Member eBrief - May 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 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 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    

2019 Conference ReCap

Download CCP's 2018 Conference Program

Nearly 300 people helped us celebrate CCP’s 50th Anniversary by attending our 2019 Annual Conference. This year’s conference speakers and sessions explored the future of philanthropy with new visions for practice, leadership, and impact. Our #CCP50 conference featured a panel discussion, break-out sessions, networking, the presentation of two philanthropy awards, acknowledgement of the CCP leadership by Board Chair Kathy Luria, updates by CCP President Karla Fortunato, and a keynote address by Titus Kaphar. Once more, we thank our 2019 Conference Supporters. View the recap >>

CCP and The Alliance Publish Funder - Nonprofit Report

With the nonprofit sector facing numerous challenges in Connecticut – as a result of state budget cuts and the new federal tax law – the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance surveyed their members in an effort to learn how nonprofits and funders were experiencing and responding to these challenges. Response to Financial Challenges: Funder – Nonprofit Survey, used feedback from a survey that garnered responses from 39 foundations and 110 nonprofits. Respondents represented a variety of nonprofit and foundation types and are working in various parts of the state. Read the report >>


You Want Data? Then Give Data, and Get on the Map!

Get on the Map is a data-sharing initiative designed to dramatically improve the quality and availability of giving data for our region. It all starts with YOU sharing your giving data! Your data will inform valuable resources for your organization and our state including:

Foundation Center's (Candid) target date for submitting data FY2018 is June 30, 2019. Haven't yet submitted FY2016 and FY2017? You can easily submit past years along with the most current year. Learn more and Get on the Map today! >>

QUESTIONS? Contact Laurie Allen, Director of Communications, 860-525-5585.   

Participate in the 2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey 2019 - Deadline is June 28

CCP is pleased to partner with the United Philanthropy Forum and the Council on Foundations on the 2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits (GSB) Survey. The full report, along with the Connecticut and custom reports, is one of the most frequently requested publications by CCP members. We encourage all CCP members to participate in the 2019 GSB Survey - the greater the participation, the greater the insight. The report allows you to benchmark your staff compensation and composition against others in the sector to create more informed budgets and remain competitive in recruiting and retaining the best talent. And for small organizations, you'll be able to benchmark your own worth.

Last year, a record number of CCP members participated in the survey, making for a rich Connecticut report. COF is accepting information for the 2019 publication through June 28, 2019. To contribute your organization's information, go to Benchmark Central and log in, or email the first and last name, title, and email for each individual needing access, to

For more information visit Council on Foundation; or contact Laurie Allen, Director of Communications, 860-525-5585.

First Year Anniversary Celebration for Connecticut Working Cities Challenge

During the CT Working Cities Challenge (WCC) meeting on May 15-16, 2019, funders, businesses, state leaders, and the five WCC teams from Danbury, East Hartford, Hartford, Middletown, and Waterbury, celebrated the first year anniversary of their CT Working Cities Challenge Projects. CCP is the fiscal sponsor for CT WCC and CCP President Karla Fortunato sits on the steering committee. In addition, many CCP members are part of the initiative as funding partners and/or as members of one of the working committees.

Where is #CCP50? Photo Five: May 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.
Our past month's winners are: Julie Tacinelli, Children’s Fund of Connecticut; Carol Buckheit, Connecticut Community Foundation; Liz Drummond, Connecticut Bar Foundation; and Sarah Fabish, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. For the identification of past photos go to our Photo Contest webpage >>

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

Membership: The power of good connections

"CCP gives me the ability to connect regularly with other community foundation leaders. We all know professional networking is important, but it often falls by the wayside. The quarterly Community Foundation CEO Network meetings help me keep in touch so I know how foundation work across the state affects my two communities."

Liza Petra, Executive Director, Branford Community Foundation and The Guilford Foundation    

  The power of good networks . . . CCP programs  


CCP and Liberty Bank Invite You to a Funder and NGO Workshop with Vu Le >>

When: Tuesday, June 4
Program: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: St. Clemet's Castle, Portland, CT



Afternoon Workshop: The goal: move from conversation to action. While funders and nonprofits are often working toward the same goals and missions, power dynamics, political realities, and expectations often work together to keep them from having honest conversations that could move the field forward. If we imagined our hope for the field in 20 years, what would a high-functioning nonprofit sector look like? How would we be communicating, coordinating, and collaborating together? How do we actualize the principles of race, equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice? What are the challenges that keep us from that vision, and what actions can we take right now?

Vu Le, Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps
As the executive director of an agency whose mission it is to cultivate and strengthen leaders of color and the organizations they run, Vu Le has a unique perspective on how nonprofits can overcome racial and cultural barriers that impede collaboration. As a renowned blogger and thought leader, Vu can be counted on to deliver his message with his trademark approach: passionate, humorous, and telling it like it is. Get ready to be inspired!   


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   


The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund was honored with the inaugural St. Dominic Medal, during Albertus Magnus College's 96th commencement exercises this May. The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund's mission is to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring to end racism and poverty. Accepting the St. Dominic Medal on behalf of Graustein Memorial Fund were Executive Director David Addams, Trustee William Graustein, and Trustee and 1975 Albertus alumna, Barbara Tinney. View more photos >>

Published this month, Strengthening a Nascent Field: Lessons from the Building Leadership and Organizing Capacity Initiative documents the impact of Perrin Family Foundation's Building Leadership and Organizing Capacity (BLOC) Initiative on Connecticut's youth organizing landscape. It also outlines the lessons they learned along the way and key takeaways for funders interested in advancing social change.


Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has launched the Arts Build Community initiative to increase community engagement through a key regional asset—the arts and creative sector. With support from the Barr Foundation, BTCF is partnering with arts and cultural nonprofit organizations and year-round residents to test new approaches to community engagement that use the proven power of the arts to build trust, cooperation and unity, while strengthening the arts as a sector. Learn more and read a summary from their recent learning research >>

Connecticut Health Foundation's new report, Understanding Community Health Workers: Who they are and why they matter for Connecticut, describes the role of community health workers in Connecticut and their potential to improve health outcomes, using state and national data, research findings, and the experiences of individuals serving as community health workers.


MEMBER Blogs, Media, and Publications

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - 2018-2019 Report to Our Community: Creating a Future of Opportunity >>

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut - Conversation with Zainab Salbi >>

Connecticut Community Foundation - 2018 Annual Report >>

The Donaghue Foundation - Data Visualization Webinar Materials >> 

Fairfield County's Community Foundation - 10 Years of Championing Extraordinary Nonprofits >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - New Look, Same Lasting Impact >>

United Way of Central and Northwestern Connecticut - Video: Thank You United Way Readers >>

United Way of Connecticut - May 2019 Community Connections >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of CT - Foundation Lauds Bill to Provide New, Quality and Affordable Health Care Options in Connecticut >>   

  The power of good connections . . . Job opportunities

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  The power of good ideas . . . New resources


National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's The State of Foundation Funding for the Pro-Immigrant Movement uncovers how funders can invest more and in better ways in the rich diversity that fuels the success of our country. "This groundbreaking project reveals the truth about the under-resourcing of immigrant communities by philanthropy as well as examples of how long-term and strategic movements have delivered real change," commented Christina Jimenez, founder and Executive Director, United We Dream Network.


Connecticut Health and Development Institute, a subsidiary of Children's Fund of Connecticut, has released a new issue brief and infographic, How CONCEPT Transformed Child Welfare to Improve Support for Children and Families Exposed to Trauma, which describes how Connecticut built one of the nation's leading examples of a trauma-informed child welfare system. View the infographic >>



Stamford Social Innovation Review's article, The Crisis of Youth Mental Health, has some interesting comments on the role of philanthropy. The article is written by Dr. Eliot Brenner, Executive Director of the Child Guidance Center of South Connecticut, which is funded by Fairfield County's Community Foundation.




Why Am I Always Being Researched? is a guide from Chicago Beyond, a nonprofit focused on advancing equity among minority communities. The guide, written for grantmakers, community-focused nonprofits, and researchers, includes five ways to make research more equitable.



Race to Lead has just released a new report on the state of executive leadership and race in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Executives and the Racial Leadership Gap: A Race to Lead Brief explores the gaps between executive leaders of color and white leaders and compares nonprofit executives to respondents in staff positions. The survey data and insights shared through interviews and focus groups highlight key areas where the pressures of executive leadership seem to be amplified for people of color.



  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.

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving recently welcomed three new team members.

Brad DrazenBrad Drazen, an award-winning former anchor and reporter at NBC Connecticut, has been appointed vice president, communications and marketing at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. He comes to the Foundation from United Technologies Corporation, where he has served as the associate director of public relations and communications. “Brad is an experienced, dynamic communicator and storyteller who knows how to craft communications that engage, resonate, and catalyze action,” said Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams. “As the Foundation embarks on a new strategic direction, we are looking for more ways to tap into the talent, resources, and perspective of all residents and community partners.”  Read more >>

Susan DanaSusan H. Dana joins the Foundation to serve as the new Director of the Development, Major Gifts Program. Dana comes to the role with more than 20 years as a senior-level philanthropy director with vast solicitation and cultivation experience, most recently serving as Director of Major Gifts for Hartford Hospital. “We are incredibly excited to have Sue join the Hartford Foundation’s development team,” said Hartford Foundation Vice President for Development Deborah Rothstein. “She has a successful track record of closing large gifts at hospitals and educational institutions and serving in a leadership capacity in major capital campaigns. Sue’s extensive development experience will elevate our efforts to bring new donors to the Foundation and grow our endowment to better serve our communities.” Read more >>

Melanie S. Tavares will serve as the new Director of the Nonprofit Support Program. Tavares is an accomplished professional who has dedicated her professional career to eradicating poverty through the development of, and investment in, human and community capital. “We are excited that Melanie will be joining the Hartford Foundation team to lead our Nonprofit Support Program,” said Hartford Foundation Senior Vice President Judy Rozie-Battle. “She brings a diversity of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors. Melanie has the energy and strategic thinking that will build on the past while moving the program into the future. Under Melanie’s leadership, our Nonprofit Support Program will play a significant role as we embark on a new vision and strategic plan for the Foundation focused on creating greater racial, geographic, and economic inclusion in Greater Hartford.” Read more >>

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