut location. CCP members who respond with the correct location are entered into a random drawing for a fun prize -- a Newman's Own gift bag, courtesy of Newman's Own Foundation. Winners are posted on social media channels and CCP's website along with facts about the location and funders who make an impact in the area. View past Where is #CCP50? photos and winners >>



Stand Against Racism

YWCA USA's thirteenth annual Stand Against Racism, is a national campaign to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in communities. Taking place from April 25-28, YWCA invites communities to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a stand against racism. This year’s theme is "NO HATE. NO FEAR. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice." The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund invited nonprofits, especially those with a history of working on issues related to racial justice and/or immigrant rights, to apply for small grants to support activities and events related to Stand Against Racism. There are eight registered Stand Against Racism Events taking place in Connecticut:

  • APRIL 25: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Hartford: Urban League of Greater Hartford - Woke…Ready… and Empowered to Stand
  • APRIL 25: 6:00 - 8:00 PM: Hartford: YWCA Hartford Region - Stand Against Racism: No Hate, No Fear: Immigration, Equity and Sanctuary Cities
  • APRIL 26: 9:00 - 11:00 AM: Hartford: The Village - The Village’s Stand Against Racism
  • APRIL 26: 12:00 - 12:45 PM: Greenwich: YMCA Greenwich - Stand Against Racism
  • APRIL 26: 12:30 - 2:30 PM: Hartford: Everyday Democracy - No Hate, No Fear: Immigration Justice is Racial Justice
  • APRIL 26: 7:00 - 9:30 PM: Hartford: YWCA Hartford Region - Family Stand Night
  • APRIL 26: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Hartford: Travelers (300 Windsor Street Diversity Council) - “Stand Against Racism” - Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice
  • APRIL 30: 6:00 - 8:30 PM: New Britain: YWCA New Britain - Stand Against Racism

Find details and registration for Stand Against Racism Events in Connecticut >>  

Successful Civic Life Project Expands to Middle Schools in Northwest CT

Thanks to support from The Buchanan Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, The Civic Life Project (www.civiclifeproject.org), which has successfully developed civic engagement, cross-cultural understanding, and social responsibility among high school students since 2010, will adapt and expand its existing program for a pilot middle school program. Since its founding in 2010, the Civic Life project has served hundreds of diverse high school students in Region One, Torrington, and across the state. This grant from the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation allows the program to be brought to younger students throughout Northwest Connecticut.

“Region One administrators asked us to adapt the proven Civic Life high school curriculum to the particular needs of middle school students," commented Civic Life Project Co-founder Dominique Lasseur. "With the input of participating teachers and students, we hope to create an effective program for younger students that then may be shared with a larger group of schools.“ Read more >>  

"The Green Book: Guide to Freedom" Debuted in Hartford

In honor of Black History Month, in Hartford, the Amistad Center for Art & Culture and Smithsonian Channel joined Comcast to co-host a private screening of Smithsonian Channel’s The Green Book: Guide to Freedom. This documentary version of the Golden Globe and Oscar winning major motion picture, The Green Book, tells the story of Victor H. Green’s eponymously named travel guide that provided information for African American travelers during pre-Civil Rights America, a time of severe institutionalized racism.

"At Comcast NBC Universal diversity and inclusion is a fundamental part of our company culture and are crucial components to all of our efforts to create and deliver the best and boldest technology and entertainment for our customers," noted Brad Palazzo, director of community impact for Comcast. "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom screening is another way for us to bring diverse entertainment and story-telling locally to Hartford-area residents."  Comcast, with Connecticut offices in Berlin, has partnered with the Amistad on a number of initiatives over the years and "is proud to play a small role in helping them to tell their cultural story." Read more @ Connecticut By The Numbers >>

View video from the Hartford debut event >>  

Liberty Bank Foundation Supports St. Vincent de Paul in Bid for Arts Center

Late last year, St. Vincent de Paul Middletown, a Liberty Bank Foundation grantee, was one of three groups submitting an RFP to the City of Middletown for purchase of the currently unoccupied Green Street Arts Center. While St. Vincent’s bid was endorsed by Mayor Drew, it still needed to pass two additional hurdles – a public hearing before the Common Council as well as a public presentation by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Both meetings attracted crowds of residents wishing to express their views for and against St. Vincent’s move from Main Street to Green Street.

Foundation Executive Director Sue Murphy spoke at both hearings in support of St. Vincent’s work and its value to community. Following the March 14, hearing, Planning and Zoning approved the proposal for St. Vincent to lease the Green Street Arts Center for one dollar per year for ten years. Read more >>   


State Budget and Legislation

It's Spring and at the State Capitol Governor Lamont and legislators have been working through the state budget and bill processes. The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance reports that the General Assembly and Legislative Committees have nearly concluded their process for 2019. The Alliance successfully advocated for the passage of several legislative priorities through committee, including S.B. 928, which would protect and strengthen nonprofits' property tax exemptions, passed the Planning & Development Committee on March 29, and S.B. 945, which would allow human services providers to retain revenue at the end of their contract term, passed the Human Services Committee on March 21.

Governor Lamont's biennial budget proposal for Fiscal Years (FY) 2020 and 2021. The budget would close a $1.5 billion deficit in FY20 and a $2.2 billion deficit in FY21. The proposal includes approximately $253.5 million in new revenue proposals and $363.6 million in expenditure reductions, including savings achieved through state employee pension givebacks that will need to be negotiated with state employee unions. Read the Alliance's Analysis of the Governor's Budget >>

State Budget Impact Forum Recap

Over 100 grantmakers participated in CCP’s first State Budget Impact Forum on March 7. Speakers Governor Ned Lamont, Prabal Chakrabarti of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Keith Phaneuf of the CT Mirror discussed the Connecticut economy, the fiscal crisis, and how they impact the state budget. Nonprofit and government leaders, Elizabeth Fraser, Policy Director, Connecticut Association for Human Services; Steven Hernandez, Esq., Executive Director, Commission on Women, Children and Seniors; Sharon Langer, M.Ed., J.D., Interim Executive Director, Connecticut Voices for Children; Paul Mounds, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Governor; and Jim Smith, Chairman, Webster Bank, described how state budget cuts impact the lives of Connecticut residents and communities, how they are working to address the challenges, and how funders can engage and make a difference. CCP is currently scheduling a conversation among foundation leaders to talk about if and how they want to work together on one or more statewide issues. Many thanks to all who participated in the event, especially our generous sponsor The Nutmeg Foundation.

Pictured speakers are: CCP Board Member Tiffany Donelson, vice president of program, Connecticut Health Foundation; CCP Board Chair Kathryn Luria, SVP of community affairs, director of philanthropy, Webster Bank; Governor Ned Lamont; CCP President Karla Fortunato; Prabal Chakrabarti, SVP, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; and Jim Smith, chairman, Webster Bank. Access the live-streamed video, event photos, the visual notes, other materials >>

Child Care Legislative Forum and Policy Brief

On April 2, more than 85 individuals attended the Legislative Forum organized by the CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (ECFC), Commission on Women, Children and Seniors and other early childhood advocates. The Forum highlighted the critical importance of high quality, accessible child care to our state’s economic growth. Facilitated by Sue Murphy, Liberty Bank Foundation and ECFC co-chair, a panel including Jeffrey Connor-Naylor of Ready Nation, Commissioner Beth Bye, CT Office of Early Childhood, and representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Stanley, Black and Decker, and the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, discussed the recent Ready Nation study that points to $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity and revenue due to the lack of affordable, accessible childcare. Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis documents the lost income and foregone career opportunities facing parents due to the lack of high quality, affordable childcare. It also provides data on the lost revenue and productivity to employers and the economy.

The CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of CCP, also supported a CT Voices for Children policy brief, "Building an Early Child Care and Education System as a Strategy for Workforce Development in Connecticut: A Case for Employer Support. The research brief describes the importance of early care and education as it relates to workforce development and retention in Connecticut. It recommends that employers implement and offer family-responsive programs and policies; invest in community early care and education programs through a public/private partnership model; and advocate for a robust, high-quality early care and education system. The issue was heightened with presentations by three parents who shared their stories of lost career opportunities, foregone income, and stress related to the lack of affordable childcare.

Foundations on the Hill Reviewed

Last month, CCP President Karla Fortunato and CCP Board Chair Kathy Luria, SVP of community affairs, director of philanthropy, Webster Bank, joined hundreds of colleagues from across the country for the annual Foundations on the Hill in Washington, DC. CCP's Connecticut team met with congressional leadership and staffers to share information on philanthropy in Connecticut and discuss issues important to the sector including:

  • Expanding the charitable giving tax incentive to everyone, not just those who itemize;
  • Authorizing sufficient funding to support a fair and accurate 2020 Census;
  • Repealing the new taxes and requirements on nonprofits; and,
  • Protecting the Johnson Amendment.

Find CCP's Policy Update Archives >>   


CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoCCP Member News Links

Avangrid Foundation

Bank of America

Chelsea Groton Foundation

Cigna Foundation

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Connecticut Community Foundation

Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority

Donaghue Foundation

Eversource Energy

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Liberty Bank Foundation

Main Street Community Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

The Rockfall Foundation

Travelers Foundation

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

Webster Bank

Other News Links

Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation

Ray and Barbara Dalio Foundation

Greater Hartford Arts Council

Red Sox Foundation

Voya Foundation


CCP Member Grants, RFPs, and ScholarshipsCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

Links are provided to funder sites for updated information, current deadlines, and how to apply. Check eligibility and deadlines carefully.

Farmington Bank Community Foundation

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Connecticut Community Foundation

Bank of America

Gawlicki Family Foundation

J. Walton Bissell Foundation

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

American Savings Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Liberty Bank Foundation

Travelers Foundation

Webster Bank

Other Grants, RFPs, and Scholarships

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation

State of Connecticut, Office of the Arts


At its March board meeting, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy elected four new members to its board of directors, as well as new board officers. The new members are: Leon Bailey, Jr. (New Haven), senior vice president for human resources and organizational culture, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; Nancy L. Heaton (New Milford), CEO, Foundation for Community Health; Laura McCargar (New Haven), president, Perrin Family Foundation; and Paul Suter (Avon), vice president for finance & operations, Children's Fund of Connecticut.

“The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is thrilled to welcome these outstanding philanthropic leaders to its board,” said CCP Board Chair Kathryn Luria, SVP of community affairs and director of philanthropy for Webster Bank. “It is important to the strength of the organization to continuously engage talented leaders to move the organization forward, especially as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.”

The CCP board also elected Board Officers. Re-elected officers include Board Chair Kathryn Luria, senior vice president, director of philanthropy, Webster Bank (Woodbury); and Board Treasurer Paul Ballasy (Ellington), a partner with CohnReznick LLP. The new vice chair and secretary, respectively, are Elaine V. Mintz (Redding), vice president of operations, Fairfield County's Community Foundation; and Tiffany S. Donelson (West Hartford), vice president of program, Connecticut Health Foundation. Read more >>

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has elected three new board members to join the Foundation’s already-strong team of volunteers. Elected to serve new multi-year board terms were John Cookley, Dr. Camelia Lawrence, and Dr. Zulma Toro.

John E. Cookley serves as the Regional Vice President of TD Bank's Greater New Britain/Waterbury region in Connecticut. Based in New Britain, he manages TD Bank’s regional and small business lenders who service commercial customers located predominately in Central and Northwest Connecticut.

Dr. Camelia Lawrence, MD, FACS is a board-certified surgeon specializing in benign and malignant breast disease. She serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery at UConn School of Medicine, University of Connecticut where she works with medical students and surgical residents nurturing her personal interest in teaching and education of the future generation.

Dr. Zulma Toro is the 13th President of Central Connecticut State University, the oldest publicly supported institution of higher education in Connecticut. She is the first female and first Hispanic president in Central’s history.

“The Foundation is so very pleased to have Dr. Lawrence, Dr. Toro and Mr. Cookley join our Board,” said Foundation Board Chair Lynn Ricci, president and CEO for Hospital for Special Care. “We look forward to working with each of them as our organization continues to make a growing and positive impact in the communities we serve.” Read more >>


The Main Street Community Foundation elected new officers at its annual meeting, last month. John D. Scarritt handed off the gavel of board chair to Marguerite P. Fletcher. Serving alongside Fletcher will be two vice chairs, Valerie A. DePaolo and Scott Fournier. Moving into the role of secretary is David J. Aldieri and the assistant secretary will be Kristine J. Dargenio. Finally, the new treasurer will be Michael J. Brault. In addition, two directors, Mark Malley (no photo available) of Plymouth and Jennifer Scully of Wolcott, were re-elected to the Board. The Community Foundation Board consists of community leaders charged with ensuring donors’ intentions are fulfilled in perpetuity. “The Board of Directors plays an essential role in guiding the Foundation’s work in the region,” said Susan Sadecki, president & CEO of the Foundation. “We are grateful for their generous commitment of time and the valuable expertise each brings to the Foundation.” Read more >>

At its annual meeting in March, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut named Karen Perham-Lippman, of Vernon, with its 2018 Community Service Award winner, and elected seven members to the board of directors.  “We’re pleased to recognize Karen with our United Way’s highest volunteer honor,” said Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “She’s a fierce advocate for working families. Karen continually finds a way to make a difference for local children and families in our region.”

Elected board members are: Donald Allan, Jr. (chair) Stanley Black & Decker, succeeding James P. O’Meara, Webster Bank; Michael J. Auseré (treasurer), Eversource; Peter Collins, Travelers; Colleen A. McGuire, Silver Fern Healthcare LLC; Natalie B. Morris, United Technologies Corporation; Richard J. Tavolieri, Deloitte & Touche LLP; and Jaime Young, Aetna, Inc. Read more >>

Two CCP member colleagues were recently named to DataHaven's Board of Directors, Adhlere Coffy, the manager of data science and evaluation at Fairfield County's Community Foundation, and Gina Federico, director of the North Hartford Triple Aim Collaborative at the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. Two additional new board are Mary Stuart of Trinity Health of New England and Maritza Bond from the City of Bridgeport.

"For the past 25 years, DataHaven has expanded access to community data to inform decision-making in Greater New Haven and Connecticut. The guidance of the volunteer Board of Directors has been crucial to the organization’s success and longevity," said Mark Abraham, DataHaven's Executive Director. "The new board members join a group of ten other public data and policy experts. In particular, the addition of these four individuals will help DataHaven expand its scope of expertise in the Greater Hartford and Fairfield County regions, where many of the organization’s current projects are underway." Read more >>

The Tow Foundation is pleased to announce that Magdalena Cwintal has joined its team as accountant. Magdalena joins the Foundation after serving as an accountant for Jornik Manufacturing Corporation and Law Offices. She also actively volunteers as a teacher for the Stamford Polish Saturday School, helping community members learn Polish as a second language. Magdalena earned a B.S. degree in Business Management and an M.A. in American Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Read more >>

Kara Straun, knowledge and evaluation manager for The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven  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, Kara said, “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.” Read more >>

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Progreso Latino Fund Celebrating Latino Leaders Series features personal interviews with Latino leaders serving Greater New Haven and Connecticut. This month Enna Garcia is celebrated. Enna, a native of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, is the director of programs for 'R Kids Family Center in New Haven. Her strong and knowledgeable voice has assisted hundreds of children and parents achieve permanency, ultimately creating stable families and a stronger New Haven. Read more >>   


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CCP's members are foundations, business and corporate giving programs, bank trusts, donor-advised funds, and individual philanthropists. CCP members grant more than $1.4 billion from assets of more than $8.3 billion.

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