Member eBrief - March 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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

The power of good information . . . Policy Update >>

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    

Register Now for CCP's 2018 Conference >>

     Wednesday, May 16, 2018
     8:30am - 2:30pm

This year's conference will bring our sector together to explore the catalyzing role of philanthropy, to inspire emboldened leadership and collaboration in Connecticut’s philanthropic community, and to offer pragmatic pathways that philanthropies can take to lend deeper support toward the challenges they are working to resolve. The conference will feature two keynotes, networking, break-out sessions, and the presentation of the Roberts Innovation in Philanthropy Award.

Check out the Conference Agenda and Register Today >>

Want to attend the conference for free? We have need of several volunteers. For details contact Dee Goodrich, director of member engagement, 860-525-5585.






BlumShapiro The Melville Charitable Trust
Connecticut Health Foundation NewAlliance Foundation
eBenefits Group Northeast Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
Farmington Bank Community Foundation  

Learn more and download the Conference Support Form >>     

Have You Renewed Your 2018 Membership?

If you still need to renew, please do so by March 31. Members who have not informed us they are renewing will be removed from our membership list. Questions? Contact Dee Goodrich, director of member engagement, 860-525-5585.

“As the inaugural Director of the Avangrid Foundation, CCP has helped me make vital connections in philanthropy across the state and beyond. They’ve introduced me to many other foundation leaders and helped me build a professional network that I am leveraging for the mutual benefit of our foundation and our communities. I have only begun to scratch the surface of the resources available to me through CCP’s staff and membership.”

Nicole Grant, Director, Avangrid Foundation

CCP Networks with New England Philanthropy Serving Organizations

This month the CCP met with colleagues from regional and national philanthropy serving organizations (PSO) to explore regional opportunities for sharing and collaborating. CCP member Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation generously provided the central meeting location in their Wellesley, MA corporate headquarters. Participating organizations included colleague regional associations from Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and national PSOs including Assets Funders Network, Center for Effective Philanthropy, CF Leads, National Center for Family Philanthropy, and United Philanthropy Forum.


Are You Interested in Joining a CT Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy?

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy's mission is to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world. EPIP chapters create spaces to connect with one another, learn the field, and grow their leadership. You don’t have to be under 40 to be emerging. EPIP’s community includes: Early-career professionals looking to develop their skills, to contribute their talents and insights through their work, and to lead change in their organizations and the sector; Mid-career professionals newer to philanthropy seeking to deepen their understanding of the field and how to bring an equity lens to their work and the sector; Mid-career professionals with philanthropic experience looking to take their leadership to the next level and committed to our vision and values; Senior professionals and institutions excited by our vision for the sector, who want to bring their wisdom, experience and standing as champions to influence changes across the sector.

The National EPIP Office provides support to all chapters in setting and advancing their own agendas. Each chapter is led by a steering committee, providing leadership opportunities to those who join. If there is enough interest, CCP will help launch an EPIP chapter. Please let us know if you are intrested in joining or leading a CT EPIP Chapter. Contact Tiffany Walton, Executive Assistant and Office Manager, 860-525-5585.    

Policy Update: The power of good ideas



The Connecticut team (Laura Olsbo - Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Karla Fortunato - CCP, Judith Meyers - Children's Fund of Connecticut, and Mende Blue-Paca - Fairfield County's Community Foundation) joined more than 300 colleagues from across the country for the annual Foundations on the Hill held this month in Washington, DC. The Connecticut team met with our Congressional Representatives, Senators, and staffers to share stories about the value and impact of the work of the charitable sector, as well as concerns about the tax bills impact on charitable giving, the possible repeal of the Johnson Amendment, and funding for the 2020 Census. The team presented information on philanthropy in Connecticut and discussed issues important to the sector including how the recently signed tax bill will hurt charitable giving. Pictured are visits with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Congressman Joe Courtney, and Congressman John Larson.

Here is The Chronicle of Philanthropy's coverage of FOTH 2018: Foundations Fan Out on Capitol Hill to Press Their Case on Taxes and Other Worries >>    

FEDERAL - Budget, Johnson Amendment

Budget and Tax Briefing Live Webcast on Federal Policy, Budget and Revenue Outlook >>

  • MARCH 22: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce has invited funders and philanthropic Advisors to watch the live webcast of their keynote plenary session by noted tax and budget policy expert, Bob Greenstein, who will provide an overview on the key provisions in the federal budget, discuss current and upcoming budget debates and battles, and offer insights on the potential impact for struggling families, workers and communities.

Threat Renewed Against Nonprofit Nonpartisanship (the Johnson Amendment)

  • National Council of Nonprofits (3/5/18) - "Congressional leaders are now negotiating whether to attach devastating language to the upcoming “must-pass” spending bill that would undermine the effectiveness and culture of every charitable nonprofit, house of worship, and foundation. A broad coalition of concerned Americans fought back efforts to politicize the charitable community last year, but the challenge is returning this month with a vengeance. As recently as last week at the National Religious Broadcasters convention, powerful politicians and well-funded special interest groups reiterated their goal of repealing the Johnson Amendment, the longstanding law that protects charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations from demands from candidates for public office and their operatives for endorsements and other partisan activities. Their most likely approach: using the “must-pass” omnibus appropriations bill as the vehicle on which to attach an extraneous legislative rider that would politicize 501(c)(3) organizations."

CONNECTICUT - Nonprofit Advocacy Day, Legislature, Fiscal Health

Nonprofit Advocacy Day >>

  • MARCH 28: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Legislative Office Building, Hartford
    The Connecticut Nonprofit Alliance is holding a state-wide Advocacy Day to protect community services. They are encouraging nonprofits and their board members to participate and to tell policymakers to protect essential services.


Fiscal Stability Commission

  • CT Mirror (3/19/18) - Business Community Cautious with New Fiscal Stability Plan for CT >>
    Connecticut’s business leaders offered much praise but were more cautious with their support when it came to the recommendations of the state’s Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.  
  • CT Mirror (3/14/18) - CCM Backs Plan to Revitalize CT — Despite Risk to Local Aid >>
    Despite a proposal that could jeopardize state aid in the coming years, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has endorsed the full report of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, arguing it offers more long-term benefits for the state and its communities.  
  • ConnecticutAFL-CIO (3/1/18) - Labor's Statements on Fiscal Stability Commissions Recommendations >> 
    “The recommendations were supposed to be about creating fiscal stability and strong economic growth, but are nothing short of a full frontal attack on working people in the state. While there are some positive recommendations – such as increasing the minimum wage and lowering the tax rates for the middle class and working poor – the overall recommendations are a gift to the state’s ultra-wealthy and seek to diminish the wages and benefits of Connecticut’s workers.”      

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

FEATURED PROGRAM: Advocacy in Action: Funders Share Their Stories >>

Presented by the Fairfield County Funder Network

For staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Program: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan

Join us for a discussion with three funders who engage in advocacy to advance their missions. Learn how they got started, how they got buy-in from their boards and other stakeholders, what advocacy strategies they employ, and what impact they’ve seen as a result of their advocacy efforts.

We’ll focus on smaller staffed organizations and also provide a short overview of advocacy for those who did not attend CCP’s December 2017 program “Yes, You Can Advocate!”.

We encourage all CCP members to attend this program, enjoy the beauty of Grace Farms, and continue to network with your peers over lunch in their café. (Light lunch options at reasonable prices.) It’s worth the trip!


Emily Tow Jackson
Executive Director
The Tow Foundation

Liz Sak

Executive Director
Cricket Island Foundation

Maria Mottola

Executive Director
New York Foundation

Lucy Ball
Executive Director
Lone Pine Foundation (moderator)


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 >>

RESCHEDULED: CCP Member Orientation Webinar >>

APRIL 4: 10:00 - 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. Presentation includes a guided tour of CCP’s website. Register now >>


For questions about any of CCP's programs or network meetings, contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 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

MARCH 28: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Webinar
The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation is pleased to partner with the Trust for Learning to share groundbreaking research that did something revolutionary—ask parents what they’re looking for in early childhood programs instead of assuming we already know. What they learned was perhaps just as revolutionary for us as advocates and practitioners—parents are not only engaged in their children’s education but are also good judges of program quality. And what they want for their kids’ education is consistent across race and income. Parents are clearly in charge and believe they know what is best for their children. What does this new view on parents mean for field stakeholders?

APRIL 27: Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield
New England Grassroots Fund will host a one-day training with the theme, "Building Resilient Communities." The event is catered to those interested in both social and environmental justice. Last year, several foundations sponsored registration fees and some transportation costs of their grantees and target community residents. If you are interested in doing this for your grantees/community, The Fund can help with outreach and can provide a list of those that are registered from your target area. For more information contact Nakia Navarro, program director, New England Grass Roots Fund, 603-343-8910.

  • Community Foundation Bootcamps

MAY 2-3: Pittsburgh, PA  >>

MAY 22-23: Sarasota, FL >>

The two-day Community Foundation Boot Camp program offers a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation.  It is an ideal in-depth introduction to community foundations for new community foundation staff, community foundation board members, or other community foundation staff looking for a good refresher. Topics covered include: history, purpose; board governance; gifts and funds; asset development; grantmaking; community leadership; finance and investments; legal Issues; operational sustainability; and lifecycles of community foundations. The training is provided by our colleagues at the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA).  

MAY 23 - 24: New York, NY
Responding to the urgent need for cross-sector collaboration for exponential impact, Social Impact Exchange's convening will delve deeper into various collaboration strategies and tools for sector leaders to work together intentionally and effectively to forge solutions to the complex problems faced today. Confirmed speakers include Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President, Ford Foundation; Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Jeffrey Hollender, CEO, Seventh Generation; Kyle Peterson, President, Walton Family Foundation, and Alan Alda. CCP Members are eligible to receive a 50% registration discount. Registration opens later in this month.         

  The power of good connections . . . Member news    


Casey Family Programs is CCP's newest member. Based in Seattle, WA, they are the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care. Their mission is to provide and improve — and ultimately prevent the need for — foster care. Casey Family Programs works in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two territories and with more than a dozen tribal nations to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families, and the communities where they live. Susan Reilly is the senior director-strategic consulting and is based in Connecticut.


More Than 75 Leading Foundations, Hospitals, and Local Agencies Join DataHaven Initiative

DataHaven's 2018 Community Wellbeing Survey will allow unprecedented tracking of regional and local trends over the past three years, as well as create an even more in-depth portrait of Connecticut’s neighborhoods, when updated results from interviews throughout the state are shared this fall. Results from the survey will be published in a series of local and statewide reports throughout late 2018 and 2019, helping to shed light on progress being made toward various community priorities, including financial security for families, access to affordable health care, public health and safety, and opportunities for children to succeed, as well as on current challenges, such as the opioid epidemic, housing instability, and limited transportation options.  

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is excited to partner with DataHaven again on the 2018 Community Well-being Index. “The ability to collect and track community-level data over time helps Connecticut’s philanthropic organizations more deeply understand the issues they aim to address, target solutions, and measure progress made over time,” said CCP President Karla Fortunato, “We’re delighted to see so many philanthropic and other organizations come together to support DataHaven’s work to understand how Connecticut’s residents experience quality of life, health, and happiness neighborhood by neighborhood. Read more >>

DataHaven designed the 2018 Community Wellbeing Survey with support and advice from over 100 government, academic, health care, and community partners, many of whom are supplying major funding for its expansion. Partners providing the over one million dollars required for the program are representative of each region of Connecticut:

  • In Fairfield County, organizations including Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Bridgeport Primary Care Action Group, Stamford Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Western Connecticut Health Network, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, and United Way of Western Connecticut are funders.
  • In New Haven County, funders include The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Connecticut Community Foundation, Valley Community Foundation, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Waterbury Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Carolyn Foundation, City of New Haven, City of Waterbury, Town of Wallingford, United Way of Greater New Haven, Gaylord Hospital, and many others.
  • In Greater Hartford and New Britain, the program has drawn support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Hartford HealthCare, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Medical Center, City of Hartford, Central Connecticut Health District, Trinity College Center for Urban and Global Studies, Capitol Region Council of Governments, Hospital for Special Care, and others.

Additionally, DataHaven has secured funding to ensure that residents of Connecticut's smaller cities and rural areas are included to the same degree as those living in its major metropolitan areas. Support has been committed from organizations including Connecticut Health Foundation, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Ledge Light Health District, Middlesex Hospital, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Eastern Highlands Health District, and the Meriden Health Department. Read more >>

Read past reports >>   


The Donaghue Foundation - Practically Speaking Winter Issue 2018 >>

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation - Exhibitions on the Cusp: Issue #4 - Arts and Social Justice >>     Issue #5 - Art and The Environment >>

United Way of Connecticut - February 2018 Community Connection - ALICE: The Consequences of Insufficient Household Income >>


Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday Democracy) - You Need to See It, To Be It >>

Connecticut Health Foundation - What We Know About Medicaid and Work >>     5 Things You Should Know About School-Based Health Centers >>

Donaghue Foundation - Can We Make Health Research Relevant and Ready To Use? >>

MetroHartford Alliance - Making the List Allows Us to Fly High in Economic Development >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - Restraining Prescription Drug Prices: Final Report from Connecticut’s Healthcare Cabinet >>


Connecticut Community Foundation - A Chat with Our New President and CEO, Julie Loughran >>   

  The power of good connections . . . Jobs in philanthropy

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  The power of good ideas . . . New resources


Annie E. Casey Foundation's report, Progress, Campus Profiles, and Preliminary Lessons from the Working Students Success Network, checks in on 19 community colleges that are participating in the Working Students Success Network. The initiative aims to bundle support for students in three key areas: education and career readiness; income and work; and financial services and assets. When the participating colleges bundled their support services — instead of delivering them piecemeal — low-income students benefited and received both encouragement and assistance with their most pressing needs.



Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's study, The Impact of Diversity: Understanding How Nonprofit Board Diversity Affects Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement, examines the ways in which diversity is associated with board members’ engagement with the board. It also explores the relationship between a nonprofit’s characteristics—such as the age of the organization, level of revenue, and focus area (nonprofit subsector)—and the diversity of its board members, including their race, ethnicity, age, and gender. The report finds that both organizational characteristics and the diversity of the board affect levels of board engagement. 

MARCH 29: 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and BoardSource - The Impact of Diversity Webinar >>     

  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives

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  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.


Lisa Honigfeld has been appointed to a newly created position, vice president of the Children's Fund of Connecticut. In this position Honigfeld will assist the president of the Children's Fund in grantmaking and related philanthropic responsibilities including membership on CCP's Early Childhood Funder's Collaborative, and Grantmakers in Health. In addition to this new role, Honigfeld will continue to serve as vice president for health initiatives at Child Health Development Institute and as associate director for Connecticut Children's Medical Center's Office for Community Child Health. Read more >>


The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund announces the appointment of William “Billy” Johnson as the Director of Educational Strategy. “I am pleased that Billy has agreed to take on this new position, to help us continue to evolve our strategies for reaching equity in education across Connecticut,” said David Addams, Executive Director of the Memorial Fund. “In March, he will begin his work, meeting with those in education, philanthropy, our grantees, and, in particular, community leaders including families and youth who are working diligently to see that children have every opportunity for an equitable education.” Certified by the State of Connecticut to be a school superintendent, Mr. Johnson has most recently served as Assistant Superintendent in Windham, Director of Instruction for New Haven, Principal of the Domus Academy in New Haven and Principal of the Julia Stark Elementary School in Stamford. Read more >>

HARTFORD, CT -- The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Wotorson and Carin Buckman as senior officers in the Foundation’s community investments and communications and marketing departments, respectively. Michael Wotorson has held multiple leadership positions in the Republic of Liberia. Formerly the Executive Director of the Campaign for High School Equity and a national education director with the NAACP, Wotorson is responsible for ensuring that the Foundation’s program resources are effectively invested and monitored to produce positive, sustainable programming targeted to improving the lives of residents in the Greater Hartford community. Carin Buckman has held a wide range of positions in both the nonprofit and corporate arenas. A West Hartford resident, she was most recently the director of marketing and communications for Leadership Greater Hartford. In her new role as senior officer, external communications and community engagement, Buckman will oversee all paid advertising, media relations, and community engagement, in support of the Foundation’s strategic goals. Read more >> 


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut presents Regional Chamber Awards annually to deserving businesses and individuals for outstanding work accomplished over the previous year. Nancy Bulkeley of Dominion Energy and Sue Murphy of Liberty Bank Foundation, will be honored as Volunteers of the Year at the Chamber's Annual Meeting on March 21 at the Mystic Hilton. Stephen Tagliatella of Saybrook Point Inn & Spa and a trustee of the Louis F. and Mary A. Tagliatela Foundation, will be receiving the Board of Directors Special Award.

The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), a division of the America n Psychological Association, has just awarded SCRA Fellow status to Judith Meyers, president & CEO of Children's Fund of Connecticut and CCP Board president. Fellows are selected based on showing evidence of distinctive contributions to knowledge and/or practice in community psychology that are recognized by others as excellent and having an impact beyond the immediate setting in which the Fellow works. Read more >>


  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: March 21, 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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