CT Philanthropy Digest - August 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018



New Dashboard Shows Connecticut Foundation Data >>

Could Connecticut Be the 1st State to End Youth Homelessness? >>

Survey Reveals Hurricane Evacuees in Connecticut Need Access to Basic Necessities >>

Berkshire Taconic Launches ACloserLook.Net >>

Foundations Provide Capacity Building, Learning for Nonprofits >>

Investing in Equity in the Nonprofit Workforce >>

The Prosperity Foundation Kicks Off Inaugural #GIVEBLACKCT Day of Giving >>


  Featured Philanthropy News 

New Dashboard Shows Connectict Foundation Data

CCP has launched Connecticut Foundation Stats with top-line data about the philanthropic landscape for grantmakers, nonprofits, policymakers, and media. This new interactive dashboard represents the latest available data that Foundation Center has collected. It offers insights into giving priorities, populations served, and strategies of the state's foundations, among other information. View Connecticut Foundation Stats >>

This dashboard and the CCP's previously released point-in-time report, Connecticut Giving Report, provide an authoritative overview of giving in our state.


Could Connecticut Be the 1st State to End Youth Homelessness?

OCTOBER 24: 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM: The Lyceum, Hartford
Join Melville Charitable Trust, Funders Together to End Homelessness, the Reaching Home Campaign, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, and others for a morning of learning and inspiration as Connecticut’s progress in ending youth homelessness is highlighted and to strategize about what is needed to finish the job! Review the latest research on youth homelessness with Dr. Matthew Morton of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, principal investigator of the groundbreaking study, Voices of Youth Count. Hear directly from youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness and are now working as researchers and advocates in the field. Connect with state leaders and learn about Connecticut's plans to end youth homelessness, including opportunities to get involved in 100-Day Challenges in your community. This event is intended to give Connecticut funders insight into state and local work to end youth homelessness. Anyone interested in this issue is welcome to attend. After the event, funders are invited to lunch at 12:15pm to learn more about how they can support this work. Register Now >>       

Survey Reveals Hurricane Evacuees in Connecticut Need Access to Basic Necessities >>

About 13,000 residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who arrived in Connecticut in the aftermath of hurricanes Maria and Irma continue to struggle with obtaining basic needs including adequate housing, food, medical care and jobs, according to a survey commissioned by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The vast majority of those who have come to Connecticut, over 70 percent, have extremely low incomes (under $30,000), adding a heavy responsibility on an already over-extended and resource-limited Puerto Rican community in Connecticut, given the extreme levels of need that are present in the community, even before the storms. Approximately 1,300 people participated in the survey, which utilized online and in-person questionnaires in English and Spanish and field research. The survey found that while some households surveyed had initially relied on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funding basic needs, the majority of those affected relied on Greater Hartford's nonprofit organizations, school districts, and family members for support. During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Connecticut General Assembly approved $4.4 million in education and housing assistance for displace residents, including $1.5 million in aid to the departments of education, housing, and social services.

"The Hartford region has one of the highest concentrations of people of Puerto Rican origin outside Puerto Rico and last year's hurricanes brought thousands more to the region, many of whom will likely stay," said Scott Gaul, the Hartford Foundation's director of Research and Evaluation. "The hurricanes were an unprecedented event, but we can anticipate similar crises will happen again. The survey is one tool to help the Hartford region understand the needs of evacuees and the potential long-term impacts of displacement."

The survey was conducted by the University of Connecticut's El Instituto: Institute for Latina/o Caribbean and Latin American Studies and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. The objective was to understand the long-term impact of displacement on Puerto Rican households in the Greater Hartford region. Read more >>   

Berkshire Taconic Launch ACloserLook.Net

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has launched ACloserLook.net, an easy-to-navigate, interactive web resource providing current data, resident perspectives, and multimedia stories on the four-county region Berkshire Taconic serves. A digital companion to the foundation's print report of the same name, ACloserLook.net features include an interactive map with at-a-glance profiles of: 67 towns in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York; four counties, and the BTCF region overall. The data is organized by topic: population, jobs, education, incomes and poverty, and housing. The map also shows public school enrollment data for 30-plus districts. A downloadable PDF of Berkshire Taconic's Plan for the Future, which outlines three new priority areas where the foundation believes philanthropy can make a difference, is also available. Designed to build community knowledge and inspire critical thinking about the region's future, ACloserLook.net will be regularly refreshed with new data and stories. Visit ACloserLook.net >>   

Foundations Provide Capacity Building, Learning for Nonprofits

Foundations and grantmakers do more than provide monetary gifts to nonprofits. They are concerned with the well-being of their nonprofit grantees and often provide workshops and seminars for building the nonprofit's capacity or ability to function effectively, such as professional development for staff and board members or opportunities for peer learning, networking, or leadership development. Here are some of the offerings by Connecticut foundations:

  • Main Street Community Foundation offers web/audio conferences on topics of interest to enhance the development and knowledge of nonprofit Board members, professionals and volunteers in collaboration with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Connecticut Chapter (AFP). SEPTEMBER 5: From Nervous to Excited: Evolving Board Knowledge, Skill, and Confidence
  • Through high-quality workshops, Fairfield County's Community Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Excellence Events helps nonprofits build their capacity and advance their missions. SEPTEMBER 12: Board Chair Essentials; SEPTEMBER 20: Introduction to Sustainability and Succession Planning; OCTOBER 25: Data Bootcamp; NOVEMBER 1: Digital Marketing Series: Part 1 - Nonprofits Website 3.0; NOVEMBER 8: Finding Data for Grants; NOVEMBER 15: Digital Marketing Series: Part 2 - Powerful Social Networking
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's Nonprofit Support Program helps nonprofit leaders strengthen their organizations. They provide nonprofits with tools and knowledge to deliver services, secure and maintain an effective board, recruit and retain qualified staff, effectively manage finances, and make the best use of technology. Their 2018 Fall Half-Day Workshops include: SEPTEMBER 18: Business Continuity Planning for Your Nonprofits; and NOVEMBER 6: What Do the New FASB Financial Reporting Standards Mean for Your Nonprofit?
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation and United Way of Western Connecticut will present their 7th Annual Seminar for Nonprofits on SEPTEMBER 17: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM: Ethan Allen Hotel, Danbury. Through the generous efforts of the Company's internal and external volunteers, the seminar is offered free of charge.
  • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's training forums, workshops and other learning opportunities are for organizations serving Greater New Haven and the Valley. Sessions are designed to strengthen the leadership, management, and adaptive capacities of nonprofits large and small, from those who are just starting out to longstanding organizations. SEPTEMBER 12: Telling Your Story to Funders, Part I: Reporting, Narratives and Photos; SEPTEMBER 13: Disaster Preparedness Workshop with The American Red Cross; SEPTEMBER 20: Purposeful Boards, Powerful Fundraising; SEPTEMBER 26: Grant Writing 101; OCTOBER 4: Development Director Roundtable; OCTOBER 24: Telling Your Story to Funders, Part II: Video and Infographics; OCTOBER 25: Understanding Nonprofit Finances 101; NOVEMBER 1: Program Staff Roundtable
  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation will be offering the region's first and only daylong training and networking opportunity exclusively for nonprofit board members and executive directors on OCTOBER 13: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. The Board Leadership Forum will feature three learning tracks: nonprofit governance, fundraising, and managing organizational change; with nine workshops by leading experts on the latest trends in the field. Registration is now open.   

Investing in Equity in the Nonprofit Workforce

AUGUST 22: 5:00 PM Survey closes
Fund the People, the national campaign to maximize investment in the nonprofit workforce, invites nonprofits and funders to participate in their Investing in Equity in the Nonprofit Workforce Survey to identify challenges, opportunities and best practices for promoting workforce equity across three key stages of the career lifecyle of nonprofit professionals: entry into the sector, retention and advancement and ascension to leadership. In partnership with the Center for Urban and Racial Equity, Fund the People is conducting research and developing tools to better enable funders and nonprofits to adopt practices that advance equity and inclusion as part of talent-investing. They believe that “talent-investing,” or the intentional deployment of resources to support and develop nonprofit professionals improves the performance, impact, and sustainability of diverse nonprofit leaders, organizations, and movements. They hope to garner participation from nonprofit and philanthropic professionals reflective of diverse ages, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, geographies and gender and sexual identities. Building on important work already underway to achieve racial equity in the sector, the experiences and insights that are shared in the survey will contribute to the development of tools and action steps that organizations and funders can implement to address the deficits in talent-investing that lead to burnout, biases in hiring and promotion, and sector-wide practices (e.g., unpaid internships) that prevent organizations from truly embodying their commitment to equity and social justice. Responses will be confidential. For questions, contact Elise Goldstein at egoldstein@urbanandracialequity.org.    

The Prosperity Foundation Kicks Off Inaugural #GIVEBLACKCT Day of Giving

AUGUST 29: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM: Online Event
In observance of Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) in August, The Prosperity Foundation will officially launch its first-of-its-kind annual #GIVEBLACKCT giving campaign. The giving campaign, in lock-step with the annual August designation of BPM, is a “wake-up” call for the philanthropically minded to demonstrate fidelity and love towards uplifting the Black Community with a direct financial investment towards social, emotional, educational, and economic progress. The Prosperity Foundation is a community foundation designed to strengthen Connecticut’s Black communities in critical areas such as health, education, and economic development. Learn more >>

If your organization is planning an event or activity in observance of Black Philanthropy Month, let us know! We'll help raise the visibility of your event. Visit CCP's Black Philanthropy webpage that lists local efforts and resources >>  


Immigration: Family Separation and Detention

Public Statements:

  • More than 190 foundations and philanthropy serving organizations from across the country have signed onto a joint Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) statement in support of children and families seeking refuge in the United States. Signers include: the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Flower Hill Fund at the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Perrin Family Foundation, the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, and Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. Read the statement >>
  • William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund produced their own statement: Justice for Immigrant and Asylum-seeking Families >>



  • Connecticut Council of Philanthropy was one of 33 philanthropy serving organizations that signed a letter opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. It is aligned with more than 300 Foundations that signed their own letter, including CCP members: Fairfield County's Community Foundation; Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Melville Charitable Trust; and Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. Both letters were submitted on August 3rd to the Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau along with thousands of other comments from leaders and concerned citizens from across the country. Read the letters >>
  • FCI Briefing Series: Census 2020 Messaging Testing Results: The Funders Census Initiative is hosting three briefings on census messaging in partnership with the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup and co-sponsored by the United Philanthropy Forum and other partner organizations. This year, national field partners were funded to conduct get-out-the-count messaging research to identify messages that resonate with hard-to-count communities. Three of these national partners will be presenting their findings.
    - SEPTEMBER 6: 3:00 - 4:00 PM: featuring Arisha Hatch, Color of Change
    - SEPTEMBER 12: 3:00 - 4:00 PM: featuring Arturo Vargas, NALEO
    - SEPTEMBER 20: 3:00 - 4:00 PM: featuring John Yang, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Civic Engagement

Voter Engagement Toolkits:


Stanford Social Innovation Review's Civil Society for the 21st Century Series: Some of today’s leading thinkers and practitioners explore important issues of civil society in the 21st century: its origins and evolution, its boundaries and blind spots, its values and variety, its obstacles and opportunities.

Taxing Nonprofits – UBIT


Bills Introduced to Repeal Taxes:

  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced companion legislation (S. 3317) to the Nonprofits Support Act (H.R. 6037) that eliminates both the new unrelated business income taxes on each “separate” “trade or business” and on transportation benefits.
  • Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced a bill (S. 3332) that mirrors one introduced by Representative Mark Walker (R-NC) that seeks to repeal the tax on transportation benefits (H.R. 6460).
  • Tim Delaney, of the National Council of Nonprofits, urges nonprofits to seek relief at the regulatory level as "few believe that Congress will take action on any of the measures this year."


  • Your voice matters. Go to the comment form on the IRS website. (In the line for Form/Instruction/Publication Number, type “Form 990-T") Insist that the government delay implementing the new UBIT subsections until one year after it issues Final Rules providing both the necessary guidance for compliance and a reasonable transition period for organizations to develop the necessary record-keeping systems.

Johnson Amendment

  • The US House of Representatives narrowly approved an appropriations bill (H.R. 6147) that includes a provision that would effectively undermine the Johnson Amendment, the longstanding provision of federal tax law that protects charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations from demands from politicians and others for endorsements and other support. The US Senate approved with broad bipartisan support its version fiscal 2019 spending package without harmful anti-Johnson Amendment rider adopted in the House-passed bill. The bills will go to conference committee where the differences in language will need to be resolved.
  • House Votes to Weaken Johnson Amendment - Independent Sector - 7-20-18 >>

Donor Advised Funds

Nonprofit Quarterly has published several articles about revisting regulation for Donor-Advised Funds. This most recent article, penned by five community foundation leaders, speaks to how they view the role of donor-advised funds and urges caution before rushing to regulation.


Primary Election

As part of its 2018 Election Program, CT Community Nonprofit Alliance has provided a summary of Connecticut's Primary Election Results for statewide offices, Federal offices, and the Connecticut General Assembly.

For Connecticut's Nonprofits, A Time Of Reckoning Series

The Connecticut Mirror’s multi-part series documents how state cuts are affecting nonprofit organizations providing services to Connecticut residents. The series was informed with input from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, and was supported by Fairfield County's Community Foundation, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Connecticut Community Foundation, and Main Street Community Foundation.

Part 1: August 6, 2018

Part 2: August 7, 2018

Part 3: August 8, 2018

Part 4: August 9, 2018

New State Laws Impacting Nonprofits

SALT (State and Local Tax Deduction)

From National Council of Nonprofits: The federal Office of Management and Budget has received and will soon publish proposed regulations to address the legality of new state laws that enable taxpayers to avoid the $10,000 cap on state and local taxes (SALT) enacted as part of the 2017 tax law. Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York approved laws that permit taxpayers to make donations to government-run nonprofits and treat the payments as a charitable donation for federal tax purposes. In May, the IRS announced it would be writing regulations on SALT workaround efforts, warning taxpayers that "federal law controls the proper characterization of payments for federal income purposes." Scholars noted, however, that states have been providing tax credits in exchange for charitable donations for many years, including other types of workaround schemes in more than half the states.

Civic Engagement

Get Out the Vote:

Candidate Forum:

Youth Organizing:

  Philanthropy News Links

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Aetna & Aetna Foundation

Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls


The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority

Connecticut Health Foundation

Connecticut Community Foundation

Chelsea Groton Foundation


Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Liberty Bank Foundation

Main Street Community Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

People's United Community Foundation

The Tow Foundation

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Western Connecticut

Valley Community Foundation

Other News Links


TD Charitable Foundation

  Grants and RFPs

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Perrin Family Foundation

  • AUGUST 31: RSVP deadline for mandatory Informational Sessions
  • SEPTEMBER 5 and SEPTEMBER 10: Manatory Informational Sessions
  • SEPTEMBER 23: Application deadline: Critically Conscious Youth Development Grant Program >>
    The framework of Critical Consciousness is the ability to recognize and analyze systems of inequality and develop a critical lens to navigate and challenge these systems. 

Trust for Learning

Grace Farms Foundation

The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation

The Fund for Greater Hartford

Main Street Community Foundation

The Rockfall Foundation

New Canaan Community Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

J. Walton Bissell Foundation

Connecticut Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Perrin Family Foundation

Other Grants and RFPs

Impact Fairfield County

Genesis Prize Foundation and Jewish Funders Network

  Events and Other Opportunities

Women & Girls' Fund Lunch & Learn >>

AUGUST 23: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Tunxis@Bristol, Bristol
The Women & Girls' Fund of Main Street Community Foundation is hosting a Lunch & Learn for local nonprofit professionals and volunteers to discuss the Fund’s grant process as well as the critical needs and issues local girls and women face. RSVP your attendance by August 18 to Julie Matthews, 860-583-6363, julie@mainstreetfoundation.org.

Cannon Estate Planning Teleconference Series >>

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut is pleased to host the Cannon Estate Planning Teleconference Series. These monthly teleconferences cover a wide range of wealth management and estate planning topics for professionals in those fields. AUGUST 28: Retirement Asset Planning for Estate Planners: Compelling Practical Advice; SEPTEMBER 25: Estate Planning and Administration Issues for the Elderly and Disabled; OCTOBER 23: Income Tax Considerations in Estate Planning and Estate Trust Administration; DECEMBER 11: Ensnared in an Ethics Trap: Navigating Conflicts of Interest

United Way Golf Tournament >>

SEPTEMBER 8: 8:00 AM: 18 Holes on the Gary Player Signature Course, Lyman Orchards Golf Club, 70 Lyman Road, Middlefield, CT
Join Comcast in their annual United Way Golf Tournament at Lyman Orchards Golf Club. Gather a foursome, enjoy a beautiful course, and raise money for a great cause. Single players are welcome and will be added to open spots. Participants do not need to be Comcast employees.

Community Conversation - A Partnership Supporting Bridgeport Families: Housing Stability for Children >>

SEPTEMBER 12: 12:00 - 12:40 PM: Webinar
Fairfield County's Community Foundation is hosting a series of specially-themed webinars to spark discussions and launch us into the years to come. Their September webinar will focus on the efforts of Action for Bridgeport Community Development, The Connection Inc., and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. They'll discuss their recent pilot of a housing stability screener for families with young children, and their ongoing work to expand the Home Works Program, which helps children and families connect to needed local services through a Family Navigator.

Young Philanthropist Program >>

SEPTEMBER 14: Application deadline
New Canaan Community Foundation is ecouraging local high school students to apply for their 2018-2019 Young Philanthropists Program. The Young Philanthropists Program teaches high school students about the role of nonprofit organizations in addressing community needs through a monthly curriculum, volunteering, and participation in a grantmaking process. The program is based on a different theme each year, and students are encouraged to participate throughout their high school career.

Progreso Latino Fund 15th Anniversary Gala >>

SEPTEMBER 15: 7:00 PM - Midnight: The Adanti Center Ball Room at SCSU, New Haven
Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Progresso Latino Fund. Enjoy fabulous food, great company, and dancing as they celebrate their 15th anniversary.

Celebrating Your Work, Sharing Our Stories >>

SEPTEMBER 20: 5:30 - 8:30 PM: New Haven
SEPTEMBER 22: 12:00 - 3:00 PM: Bridgeport
SEPTEMBER 27: 5:30 - 8:30 PM: Hartford
DECEMBER 13: 5:30 - 8:30 PM: Location TBD
William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is celebrating 25 years with six reflection events around the state. Each event will feature music, food, an uplifting atmosphere, story sharing, and community building activities. Former and current grantees, staff, and community members are all welcome to attend. The 25th year will culminate with a story sharing exhibit on December 13.

100 MEN's Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast >>

SEPTEMBER 26: 7:30 - 9:00 AM: Innovation Center at the Mandell JCC, West Hartford
Male community leaders will again join the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls in supporting its efforts to educate, engage, and empower the community to address issues facing women and girls in Greater Hartford. The kick-Off event will feature Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun.

Annual Nonprofit Conference: The Power of Nonprofits During Challenging Times >>

OCTOBER 2: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
This is the flagship event for CT Community Nonprofit Alliance. It's a statewide conference by and for nonprofits, and will feature keynote speaker, Maryum “May May” Ali. Ms. Ali is a social worker, activist and author, with a strong connection to the conference theme: “Power During Challenging Times.” The day also will feature a Candidate’s Forum for gubernatorial candidates on the general election ballot, and morning and afternoon breakout sessions to strengthen the leadership, management, and adaptive capacities of nonprofits.

Re-envisioning Our Field:  Advancing Racial Equity & Leading Innovation in Capacity Building >>

OCTOBER 10-12: Hartford Hilton, Hartford
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management's 2018 Annual Capacity Builder’s Conference is a one-of-a-kind, opportunity for capacity builders of every kind: consultants, coaches, funders, academics, and executives to come together. The conference provides the chance to convene, dialogue, learn, shape, and advance the field for the good of the nonprofits and communities they serve. The three-day event includes presentation opportunities with local nonprofits, work-sessions for affinity & interest groups, twenty-plus workshop sessions curated for capacity builders by capacity builders, and thought provoking plenary sessions. This is a critical time for the field to reflect, to learn together, and to consider how the work should evolve to address racial inequities in our society.

Grace Farms Foundation Annual Benefit >>

OCTOBER 13: Grace Farms, New Canaan
Grace Farms Foundation's 3rd Annual Benefit features fall vistas, seated dinner in the Court, live performance by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, and dancing. The benefit funds the Grace Farms Fund to keep Grace Farms and its programs publicly accessible.

12th Annual Cocktails @ 8  >>

OCTOBER 20: 8:00 PM: Location TBD
The Broad View Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 beneficiaries of the proceeds from the 12th Annual Cocktails @ 8. This year’s proceeds will help to support the collaborative exchange between Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, the Bristol Preschool Child Care Center, and the Talcott Center for Child Development. Together, they will be launching an innovative curriculum called “Bristol=Resilient Children.” This new pilot program will impact over 500 children and families annually at Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center (INMELC) and the Bristol Preschool Child Care Center (BPCC).

Annual Signature Breakfast >>

OCTOBER 26: 7:30 - 9:30 AM: Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford
Jennifer Openshaw, CEO of Girls with Impact is the keynote speaker for Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls' 13th Annual Signature Breakfast. Jennifer Openshaw is the CEO of Girls with Impact, equipping girls to become the next generation of leaders, and a national financial expert as seen on Oprah, Today, and Good Morning America. She founded and sold Women’s Financial Network, the first financial services company by women, for women, to Wall Street legend Muriel Siebert. As CEO, Jen was among a handful of female CEOs in Silicon Valley during the internet’s early rise, and was named among the Internet’s 25 Rising Stars. She served as host of ABC Radio’s “Winning Advice with Jennifer Openshaw,” and has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, where she served as national spokesperson and advisor on women. A regular fixture in the media, she is the author of three books, including The Millionaire Zone.         

  The power of good people

The Connecticut Community Foundation’s board has elected Brian M. Jones of Southbury and Stephen Seward of Roxbury to three-year terms on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Jones and Seward will join a board composed of local residents from across 21 towns in the Foundation’s service area in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. Douglas Johnson, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, said, “Brian Jones and Stephen Seward, with their enormous commitments to community service and to the region, will be extraordinary assets as we look to the future.”  Brian M. Jones has lived in Southbury since 1978. For the past 29 years, he has managed The Jones Financial Group at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company in Southbury. Stephen Seward, a Roxbury resident since 2003, has been a consultant in the nonprofit sector for over 35 years. Michael Giardina and Doug Johnson of Cheshire and Kathy Taylor of Waterbury were also re-elected to serve second three-year terms on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Edith Reynolds, Elner Morrell, and Dan Caron each are departing the board after completing six years of outstanding service. Read more >>

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford has announced the appointment of Jacob Schreiber as its president and CEO, effective September 1. Jacob’s professional career has been focused on leading Jewish communal organizations, including most recently as CEO of Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County, Florida. Jacob previously led the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, served as Executive Director at the Hillels of Georgia, has been an award-winning journalist, and was the Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. "I speak on behalf of the entire search committee and the Board of Trustees when I say how excited we are to have Jacob lead this new chapter for the Foundation," stated Leigh Newman, Board Chair. "Jacob brings a wealth of experience as a Jewish communal leader with a track record of innovation and creativity and a lifelong commitment to living Jewish values, the common thread that connects and inspires us all." Read more >>

Liberty Bank, Connecticut’s oldest bank, announced that Chandler J. Howard, president and chief executive officer, will retire at the end of the year. Howard has held this position since joining the Bank in 2007. Howard also holds the position of president for the Liberty Bank Foundation. “On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Chandler for all he has done to advance the Bank over the past decade. His steadfast leadership has resulted in tremendous growth while also nurturing an environment of teamwork and volunteerism that is unmatched in the industry,” said Mark Gingras, Chairman of the Board. Read more >>

New Canaan Community Foundation welcomes Sharon Stevenson as the foundation’s new Board Chair. Stevenson has served on NCCF’s Board since 2011. A resident of New Canaan since 2007, Sharon’s professional career has spanned international and domestic markets in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors for over 30 years. Stevenson follows Leo Karl III, who served as the foundation’s Board Chair since 2015. Karl completed his two-year term in this role, as well as an extension that helped him lead the foundation through a change in fiscal years. Read more >>


John Frascotti has been appointed to the Newman's Own Advisory Board which provides high-level advice and assistance on strategic matters to both Newman's Own Foundation and the food company, Newman's Own, Inc. Frascotti is president of Hasbro, Inc., where he has worked since 2008, helping to shape the company into a global brand and entertainment leader. In his current role as President, Frascotti is responsible for product design and development, global marketing, digital gaming, consumer product initiatives, global operations, sourcing, quality, and logistics at Hasbro. He has been at the company since 2008, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer and President of Hasbro Brands at Hasbro, Inc. "We are honored to have John Frascotti join the Newman's Own Advisory Board. With his deep and insightful consumer brand experience, along with his strategic vision, leadership, and deep commitment to the charitable sector, John will be a valued and trusted advisor to Newman's Own," said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman's Own Foundation and Co-Chairman of Newman's Own, Inc. "We look forward to his participation in helping Newman's Own continue Paul Newman's legacy of donating 100% of profits to charity with insight and integrity." Read more >>

Candis Gould has joined The Tow Foundation's team as Grants Manager. In her role, she will be responsible for supporting and enhancing the Foundation’s grantmaking ability through managing its grants management system and processes. Gould joins the Foundation after serving as the corporate services coordinator for Moran Towing Corporation, working closely with the senior vice president. Previously, Gould was an educator in inner-city schools and has experience in human resources. “Candis brings the tech and systems experience we need for this role. Her collaborative approach and passion for our grantees’ missions will make her an asset to both our team and grantee partners,” said Nadia Alia, director of operations. Read more >>

Bimal Patel has been named chair of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s 2018 Community Campaign. Patel is president of Hartford Hospital/Hartford Region and senior vice president of Hartford HealthCare. In his new role as Chair, he will serve on United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Board of Directors. "I said yes to chairing the 2018 United Way Community Campaign because making a difference in one person’s life has the power to affect many future generations," said Patel. "Many of us – myself included – can relate to that. I encourage our business leaders to help shape our future by giving more than a donation; their time, guidance, and leadership are profoundly impactful. United Way provides the structure and processes to support building a stronger community and we have to leverage its strength, expertise, and impact along with the incredible talent of our community in order to do that. United Way is finding innovative ways to solve challenging problems, and the solutions will not just affect today, but also the future for generations to come." Read more >>

United Way of Western Connecticut has announced that Sandra Ferreira-Molina has been named Director of DanburyWorks, an economic development collaborative of more than a dozen Danbury area organizations and institutions focused on lifting the number of immigrants and people of color out of poverty by 30 percent within 10 years. Ferreira-Molina will lead the activities of DanburyWorks to reduce barriers to programs and opportunities that can increase wage-earning potential by building trust among the diverse cultures in Danbury, improving proficiency of the English language, and increasing access to affordable quality childcare. "From her distinguished career in public service and experience in health policy, business development, and governmental affairs, Sandra brings extensive knowledge of the programmatic resources and effective outreach necessary for DanburyWorks to build trust in our community," said Kimberly Morgan, CEO of UWWC. "Her leadership in navigating this path to our greatest goals will bring the work of the DanburyWorks collaborative to the forefront of the community." Read more >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut is pleased to announce the appointment of Candida Flores to the Board of Directors. Candida, of New Britain, is currently the chief executive officer of Family Life Education, a community based health and social service organization in Hartford serving low income families. Candida’s career and leadership path includes the Hispanic Health Council, the DeStefano administration in New Haven, and current service on the board of Common Cause of Connecticut. Read more >> 


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