Member eBrief - October 2017

Thursday, October 26, 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 >>     Jobs in Philanthropy >>

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    

CCP Relaunches Blog

It's October! October 1st marked my fifth month on the job. During these five busy months, I've been getting to know CCP's staff, board, and members, and the resources that we can bring to bear on CCP's mission. I've been crisscrossing the state, sitting down with many of our members. I've also been working to understand the challenges at hand - the state fiscal crisis, the inequality in income and school systems among Connecticut communities - alongside the national challenges that trickle down to our state and communities.

We just sent membership renewal letters to all our members. So in the relaunch of CCP's blog, Giving Voice, I want to share my early plans for member programs and forums in 2018. Read the full blog post >>

Karla Fortunato, President, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy    

Membership: The power of good investments

“We tapped CCP’s extensive national network to help the Aetna Foundation increase the visibility of our annual RFP in 2017. We’d been receiving low numbers of applications from certain parts of the country, and after connecting with CCP’s peers, we saw a noticeable increase in applications from these regions.

Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission.”

Amy Aparicio Clark, Senior Program Officer, Aetna Foundation

Did You Receive Your Member Support Letter?

By now members have received their invitation from CCP Board Chair Judith Meyers and President Karla Fortunato to renew their CCP membership for 2018. This letter also includes information on how members can further CCP’s important work through gifts to the Leadership Fund. If you have not received your mailing, please contact Dee Goodrich, director of member engagement. She will happily resend this information. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our work.

Who's in First?

Thank you Connecticut Community Foundation for sending us your 2018 CCP Membership and Leadership Support! Your's was the first renewal to arrive.


Leadership: The power of good investments

Why does the Connecticut Health Foundation proudly make a leadership gift to the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy?

"We know that leadership can drive change even more than dollars, and it is our belief in CCP's mission to be a catalytic force for philanthropy that we are pleased to partner with CCP in advancing equity in Connecticut."

Patricia Baker, President & CEO, Connecticut Health Foundation  


Open Call for Board Nominations

A strong organization needs strong, thoughtful leaders. We're looking for great nominations for the CCP Board of Directors. Help us discover the right individuals for volunteer leadership. For more information, contact Karla Fortunato, president, 860-525-5585.       

Connecticut Budget

By the time you read this update, Connecticut may have adopted a budget. CT Mirror briefly reviewed the budget with historic bipartisan support that could possibly override a veto by Governor Malloy: A Promise of a 'Historic,' Bipartisan Budget. CT New Junkie reports in Legislature to Adopt Bipartisan Budget, that the bipartisan budget, which represents many structural changes "from the spending and bonding cap to changes to prevailing wage and municipal reform" will be reviewed by the House and Senate on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Business Perspective on the Budget

Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) reports that Connecticut's budget crisis is "handcuffing businesses and hurting the state's economy and job growth." CBIA has launched a statewide advertising campaign urging legislators to stop the budget deadlock.  "There's no doubt the budget stalemate is hurting our economy and job growth," said CBIA President & CEO Joe Brennan. "It's clear that more and more Connecticut businesses are avoiding major investments until they see signs of predictability and stability. Businesses around the state, small and large, are saying they want a bipartisan budget solution adopted and signed into law. They want to grow their businesses, expand their workforce, and take advantage of the opportunities that are out there. However, the widespread uncertainty created by the budget crisis has handcuffed them."

CBIA resource: Fixing Connecticut's Fiscal Problems: Spending Reforms, Long-Term Solutions, Best Practices

Nonprofit Perspective on the Budget

CT Voices for Children has produced two briefs. The Governor's Budget Proposal: Revenues, Fixed Costs, and Municipal Aid, shows how the Governor's budget would adversely affect children. CT Voices calls for a balanced budget and "a new approach, fearing not taxes or structural forms, but rather lost potential of our children, families, and communities."

The second brief, Implementing an Effective Spending Cap, describes how proposed changes to the spending cap could "limit the state’s ability to meet current vital needs or future key priorities."        

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

FEATURED PROGRAM: Yes, You Can Advocate! >>

For staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations

Available at two locations:

Wednesday, December 6, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, 40 Richards Avenue, Norwalk

Wednesday, December 6, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Rockfall Foundation, 27 Washington Street, Middletown

In a time of limited resources and greater need, savvy foundations are increasing impact through advocacy, lobbying, and policy education. It's an often-misunderstood sphere of influence that, if done well, can move the needle. We know there are many questions including:

  • How do I make the case for funding advocacy? 
  • Can I fund grantees that lobby? 
  • Can my public or private foundation speak out on a particular issue? 

This training is geared for both public and private foundations and will cover topics through the lenses of both federal and Connecticut law.


Abby Levine
Bolder Advocacy Initiative
Alliance for Justice


QUESTIONS? contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.          


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

Root|Skills Conference: Building Resilient Communities >>

NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2: Manchester, NH
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund) is a frontline funder that provides grants and training resources to sustainable community groups and nonprofits. For more than twenty years, the Grassroots Fund has provided over 2,000 groups with funding and training resources within New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Travel scholarships are available.   

  The power of good connections . . . Member news    


Perrin Family Foundation’s founder and Board Chair Sheila Perrin received the John H. Filer Award from the Connecticut Council on Philanthropy at CCP's Annual Meeting this past May. Following her acceptance of the award, Sheila shared reflections and lessons learned about philanthropy’s role and approach in advancing social change. Read Sheila's shared “three simple but hard realities” that philanthropy must embrace.


Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) >>

DECEMBER 1: 5:00 pm: Application deadline
Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) is a comprehensive program designed to accelerate the development of emerging leaders working to affect social change in Connecticut. LDR is entering its tenth year, having supported 200 rising leaders to grow their leadership skills and networks. The LDR-Fairfield and LDR-Hartford cohorts are slated to begin in January 2018. How can you help?

  • Share the LDR opportunity with your network. Download the LDR flyer >>
  • Suggest candidates to LDR and they will contact them directly.
  • Recommend people, organizations and groups that may be helpful in sourcing LDR 2018 candidates. Please contact with questions.

LDR is supported by Charter Oak Challenge Foundation, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Fairfield University, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Lone Pine Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, Tauck Family Foundation, Graustein Memorial Fund and The ZOOM Foundation.

The Connecticut Bar Foundation and the Singer Foundation have created a new fellowship, Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship Program, that will support three to five fellows to work for a Connecticut legal aid organization. The mission of the fellowship program is to have a long-term impact on access to justice in Connecticut by funding and supporting the placement of talented new lawyers with legal services organizations within the state. The application deadline is December 1 for fellowships beginning in 2018. Read more >>     

The Trust for Learning has released the first-ever comprehensive survey of parent motivations as consumers of early childhood programs and resources. The report, Parents as Consumers of Early Childhood Education, shows that the vast majority of parents strongly desire early childhood education (ECE) that is highly personalized, child-centric, and supports their child’s development into capable, well-rounded individuals. The research also found that parents intrinsically recognize quality programs and are frustrated by their lack of availability. Read the more >>


Civic Change Champion is Everyday Democracy's new award honoring people and organizations whose work is bringing Everyday Democracy’s values of equity, voice, sharing power, and participation to life. Honorees will be announced on their web site. To nominate someone for recognition as a Civic Change Champion, please send your name and your nominee’s name, organization if applicable, address and website, and a short description of their work to Everyday Democracy’s Communications manager Rebecca Reynandez, Congratulations to Ed Weisheimer and Leigh Greene on being their first Civic Change Champions! Learn more >>         

TSNE MissionWorks produced Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce, a regional survey of nonprofit compensation and benefits from organizations in Southern New England, Westchester County, NY, and adjoining communities. The report is available to all thanks to the support of many funders, including Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Connecticut Community Foundation, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Read the report and access the searchable database >>         


Farmington Bank Community Foundation - Annual Report 2016


Connecticut Health Foundation - Race Can Be Uncomfortable, So Let's Talk About It >>     What Working in a Hospice Taught Me About Health Equity >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - Our Greatest Gift >>       The Battle Between Our Ears >>       Building Future >>

Perrin Family Foundation - Reflections from PFF's Board Chair >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - Health Care Action Summit Wrap Up >>

Trust for Learning - We Know What We Want for Our Kids in Early Childhood, Now How Do We Get It? >>


Connecticut Health Foundation >>

The Rockfall Foundation >>


United Way of Greater New Haven - Join the Fight - Live United >>

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation - Celebrating 10 Years of Service >>

Valley Community Foundation - Sharon Closius Explains "Valley Gives Back" On Indy Radio >>    

  The power of good connections . . . Jobs in philanthropy

Find Jobs in Philanthropy >> 

  The power of good ideas . . . New resources

A new Annie E. Casey Foundation funded report, Anchored in Place, reveals how foundations across North America are partnering with anchor institutions, large organizations such as hospitals and universities, to drive economic development locally. The report outlines ways that funders can look beyond grants to help anchor institutions create healthier and more equitable neighborhoods, including financial leverage and strategic co-investments, capacity-building and leadership development opportunities, and research and evaluation assistance.


The Americans for the Arts study, Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, documents the economic contributions of the nonprofit arts industry nationally as well as in Connecticut and 5 CT regions. It found that the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue.   

Fund the People is a national campaign to maximize investment in the nonprofit workforce. Their programs make the case, equip funders and nonprofits to take action, and build a movement to ensure that nonprofit professionals have the support they need to ensure high performance, impact, and sustainability. 

Fund the People has released a free online toolkit to help both funders and grantees consider the myriad of options, make the case and develop a plan for talent investing. Fund the People is also hosting a series of webinars to support the toolkit (click on events).

The Tow Youth Justice Institute on Legislative Reform at the University of New Haven, has published a special edition issue brief, A Journey Through Connecticut's Juvenile Justice System. The brief looks at the past to show the progress that has been made in Connecticut's juvenile justice reform.




  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives


-- The Heinz Endowments - Greg Oliphant   

-- National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

-- GEO's Nonprofit Advisory Council

-- Stanford Social Innovation Review


  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.


The Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls has appointed Jennifer Bernhardt Steadman, Ph.D., as its new executive director. She will lead Aurora’s efforts to focus the region's public and private sectors around the need to educate and support innovations that enable women and girls to be leaders and active participants in their communities. For the past five years, Steadman has managed adult programs manager at the Connecticut Historical Society. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Emory University and a B.A. from Wake Forest University. “Jenny is a critical thinker and proven leader around the value that strong women and girls offer a community,” said Board Chair Karen Jarmoc. “She will be a driving force in our collective work to bring public attention to conditions that hold back women and girls, and convene the region’s thought leaders around solutions.” Read more >>

Brookfield resident, Karen Iannella, was appointed president of Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation (BI Cares) and is responsible for the Foundation’s community-driven programs, which improve access to healthcare and enhance STEM education with a focus on the underserved. In addition, she serves as Head, US Communications and Patient Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “The BI Cares is thrilled to have Karen as our new president supported by a strong Steering Committee of talented, socially conscious leaders,” said Paul Fonteyne, Chairman, Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation Board of Directors.  “Together the team will implement our new five-year strategy to improve the lives of patients in need, strengthen our communities, and increase our impact.” Read more >>

The Connecticut Community Foundation, which serves 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills, recently appointed their next president and four members to the Board of Trustees. Julie Loughran has been appointed as the Foundation's next president and chief executive officer. Loughran has served as the Foundation’s director of development and communications since 2014 and will take over the reins from Paula Van Ness, who plans to retire in December after leading the Foundation for six years. Loughran will be only the third CEO of the 94-year-old Foundation, which operated as a volunteer organization with no staff until Ingrid Manning became the first employee in the 1980s. “For six years, Paula has committed herself to our region, shared her vision, and worked tirelessly to make both the Foundation and the community we serve stronger. We are grateful for her inspiration and her great leadership,” said Martha Bernstein, Chair of Connecticut Community Foundation’s board of trustees. 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. 2017 Publication Dates: October 26, November 27. Submission Deadline: Close of business one week before the publication date.

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