Civic Vitality Snapshot

Building Engagement

Source: Greater New Haven Community Index 2016

A community thrives when its people are engaged in its institutions and in each other, and when they have access to safe streets, good sources of information, and places to gather. In Greater New Haven, most adults volunteer or give to local causes, and most believe that they or their neighbors can effect change at a local level.

Other measures of civic wellbeing, however, show disparities between our higher and lower income neighborhoods. According to the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey, more than seven in ten residents of Greater New Haven's high-income neighborhoods say that they feel safe taking walks at night. Less than half the residents of low-income neighborhoods do. Closing these and other gaps is critical to ensuring that a vibrant community is accessible to all.

See these and other indicators in The Community Progress Report: Measuring the Wellbeing of Greater New Haven.

What the Community Foundation is Doing

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven supports a broad spectrum of organizations and initiatives that cultivate an engaged civic culture.

Recent Highlights:

  • 2016 Grant Recipients Include: Center for Children’s Advocacy, Emerge Connecticut Inc., New Haven Legal Assistance Association and the Pro Bono Partnership.
    • The Neighborhood Leadership Program at The Community Foundation annually trains 20-30 local leaders and supports their neighborhood projects.
    • The Foundation has invested more than $2 million in New Haven Community Gardens and Community Greenspaces since the program’s inception in 1995. The New Haven Land Trust now maintains 45 community gardens in New Haven that produce food for local students and residents.
    • The Community Foundation is a founding investor of and continues to fund the Online Journalism Project, publisher of New Haven Independent, Valley Independent Sentinel, and the Branford Eagle.
    • The Community Foundation was a core funder of DataHaven’s publication of The Greater New Haven Community Index 2016
    • A grant to Christian Community Action Agency supported the Mothers For Justice advocacy group’s effort on TANF reform. The result was the passage of State Senate Bill 106 in the summer of 2014. The new Bill mandates the inclusion of the pursuit of a GED or higher education degree as allowable work activities under the TANF program, further supporting the advancement and economic security of individuals in the program.
    • A grant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy the organization’s work toward the passage of Public Act 15-96 which prohibits most out-of-school suspension and expulsions for children in preschool through second grade.


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