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The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven makes grants and distributions that carry out the intentions of donors and organizations, while responding to community needs and taking advantage of emerging opportunities.

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How We Do It

The Foundation fulfills its mission by adhering to donor's wishes to make grants to their favorite charities, by responding to the community’s top priorities and by undertaking initiatives in collaboration with other philanthropic leaders in the community.

Grants are made possible through the generosity of thousands of donors over three generations who have created funds or given to any one of the approximately 900 funds managed by The Foundation (including its affiliate the Valley Community Foundation).

  • Unrestricted and preference funds distribute millions each year through the responsive new grants process to address the immediate needs of the community. These funds are also used to support Foundation initiatives that address current issues and seize opportunities for the benefit of the community.
  • Donor advised, designated and Organization Funds name specific non-profits as beneficiaries and are not open to a competitive application process.
  • Scholarship funds make distributions to educational institutions on behalf of the students who are awarded scholarships. Eligibility criteria for each scholarship varies.

Click here to read The Community Foundation's Guiding Principles for Nonprofits: Leadership, Evaluation and Sound Management.

Click here for How an Idea Becomes a Grant

Grants listed below are just a portion of the approximately $20 million distributed each year by The Community Foundation to nonprofit organizations. They are made possible from unrestricted, preference and select donor advised funds. They reflect the proactive leadership role taken by The Community Foundation on certain issues and fund the competitive, responsive new grants process.

2013 Grants Awarded

2012 Grants Awarded
2011 Grants Awarded
2010 Grants Awarded

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