Member eBrief - September 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

The power of good work . . . CCP updates >>    

The power of good networks . . . CCP featured programs >>

The power of good networks . . . Select opportunities for members >>

The power of good connections . . . Member news >>

The power of good connections . . . Jobs in Philanthropy >>

The power of good ideas . . . New resources >>

The power of good people . . . Colleague news >>             

  The power of good work . . . CCP updates    

Why Be on the Map?

According to CCP's member survey, members value better data on grantmaking in Connecticut. If you value it, join thirty-seven CCP members who have reported or committed to reporting their grants. When you share your grant information, you make a powerful contribution to data initiatives that CCP has undertaken to tell the story of philanthropy in Connecticut. Your data powers:

  1. Connecticut Foundation Stats, our regional dashboard, which aims to give you the most up-to-date picture of funding in Connecticut.
  2. The annual Connecticut Giving Report, which provides an authoritative overview of giving in our state.
  3. Connecticut Foundation Maps, a highly interactive, searchable mapping platform that lets you visualize data at the grants level. This is accessible to all CCP members (CCP member login required). This tool helps us answer questions such as: Who is funding capacity building in the state? Which organizations are tackling equity issues? Which organizations are receiving funds for early childhood programs?

Sharing your data for all of these initiatives is easy with the Foundation Center Updater. Simply register for an account and follow the prompts. You can learn more about the specifics of sharing your data on CCP's Get on the Map webpage, including a grant data template, information on the required and preferred fields, and how-to videos and materials. Share your data today!

If you have any questions about how to share your data with Foundation Center, contact Laurie Allen, Director of Communications, 860-525-5585.      

CCP is a Comcast Newsmaker

CCP President Karla Fortunato joined Eric Clemons on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss CCP's commitment to promoting, supporting, and encouraging philanthropy for the good of all Connecticut communities. Karla answered questions about CCP members, trends in CT giving, concerns about the sustainability of Connecticut nonprofits, and the Connecticut Working Cities Challenge.

Watch Philanthropic Action Improving Communities >> 



Be More Connected; Be more Social

Did you know that you can connect with your member colleagues through CCP's Member Directory? Log in to explore:

  • Organization information including, location, phone number, website, social media handles, mission/goals, assets and grants, funding areas, and recent news.
  • Your colleagues' contact information and their interest areas.

Visit the MEMBER DIRECTORY and check your personal information and update your own account. Check your organization account information, and send updates to

Please know that only members have access to detailed information on organizations and individual contacts in the Member Directory. Logout to see the basic information about your organization that nonmembers can see including: funder category, town/state, website, social media, and news. Please send your press releases, news links, colleague news, and RFPs and other opportunities to We'll add them to your directory listing, and they'll also show up on CCP's News Feed and the Connecticut Philanthropy Digest.

Philanthropy 101 Review


CCP presented the last module of the Philanthropy 101 series this past July. The five interactive modules were presented one a month--March through July--and provided a historical overview of philanthropy, reviewed foundation governance and legal issues, explained the grantmaking process, debated current big issues in philanthropy, and explored roles and power dynamics. Fifty-seven CCP members participated in one or more modules.

"I think the series was great. There’s a good mix between instruction, information, conversation, and fun!" – Kaylah Smith, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

"There was adequate and ample time to network and discuss best practices which was great. I look forward to utilizing the benefit of the cohort model." – Mercedes MacAlpine, Perrin Family Foundation

"I really appreciate the 101 course! Great resource. The interactive aspect and input from the group during discussions shows how it’s being used in real situations." – Anonymous

Many individuals were able to participate in multiple sessions. But special congratulations go to nine individuals who participated in all five Philanthropy 101 Modules. Pictured in Photo 1: from left to right: Mercedes McAlpine, Perrin Family Foundation; Kim Hein, Tauck Family Foundation; Lisa Farren, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford; Amarilis Pullen, Perrin Family Foundation; Catriona Horstmann, American Savings Foundation; Laura Olsbo, Universal Health Care Foundation; Not pictured - Lisa Honigfeld, Children’s Fund of Connecticut; Dee Goodrich and Tiffiany Walton, CCP. Photo 2: Philanthropy 101 class from July 2018.

CCP is excited to offer the Philanthropy 101 Series again in 2019. Learn more >>

ECFC Releases New Connecticut Family Engagement Paper

The Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (ECFC), a project of CCP, is pleased to share its new paper, Full, Equal, and Equitable Partnerships with Families: Connecticut’s Definition and Framework for Family Engagement. The paper is a collaborative effort with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, and ECFC. The purpose of Connecticut’s common definition and framework of family engagement is to encourage shared understanding and collaboration, making it easy for all parties – educators, providers, partners, and families – to understand what is expected of them and what effective practice looks like. The hope is that this will lead to a robust culture of partnership between families and professionals throughout all education and human service programs. The paper, which helps to facilitate the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016, presents family engagement definitions, guiding principles, and recommendations for capacity-building. Also included are comparative charts with examples of evidence-based high-impact strategies for engaging families with children in early childhood programs, elementary schools, after school programs, and middle and high schools. Visit the ECFC webpage for additional reports >>  

CCP Membership

“We tapped CCP’s extensive national network to help the Aetna Foundation increase the visibility of our annual RFP. 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

Have a question about your CCP membership or member benefits? Contact Dee Goodrich, director of member engagement, 860-525-5585.    

How Are You Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month?

National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

CCP will help amplify your efforts on our website and social media; contact Laurie Allen, Director of Communications, 860-525-5585.        

  The power of good networks . . . CCP programs


Thread City: It's All Connected >>


Join us for a bus tour that will shine a spotlight on Windham's vibrant nonprofit community. You'll learn about how nonprofits are collaborating to lift up low-income residents, support economic development, and make the region a better place to work, play, and live. Co-sponsored by Liberty Bank Foundation and CCP, and presented by the Nonprofit Alliance of Northeastern Connecticut

When: Friday, September 21
Where:  Tour begins and ends at St. Joseph Church parking lot, 99 Jackson Street, Willimantic
Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 AM
Bus tour: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch and brief funder presentations: 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Don't have time for the entire tour? There will be opportunities to depart early or to join the tour in progress.


Exploring Current Trends in Social Media >>

Social Media is ever changing, and to be effective with your communication strategy, you need to keep up with the latest trends. Join your peers for a quick overview of the latest trends in social media. There will be ample time to share your creative ideas. Feel free to share a favorite campaign, posted video, or other success in the social media world. And for those less experienced in social media, here’s a chance to ask your burning social media questions – no question is too basic!

When: Friday, October 5
Program: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Where:  United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Bridgeport


Lisa Farren
Marketing &
Communications Manager
Jewish Community Foundation
of Greater Hartford

Stephanie MacGillivary
Senior Associate, Digital Communications
Hartford Foundation
for Public Giving


For questions about any of CCP's programs or network meetings, contact Esther Massie, Program Coordinator, 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   


DataHaven Innovation Awards >>

OCTOBER 1: Nomination deadline
To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, DataHaven has announced the inaugural DataHaven Innovation Awards designed to recognize individuals and groups who employ data to make Connecticut a better place. The awards, which will be presented at their 25th Anniversary Celebration in November 2018, will be made in two categories: Data for Community Impact Awards will recognize the outstanding use of data to make a positive difference in one or more Connecticut communities; and Data in Education Awards will recognize the outstanding use of data for projects developed within a classroom or educational setting. Liberty Bank Foundation is generously underwriting the DataHaven Innovation Awards.

Annual Nonprofit Conference: The Power of Nonprofits During Challenging Times >>

OCTOBER 2: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
This is the flagship event for CT Community Nonprofit Alliance. It's a statewide conference by and for nonprofits, and will feature keynote speaker, Maryum “May May” Ali. Ms. Ali is a social worker, activist and author, with a strong connection to the conference theme: “Power During Challenging Times.” The day also will feature a Candidate’s Forum for gubernatorial candidates on the general election ballot, and morning and afternoon breakout sessions to strengthen the leadership, management, and adaptive capacities of nonprofits.

New to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ? Consider Attending ACCP's: The Forum >>

OCTOBER 2-5: Boston, MA
Widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive professional development programs available, Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals' ACCP: The Forum is an interactive three and a half day program targeted toward corporate citizenship professionals with limited experience. During this intensive, three and a half day workshop, participants will gain understanding of topics such as: the strategy of giving; employee engagement; signature programs; cause branding & cause marketing; and matching gift campaigns. Participants engage in a hands-on exercise building a contributions program from scratch, and practice making key decisions about the structure and what to include. Participants also receive comprehensive materials covering the basics for planning and managing an effective corporate contributions program. CCP members may receive $250 off the non-member price. Use Promo Code: 18FORUMPART.

Re-envisioning Our Field:  Advancing Racial Equity & Leading Innovation in Capacity Building >>

OCTOBER 10: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM: Grantmaker Convening, Hartford Hilton, Hartford
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Foundation Center, and The Alliance for Nonprofit Management are hosting a special set of sessions for grantmakers on the first day of the 2018 Capacity Builders Conference. Funders may register for the one day at a reduced rate.

OCTOBER 10-12: Hartford Hilton, Hartford
The 2018 Alliance for Nonprofit Management Annual Capacity Builder’s Conference is a one-of-a-kind, opportunity for capacity builders of every kind: consultants, coaches, funders, academics, executives, you name it, to come together. The conference provides the chance to convene, dialogue, learn, shape and advance the field for the good of the nonprofits and communities we serve. The three-day event includes presentation opportunities with local nonprofits, work-sessions for our Affinity & Interest Groups (including a Grantmaker Convening), twenty-plus workshop sessions curated for capacity builders by capacity builders, and thought provoking plenary sessions. Our 2018 theme is "Re-envisioning Our Field: Advancing Racial Equity and Leading Innovation in Capacity Building." This is a critical time for our field to reflect, to learn together, and to consider how our work should evolve to address racial inequities in our society. From amplifying emerging approaches to reflecting on research and exploring its implications for practice, we invite you to register now and plan to bring your perspectives, experiences, and energy to our annual conference.

Animal Grantmakers Conference >>

OCTOBER 14-17: Boston Marriot Newton, Newton, MA
Animal Grantmakers offers an annual conference for grantmakers to convene in person, and participate in learning opportunities to strengthen their practice and grow their professional network. This year’s conference will take advantage of the deep marine expertise in the region while covering a wide range of topics of interest to members across the animal protection field. The conference will be of tremendous value to community foundations that fund animal protection programs, as well as funders interested in marine life and environmental issues. Funders interested in learning more about Animal Grantmakers are invited to attend for free as a first-time guest (one registration).

Leadership Development Roundtable >>

Help the Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) connect with outstanding candidates by encouraging colleagues and friends to apply. LDR is committed to recruiting an inclusive pool of applicants diverse in gender, age, race, educational experience, and role. Ideal LDR candidates are nonprofit leaders looking for a collaborative, cohort-based, hands-on learning experience designed to enhance their ability to lead from whatever position they hold. LDR is delivered through two regional cohorts – Hartford Region and Fairfield County. Among LDR's program support are CCP members including: Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Graustein Memorial Fund, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Lone Pine Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, Tauck Family Foundation, and The ZOOM Foundation.

Can you submit the name of one leader right now? >>

PLACES (Professionals Learning About Community Equity and Smart Growth) Fellowship >>

NOVEMBER 1: Application deadline
The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) is pleased to accept applications for the tenth class of its leadership development program designed for professionals in philanthropy who are dedicated to creating more equitable, diverse and inclusive neighborhoods and communities. The PLACES Fellowship is a transformational leadership development experience for professionals in philanthropy looking to build knowledge, skills, and partnership opportunities to create more equitable neighborhoods and communities. Fellows have a broad range of philanthropic experience, diverse backgrounds and hail from across North America and Canada. No matter the funder, one commonality is a passion for solving community problems related to community, equity, and smart growth. This year-long fellowship will offer coaching, tools, knowledge, best practices and opportunities to build peer relationships with professionals in philanthropy that can enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of historically marginalized communities, most specifically low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

Melanie Magnotta from Aetna Foundation and Heather Pontonio from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation are 2015 PLACES Fellows.    

  The power of good connections . . . Member news   


We welcome the New Britain-based Christine E. Moser Foundation as the newest CCP member! The foundation funds education, and arts, culture, and humanities in the Hartford area, the Connecticut River Valley, and Shoreline. Mary Engels is the president, and Alyssa Kellogg, Carol Marshall, and Robert Scalise are trustees. You can find contact information in the Member Directory >> 


2018 ALICE Report >>

According to the United Ways' 2018 ALICE Report for Connecticut, 40% of households in our state have income which falls below what is needed to pay for basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, technology, and transportation. ALICE, stands for - Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. United Ways in Connecticut and seventeen other states are promoting the ALICE initiative to place a spotlight on a large population of residents who are working, but have difficulty affording a basic Household Survival Budget. The new ALICE Report uses data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey to quantify the number of households in Connecticut's workforce that are struggling financially. The new ALICE Report on financial hardship takes a deeper look at the growing financial challenges that require more and more working and middle class families to make tough choices every day as they manage their household budget. Read the report >>

Medicaid's Role in Connecticut's Economy, Health System, and Budget >>

Medicaid is best known as a health insurance program that provides coverage to low-income Connecticut residents, but it also plays a key role in the state’s economy, budget, and ability to weather economic challenges, according to a report released this week by the Connecticut Health Foundation. The report, by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, finds that Medicaid is deeply woven into Connecticut’s health care system and plays a major role in a sector of the economy that has been central to job growth in the state.“It is important for policymakers to understand the full impact of Medicaid in the state, particularly as they face difficult budget decisions,” said the report’s author, Edwin Park, research professor at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. “Medicaid plays a key role in the state’s economy and is linked to long-term positive outcomes for children like better health, obtaining a college degree, and higher earnings.” Read the report >>

Transforming Youth Justice Leadership Development Program >>

Transforming Youth Justice Leadership Development Program, offered by the Tow Youth Justice Institute and the University of New Haven, is training intended to ensure a current and future workforce of youth justice leaders who are committed, competent, and passionate about making the criminal justice system work effectively. The three main goals of the program are to: build the capacity of present and future leaders as agents of change in youth justice reform; advance leadership development skills and knowledge of best practices in youth justice reform; and serve as a resource to the organizations, communities, and systems serving youth through a network of dedicated leaders of reform. Applicants who are mid-level managers and leaders in law enforcement, state and local government, private agencies, non-profit service providers, secondary education, policymakers, community and faith leaders, parents and caregivers, and advocates are being sought for the nine month program. Applications will be accepted through November 16. The program is provided at no cost to accepted individuals or their agencies, through funding partners The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Connecticut Community Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Lone Pine Foundation, and The Tow Foundation.

#I Vote 4 Health Care Video Contest >>

#IVote4HealthCare is a campaign of Protect Our Care CT, a project of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. Protect Our Care CT fights for health care that all can count on by encouraging voters to: learn candidates positions; raise health care at candidate forums; recruite other health care voters; and vote on election day, November 6.

Video Contest: #IVote4HealthCare wants your videos about why you will vote for health care! Be creative! Videos can be funny, serious, or anywhere in between—just make sure they share why you/video participants will vote for health care. Remember that all voter registration, education and engagement activities and related materials are nonpartisan and are in no way intended to reflect an endorsement of, or opposition to, any candidate, political party or political action committee. Prizes: In addition to an “I Vote 4 Health Care” t-shirts, the Foundation will award a $250 gift card to one group video with the largest number of votes; and a $200 gift card to one individual video with the largest number of votes. Important dates: Submit videos by September 25; Finalists will be announced on October 5; The public votes for finalists on October 5 - 11; Winners will be announced on October 12.

The Aurora Report Snapshot >>

The Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls has updated The Aurora Report with snapshots on leadership, education and economic security. The Education Snapshot highlights that learning proficiency and pre-school enrollment are key challenges for women and girls in the region. Only 68% of Hartford students attended preschool compared with 83% across Connecticut recently. Read more >>

Celebrating Your Work, Sharing Our Stories >>

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is celebrating 25 years with six reflection events around the state. Each event features music, food, an uplifting atmosphere, story sharing, and community building activities. The 25th year will culminate with enjoying music, food, uplifting atmosphere, story sharing, and community building activities on December 13.

Dear colleagues: "We hope that you can join us at one of the Memorial Fund’s 25th Anniversary regional celebration this fall. I also want to encourage you to invite others - in your organization or in the community -  to join in and share their stories and perspectives. We especially need your help to pass the invitation to those who by now may be in other places or even retirement. There are so many people who contributed to the work in early childhood education and other arenas, and we would appreciate the opportunity to catch up with them and to hear their stories. Please feel free to forward this invitation to others in you contact app, or send us the addresses and we will send an invitation out directly. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you." To RSVP follow the links below:

SEPTEMBER 20: 5:30 - 8:30 PM: Bregamos Community Theater, New Haven
SEPTEMBER 22: 12:00 - 3:00 PM: Knowlton: The Boathouse, Bridgeport
SEPTEMBER 27: 5:30 - 8:30 PM: Hartford Public Library, Hartford
OCTOBER 2: 5:00 - 8:00 PM: The Russell Library, Middletown
DECEMBER 13: 5:30 - 8:30 PM: The 224 Ecospace, Hartford


Branford Community Foundation - 2017 Annual Report >>

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut - Leading Together: 2017 Annual Report to Our Community >>

Donaghue Foundation - Practically Speaking Summer Edition >>     2017 Annual Report >>

Everyday Democacy - Why My "Good Intentions" Aren't Enough to Dismantle White Superiority >>

Melville Charitable Trust - 2017 Year in Review >>

People's United Community Foundation - Deeply Rooted in Our Community: 2017 Community Impact Report >>

Perrin Family Foundation - Youth in Action Quarterly Newsletter >>

The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation - Annual Report 2017 - Dedicated to Past President Janet Larsen >>

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation - Exhibitions on the Cusp: Issue #9 - Art Outside the Gallery >>     Issue #10 - Art and Capitalism >>     Issue #11 - Race & Identity >>


Perrin Family Foundation - New Website >>


American Savings Foundation - Legacy of Hope >>

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving - Listening Tour Recaps >>

MetroHartford Alliance - Perspectives from David Griggs: Part 1 - The Alliance >>     Part 2 - Listening Tour >>     Part 3 - Hartford Global Brand >>     Part 4: "Why Hartford >>      

  The power of good connections . . . Jobs in philanthropy

Find Jobs in Philanthropy >>

  The power of good ideas . . . New resources


Read ACCP's (Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals) latest blog post Corporate Social Responsibility: A Brief History: "Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has come a long way, morphing from a nice thing to do to what it is today: a necessity for a successful business. It wasn’t until the 1940s, however, that businesses, and not their owners or shareholders, could support charities."


New research from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations, shares nonprofit leaders’ views on their diversity pursuits — and how their foundation funders are interacting with or supporting them in this area. Based on survey responses from 205 nonprofit leaders, the report shares data on topics such as how diversity relates to the work of nonprofits, how foundations are involved in the diversity efforts of grantees, and what demographic information nonprofits and funders alike are collecting — and how that information is used.


Dissonance & Disconnects, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy's (EPIP) survey report, examines the thoughts and feelings of early- and mid- career practitioners on philanthropy and their futures in it. The report focuses on themes including participants’ experiences at work, the alignment between their institutions’ practices and their values, and how participants see their futures in the sector. It is meant to support conversation among emerging leaders and senior executives about foundation practices and how they can better unlock talent up and down the org chart while also bringing foundations into deeper alignment with their values.


  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.


Candis Gould has joined The Tow Foundation's team as Grants Manager. In her role, she will be responsible for supporting and enhancing the Foundation’s grantmaking ability through managing its grants management system and processes. Gould joins the Foundation after serving as the corporate services coordinator for Moran Towing Corporation, working closely with the senior vice president. Previously, Gould was an educator in inner-city schools and has experience in human resources. “Candis brings the tech and systems experience we need for this role. Her collaborative approach and passion for our grantees’ missions will make her an asset to both our team and grantee partners,” said Nadia Alia, director of operations. Read more >>

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford has announced the appointment of Jacob Schreiber as its president and CEO, effective September 1. Jacob’s professional career has been focused on leading Jewish communal organizations, including most recently as CEO of Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County, Florida. Jacob previously led the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, served as Executive Director at the Hillels of Georgia, has been an award-winning journalist, and was the Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. "I speak on behalf of the entire search committee and the Board of Trustees when I say how excited we are to have Jacob lead this new chapter for the Foundation," stated Leigh Newman, Board Chair. "Jacob brings a wealth of experience as a Jewish communal leader with a track record of innovation and creativity and a lifelong commitment to living Jewish values, the common thread that connects and inspires us all." Read more >>

Brad Palazzo, director of community impact for Comcast, was named a 2018 “40 Under Forty” by Hartford Business Journal. Brad develops and manages Comcast's regional community impact strategies and activities, which include providing support to area non-profit organizations and managing the Comcast Foundation’s signature initiatives including Comcast Cares Day, a national day of volunteerism; promoting Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost broadband to eligible low-income households; and the Comcast Leaders & Achievers scholarship program that provides $1,000 scholarships to graduating high-school seniors. Read @ Hartford Business Journal >>    

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