CT Philanthropy Digest - July 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019

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New Report shows Connecticut Giving By Individuals and Foundations Remained Steady in 2016, But Concerns Remain >>

Where is #CCP50? Keeps Members Guessing >>


Collective Impact Opportunity Fund Launched with $1.6M >>

Grant Provides Support for Hartford Families Impacted By HUD Contract Terminations >>

Connecticut's 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness >>








New Report shows Connecticut Giving By Individuals and Foundations Remained Steady in 2016, But Concerns Remain

Individuals and foundations in Connecticut gave $4.97 billion in charitable contributions during 2016, according to the Connecticut Giving Report, an annual publication of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP).

As in past years, the Connecticut Giving Report documents charitable giving by individuals, bequests, and foundations as well as philanthropic trends and insights. This year’s report includes a geographic breakout of foundation giving, a look at foundation giving by population, how much support for the state’s nonprofits flows from out-of-state foundations, and a deeper dive into foundation giving to education.

"Connecticut giving remained strong in 2016. And this is important because we know there are more present threats to a thriving nonprofit sector, like changes to the federal tax code and cutbacks from the state and federal government,” said CCP President Karla Fortunato.

Key Highlights:

  • Individuals and foundations in Connecticut gave $4.97 billion to charitable organizations in 2016, falling slightly from the prior year's $5 billion.
  • In 2016, $3.32 billion was provided by Connecticut individuals, a decrease of 4.5% from 2015 giving. Nationally, individual giving grew by 6%.
  • In 2016, foundations in Connecticut provided $1.4 billion in grants to support programs and organizations in the state, around the country, and even internationally. This is an increase of 17% over Connecticut foundation giving in 2015.
  • Out-of-state foundations contributed $417.3 million in grant dollars to Connecticut nonprofits.

Download the Connecticut Giving Report >>

The 2019 Connecticut Giving Report is proudly sponsored by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Nordson Corporation, Main Street Community Foundation, and Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.     

Where is #CCP50? Keeps Members Guessing

Where is CCP's 50th Anniversary Logo? Send your answer by July 31, 2019 to CCP50@CTphilanthropy.org

CCP's "Where is #CCP50?" contest is helping to raise the visibility of CCP, the 50th Anniversary, and CCP Members. Once a month on CCP's social media, CCP posts a photo of its 50th Anniversary logo at a Connecticut location. CCP members who respond with the correct location are entered into a random drawing for a fun prize -- a Newman's Own gift bag, courtesy of Newman's Own Foundation. Winners are posted on social media channels and CCP's website along with facts about the location and funders who make an impact in the area. View past Where is #CCP50? photos and winners >>



Collective Impact Opportunity Fund Launched with $1.6M

Five foundations have collectively contributed more than $1.6 million to the Collective Impact Opportunity Fund. The Fund will make collective grants to public agencies and non-profit organizations striving to close educational, workforce, and other opportunity gaps among children, youth, and their families in Connecticut. The collaborating funders are: BeFoundation, Dalio PhilanthropiesFairfield County’s Community FoundationThe Per & Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation, and the Ritter Family Foundation.

The Fund is managed as a field of interest fund at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, where the Fund’s contributing foundations and individual donors will benefit from access to the Community Foundation’s mission-aligned network, knowledge of the region’s nonprofit landscape, and efficient administrative services. The Fund will focus its initial grant-making in the Greater Norwalk region.

Through this collaboration, funders will align their financial resources, expertise, and networks to work together with non-profit, business, and government leaders in making grants that will help realize the tremendous potential of Connecticut residents from cradle to career. In partnership with local stakeholders and other experts, participating funders will collaborate with grantees to develop common performance measures and an annual cycle of analysis and reporting. The primary aim is to strengthen the capacity of all stakeholders to achieve the shared mission of closing opportunity gaps affecting children, youth and families in Connecticut. Read more >>    

Grant Provides Support for Hartford Families Impacted By HUD Contract Terminations

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded $220,000 over three years to the Christian Activities Council in collaboration with Open Communities Alliance to support the “Empowering Choice” project that provides technical, bilingual legal and relocation information, and assistance to residents affected by terminated HUD contracts for rental subsidies.

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has officially terminated the contracts for rental subsidies for 286 units of housing constituting the Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments (CARA), Barbour Gardens, and Infill in Hartford’s North End due to conditions that threatened residents’ health and safety. The affected families were given access to relocation assistance and housing vouchers, which theoretically can be used anywhere in Connecticut. However, similar relocation scenarios, both in Connecticut and across the country, have illustrated the significant barriers to mobility that confront residents moving out of public or subsidized housing in high-poverty, resource-poor areas of racially and economically segregated metropolitan regions. These residents have a right to move to communities with lower rates of poverty and greater diversity, but often are unable to do so because of entrenched, structural forces that perpetuate segregation by race and income.

“We are grateful for this support from the Hartford Foundation at a critical time in our No More Slumlords Campaign,” said Christian Activities Council Executive Director Cori Mackey. “Helping residents organize for decent, safe, and sanitary living conditions was the first goal. When we realized the owners were unwilling to make needed investments, relocation became the only option. Many residents want to stay in Hartford, in the neighborhoods they love, and others want to move to other neighborhoods outside of Hartford or outside of Connecticut. Unfortunately, the relocation process is ripe with discriminatory practices and residents face one obstacle after another as a result of the very intentional barriers put before them by a legacy of housing discrimination and systemic racism.” Read more >>  

Connecticut's 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

A broad-based coalition of advocates, providers, state agencies, and young adults launched eight 100-Day Challenges to End Youth Homelessness in Connecticut. The launch event, held on April 30, 2019, brought together local, statewide, and national leaders. The 100-Day Challenge provides a means to achieve the State of Connecticut's goal of ending homelessness among youth and young adults by the end of 2020 - with the ambitious plans outlined in the state’s Opening Doors for Youth 2.0 Plan.

“The 100-Day Challenges are an innovative way to jump-start Connecticut’s efforts to end homelessness among youth and young adults,” said Kiley Gosselin, executive director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, a statewide nonprofit that staffs and manages the Reaching Home Campaign to end homelessness in Connecticut. “The 100-Day Challenges also offer leadership development opportunities for young people with lived experience of homelessness. Each team will have active, supported, and funded participation of young adults as stakeholders in their 100-Day Challenge.”

The eight regional teams have established 100-Day goals that not only include housing a significant number of young people, but also require strengthening collaboration across systems. These goals vary according to the needs of each community and may include housing a sub-population of vulnerable youth, preventing youth from exiting public systems without stable housing, securing employment, and strengthening infrastructure to address the youth homelessness crisis.

Led by the Melville Charitable Trust, this collaborative effort is supported by funders from across the state including: American Savings Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Connecticut Community Foundation, Dalio Philanthropies, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Farmington Bank Community Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Ion Bank Foundation, Liberty Bank Foundation, Main Street Community Foundation, Manchester Interfaith Social Action Committee, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, United Way of Greater New Haven, United Way Greater Waterbury, United Way of Northwest Connecticut, United Way of West Central Connecticut, and Webster Bank.

“It is critical that all young people in Connecticut have safe, stable places to live and opportunities to reach their full potential,” Aimee Hendrigan, Vice President of Programs at the Melville Charitable Trust said. “We are pleased to support this innovative effort that prioritizes the voices of youth with lived experience of homelessness.” Read more >>


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

American Savings Foundation

Avangrid Foundation

Chelsea Groton Foundation

Cigna Foundation


The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Connecticut Community Foundation

Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority

Connecticut Health Foundation

Eversource Energy

Farmington Bank Community Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Jeniam Foundation

Liberty Bank Foundation

Main Street Community Foundation

Melville Charitable Trust

Newman's Own Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

The Nutmeg Foundation

People's United Community Foundation

Ritter Family Foundation

The Rockfall Foundation

Travelers Foundation

United Technologies Corporation

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Western Connecticut

Valley Community Foundation

Webster Bank

Other News Links

AAA Northeast

Aiello Charitable Foundation, Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation, Grace J. Fippinger Foundation, Rita and Leo Greenland Foundation, George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, FactSet, Fairfield County Bank, First County Bank Foundation, Nestle Waters, General Re, Palmer’s Darien, Bigelow Tea, and Bob’s Discount Furniture

The Allstate Foundation

American Eagle Financial Credit Union

Harlan and Lois Anderson Family Foundation

Barr Foundation

Ray and Barbara Dalio Foundation

First County Bank Foundation

Impact Fund

Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative

National Science Foundation

Prudential Financial

United Way of New Britain and Berlin and United Way of West Central Connecticut

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut 

Werth Family Foundation



In addition to listing CCP events on its website, CCP lists events of interest to funders and nonprofits on its website. To have your event listed on CCP's website, email the information to Laurie Allen, Director of Communications.

Sustainable CT Workshop: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 101 >>
JULY 16: 1:00 - 5:00 PM: Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown
JULY 18: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Nagatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury
JULY 24: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich
This highly interactive training provides a comprehensive introduction to diversity, equity and inclusion work (DEI).  Workshop facilitators offer a variety of tools and teaching methods including graphic facilitation, visual imagery, theoretical models, small group dialogue and kinesthetic interaction, to create a dynamic space that supports all types of learners. This event is one of three workshops. View the details of the other workshops: Everyday Anti-Racism Workshop and How to Have a Conversation about Race, Bias and Equity Workshop.

The ‘Younger Old’: Meeting Them Where They Are and Where They Want to Be >>
JULY 16: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut, 444 Main Street North, Southbury
Join Connecticut Community Foundation for the first program in the 2019 Engaging Aging Workshop. The workshop begins by exploring the developmental tasks of the 60s and 70s and how society’s expectations are different today than they were even a decade ago.

Data Bootcamp for Nonprofit Organizations >>
JULY 17: 9 AM - 3 PM: University of Connecticut Waterbury Campus, 99 East Main Street, Waterbury
During this day-long, hands-on workshop presented by the Connecticut Data Collaborative, nonprofits will learn about and practice using new tools to help save time and improve the accuracy of data projects. The bootcamp is co-sponsored by Connecticut Community Foundation and the Connecticut Data Collaborative.

Intro to Survey Design for Nonprofits and Community Agencies >>
JULY 18: 12:00 - 2:30 PM: Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London
The CT Data Collaborative, will present the science behind survey design and best practices to maximize effectiveness.
The workshop is part of the Nonprofit Resource Center’s 2019 Workshop Series for leaders of local nonprofit organizations sponsored by The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut with the Public Library of New London. View more Nonprofit Resource Center workshops >>

Hometown Harmonies: A Celebration of Our Community >>
JULY 19: 6:00 PM: Owenego Beach & Tennis Club, 40 Linden Avenue, Branford
Branford Community Foundation is hosting a community celebration during Branford's 375th anniversary.

The Future of Philanthropy and Why Diversity Matters >>
JULY 24: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Join nonprofit colleagues to listen to a web/audio conference for a discussion of Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's "Women Give 19: Gender and Giving Across Communities." This report examines the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of America’s wealthiest households and, in particular, explores the intersection of race, gender and giving. Find additional offerings in Main Street Community Foundation's Nonprofit Education Series >>

Best Practices in Advocacy >>
JULY 31: 1000 AM - 12:00 PM: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, 40 Richards Avenue, Norwalk
Join Fairfield County's Community Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Excellence for a discussion on Best Practices in Advocacy. Panel speakers include Kate Farrar, Executive Director of CWEALF, Subira Gordon, Executive Director of ConnCAN, Lucas Codognolla, Executive Director for CT Students for a Dream and Alicia Woodsby, Senior Policy Advisor for Partnership for Strong Communities. Panelists will share the strategies their organization implements to accomplish their advocacy goals followed by discussion and Q&A. Find more Center for Nonprofit Excellence events >>

8th Annual Free Seminar for Non-Profits >>
SEPTEMBER 12: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM: Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury
Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation and United Way of Western Connecticut present their annual free nonprofit seminar.

Inclusive Growth for Greater New Haven >>
SEPTEMBER 25: New Haven
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven will host an all-day convening about Greater New Haven’s future as a place of opportunity. The program will feature nationally-recognized thought leader Tawanna Black,  founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion.


The Rockfall Foundation Environmental Champion Awards >>
JULY 22: Nomination deadline
Through its Environmental Champions Awards, The Rockfall Foundation recognizes individuals and groups to highlight their contributions to the region in the area of natural resource preservation, conservation, restoration, or education.         


CCP Member Grants, RFPs, and ScholarshipsCCP-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.

Connecticut Community Foundation

Farmington Bank Community Foundation

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation


  • AUGUST 15: Application deadline: Environmental Education and Stewardship Grant Application Cycle >>
  • OCTOBER 13: Application deadline: Grants Supporting Critical Community Needs >>

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Main Street Community Foundation

The Fund for Greater Hartford

Travelers Foundation

The Gawlicki Family Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Connecticut Community Foundation

J. Walton Bissell Foundation

Liberty Bank Foundation

Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

The Betty Knox Foundation

Valley Community Foundation

Webster Bank

Other Grants, RFPs, and Scholarships

Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Blumshapiro Foundation

Walmart Foundation


The Connecticut Health Foundation has named hospital executive Patrick A. Charmel and finance expert Cynthia H. Tseng to its board of directors. Patrick is president and chief executive officer of Griffin Hospital and its parent organization, Griffin Health Services Corporation. Patrick also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Planetree International and is chairman of the Value Care Alliance. Cynthia is a partner at Fairview Capital, a private equity investment management firm where she is involved in research, due diligence, investment monitoring, and business development for Fairview’s private equity/venture capital portfolios. Cynthia previously worked as an investment banking associate at J.P. Morgan and conducted equity research on aerospace companies for a top institutional investor analyst. She is a board member of The Association of Asian American Investment Managers and Hartford Performs, a CFA charter holder, and a member of the Hartford CFA Society. “We are proud to welcome Pat and Cindy to the board and look forward to the insights and experience they will bring to the foundation,” Board Chair David Newton said. Read more >>

At the Valley Community Foundation’s Annual Reception, its Board of Directors welcomed Thomas Sutnik, a Shelton-based estate attorney, and Terry Jones, who has run the seven-generation Jones Family Farms for 50 years. The Board also thanked Jimmy Ryan, who completed his second term. Vice-chair Lynne Bassett Perry was elected to chair; Donald Smith, Jr. was elected to vice-chair; and Marianne Smythe was elected to secretary; and Board Member Frank Michaud was appointed to a second term. Alan Tyma will continue his service on the VCF Board, after serving a three-year term as board chair. Read more >>

Janice Elliot recently announced her plans to retire as executive director of the Melville Charitable Trust at the end of 2019. "My career in the field of housing and efforts to end homelessness spans 33 years, seven of them at the Trust. Leading the foundation has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. The Trust’s passion for justice, innovation, pushing systems, and staying focused on solutions is a powerful mix that keeps me energized, challenged and eager to come to work every day. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to work with our incredible staff team, exceptional board, and amazing nonprofit partners who are relentless in their work to make homelessness a thing of the past. The decision to retire is not an easy one but reflects the confidence I have that the foundation is well positioned for the future. I plan to stay in place until a new executive director is identified and brought on board later this year and look forward to ensuring a seamless transition. As always, it’s an honor to work in partnership with you as we strive to ensure that everyone has a good place to call home."

Last month, Hartford Business Journal honored JoAnn H. Price with one of four 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards. JoAnn is a "trailblazer in the investment world having co-founded Fairview Capital, which is now one of the country’s largest minority-owned private equity investment management firms." She also serves as chair of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Board of Directors. Read more >>

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Progreso Latino Fund Celebrating Latino Leaders Series features personal interviews with Latino leaders serving Greater New Haven and Connecticut. The most recently highlighted leaders are Addys Maria Castillo and Sergio Rodriguez, whose interview is the first in a video format. Addys works in New Haven as the executive director of the Citywide Youth Coalition, Inc. (CWYC) by day. By night, she is an anti-racist community organizer and a core trainer for The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond who facilitates Undoing Racism/Community Organizing Workshop locally and around the country. Sergio is a consultant with the New Haven Board of Education and the Co-founder of 'r kids Family Center. Read more >>   


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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 $1.2 billion from assets of more than $8.2 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 regularly to media outlets, local legislators, foundations and grantmakers, and other CT leaders to raise the profile of philanthropy throughout Connecticut. News about Connecticut funders may be submitted to CCP for consideration.