Member eBrief - November 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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

Did you Receive Your CCP Member Support Packet?

By now members have received their invitation from CCP Board Chair Judith Meyers to renew their CCP member support for 2017. This package also includes information on how members can further CCP’s important work through an additional gift to the Leadership Fund. If you have not received your mailing, please contact Dee Goodrich, director of member engagement. She will be happy to resend this information. Thank you in advance for your continued support and partnership.

Collaborative Releases New Publication

In 2015, Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (Collaborative) provided funding for the purpose of developing recommendations for an infrastructure connecting state child-serving agencies, especially the Office of Early Childhood, with local communities and communities with each other. The resulting report, Framework for Connecticut's Statewide System of Early Childhood State and Local Partnerships, concludes with a set of recommendations for Connecticut Leaders to consider in creating a statewide network of local or regional early care and education partnerships.

The recommended model includes developing three components of the statewide system: formalizing a network of local partnerships, creating a statewide intermediary management agency, and designing supports for the local partnerships within the Office of Early Childhood and other child serving government agencies.

The report is written by Karen W. Ponder, an early childhood educator and a previous advisor to Connecticut in the development of the Office of Early Childhood. Read the report >>

RFP Announced: Connecticut Working Cities Challenge

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and partners are excited to announce the eligibility criteria for the Connecticut Working Cities Challenge, the grant competition that is designed to support cross-sector, collaborative leadership and ambitious work to improve the lives of low-income people in small and mid-size cities in Connecticut.

Connecticut Working Cities Challenge – Application Process >>

The Letter of Intent deadline is December 1, 2016; The Design Grant Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) is the fiduciary for matching support from local funders. So far, 20 members of CCP have joined the partnership, committing $1,078,000 towards the $1.2M match goal. Please contact Dee Goodrich, CCP director of member engagement, if your organization is interested in contributing to the Connecticut Working Cities Challenge matching support.

QUESTIONS? For more information about the Connecticut Working Cities Challenge, contact David Radcliffe, CT Working Cities Challenge Director, 617-784-0863.

Where Can I Find Information On Who Is Funding . . .?

Recently CCP staff have had several requests for information on who is funding in a particular regional or a issue/funding area. One place to find that is the Connecticut Grantmaking Map, a benefit of CCP membership. It is easy to search for recipients, funders and grants, by a variety of filters, including by year, region and issue. You can visualize grantmaking on the map or view lists and access basic contact information.

What if all CCP members of all types -- grantmaking foundations (private, corporate, community), business and corporate giving programs and United Ways and other grantmaking public charities -- submitted their grants lists every year? We'd have a powerful tool and "key component of a statewide, philanthropic collective impact effort to address Connecticut's opportunity gap."

Check out the current Connecticut Grantmaking Map >>

Can't find your organization on the map? It's just two easy steps to join >> Don't see your colleague grantmaker on the map? Then send them the link and urge them to Get on the Map!

November 12 - 18 is #CFWeek

During the week of November 12-18, 2016, CCP will join more than 780 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For more than 25 years, the Community Foundation effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.
     The Council on Foundation has created a toolkit to help with reaching out to media, social networks, and government officials. The toolkit includes templates for an Op-Ed and press release, a Community Foundation Fact Sheet and sample social media communications. Download the #CFWeek Toolkit >>
     Special thanks to Susan Sadecki, president and CEO of Main Street Community Foundation, for requesting information for this year's awareness campaign!

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

Featured Program: Education Affinity Group >>

For staff and trustees of CCP members interested or investing in the area of education

Thursday, December 8, 2016
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location TBA


Join your colleagues in the Education Affinity Group for a presentation about state superior court decisions that have impacted education, their implications over time and how philanthropy responds. The meeting will focus on three court cases: Sheff v. O'Neill, Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, Students Matter.

Program and Meeting Calendar >>

For questions about any of CCP's programs or Network meetings, contact Carolyn Giuliano, special project manager, 860-525-5585.


November 10: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
November 16: Using the "What's Next for Community Philanthropy?" Toolkit - Webinar >>
November 17: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>


December 1: Foundation Administrator Network >>
December 5: Community Foundation CEO Network >>
December 6: Workforce Affinity Group >>
December 8: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
December 15: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
December 16: Communication Network >>


February 14-15, 2017: Community Foundation Boot Camp, Seattle, WA
August 29-30, 2017: Community Foundation Boot Camp, Boston, MA


The 2017 Funder Network Meeting Calendar!


To help you with planning out your year, 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

Voter Engagement Video

Maryam Elahi, president and CEO of The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut was featured in a “My Hope. My Voice. My Vote” video. The non-partisan voter engagement campaign was spearheaded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Connecticut Community Foundation, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, MetroHartford Alliance and CCP. Read more >>


Inside the Donor-Advised-Fund Explosion

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving was included in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's analysis of the top 85 Sponsors of Donor-Advised Funds. All the organizations in the database have appeared in The Chronicle’s Philanthropy 400, a ranking of the nonprofits that raise the most from private sources. This dataset covers 85 of the largest nonprofits with donor advised funds from 2008 through 2014 and lists figures including number of funds per year, total assets invested in the funds, and various payout rate calculations.

Member Publications

The Leever Foundation's recent report, Childcare Accessibility and Enrollment in Waterbury, 2016, provides information on the number of young children by zip code and neighborhood, available childcare slots by cost and type (family, center, school based)and the relative adequacy or shortage by neighborhood. Information in the report will be used to help find ways to eliminate the barriers and challenges faced by families. The study was prepared by DataHaven.


Norwalk Community College students who participated in Family Economic Security Program academic and financial coaching services, were almost twice as likely to graduate than other students and six times more likely to subsequently enroll in a four-year institution, according to research published by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls, The Evolution, Expansion and Evaluation of The Family Economic Security Program.


In CohnReznick's Third Annual Not-for-Profit Governance Survey, Promoting Confidence: Assessing the Processes and Priorities, survey participants recently reported that their confidence level in their organizations' governance practices was 59 percent ("very confident"), down from the 76 percent confidence level first reported in 2014.

Greater New Haven Community Index 2016

The Greater New Haven Community Index contains over 50 new infographics, maps, and tables related to well-being and key economic and social trends that impact the Greater New Haven area.
It is the work of DataHaven and a team of regional partners including The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Yale New Haven Hospital, government agencies, and community organizations.

 Fairfield County Community Wellbeing Index 2016

Fairfield County Community Wellbeing Index 2016, is the first comprehensive community indicators report for Fairfield County, covering individual towns and neighborhoods. The report was produced by Datahaven with Fairfield County's Community Foundation and support from major hospitals and government agencies.

 Understanding the Valley Region

Understanding the Valley Region, was created by DataHaven in partnership with the Valley Community Foundation, Griffin Hospital, and an advisory committee of dozens of organizations based in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Two years in the making, the report relies on data from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as information from the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey.

Member Annual Reports and Newsletters

Comcast - 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report >>

The Donaghue Foundation - Practically Speaking - Fall 2016 >>

Main Street Community Foundation - Fall 2016 Main Points Newsletter >>

Member Blog Posts

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - #NHVCares >>

Connecticut Health Foundation - Town by Town HUSKY data — Covering CT 2016 >>

Everyday Democracy - Time for Civil Courage >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - G-d Whispers >>

Melville Charitable Trust - What We Learned By Asking Our Grantee Partners, "How Are We Doing?" >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - Fixing the ACA Marketplaces: Carrots and Sticks >>

Member Video

Branford Community Foundation - People to People: Judith Barron, Community Dining Room >>

Member Website Refresh

The Fund for Greater Hartford >>

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving - Scholarship Directory >>

  The power of good ideas . . . New resources

2015 was America's most-generous year ever according to Giving USA 2016.  Giving by individuals, foundations, bequests and corporations all increased over 2014 giving.


The Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and Atlanta recently investigated the way in which foundation grants to support CED activities were distributed across 366 US metro areas, including 4 in Connecticut. Following the Money, An analysis of Foundation Grantmaking for Community and Economic Development Innovations in Open Grantmaking, is an interactive Data Tool that captured grants of at least $10,000 made by the 1,000 largest foundations between 2008 and 2013.


The Center for American Progress has released an industry- and state-level analysis, The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers. The main findings of the report find that "Mass deportation would cost the federal government nearly $900 billion in lost revenue over 10 years and hard-hit industries (agriculture, construction, and leisure and hospitality) would see double-digit reductions in their workforces.

The Bridgespan Group's article in, Hidden Talent: How Smart Companies Are Tapping Into Unemployed Youth, describes the  techniques a number of corporate leaders are utilizing to refine the raw talent of the 5.5 million young Americans out of work and out of school.


Based on a survey of more than 3,200 people who itemize charitable giving on their tax returns, Fidelity's The Future of Philanthropy report explores how donors' personal giving has evolved and what the future of philanthropy might look like based on changing perceptions and generational shifts.


The Philanthropy Rountable's new guide, Learning to Be Useful, A Wise Giver's Guide to Supporting Career and Technical Education, describes the techniques that some philanthropists are using to connect educators, nonprofits, and companies, and funneling young people and low-wage adult workers into job training.

  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives





  The power of good people . . . Colleague news

Welcome New Colleagues

The New Canaan Community Foundation has announced the hiring of Lauren Stillwell Patterson as their new president & CEO.  Board Chairman, Leo Karl III commented, “Lauren brings a wealth of experience, talent and enthusiasm for community philanthropy to our Foundation. Lauren will help bring out the very best in our community and I personally look forward to working with her in that mission.”

Lauren has worked in community philanthropy for the last nine years.  She was most recently Director of Programs at Washington (DC) Area Women’s Foundation, a public foundation dedicated to ensuring that economically vulnerable women and girls have the resources they need to thrive. She also led the foundation’s Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative, and served on the Steering Committee of the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative. Previous to her time at the Women’s Foundation, Lauren managed grantmaking and donor engagement at The Community Foundation for Montgomery County. Read more >>

Aurora Women and Girls Foundation welcomes Laurie Robillard as their new program coodinator. Laurie most recently served as the grants manager and development coordinator for Leadership Greater Hartford, where she was responsible for securing and managing program and operational grants and providing support for individual giving and membership programs. Read more (in about our staff) >>


Colleague Happenings

CCP welcomes two additional new network leaders!

Josh Carey, director of grants management for the Connecticut Community Foundation, is as a new tri-chair of the Program Officer Network. He joins Toral Maher, program officer for Liberty Bank Foundation, and Diane Sierpina, director of Justice Initiatives for The Tow Foundation.



Juanita James, president and CEO of Fairfield County's Community Foundation, gave the keynote speaker address at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Connecticut and Fairfield County Chapters, last week. The AFP event honors fundraising and philanthropic efforts at the “Best of the State” Connecticut Philanthropy Awards. CCP member United Technologies Corporation received the Outstanding Corporation 2016 Award for demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and by encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement. Read more >>


Carol Buckheit, senior communications officer for the Connecticut Community Foundation, provided a guest commentary for Connecticut by the Numbers: Perspective: Move over Oprah – Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes is Growing (and is a Rising Force for Good). Carol used data from CCP's Women's and Girls Funds in CT, Foundation Center, and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and mentioned the Connecticut Community Foundation's Women's Fund grantmaking. The article also features a compelling infographic created by

Colleague Farewell

The Connecticut Health Foundation fondly bids farewell to Rochel Lantz, their outgoing Controller who retired last month after 12 years of service to the Foundation as an employee and consultant. 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. 2016 Publication Dates: November 10 and December 5. 2017 Publication Dates: January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, 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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