CT Philanthropy Digest - February 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018



SAVE the DATE: CCP's 2018 Conference on May 16 features Cristina Jiménez, United We Dream, and Grant Oliphant, The Heinz Endowments >>

Deadline Extended to Feb 15 - Nominate an Innovative Grantmakers >>

New Issue Brief Addresses Northwest Connecticut's Addiction Crisis >>

Hartford Selected to Participate in National Job Quality Initiative >>

Cities and Towns Sign On to New Sustainable CT Initiative >>

United Way Neighborhood Initiative Positively Impacting Literacy Assessment Scores >>

Foundation Releases Reports on New Britain and Waterbury >>

Partners Launch Reentry Welcome Center >>

New Assessment Process Can Help Ready Kids For Kindergarten >>


  Featured Philanthropy News 

SAVE the DATE: CCP's 2018 Conference on May 16 features Cristina Jiménez, United We Dream, and Grant Oliphant, The Heinz Endowments

With uncertainty at the federal level and significant challenges at the state level, this is a time for creativity, collaboration, and leadership. Join CCP and colleagues for this year's day-long conference.

The 2018 CCP Conference will bring together 300+ representatives of philanthropic organizations, and other colleagues from across the state to inspire emboldened leadership and collaboration in CT's philanthropic community. The Conference will feature two keynotes, networking, break-out sessions, CCP's Annual Meeting, and the presentation of the Roberts Innovation in Philanthropy Award. Learn more >>   

Deadline Extended to Feb 15 - Nominate an Innovative Grantmaker

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 and The Walker Group have been recipients. 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 for this award. The award will be given in conjunction with CCP’s Philanthropy Conference on May 16. Learn more and access the nomination materials >>    

New Issue Brief Addresses Northwest Connecticut's Addiction CrisisCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

The Foundation for Community Health has launched a new publication series, Cultivating Solutions, designed to share information, raise awareness and advocate for change.

The inaugural publication, Addressing Northwest Connecticut's Addiction Crisis, tackles the addiction epidemic via an issue brief, future editions may vary in composition or format depending on the topic.

The 4-page issue brief provides data and infographics about the addiction epidemic, as well as information about what is being done and what can be done to solve the problem.

Read more >>     

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoHartford Selected to Participate in National Job Quality Initiative

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is awarding $100,000 to Workforce Solutions of Metro Hartford to advance job quality strategies in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. The grants, made possible through The Prudential Foundation, will enable local employers to incorporate new skill development strategies and business practices that will improve their competitiveness and result in better jobs for workers. Workforce Solutions of Metro Hartford was chosen from the National network of more than 30 communities to lead this innovative program. The selected communities— Hartford, Atlanta, Boston, and Dallas —will develop and share successful approaches to improving the quality of frontline positions.

“As a leading founder of Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford, United Way is committed to connecting those in need with quality jobs that can help people in our communities find their way to a more financially secure future,” said Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with Workforce Solutions to advance job quality strategies in the manufacturing and healthcare industries.” Read more >>      

Cities and Towns Sign On to Sustainable CT InitiativeCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Hampshire Foundation, and Common Sense Fund are helping municipalities embrace sustainability as community and economic development. Support from the three foundations has helped regional representatives from Connecticut’s towns and cities, along with key agencies and businesses, to develop Sustainable CT. The new initiative is a voluntary certification program to recognize Connecticut municipalities for making their communities more vibrant, resilient, and livable. Read more >>

The greening trend is catching on; Just 10 weeks since its launch, 13 towns and cities have signed on to the Sustainable CT initiative: Brookfield, Burlington, Durham, Greenwich, Hamden, Hartford, Killingly, Madison, Middletown, Milford, Roxbury, Torrington, and Wilton.    

United Way Neighborhood Initiative Positively Impacting Literacy Assessment ScoresCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

Danbury’s Park Avenue School’s early reading scores show an increase of more than 10%, and for students involved in interventions by United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) that increase was more than 30%. For the past four years, UWWC has spearheaded an effort to prepare children living in Danbury’s Park Avenue neighborhood for early school success. In the spring of 2016, 42% of Park Avenue Kindergarteners met the school district benchmark on the Early Literacy STAR assessment. By the spring of 2017, that number was up to 48%. For students whose families were involved in UWWC’s early learning programs, that number was 57%.

“We’re excited that we are able to measure some real results this year,” said Kimberly Morgan, CEO of UWWC. “Obviously, Park Avenue School’s wonderful teaching staff deserve a lot of credit, but we think our early literacy initiatives contributed significantly to student improvement as well.”

UWWC’s work at Park Avenue has been supported by the Pitney Bowes Foundation, which funds playgroups at Park Avenue for parents and children who are unable to attend a formal preschool. The playgroups help children with social skills, teach parents how to promote learning in the home, and screen children for developmental delays.

The Park Avenue Initiative also has been supported by The Grossman Family Foundation, which funds a bilingual school liaison, a community garden, and a Walking School Bus initiative. It also funds a summer skills program for children who have been identified as needing substantial help with skills before they enter kindergarten, as well as a nationally recognized program for Latino parents called Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors. Read more >>   

Foundation Releases Reports on New Britain and WaterburyCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

The cities of New Britain and Waterbury have made significant progress on many key human services issues over the past decade, according to the 2018: A Demographic, Social & Environmental Scan reports released by the American Savings Foundation. The Foundation released a separate report for each city. The comprehensive reports draw together data from a wide variety of sources on more than 50 important indicators, from housing costs to preschool enrollment to high school graduation rates.

“Our board wants to understand how the work we and so many others are doing is helping to ‘move the needle.’  This report also helps identify where future investments can make the greatest impact,” said Maria Falvo, president and CEO of American Savings Foundation. “There are a number of positive trends in this report. One example in both cities is the reduction in the rate of births to teen mothers from 2006 to 2014.  Although these rates remain higher than the state average, the progress is encouraging.”


Partners Launch Reentry Welcome CenterCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving announced a three-year, $450,000 grant to Community Partners in Action (CPA), working with the City of Hartford, and other partners, to establish a one-stop Reentry Welcome Center for returning citizens in the City of Hartford.  In March of last year, the Foundation awarded a $50,000 planning grant to CPA to develop a roadmap for establishing a reentry center. This effort included the development of the report, The Greater Hartford Re-Entry Center Plan: A Welcome Center for People Returning From Jail and Prison.

The Reentry Welcome Center will serve approximately 150 returning citizens each year for three years. Returning citizens will be able to access support and services offered by a variety of community organizations, from basic needs like food and clothing to services like substance abuse treatment and job training, and educational opportunities.  The Center will also serve as a data collection hub and track referral outcomes across partners.  Other partners contributing to this effort include the Connecticut Department of Correction, the Court Support Services Division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University, and Capitol Workforce Partners.

“We are pleased to support the creation of this much-needed resource for returning citizens to Greater Hartford communities,” said Hartford Foundation director of Grants and Partnership Investments Judy McBride. “CPA's coordination with stakeholders – including State and Hartford agencies – makes the launch of the Center viable, allowing for a more coordinated, systemic approach to how recently released returning citizens are reintegrated, and providing direct access to support and additional programs. Commitments of the City of Hartford and partners to provide essential services make such a change possible despite limited City and State financial resources.” Read more >>   

Assessment Process Can Help Kids Be Ready For KindergartenCCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

A new report, A Better Way to Assess Developmental Needs in Early Childhood Systems, released by the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI), a subsidiary of the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, examines how Connecticut and communities in four other states are using a new assessment process to efficiently assess and address the needs of children with mild to moderate behavioral and developmental concerns.

Mid-level Development Assessment (MLDA) helps identify children (younger than 6) with mild to moderate behavioral and developmental concerns who will likely not qualify for publicly funded intervention services. MLDA offers early childhood systems a cost-effective alternative to a full evaluation. When a comprehensive early childhood system uses MLDA, children with mild to moderate delays can be linked to the community-based developmental services they need in order to arrive at kindergarten ready to learn. 

“Too many kids go through expensive and unnecessary evaluations and their parents learn that their children’s needs don’t meet the threshold for publicly funded intervention services and they are turned away,” said Lisa Honigfeld, Vice President for Health at CHDI and co-author of the report. “We set out to show that a new assessment process could more efficiently ensure that children with mild to moderate delays receive community-based early interventions through Help Me Grow.” Learn more >>    

Let Your Voice Be Heard: PolicyWorks Institute & Foundations on the Hill

Now is Not the Time to Stand on the Sidelines

Join CCP and foundations from across the country at Foundations on the Hill. Following a tough 2017, it's more important than ever for us to come together, hone our messaging, and bring a strong, collective voice to Capitol Hill. We must share our stories and demonstrate the value and impact of the work of the charitable sector.

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 >>

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 >>

Photo: Connecticut delegation (CCP President Karla Fortunato; Michael Johnston, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford; Linda Franciscovich, The Grossman Family Foundation; Nancy Von Euler, Fairfield County's Community Foundation; and CCP Board Chair Judith Meyers, Children's Fund of Connecticut) visits with Representative Esty in Washington, DC during FOTH 2017.

Federal Tax Reform

State Policy Coverage

 A new economic stability commission has been launched, this and recent stories related to Connecticut's fiscal health:

  Philanthropy News Links

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

Aetna Foundation and Aetna

American Savings Foundation


Bank of America

J. Walton Bissell Foundation

Chelsea Groton Foundation

Comcast Foundation

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Connecticut Community Foundation

Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority

Connecticut Health Foundation

Eversource Energy

Everyday Democracy

Farmington Bank Community Foundation

Grace Farms Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Liberty Bank Foundation

Lincoln Financial Foundation

Main Street Community Foundation

Newman's Own Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

People's United Community Foundation

SBM Charitable Foundation

United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

United Way of Connecticut

Valley Community Foundation

Webster Bank

Non-Member News Links

Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin

Dutch Point Credit Union

Elsie Brown Fund


Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation

Hearst Foundations

Knights of Columbus

Lyman Orchards

Morgan Stanley Foundation

National Science Foundation

Thomas and Mary Alice O'Malley

PSEG Foundation

Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation

United Bank Foundation

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut

  Grants and RFPs

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

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Connecticut Community Foundation

The Donaghue Foundation

Main Street Community Foundation

New Canaan Community Foundation

Branford Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and American Savings Foundation

Aurora Women and Girls Foundation

J. Walton Bissell Foundation


Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

Peoples United Community Foundation

United Way of Western Connecticut

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Perrin Family Foundation

Non-Member Grants and RFPs

CT Humanities

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation

Fannie Mae

West Hartford Chamber of Commerce

   Scholarships and Student Opportunities

Bank of America

Connecticut Community Foundation

Connecticut Bar Foundation

The Rockfall Foundation

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Main Street Community Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving


  Events and Other Opportunities

Yale Philanthropy Conference >>

FEBRUARY 23: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm: Yale School of Management, New Haven
The Yale Philanthropy Conference is an interdisciplinary forum for current and future leaders focused on the business of social change. Now in its fourteenth year, the Yale Philanthropy Conference is the only convening of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector planned entirely by MBA students. Keynote Speakers are Aaron Dorfman, president and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP); and Andrea Levere, president of Prosperity Now (formerly CFED).

Fairfield County's Giving Day >>CCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

MARCH 1, 2018: Fairfield County's Giving Day 2018
Powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, this dynamic 24-hour fundraising event unites our community around local causes that are closest to your hearts. Working to raise as much money as possible in a single day, the Community Foundation brings together individuals, families, nonprofits and companies – like lead sponsor Bank of America. The region’s biggest philanthropic event, Giving Day 2017 made a huge impact by raising nearly $1.5 million, which was donated by 13,000+ individuals in support of 414 local nonprofits.

Symposium: Site Development Considerations for Our Changing Weather: It Isn't Just LID >> CCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

MARCH 22: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, UCONN Middlesex County Extension Office, Haddam
The Rockfall Foundation's annual symposium will examine four completed municipal site development projects - a low impact development (LID) residential development, an impervious pavement parking lot, an eco-friendly commercial development, and a municipal storm water upgrade - to learn more about both the long and short term challenges and successes to the environment. For additional information, email The Rockfall Foundation or call 860-347-0340.

The Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon >>CCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

APRIL 5, 2018: Greenwich Hyatt Regency, Greenwich
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls will celebrate its 20th anniversary of making a difference for women and girls throughout Fairfield County. The Annual Luncheon will feature an inspirational champion for social justice and equality, Billie Jean King as their keynote speaker. Over the years, the luncheon has raised more than $5 million that have been invested in sustainable solutions leading to economically secure and healthy women and girls throughout Fairfield County.

The Wonder of Women >>CCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

APRIL 24, 2018: 5:30 - 8:30 PM, The Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville
The Women & Girls' Fund of Main Street Community Foundation presents its annual event whose proceeds support grants that make it possible for women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott to improve the conditions and opportunities in their lives. The Wonder of Women guest speaker is Comedian Jane Condon who will present an inspirational speech, "How to Get Happy," followed by a standup routine.

Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills >>CCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

APRIL 24-25, 2018: Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills
Hosted by Connecticut Community Foundation and sponsored by Ion Bank for the sixth consecutive year, Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills will be held on April 24-25, 2018 to benefit the vital work of hundreds of nonprofit organizations in our region. A fun and inspiring 36-hour online giving event, Give Local unites donors, businesses, and organizations in giving back to the communities where we live, work and play. During the give-a-thon, every dollar donated at www.givelocalCCF.org is stretched with bonus funds provided by Connecticut Community Foundation and generous sponsors, adding excitement and incentives, while raising essential funds for the work of local nonprofits.

The Great Give >>CCP-The-power-of-membership-logo

MAY 1-2, 2018: The Great Give to Greater New Haven Nonprofits
The 36-hour online giving event to support Greater New Haven nonprofits is set to run from 8 a.m. on May 1 through 8 p.m. on May 2, 2018. Nonprofits with profiles on giveGreater.org® are eligible to participate in the annual giving event and win thousands of dollars in grant prizes from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and its partner in philanthropy, the Valley Community Foundation. Nearly 8,000 individuals participated in The Great Give® 2017, which raised nearly $1.3 Million for nonprofits serving The Foundation’s 20-town service area.    

  The power of good people


United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) has had six new members join its Board of Directors over the past year. The following new members joined the board:  Mark Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Pitney Bowes; Sonii Kollie, Environmental Coordinator, Kimberly Clark Corporation; Aaron Meyer, Managing Director, Man Group-GLG Silvermine; Natasha Williams, Managing Partner, N-Touch Strategies; Eric Duenwald, Treasurer, Synchrony Financial; and Tamara Brown, Director of Sustainable Development and Community Development, Praxair, Inc. “We are so pleased that this outstanding group of professionals have joined our Board of Directors,” Kimberly Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of UWWC. “Each of these individuals brings their own passion for being involved in the work we are doing in our communities to support hard- working, struggling households. We look forward to having their experience and insights on our board.” Read more >>

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoThe Valley Community Foundation (VCF) welcomes James Hodge, Angela Powers, and Jack Walsh to the VCF Board of Directors and bids farewell to Will Ginsberg, Bill Nimons, and Diane Stroman as they conclude their terms. Sharon Closius, VCF President and CEO, said: “On behalf of the VCF Board of Directors, we would like to thank Will Ginsberg, Bill Nimons, and Diane Stroman for their terms of dedicated service to the Valley community. Our organization has grown dramatically under their tenure. We are also thrilled to welcome James Hodge, Angela Powers, and Jack Walsh to our Board. They each bring a range of diversified knowledge and a history of community involvement to our organization and will play a key role in helping VCF build philanthropy in the Valley.” Read more >>

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoJoe Gianni will succeed Kevin Cunningham as Bank of America's market president, serving as the company’s enterprise leader in Hartford. As market president for Hartford, Gianni will work across the region to connect businesses, families and individuals to Bank of America’s banking and investment teams. He will also lead the effort to direct the bank’s resources in the market and the region to address local priorities and help build strong communities. “Joe’s knowledge of the Hartford market and leadership as market president will ensure we’re helping to make our customers’ and clients’ financial lives better, through the power of every connection we can make with them,” said Brian Moynihan, chief executive officer, Bank of America.

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoMendi Blue-Paca was recently named as vice president of community impact by the Fairfield County's Community Foundation. Mendi will lead the Foundation's grantmaking and major community initiatives to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County, including the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Fund for Women and Girls and Thrive by 25. She is the key liaison between the Foundation and the nonprofit community, external constituent groups and local elected officials. Mendi brings diverse, cross-sector leadership experience to the Foundation. She has been a strategic consultant to more than 40 of the largest US-based philanthropic organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates, Ford, William and Flora Hewlett, W.K. Kellogg, Robert Wood Johnson, David and Lucile Packard and Walton Family foundations. Mendi has also served in public sector leadership positions, most recently as the Director of Development and Policy for the City of New Haven, where she secured $15 million in competitive funding for the city and developed strategies for innovation, advocacy and process improvement. Learn more >>

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoHartford Foundation for Pubic Giving announced two changes in senior staff. Bonnie J. Malley has been named vice president of finance and administration. Malley has been serving as chief operating officer for the City of Hartford since July 2016 and had previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at The Phoenix Cos. Prior to her role as Chief Financial Officer at Phoenix, Malley served as chief administrative officer, responsible for overseeing human resources, information technology and other administrative functions. As part of the Hartford Foundation’s executive leadership team, Malley will play a critical role in advancing the organization’s mission by marshalling the financial, technological, and human resources needed to sustain current and emerging work. Read more >>

Elysa Gordon has been appointed to serve as vice president and senior advisor to the president. Gordon previously served as the Foundation’s senior advisor to the president, but now has expanded responsibilities overseeing the Foundation’s new evaluation and research unit and will continue to direct the organization’s public policy activities. Under Gordon’s leadership, the new evaluation and research unit will build on the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to collect and share more data about Foundation investments as well as its community indicators project, including the creation of the Metro Hartford Progress Points partnership. Read More >>

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoThe William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund announces the appointment of William “Billy” Johnson as the Director of Educational Strategy. “I am pleased that Billy has agreed to take on this new position, to help us continue to evolve our strategies for reaching equity in education across Connecticut,” said David Addams, Executive Director of the Memorial Fund. “In March, he will begin his work, meeting with those in education, philanthropy, our grantees, and, in particular, community leaders including families and youth who are working diligently to see that children have every opportunity for an equitable education.” Certified by the State of Connecticut to be a school superintendent, Mr. Johnson has most recently served as Assistant Superintendent in Windham, Director of Instruction for New Haven, Principal of the Domus Academy in New Haven and Principal of the Julia Stark Elementary School in Stamford. Read more >>

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logoJay Williams, president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, is one of Hartford Business Journal's Five to Watch in 2018. HBJ's article, Williams Anticipating More Nonprofit Funding Requests Amid Budget Constraints, gives insight to the Foundation's priorities and operations in 2018.


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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.