Member eBrief - January 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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 >>

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

  The power of good work . . . CCP updates    

Call for Nominations! - Innovation in Philanthropy Award

CCP is calling for nominations for the Nancy P. Roberts Award, which honors a foundation or grantmaking organization for innovation in philanthropy. Nominee innovation must be for philanthropic activity that has some demonstrable impact or effect in Connecticut—statewide, in a region or in a community. The Melville Charitable Trust received the first Roberts Award in 2014, and The Walker Group received the award the following year. The Roberts Award is given biennially. Types of innovation in philanthropy can include, but are not limited to:

- Forming a creative public/private partnership
- Encouraging a paradigm shift
- Developing an unusual collaboration
- Engaging in creative funding or investing
- Implementing a unique grantmaking strategy
- Leveraging resources by engaging in public policy activities
- Creating a culture of learning

Anyone may nominate current Connecticut Council for Philanthropy members; individuals are not eligible. Anyone may nominate a member funder. The award will be given in conjunction with CCP’s Philanthropy Conference in Spring 2018. Learn more and access the nomination materials >>    

Membership: The power of good investments

“I have been fortunate to meet supportive philanthropic colleagues, many of whom recommended I join CCP so I could expand my network. CCP has been a great way to learn from my peers across the state and to better inform our foundation’s work.”

Michael Chambers, executive director, Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation


Have You Renewed Your 2018 Membership?

We thank the following for renewing their CCP Membership for 2018:

Ahearn Family Foundation
Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday Democracy)
Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls in Greater Hartford
Avangrid Foundation
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
J. Walton Bissell Foundation
Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation
Children's Fund of Connecticut
Cigna Foundation
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Connecticut Community Foundation
Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority
Connecticut Health Foundation
Cox Communications
Donaghue Foundation
The Eder Family Foundation
Farmington Bank Community Foundation
The Fund for Greater Hartford
Gawlicki Family Foundation
William C. Graustein
William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
The Grossman Family Foundation
Newell D. Hale Foundation
The Hampshire Foundation
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation
Jeniam Foundation
The Betty Knox Foundation
Ethel and Abe Lapides Foundation
Liberty Bank Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Lone Pine Foundation
Main Street Community Foundation
The Melville Charitable Trust
New Canaan Community Foundation
NewAlliance Foundation
Newman's Own Foundation
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
The Nutmeg Foundation
People's United Community Foundation
PKF O'Connor Davies
Sassafras Foundation
Tauck Family Foundation
The Tow Foundation
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
The Trust for Learning
United Technologies Corporation
United Way of Central & Northeastern CT
United Way of Connecticut
United Way of Western Connecticut
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
H. A. Vance Foundation
The ZOOM Foundation

Can't find your organization on the list? Then renew your 2018 membership today! Contact Dee Goodrich, director of member engagement, 860-525-5585.       

Leadership: The power of good investments

“CCP is such a mighty force for convening, educating, and advocating for Connecticut’s philanthropic community that it’s easy to forget it’s a small nonprofit that needs financial support to do its work. A leadership gift to CCP is the first investment we make each year, because we believe a unified funding community multiplies our impact.”

Sue Murphy, executive director, Liberty Bank Foundation

Learn more about CCP's Leadership Fund >>        

Policy Update: The power of good ideas


  • In their 1/3/18 article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Tim Delaney and David L. Thompson of the National Council of Nonprofits outline the "Taxing of Tax-exempt Organizations:
    • Imposes a 1.4 percent excise tax on larger university endowment returns.
    • Increases unrelated business income taxes, often known as UBIT, by requiring that nonprofits calculate their taxes on each trade or business they run that is not closely allied to their mission. For example, a nonprofit hospital that earns revenue by running a laundry business now may have to pay UBIT. Under current law, nonprofits aggregate profits and losses of all entities.
    • Imposes a new 21 percent excise tax on nonprofits that pay compensation of $1 million or more to any of their five highest-paid employees.
    • Taxes certain employee benefits that nonprofit employers provide, including gym memberships and commuter assistance.
  • In their 12/20/17 analysis, The Chronicle of Philanthropy summarized additional Tax Bill provisions that will affect charities and nonprofits:
  • Standard deduction: The standard deduction taxpayers can take without itemizing was doubled to $12,000 for singles and $24,000 for couples, vastly expanding the number of taxpayers who will choose the standard deduction rather itemizing. For those taxpayers, the legislation eliminates the tax incentive for charitable giving.
  • Limit on deduction for cash gifts: Donors will be able to receive a charitable tax deduction for cash gifts of up to 60 percent of their adjusted gross income, up from the current limit of 50 percent.




Join CCP and the Connecticut Delegation in Washington, DC.

CCP invites members to join them in Washington, DC. If you are planning to attend, please contact Tiffany Walton, Executive Assistant and Office Manager, 860-525-5585.

  • PolicyWorks Institute 2018: March 11-12, 2018
    The PolicyWorks Institute is the one opportunity each year for regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations to take a “deep dive” together to strengthen their policy and advocacy work in philanthropy. This year's Institute will be held in conjunction with Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). Learn more >>
  • Foundations on the Hill 2018: March 12-14, 2018
    Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) brings together foundation leaders from across the country for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. FOTH is presented by United Philanthropy Forum, in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Council on Foundations. CCP will be organizing a Connecticut delegation for this most critical year in Washington, DC. Learn more >>   

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

Register by January 20!

FEATURED PROGRAM: Strengthening Democracy & Communities Through Civic Engagement >>

For staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Graustein Memorial Fund, Hamden

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Civic Engagement Program
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: CEO Meeting

Investments in civic engagement can strengthen democracy and strengthen our communities. Join this program to deepen your understanding of civic engagement efforts in Connecticut, learn about a variety of national philanthropic strategies to strengthen civic engagement, and connect with others interested in this issue.

We will be joined by Kristen Cambell, Executive Director, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), a national network of foundations and funders that invest in civic engagement and democracy. Kristen will set the stage with a national overview of how foundations and funders invest in democratic practice through various strategies and approaches.


Mark Abraham, DataHaven and Valeriano Ramos, Everyday Democracy, will provide an overview of the current state of civic health in CT.

Finally, a funder panel will share stories of how - and why - they are investing in civic engagement, including: Elizabeth Barajas-Román, Solidago Foundation; Martha McCoy, Everyday Democracy; and Ian Simmons, Foundation for Civic Leadership.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

The program will be followed by a networking lunch to continue conversations with colleagues about your foundation’s work.

After lunch, CEOs are invited to join a working meeting of the newly formed Connecticut Funders Collaborative to Promote Civic Engagement. 


QUESTIONS? contact Dee Goodrich, director of member engagement, 860-525-5585.


CCP's interactive Philanthropy 101 series provides a historical overview of philanthropy, reviews foundation governance and legal issues, explains the grantmaking process, debates current big issues in philanthropy, and explores roles and power dynamics. Philanthropy 101 takes place over five monthly modules that build on each other. The series is for staff who are newer to the field or anyone who is interested in a refresher. It is open to all disciplines including those who work in grantmaking and those who support the work in their administrative, financial, human resources, and trustee roles.

All sessions will take place on Friday mornings, 9:30am - 12pm, at the Graustein Memorial Fund in Hamden.

Learn More and Register >>          


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


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  The power of good connections . . . Member news    


We welcome Chelsea Groton Foundation as a new CCP member. Based in Norwich, and with a market reach in both Connecticut and Rhode Island, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation support more than 200 local, nonprofit organizations through monetary gifts, grants, sponsorships, scholarships, and employee volunteerism via donations of time and talent.
Find their 2017 Grants list here >>

Please welcome June Holaday, the Foundation's primary contact, at the Eastern Connecticut Funder Network on March 26 >>



The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative co-sponsored two events in December and January as part of their effort in advancing knowledge development on early childhood issues.

On December 13, the ECFC, CT State Department of Education and the Office of Early Childhood presented a symposium, Family and Community Engagement, at Gateway Community College in New Haven. More than 100 participants including members from the SDE Commissioner's Roundtable, funders from the ECFC, early childhood leaders and practitioners, parents and community members met to determine common definitions and principles of high impact family engagement for better alignment of policies, resources, more effective parent engagement, and ulitimately better outcomes for children. While the development of a common definition of family engagement is essential to their work, the ECFC celebrates another important process, co-creation. This process of working has brought together a wide range of voices-- state agencies, educators, early childhood providers, parents and families -- who toiled over the draft statement reviewed at the symposium. You can read more about the co-creation process in the ECFC publication, Co-Creation: Viewing Partnerships Through A New Lens >>

On January 10, the ECFC and the Office of Early Childhood presented Exploring Shared Services, a conference for early care and education providers, funders and policymakers at Middlesex Community College. The program presented information on a framework that allows a network of centers and/or homes to share staff and costs, usually through a “hub” or central office. This is a way of strengthening an organization’s capacity, by pooling needs and sharing resources, and reinvesting the time and savings into improving program quality. The goal of the program was to share how other states and cmmunities have developed shared service alliances and consider how they might be structured in Connecticut.

Photos from 12/13/17: Photo 1: CT State Department of Education COO Charlene Russell-Tucker, and ECFC members Maria Sanchez of American Savings Foundation and Kim Russo of The Fund for Greater Hartford; Photo 2: ECFC Consultant Anne Henderson, and ECFC members Richard Sussman of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Toral Maher of Liberty Bank Foundation, Maria Sanchez of American Savings Foundation, Kim Russo of The Fund for Greater Hartford, Stephanie Miller of Trust for Learning, R. David Addams of Graustein Memorial Fund, and ECFC Executive Director Carol O'Donnell.


The Connecticut Health Foundation has underwritten, 12 steps to a Healthier School, part of a new project to make schools healthier places for students to attend. In January 2018, Environment and Human Health, an organization of physicians and public health professionals, will begin visiting local health departments and superintendents of schools with the new brochure.


The Branford Community Report 2017 highlights the demographic, economic, educational, health, and well-being trends in Branford. The report was produced by the Branford Community Foundation in partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and is based on local, state, and federal public data analyzed by DataHaven.

Access and read other data reports on Connecticut communities >>



United Way of Connecticut - December 2017 Community Connection >>


Connecticut Health Foundation - When Health Care Means Helping with Challenges That Go Beyond the Clinic >>

Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday Democracy) - The Fierce Ugency of Now >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - We Need YOU to Stand with Us in 2018 >>


Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday Democracy) - Video: The Real Crime >>

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - 2017 Convening: Preserving Our Values >>

United Way of Central and Northeastern CT - United Way Community Campaign & Neighbors In Need >>

United Way of Greater New Haven - Early Head Start on the Radio >>

United Way of Greater New Haven - Life After Homelessness, Catching Up with Christina >>      

  The power of good connections . . . Jobs in philanthropy

Find Jobs in Philanthropy >> 

  The power of good ideas . . . New resources

With support from the Casey Foundation, Youth Advocate Programs Inc. (YAP) and the National Youth Employment Coalition launched a project to examine why — despite recent policy developments that seem to support more coordinated efforts — local jurisdictions have remained unable to better connect agencies. The resulting report, New Funds for Work: Connecting Systems for Justice-Involved Young People, provides a state-by-state look at youth served by workforce development boards that were justice-involved. The report shows Connecticut's level of service at just 2.9%.


Asset Funders Network's latest brief, Income Volatility: Why it Destabilizes Working Families and How Philanthropy Can Make a Difference, was developed to help grantmakers understand the enormous challenges income volatility presents in America and provides an array of strategies for philanthropy to leverage both investments and leadership to empower families to protect themselves from volatility's worst effects.



  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives

-- Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy   

-- The Chronicle for Philanthropy

-- The Chronicle for Philanthropy

-- Inside 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.


Bonnie J. Malley has been named vice president of finance and administration at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Malley has been serving as chief operating officer for the City of Hartford since July 2016 and had previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at The Phoenix Cos. Prior to her role as Chief Financial Officer at Phoenix, Malley served as chief administrative officer, responsible for overseeing human resources, information technology and other administrative functions. As part of the Hartford Foundation’s executive leadership team, Malley will play a critical role in advancing the organization’s mission by marshalling the financial, technological, and human resources needed to sustain current and emerging work. Read more >>

Cathy Glasner joined the Foundaton for Community Health staff as Office and Grants Manager after having worked as office manager for Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation for several years. Glasner is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University’s Ancell School of Business with a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing and Human Resource Management. Read more >>



Joe Gianni will succeed Kevin Cunningham as Bank of America's market president, serving as the company’s enterprise leader in Hartford. As market president for Hartford, Gianni will work across the region to connect businesses, families and individuals to Bank of America’s banking and investment teams. He will also lead the effort to direct the bank’s resources in the market and the region to address local priorities and help build strong communities. “Joe’s knowledge of the Hartford market and leadership as market president will ensure we’re helping to make our customers’ and clients’ financial lives better, through the power of every connection we can make with them,” said Brian Moynihan, chief executive officer, Bank of America. Read more >>

Michael Johnston, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford's CEO since 2012, is moving on from the Foundation to begin a new philanthropic endeavor. As a result, the Foundation is launching a search for a new CEO. The Foundation's Board of Trustees has appointed Kathryn Gonnerman, currently the Director of the Foundation’s Center for Innovative Philanthropy, as the Interim President and CEO, until a permanent successor is identified. Under Michael’s leadership and vision, the Foundation has grown and flourished to include numerous initiatives to strengthen the Greater Hartford Jewish community, including: the $45 million Aim Chai Endowment Campaign which introduced a new culture of collaboration across the community, the new Center for Innovative Philanthropy, the JMAP community-wide study, a 40% growth in assets from $82 million to a current level of $115 million, and more. Read more in JCFGH's Board Chair Leigh Newman's Letter >>

CCP is grateful for Michael’s leadership on its board, and wish him well in his new philanthropic endeavor.

Elysa Gordon has been appointed to serve as vice president and senior advisor to the president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Gordon previously served as the Foundation’s senior advisor to the president, but now has expanded responsibilities overseeing the Foundation’s new evaluation and research unit and will continue to direct the organization’s public policy activities. Under Gordon’s leadership, the new evaluation and research unit will build on the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to collect and share more data about Foundation investments as well as its community indicators project, including the creation of the Metro Hartford Progress Points partnership. Read More >>

Lucy Ball, executive director of the Lone Pine Foundation, will be honored with a YWCA Greenwich 2018 BRAVA Award at a luncheon on Friday, January 19, at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich. Established in 1977, YWCA Greenwich BRAVA Awards recognize accomplished female professionals who are acknowledged leaders in their fields for their mentoring of others and their commitment to both philanthropy and community involvement. Read more >>


Jay Williams, president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, is one of Hartford Business Journal's Five to Watch in 2018. HBJ's article, Williams Anticipating More Nonprofit Funding Requests Amid Budget Constraints, gives insight to the Foundation's priorities and operations in 2018.



  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. 2018 Publication Dates: January 11, February 9, March 26, April 30, May 28, July 16, August 20, October 4, November 5, December 17. Submission Deadline: Close of business one week before the publication date.

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