Member eBrief - July 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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

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

The power of good networks . . . Membership >>

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

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

The power of good connections . . . Job opportunities >>

The power of good ideas . . . New resources >>

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

  The power of good work . . . CCP updates    

Help CCP By Reporting Your Grants Data

CCP is proud of its latest Connecticut Giving Report and coverage by local and national media. For 50 years, CCP has supported the philanthropic sector – connecting funders, sharing information, supporting collaboration, and collecting and analyzing data. This year, we continued our tradition of reporting on charitable giving by providing a snapshot of state philanthropic giving for 2016. We hope this report helps catalyze conversations and inform your charitable giving. Download and read the Connecticut Giving Report >>

CCP will continue its work to better understand Connecticut's philanthropic landscape, but we need your help. As we gear up for the next Connecticut Giving Report with 2017 FYE information, please report your grants data to Foundation Center. Foundation Center (Candid) is our primary source of grants data. It informs our Giving in Connecticut Report, and powers our CT Foundations Stats and CT Grantmaking Map tools.

If all CCP Members reported their grants data, we would have an even more robust accounting of where grant dollars go in terms of issue, geography, strategy, and population focus.

Foundation Center is collecting data for FY2017 through FY2019, and you can submit past years, as well. If you have grants management software, you can easily export a report to the Foundation Center. Learn more and report today >>

Expect an invitation to Get on the Map! CCP's Director of Communications Laurie Allen looks forward to contacting CCP member organizations that have not yet reported their grants data.

The 2019 Connecticut Giving Report is proudly sponsored by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Nordson Corporation, Main Street Community Foundation, and Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.

A Story for CCP's 50th Anniversary

When CCP was founded in 1969, our job was to evaluate nonprofits on behalf of our members to inform their grantmaking. Today, CCP promotes and supports effective philanthropy for the public good by educating and convening funders across Connecticut. For our 50th anniversary, we’re sharing a short story of the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative to illustrate how CCP advances its mission.

Read Our Story >>

CCP Helping to Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices in Philanthropy

CCP is excited to announce that we are partnering with several other organizations to advance the learning and practice of equitable evaluation among our members. This new coalition, known as Associations Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices (AAEEP), supports the important equity-focused work to which many of our members are already committed and striving to implement. Our joint agreement as AAEEP partners states our shared commitment to provide resources and learning to support and advance equitable evaluation practices by our members and the sector.

Read the full statement >>

Read about the Equitable Evaluation Initiative >>

Farewell to Esther Massie

Our Program Coordinator Esther Massie has accepted a new opportunity as director of finance and operations for Highville Charter School in New Haven. She will be part of the executive administration team and responsible for the fiscal management of the school as well as the development of operations systems aligned with the mission and values of the school. The CCP Team is so sad that she’s leaving, but we are delighted that she has this opportunity to return to the education sector. We wish her the very best. Her last day will be August 5th.

Where is #CCP50? Photo Seven: July 2019

Have some fun with the "Where is #CCP50?" contest. 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.
For the past winners and the identification of photos go to our Photo Contest webpage >>

Where is CCP's 50th Anniversary Logo?
Send your answer by July 31, 2019 to    

Membership: The power of good networks

“Being new to philanthropy, CCP has helped me round out what I know and don’t know about the philanthropy in CT. Through the Philanthropy 101 Series and the Program Officer’s Network, I have deepened my understanding and created meaningful partnerships across the state. CCP also offers plenty of great volunteer opportunities for people who want to help move the sector forward—in small and big ways!”

Bilal Tajildeen, Program Coordinator, Connecticut Community Foundation


  The power of good networks . . . CCP programs  

Build Your Knowledge -- Build Your Networks >>

Philanthropy 101 is a five-part series that provides a solid understanding of the sector to funders.

September 11, 2019 - Speaking the Same Language - Presenter: Lauren Patterson, President & CEO, New Canaan Community Foundation

September 25, 2019 - Foundation Governance and Legal Issues - Presenter: Julie Loughran, President & CEO, Connecticut Community Foundation

October 30, 2019 - Fundamentals of Grantmaking - Presenter: Alexis Bivens, Program Director, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

November 20, 2019 - The Great Debates in Philanthropy - Debaters: Will Ginsberg, President and CEO, The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven; Michelle Knapik, President, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; and Mirellise Vazquez, Executive Director, Tauck Family Foundation

December 11, 2019 - So You're Working for a Foundation: Power and Your New Community - Presenters: Rebecca Allen, Program Officer, The Melville Charitable Trust; and Leon Bailey, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Culture, The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven

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

Register for the Series >>   


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


State Data Plan >>

Education & Workforce Development: AUGUST 19: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Healthcare & Service Delivery: SEPTEMBER 9: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Connecticut Data Collaborative in partnership with the Chief Data Officer, Tyler Kleykamp, are hosting two Data Forums to discuss the Focal Points in the State Data Plan. This is an opportunity for state agencies and stakeholders to prioritize the most pressing data questions, identify existing data sources, discuss gaps in public data, and help create an action plan to make more data available to the public for policy decision making. The meetings will be held at CTData's office at 10 Constitution Plaza in Hartford.  Register now >>

Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) Annual Conference: Beyond Boundaries >>

October 16-18: New York Marriot Downtown, New York, NY
We are happy to announce that CCP is an associate sponsor of GIA's annual conference. GIA has extended the early bird member rate to CCP members. This year’s GIA conference will celebrate the "can-do spirit and creativity that fuels successful grantmaking and takes us beyond the boundaries of what we know today." GIA is bringing together renowned national experts and local advocates to share their insights and hard-won lessons learned. Over the years, the GIA conference has become the premier source of information and inspiration for funders who want to support aging-related programs in the spectrum of philanthropic priorities, from health and education to community and inter-generational issues. Members may use the code To receive the early member rate of $825 for the full conference, use the code: GIACTEARLY. For questions contact: Maria Gonzales Jackson, GIA director of member services and knowledge management at or 703-413-0413 x102.

Health Equity in CT Conference >>

AUGUST 6: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: UCONN Health, Massey Auditorium. 263 Farmington Abenue, Farmington
The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is bringing agencies from around the state together to learn about the health inequities which exist in Connecticut and what is being done to address these concerns. Hear from experts in the state working to combat disparities in healthcare, including access to healthcare, challenges individuals with mental health conditions face, and the impact of implicit bias in the healthcare field. RSVP by August 2 to

Help Inform the Next Round of Race to Lead Reports >>

Building Movement Project has launched their 2019 Race to Lead Survey. The short, confidential survey is open to anyone working for pay in the U.S. nonprofit sector. It focuses on experiences at work, views of leadership, and perspectives on nonprofits and race. By participating, you will contribute to one of the largest existing data sets on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector. The survey should take about 25 minutes to complete. The survey closes August 28.   

  The power of good connections . . . Member news   


CHEFA Hosts First Nonprofit Education Forum

On June 26, 2019 The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) held its’ first Nonprofit Education Forum featuring Jeff Fuhrer, executive vice president and senior policy advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In attendance were seventy guests, primarily recent CHEFA grant applicants; earlier in the year, CHEFA announced their 2019 grants.

“With this forum, CHEFA positions ourselves as more than just a grant funder. We can also be a convener to provide educational opportunities, allowing participants to think of the larger statewide, regional, and national economic forces that are affecting the work that they are doing in here in Connecticut,” said Betty Sugerman Weintraub, Grant Program Manager.

Read the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston event review:

One Foundation’s Story of Funding Grassroots Organizing and Engagement

Building Power: One Foundation’s Story of Funding Grassroots Organizing and Engagement is Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) recently released a brief. NMEF commissioned Algorhythm to help the foundation better understand its role in the grassroots organizing and engagement work. The brief, Building Power: One Foundation’s Story of Funding Grassroots Organizing and Engagement, explores NMEF's journey in funding the Grassroots Portfolio and shares lessons learned. Read the brief >>

Career Connections Report Gives Lessons Learned

Fairfield County's Community Foundation (FCCF) recently evaluated their Career Connections program and produced a report, Opportunities in Health Care, Evaluation of Career Connections Program at Norwalk Community College. Karen Brown, vice president for innovation and strategic learning for FCCF, co-wrote the report with Stacie Powers of Philliber Research Evaluation.

The Career Connections program was a career pathways program at Norwalk Community College (NCC) aimed at connecting opportunity youth in Fairfield County to high-demand allied health care jobs in the local labor force. Some of the many lessons learned include: promote public awareness of community college certificate programs; fund a program planning phase; focus on student recruitment and on-boarding strategies; design opportunity youth programs for “second chances;” and design multiple student cohort experiences. Read the report >>

Read a story of one Career Connections student: Finding a Career Path & A New Dream Through Thrive by 25 >>

MEMBER Blogs, Media, and Publications

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation - Statement: Peter Taylor Joins Two Berkshire CEOs in Addressing Organizational Bias in Berkshires >>

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - Inspiration Monday Story: ALIVE Builds Resilience in Schools >>

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - Inspiration Monday Story: Connecticut Bail Fund Fights for Justice >>

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving - NPR On Point Interview: The State Of The Arts In Greater Hartford; The Story Of Hip-Hop And Breaking In Connecticut >>

Melville Charitable Trust - Blog Post: Secure Jobs Evaluation >> 

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - Blog Post: Will Anthem & ConnectiCare Premium Hikes Affect You? Tell Us Your Story. >> 

  The power of good connections . . . Job opportunities

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CCP is looking to bolster its team with these positions. Please feel free to distribute to qualified colleagues.

  The power of good ideas . . . New resources


PACE's (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement) new report, Youth Civic Engagement for Health Equity and Community Safety, examines the prominent effect of youth voice and how youth civic engagement can create healthier communities. PACE convened a working group of about twenty funders and non-profits to explore links between civic engagement, health, and safety among youth. Working group members shared information and experiences, commissioned and reviewed research, and developed shared convictions that are summarized in the report.


Asset Funders Network's new brief, Unlocking Assets, explores how the gender wealth gap impacts women, particularly low-income women and women of color, throughout their life cycle. The brief provides responsive strategies and best practices that funders can employ to create greater economic security for women. Developed in partnership with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, Asset Funders Network (AFN), and Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative (CWWG), Unlocking Assets outlines the barriers faced by women business owners.


For the “Engaging New Voters” report, Nonprofit VOTE surveyed over 60 nonprofits doing nonpartisan voter engagement across six states as they interacted with 22,500+ voters. The report documents that voters contacted by nonprofits were twice as likely to be non-white, twice as likely to be under 25 years old, and twice as likely to have less than $30,000 in household income – all routinely left out of our country’s political process.



Candid and Hispanics in Philanthropy announced the release of a new dashboard, LATINXFunders. This website reveals an understanding of philanthropy’s role in the Latinx populations across the U.S. and its territories over a five-year period, 2013-2017. This is an ongoing project to help funders and grantseekers understand how philanthropic resources are being awarded for Latinx communities now and what gaps may exist that can inform evolving strategies. With this tool, the sector can more accurately target resources and support both long and short-term strategies to build prosperity for all Latinx. For example, according to most recent data, 1.3% of all philanthropic dollars granted between 1999 and 2009 in the U.S. was awarded to Latinx communities, while those same communities now represent 18% of the U.S. population. This and other crucial data is provided to users to reflect whether enough is being done or if there is a gap that needs to be filled.   

  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. Read More in the Colleague News Feed >>

Connecticut Health Foundation welcomed Tamisha Phillip last month. She is their new grants manager and program administrator and will be responsible for coordinating the grantmaking process and supporting the department. Tamisha comes to the foundation from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where she served as an administrative assistant. She has also worked at Rockville General Hospital and Hartford Hospital. She has a bachelor’s degree in health care management from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business analytics at Quinnipiac University. Read more >>

Janice Elliot recently announced her plans to retire as executive director of the Melville Charitable Trust at the end of 2019. "My career in the field of housing and efforts to end homelessness spans 33 years, seven of them at the Trust. Leading the foundation has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. The Trust’s passion for justice, innovation, pushing systems, and staying focused on solutions is a powerful mix that keeps me energized, challenged and eager to come to work every day. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to work with our incredible staff team, exceptional board, and amazing nonprofit partners who are relentless in their work to make homelessness a thing of the past. The decision to retire is not an easy one but reflects the confidence I have that the foundation is well positioned for the future. I plan to stay in place until a new executive director is identified and brought on board later this year and look forward to ensuring a seamless transition. As always, it’s an honor to work in partnership with you as we strive to ensure that everyone has a good place to call home."    

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