Tracey and Russell Golden Honored with Philanthropy Award

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

HARTFORD, CT – The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) named Tracey and Russell Golden co-recipients of the 2019 John H. Filer Award for their leadership in promoting private action for the public good. CCP will formally recognize the Goldens at its upcoming conference, Reimagining Philanthropy: Strategies for Success, on May 7, at The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale.

“Tracey and Russ Golden are an amazing couple who have played a significant role, professionally and personally, in the greater coastal Fairfield County region,” said Merle Berke-Schlessel, president and CEO of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County (UWCFC). “Through a variety of actions they have made a lasting impact on the philanthropic work of the area.”

The Goldens are long-time supporters of United Way, with Tracey currently serving on UWCFC’s board of directors. Her board leadership has been instrumental in the creation of the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County’s Bridgeport Prospers movement. The  Goldens recently helped jumpstart a Brunch for Babies initiative and are “working on getting others engaged in philanthropy that will literally change the life trajectory of thousands of children in Bridgeport. Their leadership and philanthropy makes Fairfield County a better place to live and work for all.”

“We are delighted to honor Tracey and Russell Golden for their long-time leadership in, and encouragement for, private philanthropy in support of the public good," CCP President Karla Fortunato. "Their personal commitment to the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, and its Bridgeport Prospers work, make them perfect candidates for CCP’s John H. Filer Award.”

About the John H. Filer Award
The award honors the life and work of the late John H. Filer, former chief executive of Aetna Life & Casualty Company, who was known for his bold support of corporate citizenship and who helped reassert the American commitment to private philanthropy in the 1970s. Each year, the award recognizes an individual or individuals who embody an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership in promoting the field of philanthropy, and have demonstrated a creative response to solving societal problems. For more information about the Filer Award including previous recipients visit the CCP’s website.

About the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, the state’s association of grantmakers, promotes and supports effective philanthropy for the public good. During 2019, CCP is celebrating 50 years of leadership in the philanthropic sector. CCP membership includes foundations, business and corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and those serving the philanthropic sector. CCP members annually grant more than $1.4 billion from assets of more than $8.3 billion. Learn more at



Karla Fortunato, President
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy


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