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Friends of New Haven Animal Shelter give their time and hearts to animals in need

At the New Haven Animal Shelter, it takes a village to help abandoned dogs and cats find their forever homes. Although the city funds and staffs the shelter, the dedicated volunteers with the Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter provide vital assistance with socializing the animals and getting them…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on July 27, 2017 at 11:31am — No Comments

Audubon CT Helps Neighbors Build Urban Oases

When migratory songbirds reach New Haven after flying across Long Island Sound, they immediately hunt for safe perches on which to rest and recover. Audubon Connecticut’s Urban Oases initiative ensures that even in the heart of this urban area, a corridor of green habitats is…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on July 20, 2017 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Protecting Our Air, Land and Water

After decades of effort, the health of Long Island Sound is beginning show signs of improvement. But long stretches of coastal waters remain imperiled by pollution. Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save The Sound is on a mission to clean them and continue protecting the region’s air, water, and…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on July 13, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Planting Trees and Growing Leaders

When neighbors transform a vacant lot or trash strewn curbside into a flowering pocket park or garden, they are doing more than planting bulbs and shrubs. They are building strong communities where people care about one another and the places where they live.

For more than two decades, the Community Greenspace…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on July 6, 2017 at 10:24am — No Comments

Stopping Hunger With Summer Meals

When classes let out in June, children who depend on school breakfasts and lunches are at risk of going hungry. End Hunger Connecticut! leads a statewide campaign to prevent this suffering by helping schools keep cafeterias open and offering free meals throughout the summer.

“We work with the school…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on June 27, 2017 at 11:51am — No Comments

The Community Fund for Women and Girls Talks Feminism and Activism; Awards $80,950 to Projects Advancing Gender Equity

New Haven, CT (June 14, 2017) – The Community Fund for Women & Girls, Greater New Haven’s permanent charitable endowment dedicated solely to advancing women and girls, held its annual event June 14…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on June 15, 2017 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Nonprofits: Be heard on the state budget

The Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance is issuing a last call to nonprofits to complete a survey on the impact of no state budget.

While the General Assembly failed to vote on the final FY18-19 biennial budget before the constitutionally mandated midnight, legislative…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on June 8, 2017 at 10:01am — No Comments

Literacy Volunteers Change Lives

People seek help from the Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven for many reasons. Some want to improve their literacy to find a better job. Others want the enriching experience of reading stories to their children or grandchildren. For non-native speakers, learning how to read…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on June 7, 2017 at 4:51pm — No Comments

The Corner of Hope and Love

Teenagers who couch surf and live on the streets are at a high risk of growing up to be homeless adults. Working to break this cycle, Youth Continuum is constructing Winchester Manor, housing with supportive services for vulnerable young men and women ages 18 -24.  

“This is the…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on June 1, 2017 at 11:39am — No Comments

Threats to Immigrants Impact Us All

In recent decades, Greater New Haven has been a destination for a historically large and diverse number of immigrants. One in eight residents are first-generation immigrants, part of a modern U.S. immigration wave that began in 1965 and accelerated in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Most immigrants are…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on May 25, 2017 at 11:37am — No Comments

In It Together

We are in it together.…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on May 16, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

New Nonprofit Participants Give Old Timers Run for Their Money

Grand Prizes Won by Nonprofits Providing Land Preservation, Services to Refugees and Immigrants, and Engaging Youth

New Haven, CT (May 4, 2017) – The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (The Community Foundation) thanks the thousands of people who united over 36 hours during The Great…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on May 5, 2017 at 9:12am — No Comments

Plant Therapy

In late 2010, the doors were about to close on the Greenbrier Greenhouse Program. For more than three decades, the innovative social enterprise had provided jobs at the historic Edgerton Park Gardens and Greenhouse to adults with autism and other developmental and physical disabilities. Tending plants…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 27, 2017 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Women Investing in Second Chances

The women arrive every morning at 9 a.m., dressed in skirt suits and pant suits and looking ready for business. For four weeks they come together to collaborate on the most important work of their lives – themselves.

They are participants in Women Investing in Second Chances (W.I.N.S.) at the job-training…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 20, 2017 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Teaching skills/transforming lives

“This place is going to help a lot of people, not just in terms of job training and employment, but also to be a beacon for the city,” says ConnCat Executive Director Erik Clemons. “For our students, it’s not just about getting people jobs. It’s about how they feel about themselves…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 13, 2017 at 11:57am — No Comments

Engaging donors for The Great Give® and other campaigns

How do you identify potential donors? What information do donors want to know about your organization? How can you move current donors to make larger gifts? What are the best practices around stewarding your donors year round to keep them engaged?

The recorded podcast was presented by Jackie Downing, Director of Grantmaking and Nonprofit Effectiveness at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. …

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 13, 2017 at 11:53am — No Comments

Clearing the Hurdles to Higher Ed

Higher Heights builds a community of college-bound students. Photo provided by Higher Heights.

Thirteen years ago, Higher Heights stepped in to help underrepresented college-bound students in Greater New Haven. Now, the…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 6, 2017 at 11:13am — No Comments

Creativity Blooms at the Amity Teen Center

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Weekends are rocking at the Amity Teen Center. On Friday and Saturday nights, crowds can swell to over 100 young people coming out to listen to line-ups of four or five bands. Chances are, they heard about the…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on March 30, 2017 at 12:16pm — No Comments

A Second Home

Every day after school, each young child and teenager who walks through the doors of the New Haven Boys and Girls Club is welcomed by name and given a high five. An afternoon packed with activity awaits them, from homework help, to art and technology projects, to basketball and other athletics.…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on March 16, 2017 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Leaders of Today

At the heart of Citywide Youth Coalition’s mission is creating opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills and be engaged in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. Now more than four-decades old, the youth organization supports and runs programs based on the…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on March 9, 2017 at 12:58pm — No Comments

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Working together to build a stronger community - now and forever

Neighborhoods: What is Working

How Community Animators Work Around the World

Transcription of John and Peter's July 25th conversation with Cormac Russell on his work with communities, agencies, NGOs and governments using ABCD and other strengths-based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

Our 13 Staging Posts in Learning and Developmpent

What the community animators at UK-based consulting and research organization Nurture Development have learned in the 21 years since its founding.

How Community Action Shapes Health

Deborah Puntenney has been a colleague of John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann at the Asset-Based Community Development Institute for 25 years. In this transcribed conversation, John and Peter talk with her about how her work focuses on engaging citizens to become effective co-producers of their own health and well-being.

Open Street Project

Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow to deliver an educational Open Streets Study Tour in New Brunswick, NJ from October 6th - October 8th. The Study Tour will feature classroom sessions, networking opportunities, a behind the scenes tour of New Brunswick’s industry leading Ciclovia.

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Open Streets Project Revamped

The Open Streets Project has undergone some changes over the last year. We bid a sad farewell to project co-founder, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, who are moving on to other things, and we happily welcomed a new partner, international Open Streets leader 8 80 Cities. We are excited for all the possibilities and energy this partnership will bring.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

A Market That Kindles Culture and Commerce

In St. Paul, MN, a summer celebration of arts and entrepreneurship, modeled on night markets in Asia, has galvanized commerce and culture along University Avenue. LISC's longtime partner, the Asian Economic Development Association, is leading the charge to revitalize the district, where Southeast Asian residents and businesspeople have incorporated a "a Minnesota twist."

How Arts and Culture Can Catalyze Rural Development

In an interview for Rural Voices, a publication of the Housing Assistance Council, Bob Reeder, Rural LISC's director for national programs, discusses the importance of inclusion, diversity and economic equity when bringing arts and culture into community development efforts. With those key ingredients, creative placemaking can be a winning proposition for rural revitalization.

What a Farmers Market Can Do

In honor of National Farmers Market Week (August 6 to 12), we’re recognizing the extraordinary markets that LISC has helped launch, grow and support, and how much good they bring to their communities.

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