CT Philanthropy Digest - February 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Call for Philanthropy Awards Nominations >>








CCP to Hold State Budget Impact Forum

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is presenting a State Budget Impact Forum on March 7 in Hartford, about 2 weeks after the release of Governor Lamont’s budget proposal. The event will bring the philanthropic community together with experts and state leaders to deepen its understanding of the state of the state – what current economic projections are, what they mean for the state budget, and how those factors will impact the issues philanthropy is most deeply focused on education, health and economic security. Speakers include: Prabal Chakrabarti, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Steven Hernández, Esq., Interim Executive Director, CT Commission on Equity and Opportunity; Governor Ned Lamont (invited); Paul Mounds, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, State of Connecticut, Governor's Office; Keith Phaneuf, State Budget Reporter, CT Mirror; Jim Smith, Chairman, Webster Bank; and Representative Toni Walker, Chairwoman, Appropriations Committee (invited).

Join your grantmaking colleagues and other leaders as we discuss these critical issues and how the philanthropic community can engage. Breakfast will be provided. The Forum is presented by the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and sponsored by The Nutmeg Foundation. Learn more and register >>

CCP Announces 2019 Conference Keynote Speaker


Tuesday, May 7, 2019
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Omni New Haven Hotel
Connect, Learn and Be Inspired


Titus Kaphar, an award-winning artist, 2018 MacAruthur Genius Fellow, and founder and president of NXTHVN will be the keynote speaker for CCP's Annual 2019 Conference, Reimagining Philanthropy: Strategies for Success. The conference will be presented on May 7 at the Omni New Haven Hotel. With its 50th Anniversary on the horizon, CCP's Annual Conference will focus on exploring a vision for the years ahead. Speakers and sessions will help attendees reimagine philanthropic practice, leadership, and impact.

CCP's 2019 Conference is for staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations. Staff and trustees of nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and elected officials are invited to attend the keynote lunch.   

Call for Philanthropy Awards Nominations

Honor a colleague or community leader by submitting a nomination for CCP's Philanthropy Awards. Award recipients will be recognized at CCP's Annual Conference on May 7 at the Omni New Haven Hotel. The nomination deadline is March 15. So start the process now by learning about the awards criteria and downloading the nomination materials. Grantmakers and nonprofits may nominate for the awards. Visit the Philanthropy Awards webpage >>


John H. Filer Award honors individual(s) who have demonstrated leadership in encouraging private action for the public good in Connecticut.

Martha S. Newman Award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding staff performance in serving the philanthropic community.

Photo: 2017 John H. Filer Awardee Sheila Perrin, Perrin Family Foundation co-founder and board chair (center), with Co-founder and Board Member Charlie Perrin, and Fairfield County's Community Foundation President Juanita James.     


    A more robust policy update will be forthcoming, but we wanted to share two important new items about the Census 2020 in Connecticut and the Governor's letter on the budget.

    Census 2020 - Connecticut Complete Count Committee Launched

    Last week, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz announced the launch of the Connecticut Complete Count Committee (CCCC) to inform and help direct the State's efforts in the upcoming 2020 Census. The Connecticut Complete Count Committee is an advisory panel of community leaders who represent diverse populations from across the state including elected officials, faith leaders, community health centers, chambers of commerce, community activists and heads of housing authorities. Committee members include CCP members Jay Williams, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Julio Conception, MetroHartford Alliance and Hartford Chamber of Commerce; and Will Ginsberg, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; and Connecticut Council for Philanthropy President Karla Fortunato. The members will work to analyze previous census undercounts and recommend strategies to ensure a full count in Connecticut. The statewide committee will also assist municipal governments with forming Local Complete Count Committees (LCCC). Read the full press release >>

    Governor Lamont Issues Open Letter

    Earlier this week Governor Lamont issued an open letter to all Connecticut residents, a heads up before the release of his proposed Connecticut State Budget on February 20. He touches on addressing fixed costs and jump-starting the Connecticut economy. Funders that are interested in the state budget and how it will affect the issues philanthropy is focused on can learn more at CCP's State Budget Impact Forum on March 7th at the Hilton Hartford. Register now >>   


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

    Aetna Foundation and Aetna

    American Savings Foundation

    Avangrid Foundation

    Bank of America

    Chelsea Groton Foundation

    Cigna Foundation

    The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

    Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

    Connecticut Community Foundation

    Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority



    Fairfield County's Community Foundation

    William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

    Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

    Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

    Liberty Bank Foundation

    Main Street Community Foundation

    Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

    The Rockfall Foundation

    The Tow Foundation

    United Technologies Corporation

    United Way of Connecticut

    United Way of Western Connecticut

    Other News Links

    Community Fund of Darien


    Connecticut State Office of the Arts


    United Bank

      GRANTS and RFPs

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

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

    Fairfield County's Community Foundation

    Foundation for Community Health

    The ZOOM Foundation

    J. Walton Bissell Foundation

    Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

    Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation


    Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

    Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

    Farmington Bank Community Foundation

    Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

    Branford Community Foundation

    The Guilford Foundation

    Main Street Community Foundation

    The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

    Ahearn Family Foundation

    Liberty Bank Foundation

    Other Grants and RFPs

    NBCUniversal Foundation, along with NBC and Telemundo Owned Television Stations

    The Kresge Foundation


    The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced new board leadership. Khalilah Brown-Dean will serve as chair of the board of directors. An associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University, Brown-Dean is an expert on the political dynamics surrounding the American criminal justice system and a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, CNN, Ebony.com and other media outlets. She was appointed to the board in 2015. "Nick" Norcott, Jr., the new board vice chair, is a retired state judge who served on the Connecticut Supreme Court for 22 years. He was appointed to the board in 2016. Terry H. Jones, of Shelton, was appointed by The Foundation Trustees Committee for a seven-year term beginning January 1, 2019. Jones has run the seven-generation Jones Family Farms for 50 years. He is also the vice president of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Board of Control, a member of the Shelton Economic Development Commission, and chairman of CT Working Land's Alliance. Read more >>

    The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is pleased to announce three new appointments to its board of directors. Estela López of East Hartford, and I. Charles Matthews and Mark Overmyer-Velázquez of West Hartford will each begin their terms on January 1, 2019 on the Board of the Hartford Foundation. Dr. Estela López, who received her appointment from the members of the Hartford Foundation’s Board of Directors, recently retired from her position as the Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. I. Charles Mathews, who was appointed by the Judge of Probate Court, District of Hartford, is a retired attorney who ran his own consulting firm specializing in employment and discrimination law. Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, who was appointed to the Foundation Board by MetroHartford Alliance, is Professor of History and Latinx Studies and the Campus Director of the University of Connecticut-Hartford. Read more >>

    The Leever Foundation is delighted to welcome Saran D. White as its inaugural Executive Director. “We are pleased to welcome Ms. White, an experienced and mission-driven strategist, who will lead the Foundation in its work creating opportunities for people, especially children, in greater Waterbury to fulfill their potential and become productive members of society,” said Andy Leever, Foundation President, and son of the Foundation’s founders Harold and Ruth Ann Leever. Saran comes to Waterbury from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). In her position as the Washington, DC Program Director, she directed a multimillion-dollar grants portfolio that focuses on anti-poverty initiatives. Prior to CNCS, White directed strategic transformation projects for the DC public school system and served as the executive director of a family foundation working to improve the foster care system. Read more >>

    The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven warmly welcomes Liana Garcia Fresher as director of gift planning. Garcia Fresher joins the development and donor services team, where she will assist Foundation donors in reaching their philanthropic goals and enhance the Foundation’s partnerships with professional advisors. Garcia Fresher is a veteran nonprofit and foundation professional with three decades of executive management experience. Most recently, she was a senior philanthropic officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. She has also served as vice president of development for the Village for Families and Children, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness Connecticut and executive director of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation. Read more >>

    Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has expanded its staff with two new senior management positions. Kara Mikulich is Berkshire Taconic’s chief philanthropy officer, a new role that provides strategy, leadership, and oversight for the foundation’s asset development and donor engagement activities. Mikulich has more than 25 years of leadership in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served as vice president, strategy and development, at Public Allies. Dr. Tim Wilmot was named director of strategy, evaluation, and learning. In this new role, Wilmot develops and refines program strategies, evaluates outcomes and impact, and promotes learning among staff, board, donors, and partners about the foundation’s strategic priorities and issues facing the four-county region it serves. Wilmot has more than a decade of experience in the fields of strategy, research, and evaluation at philanthropic foundations. He previously worked for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in Phoenix, AZ. Read more >>

    United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut welcomes Lisa M. Cretella, M.S.W. to their team. As director of leadership giving and affinity groups, Cretella will cultivate and develop relationships with leadership donors – individuals and families who make an annual contribution of $1,000 – and demonstrate how their giving makes a positive difference for children, youth, and families in local communities. She will also work with volunteers and staff in growing United Way’s Women United and Emerging Leaders Society membership. Cretella has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, and most recently served as director of development for The Salvation Army Southern New England Division. Read more >>

    Main Street Community Foundation recently promoted two team members. Kate Kerchaert, who has been with the Foundation for two years, was promoted to Director of Grants and Programs. In this position, she will be primarily responsible for all grantmaking and scholarship programs. Samantha Rajotte was promoted to Scholarship & Program Officer. Rajotte has a long history with the Foundation. After receiving a scholarship from MSCF in 2007, Rajotte spent a summer in college volunteering as an intern there. She was hired full-time in June 2011 and has worked her way up through the organization, most recently serving as the Communications Manager. Read more >>

    The Donaghue Foundation welcomes two new policy advisers to start a four-year term. Caprice Taylor Mendez is the Strategic Program Manager for The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. She leads the Foundation’s Greater New Haven Vote and US Census Count civic engagement initiatives, and the strategic grantmaking for the Immigration Integration and Criminal Justice Reform strategies, and supports the Progreso Latino Fund. Bryce Raymond is one of the Principals of PASI, LLC., which is located in Farmington, CT. Raymond along with his team assist small businesses and nonprofits on their retirement plan administration; help them to remain in compliance; and to meet the goals for the employees, trustees, and small business owners. Read more >>

    The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) selected Paula S. Gilberto, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and Karen T. Galbo, executive director of People’s United Community Foundation as two of its 2019 Three Wise Women Honorees. Gilberto and Galbo were recognized for their professional accomplishments at NOIAW’s annual Three Wise Women Epiphany Celebration on January 13. For more than 30 years, the NOIAW has honored Italian American women for their leadership in the community.   

    The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Progreso Latino Fund features Dr. Abie Benitez in its Celebrating Latino Leaders series. Benitez, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the newest Progreso Latino Fund Advisory Committee member. She has spent much of her career helping Latino students and others reach their full potential. Read more >>



    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 $1.01 billion from assets of more than $8.39 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.