Member eBrief - August 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The power of good work . . . CCP updates >>

The power of good networks . . . CCP program and network meeting calendar >>

The power of good connections . . . Member news >>     Jobs in Philanthropy >>

The power of good ideas . . . New resources >>     Trends and perspectives >>      Other events >>

The power of good people . . . Colleague news >>             

  The power of good work . . . CCP updates    

The Forum Leads a New Network to Advance Philanthropy

CCP staff recently returned from the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers' annual conference where they unveiled their new name, United Philanthropy Forum. The United Philanthropy Forum is a national network that "actively supports and strengthens the field of philanthropy to benefit communities and improve lives throughout the country." Their new name and look reflect a new vision which includes regional organizations, like CCP, and national philanthropy-serving organizations, such as Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. For CCP members this means greater access to national grantmaking experts and potentially more collaboration.

Forum's Voice: Building a More United Philanthropy Field
In his most recent blog post, the Forum's President & CEO, David Biemesderfer looks back at the journey to their new name and mission and how it all came to fruition at their annual conference, where the vision of the network was compared to an image of skydivers joining together.

Read the blog post >>         

August is Black Philanthropy Month - How can you get involved?

Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), held every August since 2011, was created by the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network as a world-wide celebration of African-descent giving. BPM seeks to "inform, involve, inspire, and invest in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving."

The theme for 2017 is Giving Voice to Fuel Change. How can you get involved? Attend a philanthropy or community related event, join or start a giving circle in your community, amplify #BPM2017 nationwide via social media, or donate to a cause of interest. For more ways to get involved or participate in #BPM2017, check out the 2017 Participant Guide. You can follow happenings via social media with the hashtag #BPM2017. For the rest of the year, follow #BPM365.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has a big rollout for Black Philanthropy Month. During the month of August they are featuring black philanthropic leaders in blog posts and rolling out a social media campaign ( highlighting African – American philanthropic leaders connected to The Community Foundation. Internally they are hosting a "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Lunch is On Us” with staff.

CCP maintains a Black Philanthropy webpage with resources and links. Let us know what you are doing to acknowledge and celebrate Black Philanthropy Month and we will help amplify your message.     

The power of good investments

New Member Discount: The United Philanthropy Forum has partnered with RingCentral to offer CCP Members a 15% discount off monthly service (with a minimum two-year agreement) and $50 discount off all RingCentral-offered phones.

Learn about other member discounts >>       

FEATURED PROGRAM: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America >>

A conversation with author Richard Rothstein presented by the Fairfield County Funder Network in partnership with Open Communities Alliance.

For staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations and invited guests

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Program: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Optional Lunch & Tour: 12:00 - 2:00 pm*
Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan

In his groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein makes it clear that segregation was the result of local, state and federal laws that promoted discrimination and that those patterns continue today. Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, states “The American landscape will never look the same to readers of this important book.”

Richard’s talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Read the book review of Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law >>

The program is free to CCP members and invited guests. Register by Monday, September 11 >>

*All are welcome to stay for an optional buffet lunch and private tour of Grace Farms to learn more about this unique open space with award-winning architecture and a dedication to nature, the arts, justice, community and faith. The cost is $14 per person. Register by Tuesday, September 5 >>

QUESTIONS? contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.    

Other Opportunities

  The power of good networks . . . CCP program & network meeting calendar


For questions about any of CCP's programs or network meetings, contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.



August 23: Corporate Webinar Series: Leveraging Grants Management for Effective Grantmaking >>
August 24: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
August 29: Community Foundation Boot Camp - Boston >>


September 13: A Conversation with Hartford Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez >>
September 13: Community Foundation Webinar Series: Fund Agreements >>
September 13: The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America >>
September 14: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
September 19: CCP Member Orientation Webinar >>
September 20: Talk Workforce Grantmaking with CCP President Karla Fortunato >>
September 25: Community Foundation CEO Meeting >>
September 28: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
September 28: Family Foundation Webinar: Going Beyond Grantmaking: Using Impact Investing Tools for Mission >>


October 3: Funder/Grantee Relationships—A Candid Conversation >>
October 3: Youth Philanthropy Webinar Series: Overcoming Obstacles: Successful Media Strategies to Share Impact >>
October 11: Community Foundation Webinar Series: IT Security Basics >>
October 16: Collaboration Conversation, Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Funder Network >>
October 18: Corporate Webinar Series: Triple Bottom Line Best Practices >>
October 26: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
October 27: Communication Network >>


Visit CCP's curated list of local, regional and national affinity group webinars and events.       

  The power of good connections . . . Member news


The Trust for Learning is CCP's newest member! "The Trust is a collaborative fund made up of grantmakers and systems thinkers who, together, aim to accelerate the supply of 'ideal learning' programs while helping practitioners build public demand through advocacy and marketing." Their grants go primarily to convening leaders from across the country to think collectively about systems change in early childhood education, and the Trust is now investing in place-based early childhood endeavors to bring high-quality developmental opportunities to every child in the community it serves. Stephanie Miller is the exective director, and Marianne McCall, of the McCall Kulak Family Foundation, and David Nee sit on the Trust's advisory board. Learn more >>    


A Webinar to Reflect & Discuss: The Relationship Between Reproductive Health & Economic Security >>
AUGUST 24: 12:00 - 12:25 PM: Webinar
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Fairfield County's Community Foundation is hosting a series of specially-themed webinars to spark discussions and launch them into the next 25 years. The August webinar will explore the relationship between contraceptives and a wide array of benefits to women, men, children, and the community. Andrea Kane, Vice President, Policy and Strategic Partnerships of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is the featured guest. FCCF will also share more about the ways in which it is working with partners to build strong communities across Fairfield County. Register >>    

We are proud of the significant Connecticut representation at the Community Foundation Opportunity Network's Learning & Action Forum.  The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, attended the CFON Forum in Chicago. CFON is a national leadership and action network of community foundations committed to narrowing the youth opportunity gap. Participating foundations serve communities with a spectrum of geographic, demographic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity. They welcome additional community foundations and other change-oriented funders. Elysa Gordon, senior advisor to the president, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, is on CFON's steering committee.      

Consultants play a large role in the work of nonprofits. That’s why the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Nonprofit Support Program (NSP), along with a number of other local funders, worked to overhaul a directory that for years has been helping nonprofits to find the right consultants for their projects. The New England Nonprofit Consultant Directory ( represents a complete upgrade and expansion of the existing consultant directory. In addition to new design and improved search capabilities, the new directory provides access to consultants serving all of New England as well as New York.     

David Addams, executive director of William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, recently wrote for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, What We Mean by Equity at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. David's letter decribes the Foundation's work as they proceed with fulfilling its new mission statement adopted a year ago. "After almost a year of reflection and discussion between the staff and the trustees, we have chosen to illuminate the impact of inequity on the educational and life outcomes of people of color along with those who live in low income communities." Read the letter >>

Three CCP members, Aetna, Comcast and Prudential, were recognized as 2017 Civic 50 honorees. The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey. By benchmarking and celebrating best practices, it provides a framework for good corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills, and other resources to improve the quality of life in their communities. Learn more >>



Comcast - 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report >>

Fairfield County's Community Foundation - 2017 Giving Day Community Report >>

United Way of Connecticut - July Community Connection - Extreme Heat Precations and Local Cooling Centers >>


Connecticut Health Foundation - What's New in Health ? >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - A Subtle Journey Toward Transformation >>          With Gratitude >>

Melville Charitable Trust - What Can You Do in 100 Days? House 100 Youth? You Bet! >>     Meet the Yuth Action Hub >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - Why the ACA Repeal Was Stopped, at Least for Now >>

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund - What We Mean by Equity at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund >>      


Valley Community Foundation - 2016 Year in Review, Remarks by Sharon Closius, VCF President & CEO >>

  The power of good connections . . . Jobs in philanthropy

Find Jobs in Philanthropy >> 

  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation - Communications Officer  


  The power of good ideas . . . New resources

CT by the Numbers recently highlighted a new study on older Americans. "More than half of single adults age 65 and older in Connecticut can’t afford food, housing or other basic necessities, based on their income.  The 'economic insecurity' of that population ranks Connecticut the 13th highest rate in the nation." The new report, Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans Insecurity in the States 2016, was published by the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Publications at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Gerontology Institute. Read more @ CT by the Numbers >>

Anchored in Place: How Funders Are Helping Anchor Institutions Strengthen Local Economies, a new report issued by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities as part of their Anchors Institution Funders’ Group, examines the potential these deeply rooted local enterprises hold to create lasting and sustainable change—and illustrates how funders are working with anchor institutions to create healthier, more equitable, and economically vibrant places to live and work.

A report from the Council on Foundations finds that despite efforts to advance diverse recruitment and retention practices, foundations have failed to increase the percentage of women and racial/ethnic minorities on staff and in leadership positions. The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector, reports that between 2006 and 2015 the share of women in full-time positions at foundations rose less than a percentage point, to 77%, while that of minorities increased from 22.65% to 24.33%.   

  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives


-- The Conversation     

-- Philantopic, Foundation Center's Blog

-- The Chronicle of Philanthropy               

  The power of good people . . . Colleague news

Are you new to your organization or have you received a promotion, certification or award? Have you presented at a conference or event or have you published a blog or report? Send your news and a photo to: Laurie Allen, Director of Communications.


Mercedes MacAlpine has joined the Perrin Family Foundation as its new Program Associate. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mercedes served as an AmeriCorps Public Ally in Hartford. Through that nonprofit management apprenticeship program, she gained invaluable skills, working with teammates to record and analyze qualitative data, host community events, and collaborate with local organizations. She was formally partnered with Husky Programs and UCONN Husky Sport where she curated social media content and delivered wellness education through a sports-based youth-development lens to students in Hartford. Read more >>


The MetroHartford Alliance has announced that Oz Griebel, president and CEO since its inception in 2001, will leave his position at the end of the calendar year to pursue other leadership opportunities. Read more >>

"The Real Story: Oz Griebel" - >>  



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The Member eBrief, is a CCP members-only electronic newsletter. Members receive the monthly publication to keep them current on upcoming CCP programs, member and colleague news, trends, and new resources. Members are encouraged to send press releases, public events, announcements, newsletters, and colleague news to Laurie Allen, Director of Communications. 2017 Publication Dates: September 7, October 5, November 9 and December 7. Submission Deadline: Close of business one week before the publication date.

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