When CCP was founded in 1969, our job was to evaluate nonprofits on behalf of our members to inform their grantmaking. Today, CCP promotes and supports effective philanthropy for the public good by educating and convening funders across Connecticut. For our 50th anniversary, we’re sharing the story of the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative to illustrate how our mission is made real.
In this guide, contributors share strategies for structuring a collaborative to fit its purpose, building strong relationships and resolving conflicts, and figuring out if the collaborative you're in is working. Contributors also offer ample proof that collaboratives are leading the field in bringing the voices of nonfunders - grantees, intended beneficiaries, experts, and others - into the process of making grants.
Liberty Bank Foundation presented its annual forum for nonprofits and funders on June 4, entitled, “Sustaining Collective Impact: Finding Progress in Process.” Keynote speakers were Greg Hills and Melissa Oomer from FSG Group, a thought leader in the collective impact arena. Breakouts focused on local collective impact initiatives, including the Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness and the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth.
Connecticut-based health foundations came together several years ago to discuss the need for more data so that Connecticut could better track its progress on improving the health of its residents. The origin of this successful collaboration is described this article in the Views from the Field: Grantmakers in Health.
NEW HAVEN, CT -- A collaboration of six Connecticut community foundations has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Connecticut Mirror to support two journalism series and statewide community conversations.
NEW LONDON, CT -- A collaboration of six Connecticut community foundations has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Connecticut Mirror to support two journalism series and statewide community conversations. This effort will explore the long-term impact of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis on the nonprofit sector and the impact of wealth disparities in Connecticut.