Member eBrief - March 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

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CCP's 2016 Annual Luncheon & Conference will bring together 300 representatives of foundations, corporate philanthropy, community foundations and other philanthropic organizations, as well as partners and leaders from across the state. This year is the first full-day philanthropic conference hosted by CCP and promises to set the stage for our growing presence as the voice and leader of Connecticut’s philanthropic sector.




Welcome New CCP Members!

Branford Community Foundation, founded in 1980, supports the community of Branford in New Haven County.

The Guilford Foundation, a community foundation whose mission is to: "connect people who care with causes that matter to them” to enrich the quality of life in Guilford, now and for generations to come.

Liza Petra serves as the executive director for both these community foundations and she is assisted by Coordinator Jennifer Mullet.

CCP Professional member, PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP, provides attest, tax and consulting services to more than 225 private foundations and grantmaking organizations. They are based in Harrison, NY and the main contacts are Barbara Van Bergen, partner, and Thomas Blaney, partner and director of private foundation practice.

Count the Reasons: CCP Membership

CCP President Maggie Osborn has been collecting quotes and comments about how members value their membership in the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. Click on one of the quote images to read the growing list of reasons to be a member.  We have featured two member quotes on our homepage and plan to add more. Submit your reasons for being a CCP member to Maggie Osborn.


Has Your CCP Membership Been Renewed?

The renewal deadline is March 31st! Strong membership numbers strengthen the collective voice for philanthropy in Connecticut. Check the list to see if your organization has submitted their renewal or commitment to renew. Not on the list? Then this could be your last Member eBrief newsletter.

We thank the following organizations for their renewed 2016 membership!

  • Ahearn Family Foundation
  • Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday Democracy)
  • American Savings Foundation
  • Aurora Women and Girls Foundation
  • The Barnes Foundation
  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
  • J. Walton Bissell Foundation
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation
  • The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation
  • The Louis Calder Foundation
  • Children's Fund of Connecticut
  • CIGNA Foundation
  • CohnReznick
  • The Common Sense Fund
  • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
  • The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
  • Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
  • Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Connecticut Community Foundation
  • Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority
  • Connecticut Health Foundation
  • Dominion
  • Donaghue Foundation
  • The Eder Family Foundation
  • George H.C. Ensworth Memorial Fund
  • ESPN, Inc.
  • Farmington Bank Community Foundation
  • Foundation for Community Health
  • The Fund for Greater Hartford
  • The Goodnow Fund
  • The Grossman Family Foundation
  • Newell D. Hale Foundation
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
  • The Hampshire Foundation
  • Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford
  • Knox Foundation
  • Ethel and Abe Lapides Foundation
  • The Leever Foundation
  • Liberty Bank Foundation
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • Lone Pine Foundation
  • The Lumpkin Family Foundation
  • Main Street Community Foundation
  • Katharine Matthies Foundation
  • The Melville Charitable Trust
  • MetroHartford Alliance
  • MFUNd
  • Elizabeth Mitchell Family Foundation
  • Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • New Canaan Community Foundation
  • NewAlliance Foundation
  • Newman's Own Foundation
  • The Nutmeg Foundation
  • Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation
  • Perrin Family Foundation
  • Petit Family Foundation
  • Sassafras Foundation
  • SBM Charitable Foundation
  • Seedlings Foundation
  • SI Financial Group Foundation
  • Swindells Charitable Foundation
  • Tauck Family Foundation
  • The Tow Foundation
  • Travelers & the Travelers Foundation
  • Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
  • United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut
  • United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
  • United Way of Connecticut
  • Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
  • Valley Community Foundation
  • H. A. Vance Foundation
  • The ZOOM Foundation

Keep CCP Strong and Influential

The Newman's Own Foundation has again generously agreed to match, $1 for $1, any increase in support for CCP through new membership, the Leadership Fund or for sponsorship of a program, event, or publication. That means that your organization's additional gift doubles in value.

Go to Conference Sponsorship >>
Go to Leadership Fund >>

Membership fees only cover a bit more than half of CCP's operating costs. The remainder comes from leadership gifts, sponsorships, fees for service, and grants, all of which are vital to keep CCP strong and influential. See who has already supported CCP through The Leadership Fund >>

QUESTIONS? Contact Maggie Osborn, President, 860-525-5585.

What Was CT Grantmaking for K-12 Education in 2015? >>

There were 277 grants for a total of $22,824,523.* Check out the CT Grantmaking Map: filter for 2015 and elementary & secondary education  >> Does your organization have a focus on K-12 Education? Is your organization "On the Map?" Look yourself up and if you don't find your organization, download the Excel template and email to get "On the Map" today! The more grantmakers who eReport the better data we will have to make the most impact in the communities we serve. * These figures are from Connecticut eReporters and CCP members, including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who gave 19 K-12 grants in 2015 for a total of $14,682,613.

Need help to get started? You can participate in the next Get on the Map "How-To" webinar on March 10th.

Liberty Bank Foundation is CCP's latest eReporter! The Connecticut Grantmaking Map now has 29 CCP member's data.

CCP Welcomes New Team Member

Carolyn Giuliano begin work as CCP's Communications Intern in early February. Prior to joining the team, she worked for more than two years at Fidelity Investments as a financial representative in Austin, Texas. At Fidelity, she helped clients one-on-one in achieving their financial goals and served as a relationship manager between clients and their account executives. Carolyn is a 2013 graduate of Bryant University in Smithfield, RI where she received a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and Applied Statistics. In addition to her studies, she was a four-year member of the Bryant Women’s Soccer team and an active volunteer in the local community. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's of Science in Public Relations from Quinnipiac University. After graduation, Carolyn hopes to enter the field of community relations.


3-Month Calendar

March 4: Communication Network >>
March 7: Workforce Affinity Group >>
March 7: Community Foundation CEO Meeting >>
March 10: Washington Update LIVE Webinar >>
March 10: Get on the Map - “How-To” - Webinar >>
March 14: Eastern Connecticut Funder Network >>
March 15: Our Roles in State Budget Debates - Webinar >>
March 16: Nonprofit Lobby Day >>
March 16: Targeted Donor Communications - Webinar >>
March 22: Being the Trusted Advisor >>
March 24: Early Childhood Funders Collaborative >>
March 29: Parachutes and Ladders: Education and Social Mobility in the US - Live Streaming >>
March 29: Simplifying Strategy: Corporate Societal Engagement - Webinar >>
April 12: Foundations on the Hill >>
April 14: Get on the Map - “How-To” - Webinar >>
April 20: The Sustainability Cost Tool - Webinar >>
April 21: Early Childhood Funders Collaborative >>
April 26: Nonpartisan Election-Related Activities: Roles for Nonprofits and Foundations - Webinar >>
April 27: Education Affinity Group >>
May 5: Greater Hartford Funder Network >>
May 5: Fairfield County Funder Network >>
May 10: Workforce Affinity Group >>
May 11: Fear Not the Board Meeting: Effective (and Fun!) Board Governance - Webinar >>
May 13: 2016 CCP Philanthropy Luncheon & Conference >>
May 19: Foundation Administrator Network >>
May 24: Threats to Tax Exemptions - Webinar >>
May 26: Early Childhood Funders Collaborative >>


Member Happenings

Boehringer Ingelheim, Community Solutions, and Triple Pundit will be hosting a #skillsvolunteering Twitter chat on Thursday, March 10, from 12:30-1:30 pm. They cordially invite members of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy to join the conversation on Twitter at #SkillsVolunteering to discuss the value of skills-based volunteerism in helping to meet community needs. The chat will feature Lilly Ackley, president of Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, among other. Read more >>

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) recently launched a six-part sponsored content series with Corporate Social Responsibility-focused outlet Triple Pundit that’s relevant to the important work corporations do in our communities. The series highlights the value of skills-based volunteerism and how BI employees are helping nonprofits fill community needs. They include pieces featuring BI employees Lilly Ackley, and Julie Staudenmier, executive director of leadership and organization development.

Liberty Bank is celebrating International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8 at the Radisson Hotel Cromwell with a breakfast seminar featuring CCP's President Maggie Osborn. You are invited to wear something purple and help celebrate.

Breakfast: 7:45 - 8:30 am
Program: 8:30 - 9:15 am

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. Please respond by emailing Sue Larson by March 3.

Member Publications

Everyday Democracy's Civic Engagement Lesson Plan is an introduction to "civic health" and its connection to "great citizenship." It helps students learn about how ordinary citizens participate in the public arena by volunteering, voting, donating, working with neighbors and public officials, learning about and engaging on issues, attending public events and hearings, etc.



Child Health and Development Institute, an affiliate of Children's Fund of Connecticut, has produced two new issue brief's. Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS): An Effective Treatment for Children in Connecticut, discusses how an evidence-based trauma-focused intervention is helping children and schools in Connecticut. Care Coordination for Children:  An Important Part of State Health Reform Efforts, discusses how Community Care Coordination Collaboratives are helping families and strengthening pediatric health and other child serving systems in Connecticut.


Member Annual Reports/Newsletters

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven: Winter Newsletter >> Check the last panel for the Foundations usage of CCP's 2015 Giving in Connecticut Report.

Fairfield County's Community Foundation: 2015 Year in Review >>

United Way of Greater New Haven: 2015 Report to the Community >>

Member Blog Posts

Connecticut Health Foundation: TBT: Public Stories, Private Pain, and the State Budget >>

Connecticut Humanities: Toward a More Perfect America >>

Everyday Democracy: Civic Engagement: The Sojourner Syndrome: An Intersectional Approach to Health Inequality >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford: Unsolvable Problems >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut: Inspiration, Learning and Community at Health Action 2016 >>

Member Audio/Video

Aetna Foundation: The Best Medicine with Dr. Ken Miller >>

Melville Charitable Trust, MetroHartford Alliance: Interplay of Hunger, Housing and Economic Development >>

United Way of Central and Eastern Connecticut: New Year, New Leadership: A Look at Hartford's Future with Mayor Luke Bronin and United Way >>

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County: Campaign Chair Sam Tingley Takes to the Airwaves Concern for ALICE >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut: Community Health Workers: Reducing Costs and Disparities >>

Member Refreshed Websites

Liberty Bank Foundation >>


Openness with a Purpose >> -- The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Using an Abundance Mentality to Streamline Foundation Processes >> -- Grantmanagers Network

Building Capacity Through Networks >> -- Stanford Social Innovation Review


National Council of Nonprofit's new publication, A Network Approach to Capacity Building, offers examples of how networks are especially effective for capacity building because they catalyze innovation, improve communications, reduce duplication of past mistakes, and spread good ideas faster and more efficiently than may typically occur in other capacity building approaches




The Communications Network & Stanford Social Innovation Review are kicking off The Case for Communications, a new series on the power and potential of social sector communications. Every other week for the next 5 months, they'll share a variety of case studies that illustrate how smart, strategic communications helped organizations win.



The Center for Effective Philanthropy's new report, Sharing What Matters: Foundation Transparency, reveals that funders see grantees as the primary audiences for their transparency efforts, and both foundations and grantees believe transparency about the substance of foundation work, rather than about financial disclosures or governance, matters most to effectiveness.


Welcome New Colleagues

Deb Battit isa new Program Officer at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, to which she brings more than 18 years’ experience in philanthropy. Prior to coming to the Community Foundation, she served in various roles in the Program, Strategy, and Communications departments at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving over more than 11 years. Before that, she was Director of Member Services at the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. She is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal and is a former VISTA volunteer. Deb is a lifelong Connecticut resident and lives with her husband and two children in East Hampton.

Colleague Happenings

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County President and CEO Merle Berke-Schlessel Esq., has been appointed to the newly formed Connecticut Low Wage Employer Advisory Board. This new 13 member board was created as part of the June 2015 Special Session. Board members are experts on issues facing low wage workers and will advise the Labor Commission, Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Department of Social Services (DSS), and the Office of Early Childhood (OEC). Read more >>

Three CCP colleagues members are part of the CFLeads Executive Leadership Institute, a year-long learning opportunity focusing exclusively on community leadership for community foundation CEOs and community foundation Vice Presidents: Maryam Elahi, president, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut; A.J. Pietrantone, vice president for finance & administration, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; and Nancy von Euler, vice president of programs, Fairfield County's Community Foundation. ELI reflects a growing recognition in the field that the practice of community leadership requires specific skills and strategies. Learn more >>

OTHER Organization EVENTS >>

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, Communications Manager. 2016 Publication Dates: April 7; May 5; June 9; July 7; August 4; September 8; October 6; November 3; December 1. Submission Deadline: Close of business one week before the publication date.

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