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Reports on the Status of Women and Girls

The State of Girls 2017: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends (Girl Scouts USA - 2017)

The Status of Women in Connecticut's Workforce(CTPCSW - 2014)

The Status of Women & Girls in New Haven (2012)
Read the Community Fund for Women & Girls' overview of this report here

Connecticut Women's Groups

Connecticut Children's Groups

National Women's Sites

Blogs for Women and Girls

Resources for Women's Philanthropy

Partners in Advancing Women


  Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut   The Agency on Aging of South Central CT
AASCC empowers adults to remain as independent and engaged as possible within their communities through advocacy, information and service.
  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority   Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Tau Xi Omega
The Sorority's mission of“Service to All Mankind” is well represented in its health and global poverty initiatives which focus on programs addressing the universal problems concerning women and girls.
  Albertus Magnus College  

Albertus Magnus College
A former Women's college founded in 1925 by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace), Albertus Magnus is a now a four-year, private, liberal arts, coeducational, degree-granting college offering undergraduate and graduate programs.

  All Our Kin   All Our Kin
All Our Kin, Inc., is a nationally-recognized, Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains community child care providers in order to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life.
  Aurora Foundation  

Aurora Foundation
This foundation engages in strategic grantmaking that supports and empowers women and girls of all ages in Greater Hartford.

  Boys & Girls Club of New Haven   Boys & Girls Club of New Haven
The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is part of a nationwide affiliation of local, independent, community-based organizations that provide young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
  CABO: LGBT Chamber of Commerce   The Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities CABO's mission is to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender (LGBT) and LGBT-allied organizations, thereby fostering a more inclusive and vibrant Connecticut economy.
  Christian Community Action   Christian Community Action
Christian Community Action is a faith-based not-for-profit ecumenical social services agency in New Haven, Connecticut. Their mission is to provide emergency shelter and transitional housing, food, advocacy and leadership education and training and other support to those who are poor, in particular families that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  Community Services Administration   Community Services Administration
New Haven's CSA is committed to addressing the health and well being of all New Haven residents.

Resource: Health Matters
  Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund   Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
Since 1973 CWEALF has worked to advance women's rights and opportunities in Connecticut. With special expertise in family law, sex discrimination in employment and education, hate crimes and LGBT civil rights, CWEALF is dedicated to ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and low-income people.
Resource: Generating Girls’ Opportunities.
    Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame
An educational outreach organization whose mission is to honor publicly the achievements of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls.
     Family Centered Services of CT (formerly Coordinated Council for Children in Crisis)
Family Centered Services works to prevent abuse, neglect and victimization across the life span and to serve those affected by providing home visiting and outreach, parenting education, family strengthening activities, counseling and advocacy to children and adults.

Resources: Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail ; Curriculum Program

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (New Haven Alumnae Chapter)   Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (New Haven Alumnae Chapter)
Founded on Christian principles, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a non-profit organization of women historically committed to public service.
  Dwight Hall at Yale   Dwight Hall at Yale
The mission of Dwight Hall at Yale is “to foster civic-minded student leaders and to promote service and activism in New Haven and around the world.”
Resource: Spring 2012 Guide to Service and Advocacy
  East Rock Village   East Rock Village
East Rock Village, Inc. is a private not-for-profit corporation founded to provide its members with the opportunities, services, and confidence they need to remain active participants in the life of the community, living their lives to the fullest as they grow older in the comfort of their own homes.
  Fair Haven Community Health Center   Fair Haven Community Health Center
A not-for-profit primary health care organization that has been dedicated to serving the greater Fair Haven Community since 1971. They provide comprehensive health care – from prenatal to pediatric, adolescent to adult and geriatric.
  Get in Touch   Get In Touch Foundation
The Foundation encourages women of all ages to get in touch with their bodies, information and each other in the crusade against breast cancer.
  Girl Scouts of Connecticut   Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Since 1912, Girl Scouts has helped Connecticut girls build courage, confidence and character.
  Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs Inc.   Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs Inc.
Our vision is to provide more equitable access of college preparatory resources and services to a broad range of students and their families who have a history of being deprived and who as a consequence are underrepresented in the pool of academically high-achieving students.
  Institute for Women’s Policy Research   Institute for Women’s Policy Research
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialog, and strengthen families, communities, and societies..
  Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven   Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
The Federation's mission is to lead, build, strengthen and renew a dynamic local Jewish community and to provide support and caring for Jewish people in our community, Israel and worldwide.
Resource: 2010 Greater New Haven Jewish Community Population Study summary report
  Jewish Foundation   Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven
The Foundation is a resource for charitable giving and endowments and serves as a partner and resource for synagogues, local Jewish agencies, professional advisors and donors.
  Junior League of Greater New Haven   Junior League of Greater New Haven
Founded in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven is a not-for-profit women's volunteer organization that has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
  Junior Women's Club of Milford Logo   Connecticut Junior Women Inc.
A volunteer organization of women with diverse talents who donate their time, financial, and moral support for the betterment of their local, state, national, and global communities while providing opportunities for personal growth and leadership.
Resource: Bluebook 2010-2011
    Together for Latinas Inc. (formerly Latina A.R.M.Y.)
A volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and empower young Latinas by providing inspirational role models and introducing powerful life skills for personal excellence.
Resource: Resources for Lantinas
  The Links Incorporated   The Links Inc.
One of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
  Mary Wade   The Mary Wade Home
Mary Wade provides the highest quality medical and social programs and supervised residential services for those in need.
  Middlesex County Logo   Middlesex County Community Foundation
Since 1997, The Foundation has been enhancing and improving the quality of life in the Middlesex County area by assisting donors in meeting their charitable objectives.
  Milford Rape Crisis Center   Rape Crisis Center
The Center's mission is to end sexual assault through education and to empower victims to regain control of their lives through high quality, comprehensive, and culturally competent sexual assault victim services. It serves Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, and West Haven.
  Milford Yound Women's Club   GFWC Milford Young Women's Club
As a member of General Federation of Women's Club of CT and General Federation of Women's Clubs, the Milford Club is part of an international organization with a mission to provide volunteer services, respond to challenges, and to seize a crisis as an opportunity for moving forward.
    Griswold Home Care
Griswold provides care recipients and their families with affordable, quality home help for the elderly and individuals in need.
  Mothers of Justice   Mothers for Justice
MFJ was founded in 1993 by women who received services or support from Christian Community Action and came together to influence governmental efforts to reform the welfare system.
  New Haven Healthy Start   New Haven Healthy Start
New Haven Healthy start is a program that helps pregnant women and mothers deliver healthy and happy babies. Its primary goal is to reduce the infant mortality and morbidity rate in the City of New Haven.
     New Reach Inc. (formerly New Haven Home Recovery) 
Their mission is to promote the independence of women and children confronted with homelessness, HIV/AIDS and behavioral health issues in a supportive environment where their potential can be realized.
    The New Haven Independent
NHI is a hyperlocal online news service that provides round the clock coverage of New Haven.
  Planned Parenthood of South New England   Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
PPSNE's mission is to protect the fundamental right of all individuals to manage their own fertility and sexual health and to ensure access to the services, education and information to realize that right.
  Solar Youth   Solar Youth
Solar Youth provides opportunities for young people to develop a positive sense of self and connection and commitment to others through programs that incorporate environmental exploration, leadership and community service.
    Southern CT Gas
SCG is commited to supporting and strengthening community programs in order to improve the quality of life within our service territory.
      Southern Connecticut State University - Women's Studies
 SCSU's Women's Studies program is committed to integrating scholarly inquiry, critical problem-solving methods, professional training, cooperative leadership skills, and practical strategies for intervention in real-life situations affecting the well-being of women locally and globally.
    Start Bank of New Haven
Start Bank is committed to creating a better quality of life for the residents of New Haven by providing loans to residents and businesses that support affordable housing and create new jobs.
  The Diaper Bank   The Diaper Bank
The Diaper Bank works to ensure that all families living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants and toddlers; to raise community awareness that "basic human needs" include diapers but that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty; and to advocate for policy reform so that diapers are included in the definition of and provision for the "basic human needs" of families.
Resource: Diaper Act Bill
  The Group With No Name   The Group With No Name
Founded in 2001 by friends who love New Haven, TGWNN seeks to turns residents into citizens. Members engage in social, civic and educational activities that in turn increase their understanding of and commitment to city issues and city life.
    The United Illuminating Company
UI is a New Haven-based regional electric distribution company established in 1899.
  United Way Women's Initiative   United Way Women's Initiative
This Women's Initiative provides an opportunity to share visions, expertise and resources to advance the common good for children and families in Greater New Haven.
Resource: Brochure
  Visiting Nurse Association   Visiting Nurse Association of SCC
VNA Health Systems is a community based organization dedicated to providing a wide array of high-quality health services for individuals in the home and community.
  WFF Logo   Women Faculty Forum
Yale University's Women Faculty Forum was established to foster gender equity throughout the university; promote scholarship on gender and scholarship about and by women across all schools of the university; promote mentoring, collaboration, and networking.
  Women & Family Life Center   Women & Family Life Center
The Women & Family Life (W&FL) Center serves women and their families who are either facing an acute crisis or merely want to improve the quality of their life. W&FL operates on a simple concept: it is a place for individuals on the shoreline to access support, education, information, and referrals.
  Women’s Business Development Council   Women’s Business Development Council
The Leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut. WBDC programs and services infuse the ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ through workshops, long-term series and counseling.
  Women’s Health Research at Yale   Women’s Health Research at Yale
Founded in 1998, they fund interdisciplinary research on women's health and gender differences in health and disease. Part of the Yale School of Medicine, they raise funds to support scientific investigations and communicate findings to the community.
Resources: “Stress Can Overwhelm Self-Control”; Women’s Health Research at Yale Video Archive
  WSHU Public Radio Group   WSHU
WSHU keeps you informed with coverage of local and national headlines
Resource: Listen


Philanthropy Blogs

Philanthropy Courses

Learning to Give - the world's leading developer of lessons and resources that teach giving and volunteerism, civic engagement, and character through service learning.

Women's Donor Education Programs - advancing women’s philanthropy initiatives in nonprofits around the country. Even if institutions do not have formal initiatives, they can sponsor donor education programs individually, or join with others in the community to sponsor regional or city-wide educational opportunities.

"I'm A Philanthropist" - Video

I'm A Philanthropist: How Women Are Changing America's Charitable Landscape.

This full-length documentary was created by The Community Fund for Women & Girls in 2010 to be used by individuals, associations, organizations and others to encourage women to think about and act on their philanthropy, individually and collectively. The documentary, in its entirety, is available in dvd format upon request or viewable online via the links below.

Trailer (above)


What is Women's Philanthropy?

The Individual

The Next Generation

What's Next?

Sample Discussion Questions:

  • Where and from whom did you learn about giving and philanthropy?
  • What are your earliest recollections of volunteering?
  • What role does philanthropy have in our society?
  • Who is your philanthropic role model and why?
  • What gift have you made that you are most proud of and why?
  • What causes are you most passionate about?
  • What are the best ways to teach children about giving?
  • If money was no object, what would you do with it to make the world a better place?
  • What changes do you believe would make our society better for women and girls?
  • What do you want your legacy to be? Or how to want to be remembered?

Books, Reports & Publications

Causes Women Support (2010) - a report from Women Give which examines the differences between men and women's giving by charitable area.

Giving USA Annual Report on American Philanthropy

A Sense of Place (2010) - "A Short History of Women’s Philanthropy in America" from The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

What's Next for Philanthropy - Executive Summary

Women's Funds - Foundation Center Report

Women Give 2010 Report

Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World (Sept. 2010) - a book by Sondra Shaw-Hardy, Martha A. Taylor, and Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz providing valuable insight into the world of Women's philanthropy.

Selected Bibliography on Women's Philanthropy


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