CCP 2018 Conference Recap and Resources

Publication date: 
May, 2018

Disruptive Leadership - Inspiring Strategies for Social Change

Download CCP's 2018 Conference Program

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:30pm
Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, 95 S Turnpike Road, Wallingford

This year's conference brought our sector together to explore the catalyzing role of philanthropy, to inspire emboldened leadership and collaboration in Connecticut’s philanthropic community, and to offer pragmatic pathways that philanthropies can take to lend deeper support toward the challenges they are working to resolve. The conference featured two keynotes, break-out sessions, networking, the presentation of the Nancy P. Roberts Innovation in Philanthropy Award, an update by CCP president Karla Fortunato, and acknowledgement of the CCP leadership by new Board Chair Kathy Luria.

We captured the this year's conference in photos, videos, and visual notetaking, and you may find links to these and Conference presentation materials below.

CCP's 2018 Conference Program Booklet >>

CCP 2018 Conference Photo Galleries: Conference Networking & Meeting >>   Conference Keynotes >>   Conference Sessions >>   Philanthropy Award >>


Cristina Jiménez, United We Dream

Cristina Jiménez of United We Dream gave the morning keynote which included many stories of DACA Youth.

Cristina Jiménez is executive director & co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. Originally from Ecuador, Cristina came to the U.S. with her family at the age of 13, attending high school and college as an undocumented student. She has been organizing in immigrant communities for over a decade and was part of United We Dream's campaign team that led to the historic victory of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 that protects close to a million young immigrants from deportation. Under Cristina’s leadership United We Dream has grown to a powerful network of 57 affiliates in 25 states with over 400,000 members.


Grant Oliphant, Heinz Endowments

Grant Oliphant of the Heinz Endowments gave the afternoon keynote, Of Small Men and Sages: Leadership in a Time of Upheaval.

Grant Oliphant is president of The Heinz Endowments. He rejoined the foundation in 2014, after serving as president and chief executive officer of The Pittsburgh Foundation for six years. For nearly two decades, Grant held several senior management posts with Heinz family foundations, including vice president for programs and planning at the Endowments, his position before taking over the helm at The Pittsburgh Foundation in 2008. The Heinz Endowments seeks to help their region thrive as a whole and just community, and through that work to model solutions to major national and global challenges.



What We Can't Do Alone, We Do Together: Bringing Philanthropy Together for Greater Impact

Given the complex and significant challenges that CT foundations are driven to address, collaboration is a must-do. This session will explore successful case studies in collaboration that have raised the visibility of philanthropy, disrupted systems or practices, and achieved their goals, including: a short-term pooled fund developed quickly to support the burgeoning youth organizing following the Parkland shooting; a three-year collaboration among 27 CT foundations to pilot how housing providers and job centers partner more effectively to help families exiting homelessness find work; and a long-term funder collaborative focused on remaking the early childhood system in Connecticut. 

Moderator: Mendi Blue-Paca, Fairfield County's Community Foundation


  • Mónica Córdova, Funder Collaborative on Youth Organizing
  • Rebecca Allen, Melville Charitable Trust
  • Carol O’Donnell, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative


  • Session video >>
    Access to the video is password protected and is for CCP members only.

Rethinking Foundation Practices Around Evaluation

How can philanthropy ensure that its research and evaluation efforts to align with its goals and strategies? How does leadership from a foundation use information from the foundation’s evaluation work? How can our evaluation frameworks and practices support goals around equity, systems change, and advocacy? This session will draw on experts and case studies to help participants explore new frameworks, assessments, and strategies for their foundation’s research and evaluation efforts.


  • Jennifer Glickman, Center for Effective Philanthropy
  • Elysa Gordon, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Teri Behrens, Ph.D., Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning, Dorothy Johnson Center for Philanthropy


So You Want to Learn about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) have become a part of the philanthropic lexicon, but what do these words mean in practice? How do we begin to articulate why this work matters, where to start, or how to engage others in this journey?  This workshop will contextualize DEI in a larger philanthropic context and support participants in assessing where to start and what priorities to lift up for future work.**This session is geared toward those who are new, or whose foundations are new, to learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy.**

Facilitator: Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Justice Funders



Disruption in the Public Square

Over the last year, advocates and activists have returned to the civil rights playbook embracing public demonstrations, civil disobedience, and other disruptive tactics to raise the visibility of an issue, to protest, and to call for change. This session will tell the story of this year of community organizing and direct action, pairing stories of community leaders with those of foundations, and explore the rationales for the work from the perspective of grantee and grantor.

Moderator: Janée Woods, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund


  • Bishop John Selders, Moral Mondays Connecticut
  • Angelica Castillo, CT Students for a Dream
  • Andhrose Bazil and Aaliyah Figueroa, Hearing Youth Voices
  • Laura McCargar, Perrin Family Foundation
  • Caprice Taylor Mendez, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven


Lending & Leveraging Leadership Beyond Traditional Grantmaking

Many foundations are bringing their full financial and political clout to bear on their mission. This session will explore ways that foundations are working toward their goals and leaning into their mission beyond traditional grantmaking, including mission-related investing, public policy advocacy, and bolder communications.

Moderator: Jay Williams, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving


  • Mark Allegrini, Confluence Philanthropy
  • Frances Padilla, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
  • Sheila Perrin, Perrin Family Foundation


Working through Common Challenges in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practice

Many organizations are keen to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into their organizations, but they don’t know where or how to start. This interactive session will highlight stories of organizations who have faced and worked through common challenges related to their ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion practice. **This session is geared toward those who have already done some learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy.**

Facilitator: Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Justice Funders


  • R. David Addams, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
  • William Ginsberg, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
  • Martha McCoy, The Paul J. Aicher Foundation / Everyday Democracy



The Tauck Family Foundation was honored with the 2018 Nancy P. Roberts Award for Innovation in Philanthropy at CCP's Philanthropy Conference. 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.

Pictured are CCP Board Chair Kathy Luria of Webster Bank and Tauck Family Foundation President Liz Tauck Walters.

The Tauck Family Foundation's work is described in the Yale Ruler initiative video >>

Read the award press announcement >>

Philanthropy Award photos >>