CT Philanthropy Digest - August 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Featuring the work of local, regional and national philanthropy and highlighting the
work of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) members.
August 2015


Rural Philanthropy: Trends in Connecticutrural
In their recently released study of rural philanthropy, Foundation Grants to Rural Areas From 2005 to 2010: Trends and Patternsthe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that "grants to U.S. rural-based organizations accounted for 5.5 percent of the real value of domestic grants by large foundations during 2005 to 2010, with a slight downward trend (based on Foundation Center data on grants by the largest 1,200 to 1,400 foundations.)"
     Although the entire small state of Connecticut could fit into a "rural" county in the Midwest, and three Connecticut counties, Fairfield County, Hartford and New Haven, are listed in the top 244 most densely populated areas in the states (Connecticut by the Numbers), many would agree that areas in the Litchfield, Tolland and Windham counties could be considered rural (USDA).
     While Connecticut's portion of the largest foundations is only a whopping 17, data from the 2014 Giving in Connecticut report based on Foundation Center data from 2012, suggests an alignment with the USDA's rural findings:
  • In 2012, foundations in Litchfield, Tolland and Windham counties numbered 113 or 7% of total CT foundations, and represent 2.8% in assets and not quite 4% of total giving. These figures also suggest that the foundations are smaller, as the percentage of total foundations is larger than the percentages of assets and giving.
  • In 2012, grantmakers in Fairfield County disbursed the majority of grant dollars (73.1%) in the state - followed by Hartford County (13.9%) and New Haven County (7.8%).
  • Fairfield County is home to 903 foundations, representing 56.7% of the foundations in the state and 56.8% of foundation assets held, followed by Hartford County with 300 foundations (18.8%) and 25.4% of assets and New Haven County with 184 Foundations (11.6%) and 12.8% of assets.
     Read Rick Cohen's commentary about rural philanthropy, USDA Report: Rural Philanthropy Still an Underfunded Afterthought, in the Nonprofit Quarterly.
     The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy anticipates updating their Giving in Connecticut Report during the last quarter of 2015. Download the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's 2014 Giving in Connecticut Report >>

Funders in Southeastern CT Launch Employment Initiative for Homeless FamiliesSECollab
An innovative, collaborative initiative to end family homelessness in southeastern Connecticut was launched last month. Dubbed "INTERSECT" (Integrated Network to Employment and Re-Housing of Southeastern Connecticut), the initiative is designed to provide employment supports for families transitioning out of homelessness via the region's rapid re-housing program.  It is one of five regional collaboratives that are planning and implementing two-year pilots of Secure Jobs CT across the state. 
     INTERSECT is made possible by $35,000 in grants from members of the Southeastern Connecticut Funders Collaborative.  Led by the Liberty Bank Foundation, the participating funders include the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Dime Bank Foundation, Dominion, and the Edward and Mary Lord Foundation. The Melville Charitable Trust, which is leading the development of Secure Jobs CT, has provided $35,000 in matching funds to INTERSECT, for a total of $70,000 for the first year of the pilot. Read more >>
Partnership Produces 'Road Map' for Metro Hartford RegionProgressPoints
The second edition of Metro Hartford Progress Points, the result of a collaboration between nine stakeholders representing local government, businesses, nonprofits, and academic and philanthropic organizations, takes a deeper look at issues impacting the region's communities. Using key indicators to identify and map opportunities for action, the 2015 report focuses on access to better schools, jobs and stronger neighborhoods. The findings of the updated report include:
  • School enrollment is declining and the phenomenon has different roots in different parts of the Greater Hartford region. 
  • Almost 50 percent of students entering Connecticut state universities and community colleges require remedial coursework and training. 
  • 65 percent of Hartford residents travel outside of Hartford for their jobs, most low-paying, and 83 percent of the jobs in Hartford are filled by people who live outside of Hartford, most in highly skilled professions.

     Learn more and download the report >>

Strategic Investments Make Region More WelcomingCFGNH
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has awarded $212,000 to eight nonprofit organizations working with immigrants and $109,000 to four nonprofits serving formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. These grants are awarded in furtherance of the Foundation's immigration and re-entry strategies adopted in 2014.
     "Grant recipients were chosen based on how well they aligned with the Foundation's immigration and re-entry strategic goals and intended outcomes," says Christina Ciociola, senior vice president for grantmaking & strategy. "For the immigrant population, projects will create pathways to citizenship, promote literacy, education and employment, all leading to supporting  immigrants to achieve greater civic and economic success. For the reentry strategy, projects will focus on leadership development, finding employment and housing, and providing collaborative services across multiple agencies." Read more >>
Graustein Memorial Fund Announces New MissionGraustein
David Addams, executive director of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund has announced a change in their mission: " During our planning process, the Graustein family, trustees and staff were confronted by the depth and persistence of racial and economic inequality, struck by the seeming acceptance of the status quo, concerned for the destructive effects of inequity on our individual and collective futures, and united in our resolve that rigorous attention to equity underlies our future work. To guide us as we work to help remove these barriers, the trustees have adopted a new mission, and we are eager and pleased to share it with you: The mission of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty." Read more >>
CT Youth Groups Gain Funding for Student Voice, LeadershipNellie

Nellie Mae Education Foundation has granted $215,015 to three Connecticut youth programs as part of the Amplifying Student Voice and Leadership initiative. The funding will enable COMPASS Youth Collaborative and Connecticut YOUTH Forum, both of Hartford, and Hearing Youth Voices of New London, to build capacity for advocating for student voice in education while increasing knowledge and understanding of student-centered learning in their respective communities.

     "Building the leadership capacity of youth is an effective vehicle for not only policy changes and systems transformation, but it also catalyzes academic, social and civic excellence among our next generation of leaders," said Nick Donohue, president and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. "A more equitable 21st century education is contingent upon a public demand for the necessary changes that will ensure students are properly prepared for college and their careers." Read more >>

Newman's Own Foundation Launches Fellowship ProgramNewmans
The first formal class of the innovative Newman's Own Foundation Fellowship Program has launched. The fellowship provides recent college graduates with work experience in the philanthropic sector and is designed to expand, enhance, and diversify the pipeline of new talent entering nonprofit careers.
     "The Newman's Own Foundation Fellowship Program provides promising young people a meaningful experience in the nonprofit sector, which hopefully will help shape their future participation and support for this vital segment of global society," said Bob Forrester, president and CEO of Newman's Own Foundation, and executive chairman of Newman's Own, Inc. Read more >>

Partnership Provides More Summer Jobs for YouthYouthJobs
Thanks to a collaboration of funders led by Liberty Bank Foundation, some 50 additional low-income youth in Meriden and Wallingford will be working this summer. This is the second year that local funders have partnered to provide $35,000 in grants to expand job opportunities offered through the Youth @ Work program in each town. Participants in the funders' collaborative included the James H. Napier Foundation, CUNO Foundation, The Meriden Foundation, Liberty Bank Foundation, and the town of Wallingford. Read more >>


CCP Member Community FoundationsCFnewslinks
Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut 
Connecticut Community Foundation
Fairfield County's Community Foundation
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

CCP MembersMemberNewsLinks
Aurora Women and Girls Foundation
American Savings Foundation
Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA)
Connecticut Humanities
ESPN, Inc.
The Melville Charitable Trust
Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation
AT & T Foundation
Branford Community Foundation
Booth Ferris Foundation
The Hartford


Thrive by 25 Kick-Off Breakfast
Thursday, September 10, Friday, 7:00 am, Trumbull Marriott, Trumbull
Thrive by 25, part of Fairfield County's Community Foundation's Youth Matter's Series, features a keynote by Michelle Henry, vice president, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and a panel discussion focusing on youth opportunities and challenges. Learn more and register >>
Lawful, Effective and Compliant Business Practices for Nonprofits
Thursday, September 10, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Danbury
As part of their skills-based volunteering program, Boehringer Ingelheim is presenting a free legal seminar for Connecticut nonprofits. The goals for the seminar are: to provide practical explanations of laws and best practices through engaging presentations, Q&A sessions and discussion; to inform nonprofits of potential legal pitfalls and liabilities; and to identify free and reduced fee resources. No legal or HR background is required for seminar attendees and nonprofits may send more than one employee. For more information and to register, contact Mary Jean Knudsen, 203-789-4827. Learn more >>  
Celebrating 20 Years of Giving
Saturday, September 12, 5:00 pm, Hillstead Museum, Farmington
Main Street Community Foundation will reflect on their past 20 years and share their successes at The Main Event - Celebrating Our Community Roots, a farm-to-table gathering at Hill-Stead Museum. Learn more and register >>
Forecast: Local Nonprofit Leadership
Tuesday, September 15, 12:00 - 2:00 pm, New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven
The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven's convening will explore the findings from Third Sector New England's Leadership New England report. A panel discussion about the recommendations to keep the nonprofit sector thriving will be moderated by Shelly Saczynski, UIL Holdings Corporation and Community Foundation board member. Learn more and register >>
Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals
September 18 - November 6, 2015: Rolling applications
For a second year, the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut is offering Danosky & Associates, LLC's Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals (LEAP) for nonprofit leaders in the Northwest CT region. The eight-week program is designed to strengthen nonprofit leadership and internal systems. Matching grants for eligible participants are available by request. Learn more and register >>
Fairfield County Nonprofit Resource Fair
Tuesday, September 22, 8:30 -10:30 am, Wilton Library, Wilton
This Center for Nonprofit Excellence event will aid nonprofits in discovering valuable, powerful and affordable resources that can help answer questions and solve problems around developing staff, strengthening board of directors, addressing legal issues, finding volunteers, and more. The event is sponsored/co-presented by Association of Fundraising Professionals Fairfield County Chapter; CT Association of Nonprofits; Fairfield County's Community FoundationNorwalk Community College Nonprofit Organization Management Certificate Program; Pro Bono Partnership; United Way of Coastal Fairfield CountyUnited Way of Western ConnecticutLearn more and register >>
The Rockfall Foundation's 80th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, September 24, 5:30 pm, The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam
The Rockfall Foundation celebrates their 80th anniversary and recognizes environmental leadership in public land and open space. Learn more >>
Driving Change for Women and Girls
Friday, October 2, 7:30 - 9:30 am, Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford

The Aurora Women and Girls Foundation's 10th Annual Signature Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Ph. D., and the Foundation will honor a Woman Philanthropist and a Young Philanthropist, along with Aurora Women Philanthropists honorees from the past 10 years. Learn more and register >>

Small State, Big Debate: Race
Tuesday, October 6, 11:45 am - 6:00 pm, Fairfield University, Fairfield
The Connecticut Mirror's one-day event, Small State, Big Debate: Race, will feature a keynote speaker, expert panel discussions, breakout collaboration rooms, and interactive video and audio booths to support the "Race in Connecticut is ..." multimedia initiative, which will capture thoughts (written or oral) from the event's attendees on a thought-provoking and wide-ranging topic. The day will also feature a hackathon, where programmers are tasked with creating a desktop/mobile application or API (application programming interface) based on racial profiling data. A reception will cap the day's event. The event is supported by The Tow Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, and Universal Health Care Foundation of ConnecticutLearn more and register >>
Girls Symposium
Friday, October 16, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Marriott Merrit Parkway, Trumbull

Fairfield County's Community Foundation's The Fund for Women and Girls' 4th Annual Girls Symposium is for parents, practitioners and individuals who work closely with girls. The full-day symposium provides learning strategies and tools for helping girls cope with some of today's most pressing issues. Keynote speakers and hands-on workshops address social media/media literacy, body image, and entertainment by budding female artists. Register >>

The Event of the Year with Gloria Steinem
Friday, October 30, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Omni Hotel, New Haven

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Fund for Women & Girls' 20th Anniversary Luncheon will feature Gloria Steinem with Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Learn more and register >>


The Prize for Parent Organizing
Friday, August 28, Application deadline

The Prize for Parent Organizing, a new program of The ZOOM Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations inspired by the potential of parent power to contribute to the achievement of educational equity in Connecticut. Up to five selected organizations will each receive two capacity-building grants over the course of two years (totaling $100,000-$200,000) to develop and implement a parent organizing strategy in a Connecticut city or neighborhood. Learn more >>

Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award Nominations
Friday, September 4 - Nomination Deadline
Liberty Bank invites you to nominate a Champion of Diversity for the 2015 Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award.This a ward is presented annually to honor an individual who has made an oustanding and ongoing contribution to the cause of promoting and celebrating diversity in the communities served by Liberty Bank. Learn more and download a nomination form >>
Young Philanthropist Program
Monday, September 14 - Application deadline
The New Canaan Community Foundation is looking for local high schoolers who want to learn about philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and how to make a difference in the community. Participants in the Young Philanthropists program attend evening meetings once a month during the school year with the executive director of the Foundation as well as a board member and other adult mentors. Learn more and download the application >>
Environmental Grants - Peter Grayson Letz Fund
Tuesday, September 15 - Letter of Intent deadline
The Peter Grayson Letz Fund for Animals and the Environment was established at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut in 2014 to benefit domestic animals and wildlife as well as environmental education and conservation in New London County through grants to nonprofit organizations. The goal of environmental grants made from the Fund will be to foster understanding of and promote action on the relationship between the health of the natural world and the health and well-being of our residents. Learn more and apply online>>
Grant Opportunities for Burlington and Bristol Area
Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 30 - Application deadlines
Main Street Community Foundation is accepting proposals for grant opportunities from two funds. The Burlington Bell Community Fund provides support to area nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life for residents in Burlington and proposals are due September 15. Nonprofit organizations serving women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington or Wolcott may be eligible to apply for a grant from the Women & Girls' Fund. Proposals are due on September 30. Learn more and apply >>
Grants for Environmental Projects & Internships
Wednesday, September 16 - Grant application workshop
Thursday, November 19, Application deadline
The Rockfall Foundation is entertaining applications for the 2015-16 Grant Cycle. Grants will be awarded for projects that contribute to the general environmental education of the public,
promote environmental planning, contribute to the preservation of the Connecticut River watershed, or fund an internship with a non-profit organization for an environmental project. Proposals must have ties to Middlesex County in order to be considered. Learn more >>
Competitive Grant Applications
Thursday, September 17, 4:00 pm - Application deadline
The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is now accepting Competitive Grant Applications for the 2015-2016 Cycle. The Community Foundation is particularly looking for grants that add value to, and have a positive impact on, the health and vitality of the Middlesex County community. Learn more and download the application >>
Mutual Impact Community Investment Program
Friday, September 18 - Application deadline
Massmutual is proud to announce the launch of their new employee-driven community investment program, Mutual Impact. This program provides nonprofit organizations in Hartford, CT and Hampden, MA counties to apply for funding in the areas of food Insecurity, family economic self-sufficiency, violence prevention & safety and early grade reading proficiency. Learn more and download the application >>
Grants for Health & Well-being for Southington Residents
Wednesday, September 23 - Letter of Intent deadline
The Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust of the Main Street Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations serving the Southington community to submit a letter of intent for capital projects, programs or initiatives that will enhance the health and wellbeing of Southington residents. Learn more >>


Deborah Rothstein has been appointed vice president of development and donor engagement at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. In her new role, Rothstein will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic vision to all aspects of the Foundation's fund development activities. Rothstein joined Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in 2013 as a senior philanthropic services officer where her primary role has been to help individuals, corporations and nonprofit organizations achieve their philanthropic goals.
     Prior to joining the Hartford Foundation, Rothstein served as vice president of philanthropy at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford from 2009 through 2013. She was instrumental in the development of the Foundation's agency endowment program and creation of two giving circles, The Lillian Fund and The Israel Fund. Read more >>
Lesa Vanotti, senior vice president, treasurer and CFO, Torrington Savings Bank has been named to the executive committee of the Women & Girls Fund of The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut
     Ms. Vanotti has worked at Torrington Savings Bank since 1996. She is on the board of the Community Health and Wellness Center Holding Company and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Financial Managers Society.
     "We are excited to have Lesa join our leadership team," said Barbara Dughi, Women & Girls Fund Chairperson. "She joins an outstanding group of women who are dedicated to taking the Women & Girls Fund to the next level so that we may assist even more women and families in northwest Connecticut." Read more >>


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