Member eBrief - January 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 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

Nominate a Colleague or Community Leader for the Philanthropy Awards >>

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, 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.

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.

The Awards Nomination Deadline is January 31. Find Philanthropy Award Nomination Materials and Nominate a Colleague >>  

Sponsorships Available for CCP's Annual Event >>

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for CCP's Annual Meeting & Philanthropy Awards. Sponsor benefits include recognition and tickets to the event.
Learn more here >> Or contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.

CCP has announced 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 NYU’s McSilver Award for Leaders in the Fight Against Poverty, and Citizen Action of New York’s Progressive Leadership Award.

Read Heather's recent opinion piece in the New York Times - 'I'm Prejudiced,' He Said. Then We Kept Talking. >>

Has Your CCP Membership Been Renewed?

We thank the following organizations for their renewed 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.

J. Walton Bissell Foundation
Children's Fund of Connecticut
Cigna Foundation
Ruth S. Conant Trust
Connecticut Community Foundation
Connecticut Health Foundation
Connecticut Humanities
The Eder Family Foundation
George H.C. Ensworth Memorial
Farmington Bank Community
Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
The Fund for Greater Hartford
The Goodnow Fund
The Hampshire Foundation
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Jewish Community Foundation of
     Greater Hartford
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Main Street Community Foundation
MetroHartford Alliance
Newman's Own Foundation
The Nutmeg Foundation
The Prudential Foundation
The Rockfall Foundation
Seedlings Foundation
SI Financial Group Foundation
Swindells Charitable Foundation
The Tow Foundation
United Technologies Corporation
United Way of Central &
     Northeastern Connecticut
United Way of Connecticut
United Way of Greater New Haven
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
H. A. Vance Foundation
The ZOOM Foundation

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

Public Policy Update

Changes Coming for Nonprofits in the New Congress and New Administration [from National Council of Nonprofits "Nonprofit Advocacy Matters"]

The first 100 days of a new Administration are often marked by a flurry of activity. With one party about to be in control of the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the House of Representatives, significant executive and legislative changes are a near certainty. Many of these changes will affect the ability of nonprofits to advance their missions. To help nonprofits and grantmakers prepare to take swift action to defend against shared threats, the National Council of Nonprofits analyzed six federal issues of sector-wide importance that likely will be taken up in the coming weeks and months. That analysis, published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy as “Nonprofits Need to Stand Together to Push for Smart Public Policies,” identifies specific challenges and opportunities in budget and spending decisions, tax reforms (including threats to charitable giving incentives), efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), independent private control of endowments, preserving nonprofit nonpartisanship, and perhaps positive reforms to regulations and federal grantmaking rules. Readers are encouraged to share the analysis with board members, staff, and other stakeholders so all can be prepared to take collective action on these issues that affect all nonprofits and grantmakers.

Foundations on the Hill

CCP is now forming a delegation from Connecticut for 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. If you are interested in participating in all or part of FOTH, contact Dave Davison, Interim President at 860-525-5585. Learn more >>

CT Legislative Session Preview

On January 10, CCP and the CT Nonprofit Alliance partnered for, CT Legislative Session Preview, an informational webinar to preview the upcoming legislative session. The webinar reviewed the status of the state budget and the events leading up to the latest projections from OPM's November 15 fiscal accountability report. The presentation also addressed the results of the 2016 presidential and state elections and its implications for nonprofits. Access more resources and a recording of the webinar >>

CCP Partners with LearnPhilanthropy

CCP is a content partner with LearnPhilanthropy, Johnson Center for Philanthropy's marketplace of knowledge and tools. As a new content partner, CCP publications, including the two Co-Creation titles and the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative's Framework for Connecticut's Statewide System of Early Childhood State and Local Partnerships, are featured on the LearnPhilanthropy homepage. Visit LearnPhilanthropy >>

  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

Program and Meeting Calendar >>

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


January 19: Fairfield County Funder Network >>
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 13: Community Foundation Boot Camp - Seattle >>
February 22: CCP Member Orientation Webinar >>
February 23: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
February 24: Communication Network >>


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 >>


February 24: Yale School of Management - Yale Philanthropy Conference, New Haven

April 4-6: Center for Effective Philanthropy - Leading Effective Foundations, Boston, MA (offered at a reduced rate for CCP Members - Early bird pricing ends January 20)

May 12: CCP Annual Meeting and Philanthropy Awards, Hartford

August 29-30: Community Foundation Boot Camp - Boston >>


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

Member Newsletters

American Savings Foundation - Letter from the Chairman and the President & CEO >>

United Way of Connecticut - December Community Connection >>

Member Blog Posts

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - Resolutions for the New Year: Community Over Disunity >>

Everyday Democracy - Top 5 Stories and Tools for Change in 2016 >> 
     We All Have a Voice - Nothing Will Change If We Don't Demand It >>

Fairfield County's Community Foundation - Empowering Nonprofits to Make an Impact in Fairfield County >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - It's a Miracle >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - Over 500 CT Residents Thank Our Senators for Standing Up for Health Care >>

Member Audio

A recent WNPR story highlighted Connecticut's high rates of obesity in young, low-income children and linked to the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) most recent Issue Brief about how Connecticut can catch up to other states. Judith Meyers, President and CEO of Children's Fund of Connecticut and their subisidiary, CHDI, and Linda Goodman, Acting Commissioner of the State's Office of Early Childhood were both intereviewed. Listen to the story >> Read the Issue Brief: Ensuring Young Children Grow Up at a Healthy Weight: How Connecticut Can Catch Up to Other States>>

  The power of good ideas . . . New resources

Yankee Institute for Public Policy's recent paper, Connecticut Can Work: More Jobs for a Brighter Future, describes a new initiative to develop and advance policies that will spur job creation and economic growth.


In an effort to provide valuable background information about the components of an effective school finance system, and offer options for policymakers to consider, the Connecticut School Finance Project created a comprehensive Funding Formula Guidebook, which details a framework for an equitable school finance system.


As a follow-up to its recently recently Successful Structures report, Grants Managers Network is releasing a series of five planned case stories. The first highlights the work of Blue Shield of California Foundation, with an emphasis on using grants management to amplify organizational impact.

  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives

-- Ford Foundation Blog

-- Stanford Social Innovation Review

-- Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  The power of good people . . . Colleague news

Welcome New Colleagues

Amarilis Perez joined the Perrin Family Foundation as a program officer in late 2016. Prior to joining PFF, Amarilis worked at the Educational Alliance, a settlement house in the Lower East Side of New York City. During her ten year tenure there, she navigated various roles in the Youth Development department, starting in direct practice work and over time transitioning to the Director of Adolescent Services where she managed a vibrant youth development department serving over 1,700 pre-teens, teens and young adults annually. As a youth development practitioner, Amarilis designed, implemented and managed initiatives that bridged leadership development, college access, visual arts, social emotional wellness, undergirded by an anti-oppressive lens and analysis. Read more >>

Jane Brosnan has joined the Liberty Bank Foundation as program associate, responsible for managing the foundation’s portfolio of housing and human services grants, as well as its scholarship programs. She will also manage communications. Jane comes to the foundation from Liberty Bank’s Marketing Department, where she worked as communications manager since 2008. “Jane combines an impressive background in communications with a commitment to making social change,” said Sue Murphy, executive director of the Liberty Bank Foundation.  “We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team.” Read more >>

The Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls has announced that Magrieta “Maggie” L. Willard has been appointed to serve as the Foundation’s Interim Executive Director. Maggie will be chiefly responsible for guiding the work of the Foundation in such areas as; grantmaking, philanthropy, strategic planning and communications. For the past 14 years, Maggie served as a Senior Donor Services Officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG), and prior to HFPG, she was Director of Operations at the Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. Read more >>

Member Happenings

Linda Franciscovich, Executive Director of The Grossman Family Foundation and CCP Board member, is joining Kimberley Russo, Executive Director of The Fund for Greater Hartford as co-chair of the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative.



  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 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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