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HARTFORD, CT -- Companies and organizations are in need of smart, competent leaders more than ever. As the coronavirus pandemic upends the economy and changes the way companies, governments, colleges and nonprofits do business — likely forever — organizations need strong leaders who can guide them through an ever-changing landscape. Amid so much uncertainty, now seemed like as good a time as any for Hartford Business Journal to publish its first Power 50 list, which identifies business and civic leaders whose influence has a significant impact on the Greater Hartford economy and community. Jay Williams, president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, was identified as #18 on the first Power 50 list.

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WATERBURY, CT -- A COVID-19 Response Fund, established by the Connecticut Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Waterbury less than a month ago, is responding to people’s needs. Each non-profit organization added $50,000 to start the fund, so that local organizations could submit and receive grants in a timeframe that is condensed to days instead of weeks or even months.

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PLAINVILLE, CT -- The Main Street Community Foundation has proactively awarded $4,000 to the Plainville Community Food Pantry and $1,000 to Plainville Social Services. This money will help with some of the biggest community needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SHARON, CT -- Foundation for Community Health is now accepting proposals for up to $15,000 through our COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program.

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HARTFORD, CT -- At the April 15, 2020 board meeting, the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) Board of Directors approved the replacement of their typical three grant cycles (Client, Nonprofit, Targeted) for FY 2021 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HARTFORD, CT -- Data shows that the new coronavirus is disproportionately striking black and Hispanic residents and killing black residents at a significantly higher rate than others. This is a tragic reflection of a longstanding reality in our state and country – widespread racial and ethnic health disparities.

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CONNECTICUT -- Working families and individuals who have lost jobs or hours during the COVID-19 emergency might have another source of assistance through a new United Way fund offering $200 electronic cash cards to eligible recipients. The fund is part of the Connecticut United Ways Statewide COVID-19 Response Fund, created with funding from major corporations and donations from the public.

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MIDDLETOWN, CT -- Liberty Bank today announced that through their charitable foundation they are committing $100,000 to help area hospitals and frontline healthcare workers in Connecticut.

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TORRINGTON, CT -- The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded $40,350 in Rapid Response Grants to nonprofits providing for basic needs in Northwest Connecticut.

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WATERBURY, CT -- Webster Bank announced today a $100,000 donation to United Way COVID-19 Response Funds as part of its commitment to support its local communities. The Funds assist agencies and families which are facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide assistance for basic needs including food, shelter, health care and childcare.

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