Member eBrief - March 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

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

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

The power of good networks . . . Membership >>

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

The power of good connections . . . Jobs in Philanthropy >>

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

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

  The power of good work . . . CCP updates    

Happy Spring!

The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and CCP staff are busy unpacking boxes and settling into our new offices. We’ve relocated to 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1-205, Hartford, CT 06106 and are excited to network and connect to others in the nonprofit community.

Now that the threat of getting snowed out is slim, CCP’s programming has really taken off. We held our first State Budget Impact Forum earlier this month, and are excited about this year’s Annual Conference, Reimagining Philanthropy: Strategies for Success. We hope to see you and your colleagues in New Haven for what will be an exciting lineup of speakers and sessions.

I also want to share some bittersweet staff news: Tiffany Walton, CCP’s Office Manager and Executive Assistant, is leaving the team. Tiffany will be joining the Hartford Public Schools’ Office of Outreach, Community Partnerships and Family Engagement as the Volunteer and Community Partnerships Facilitator. She will be working to strengthen the engagement between students, parents, and community partners. We are so sad she's leaving CCP, but incredibly happy to see her to take on this new position. Her last day is April 2nd.

Enjoy the spring and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or program!

With best regards,


Check Out Our Website

We hope you noticed that our website received a refresh last month! Besides the new clean look, we've added some new functionality on our homepage. Quick info buttons and the split tabs for News/Resources will help you find the information that you need more quickly. And the Event split tabs can provide extra visibility and access for CCP member events. The Other Events Tab lists the events in a calendar list, gives more detail in a click, and a link directs to the member's event page.

If you would like your organization's event listed on our website, please send your event information to Laurie Allen, Director of Communications.

Lend Your Voice to Advance the 2020 Census

Connecticut recently launched its Complete Count Committee and towns and municipalities are following their lead in preparation for the 2020 Census. Importantly, the state of Connecticut has not yet allocated funding to support Census 2020 outreach, but the legislature is considering a bill to appropriate funding for the census, HB 6563.

CCP is organizing a sign-on letter to state legislators in support of HB 6563. If you or your organization would like to sign onto this letter, please contact Karla,

State Budget Impact Forum Recap

Over 100 grantmakers participated in CCP’s first State Budget Impact Forum. Speakers Governor Ned Lamont, Prabal Chakrabarti of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Keith Phaneuf of the CT Mirror discussed the Connecticut economy, the fiscal crisis, and how they impact the state budget. Nonprofit and government leaders described how state budget cuts impact the lives of Connecticut residents and communities, how they are working to address the challenges, and how funders can play a role. CCP is currently scheduling a conversation among foundation leaders to talk about if and how they want to work together on one or more issues. Many thanks to all who participated in the event, especially our generous sponsor The Nutmeg Foundation. The live-streamed video will be available soon, but you can view photos of the event, and access the visual notes and other materials now >>    

Foundations on the Hill Reviewed

Last week, CCP President Karla Fortunato and CCP Board Chair Kathy Luria joined hundreds of colleagues from across the country for the annual Foundations on the Hill in Washington, DC. Our two-person Connecticut team met with congressional leadership and staffers to share information on philanthropy in Connecticut and discuss issues important to the sector including:

  • Expanding the charitable giving tax incentive to everyone, not just those who itemize;
  • Authorizing sufficient funding to support a fair and accurate 2020 Census;
  • Repealing the new taxes and requirements on nonprofits; and,
  • Protecting the Johnson Amendment.

Honor a Colleague or Philanthropic Leader!
CCP's Philanthropy Awards deadline is extended to March 29.

During CCP's 50th anniversary year we'll be recognizing philanthropic leadership and service with two of our prestigious awards. We encourage you to make one or more nominations for:

  • John H. Filer Award honors individual(s) who have demonstrated leadership in encouraging private action for the public good in Connecticut.
  • Martha S. Newman Award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding staff performance in serving the philanthropic community.

Awardees will be honored at CCP's 2019 Annual Conference, Reimagining Philanthropy: Strategies for Success, on May 7. Pictured are 2017 Filer Awardee Sheila Perrin, Perrin Family Foundation, and Newman Awardee Diane Sierpina, The Tow Foundation.

Where is #CCP50? Photo Three: March 2019

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 CCP's 50th Anniversary Logo?
Send your answer by March 29, 2019 to    

Membership: The power of good connections

"We have found CCP staff to be very helpful in setting up meetings with other foundations that have interests similar to ours!"

Ted and Mary Gawlicki, Founders, Gawlicki Family Foundation


Have You Renewed Your 2019 Membership?

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

Ahearn Family Foundation
Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday Democracy)
American Savings Foundation
Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls
     in Greater Hartford
Avangrid Foundation
Bank of America
The Barnes Foundation
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
J. Walton Bissell Foundation
Branford Community Foundation
Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation
Elizabeth Carse Foundation
Casey Family Programs
Chelsea Groton Foundation
Children's Fund of Connecticut
Cigna Foundation
The Common Sense Fund
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
Ruth S. Conant Trust
Connecticut Bar Foundation
Connecticut Community Foundation
Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority
Connecticut Health Foundation
Cox Communications
Dominion Nuclear Connecticut
Donaghue Foundation
The Eder Family Foundation
Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation
Ensworth Charitable Foundation
George H.C. Ensworth Memorial Fund
Eversource Energy
Fairfield County's Community Foundation
Farmington Bank Community Foundation
Fiduciary Investment Advisors
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
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
Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford
The Betty Knox Foundation
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Ethel and Abe Lapides Foundation
Lawson Valentine Foundation
Ryan T. Lee Memorial Foundation
The Leever Foundation
Liberty Bank Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Lone Pine Foundation
Main Street Community Foundation
McCall Kulak Family Foundation
The Melville Charitable Trust
MetroHartford Alliance
Christine E. Moser Foundation
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
New Canaan Community Foundation
NewAlliance Foundation
Newman's Own Foundation
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
The Nutmeg Foundation
Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation
People's United Community Foundation
Perrin Family Foundation
PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP
Reid and Riege
Ritter Family Foundation
The Rockfall Foundation
Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
Charles Nelson Robinson Fund
SBM Charitable Foundation
The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts
The Seedlings Foundation
Swindells Charitable Foundation
Tauck Family Foundation
The Tow Foundation
Travelers & the Travelers 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
Valley Community Foundation
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.     

  The power of good networks . . . CCP programs  


CCP's 2019 Conference: Reimagining Philanthropy: Strategies for Success >>

When: Tuesday, May 7
Program: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: The Omni New Haven Hotel




Join us to celebrate CCP’s 50th Anniversary and 50 years of giving together. With a theme of Reimagining Philanthropy, this year’s speakers and sessions will explore the future of philanthropy with new visions for practice, leadership, and impact. Award-winning Artist and MacArthur Genius Fellow Titus Kaphar will be our Lunch Keynote Speaker. The morning panel and breakout sessions will be announced soon!

Thanks to our 2019 Conference Supporters including CCP members:

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving | Newman's Own Foundation | Fairfield County's Community Foundation | The Fund for Greater Hartford | William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund | Webster Bank and Webster Private Bank | The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven | Nellie Mae Education Foundation | Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation | Community Foundation of Greater New Britain | Connecticut Health Foundation | Grace Farms Foundation | PKF O'Connor Davies | Reid and Riege. View the complete list of supporters >>   


Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis >>

When: Tuesday, April 2
Program: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Legislative Office Building, Hartford



Join the Early Childhood Funder Network and others to hear about Ready Nation’s study, learn about the efforts of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and hear from an employer and a parent on how the lack of childcare impacts businesses and families.


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

  The power of good connections . . . Member news   


We warmly welcome Social Venture Partners Connecticut to CCP membership. SVP Connecticut is an engaged community of partners leveraging time, expertise, and resources for sustainable solutions to social problems, while becoming more strategic and effective in personal giving. SVP Connecticut works with innovative organizations operating in Connecticut whose mission is to narrow the Opportunity Gap in Connecticut. This also includes supporting cross sector initiatives to provide work or educational opportunities for disadvantaged families. Using innovative business principles and market dynamics to achieve social good and contribute to our local communities, SVP Connecticut  seeks to be a catalyst for growth and innovation within the social sector. SVP Connecticut is composed of more than 150 partners, including Karen Brown of Fairfield County's Community Foundation and Linda Franciscovich of The Grossman Family Foundation. The main contacts are Mark Argosh, executive director, Camille Guthrie, director of operations, Clare Hare, engagement manager, and Marjorie Almansi, director of recruitment and engagement.


The Partnership for Strong Communities is holding an IForum, Past and Future Housing: Connecticut’s Missing Middle: How Small Multifamily Housing Can Work for Everyone, on March 27 at the Lyceum in Hartford. With 48% of renters and 27% of homeowners cost-burdened (paying more than 30% of their income on housing) in our state, we know that not enough of our housing is affordable. This IForum will explore a predominant, yet largely ignored, form of housing in Connecticut. The Melville Charitable Trust, Webster Bank, and Bank of America are among the IForum sponsors. Learn more and register >>

Nellie Mae Education Foundation recently announced new mission, vision, and values statements, which will guide the continued development of their organizational culture and grantmaking strategy. "Each of the statements is the result of a shared strategic reflection and revision effort by Nellie Mae staff and Board. The year-long process has led us to reflect on our organizational culture through the lens of racial equity." Read the statements and learn more >>

Every year, Everyday Democracy recognizes a standout community change agent —a person or organization whose work in their community exemplifies the values on which we were founded – voice for all, connection across difference, racial equity, and community change. The Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award provides recognition and a $10,000 award to an individual or organization in the U.S. whose achievements inspire us and can be lifted up for many others to aspire to.
Who comes to the top of your mind when you think about exceptional people or local organizations that create opportunities for people to talk to and listen to each other, work together for equitable communities, and help create vibrant communities that work for everyone? Show how much you understand and appreciate their contribution to society by nominating them for the 2019 Aicher Award! Nominations for the 2019 Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award are due April 15, 2019. Learn more >>

During the 116th General Assembly, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has submitted testimony on several bills:

MEMBER Blogs, Media, and Publications

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - A System Under Strain: The Basic Needs Safety Net in an Age of Inequality >>

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut - Compass Points Winter Newsletter >>

Connecticut Health Foundation - Navigating Uninsured Patients Through Health Care: A New Haven Community Health Worker’s Story >>

Donaghue Foundation - Practically Speaking Winter 2019 Newsletter >>  

Fairfield County's Community Foundation - Finding a Career Path and A New Dream Through Thrive by 25 >>

Fairfield County's Community Foundation - Connecting Bridgeport Youth to Opportunities with the Fairfield County Business Community (Recorded Webinar) >>

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving - Listening Tour Recap: Simsbury >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - Year of the Philanthropic Journey Part 6 of 12: Embracing My Heritage >>

The Melville Charitable Trust - Opportunity Starts at Home Podcast >>

The Tow Foundation - The Tow Foundation 30th Anniversary: In This Together - Video and Grantee Profiles >>

United Way of Connecticut - March 2019 Community Connections >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of CT - Experts Weighed In on a Public Option, Now It’s Our Turn! >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of CT - Some First Steps Proposed to Help Undocumented People Access Health Care >>   

  The power of good connections . . . Job opportunities

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  The power of good ideas . . . New resources


  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor’s newest publication in the Theory of the Foundation initiative is The Philanthropy Framework, a tool for analysis and planning to guide emerging and established philanthropies to better align resources for maximum impact. You may want to read a summary in The Chronicle of Philanthropy - Grant Makers Urged to Rethink How They Are Organized and How They Operate >>
  • Twelve years ago, when PRE (Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity), in partnership with GrantCraft released Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens, only a small number of foundations had made racial equity a major focus of their work, but it was still common to have funders thinking colorblindness or universal approaches were the ideal. Others were only focusing on diversity and inclusion. Much has changed since the original guide was developed. PRE is excited to announce an update: Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens – An Introduction.

  • The Center for Effective Philanthropy's (CEP) report, Understanding & Sharing What Works, is the result of surveys and in-depth interviews with private and community foundation leaders regarding what they know about what is and isn’t working in their foundations’ efforts to achieve their goals. The report is accompanied by a series of in-depth profiles to further examine what foundations are doing to understand and share their work.


The Opportunity Zones Reporting Framework is a voluntary guideline designed to define best practices for investors and fund managers looking to invest in Opportunity Zones. It includes a set of first principles and a detailed impact measurement framework. The framework was developed by U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. 


The most recent issue of Change Agent, The Journal of The Communications Network, is entilted The Racism Issue, and it  aims to spark conversations about racism and challenge entrenched narratives and practices. The Racism Issue is guest edited by Michele Norris, founder of The Race Card Project and Executive Director of The Bridge at The Aspen Institute.


Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector, is Building Movement Project's new report on leadership, race, and gender in the nonprofit sector. Based on data from over 4,000 survey respondents, the report shows how women of color who are willing and able to take on leadership roles are held back by systemic gender and racial biases.

Learn more: April 18: 2:00 - 3:00 PM: Webinar: Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector >>

The Chronicle of Philanthropy review: Women of Color Shouldn’t Face So Many Hurdles to Leadership. Here’s What We Can All Do. >>     

  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.


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