Member eBrief - January 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

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

The power of good networks . . . CCP featured programs >>

The power of good networks . . . Select opportunities for members >>

The power of good connections . . . Member news >>

The power of good connections . . . 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    

Happy New Year CCP Members!

As we enter this New Year, CCP is gearing up to move to a new space. After many productive years on Main Street, CCP will be relocating its offices to the CT Nonprofit Center. We are excited to bring CCP into community with so many of CT’s nonprofits, including a number of our partners.

Last year, we shared our strategic vision and building community is high on our list. Our new offices will increase our access to several new spaces to host meetings and programs for our members. It will deepen our connections and relationships with other nonprofits in the state, and we hope it will lead to some new and exciting collaborations.

We look forward to joining the vibrant community at the Center and hope that you will visit our new offices at Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford. Please note that after February 4, mail should be sent to: 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1-205, Hartford, CT 06106.

Best regards,


50th Anniversary & Contest

This year is CCP's 50th year working with the philanthropic community and we're excited to celebrate it with you. We plan to use this occasion to boost our ongoing efforts to showcase the outcomes of Connecticut philanthropy, to honor our founding members throughout our history, and to have some fun. Furthermore, we want to take this opportunity to reflect on not only where the organization has been, but where it is going. And we plan to engage you in conversations about what the years ahead should look like for CCP and the broader philanthropic community.

Have some fun with the "Where is #CCP50?" contest while helping to raise the visibility of CCP, the 50th Anniversary, and CCP Members. Once a month on CCP's social media, we'll post a photo of our logo at a Connecticut location. CCP members who email us with the correct location will be entered into a random drawing for a fun prize -- a Newman's Own gift bag, courtesy of Newman's Own Foundation. Help spread the fun by sharing on your social media. The winner will be posted on the same channels along with facts about the location and funders who make an impact in the area.

Where is #CCP50? Photo One: January 2019



Where is CCP's 50th Anniversary Logo?
Send your answer by January 25, 2019 to




CCP's New Program Plan

CCP is thrilled to present an exciting lineup of learning opportunities for our members in 2019! Throughout the year, we heard a clear call for relevant and inspirational learning programs as well as strategic networking meetings. In addition, from our 2018 membership survey, there was an overwhelming request for more programming on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Infact, members expressed an interest in equity programming more than any other program topic. In response to member requests and in an effort to continue to provide comprehensive leaning opportunities for our members, CCP has redesigned our 2019 program plan to include more networking, more programs tackling relevant and timely issues, and more equity programs.

In addition to funder network meetings, we will be adding 2 statewide, issue-focused meetings, including the State Budget Impact Forum on March 7. We will once again offer the Philanthropy 101 series for new and emerging philanthropy professionals in the fall. We also plan to offer a day-long training on racial equity as well as a cohort-style DEI series.

As CCP embarks on its 50th year, we are excited about the opportunity to continue to support member learning, build community, and work in partnership as we deepen our commitment to equity together.

QUESTIONS? Contact Esther Massie, Program Coordinator, 860-525-5585.    

Membership: The power of good leadership

“CCP is a critical convener for the CT Funder Collaborative to Promote Civic Engagement. This growing group of funders believe that civic participation is an essential component of a healthy democracy. Philanthropy has an important role to play in expanding access and increasing engagement of all voices in our state to contribute to a just, equitable, and thriving society.”

Maryam Elahi, President and CEO, The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Have You Renewed Your 2019 Membership?

We thank the following for renewing their CCP Membership for 2019:

Ahearn Family Foundation
American Savings Foundation
Avangrid Foundation
J. Walton Bissell Foundation
Branford Community Foundation
Chelsea Groton Foundation, Inc.
Children's Fund of Connecticut
The Common Sense Fund
The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Connecticut Bar Foundation
Ruth S. Conant Trust
Connecticut Community Foundation
Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority
Connecticut Health Foundation
Donaghue Foundation
The Eder Family Foundation
George H.C. Ensworth Memorial Fund
Farmington Bank Community Foundation
Foundation for Community Health
The Fund for Greater Hartford
Gawlicki Family Foundation
Grace Farms Foundation
William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
The Grossman Family Foundation
The Guilford Foundation
The Hampshire Foundation
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation

Jeniam Foundation
Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford
Ethel and Abe Lapides Foundation
Liberty Bank Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Lone Pine Foundation
Main Street Community Foundation
McCall Kulak Family Foundation
MetroHartford Alliance
Christine E. Moser Foundation
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
NewAlliance Foundation
Newman's Own Foundation
The Nutmeg Foundation
Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation
People's United Community Foundation
Ritter Family Foundation
Swindells Charitable Foundation
The Tow Foundation
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
Town Fair Tire Foundation
United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut
United Way of Connecticut
United Way of Western Connecticut
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
H. A. Vance Foundation
Webster Bank
The ZOOM Foundation

For QUESTIONS about your CCP membership or member benefits, contact Dee Goodrich, director of member engagement, 860-525-5585.    

Funder/Nonprofit Economic Impact Survey

The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance (The Alliance) and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) are working together to better understand how the new tax law and state budget crisis are affecting nonprofits in Connecticut, what nonprofits and grantmakers are doing to address these challenges, and what more could be helpful to ensure the health of Connecticut’s nonprofit community. Building on our October 2017 Economic Impact Survey, we've sent a new survey to members and a companion survey for nonprofits which will be distributed statewide. Your grantees may participate as well. Contact us, if you have not received a survey link to distribute to your nonprofit network. With your input, we'll be able to continue our analysis of how nonprofits are managing current financial challenges. If your organization did not receive the email, contact Laurie Allen, 860-525-5585.

  The power of good networks . . . CCP programs  


State Budget Impact Forum >>

Statewide meeting open to CCP members.

When: Thursday, March 7
Program: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Hartford Hilton Hotel



CCP's State Budget Impact Forum will bring the philanthropic community together to deepen its understanding of the state of the state - what current economic projections are, what they mean for the state budget, and how those factors will impact the issues philanthropy is most deeply focused on: education, health and economic security.

Join your grantmaking colleagues and other leaders as we discuss these critical issues and how the philanthropic community can engage. Breakfast will be provided.

Invited speakers include:

  • Prabal Chakrabarti, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Governor Ned Lamont
  • Jim Smith, Chairman, Webster Bank
  • Representative Toni Walker, Chairwoman, Appropriations Committee

Presented by the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and sponsored by The Nutmeg Foundation.


For questions about any of CCP's programs or network meetings, contact Esther Massie, Program Coordinator, 860-525-5585.


CCP curates a list of local, regional, and national webinars and events. If you have an event to list, please send to   


Hartford Opportunity Zone (OZ) Workshop >>

JANUARY 29: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Capital Region Council of Governments, Hartford
Last December, federal lawmakers created the federal Opportunity Zones program for investors to reinvest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds - private investment vehicles dedicated to community, business, real estate, and economic development activities in select low-income communities. CERC, Pullman & Comley, and CRCOG invite you to learn more about the new federal Opportunity Zones program and how to grow business through long-term investments in low-income communities. This event will provide a comprehensive background and expert analysis of the new program, as well as recommendations for cities, philanthropies, advocates, and private sector representatives interested in Opportunity Fund creation, operation, and management and equitable development outcomes throughout our nation's 7,927 newly designated Opportunity Zones.

Health Enhancement Community Initiative

JANUARY 30: Health Enhancement Community framework public comments deadline
In December, funders from across Connecticut came together to discuss an opportunity to create community-driven solutions to poor health, health inequity, and growing health care costs in Connecticut. The discussion topic was the Health Enhancement Community (HEC) Initiative. As part of the State Innovation Model program, Connecticut’s Office of Health Strategy (OHS) and Department of Public Health (DPH) are working with stakeholders across the state to design the HEC Initiative. Funders at the roundtable provided input to the initiative and expressed an interest to stay informed and involved as it developed. The Health Enhancement Community framework document has been posted on the Office of Health Strategy website for public comment: Public comments should be emailed to and will be accepted until January 30. Read the December Funder Roundtable Brief >>

Funding Opportunity for Your Grantees >>

FEBRUARY 15: Application deadline
The NBCUniversal Foundation, along with NBC and Telemundo Owned Television Stations, are hosting “Project Innovation,” a grant challenge program that will recognize nonprofit organizations that are tackling everyday problems through innovative solutions. This year, nearly $2.5M will be awarded nationally, with $225,000 granted among three to eight non-profit organizations in 11 regions, including Connecticut. The four funding categories are community engagement, culture of inclusion, next generation storytellers, and youth education.

Yale Philanthropy Conference >>

FEBRUARY 22: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM: Edward P. Evans Hall, Yale University, New Haven
Now in its fourteenth year, the Yale Philanthropy Conference is the only convening of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector planned entirely by MBA students. Bringing together thinkers, students, and professionals from leading institutions and foundations across the country, the conference fosters discussions about the role of philanthropy in the contemporary society, strengthens professional networks, builds management acumen necessary for vibrant institutions, and cultivates leadership in the social sector and beyond. Speakers include Anne Marie Burgoyne, Managing director of social innovation for Emerson Collective, Sherry Salway-Black, chairperson of First People's Fund, and Laura McCargar, president of the Perrin Family Foundation.

"We Stand With ALICE" Legislative Forum >>

FEBRUARY 25: 1:00 - 3:00 PM: Legislative Office Building, Room 2E, Hartford
Connecticut United Ways and the Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors are co-sponsoring a "We Stand With ALICE" Legislative Forum on financial hardship. The discussion will focus on the challenges and immediate needs of ALICE families as well as long-term strategies and systems solutions that will help more working families achieve financial security.


Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Leaders Fellowship Program >>

FEBRUARY 4: Application deadline
One major goal of Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) is to develop trans leadership in philanthropy. The GUTC Leaders Fellowship provides ongoing support, peer networking, and leadership and professional development to a cohort of six trans, gender non-conforming, or non-binary professionals in philanthropy over a 12-month fellowship period, beginning in March, 2019.

Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative Workshops >>

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy has joined with the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy and eleven other Connecticut public and nonprofit sector associations to sponsor the Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative. As a partner organization, employees of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, its members, and their grantee agencies receive substantial discounts to attend workshops in a shared learning environment with public sector and nonprofit professionals. The all-day workshops take place from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the University of Connecticut Hartford Campus.
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MARCH 29: Collective Bargaining and Labor Negotiations >>
APRIL 26: Evaluation for Publicly Funded Programs >>
MAY 17: Establishing and Maintaining a Harassment-Free Environment in Your Organization: Protecting You, Your Organization, and Your Employees >>

2019 Discount Foundation Legacy Award >>

FEBRUARY 28: Nomination deadline
The Discount Foundation Legacy Award was launched in 2015 to commemorate and carry on the legacy of the Foundation’s decades long history of supporting leading edge organizing in the worker justice arena beyond its spend down as a foundation in 2014. Created in partnership with Jobs With Justice Education Fund and Neighborhood Funders Group’s Funders for a Just Economy, the Discount Legacy Award annually identifies, supports and celebrates an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributes significantly to the workers’ rights movement. Awardees will receive a $20,000 stipend to provide them with the flexibility to expand on their professional activities and achievements in the absence of reporting requirements or other specific obligations.

2019 Clarence B. Jones Impact Award >>

MARCH 31: Nomination deadline
The Clarence B. Jones Impact Award honors the game-changing effect of smart, strategic communications. The award is given annually by The Communications Network to an individual, team, or group whose work best represents the extraordinary impact of the craft. Any social sector individual, team, or organization is eligible to win. Size and budget don't matter—They're looking for examples of strategic communications campaigns that were innovative and impactful, regardless of the resources available to them. Self-nominations are permitted.

Next Gen Fellows Program >>

APRIL 12: Application deadline
Exponent Philanthropy's Next Gen Fellows Program is a 6-month training fellowship for dynamic leaders roughly 18–35 years old who are involved in all types of foundations as current or soon-to-be trustees or staff. The program is designed for deep learning and peer networking to prepare the next generation for leadership roles.   

  The power of good connections . . . Member news   



The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund joyfully celebrated their first 25 years in Connecticut with a year-long celebration which culminated in their STORYSCAPE installation. You may view the installation through January 31 at ConnCAT, 4 Science Park in New Haven.

Components of the installation can also be viewed online: Community Speaks video | The Path In: Reflecting on the First 50 Years video | STORYSCAPE: Audio Stories Playlist | Opening poem, "When The Morning Comes" by Precious Musa.


Curatorial Symposium

This past fall, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation hosted a curatorial symposium at the New Museum in New York to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. The Exhibition Award was created in 1998 to honor the Tremaine Collection and the artistic vision of distinguished contemporary art collector, Emily Hall Tremaine. The event culminated the year-long celebration of the Exhibition Award that has been explored through commissioned articles in the fresh e-publication, Exhibitions on the Cusp. View the Symposium videos, including a welcome and history of the Foundations curatorial support from Board Chair Gean Tremaine and President Michelle Knapik.


Connecticut Community Foundation - We've Met Before >>

Fairfield County's Community Foundation - Celebrating 25 Years of Community Impact >>

Wiliam Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund - The Path In: Reflecting on the First 50 Years >>

MetroHartford Alliance - Comcast Newsmakers: David Griggs Discusses Economic Development >>

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation - Curatorial Symposium >>


American Savings Foundation >>

Comcast Northeast >>

Cox Charities Northeast >>

  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives    

11 Trends to Help You Anticipate and Embrace What’s Next >>

-- The Dorothy A Johnson Center for Philanthropy   

  The power of good connections . . . Jobs in philanthropy

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  The power of good ideas . . . New resources


Making Meetings Work: How to Design Meetings to Energize Rather Than Bore: In this online training, Paul Schmitz, senior advisor to the Collective Impact Forum and CEO of Leading Inside Out, shares tools and strategies to help you design meetings that energize and reach your goals, rather than waste your time (and patience.) Read more recommendations in Paul Schmitz's blog post Making Meetings Work.


  • View a recorded webinar of Grantmakers In the Arts' most popular webinar of the year, Real and Not Real: The History of Racialization in the United States. The webinar features Race Forward discussing the creation and perpetuation of the racial hierarchy, ideologies of whiteness, and how institutional strategies for diversity, inclusion, and equity often get conflated or confused.
  • CECP's white paper, Diversity & Inclusion in Corporate Social Engagement, explores how companies are integrating diversity and inclusion (D&I) into their corporate citizenship and responsibility priorities. The paper lays out six key trends, which include case studies, latest knowledge, methods, and valuable insights. This report will aims to advance a company’s corporate citizenship efforts to include issues of diversity and inclusion.  

  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.


Last month, The Leever Foundation was delighted to welcome Saran D. White as its inaugural Executive Director. “We are pleased to welcome Ms. White, an experienced and mission-driven strategist, who will lead the Foundation in its work creating opportunities for people, especially children, in greater Waterbury to fulfill their potential and become productive members of society,” said Andy Leever, Foundation President, and son of the Foundation’s founders Harold and Ruth Ann Leever. Saran comes to Waterbury from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). In her position as the Washington, DC Program Director, she directs a multimillion-dollar grants portfolio that focuses on anti-poverty initiatives. Prior to CNCS, White directed strategic transformation projects for the DC public school system and served as the executive director of a family foundation working to improve the foster care system. Read more >>

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven warmly welcomes Liana Garcia Fresher as director of gift planning. Garcia Fresher joins the development and donor services team, where she will assist Foundation donors in reaching their philanthropic goals and enhance the Foundation’s partnerships with professional advisors. Garcia Fresher is a veteran nonprofit and foundation professional with three decades of executive management experience. Most recently, she was a senior philanthropic officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. She has also served as vice president of development for the Village for Families and Children, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness Connecticut and executive director of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation. Read more >>

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has expanded its staff with two new senior management positions. Kara Mikulich is Berkshire Taconic’s chief philanthropy officer, a new role that provides strategy, leadership, and oversight for the foundation’s asset development and donor engagement activities. Mikulich has more than 25 years of leadership in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served as vice president, strategy and development, at Public Allies. Dr. Tim Wilmot was named director of strategy, evaluation, and learning. In this new role, Wilmot develops and refines program strategies, evaluates outcomes and impact, and promotes learning among staff, board, donors, and partners about the foundation’s strategic priorities and issues facing the four-county region it serves. Wilmot has more than a decade of experience in the fields of strategy, research, and evaluation at philanthropic foundations. He previously worked for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in Phoenix, AZ. Read more >>

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut welcomes Lisa M. Cretella, M.S.W. to their team. As director of leadership giving and affinity groups, Cretella will cultivate and develop relationships with leadership donors – individuals and families who make an annual contribution of $1,000 – and demonstrate how their giving makes a positive difference for children, youth, and families in local communities. She will also work with volunteers and staff in growing United Way’s Women United and Emerging Leaders Society membership. Cretella has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, and most recently served as director of development for The Salvation Army Southern New England Division. Read more >>

Main Street Community Foundation recently promoted two team members. Kate Kerchaert, who has been with the Foundation for two years, was promoted to Director of Grants and Programs. In this position, she will be primarily responsible for all grantmaking and scholarship programs. Samantha Rajotte was promoted to Scholarship & Program Officer. Rajotte has a long history with the Foundation. After receiving a scholarship from MSCF in 2007, Rajotte spent a summer in college volunteering as an intern there. She was hired full-time in June 2011 and has worked her way up through the organization, most recently serving as the Communications Manager. Read more >>

The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) selected Paula S. Gilberto, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and Karen T. Galbo, executive director of People’s United Community Foundation as two of its 2019 Three Wise Women Honorees. Gilberto and Galbo were recognized for their professional accomplishments at NOIAW’s annual Three Wise Women Epiphany Celebration on January 13. For more than 30 years, the NOIAW has honored Italian American women for their leadership in the community.    

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