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Apply Now for the 2018 Neighborhood Leadership Program!

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on December 15, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Library screening and discussion: Frontline's "Life on Parole"

"With unique access, go inside an effort in Connecticut to change the way parole works and reduce the number of people returning to prison. In collaboration with The New York Times, the film follows four former prisoners as they navigate the challenges of their first year on parole." - Frontline…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on December 14, 2017 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Building Connections Through Local Media

The voices of people starting over after coming home from prison are raised on “Criminal Justice Insider,” a new radio show sponsored by The Community Foundation on the New Haven Independent…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on December 14, 2017 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Funding Opportunities to Support Women & Girls and the Environment

Grant Processes Open

New Haven, CT (December 5, 2017) - The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the region’s permanent endowment and largest grantmaker to local nonprofits, announces two grant opportunities with application deadlines in January.

The Community Fund for Women & Girls is accepting applications for the 2018 grants cycle through Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Grants are awarded to gender-specific…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on December 7, 2017 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Help Hurricane Victims in New Haven

You can Help Hurricane Maria Survivors in New Haven. Please Spread the Word...

U.S. Citizens whose lives have been severely disrupted by Hurricane Maria, who have lost their homes, their jobs, and in some cases their loved ones, are arriving in New Haven every day. These fellow U.S. citizens come here because of a family or a historic connection to our city. Like most disaster victims they arrive with few…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on November 29, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Food for the Homebound

FISH of Greater New Haven strengthened the safety net for local veterans this past year through a new partnership with the West Haven VA. FISH, which delivers fresh food to the homebound, now also provides food to veterans who recently moved into supportive housing.

The new service targeting…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on November 16, 2017 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Living Life to the Fullest at Chapel Haven

Over four decades, Chapel Haven has gained an international reputation for running innovative programs that teach adults with developmental and social disabilities how to live independent lives. Now the pioneering school is building on that success with an expansion of its campus in New Haven’s…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on November 2, 2017 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Bridges: Sixty Years of Community-based Mental Health

At a time when mental health funding continues to fall short of meeting the need, Bridges remains more committed than ever to treating people, regardless of their income levels, who suffer from opioid addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other mental health disorders. 

“We look forward to further…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 26, 2017 at 10:41am — No Comments

Final Chance to Attend Last Neighborhood Leadership Orientation Session

Attention area residents!

Do you have a project in mind to improve your neighborhood?

Join us at the last orientation session of the Neighborhood Leadership Program - an eight month training and grant program that supports community leaders in imagining, developing, testing and realizing projects which build community and provide positive outcomes in:

  • New Haven
  • East Haven
  • West…
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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 20, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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? 

Read the post at …

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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

Imagine. Inform. Invest. Inspire.

Working together to build a stronger community - now and forever

Neighborhoods: What is Working

When Disaster Hits, Your First Responder Probably Will Not Be a First Responder

The FIRST assets in a disaster are neighbors. In fact, it turns out that while your neighbors have everything to do with your immediate chances in a disaster, your neighbors and their collective extended connections determine how well and how fast your community will recover.

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.

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

Home for the Holidays, and for Good

This is the story of Michael Elliot, who was homeless and fighting cancer when his life took a sharp turn for the better. Through a unique partnership with ProMedica Health in Toledo, where he was receiving treatment, Elliot was introduced to a LISC Financial Opportunity Center. There, he worked with a financial coach, who helped him secure a safe, affordable apartment and even begin saving money—all within a few months. Said Elliot, “It’s the greatest thing in the world that I have a place to call home.”

Kindling Hope in a Chicago Neighborhood

You can feel the change, say residents. Police data show it, too. In just one year, crime and violence have dropped precipitously in Englewood, a Chicago neighborhood where LISC has long partnered with local leaders, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. How did it change? A concerted mix of strategic policing and community engagement, says Julia Ryan, LISC’s VP for health & safety—the very approach LISC supports in Englewood and dozens of communities across the country.

LISC Pledges New Commitment to Health

LISC has invested deeply in the health and wellbeing of people in the places where we work for 40 years. But we’re upping the ante. President and CEO Maurice Jones calls partners to join us in upending health disparities through tailored investments in communities, and designing a plan to assess the health outcomes of our broad work in economic development, housing, safety and financial stability.

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