CT Philanthropy Digest - September 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020


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CHEFA Grant Supports Public-Private Partnership with the Office of Early Childhood >>

2020 ALICE Report Exposes the Severity of the Economic Challenges Facing Many Families in the State >>

CT Health Foundation COVID Response Grant Will Fund Community Health Workers for Local Health Departments >>

Cigna Supports Pipeline of Urban Superintendents >>





GRANTS and RFPs >>





Register Today for CCP’s 2020 Conference!

Join colleagues from across the state to learn, connect, and be inspired!

CCP's Annual Conference is going virtual. This year’s conference will focus on practical strategies to center communities, advance equity, and improve grantmaking outcomes. The 2020 program is a series of virtual events—including a keynote, discussions with experts, and special opportunities to connect and reflect with peers—bringing the best of our annual conference to a virtual space.

We’ll kick-off on October 15 with keynote speaker Trabian Shorters, New York Times bestselling author and pioneer of "Asset-Framing,"— a visionary approach to communications and engagement with communities that can increase equity and impact. This keynote address is sure to inspire and provide new insights you can apply to your work.

On October 20, national philanthropic leader Michelle DePass, president and CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust, will join Connecticut philanthropic leader Laura McCargar, president of the Perrin Family Foundation, for an engaging dialogue focused on grantmaking practice and what funders need to know about building and strengthening connections with communities. Candid insights from experienced funders will provide real-world lessons on how to connect with communities in ways that are authentic and build trust.

To close, we’ll shift our focus to the boardroom with Anne Wallestad, executive director of BoardSource. On October 29, she will headline a program focused on engaging with and thinking about nonprofit boards—a key to creating institutional change. This session will provide takeaways and new thinking about how boards can better serve mission-driven work and exemplify equity.

Throughout these opportunities to learn and engage with our colleagues across the state, we will also be working to connect members to each other in less formal, more conversational virtual settings. One wonderful aspect of the annual conferences is often the great sidebar conversations in between panels or by the refreshments, and we are working on ways to make that happen in exciting, revitalizing ways. Stay tuned!

The 2020 Conference will lean into the strengths of a virtual setting, opening to a wider audience and providing new ways to participate in discussions. The virtual presentations are open to staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations, nonprofit organizations, government, and community leaders. Each presentation will be followed by small group discussions for funders to reflect, connect, and move work forward. Don’t miss out on these great opportunities, register now!   

CHEFA Grant Supports Public-Private Partnership with the Office of Early Childhood

The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative has received a $150,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA), through CHEFA's newly established $3 million FY 2021 COVID-19 Grant Program. The grant monies will support CTCARES for Family Child Care, a public-private partnership between the state’s Office of Early Childhood and Connecticut philanthropies. CHEFA’s grant brings total philanthropic support for this effort to more than $1.15 million in addition to significant federal and state stabilization funding. The CHEFA grant will provide resources and technical supports to family childcare home providers to increase the quality and sustainability of the family childcare sector in Connecticut. “CHEFA is proud to support The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative with this significant grant from CHEFA’s FY 2021 CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program. The grant will have a meaningful impact on Connecticut families during this challenging time. CHEFA is one of only a few statewide entities providing philanthropic resources to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We value our partnership with the nonprofit community,” stated Jeanette W. Weldon, CHEFA’s Executive Director. The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a collaborative of 21 funders from across the state, is a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. Read More >>   

2020 ALICE Report Exposes Severity of Economic Challenges Facing Many Families in the State

Connecticut United Ways' new ALICE report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained. Employed) looks closely at financial hardship in Connecticut, and reveals the severity of economic challenges facing many families in the state. The report, ALICE in Connecticut: A Financial Hardship Study, shows that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 38% of Connecticut’s households lacked the income to pay for necessities such as housing, food, childcare, health care, technology, and transportation. In addition to dealing with longstanding financial challenges, ALICE households are now struggling with furloughs, job losses, and other negative effects of the pandemic. Report findings include:

  • In 148 of Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities, at least 1 in 5 households are below the ALICE Threshold.
  • It costs more than $90,000 a year for a family of four with one infant and one toddler to pay for the basic needs in the ALICE Household Survival Budget.
  • 55% of jobs in Connecticut pay $20 per hour or more, which is among the highest in the country, but only two of the top 20 occupations in Connecticut (in terms of number of jobs) pays enough to support the ALICE Household Survival Budget for a family of four.
  • 52% of workers in Connecticut are paid hourly. These workers are more likely to have fluctuations in income, with frequent schedule changes and variations in the number of hours available for work each week/month.

The 2020 Connecticut ALICE Report is sponsored in part by United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, and United Way of Western Connecticut. Read more >>  

CT Health Foundation COVID Response Grant Will Fund Community Health Workers for Local Health Departments

Connecticut Health Foundation has committed $1.15 million to support the hiring and training of community health workers to assist in their COVID-19 response work and address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on people of color. Their funding will help support 40 community health workers to complement local health departments' work in Connecticut. The foundation is inviting departments to apply, and prioritizing departments based on the number of local COVID cases and the proportion of people of color in the population. Read more >>   

Cigna Supports Pipeline of Urban Superintendents

Cigna has awarded Howard University's Urban Superintendents Academy a $25,000 grant to expand its innovative 5-year initiative tackling systemic inequality in education. The Academy is building a pipeline of superintendents of color, trained to lead in urban school districts, as a direct response to less than five percent of superintendents in America being persons of color. "Superintendents of color have unique challenges as we are often tapped to lead high needs districts where millions of underserved students of color are in need of a high-quality education and where resources are scarce," says Shawn Joseph, Ed.D., assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies and co-director of the AASA-Howard University Urban Superintendent Academy. "It takes skill, courage, and an unconquerable spirit to improve outcomes under these conditions."

"We are grateful for the commitment that Cigna has shown in supporting urban education," says Dawn Williams, Ph.D., dean of Howard University's School of Education. "We find ourselves fighting a history of structural racism while also trying to safeguard our health against a global pandemic. With the generous support of Cigna, we can attract, develop and retain cohorts of educational leaders to advance change for more equitable and just school systems." Read more >>         


Featuring news about CCP Members, including the latest news about funder response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Aetna Foundation

American Savings Foundation

Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls

Bank of America

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Branford Community Foundation

Cigna Foundation


The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Connecticut Community Foundation

Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA)

Connecticut Health Foundation

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Farmington Bank Community Foundation

Foundation for Community Health

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

The Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

JPMorgan Chase

Lincoln Financial Foundation

Melville Charitable Trust

Main Street Community Foundation

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

New Canaan Community Foundation

Newman's Own Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation

The Ritter Family Foundation

The Rockfall Foundation

Travelers Foundation

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

United Way of Central and Eastern Connecticut

United Way of Western Connecticut

Valley Community Foundation

Webster Bank



After passing sweeping federal legislation to address the pandemic in March and April, in recent months federal action to address the ongoing effects of COVID-19 has slowed. Recent updates are below.

Moratorium Halts Evictions Through End of Year. The federal government has called a nationwide halt to evictions, potentially saving millions of Americans from being kicked out of their homes before the end of the year. The four-month order provides a blanket eviction ban through the end of the year covering nearly all residential renters. The federal order does not provide assistance for renters who will eventually owe past due balances or for landlords' financial shortfalls.

Main Street Lending Program Open for Nonprofits. The Fed's Main Street Lending Program to Nonprofits, designed to extend credit to small- and mid-sized nonprofits, is now operational and accepting eligible loan submissions. The loan does not include a forgiveness provision as did the Paycheck Protection Program, so it is expected that few charitable organizations will seek these loans.  


The state policy update includes orders and extensions concerning the public health and civil preparedness emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, assistance for the unemployed and struggling renters and homeowners, and the increased minimum hourly wage.

Connecticut's COVID-19 State of Emergency Extended to February 9. Governor Lamont signed orders extending Connecticut's 6-month states of public health and civil preparedness emergencies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite objections to the Governor's sweeping emergency powers, a special oversight committee composed of the legislature’s six top leaders, the Democratic co-chairs, and ranking Republican members of the legislature’s Public Health Committee ratified the Governor's declaration.

Reissuance and Extension of COVID-19 Executive Orders to November 9. This executive order renews and extends all of the unexpired COVID-19 executive orders issued under the March 10, 2020, public health, and civil preparedness emergency declarations through November 9, 2020. The extension will give the governor, lawmakers, and officials time to determine whether to prolong the executive orders beyond November. Although Connecticut's positive coronavirus test rate has remained lower than most states, recently it has risen over 1%, and COVID numbers may continue to rise as students return to school

Lost Wage Assistance is Extended by Six Weeks. Additional unemployment benefits are available to Connecticut unemployed, $1,800, or $300 for six weeks, for those who were unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. The Federal Emergency Management funds are available retroactive to July 26 when the previous round of enhanced benefits expired. Still, the program is temporary and will end when the FEMA funding is depleted. Those who have lost jobs starting in September are not eligible.

Temporary Housing Assistance Programs Update. The state allocated $20 million, $4,000 for 5,000 renters to assist with rent during the pandemic, but due to the large volume of interest, have paused the program for two weeks. The program call center and web form intake will resume on September 14. CT Mirror reported that "roughly one-in-eleven homeowners are behind in their mortgages." The state allocated $10,000 for mortgage relief to eligible households, but the narrow guidelines have prevented many from benefiting from the program

The Minimum Hourly Wage Increased to $12. The wage law passed in 2019 called for an hourly wage increase from $11.10 to $12.00 on September 1, 2020. Although this puts a full-time minimum wage earner at nearly $25,000 a year, it is far from the $28,908 minimum household survival budget for a single adult living in Connecticut, as reported in Connecticut United Ways' new ALICE report.   


Court Blocks Attempt To Change Who Counts For Allocating House Seats. A unanimous three-judge panel has blocked the President’s July 21 memorandum seeking to exclude undocumented residents from the apportionment count. The Census total population count, which determines representation for each state, must include unauthorized immigrants.

Census Ends in September. The Census Bureau announced in August it would cut short the extended census timeline by one month, moving the deadline to September 30. While Connecticut has surpassed ts final 2010 self-response rate, response rates in "hard-to-count areas including Hartford, Bridgeport, and Waterbury remain low. , but there are still a few weeks for people to get counted. Advocates and experts, including four past census directors, have expressed concerns that the abrupt deadline shift will not result in a fair and accurate process.  


We've highlighted a few upcoming webinars from CCP members and other organizations, a diversity award opportunity, and several resources centering on racial equity. You can find more materials and information on CCP's Coronavirus Resources for Funders and Nonprofits >>  


VIRTUAL DISCUSSION SERIES: Designing Resilience for Food & Farming in CT - A Virtual Series to Collectively Shape the Future of Growing & Eating in Our State >>
The Connecticut Food System Alliance presents interactive, virtual sessions about the ways to collectively shape Connecticut's food and farming future. The series will culminate with a final discussion about what was learned and how to move forward with actionable steps towards regional resilience and equity. The series is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.
SEPTEMBER 17: 1:00 - 3:00 PM: Assets & Gaps: What Do We Have and What Do We Need?
SEPTEMBER 22: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Funding & Policy: Building Long-Term Systemic Solutions
OCTOBER 7: 6:00 - 8:00 PM: Actionable Steps Toward the Future of Sustainable, Resilient Food & Farming

DISCUSSION SERIES: The Start of Change: Addressing Racism >>
New Canaan Library, New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, New Canaan Community Foundation, the Interfaith Council of New Canaan, and Grace Farms Foundation are collaborating to co-host an important series to address the community’s understanding of race and racism. “The Start of Change: Addressing Racism” is a six-part series, designed to bring the community together in developing a common understanding of the history, policy, and experiences shaping present-day discussions of race. The livestream webinars take place from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Learn more about signing on as a partner >>
SEPTEMBER 22: The History of Racism: 1865 to the Present
SEPTEMBER 29: Race, Wealth, and Economic Inequality in America
OCTOBER 13: Mass Incarceration
OCTOBER 20: Debby Irving presents “White Privilege”
OCTOBER 27: The Impact of Discrimination in Housing

VIRTUAL FORUM: COVID 19’s Impact on the Health, Education and Economic Status of Latinx in Greater New Haven >>
SEPTEMBER 25: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Join The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Progreso Latino Fund to discuss the impact that COVID has had on the Latinx community. Presenters are Frances Padilla, president of the Universal Health Care Foundation, and Martiza Bond, director of the City of New Haven Health Department.

VIRTUAL TRAININGS: UConn's Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative Fall and Spring Workshops >>
SEPTEMBER 25: Essential Skills for Grant-Writing Success: Research, Writing and Assessment Tools to Get Your Grant Applications to Stand Out
OCTOBER 23: Leading in Unclear & Challenging Times
NOVEMBER 20: Managing Unconscious Bias
DECEMBER 18: Responding to Micro-aggressions: Strategies for Navigating Instances of Exclusion
Registration will be available soon. CCP Members receive the discounted workshop price. Learn more >>

CONFERENCE: Meeting the Challenge: Making the Difference >>
Save the date for The Alliance for Community Nonprofit's virtual annual nonprofit conference.   


NOMINATION: A Year of Rest >>
Nellie Mae Education Foundation is teaming up with Getaway and anti-racist educator Rachel Cargle to lead the “A Year of Rest” campaign, which will offer 365 nights of rest to Black people working for change, and those fighting for the Black community in combating racism. Getaway will provide their tiny cabin outposts as spaces to isolate, disconnect from work, and rest for those selected. Learn more and nominate >>  


REPORT: ABFE and The Bridgespan Group collaborated on a new report, Guiding a Giving Response to Anti-Black Injustice. The report offers funders potential paths to invest in organizations and movements within the Black-led racial justice ecosystem. It provides principles for giving that can help funders make investments with sustained change in mind, and highlights priority investment areas and example organizations. The report is a starting place for funders who seek to support Black-led organizations and movements committed to anti-racist social change.

BRIEF: A new brief from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) finds that only 1% of grantmaking by some of the largest local community foundations goes to Black communities, even though they represent a combined 15% of the population in areas served by those institutions. Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities” looks at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. 

DATA DASHBOARD: CTData's Revamped Covid-19 Dashboard >>
CTData's new dashboard presents the state's raw COVID-19 data in a more user-friendly format. New charts feature town data, daily changes, transmission rate, and racial and demographic dashboards.

PODCAST: Normal Doesn't Work >>
This episode of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's "Disinvested" series examines how the COVID-19 crisis and the protests around social justice have exposed generational racial and economic disparities in Greater Hartford and across the country. In addition to raising key issues, the episode highlights proactive steps that may enable us to rebound from the pandemic as a stronger and more resilient community.

PODCAST: Enhancing Philanthropy’s Ability to Address the Needs of Black Communities >>
In this episode of Fairfield County ThrivesFairfield County's Community Foundation President and CEO Juanita James talks with Bithiah Carter, president of New England Blacks in Philanthropy, about work to bring forth change in the philanthropic sector and increase the assets in communities through Black philanthropy.

RECORDING: Reopening New England Schools >>
Nellie Mae Education Foundation sponsored a series of conversations across New England with families, educators, young people, health professionals and others to discuss equitable reopening of schools.     


Find COVID-19 Response Funds from CCP Members and other funders.


Find grants, requests for proposals (RFPs) and other opportunities from CCP members and other funders. Links are provided to funder sites to find updated information, current deadlines and how to apply.

Chelsea Groton Foundation

SEPTEMBER 18: Application deadline: Third Cycle Grants >>

J. Walton Bissell Foundation

SEPTEMBER 30: Application deadline: General Operating Support - Children & Families, Disabilities, Arts >>

Cigna Foundation

SEPTEMBER 30: Application deadline: Healthier Kids for Our Future Grants - Food Insecurity >>
ONGOING: Inquiry: World of Difference Grants in Community Health Navigation >>

Gawlicki Family Foundation

SEPTEMBER 30: Application deadline: Grants for Pulmonary Healthy, Education, and Municipal and Economic Development >>
ONGOING: Grants for Projects to Revitalize City of Hartford, Education, Pulmonary Rehabilitation >>

Connecticut Community Foundation

OCTOBER 5: Application deadline: Grants for Early Care and Education, Economic Vitality, Environment, Older Adults, and Projects in Southbury >>
ROLLING DEADLINE: Cradle to Career - Early Care and Education Coaching >>
ROLLING DEADLINE: Grassroots Grants >>

New Canaan Community Foundation

OCTOBER 9: Letter of Inquiry deadline: COVID-19 Response Fund >>
OCTOBER 9: Letter of Inquiry deadline: Main Grant Cycle >>

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

OCTOBER 12: Application deadline: Third Cycle Grants - COVID-19-related >>
OCTOBER 12: Application deadline: Year-end Critical Needs Grants >>

The Fund for Greater Hartford

OCTOBER 22: Application deadline: Trauma-Informed Practice Fund >>

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

ROLLING BASIS UNTIL OCTOBER 22: RFP applications accepted through October 22 or until the funds run out: Rapid Response: Educators for Black Lives >>

Farmington Bank Community Foundation

OCTOBER 31: End of Application window: Cultural Heritage Grants >>

Jeffrey P. Ossen Foundation

NOVEMBER 1: Application deadline: Grants for Cultural Arts, Education, and Healthcare >>

People's United Community Foundation

NOVEMBER 1-30: Open application window: Community and Economic Development, Affordable Housing, and Youth Development >>

The Rockfall Foundation

NOVEMBER 10: Application deadline: 2021 Environmental Grants >>

Bank of America

NOVEMBER 30: Application deadline: 2021 Art Conservation Project >>

Liberty Bank Foundation

ONGOING: Inquiry: Community Organizing Mini-Grant - Housing Affordability >>

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

AWARDED ON ROLLING BASIS: Nonprofit Animal Shelter Grants >>
AWARDED ON ROLLING BASIS: Event Sponsorship >>

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

AWARDED ON ROLLING BASIS: Community Sponsorship Awards >>

Donaghue Foundation

ONGOING for 2020: No deadline for Letter of Intent: R3 Making Research Relevant & Ready >>

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

AWARDED ONGOING: Responsive Grants for CT Communities Responding to Current and Emerging Threats, Trauma and/or Harassment Related to Manifestations of Hate, Bias, and Oppression >>
AWARDED ONGOING: Racial Equity Training and Support Grants >>

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

ONGOING: Grant Inquiry: General Operating Support, Program Support, Capital Grants >>

Perrin Family Foundation

ONGOING: Letter of Inquiry: Grants for Youth Organizing, Critically Conscious Youth Development, Intermediary Supports, Mini-Grants >>

Valley Community Foundation

AWARDED ONGOING: Needs and Opportunities Grants >>
AWARDED ONGOING: Valley Sponsorships >>

Webster Bank

AWARDED ON ROLLING BASIS: Grants Focusing on Financial Literacy, Food & Shelter, and Health & Human Services >>

Other Grants and RFPs

AARP Connecticut

SEPTEMBER: Application opens: AARP Community Challenge Grants >>

Connecticut Office of the Arts

SEPTEMBER 22: Application deadline: The Artist Fellowship Program >>

The Funders Network

SEPTEMBER 18: Application deadline: Partners for Places General Grants >>
SEPTEMBER 18: Application deadline: Partners for Places Green Storm Water Infrastructure (GSI) Grant >>
SEPTEMBER 30: Application deadline: Partners for Places Mini Grants >>

Community Foundation of Middlesex County

SEPTEMBER 21: Application deadline: 2020-2021 Competitive Application Cycle >>

Torrington Savings Foundation

SEPTEMBER 30: Application deadline: Grants that Drive Economic Development through Neighborhood Revitalization and Education >>

Impact Fairfield County

OCTOBER 14: Letter of Inquiry deadline: Grants for Nonprofits Reaching Underserved Populations and Highlight Unmet Needs in Fairfield County >> 


Read the latest news about CCP member colleagues.

United Way of Connecticut recently announced the appointment of Lisa Tepper Bates as its new president and CEO, effective October 1, 2020. Lisa brings over 25 years of experience working in diplomacy and nonprofit leadership, most recently named by Governor Ned Lamont as Connecticut's senior coordinator for housing and transit-oriented development. She will succeed Richard Porth, who will retire in September after 12 years with the organization. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Lisa took on the role of chair of the Recovery and Immediate Needs Subgroup of the state's emergency management team. She worked with senior leadership from state and federal agencies alongside leaders from nonprofits, trade associations, advocacy organizations, and philanthropy on a wide range of emergency response efforts. She also helped develop a statewide framework to engage multi-sector partners in planning for recovery from the impacts of COVID. Read more >>

Each year, Partnership for Strong Communities invites people to help celebrate the prestigious Reaching Home Awardees. The Awards are presented to individuals and groups that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to preventing and ending homelessness in Connecticut. This year, during the Virtual 2020 Reaching Home Awards Event, Partnership for Strong Communities honored Richard J. Porth, president and CEO of United Way of Connecticut, with the Barbara Geller Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual who has worked tirelessly throughout their lifetime or career to help people experiencing homelessness to find housing and support, reconnect with family and friends, and reach their full potential. Learn more >>

Connecticut Health and Development Institute (CHDI) recently welcomed Cynthia Fitzgerald, CPA, MHA to the Board of Directors of CHDI and the Children’s Fund of Connecticut. She replaces Seth Van Essendelft, former controller of Connecticut Children’s, who relocated to Florida. Cynthia is the chief financial officer for Connecticut Children’s Specialty Group and is currently serving as interim controller for Connecticut Children’s. She is a seasoned healthcare executive with expertise in operations, finance, revenue cycle, strategy, and physician relations. Read more >>

Lisa Honigfeld, vice president for health initiatives for Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI), is retiring after overseeing pediatric primary and preventative care initiatives for the past 15 years and also serving as senior advisor for the Office for Community Child Health at Connecticut Children's. For the past two years, Lisa has served as vice president of the Children's Fund of Connecticut, the parent organization to CHDI, and was co-chair of the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative. Read more >>

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has promoted Candice Tabone to Program Manager. Candice has been with the Foundation since January 2019 and excelled in her role as Office Manager, overseeing all office operations and aiding the Foundation in fulfilling its mission. As Program Manager, she will be managing the Scholarship Program as well as the grants program for the Foundation’s supporting organization, The Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin. Read more >>

Everyday Democracy (Paul J. Aicher Foundation) recently welcomed Alena Mazotas as its digital engagement manager, a new position. Before joining Everyday Democracy, Alena was the communications strategist at Newman’s Own Foundation, where she worked to tell the stories of the grantees supported by the Foundation. She has also worked for other nonprofits including Save the Children and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Read more >>

As part of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's grantmaking redesign process, Vice President Elysa Gordon will lead its new Community Impact Team. Elyssa is responsible for the overall executive direction of Community Impact and the newly created team comprised of her and four directors: Megan Burke, director of community impact grantmaking; Judy McBride, director of strategic partnership investments; Kate Szczerbacki, director of strategic learning and evaluation; and Melanie Tavares, director of capacity building and nonprofit support. Read more >> 

Erika Frank, senior community investments officer for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, was recently honored with Hartford Business Journal's 40 Under Forty Awards. The Awards recognize outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area excelling in their industries through their leadership roles. Read more >> 


The New Canaan Community Foundation recently announced changes to its Board of Directors for the 2020-21 year starting on July 1. The Foundation has named Laura Dobbin as the new Board Chair. Laura has served on the Foundation's Board since 2018. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she worked in New York City for 12 years as a Manager at Anderson Consulting (Accenture) and Vice President at Lehman Brothers in Derivative Products. Laura follows Sharon Stevenson, who served as Board Chair since 2017. Joining as new Board members are New Canaan residents Aaron Cooper, head of school at New Canaan Country School; Karen Mactas, an active volunteer in the school system and the community; Jeffrey Williams, a volunteer climate change advocate; and Kristina Woods, an HBS Community Partners volunteer. Read more >> 


Find job posts from CCP members, other funders, and nonprofits. Have an opening at your organization? Contact Laurie Allen to include your position in CCP's Jobs Bank. Learn more >>


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