Member eBrief - February 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 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 >>

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


Deadline Extended to February 15

Honor a colleague or community leader by submitting a nomination for one of CCP's Philanthropy Awards. 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. 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 >>  


CCP's Annual Meeting & Philanthropy Awards >>

Friday, May 12: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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. Read Heather's recent opinion piece in the New York Times - 'I'm Prejudiced,' He Said. Then We Kept Talking. >>



Thank you to our sponsors:



The Travelers Companies, Inc.



Connecticut Health Foundation

New Alliance Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Special thanks to: Premier Accounting

Would you like to sponsor our annual event? We are still accepting sponsorships; benefits include recognition and tickets to the event. Learn more here >> Or contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.  


We thank the following organizations for their renewed/committed membership! 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.

Check the list. Is your organization represented here? The renewal deadline is March 31, 2017.

Aetna Foundation & Aetna
Ahearn Family Foundation
Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday
Alexion Pharmaceuticals
American Savings Foundation
Aurora Foundation for Women &
     Girls in Greater Hartford
Bank of America
Berkshire Taconic Community
J. Walton Bissell Foundation
Branford Community Foundation
Children's Fund of Connecticut
Cigna Foundation
The Community Foundation for
     Greater New Haven
The Community Foundation of
     Eastern Connecticut
Community Foundation of Greater
     New Britain
Ruth S. Conant Trust
Connecticut Bar Foundation
Connecticut Community
Connecticut Health and Educational
     Facilities Authority (CHEFA)
Connecticut Health Foundation
Connecticut Humanities
Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust
Cox Communications
Donaghue Foundation
The Eder Family Foundation
George H.C. Ensworth
     Memorial Fund
Eversource and Eversource
Fairfield County's Community
Farmington Bank Community
Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
Foundation for Community Health
Gawlicki Family Foundation*
William Caspar Graustein Memorial
William C. Graustein
The Grossman Family FoundationThe Fund for Greater
The Goodnow Fund
The Guilford Foundation
The Hampshire Foundation
Hartford Foundation for Public
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Jeniam Foundation
Jewish Community Foundation of
     Greater Hartford
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Knox Foundation
Ethel and Abe Lapides Foundation
The Leever Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Lone Pine Foundation
The Lumpkin Family Foundation
Main Street Community Foundation
Elizabeth Mitchell Family
MetroHartford Alliance
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
New Canaan Community
NewAlliance Foundation
Newman's Own Foundation
Leo & Libby Nevas Family
Northwest Connecticut Community
The Nutmeg Foundation
Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation
People's United Community
Perrin Family Foundation
PKF O'Connor Davies
The Prudential Foundation
Reid and Riege
The Rockfall Foundation
SBM Charitable Foundation
Seedlings Foundation
SI Financial Group Foundation
Swindells Charitable Foundation
Louis F. and Mary A. Tagliatela
Tauck Family Foundation
The Tow Foundation
Travelers & the Travelers
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
United Technologies Corporation
United Way of Central &
     Northeastern Connecticut
United Way of Coastal Fairfield
United Way of Connecticut
United Way of Greater New Haven
Universal Health Care Foundation
     of Connecticut
Valley Community Foundation
H. A. Vance Foundation
Webster Bank
The ZOOM Foundation

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


  • A Critical Time for Philanthropy’s Voice to Be Heard

In his most recent blog, Davis Biemesderfer, President & CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, has highlighted the importance of philanthropy to be a voice for the issues and values it cares about regardless of political affiliation. He also discusses the Forum’s role in this work and the value of Foundations on the Hill to bring philanthropy’s collective voice to the Hill. The Forum is CCP's national affiliate organization.

If there were ever a time for philanthropy to speak with a strong voice on the issues and values it cares about, now is the time. Whenever there is a new Congress and new Presidential administration, it is a critical moment for all sectors to ensure they are being heard—philanthropy included. That need is heightened for philanthropy during this time of significant divisiveness in our country, as I’ve written about before . . .

. . . Tax reform is widely expected to be on the table for Congress this year, so the Forum is working closely with our members and partners to ensure that the tax code continues to include provisions to incentivize charitable giving—most notably the charitable deduction. At a time when we need more resources than ever before to solve the urgent social problems in our communities, we should be doing everything in our power to encourage as much charitable giving as possible to benefit all of us.

To ensure that federal policymakers understand the important role of philanthropy in our communities, the Forum is presenting Foundations on the Hill on March 20-22, in partnership with the Council on Foundations and the Alliance for Charitable Reform. Foundations on the Hill is the one time each year when philanthropy speaks with a strong, collective voice on Capitol Hill. We need to ensure that Congress understands the value of philanthropy to our communities and our country, and to stress the importance of doing all that we can to encourage more charitable giving. Read the complete blog >>

  • Foundations on the Hill CT Delegation Formed

CCP's Connecticut delegation for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) on March 20-22, 2017, includes: Linda Franciscovich, The Grossman Family Foundation; Judith Meyers, Connecticut Children's Fund; Frances Padilla, Universal Health Care Foundation of CT; Nancy von Euler, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, and Dave Davison, interim president, CCP. The delegation will attend meetings on Capitol Hill to personally discuss their work with members of Congress. If you are interested in participating in all or part of FOTH, or would like a special concern brought before our congressmen, contact Dave Davison, at 860-525-5585. Learn more >>  

  • IRS Issues Guidance on Administrative Expenses for Private Foundations

The IRS recently released new guidance to provide additional clarity on the rules for private foundations treating administrative expenses as qualifying distributions. The guidance includes analysis and resources for interpreting and addressing this specific, technical tax issue. Read more >>

Monday, February 27: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Funders Committee for Civic Participation and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

This webiner is about why philanthropy should care about the census and how the success or failure of this important civic engagement project will impact grantmaking and the communities that continue to be at risk. Explore philanthropy’s role in ensuring a fair and accurate census, and identify points of entry and engagement at local and national levels. Learn about the current policy challenges for funding, design and implementation of the census; hear about recent research that provides guidance for making the case for philanthropy’s role in the census; and explore specific options for how organizations can engage in ensuring a fair and accurate census count.   


Welcome to our newest member ‘On the Map’: Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation! NWCCF joins our 29 members who have access to timely and quality grantmaking data in Connecticut. Find out if your organization on the Connecticut Grantmaking Map >>

Myth: Compiling grants data for ‘Get on the Map’ takes too much time.

Fact: The Foundation Center has partnered with most grants management software providers for easy exportation.

Check to see if your platform is on the list of software partners for more detailed instructions on how to e-Report.

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

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

FEATURED PROGRAM: CCP Member Orientation Webinar >>

For staff and trustees of CCP member organizations

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Webinar: 10:00 to 11:00 am

New to the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy? Looking for a refresher on all the networks, programs and resources available to members? Join us for this webinar to get acquainted or reacquainted with all CCP has to offer its members. The presentation includes a guided tour of CCP’s website.


Dee Goodrich
Director of Member Engagement, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

Laurie Allen
Director of Communications, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy


Through our national affiliate, the Forum of Regional Associations (Forum), we are able to offer CCP members access to webinars produced by our colleague regional associations. This is part of our strategic plan to "increase the number of programs and activities offered in partnership with national and regional colleagues in order to leverage the knowledge and resources they represent for the benefit of Connecticut grantmakers."

Community Foundation Webinars Series >
These webinars are designed specifically for the community foundation audience, but there are some topics that will be relevant to all members.

Corporate Webinars Series >>
These webinars are designed for companies with a corporate foundation, a donor-advised fund at a community foundation, or a giving program.


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


February 8: Community Foundation Webinar Series: National Standards >>
February 9: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
February 13: Community Foundation Boot Camp - Seattle >>
February 14: Immigrant Families in Connecticut Post-Election: How Does Philanthropy Respond? Webinar >>
February 22: CCP Member Orientation Webinar >>
February 22: Corporate Webinar Series: Effective Employee Engagement Strategies >>
February 23: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
February 24: Communication Network >>
February 27: Making Philanthropy Count - Census 2020 Webinar >>


March 1: Community Foundation Webinar Series: Women's Philanthropy Investing in Women and Girls >>
March 6: Eastern Connecticut Funder Network >>
March 7: Program Officer Network >>
March 9: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
March 13: Community Foundation CEO Meeting >>
March 15: Workforce Affinity Group >>
March 20-22: Foundations on the Hill - Washington, DC >>
March 23: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
March 23: Foundation Administrator Network >>


April 6: Greater Hartford Funder Network >>
April 12: Community Foundation Webinar Series: Age-Friendly Communities >>
April 19: Corporate Webinar Series: CSR as a Talent Attraction and Retention Strategy >>
April 27: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>


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

CCP-The-power-of-membership-logo WELCOME NEW MEMBER!

The Gawlicki Family Foundation is the newest CCP member. The foundation, which was established in 2011, is seeking to "find solutions that will improve individual and community opportunity." It's funding focus is areas are health, education and language translation training. Ted and Mary Gawlicki are the founders/trustees. Visit their CCP Member Directory listing >>


Examining regional demographics, economic opportunity, education, health, quality of life, and happiness, Fairfield County Community Wellbeing Index 2016 was released by DataHaven, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and a team of leaders from regional hospitals, foundations, government agencies, and community organizations. The Community Wellbeing Index studied the communities, populations, and neighborhoods of Fairfield County, as well as the opportunities available and the issues facing the area.


Beginning in 2016, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Health Equity Roundtable, in conjunction with Harvard Pilgrim’s Center for Inclusion Initiatives, have been collaborating to learn more about the issues that impact health disparities in transgender communities. In March of 2016, the Roundtable convened members of the transgender communities in Boston. The findings have been summarized in a report, Transgender Health Care in Greater Boston, which has been featured in the Boston Globe.


Child Health and Development Institute's (CHDI) latest publication, Promoting Children's Health in Early Care and Education Settings by Supporting Health Consultation, summarizes research on the role and benefits of health consultation in early learning settings, and reviews policies, regulations, training, and payment structures used to support health consultation in Connecticut and other states. CHDI is a subsidiary of Children Fund of Connecticut.


Funder Briefing on Youth Justice
FEBRUARY 14: 2:00 PM: The Tow Youth Justice Institute at the University of New Haven, 1076 Campbell Avenue, New Haven
The Tow Foundation is pleased to invite funders to an informal gathering to learn about the impressive efforts of the Tow Youth Justice Institute at the University of New Haven to help our state and cities improve the treatment of youth and young adults caught up in the justice system. Learn how the Institute’s policy, reform and advocacy efforts may align with your foundation’s work and goals for young people. RSVP to Donna Pfrommer,, 203-932-7361.


Children's Fund of Connecticut - Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) Newsletter >>

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - Community Currents >>

New Canaan Community Foundation - 2015-2016 Annual Report >>

United Way of Connecticut - January Community Connections >>


Community Foundation of Greater New Britain - During Unsettling Times, A Civil, Caring Community Begins Within >>

Connecticut Health Foundation - (Primary) Care…No Matter What. >>

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (Lisa Graustein) - Why We Don’t Wear Mohawks. A Conversation about Who We Are and Cultural Appropriation with My 7-Year Old. >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - Investing in Talent: What's Good for Business is Essential for Philanthropy >>

Melville Charitable Trust - What Does It Mean to End Chronic Homelessness (After We’ve Ended It)? >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - Trumpcare: "If You Break It, You Own It." >>


Main Street Community Foundation >>

Melville Charitable Trust >>


United Way of Greater New Haven - Neighbor to Neighbor Kickoff video >>     Vita Volunteers >>      

  The power of good ideas . . . New resources

Lucy Bernholz and Foundation Center have again teamed up to produce their annual industry forecast, Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017. The Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs attention to where to expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has added a new strategy, Communities in Crisis, to their Disaster Philanthropy Playbook. The strategy addresses the many unique needs filled by philanthropy in dealing with the growing number of difficult events happening in U.S. communities -- acts of violence, terrorism, oil spills, rioting, and a water crisis. Fairfield County's Community Foundation, United Way of Western Connecticut contributed to the Communities in Crisis strategy development. Both have contributed their Sandy Hook Responses to this resource. The Communities in Crisis kit includes Innovative Practices for Philanthropy to Implement, Key Take Aways, Further Reading and a Tip Sheet. Learn more >>


The TCC Group has released their new report, Foundations Need Capacity, Too: Initial Findings from the Foundation Core Capacity Assessment Tool (FCCAT). The report shares aggregate results from 54 participating foundations. TCC Group believes the findings offer an unprecedented look at how diverse foundations assess their own capacity.

  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives

-- Rated a top Blog in 2016 by Exponent Philanthropy: Jeffrey M. Glebocki, Strategy + Action /Philanthropy

-- Stanford Social Innovation Review  

  The power of good people . . . Colleague news


Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) has announced the election of Rodney (Rod) O. Powell, president, Corporate Citizenship for Eversource Energy, to the CCAT Board of Directors. At Eversource, Powell is primarily responsible for directing and managing the Eversource Energy Foundation and the company’s social responsibility programs. Powell serves on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. 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 11, February 8, 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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