Member eBrief - December 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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 >>

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

CCP's Annual Meeting and Philanthropy Awards

CCP announces a two-year schedule starting in 2017 when the Annual Meeting will be a keynote luncheon event, and in 2018, a full-day philanthropy conference. The luncheon and conference will alternate every year.

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, May 12, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Hartford Marriot Downtown

Keynote Speaker: Heather C. McGhee, president, Demos

Heather C. McGhee is president of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. A recognized thought leader on the national stage, McGhee frequently appears on shows such as Meet the Press, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Her opinions, writing and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation, and The Hill. She is one of The Root’s "23 Black Political Pundits You Should Know" and one of Grist’s "50 People You’ll Be Talking about in 2016." She has received the NYU’s McSilver Award for Leaders in the Fight Against Poverty and Citizen Action of New York’s Progressive Leadership Award. Read Heather's Bio >>

To learn about Annual Meeting sponsorship opportunites, contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.

Philanthropy Awards -They're back!

Over many years, CCP has developed a tradition of giving out special awards in recognition of leadership, service and innovation in philanthropy.  The John H. Filer Award and the Martha S. Newman Award will be announced in time for the CCP annual meeting and luncheon in May 2017, and every other year thereafter. The Nancy S. Roberts Award will be given in 2018 at the biennial CCP conference, and at each biennial conference thereafter.

The board of directors believes that each of these awards will continue to inspire everyone in the field, as well as honor the recipients. Each award has a distinguished list of past recipients that represent the best in philanthropy. Help us continue the tradition by nominating recipients for the Filer Award and/or the Newman Award.

Find Philanthropy Award Nomination Materials and Nominate a Colleague >>  

A Vote of Confidence!

Thank you to CCP members who have already renewed their support for 2017. Twice as many members have renewed as compared to last year at this time; and Leadership Fund gifts are also ahead. We appreciate this vote of confidence! You are part of a growing network of philanthropic organizations who work together to be an effective voice for Connecticut philanthropy and an example of the power of good leadership.

Membership renewals and Leadership Fund gifts may be made as a grant. Let us know if CCP needs to make a formal application under your existing guidelines.

The CCP membership renewals are due on January 1.

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

Are You on the Map?

Attention all e-Reporters! Is your organization close to completing their grantmaking for 2016? Be sure to submit your grants data to to have access to the most timely and accurate information on the CT Grantmaking Map.

Remember, all CCP Members have access to the Connecticut Grantmaking Map >>

Can't find your organization on the map? It's just two easy steps to join >> Don't see your colleague grantmaker on the map? Then send them the link and urge them to Get on the Map!

Looking to join Get On the Map? Participate in A Quick How-to Webinar on December 8 to learn how grantmakers can enhance their grantmaking capacity by improving the quality and timeliness of grants data.

QUESTIONS? Contact Carolyn Giuliano, Special Project Manager, 860-525-5585.

Foundations On The Hill - #FOTH17

A delegation from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) will be participating in Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) on March 20-22, 2017. This three-day event brings together foundation leaders from across the country to DC for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. Connecticut foundation staff and trustees are invited to attend meetings on Capitol Hill to personally discuss their work with members of Congress.

Dave Davison, CCP's Interim President has attended FOTH for many years as President & CEO of American Savings Foundation, and as a past member of the CCP Board. He comments, "This past year’s meetings with our state's Congressional delegation and their staff members were especially worthwhile. Senator Murphy, Congressman Larson and Congressman Himes were each able to spend time with us to discuss our concerns and share ideas. It is a genuine American experience to get face to face with our elected leaders and be part of the never-ending, sometimes frustrating, always fascinating democratic process. It was an honor to help represent the CCP membership this year along with Juanita James from Fairfield County's Community Foundation and Jim Williamson from Community Foundation of Greater New Britain."

The purpose of #FOTH17 is to:

  • Inform and educate Congress about philanthropy
  • Create visibility for foundations and philanthropy on Capitol Hill
  • Advocate on issues affecting foundations
  • Encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues

#FOTH17 is presented by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (Forum), in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Council on Foundations.

QUESTIONS? To learn more about FOTH and to register to attend, contact Dave Davison, Interim President, 860-525-5585.

Funder Opportunites

Investing for Results

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is offering a new program to equip funders to accelerate results. Investing for Results is a short, intensive program dedicated to closing disparities by giving funders the frameworks, skills and tools needed to shape their grant making so that it clearly communicates and guides their own organizations, their grantees and their partners toward results-oriented and highly collaborative strategies. Additionally, like other Casey leadership development opportunities, Investing for Results will build capacity in five key competencies: using data to drive decisions and track progress; advancing racial equity and opportunity; using oneself as an instrument of change; developing adaptive leadership skills to solve complex problems; working collaboratively to achieve results.

Investing for Results will be offered twice in 2017. The first program will take place over two three-day sessions, and the second program will take place over three two-day sessions. Applications are due by January 6, 2017, and can be submitted at any time until that date. Selections will be announced by January 23. To apply, visit and register for an account or sign in.

Community Foundation Boot Camp

Through our partnership with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is pleased to offer this program at a member rate to CCP member community foundations. The training will be provided by the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA).  IPA, thanks to ongoing support from Lilly Endowment Inc., offers a training and technical assistance program for community foundations, known as GIFT, and has a comprehensive curriculum and experienced trainers. Dates this year are:

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

Featured Program: SNAP ET Brief for Funders: How to leverage your grant dollars >>

For staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Webinar: 2:00 to 3:00 pm


In recent years a lot of national attention has been brought to the employment and training provisions of the Farm Bill - specifically the food stamp (SNAP) Employment and Training program (SNAP ET). This webinar will describe a current DSS initiative to redesign and expand the state's SNAP ET program to make it a skills-driven, career pathways oriented program capable of serving many more SNAP recipients than is currently possible. Learn how funders will be able to leverage their existing grantmaking dollars in the areas of adult education and literacy, ESOL, workforce development, job search, and other efforts that increase self-sufficiency.

Program and Meeting Calendar >>

For questions about any of CCP's programs or Network meetings, contact Carolyn Giuliano, special project manager, 860-525-5585.


December 8: Education Affinity Group >>
December 8: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
December 15: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
December 15: SNAP ET Brief for Funders: How to Leverage your grant dollars - Webinar >>
December 20: 2016 ALICE Update Report - Webinar >>


January 10: Legislative Session Preview - Webinar >>
January 12: Being Grounded in Philanthropy >
January 12: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
January 25: Education Affinity Group >>
January 26: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>


February 2: Greater Hartford Funder Network >>
February 9: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
February 23: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
February 24: Communication Network >>


March 20-22, 2017:  Foundations on the Hill, Washington, DC

April 4-6, 2017: Center for Effective Philanthropy - Leading Effective Foundations, Boston, MA (offered at a reduced rate for CCP Members)

May 12, 2017: CCP Annual Meeting and Philanthropy Awards, Hartford, CT


To help you with planning out your year, CCP has curated a list of webinars and local, regional and national events of interest to CCP members.

  The power of good connections . . . Member news

Leadership Development Roundtable Transition

In a Q&A with Meghan Lowney, Executive Director of The Zoom Foundation and Founder of the Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR), it was announced that LDR will be transitioning to a new nonprofit called Five Frogs, Inc. Five Frogs will operate LDR as one of its programs and create new services and initiatives to support leadership capacity. Read the Q&A here >>

Member Publications

Nellie Mae Education Foundation has released a new report, Results From A Two-Year Study Of The Effects Of Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) On Student Outcomes in New Hampshire, which explores what makes students more likely to participate in and more likely to experience short- and long-term gains from ELOs.

Three CCP Member publications were announced in last month's Connecticut Philanthropy Digest:

Member Blog Posts

Connecticut Health Foundation - Keep Calm and Carry On >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - We Can't Afford to Go Backwards >>

Member Audio

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut - Moving Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck for Struggling Connecticut Families >>

  The power of good ideas . . . New resources

Grantmakers for Effective Organization's (GEO) new resource, Shaping Culture through Key Moments, is designed to help grantmakers focus on nurturing a productive culture that makes them better able to support nonprofits in their missions to create transformational change.


Women’s Philanthropy Institute and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, have released their latest Women Give report. Women Give 2016 investigates how giving by young adults has changed over four decades, according to gender. It also explores how women’s role in the family and in decision-making about giving has changed over time and how this impacts giving.


Center for Effective Philanthropy's (CEP), report, The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective, captures foundation leaders’ views on challenges and concerns about the changing landscape in which they work, practices they believe to hold the most promise for helping foundations reach their potential, and the most pressing issues that will influence foundation philanthropy in the coming years.

  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives

-- Philanthropy 411 Blog

-- Council on Foundations Trendspotting Series

-- Stanford Social Innovation Review

-- National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

  The power of good people . . . Colleague news

Welcome New Colleagues

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is pleased to announce that Peggy Atherlay has joined the organization as its new director of resource development. Athlerlay comes to United Way with a wealth of experience in strategic communications, resource development and donor relations. Peggy will help lead the organization’s efforts to increase contributions, workplace partnerships and manage donor relationships through the United Way Campaign and other year-round initiatives. Read more >>

Colleague Happenings

CCP welcomes another network leader! Julie Matthews, administrative assistant for Main Street Community Foundation, is a new co-chair of the Foundation Adminstrator Network. She joins Patti Faustini who is the director of the executive office for the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund.


Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Kristy Jelenik as the Development Director. Kristy Jelenik joined Fairfield County’s Community Foundation in 2013 after a decade of working with nonprofits in Connecticut and New York. As the Development Director, Kristy will be creating and implementing a comprehensive cultivation and stewardship program that includes tailored strategies for all major prospects and donors. Read more >>


Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Senior Philanthropic Advisor Ann Bova has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The achievement provides Bova and the Community Foundation with advanced tools and knowledge to assist donors in managing their wealth, planning their estates and reaching their charitable giving goals. Read more >>


J.R. Logan, Director of Digital Resources for United Way of Greater New Haven was recognized by the New Haven Chamber of Commerce as one of 12 Millennial Leaders “making an outstanding difference in the professional and outside world.” Read more >>


  About the Member eBrief

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: January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July, 10, August 7, September 5, October 2, November 6 and December 4. Submission Deadline: Close of business one week before the publication date.

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