Spring 2014 Community Currents - The Community Foundation for


Spring 2014 Community Currents - The Community Foundation for
Spring 2014
Working together to build a stronger community – now and forever.
Latinos: Emerging Influence – Growing Opportunity
Photo Judy Sirota Rosenthal
Latinos in Greater New Haven
Convening Explores Impact
As the youngest and fastest growing
ethnic group in Greater New Haven and
the state, Latinos are indelibly linked to
the region’s vitality and prosperity. Yet
too many young Latinos are disconnected
in school and dropping out before they
gain the skills to compete for good jobs.
As the one group with a youth population
bubble, Latinos have significant
opportunities for meeting the needs in
the workforce, expanding the consumer
market, and helping the economy grow.
At the Progreso Latino Fund Forum and Foundation Convening, award winning
journalist Maria Hinojosa brought the audience to a standing ovation with her
inspirational call for Latinos to "own their own American narrative." At stake, she
said, was nothing less than preserving the American Dream. Hinojosa said New
Haven was at the forefront of changing this narrative by raising the visibility of
Latinos through its community activism and the work of the Progreso Latino Fund.
New Haven Latinos have demonstrated that "you can have impact. You are the
history makers of this Connecticut."
Read more about the event or make a gift to the Progreso Latino Fund at www.progresolatinofund.org
Learn more at www.cfgnh.org/latinosmatter
New Fund Honors
Servant Leader's Contributions
Photos left and middle, courtesy of The Community Foundation; right, Jessica Cassettari
Extraordinary Women Remembered and Celebrated
Fund Founders and Longtime Donors Support Fund with Estate Gifts
Almost twenty years ago Mary Arnstein (middle) was among the community leaders
who launched the Community Fund for Women & Girls. With her passing last year,
she and her family commemorated her role with the Fund and her extraordinary life
by establishing a fund in her name that will forever support women and girls to
reach their potential. The late Birgitta Johnson (left), a great leader and model who
forged new roles for women in banking, networking and community leadership
over several decades, also remembered the Fund with a gift of her retirement funds.
For more information, visit www.fundforwomenandgirls.org
Sadly, the work of the Community Fund
for Women & Girls will continue without
its strong, yet soft-spoken leader. Fund
Chair Susan Lewin (right) passed away
in late November suddenly and
unexpectedly. Active in the Fund since
2001, Susan was a remarkable woman
who led the Grants Committee and later,
the Advisory Board with quiet, yet
extraordinary leadership. In her memory,
a fund has been established by a fellow
Advisory Board member, Lesley Mills, to
support leadership development for women.
Native New Haveners
Support Their Hometown
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Parker
New Haven Newcomer Loves Her New Home
Donor Feels She Can Make a Difference Here
You can find Cynthia Parker on Yale’s campus attending a lecture or admiring the art.
Having lived most of her adult life in New York City, she chose to settle here. “I have a
love for New Haven that spans many decades – back to when I first visited during
college. New Haven has all the advantages (and some drawbacks) of New York, but on a
scale that seems manageable and human.” After her mother’s death, Cynthia took the
advice of her lawyer, Ingi-Mae Loorand, who suggested The Community Foundation as
a vehicle for her estate plans. She also created a donor advised fund to “learn about local
nonprofits and to start giving now.”
For more information, visit www.cfgnh.org/givingstories
Peter and Prudence Meehan grew up and
began their personal and professional lives
in Greater New Haven. In 1984 they
moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina
but their affection for their hometown
never stopped. As a result they created
a fund to support the good things they saw
happening in New Haven during a visit
for a Hopkins School reunion. Peter and
Prue are recognized leaders in their local
community; Peter is a former Chair
of the Triangle Community Foundation
and Prue created the website,
thewomenofsubstance.net, to raise
awareness about alcoholism among
affluent women.
Employable: For The Long Term®
Workshops Prove Beneficial
Photo courtesy of Career Resources Inc.
Workshops, sometimes followed by
one-to-one consultation with experts in
various fields, are designed to strengthen
the leadership, management and
adaptive capacities of nonprofits, large
and small and at different stages of
organizational development. Here’s
what people are saying:
Low Cost, High Impact for Grads
STRIVE is doing an outstanding job helping local residents move into and stay in
productive employment. A recent report indicated that nearly 75% of graduates from
STRIVE's three week employability skills training were able to secure employment
in better than minimum-wage jobs. After three months, 89% were with the same
employer. Support continues with in-house case management and a robust network
of service providers, assisting with basic needs and social services. The Community
Foundation’s support also helped STRIVE merge with Career Resources Inc., resulting
in an overall improvement in data and client management.
For more information, visit www.cfgnh.org/news
“It was well constructed, beautifully
presented and offered practical action items.”
"Very interesting – much has been learned!”
“Very informative – a great orientation for
me as a new Board Chair.”
“This was the best workshop I have
been to, and I have been to numerous.
Thank you.”
For more information, visit
Investment Performance Beats Benchmark . . . Again
Annualized Investment Returns as of December 31st, 2013
The Community
Foundation for Greater
New Haven Inc.
Comparable Community
Foundations Nationally
All Community
Performance Surpasses Benchmarks and Comparable Community Foundations
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Inc. is pleased to report 17.5%
net investment return in 2013, surpassing both its target benchmark of 14.4% and the
performance of comparably-sized community foundations nationwide, as shown in
the chart above.
Inception date of January 1, 1995, or 19.0 years
For complete data and footnotes, visit www.cfgnh.org/investments
2013: A Year of
Building the Endowment
As of December 31, 2013 total assets of
The Community Foundation for Greater
New Haven Inc. were $434,050,752. In 2013,
there were $24,319,656 in new gifts and
transfers.Summaries will be published in the
Annual Report available late May; full
financials are available now on our website
at www.cfgnh.org/financials.
ConnCAT’s Two Years Show Results
Did You Know?
Photo courtesy of ConnCAT
The Partnership for Economic
Opportunity (PEO) is a collaborative
of funders and service providers that
collectively assesses the success of existing
workforce programs. Each quarter,
the PEO hears from a group of grant
recipients providing services in workforce
development about their progress meeting
common performance measures.
Since opening in Science Park in 2012, the Connecticut Center for Arts and
Technology (ConnCAT) has provided affordable industry-specific job training to over
100 adult learners. Seventy two percent (72%) of the students in medical coding and
phlebotomy programs who completed externships became employed. In addition, a
new Career Pathways program includes weekly seminars, workshops, and examination
prep groups to increase for placement. Grants from unrestricted funds and the Bessie
Wessel Fund, which states an interest in the field of medical education, have
supported ConnCAT since 2011.
For more information, visit www.cfgnh.org/boosteconomicsuccess
Photo courtesy of ConnCAT
Externships are Key to Employment
Prisoner Reentry:
The Importance of Second Chances
Life Skills
Education and
Social Support
A Devastating Cycle That Can Be Broken
Every year, approximately 1,200 individuals who are released from prison come
to New Haven. Some are at the end of their sentence, while others are serving
sentences in the community under the supervision of parole or probation officers.
When provided with the right level of support and opportunities, these ex-offenders
can successfully become law-abiding and productive members of society. But
a complex set of factors makes them highly vulnerable to relapsing to criminal
activity and going back to prison. The Community Foundation is exploring ways
it can have more impact in this critical area.
For more information, visit www.cfgnh.org/reentry
The Orchard House Medical Adult Day
Center is making “aging in place” a viable
option for adults who wish to remain with
their families and in their communities.
Their Dementia Care Program is multifaceted, providing care that meets the medical,
social and spiritual needs of participants.
A new bus allows clients to take part in daily
activities offered at the center without
disrupting family members’ schedules.
Information sessions for family members and
caregivers have been so successful, they will
continue through this year. Support for this
important work was made possible by the
Florence A. Hoadley, Grace Bourne, Ophelia,
George W. Mixter, and Nathan and Ellen
Holbrook funds at The Community Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Orchard House
Health Services
Graphic Group C Inc
Job Access
Orchard House Helps Elders and
Their Caregivers
70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Ready. Set. Give!
36 hours to change the world
William S. Colwell
ends May 7th 8:00 PM
Every gift you make will support a nonprofit serving Greater New Haven.
Grant prizes for the nonprofits that raise the most money, attract the most
number of donors, new donors and more. It all depends on you.
Get ready to give at www.thegreatgive.org!
David I. Newton
Vice Chair
Help your favorite cause or nonprofit win thousands of dollars in grant prizes!
starts May 6th 8:00 AM
Board of Directors
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Emily Byrne
Alicia Caraballo
Howard K. Hill
Charles H. Long
Kica Matos
Jim Perillo
James E. Ryan
Shelly Saczynski
Rolan Joni Young Smith
William W. Ginsberg
President & CEO
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