Philanthropy Awards


The Tauck Family Foundation was honored with the Nancy P. Roberts Award for Innovation in Philanthropy at the CCP Philanthropy Conference on May 16, 2018. The foundation is a private, multi-generational family foundation that invests in organizations and initiatives that equip the children of Bridgeport, Connecticut with the necessary social and emotional skills to thrive academically and in life. The foundation was selected for its innovation, impact, and the collaborative nature of its work.

CCP applauds the work of five other funders who were nominated for the Nancy P. Roberts Award, including: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation; Nellie Mae Education Foundation; United Way of Coastal Fairfield County; and Working Cities Challenge Connecticut.

Learn more about the award >>

Over many years, CCP has developed a tradition of giving out special awards in recognition of leadership, service and innovation in philanthropy.  The John H. Filer Award and the Martha S. Newman Award will be announced in time for the CCP Annual Meeting on May 12, 2017, and every other year thereafter. The Nancy P. Roberts Award will be given in 2018 at the biennial CCP Philanthropy Conference, and at each biennial conference thereafter.

CCP's board of directors believes that each of these awards will continue to inspire everyone in the field, as well as honor the recipients. Each award has a distinguished list of past recipients that represent the best in philanthropy.

  • John H. Filer Award honors individual(s) who have demonstrated leadership in encouraging private action for the public good in Connecticut
  • Martha S. Newman Award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding staff performance in serving the philanthropic community
  • Nancy P. Roberts Award honors a foundation or grantmaking organization for demonstrated innovation in philanthropy.

John H. Filer Award

The John H. Filer Award was established by the Council’s Board of Directors in 1997 to honor the memory of an individual who inspired his peers in Hartford’s business community by example and urged the nation’s business leaders to accept the responsibility of corporate citizenship. The Filer Award is given to an individual or individuals who are leaders in promoting private action for the public good. Nominees should embody a creative spirit and serve as a model and inspiration to others in promoting philanthropy and solving societal problems.

Learn more about nominating a Community Leader for 2019 >>

John H. Filer Award Recipients

2017 - Sheila Perrin - Perrin Family Foundation
2015 - Barbara Netter - Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy; The Barbara and Edward Netter Foundation
2014 - Carlton Highsmith - CONNCAT
2013 - Andrew Eder - Eder Bros., Inc. and Eder Family Foundation
2012 - Betty Hale - Newell D. Hale Foundation
2011 - Herbert T. Clark III - Clark Group
2010 - Shelley Geballe - Connecticut Voices for Children
2009 - Barbara L. Pearce and Herbert H. Pearce - H. Pearce Company
2008 - James F. English - Nutmeg Foundation
2007 - Thomas O. Barnes - Barnes Group
2006 - John H. Riege - Reid and Riege
2005 - Leo Nevas - Nevas Family Foundation
2004 - F. Peter Libassi - Children’s Health Fund
2003 - Robert S. Merriman - Main Street Community Foundation
2002 - Emily Tow Jackson - The Tow Foundation
2001 - William C. Graustein - William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
2000 - Paul Aicher - Topsfield Foundation
1999 - Carlyle “Hap” Barnes - Barnes Foundation
1998 - David E. A. Carson - People’s Bank
1997 - Anne Tyler Calabresi - Carolyn Foundation

Martha S. Newman Award

The Martha S. Newman Award was established to honor the memory of Martha Newman, a much-loved and well-respected member of the philanthropic community in Hartford for many years. Martha set the standard for an exemplary staff member. The Newman Award is given to a staff member of a philanthropic organization who has demonstrated sustained and exemplary service to one or more organizations and the philanthropic sector in the state.

Learn more about nominating a Colleague for 2019 >>


Martha S. Newman Award Recipients

2017 - Diane Sierpina - The Tow Foundation
2015 - Kim A. Healey - NewAlliance Foundation
2014 - Lucy Ball - Lone Pine Foundation
2013 - David Nee - William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
2012 - Kate Miller - The Fund for Greater Hartford
2011 - Richard Sussman - Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
2010 - Alice Fitzpatrick - Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut
2009 - Kenneth R. Kahn – Greater Hartford Arts Council
2008 - Karen Brown – Fairfield County Community Foundation
2007 - Patti Anne Vassia – Middlesex County Community Foundation

Nancy P. Roberts Award

In May 2013 the Council board established the Nancy P. Roberts Award for demonstrated innovation in philanthropy to honor Nancy's outstanding contribution to philanthropy in Connecticut. 

Learn more about the award >>


Nancy P. Roberts Award Recipients

2018 - Tauck Family Foundation
2015 - The Walker Group
2014 - The Melville Charitable Trust