Member eBrief - September 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Your member-only newsletter from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP)
September 2015
CCP Member Surveysurvey
YOUR response will help us to better serve YOU in 2016.

We want to know what you think about our work. Your response and those of your colleagues and board members will inform and improve the work of CCP. Take Survey Now >>

It's quick and easy. 
On the first day of the open survey, Kim Healey of NewAlliance Foundation commented, "It's short and quick -- taking the survey is a an easy way to provide feedback for the coming year"  Take Survey Now >>
Everyone may respond. 
Please forward the survey link throughout your organization to ensure the highest possible participation. All staff and board/trustees are welcome to participate. Forward Survey Link Now >>
Free annual luncheon ticket.
Members completing the survey by the September 15 deadline will be entered into a drawing for a free ticket to CCP's annual luncheon. Take Survey Now >>  
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Corporate Philanthropy Network >> 
Measuring the Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility Investments
For representatives of corporate foundations and corporate giving programs
Tuesday, September 29, 8:30 - 10:00 am
Aetna Campus Lecture Hall, Hartford

Algorhythm CEO Peter York in a discussion about how to leverage a field's research and evidence base to understand and evaluate your corporate investments in community programs, as well as to help your grantee partners learn about their program results. Learn about approaches that result in making stronger data-driven decisions and improving your community impact.
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Navigating Legal, Public Policy and Ethical Issues in Philanthropy >> 
For staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations and for professionals serving the sector
Thursday, October 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven 
CCP invites you to participate in a session that will help you understand how to navigate the changing tides of legal, public policy and ethical issues in the field. The program will include time for interactive discussion and peer learning. The program will be led by Ed Spinella, Counsel with Reid & Riege, and Maggie Osborn, CCP President. 

Programs and meetings are open to CCP members. Feel free to attend one or all. Registration is required. Questions? Contact Deb Werner, CCP Director of Member Services, 860-525-5585.
September 10: Planning For An Influx Of Assets
September 10: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar 
September 15: The Philanthropic Landscape: Facts, Trends & Impact - Norwalk
September 15: The Philanthropic Landscape: Facts, Trends & Impact - Greenwich
September 17: Foundation Administrator Network
September 17:
September 22: Talent Philanthropy Webinar
September 23: Nonprofit Finances - The Skills to Pay the Bills
September 24: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative
September 24: Fairfield County Funder Network
September 29: Corporate Philanthropy Network
September 30: The Role of the Public in Improving Education
October 6: Greater Hartford Funder Network
October 8: Funders in Aging Affinity Group
October 8: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar
October 15:
October 19: Eastern Connecticut Funder Network
October 21:
October 21: Making a Software Change
October 22: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative
October 23: Communication Network Meeting
October 30: Resilient Connecticut: A Community Rating System for Connecticut
November 1: Ruderman Inclusion Summit - Are You In?
November 3: Program Officer Network
November 3: Building a Program-Based Budget
November 4: Evaluation & Measuring Impact: A Program for Funders & Grantees
November 12: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar
November 19:
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CCP's customized version of Foundation Maps is currently being built. The more members who share their grantmaking data as part of the Get on the Map (GOTM) campaign, the more powerful Foundation Maps will be. Stay tuned for the upcoming release of this new resource that will provide accurate, up-to-date data on Connecticut's philanthropic sector.

Sharing your grantmaking data is quick and easy! Hear from CCP member Jim Williamson, president of The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, who is already on the map.

It's Not Too Late: Just Two Quick Steps to Get on the Map!
1. EXPORT a complete list of your most recent grants into Excel >>
2. EMAIL your report to
We congratulate and welcome the following CCP members who recently joined the Get on the Map campaign!
New Canaan Community Foundation
William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
Scan the field, track trends, find partners. More details here >>
QUESTIONS? Contact Danielle S. Williams, CCP Vice President, 860-525-5585.
The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is now accepting applications for its seventh PLACES Fellowship class. 
PLACES is a leadership development program that offers tools, knowledge, and best practices to enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. All Fellows go through a competitive application process and are selected based on a variety of factors, especially a commitment to learning about equity in the context of smart growth and a willingness to invest in their professional and personal growth.

The application deadline is October 30. Read more and download the application >>

As a current 2015 PLACES Fellow, Heather Pontonio, Art Program Director for the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, would be happy to share her experiences with you or answer any questions.


If you would like to share your news, send your press releases, e-newsletters, grant updates and other online communications to Laurie Allen, CCP Communications Manager. For more member news read the latest Connecticut Philanthropy Digest.

We welcome The Goodnow Fund, a Darien-based family foundation, as CCP's newest member. The Fund primarily supports projects that help vulnerable children and promote educational opportunities, and research on the cause and cure for Alzheimer's disease. Tracy Goodnow is the executive director and Cynthia Russell is the program director. Read more in the Member Directory (be sure to  log in first) >>
With support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, new research from KnowledgeWorks, A State Policy Framework for Scaling Personalized Learning, examines how states can help districts shape conditions to scale up personalized learning environments.
The Melville Charitable Trust's Coordinating Collaboration to End Homelessness is a mid-point learning assessment of the Reaching Home Campaign and their goal of ending chronic homelessness in CT.
CohnReznick has released the 2015 Not-for-Profit Governance Survey, their second annual survey focused specifically on not-for-profit stewardship and risk management issues.
ANNUAL REPORT: Aurora Women and Girls Foundation: 2014 Annual Report
Foundation Center's new report, Foundation Giving for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure 2004-2012, presents the first-ever analysis of U.S. foundation support globally for nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure organizations and services.
Philanthropy Roundtable's recently published guidebook, Clearing Obstacles to Work: A Wise Giver's Guide to Fostering Self-Reliancewas written to help donors find successful models and strategies for leading  at-risk populations into lasting, transformative employment.
The Fidelity Charitable® 2015 Giving Report explores how donors plan their philanthropy. The survey report examines donors' time invested in philanthropy, yearly giving objectives, and long-term philanthropic planning. It also uncovers how age, life stage, gift size, and gender impact these approaches. The Philanthropic Initiative's (TPI) new interactive tool, Adventures in Giving, allows donors to reflect on their giving, define their philanthropic goals, explore different approaches to giving, and learn about how to make their giving more effective. Version 1.0 of the tool is free for community foundations.Learn more >>
Hampshire Foundation welcomes Elizabeth Antunez as their new executive assistant.

Kate Lincoln, who joined the staff of United Way of Central and Northeastern CT as a resource development assistant in January, has been promoted to senior community investment manager.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation welcomes George Mastoras as their new communications manager. Previously George served as the director of communications for the National Center on Time & Learning and as the national policy coordinator for Progressive Majority. Read more >>

Communications Manager Bonnie Rosenbaum is the newest member of the Melville Charitable Trust. Prior to joining the Trust, Bonnie served as the director of communications for Keshet, where she helped grow a small local organization into a national nonprofit focused on creating a fully inclusive Jewish community for LGBTQ Jews. Bonnie has also served as the editorial coordinator for outreach campaigns for several PBS series. Read more >>
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has appointed Debra Rothstein as their new vice president of development and donor engagement. Debra joined the Foundation in 2013 as a senior philanthropic services officer. Prior to that she served as vice president of philanthropy at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford. Read more >>
Defeating the ZIP Code Health Paradigm: Data, Technology, and Collaboration are Key - was co-authored by Aetna Foundation President Garth Graham, MD, MPH; Executive Director MaryLynn Ostrowski, PhD; and National Program Director Alyse Sabina, MPH.
Susan Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut; Greg Toczydlowski, executive vice president for Business Insurance at The Travelers Companies, Inc.; and Karen Perham-Lippman, manager of Community Investment for Comcast, Western New England Region, were guests of Metro Hartford Alliance's Pulse of the Region Radio Show: Challenges of ALICE: 'Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed >>

Susan Dunn also talked about ALICE on FOX CT. Watch the Fox CT segment >>

The Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund will be hosting its Annual Good Egg Celebration on November 5, to recognize Shelly Saczynski of UIL Holdings, and others who have dedicated their personal and/or professional lives to a stronger, safer, and more humane Connecticut. Lean more >> 


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