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Uncomfortable Conversations: Episode 1- Growing up black & white

Two friends discuss growing up black and white in rural North Carolina. Hosted by: Annie Floor Guest Speaker: Arine Lowery Inspired by Emmanuel Acho's "Uncom...
Oct 6
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UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH HONEST WOMEN | LETS TALK ABOUT RACISM As content creators with platforms, we felt it was our responsibility to have this unc...
Sep 29
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Why Masks Work BETTER Than You'd Think

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Sep 23
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National Anthem Protests Pt.1 ft. Roger Goodell | Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man Ep 8

NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, sits down with Emmanuel Acho to have an Uncomfortable Conversation with a Black Man. Emmanuel asks Goodell what he would say...
Sep 15
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Race vs Religion - Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man Ep. 7 w/ Carl Lentz, Hillsong Church

It's time to talk about race & religion. Carl Lentz, lead pastor of Hillsong East Coast, sits down with Emmanuel Acho to have an uncomfortable conversation a...
Sep 8
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Open Hiring at Greyston Bakery

We made a trip out to Yonkers to talk to pioneers of Open Hiring at Greyston Bakery. Note: B-roll included in this video is pre-covid so it does not reflect ...
Sep 1
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White Parents, Raising Black Children - Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Ep. 6

Emmanuel Acho sits down with Aaron & Jamie Ivey + their kids, to have an uncomfortable conversation about the struggles, differences and what they have learn...
Aug 25
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Interracial Relationships - Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Ep. 5

Interracial couples, Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo & Lindsey Vonn and PK Subban, sit down with Emmanuel Acho to have an uncomfortable conversation about i...
Aug 18
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Reverse Racism - Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Ep. 4

Emmanuel Acho sits down to have another uncomfortable conversation, where he directly addresses questions and emails from white brothers & sisters, all over ...
Aug 11
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Seeing Color - Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Ep. 3 w/ Chip & Joanna Gaines + kids

Chip & Joanna Gaines sit down with Emmanuel Acho to have an uncomfortable conversation about teaching their kids to "see color" and Emmanuel Acho is asked, "...
Aug 4
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White Allergies? - Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Ep. 2 w/ Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey sits down with Emmanuel Acho to have an uncomfortable conversation with a black man
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Longest Time - Quarantine Edition

Wishing everyone the best of health from Vancouver, Canada! Stay home, stay safe, and keep singing! For the most up to date information about COVID-19 please...
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A Tale of Two Pandemics with Robert Reich

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich debunks the notion that the coronavirus is "the great equalizer," and explains how systemic inequality in America has ...
May 19
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Concierge Chats visits Five Star senior living during Covid-19

When it comes to elderly care, nursing homes are the hardest hit. Trish Sanborn and her two concierge friends visit with David Hunter, CEO of Mary Wade Five Star senior living.
May 19

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Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Contact Person
Lee Cruz
Job Title
Community Outreach Director
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203 777 7074
Early Childhood, Aging\Elderly Services, Youth, Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Career Assistance, Housing Assistance, Shelter, Health, Education, Adult Education, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Arts, Economic Development
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Administrator, program director, project manager and educator with interest in urban
neighborhoods, community organizing and storytelling.

• Strategic thinking
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• Group Facilitation
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I am not OK a perspective from U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

I am not OK

I am tired, completely and utterly tired. No, actually I’m exhausted. This is something that a leader is not supposed to say; but it’s whatever. Let me explain. I am hosting a series of zoom meetings as part of my campaign for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. My district is a beautiful place with amazing people in northwestern Connecticut and includes large urban cities, affluent suburbs and small rural and farming communities. There are 41…

Overview of the National Eviction Moratorium

Posted on October 9, 2020 at 5:20pm 0 Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took has unprecedented action on September 1 by issuing a temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Citing the historic threat to public health posed by coronavirus, the CDC declared that an eviction moratorium would help ensure people are able to practice social distancing and comply with stay at home orders.  The moratorium took effect September 4 and last until…


People First Language: Who are People with Disabilities?

Posted on October 8, 2020 at 11:36am 0 Comments

People with disabilities are — first and foremost — people. People with disabilities are people who have individual abilities, interests and needs. For the most part, they are ordinary individuals seeking to live ordinary lives. People with disabilities are moms, dads, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends, neighbors, coworkers, students and teachers.  About 54 million Americans — one out of every five individuals — have a disability. Their contributions enrich our communities…


FREE COVID testing in New Haven

Posted on October 7, 2020 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

Below are dates, times and locations for FREE COVID testing in New Haven.


  • Whalley Commons, 1471 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, October 5, 7 & 12, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • New Haven Green, Northwest Corner @ Temple & Elm Streets October 6, 13 & 17, 8:30 am - 4:00…

Reimagining Philanthropy: Towards Relationships, Trust, Abundance, and Radical Love

Posted on October 7, 2020 at 4:45pm 0 Comments

By Galina Angarova

Sain Bainaa, Hundete Nuheduut/ Greetings dear friends. My name is Galina Angarova and I come from the Ekhirit Nation of the Buryat Peoples in Siberia. I was born and raised in a traditional community where storytelling, ceremonies, communicating with the land and our ancestors was part of our daily lives. Before my work in philanthropy and fundraising, I was an on-the-ground organizer who relied on philanthropy to resource…


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At 11:04am on August 13, 2020, Sarah Lockery said…

Hi Lee,

Thanks for your welcome.  Rather than join the community as an individual, can The Children's Center of Hamden join?


At 4:53pm on April 1, 2020, Ray Andrewsen said…

Hi there Lee. Glad to join with everyone in my new role as Director of Membership Services with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

At 12:25pm on February 4, 2019, Gina Bingham said…

Thanks Lee!  Happy to join this wonderful community!

At 1:46pm on July 15, 2018, Anthony McClean said…


At 2:57pm on February 16, 2018, Naomi Shiloh said…

Hi Lee,

Thank you very much for the warm welcome and all the information! I am excited to be joining the GNC community. I'll be sure to let you know if I have any questions.



At 2:35pm on October 25, 2017, Sara Hashmi said…

Thank you Lee!

At 5:54pm on October 24, 2016, Hilary Opperman said…

Thank you for the helpful comments, Lee.



At 1:13am on October 23, 2016, Olivia C Henderson said…

Hi Lee, 

How can I get other members to view my page.

Thank you, Olivia C. Henderson

At 6:38pm on July 7, 2015, Mary Stager said…

Thank you very much, Lee! I am glad to be part of the community!


At 2:02pm on March 25, 2015, Jill Meyerhoff said…

Thank you Lee. This is great!!!


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Foreclosure Risk is Growing, With No Relief in Sight

Homeowners and small landlords are under mounting pressure, as lost income related to COVID-19 leaves them with month after month of unpaid debt and limited ability to catch up. The loss of wealth could impact the next generation and beyond, especially in communities of color, warns LISC’s Denise Scott. “Just as COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on the health of Black and Brown families, so too is it exacerbating our racial wealth gap, which already saps so much from our national potential.”

Unlocking Corporate Treasuries for Racial Equity: A Podcast with LISC's George Ashton

George Ashton III, who oversees LISC's Strategic Investments department, joined a recent episode of the podcast Money + Meaning to discuss LISC's Black Economic Development Fund. The conversation delved into the growth of CDFIs and their role in economic development and how more corporations can direct their capital towards systems change that promotes racial equity.

How CDFIs and the UN Can Align the Measure of their Common Goals

By adopting a set of universal benchmarks established by the United Nations—the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs—Community Development Financial Institutions can streamline the way they measure and demonstrate the investments they've been making for decades to help create equity and wellbeing for people and places in the United States. A blog by LISC's Anna Smukowski and the OFN's Andrea Longton explains how and why.

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