CT Philanthropy Digest - October 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018


Disaster Relief Resources for Florence and Michael >>

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

Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative to Educate through Youth Sports >>

Report Shows ALICE Continues to Struggle >>

New Site Shares Stories of Everyday Good >>

Network Launched to Advance Women and Girls >>

ECFC Releases New Connecticut Family Engagement Paper >>


  Featured Philanthropy News 

Disaster Relief Resources for Florence and Michael

"When hurricanes hit, the generous outpouring is immediate," relates the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. These donations usually support immediate needs after a disaster, like shelter, food, and medical support. But long after attention has turned away from major weather events, there are recovery needs that continue to surface. To ensure strategic investments throughout the lifecycle of disasters, including long-term recovery with restoration of property, business recovery, and environmental cleanup, CDP created the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund. Other sources of intermediate- and long-term recovery support may come from local community foundations, who are especially good at knowing the needs in their communities. Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's Disaster Relief Resource page gives information and materials for the recent hurricanes Florence and Michael, including a link to the recorded webinar, Hurricane Michael: How to Respond, and links to funds that are accepting donations. The webpage also lists news of CCP members who are supporting various disaster relief responses:

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. Learn about Connecticut’s progress in ending youth homelessness and 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 >>       

Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative to Educate through Youth Sports

Keeping health and safety for women and girls at the forefront of their concerns, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Fund for Women & Girls (FWG) is pleased to announce the launch of The Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative of Fairfield County, their latest philanthropic effort to address sexual assault in the region. The Collaborative partnership, made possible through a renewable grant totaling $100,000, brings together a group of experts in the field of sexual assault and domestic violence to focus on making a countywide impact. Their first project, Coaches As Partners, plans to engage administrators, athletic directors, and coaches at individual schools and school districts across Fairfield County as well as the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) and Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) in the initiative. Athletic directors and coaches will gain knowledge around sexual assault and violence, learn a common language, and receive practical tools to challenge existing attitudes and behaviors to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence. Photo by Adrià Crehuet Cano on Unsplash. Read more >>  |  Read Inside Philanthropy coverage >>  

Report Shows ALICE Continues to Struggle

According to the United Ways' 2018 ALICE Report for Connecticut, 40% of households in our state have income which falls below what is needed to pay for basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, technology, and transportation. ALICE, stands for - Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. United Ways in Connecticut and seventeen other states are promoting the ALICE initiative to place a spotlight on a large population of residents who are working, but have difficulty affording a basic Household Survival Budget. The new ALICE Report uses data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey to quantify the number of households in Connecticut's workforce that are struggling financially. The new ALICE Report on financial hardship takes a deeper look at the growing financial challenges that require more and more working and middle class families to make tough choices every day as they manage their household budget. Read the report >>   

New Site Shares Stories of Everyday Good

Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, announced the launch of CommonGood.com — a new web platform dedicated to sharing uplifting stories to highlight the good works of people, communities, and organizations from around the world. CommonGood is designed to make it easy for users to find meaningful stories and connect directly with the philanthropic organizations. Help promote philanthropy and share the good news by promoting Common Good on your social media channels and with your partners!   

Network Launched to Advance Women and Girls

More than 20 members and six funders gathered to celebrate the launch of the Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls. The Collective is a network that unifies organizational members, facilitates collaboration, and bolsters their collective power to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls in Connecticut. The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is the organizer of The Collective. "Now is the moment to come together to make progress for women and girls," said Kate Farrar, Executive Director of CWEALF. "As the state’s leading champion for women and girls, CWEALF is thrilled to convene organizations across the state to increase our impact."  The Collective is supported by the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls; the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut's Women and Girls’ Fund; the Women’s Fund at Connecticut Community Foundation; Main Street Community Foundation's Women & Girls’ Fund, The Community Fund for Women & Girls at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls. Learn more >>         

ECFC Releases New Connecticut Family Engagement Paper

The Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (ECFC), a project of CCP, is pleased to share its new paper, Full, Equal, and Equitable Partnerships with Families: Connecticut’s Definition and Framework for Family Engagement. The paper is a collaborative effort with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, and ECFC. The purpose of Connecticut’s common definition and framework of family engagement is to encourage shared understanding and collaboration, making it easy for all parties – educators, providers, partners, and families – to understand what is expected of them and what effective practice looks like. The paper, which helps to facilitate the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016, presents family engagement definitions, guiding principles, and recommendations for capacity building. Visit the ECFC webpage for additional reports >> 

  Leadership Training  

RE-Center Offers Equity in Education Workshops

RE-Center is offering Equity in Education Workshops in November 2018 through May 2019. The workshops are designed to help educators and others understand the different ways racism and other forms of oppression show up in classrooms and workplaces and how to interrupt these forms of oppression through Equity Shifts, Restorative Justice Practices, and problem solving for equity.

The workshops have three different formats and are offered at various times over the next 8 months. The workshops are geared towards educators, community influencers, and folks in the nonprofit and social justice world—and are always open to anyone interested in the personal and professional process of equity and anti-racism. Learn more and register >>    

Everyday Democracy Will Train Community Change Leaders

Strengthening democracy in our country and communities will depend on strong, diverse leaders – leaders from all backgrounds and ages who have the skills, knowledge, and courage to help people engage with each other across difference, understand and embrace racial equity, and create equitable and sustainable community change. The Everyday Democracy Institute for Community Change Leaders begins with a five-day learning experience ( December 10 – 14, 2018) designed to help leaders from a variety of sectors deepen their knowledge, skills, and readiness for leading community change in inclusive, participatory, and equitable ways. The in-person retreat is the first phase of a year-long learning opportunity, as part of a cohort of leaders. The application deadline is November 2. Learn more and apply >>   

Help Find Amazing Leaders for LDR

Help the Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) connect with outstanding candidates by encouraging colleagues and friends to apply for the LDR Hartford Region and Fairfield County cohorts. LDR is committed to recruiting an inclusive pool of applicants diverse in gender, age, race, educational experience, and role. Ideal LDR candidates are nonprofit leaders looking for a collaborative, cohort-based, hands-on learning experience designed to enhance their ability to lead from whatever position they hold. The LDR application deadline is December 7. Join an info session video call to learn more about the LDR experience on November 8, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Among LDR's supporters are CCP members: Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Graustein Memorial Fund, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Lone Pine Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, and the Tauck Family Foundation. Suggest the name of a leader >>

PLACES (Professionals Learning About Community Equity and Smart Growth) Fellowship

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) is pleased to accept applications for the tenth class of its leadership development program. The PLACES Fellowship is designed for professionals in philanthropy who are dedicated to creating more equitable, diverse and inclusive neighborhoods and communities. This year-long fellowship will offer coaching, tools, knowledge, best practices, and opportunities to build peer relationships with professionals in philanthropy that can enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of historically marginalized communities, most specifically low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The application deadline is November 1, 2018. Learn more and apply >>

Transforming Youth Justice

The Tow Youth Justice Institute at The University of New Haven invites candidates to apply for the 2019 Transforming Youth Justice: A Leadership Development Program. The nine-month training intendeds to ensure a current and future workforce of youth justice leaders are committed, competent, and passionate about making the criminal justice system work effectively. The program's three main goals are to: build the capacity of present and future leaders as agents of change in youth justice reform; advance leadership development skills and knowledge of best practices in youth justice reform; and serve as a resource to the organizations, communities, and systems serving youth. Applications will be accepted through November 16. The program is provided at no cost to accepted individuals or their agencies through funding partners The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Connecticut Community Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Lone Pine Foundation, and The Tow Foundation. Learn more and apply >>  

  Philanthropy News Links

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Aetna & Aetna Foundation

Bank of America

Children's Fund of Connecticut

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Connecticut Health Foundation

Connecticut Community Foundation


Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Newell D. Hale Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Liberty Bank Foundation

Melville Charitable Trust

Newman's Own Foundation

The Rockfall Foundation

Tauck Family Foundation

Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts


United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Western Connecticut

Other News Links

Connecticut State Office of the Arts

Dalio Foundation


KeyBank Foundation

Lilly Endowment

Ocean State Job Lot


United Way of Greater New Haven

  Grants and RFPs

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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

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Liberty Bank Foundation

Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation

The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

The Rockfall Foundation

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

American Savings Foundation

Main Street Community Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

The ZOOM Foundation

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Perrin Family Foundation

Other Grants and RFPs

Borealis Philanthropy

BlumShapiro Foundation

Merck for Mothers

Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Impact Fairfield County

Genesis Prize Foundation and Jewish Funders Network

  Events and Other Opportunities

Cannon Estate Planning Series >>

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut is please 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.
OCTOBER 23: Income Tax Considerations in Estate Planning and Estate Trust Administration
DECEMBER 11: Ensnared in an Ethics Trap: Navigating Conflicts of Interest

Leading Together: Groton Thriving Communities Conversation >>

OCTOBER 24: 5:00 - 6:30 PM: Groton Public Library, Groton
Residents of Groton, Jon Reiner, Groton Director of Planning, and The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut President and CEO Maryam Elahi discuss about how we can lead for good together. All are invited to this free event. Refreshments provided by The Community Foundation of Eastern.

Capacity Building Workshops >>

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.
OCTOBER 24: Telling Your Story to Funders, Part II: Video and Infographics
OCTOBER 25: Understanding Nonprofit Finances 101
NOVEMBER 1: Program Staff Roundtable

Read for the Record >>

OCTOBER 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Hartford, East Hartford, and New Britain
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Hartford, East Hartford, and New Britain schools are celebrating the 13th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, a campaign mobilizing volunteers to read in classrooms.  The goal is to have the most people reading the same book on the same day to children across the globe. This year's book is "Maybe Something Beautiful." United Way is looking to recruit 100 volunteers to read to classrooms across the three districts. For questions, contact Phil Blonski at 860-493-1132 or pblonski@unitedwayinc.org.

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. Also on the program are the 2018 Philanthropist of the Year Susan Rottner, former President at Bank of America Connecticut, and Young Philanthropist, Neha Jonnakota, a junior at Glastonbury High School and co-founder the nonprofit, Power of Peace.

Stuff the Gazebo 2018 >>

NOVEMBER 3: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: New Milford Green
The Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford and the United Way of Western Connecticut will hold its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on the New Milford Green. They are asking residents to help "Stuff the Gazebo" with donations of frozen turkeys and canned goods. Each year the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford and Greater New Milford office of United Way join together to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal for more than 250 New Milford families.

Liberty Bank Partners for Another Block Buster ThanksGiving Drive >>

THRU NOVEMBER 17: Thanksgiving Drive
Liberty Bank has, over the last decade, amassed more than $2 million to provide Thanksgiving dinners to neighbors who cannot afford their own. They've partnered with 40-plus Rotary Clubs, and the Lions Club of East Haddam. At the end of the campaign, Liberty Bank Foundation matches every dollar raised with an additional 25 cents. Each Rotary then decides how dollars raised will be allocated in their local communities; for instance to local human services organizations, food pantries, or soup kitchens.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence Events >>

Through high-quality workshops Fairfield County's Community Foundation helps nonprofits build their capacity and advance their missions.
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

Nonprofit Resource Workshops

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut joins the Public Library of New London, a Foundation Center Network Partner, in sponsoring the Nonprofit Resource Center’s 2018 Workshop Series for leaders of local nonprofit organizations. All workshops take place in the community room at the Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London. 
NOVEMBER 2: Best Practices for Performance Reviews >>
NOVEMBER 6: Strategic Planning for Nonprofits >>

Southeast and Norwich Women and Girls Breakfast >>

NOVEMBER 9: 7:30 - 9:00 AM: Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, Groton
The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut's Southeast and Norwich Area Women & Girls Funds presents a "Celebration of Women" featuring keynote speaker Izaskun Larrañeta, Deputy Managing Editor of The Day.

DataHaven 25th Anniversary Celebration >>

NOVEMBER 19: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Yale School of Management, New Haven
Two and a half decades ago, a group of visionaries in New Haven, CT began a hyperlocal survey effort to find out how their neighbors were faring, block by block. Their effort has grown into programs like the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey, supported by 85 public and private funders, with interviews of 35,000 respondents, living in every zip code in Connecticut. On November 19th, DataHaven will gather partners, thought leaders, and community stakeholders from across Connecticut to celebrate 25 years of public service. The anniversary celebration event will feature the Innovation Awards, data use demonstrations, and statewide data release.

Renewing Our Civic Culture >>

DECEMBER 1: 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Hartford Public Library, Hartford
The Connecticut Civic Ambassadors Summit, Renewing our Civic Culture, sponsored by Everyday Democracy and the Hartford Public Library, will feature a keynote by Doug Linkhart, president of the National Civic League. Linkhart will talk about how to engage community residents and public officials in conversations to make communities better places to live for all! The summit will also feature two outstanding panels highlighting some of the great civic work taking place in Connecticut.


Celebrating Your Work, Sharing Our Stories >>

DECEMBER 13: 5:30 - 8:30 PM: The 224 Ecospace, Hartford
Former and current grantees, staff, and community members are all welcome to attend William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund's 25th anniversary event on December 13.The final culminating event, the last of six events held around the state, will feature music, food, an uplifting atmosphere, story sharing, and community building activities.      

  The power of good people

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut is pleased to announce the appointment of Kenn Harris to the Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust (CHART) Board of Directors. Mr. Harris of Groton is currently the Director of New Haven Healthy Start at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven where he also serves as Vice President for Community Engagement. His experience in maternal and child health, public health and fatherhood/male involvement spans more than 25 years. Mr. Harris is the president of the National Healthy Start Association, based in Washington, DC and co-creator of the Core Adaptive Model (CAM®), an evidence-based model for fatherhood/male involvement programs. Read more >>

The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce celebrated businesses and leaders this month at its annual Business Leadership Awards event. The chamber’s highest honor—the Community Leadership award— went to the Tagliatela family. Lead for years by Louis F. Tagliatela Sr., the family created the Franklin Construction and Franklin Communities which is responsible for providing thousands of housing units in the Greater New Haven area over the last 50 years. The family is also known for its generosity, and has given its name and its money, through the Louis F. and Mary A. Tagliatela Foundation, to The Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership at Albertus Magnus and The Tagliatela School of Engineering at the University of New Haven. Read more @ New Haven Independent >>

The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) will induct entrepreneur and philanthropist Carlton L. Highsmith into the GNEMSDC Hall of Fame this fall. GNEMSDC established the Hall of Fame to recognize individuals who have advanced the goals of economic inclusion and minority business development, as well as paying tribute to those who have contributed in meaningful ways to the social and economic advancement of their communities. Highsmith is GNEMSDC’s inaugural inductee. In 1983, Highsmith founded Specialized Packaging Group (SPG) in New Haven as a package design and package engineering firm. Carlton grew SPG to become one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard packaging in North America. Highsmith is a member of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven board of trustees. In 2014, he received the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's John H. Filer Award for leadership in encouraging private action for the public good. Read more >>   

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Progreso Latino Fund featured Daniel (Danny) Diaz in its Celebrating Latino Leaders series. Diaz, a native of Puerto Rico, moved to New Haven with his family in 1979. He is currently co-founder and board chair of Arte, an organization dedicated to developing and promoting Latino art, culture, and education; and is a coordinator of parent engagement for New Haven Public Schools. Read more >>



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