Member eBrief - May 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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

The power of good networks . . . CCP program and network meeting calendar >>

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

The power of good ideas . . . New resources >>     Trends and perspectives >>      Other events >>

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

  The power of good work . . . CCP updates    


This week, I began a new adventure as President of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, a role that I’m humbled and privileged to assume. After spending 15 years in advocacy and philanthropy in Boston, MA and Washington, DC, I’m delighted to be back in my home state of CT to work with the philanthropic community and those it serves.

And I’m eager to hit the ground running, which means getting to know you, your grantees, and other important leaders in the state. It just so happens that the first occasion for us to shake hands is CCP’s Annual Event on May 12th. If you haven’t already signed up for our annual event, I encourage you to do so. This year’s key note, Heather McGhee, is a national leader on democracy and equity issues. She is also a must-see speaker. This will be a great event and a great opportunity for us to meet each other.  I hope that you’ll join me there. 

I also invite you to reach out to me directly. I want to hear about you and your foundation’s commitments, passions, and concerns, and where there are opportunities for CCP to better support you and your colleagues in your important work.

I am passionate about the role that philanthropy can play to inspire, convene, and power up critical social impact work. I look forward to working with the CCP community to support a stronger, more vibrant, and more just Connecticut. 



CCP has engaged Heather McGhee, president of Demos, a thought leader on the national stage, to speak on how all Americans can work to bridge our nation’s racial divide. We trust to that Heather's keynote address: We the People: Equity, Democracy and the New American Demos, will inspire dialogue and action to advance social justice within our organization and in our communities. Thanks to a grant from Newman's Own Foundation, CCP will follow up with programs later this year to help our members explore the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.


When: Friday, May 12, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Marriott Hartford Downtown

Keynote: We the People: Equity, Democracy and the New American Demos

Heather C. McGhee is president of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. A recognized thought leader on the national stage, McGhee frequently appears on shows such as Meet the Press, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Read Heather's recent opinion piece in the New York Times - 'I'm Prejudiced,' He Said. Then We Kept Talking. >>    

MORE GREAT REASONS TO COME TO THE EVENT: meet new CCP President Karla Fortunato, welcome new CCP Board members and congratulate the Philanthropy Award honorees >>

CCP encourages you to register for the Annual Meeting & Philanthropy Awards and invite those within your circle of influence, including your board and staff, colleagues, community leaders, and grantees. Use this PDF invitation >>       


Tune in to WNPR's Where We Live on Thursday, May 4 from 9:00 to 9:45 am to hear Lucy Nalpathanchil's interview with Heather McGhee, CCP's Annual Meeting keynote speaker. Where We Live is a live call-in talk show. You can call-in when they are live: 860-275-7266.

If you miss it. You can catch the rebroadcast on May 4 from 7:00 - 7:45 pm or the recording >>


CT Mirror's CTViewpoints published CCP's letter on behalf of the board and signed by Board Chair Judith Meyers and Board Member Frances Padilla, chair of the government relations and policy committee, expressing CCP's strong opposition to legislation that would repeal the Johnson Amendment. Repealing the Johnson Amendment Would Harm Non-profits >>       


Social Impact Exchange has extended a special discount to CCP members for their 2017 SIE Conference on Scaling Impact on June 14-15 in New York City. This year’s theme, Breaking Through! What Philanthropy Can Do Differently to Achieve Game-Changing Impact, will enable you to learn about innovative methods being used in philanthropy to achieve large scale impact. Keynote and session speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created Hamilton; Atul Gawande, surgeon, author, and Founder, Ariadne Labs; Kate Wolford, President, The McKnight Foundation; Marcus Shingles, CEO, XPrize, and Kerry Sullivan, CEO of Bank of American Foundation. Click here for the full agenda. As a member of CCP, you are entitled to a nearly 50% discount - simply indicate you are invited by "Connecticut Council for Philanthropy," and use the code "coinviter7102" when prompted on the registration site >>

  • 3 Webinar Series

CCP offers three webinar series for different foundations thanks to a partnership with The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and our regional colleagues.

Community Foundation Webinars >>

Corporate Giving Webinars >>

Family Philanthropy Webinars >>

  • Community Foundation Bootcamps

Registration Now Open: Community Foundation Boot Camp in Boston – August 29-30 >>
Presented by the Forum in partnership with Associated Grant Makers, the two-day Community Foundation Boot Camp program offers a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation. The program is an ideal in-depth introduction to community foundations for new community foundation staff, community foundation board members, or more experienced community foundation staff looking for a good refresher. Training is provided by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. Early-bird pricing will be available until May 12, 2017. Members of a Forum member can register at $450/person and non-members at $650/person. Register >>

The Iowa Council of Foundations and Southeastern Council of Foundations are also offering community foundation boot camps in the upcoming months:

CCP member CohnReznick, launched their annual Not-for-Profit Governance & Financial Management Survey. The data collected will be used to compile a full report about current governance and financial management practices among nonprofits. Please feel free to participate in the survey and foward to your grantees. CohnReznick NFP Governance and Financial Survey >>

On Thursday, May 18 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm join the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and its Latino Endowment Fund for a conversation on our first amendment in action at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts featuring a keynote address from Alberto Ibargüen, president, CEO and a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Ibargüen’s address, "Democracy, Civic Engagement and the Role of the Free Press," will discuss the Knight Foundation’s current efforts to support free expression and excellence in journalism to promote informed communities that may better determine their own interests. Knight supports ideas, leaders and initiatives that are helping advance the practice of journalism, including the use of new technology. Ibargüen will also discuss Knight’s efforts to support informed and engaged communities, the building blocks of a successful democracy, and to support efforts to make communities more equitable, inclusive and participatory. This free event is open to all members of the general public. To RSVP, visit; or call (860) 548-1888.             

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


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


May 4: Greater Hartford Funder Network >>
May 10: Community Foundation Webinar Series: Changing Dynamics in Community Philanthropy >>
May 11: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
May 12: CCP Annual Meeting & Philanthropy Awards >>
May 16: Fairfield County Funder Network >>
May 17: Family Foundation Webinar Series: Exploring Affective Vs. Effective Grantmaking >>
May 25: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>


June 6: Program Officer Network >>
June 6: CCP Leadership Luncheon >>
June 12: Community Foundation CEO Network >>
June 14: Community Foundation Webinar Series: Community Foundations Driving Health >>
June 16: Communication Network (awaiting a date change, stay-tuned) >>
June 19: Eastern Connecticut Funder Network >>
June 22: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
June 28: Corporate Webinar Series: Measuring Your Giving ROI >>


July 12: Community Foundation Webinar Series: Replicate This! Big Ideas to Lead Change in Your Community >>
July 13: Foundation Administrator Network >>
July 26: Education Affinity Group >>
July 26: Family Foundation Webinar Series: Is Your Family's Philanthropy Ready for the Future? >>
July 27: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>


  • Funder Roundtable Radical Possibilities: The Power of Youth in the Fight for Social Justice
    MAY 22, 2:30-6:00 pm, Boston, MA

    The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing and the Hyams Foundation, are organizing this roundtable with the purpose of sharing with philanthropic leaders and other participants models of youth-led organizing and exemplars of authentic youth-adult partnerships in the work for social change. The roundtable will showcase the radical possibilities and power of youth voice, leadership, and organizing, and the role of philanthropy in supporting these efforts. For more information or to RSVP contact Christina Kostuk at; 202-736-5809.

  • Reimagining Justice Conference
    JUNE 14-15, Hartford - SAVE the DATES
    Governor Dannel P. Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy are convening a national conference focusing on the human impact of crime and incarceration. The conference will foster conversations about new approaches to juvenile and young adult offenders, pretrial justice, incarceration, and re-entry. Leaders and experts from around the nation will meet with a diverse group of participants, including formerly incarcerated individuals, victims of crime, academics, business leaders, members of faith communities and representatives of labor to discuss progress that has already been made and to examine national and international models of criminal justice reform. The conference will include robust discussions about the collateral consequences of contact with the criminal justice system and will aim to strengthen a growing consensus that states must reimagine justice in order to reduce crime and end the cycle of mass incarceration. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Monika Nugent at


CCP has curated a list of webinars and local, regional and national events of interest to CCP members.  

  The power of good connections . . . Member news


  • Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation

The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation, based in Astoria, NY, encourages and supports programs that directly provide assistance to individuals who have not had the opportunity or ability to live independent and productive lives. Jose Rivero is chairman and president, and Lynn Grossman is a board member. While the foundation grants primarily in Astoria and Long Island City, NY, Lynn lives in Connecticut and the foundation does some grantmaking in the Bridgeport area. Find out more through the CCP Member Directory (be sure to  log in first) >>

  • Town Fair Tire Foundation

Town Fair Tire Foundation is located in East Haven, and Board Director Dan Rubino is the main contact. The foundation funds primarily in Connecticut and New England and focuses on children & youth services; environment & animals; health; higher education; human services; women & girls; and youth development. Find out more through the CCP Member Directory (be sure to  log in first) >>


The Tow Foundation, supported in part, the research for a new publication, A More Just New York City: Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, that recommends replacing the jails on Rikers Island with a system of smaller, borough-based jails. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to eventually close Rikers, a proposition once thought to be politically and practically unfeasible. Read more @ The New York Times >>

Emily Hall Tremaine: Collector on the Cusp is available digitally on the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation's website. The Tremaine art collection was widely considered to be one of the finest reflections of contemporary art in the nation until it was sold to create the asset base for the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.


Ahearn Family Foundation - Grant Summary 2016 >>

Dominion - Citizenship Report 2015-2016 >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - Annual Report 2016 >>


The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - Community, Now More Than Ever >>   Progress for Some, But Not All in Health >>

Connecticut Health Foundation - Academy Leader Spotlight: Gina Frederico Muslim >>

Fairfield County's Community Foundation - Investing in Our Future By Empowering Women >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights - A Wedding Story >>


The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - Engaging Donors Podcast >>

Connecticut United Ways: EARN Starter Savings Program - What Would You Do With $60? >>

United Way of Greater New Haven - Comcast Cares Day >>


Valley Community Foundation >>          

  The power of good ideas . . . New resources


PACE's (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement), Civic Engagement Primer, also known as the #PACEprimer, is a resource designed to help philanthropies assess their interest and understanding in civic engagement, and ultimately help them along their journey toward integrating it into their work.



Asset Funders Network's most recent brief, The Health and Wealth Connection: Opportunities for Investment Across the Life Course, explores the concept of how health outcomes reflect a person's and household's financial security, disposable income and wealth.



The Philanthropy Roundtable's new guidebook, Uniform Champions: A Wise Giver's Guide to Excellent Assistance for Veterans, looks at assistance for veterans from the funder side, chronicling the most successful donors in this area and what they have learned through real-life experience.

  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives

-- Ford Foundation     

-- Aspen Institute               

  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.


Arielle Levin Becker has joined Connecticut Health Foundation as Director of Communications. Arielle is a seasoned health care reporter and policy expert. She joins the Connecticut Health Foundation team from The Connecticut Mirror, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to politics and public policy, where she spent six years writing about complex policy and health care topics. "Arielle Levin Becker will be a phenomenal addition to our team," said Connecticut Health Foundation CEO Patricia Baker. "As a veteran health policy expert and a staple in Connecticut media, she will fit in nicely with our staff, bringing years of experience in journalism and policy analysis." Read more >>

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is pleased to announce Chris McNally has joined its team as Director of Marketing Communications. As Director, McNally will lead the department in developing and implementing a strategic, integrated marketing communications plan to achieve the organization’s year-round fundraising, volunteer and advocacy engagement objectives. “We are delighted to welcome Chris to United Way,” said Paula S. Gilberto, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “I am confident his background and expertise will serve to strengthen our commitment to the community to create opportunities for children to find academic success and for families to reach financial security.” Read more >>

Sue Davison stepped into the newly created position of Director of Leadership Giving at the United Way of Greater New Haven last month. Previously, she served as Director of Institutional Advancement at Neighborhood Music School, a community arts school in downtown New Haven. Her career has spanned a variety of roles in fundraising, marketing and arts management for both arts organizations such as Hartford Stage and the Springfield Symphony as well as educational institutions like UCONN. She brings new ideas and energy to the resource development team at the UGWGH and looks forward to serving the needs of her newly adopted community in partnership with the organization’s staff, board, donors and volunteers.   


Tricia Hyacinth has been appointed as the Fund for Women & Girls Director. The Fund for Women & Girls, a special interest fund of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is the largest women’s fund in New England. Tricia joined Fairfield County’s Community Foundation four years ago. In that timespan, she has made significant contributions to the Fund for Women & Girls by spearheading the creation of the Girls Symposium, which brings together practitioners to learn about best practices for improving the health, safety and success of girls and young women. Read more >>

Juanita James, president and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, will be the graduate commencement speaker for Fairfield University's 67th annual Commencement Ceremony on May 21, 2017. Read more >>



The national funder group, The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities has announced the appointment of Michelle Knapik, president of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, to the network’s board of directors. "Michelle has been a highly engaged member of the Funders’ Network for years," said Ben Starrett, president and CEO of the Funders’ Network. "We are so pleased that she has joined our board of directors where she will play an even more substantial role in guiding the network and its commitment to our core values of equity and inclusion." The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation seeks and funds innovative projects that advance solutions to basic and enduring problems, with a focus on learning disabilities, arts and the environment.      

 Jim Williamson, who as president of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain for the past 12-plus years led the organization through a transformative period of growth, change and influence, has announced his retirement. The Strategy Group, LLC of Darien has been retained to lead the executive transition process. A formal date of retirement will be determined pending results of the search for his successor. Williamson joined the Foundation in September, 2004 as the Foundation’s second full-time chief executive. During his tenure at the Community Foundation and under the board’s direction, Williamson spearheaded the Foundation’s transition from grantmaker to community leader, building partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders to help identify community challenges and engage in strategies to address them. Read more >>

Read Change, Growth and Impact: Jim Williamson Reflects on Nearly 13 Years at the Helm of the Community Foundation >>       

  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. 2017 Publication Dates: May 4, June 5, July, 10, August 7, September 5, October 2, November 6 and December 4. Submission Deadline: Close of business one week before the publication date.

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