The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's (CCP) May 13th Philanthropy Luncheon & Conference at the Trumbull Marriott brought together 250+ representatives of foundations, corporate philanthropy, community foundations and other philanthropic organizations, as well as partners and leaders from across the state. The event featured six conference sessions for funders; multiple networking opportunies; a keynote from internationally acclaimed speaker Ambassador James Joseph; the announcement of new CCP board and staff leadership; and the introduction of a new CCP publication.
Ambassador Joseph's Keynote
It was the honor of CCP to have Ambassador James Joseph deliver the keynote address, "Building Community by Design: Philanthropy and the New Normal." The 250 philanthropists and partners present were deeply moved by the Ambassador’s extraordinarily rich and poignant message of justice and community. We are honored to share his words with you and hope you will save them and return to read them again over time. They may serve as a measure of your work in your community and the larger world. All Luncheon attendees received two books: a signed copy of Ambassador Joseph's newest book, Saved for A Purpose, thanks to the generosity of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; and a gift from the Newman’s Own Foundation, Find Me Unafraid, signed by the heroic authors, Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner. Read the keynote >>
CCP Leadership Announced
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) announced both board and staff leadership changes. Judith Meyers, president and CEO of Children’s Fund of Connecticut (Farmington), is the new board chair and Michael Johnston, CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford (West Hartford), is the new board vice chair. Christine Traczyk, executive director of Farmington Bank Community Foundation (Farmington), and Robert Haggett, executive vice president of Newman’s Own Foundation (Westport), will continue their roles as board secretary and treasurer, respectively. CCP also welcomed new board member R. David Addams, executive director of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (Hamden).
Immediate Past CCP Board Chair Sue Murphy, executive director of Liberty Bank Foundation (Rocky Hill), and Emily Tow Jackson, executive director of The Tow Foundation (Norwalk), were recognized for completing their board service.
CCP also announced that David Davison has accepted the position of interim president while a national search is being conducted to replace Maggie Gunther Osborn who is leaving CCP at the end of June to assume the post of chief strategy officer for the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (Forum) in Washington, DC. Read more and access bios and photos >>
CCP Case Study Released
CCP presented their new publication, Co-Creation: Viewing Partnerships Through A New Lens, during one of the Conference sessions. Co-Creation, written by Patricia Bowie, is the case study about the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of CCP. The case study examines co-creation, an emerging systems change collaboration model which grew out of a funder-and-state partnership. This unique partnership led to the creation by executive order of a new and independent Office of Early Childhood, which was formally approved by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2013. The new case study is significant, as there is much written about funder partnerships and collaboration success stories, but little discussion on different kinds of collaborative ventures and the lessons learned by philanthropy. Download the case study >>
Click on a Conference Photo Album below: Conference Sessions; Luncheon, Annual Meeting and Keynote; Networking
#1: Funder Collaboration: Lessons Learned from the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative and the Field on Funders Working Together for System Change.
#2: Strive Partnership, Cradle to Career, Collective Impact: what does it all really mean and what is the role of philanthropy?
- Strive Partnership Presentation Slides
- Place-Based Impact and Improvement Networks -- StriveTogether
- 10 Places Where Collective Impact Gets It Wrong -- Nonprofit Quarterly
#3: Recent Developments in Foundation Investment and Governance
- Recent Developments in Foundation Investment and Governance Presentation Slides
- Legislating the Normative Environment -- commonfund Institute
- Principles of Investment Management for Long-Term Funds -- commonfund Institute
#1: Fair Housing & Equity in Connecticut
- Fair Housing and Equity in Connecticut Presentation Slides
- Fair Housing & Equity in Connecticut: Roles for Funders -- Melville Charitable Trust
- 2015 Connecticut Housing Data Profiles -- Partnership for Strong Communities
- Housing in Connecticut 2015: Highlights and Key Facts-- Partnership for Strong Communities
#2: Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees, and Connecticut at Its Best
#3 : Exploring the Boundary between Public Generosity and Family Privacy: an Interactive Case Study Session
The Philanthropy Luncheon & Conference was made possible in part with funding from Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Connecticut Health Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Liberty Bank Foundation, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Webster Bank, Bank of America, BlumShapiro, Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, eBenefits Group Northeast, and The Walker Group.