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Giving Children the Vision to Succeed

If not for the ChildSight® program, thousands of school-aged children would struggle to see the words on the blackboard or in their books. The national program, working in 32 New Haven public schools, performs vision tests and delivers free prescription eyewear to children in need. …

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 19, 2017 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico and Mexico

The Progreso Latino Fund (PLF), in partnership with a Latino-led global fundraising campaign, is sending emergency disaster relief to Puerto Rico and Mexico.…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Musical Opportunity with Music Haven

After more than a decade of teaching classical chamber music to young children, Music Haven is seeing its first students about to graduate high school and go on to college. And the program continues to be a sought after as ever. 

“We consistently have thirty to forty kids on the waiting list,” says Executive Director Mandi Jackson. “We have a ninety percent retention rate. Once they come they tend to stay. It gives them not just a passion for music, but also an avenue…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 5, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

"Valley Gives Back" Campaign Website Launched

What is the Valley Gives Back?

Planned gifts are thoughtful and intentional charitable gifts that make an impact now and in the future. There is no one-size-fits-all planned giving solution because every donor has unique philanthropic goals and objectives. The Valley Community Foundation, a partner of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, launched a community-wide planned giving initiative in May…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 28, 2017 at 10:14am — No Comments

A Passion for Choral Music

Since 1950, the New Haven Chorale has spread a joy and passion for choral music in Greater New Haven.

On October 7, 2017, it will hold an annual Gala to help it continue its mission bringing together community singers to present high-level, professionally-conducted choral music to the region. The…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 28, 2017 at 10:11am — No Comments

Scholarships Awarded for Creativity & Innovation from Milton Fisher Fund

 

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From: The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED FROM MILTON FISHER FUND

Scholarships Awarded for Creativity and Innovation to…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 26, 2017 at 3:42pm — No Comments

CT DACA Renewal Scholarship Fund

As of October 5th, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will stop taking DACA renewals. That means DACA recipients with expiring permits have only a few weeks to gather the $495 renewal application fee.

CT Students for a Dream is raising money to help DACA recipients pay for their…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 21, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Now We Will Come To Know Ourselves

Community Foundation President & CEO Will Ginsberg shares his thoughts about Charlottesville, New Haven and our community's future on The Foundation's blog.

The time of testing is upon us. Will we stand up to the powerful forces that would substitute hatred and demonization for the inclusive, unified and optimistic spirit of community that we have so painstakenly built over the decades? 

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on August 24, 2017 at 5:24pm — No Comments

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

Imagine. Inform. Invest. Inspire.

Working together to build a stronger community - now and forever

Neighborhoods: What is Working

Organizational Culture of Fear: The Shadow Side of US Culture

Don't let the title mislead you. Peter's intimate conversation with life, career and business coach CJ Liu is profound, touching and funny. Ostensibly a discussion of Peter's book Flawless Consulting, CJ says at the end, "We didn't talk about the book at all." Instead, the conversation ranged from personal transformation, integrating who you are with what you do and outlets for pain and rage to freedom, authenticity, courage and the power of co-creation--plus yoga, cartoons, parenting and much more.

The Problem With Problems

One of the reasons we may have so little productive citizen creativity at the local level is that people buy into the belief that the purpose of getting together is to deal with a problem. There is another purpose that is probably more important: engagement that mobilizes citizen creativity and contributions.

Who Has the Skills to Build Community? We All Do

Transcription of John and Peter's September 12th conversation with YES! Magazine co-founder Sarah van Gelder on her 12,000-mile cross-country journey learning from people who were re-making America from the ground up and how it led to starting up a new project: PeoplesHub, an online space where communities can learn and share the skills of making powerful change.

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.

The post Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

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

#CraftingSomethingGreat in Duluth

In an op-ed for the Duluth News Tribune, Pam Kramer enumerates the plans, investments, collaborations and creative sparks that have turned an area of blight and brownfield into the Lincoln Park Craft District. The humming, entrepreneurial neighborhood has become a model for how to leverage local craft manufacturing to fuel community revitalization, says Duluth LISC’s executive director.

In San Diego, LISC is an Engine that Accelerates Opportunity

An in-depth article in the San Diego Union Tribune touted LISC’s new fund to spur affordable housing creation in a city facing a serious shortage. We beg to differ with the “little-known” descriptor in the article’s title, but the account of LISC’s 25 years of work in underinvested San Diego neighborhoods illustrates our role perfectly.

A Safe, Affordable Haven for LGBTQ Seniors

Town Hall Apartments in Chicago is an extraordinary—and rare—example of affordable housing geared for LGBTQ seniors, many of whom enter their later years with few resources after a lifetime of discrimination. It’s community development at its best, helping people access opportunities and stabilize their lives. In recognition of LGBTQ History Month, we throw a spotlight on Town Hall and hope it will serve as a path-breaking model for communities everywhere.

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