Member eBrief - September 2017

Thursday, September 7, 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    

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
"President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling it an “amnesty-first approach” and urging Congress to pass a replacement before he begins phasing out its protections in six months. Read @ New York Times >>

Responses by philanthropic organizations:


The Hartford Courant - Connecticut has joined 14 states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his decision to end an Obama-era policy that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Immigration Strategic Funders Collaborative for Connecticut is committed to enhancing statewide efforts and local work to support Connecticut’s immigrant families, workers, and students. For more information contact Caprice Taylor Mendez, strategic program manager, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

RALLY to Protect Nonprofit Services >>
SEPTEMBER 7: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; North Capitol Steps, Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford
Connecticut Nonprofit Alliance has organized a rally to protect community services. Every day that goes by without a State budget, the pressure on nonprofits grows and so does the possibility of permanent program reductions, closures, lay-offs and harm to communities. Community nonprofits work with people who have behavioral health issues, feed the hungry, protect children, house the homeless, work with the developmentally disabled, and much more. Send a message to your legislators to let them know you're attending the rally and to pass a budget that protects community services. Learn more about the RALLY >>

State Charity Officials Letter to Congress: Keep the Johnson Amendment
The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) sent a letter to congressional leaders on August 23 expressing strong opposition to efforts to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment. The state charity-law enforcers make clear that it expresses the views of the Board and not necessarily those of any individual AG, Secretary of State, or other state official. Beyond the substance of the letter, the statement is noteworthy given the rare nature of NASCO making public statements. Karen Gano, Connecticut assistant attorney general, and president of NASCO is the main signatory. Read the NASCO letter >>


Responding to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey From United Philanthropy Forum: Areas in Texas between Corpus Christi and Houston are experiencing extreme flooding due to Hurricane Harvey, a record-breaking storm. More rain on the way is expected to make matters even worse. The Red Cross has already established 21 shelters and is prepared to offer 30+ more.  Other organizations besides the Red Cross have established shelters. The President signed a federal disaster declaration for coastal communities. 



  • Local Response Event: From MetroHartford Alliance: New Britain native George Springer of the Houston Astros is teaming up with local New Britain businesses to collect donations of blankets, food, clothing, baby care items, and personal hygiene items for Texans in need. The Pack the Truck event will be held on Friday, September 8, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at New Britain Stadium, 230 John Karbonic Way, New Britain. Learn more >>
  • Find a Listing of Hurricane Harvey Funds >>
  • Find CCP's general disaster relief materials >>     

The power of good investments - Member Benefits Reminder

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Member Orientation Webinar >>
SEPTEMBER 19: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
New to the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy? Looking for a refresher on all the networks, programs and resources available to members? Join us for this webinar to get acquainted or reacquainted with all CCP has to offer its members. Presentation includes a guided tour of CCP’s website.     

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

FEATURED PROGRAM: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America >>

A conversation with author Richard Rothstein presented by the Fairfield County Funder Network in partnership with Open Communities Alliance.

For staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations and invited guests

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Program: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan

In his groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein makes it clear that segregation was the result of local, state and federal laws that promoted discrimination and that those patterns continue today. Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, states “The American landscape will never look the same to readers of this important book.” Read the book review of Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law >>

Richard's talk will be followed by a Q&A and a panel discussion of funders and housing experts to help put a Connecticut lens on the issues. Panelists will include: Don Chen, director, equitable development, Ford Foundation; R. David Addams, executive director, Graustein Memorial Fund, Erin Boggs, executive director, Open Communities Alliance; and Karen DuBois-Walton, executive director, Elm City Communities, Housing Authority of New Haven (panel moderator).

The program is free to CCP members and invited guests. Register by Monday, September 11 >>

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

FEATURED PROGRAM: Talk Workforce Development - Karla Fortunato & the Department of Labor >>

For staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Program: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Graustein Memorial Fund, Hamden

CCP members interested in workforce issues are invited to meet new CCP President Karla Fortunato, in a discussion of workforce development across the state with Ram Aberasturia from the State of Connecticut, Department of Labor. Karla has been learning about workforce issues in the state and is eager to hear from our members engaged in this work. As the State sees budget cuts across vital programs and initiatives, it’s important for public and private sector entities to convene, and explore potential partnership opportunities.     


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



September 13: A Conversation with Hartford Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez >>
September 13: The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America >>
September 13: Community Foundation Webinar Series: Fund Agreements >>
September 14: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
September 19: CCP Member Orientation Webinar >>
September 20: Talk Workforce Grantmaking with CCP President Karla Fortunato >>
September 25: Community Foundation CEO Meeting >>
September 28: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
September 28: Family Foundation Webinar: Going Beyond Grantmaking: Using Impact Investing Tools for Mission >>


October 3: Funder/Grantee Relationships—A Candid Conversation >>
October 3: Youth Philanthropy Webinar Series: Overcoming Obstacles: Successful Media Strategies to Share Impact >>
October 11: Community Foundation Webinar Series: IT Security Basics >>
October 16: Collaboration Conversation, Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Funder Network >>
October 18: Corporate Webinar Series: Triple Bottom Line Best Practices >>
October 26: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>
October 27: Communication Network >>


November 2: Greater Hartford Funder Network >>
November 8: Community Foundation Webinar Series: Talent Management >>
November 9: Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to Webinar >>
November 15: Family Foundation Webinar: Legal Pitfalls: Do you know what you don't know? >>
November 16: Early Childhood Funder Collaborative >>


CCP curates a list of local, regional and national webinars and events. If you have an event to list, please send to Here are a few highlights from the listing:

September 7: Connecticut Health Foundation and WNPR - Health and Equity Access Forum, Hartford
September 7: The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - 1997-2008: Then, Now & Beyond!: A convening for Healthy Families and Communities, New Haven
October 10: Grantmakers Income Security Task Force (GIST) - Philanthropy, Racial Equity and Fiscal Policy, Washington, DC
October 12: 2:00 - 3:00 PM: The Schott Foundation - The Promise of Inclusive Leadership Webinar >>
October 12-13: Council on Foundations - Endowment & Finance Summit - #EFSummit, New York, NY
October 18-20: Grantmakers in Aging Annual Conference: Forward Motion: Gaining Momentum for an Aging Society, Boston, MA
October 31: Funders Network for Smart and Livable Communities - 2018 PLACES Fellowship Program application deadline. 
November 30: High Water Women - 5th Annual Investing for Impact Symposium, New York, NY     

  The power of good connections . . . Member news


AVANGRID, Inc. is consolidating its administrative and executive functions at a facility that it owns in Orange, Connecticut. The facility, at 180 Marsh Hill Road, will serve as AVANGRID’s executive seat and official corporate headquarters, effective immediately. "Since AVANGRID was formed over a year and a half ago, we’ve been focused on finding the best ways to deliver quality energy services to our customers and value to our shareowners," AVANGRID CEO James P. Torgerson said. "One of the ways we’re accomplishing this is by aligning our facilities and corporate functions to reduce costs and promote best practices." Read more >>    


Main Street Community Foundation has again met the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® which requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. Read more >>       

Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), the leading advocacy organization for America's financial services industry, has recognized People's United Bank with the 'Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership' award for its 2016 community involvement efforts. In 2016 People's United Bank employees volunteered over 30,000 hours for an economic impact of nearly $800,000, and completed 672 financial literacy programs reaching nearly 20,000 individuals. Read More >>


Aimee Hendrigan, vice president, programs for Melville Charitable Trust, blogged for Grantcraft about how a small foundation used a simple tool to enhance collaboration among its grantees. Aimee describes the RACI matrix (also known as a Responsibility Assignment Matrix).
Read "Getting "RACI" with Our Partners! >>


Bridgeport Prospers, with backbone support provided by the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, released its 2017 Mid-Year Research Summary: Fact to Act at the mid-year convening. The Summary gives statistics for Bridgeport's early childhood population and the progress of Bridgeport Prospers activities. Read the report >>



Connecticut United Ways have released a new ALICE Update that helps explain the challenges ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households face due to low wages and a lack of savings. The Update also describes the work United Ways and organizations throughout the state are doing to help ALICE access good jobs, save for the future and achieve financial stability. Read the Update >>




The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut - 2016 Annual Report to Our Community: Investing in Optimism >>

Connecticut Bar Foundation - Spring Newsletter (includes review of Diversity Symposium) >>

Donaghue Foundation - 2016 Annual Report: Imaginative, Collaborative, Engaged >>     Practically Speaking Summer Issue >>

People's United Community Foundation - 2016 Annual Report >>

Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation - 2016 Annual Report >>

Travelers - 2016 Community Giving Report >>

United Way of Connecticut - August Community Connection >>

United Way of Greater New Haven - 2017 Community Report >>


Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Everyday Democracy) - 'Goodness' is Not a Miracle Cure for Racism >>

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - Now We Will Come to Know Ourselves >>

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford - A Light Unto the Nations >>

Melville Charitable Trust - The Shortest and Clearest Blog Post I Will Ever Write >>

Metro Hartford Alliance - Find Your Best Way Through United Way - Guest Blog by Webster Bank's Jim P. O'Meara >>

The Prudential Foundation - Filling the Skills Gap with Investments in Workforce Retraining >>

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut - Social and Economic Justice is On the Line >>

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund - Standing in the Discomfort on the Road to Equity in Education >>


The Lumpkin Family Foundation >>


The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - Local Women Leading Change: Those Closest to the Challenge are Closest to the Solution >>

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving - Learning Through Play >>     Wethersfield Successful Transition to School Program >>     Hartford Partnership for Student Success >>

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut - United Way and Inspirational Leadership >>

  The power of good connections . . . Jobs in philanthropy

Find Jobs in Philanthropy >> 

  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation - Communications Officer  
  • United Way of Greater New Haven - Campaign Associate


  The power of good ideas . . . New resources

The Tow Youth Justice Institute on Legislative Reform at the University of New Haven, has published an issue brief, Emptying the School to Prison Pipeline. The brief
identifies and describes the causes and serious consequences of exclusionary discipline, removing students from the classroom, and academic failure that are critical for understanding the School to Prison Pipeline.



The Bridgespan Group published a new paper, Audacious Philanthropy, in Harvard Business Review that details key success factors from 15 of the greatest social impact stories from the 20th century—from child passenger safety to global CPR—and suggests a useful framework for 21st century philanthropists aspiring to advance large-scale change. Nearly 90 percent of the efforts took more than 20 years to diffuse results, 80 percent involved changing government funding flows, policies, or actions; nearly 75 percent involved active coordination among key actors; and roughly 66 percent featured one or more philanthropic investments (“big bets”) of $10 million or more.          

  The power of good ideas . . . Trends and perspectives


-- Stanford Social Innovation Review   

-- The Philanthropy Roundtable               

  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.


Prudential Financial has moved its office of Corporate Social Responsibility to the C-Suite, reporting directly to Vice Chairman Mark Grier. The move affirms Prudential’s shared value approach to integrating CSR with business strategy under the leadership of Lata Reddy, who leads CSR and has been named chair of The Prudential Foundation. Reddy, the architect of Prudential’s shared value approach, also serves as president of the Foundation. In these roles, she oversees the company's efforts to harness capital markets to drive social and financial mobility and sustainable growth. “Prudential was founded to serve working families. From our beginning, we have always believed that our higher purpose is to pursue inclusive growth that benefits shareholders, customers and society,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential. Read more >>


Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has promoted Joseph R. Baker to chief financial officer. Baker joined the Community Foundation in 2011 in the capacity of Vice President of Finance and Administration. Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation made the announcement of Joe Baker’s appointment stating, “Joe is a critical partner for me and our leadership team when we are assessing risk and opportunities while evaluating our community impact initiatives and programs. He has consistently been the champion of ensuring that I, along with our Board, execute our fiduciary responsibility to protect the financial sustainability of our organization.  I am delighted to make this announcement that Joe Baker will now be serving in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. This is a well-deserved recognition of his significant contributions to our organization.” Read more >>

Judith Meyers, CCPs' board chair, and president & CEO of Children's Fund of Connecticut, was recognized for her impressive career dedicated to improving how systems work for children and families by Shore Publishing - "For Children for Change: Judith Meyer's Compelling Work." Judith reflects on "18 years of Children's Mental Health Reform" in Mental Health Weekly.



  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: September 7, October 5, November 9 and December 7. Submission Deadline: Close of business one week before the publication date.

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