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 entitled FEMINISM: The Common Denominator? featuring feminists Linda Sarsour (co-chair of The Women's March 2017 and lead plaintiff in the travel ban lawsuit Sarsour v Trump) and Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation.

As national leaders, Sarsour and Traister shared their thoughts on feminism, activism and the issues at the core of feminism. Sarsour and Traister also shared thoughts on finding common ground with diverging views and moving beyond differences. The conversation was moderated by Kica Matos, Chair of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Board of Directors. The event was held at the New Haven Lawn Club.

In addition to the event’s speakers, the Community Fund for Women and Girls announced 2017 grant awards totaling $80,950 to nonprofits in Greater New Haven. Nine area nonprofits were awarded grants ranging from $20,000 to $2,250. The grants will be used to support a broad range of projects that promote the social and economic advancement of women and girls. 
"This year's grantees reflect the breadth and diversity of women's and girls' experiences and strengths,” says Board Chair Janna Wagner. “We are delighted to see so many organizations approaching their work through a gender justice lens and we know that their work will improve the wellbeing of our entire community."

2017 Grant Recipients in Alphabetical Order:

Believe in Me Empowerment Corporation, Powerful Women

$10,000 to support the implementation of a gender responsive expressive healing program for a minimum of 48 women in recovery which will serve as an outlet to express thoughts and feelings that result from past traumas. 

Christian Community Action, Raising a New Generation of Leaders

$9,750 to support the continuation and expansion of Mothers for Justice's empowerment work with girls ages 14-19 that will increase their skills, confidence and knowledge about how to have their voices heard on issues that are important to them. 

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The Connecticut Project to Comprehensively Combat Human Trafficking 

$10,000 to support the Trafficking in Persons Council's replication study which seeks to develop sustainable anti-trafficking efforts with input of those working on the ground. The project consists of community-based participatory research and the creation of a Connecticut Action Plan to combat trafficking based on the results of the aforementioned research.

Connecticut Women's Education & Legal Fund, Bilingual Community

$20,000 to support the continuation and enhancement of the Bilingual Community Advocacy project and Advocacy Fellowship program in the Greater New Haven area, particularly to 170-200 under-served Latina populations.

LEAP, Mentoring Girls Through Learning to Code and Making a Splash 

$10,000 to support the enhancement and deepening of the "Learning to Code" computer class and "Making a Splash" swim lessons programs as a means of increasing over 300 girls' self-confidence, self-esteem, and academic abilities within a supportive, girls-only environment. 

New Haven Farms, Women's Community Health Ambassadors 

$4,250 to support the Women's Community Health Ambassador (CHA) program in training six women graduates of the New Haven Farms’ farm-based wellness program, providing summer work positions, and cultivating a network of women in the Fair Haven community who are building a culture of advocacy around their health and wellness goals.

Spanish Community of Wallingford, Girl Employment Program $10,000 to support the hiring of 3 Hispanic teenage girls to assist in the planning and execution of two youth leadership and one STEM program with a total of 80 participants. 

St. Martin de Porres Academy, Girls Leadership Program 
$2,250 to support a newly established co-curricular program that centers around developing leadership skills and self-confidence in St. Martin de Porres' female students.  

Women and Family Life Center, Financial Education for Women
$4,700 to support the provision of small workshops and one-on-one financial consultations to approximately 80 low-to-moderate-income women to empower them with the tools to achieve financial stability/sustainability.


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Community Fund for Women & Girls Annual Meeting

FEMINISM: The Common Denominator?

A Conversation with Feminist Leaders

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 


Linda Sarsour

Co-chair of The Women's March 2017

Rebecca Traister
Author of All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Moderated by Kica Matos

Chair, The Community Foundation Board of Directors

New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

RSVP By Friday, June 2, 2017
Call 203-777-7067 or complete the registration form below:

Celebrating 20 Years of Advancing Women and Girls

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” Gloria Steinem 

Video directed/produced by Travis Carbonella.

The Community Fund for Women & Girls celebrated its 20th Anniversary on Friday October 30, 2015 with special guests Gloria Steinem and Teresa Younger. 

View photos from the 20th Anniversary event. The Community Fund for Women & Girls awarded its first ever six-figure grant in 2015 thanks to the generosity of donors who support its mission. Read the press release about all 2015 grants from the fund.

Stay informed. Read Investing With A Gender Lens, The Community Foundation's latest issue brief. 

Special thanks to United Illuminating Company and Southern Connecticut Gas, subsidiary companies of UIL Holdings Corporation, for supporting the event at the Presenting Sponsor level and to Fund Advocate Sponsors: USTrust/Bank of America, Wiggin & Dana and Yale New Haven Hospital. 

Read about the event:

New Haven Register (+video): Gloria Steinem tells New Haven Audience fight for women's rights ongoing at state, local level

New Haven Independent: Steinem, We Still Have Far to Go

Watch the Women Making Waves video highlighting the extraordinary pledge of $1 Million by a local woman to the Community Fund for Women & Girls - and her request of you to be bold and audacious in your support of women and girls, too.


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