CT Philanthropy Digest - December 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Please note: CCP offices will close for the holidays on December 22, and will reopen on January 2, 2018. 


Call for Nominations! - Innovation in Philanthropy Award >>

Ongoing Aid for Puerto Rico -- In Connecticut and on the Island >>

Challenge Moves Forward for CT’s Working Cities >>

Multimedia Exhibit Focuses on West Hartford's Diversity >>

Film and Television Students to Use Grant to Inspire Inclusion >>

CCSU to Offer Innovative Course in Philanthropy >>

Policy Update >>


  Featured Philanthropy News 

Call for Nominations! - Innovation in Philanthropy Award

CCP is calling for nominations for the Nancy P. Roberts Award, which honors a foundation or grantmaking organization for innovation in philanthropy. Nominee innovation must be for philanthropic activity that has some demonstrable impact or effect in Connecticut—statewide, in a region or in a community. The Melville Charitable Trust received the first Roberts Award in 2014, and The Walker Group received the award the following year. The Roberts Award is given biennially. Types of innovation in philanthropy can include, but are not limited to:

- Forming a creative public/private partnership
- Encouraging a paradigm shift
- Developing an unusual collaboration
- Engaging in creative funding or investing
- Implementing a unique grantmaking strategy
- Leveraging resources by engaging in public policy activities
- Creating a culture of learning

Anyone may nominate current Connecticut Council for Philanthropy members; individuals are not eligible. Anyone may nominate a member funder. The award will be given in conjunction with CCP’s Philanthropy Conference in Spring 2018. Learn more and access the nomination materials >>    

Ongoing Aid for Puerto Rico -- In Connecticut and on the IslandCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

As reported last month by the Perrin Family Foundation, there is still an unprecedented need for aid in Puerto Rico. CCP members are continuing to help Puerto Rico, both on the Island, and as many leave to live with family members here in Connecticut:

Learn more @ CCP's Relief for Disasters >>         

Challenge Moves Forward for CT’s Working Cities

Today, we are celebrating the passion, collaborative spirit, and ingenuity of Connecticut residents to push forward proposals toward bettering their cities and our state economy.”

Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s words echoed throughout Real Art Ways in Hartford during an April celebration honoring ten Connecticut city teams pursuing collaborative and ambitious economic development strategies to improve the lives of their low-income residents through the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge—a grant competition designed to build cross-sector (public, private, and nonprofit) collabora­tion to solve issues impacting the lives of lower-in­come residents and communities of color.

The teams were awarded $15,000 grants to support a six-month “design phase,” and over the past six months, have been doing the difficult work of building their collaboratives, engaging their communities in a meaningful way, and refining their initiative proposals. Many Connecticut teams’ efforts are focused on workforce development and take into consideration racial equity challenges that have persisted in the state.

In early 2018, up to five winning teams will be selected for larger awards expected to be $450,000-$475,000 to implement their initiatives over a three-year period. Funding for the competition is provided by the State of Connecticut, national and local philanthropic, public, and private organizations; the Boston Fed provides leadership and strategic staff support.

For more information, visit bostonfed.org/workingcities or contact David Radcliffe, director of the Connecticut Working Cities Challenge.  

Multimedia Exhibit Focuses On West Hartford's DiversityCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

With a $50,000 Inspiring Equity grant from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, West Hartford Public Schools, in collaboration with The Bridge Family Center, created a 2-day interactive, multi-media exhibit, "We All Have a Story to Tell: Inspiring Equity Through Community Conversations," and published a companion book.

We All Have a Story to Tell showcases the stories of a cross-section of community members from West Hartford. Through narrative, the project vividly captures how these individuals work to correct social injustices and create positive social change. Portraits will be posted on the district's Equity and Diversity Council’s (EDC) webpage of whps.org. The companion book of still photographs will be placed in schools, libraries, and elsewhere in the community, and the exhibit is expected to have a permanent home. Read more @ Hartford Courant >>    

Film and Television Students to Use Grant to Inspire InclusionCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

Sacred Heart University’s Film and Television Master’s Program has received a $20,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to develop a series of one-minute films promoting inclusion and diversity. For this project, students, alumni, and faculty will work together to create a narrative series with a unifying message. Students will learn by executing all stages of creative development, from concept to production to post-production. The process will serve as model for students in their professional and creative careers. “Everyone who contributes to these commercials will learn how to tell stories with inclusion and diversity of perspective,” said Damon Maulucci, visiting assistant professor. Maulucci said the short films will depict “slice-of-life” moments when people subvert our expectations. Spots will promote acts of kindness and will aim to invoke compassion and inspire people to help and serve others. “Our hope is that everyone can relate to these spots,” Maulucci said, adding that he’s excited to show off the students’ work. Read more >>

CCSU to Offer Innovative Course in PhilanthropyCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

Central Connecticut State University is offering an innovative course in the practice of philanthropy. The ambitious 16-week course, Peace Studies 210: Introduction to Philanthropy, will begin in January and include 25 presenters from local nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. As part of the course, students will study local needs, create a case study, and write a proposal following the American Savings Foundation grant-making guidelines. At the end of the course, up to two of these projects may each be funded with a $5,000 grant from the American Savings Foundation. "There is so much to like about this course," notes Maria Falvo, president of the American Savings Foundation. "For one, many of these young people may go on to work at or volunteer with nonprofits. They may be fortunate enough to become donors themselves. This essential training lays the groundwork for a future in philanthropy." Read more >>  

Federal Tax Reform

The Tax Bill was passed by the House on Tuesday and the Senate early Wednesday morning. The House will need to revote on three small components of the bill. President Trump is expected to sign the bill by Christmas.

  • The estate tax is maintained, but the exemption is doubled to about $22 million.
  • A new 1.4 percent excise tax on investment income will affect some private colleges and universities with very large endowments.
  • An excise tax of 21 percent on compensation above $1 million for a nonprofit’s top five highest-paid employees.
  • No changes to the excise tax on foundations’ investment income.
  • No changes to policies regulating donor-advised funds.
  • Donors will be able to receive a charitable tax deduction for cash gifts of up to 60 percent of their adjusted gross income, up from the current limit of 50 percent.
  • No changes to tax-exempt private-activity bonds, which some nonprofits use to finance community-development projects.

State Fiscal Crisis Coverage

Recent stories related to Connecticut's fiscal health:

Policy Related Events

Join CCP and the Connecticut delegation at these 2018 policy meetings in Washington, DC.

PolicyWorks Institute 2018: March 11-12, 2018
The PolicyWorks Institute is the one opportunity each year for regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations to take a “deep dive” together to strengthen their policy and advocacy work in philanthropy. This year's Institute will be held in conjunction with Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). Learn more >>

Foundations on the Hill 2018: March 12-14, 2018
Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) brings together foundation leaders from across the country for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. FOTH is presented by United Philanthropy Forum, in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Council on Foundations. CCP will be organizing a Connecticut delegation for this most critical year in Washington, DC. Learn more >>  

  Philanthropy News Links

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

Aetna Foundation and Aetna

Aurora Women and Girls Foundation


Bank of America

Boehringer-Ingelheim Cares Foundation

Branford Community Foundation

Citizens Bank

Comcast Foundation

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

Dominion Energy

Donaghue Foundation

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Farmington Bank

The Grossman Family Foundation

The Hampshire Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

Lawson Valentine Foundation

Liberty Bank Foundation

Main Street Community Foundation

The Melville Charitable Trust

MetroHartford Alliance

New Canaan Community Foundation

Newman's Own Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Nutmeg Foundation

People's United Community Foundation

SBM Charitable Foundation

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

United Way of Greater New Haven

United Way of Western Connecticut

Valley Community Foundation

Non-Member News Links

Remembering the Sandy Hook Victims - Hartford Courant (12/14/17)

Common Sense Fund

William C. Bullitt Foundation

Bracketts for Good

First County Bank Foundation

Michael J. Fox Foundation

Gowrie Group

The Hartford

Hartford Bishop's Foundation

Ion Bank


Joyce and Andrew Mandell

William and Alice Mortensen Foundation

Thomaston Savings Bank

Union Savings Bank Foundation

United Bank Foundation

Walmart Foundation

Wells Fargo

Peter J. Werth

  Grants and RFPs

Member Grants and RFPsCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Branford Community Foundation

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

Cox Communications

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

American Savings Foundation

Connecticut Community Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

The Donaghue Foundation

J. Walton Bissell Foundation

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Perrin Family Foundation

Non-Member Grants and RFPs

Brackets for Good

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation

  Scholarships & Student Opportunities

Bank of America

Connecticut Bar Foundation

The Rockfall Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving



  The power of good people

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoMary Tullis Engvall, of Canton, is the new director of civic affairs, corporate responsibility and executive director of the Cigna Foundation. In this role, Engvall leads the strategy and practices for Cigna's corporate giving, employee volunteerism and community impact initiatives. Through the Cigna Foundation, she and her team manage charitable grants to nonprofit organizations, primarily through Cigna’s World of Difference grant program, focused on improving and supporting health equity and community health navigation. These philanthropic partnerships work to address health disparities and respond to community needs in ways that are sustainable, scalable, and effective.  Read more >>

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoThe MetroHartford Alliance's Executive Committee recently voted to appoint Nancy Wheeler, senior vice president and executive director for investor relations, as the organization's interim president and CEO, effective January 1, 2018. "We have a tremendous team and foundation in place at the Alliance and I look forward to continuing to build value for our investors," says Wheeler. "I have enjoyed working alongside Oz, who made a lasting impact on this organization and community and I look forward to serving in this new role and a successful transition to a new CEO." Read more >>

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoThe Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut welcomed three new trustees at its annual meeting in November: Mary Broderick, Harry Ferguson, and Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba. Mary Broderick of East Lyme is an education advocate committed to equity and social justice. Mystic resident Harry Ferguson practiced law in Connecticut and Massachusetts and has a rich history of board service and volunteerism on behalf of youth and families. Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba of Niantic has served as the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe since 2010, and is the first female Chief in the tribe’s modern history. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees also instated new officers: Steve Larcen of Niantic will serve as chair; David Schulz of Mystic as vice chair; Cathy Bokoff of Norwich as secretary; and Ed Higgins of Woodstock as treasurer. Read more >>

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logo The American Savings Foundation recently elected two new directors: Michael Carrier, a Partner at Weber & Carrier, LLP in New Britain; and Caitlyn Prescott, director of commercial New York/New Jersey finance at Aetna. Read @ New Britain Herald >>


CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoThe Trust for Learning, a group of grantmakers that accelerates the supply of ideal learning programs, welcomes Libby Doggett to its board of advisors. Libby brings more than 40 years of leadership and management skills honed through work in schools, Head Start and child care with children of all abilities, to building public will and creating strong coalitions to improve children’s readiness for Kindergarten. Recently Libby served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the US Department of Education overseeing both the Early Learning Challenge and the Preschool Development Grant Programs. Read more >>

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logo The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Progreso Latino Fund featured State Senator George Logan in its Celebrating Latino Leaders series. Senator Logan, serving in the 17th District Connecticut General Assembly, is a New Haven native and came gradually to politics and government, first serving his community through volunteering. Read more >>


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  About CCP and Connecticut Philanthropy Digest

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) is an association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good.

CCP's members are foundations, business and corporate giving programs, bank trusts, donor-advised funds, and individual philanthropists. CCP members grant more than $858 million from assets of more than $7.6 billion.

The Connecticut Philanthropy Digest (Digest) is brought to you by the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. Edited by Laurie Allen, Director of Communications. The Digest is a summary of recent activities by Connecticut foundations and grantmakers, and is compiled and distributed monthly to media outlets, local legislators, and grantmakers to raise the profile of philanthropy throughout Connecticut. News about Connecticut funders may be submitted to CCP for consideration. 2018 Publication Dates: January 31; March 8; April 18; May 17; June 21; August 2; September 13; October 25; November 29. Submission Deadlines: Close of business one week before the publication date.