Strengthening Nonprofits

Strengthening Nonprofits

The Community Foundation puts its charitable assets to work in the community throughout the year in the form of grants to hundreds of local nonprofits. The collective impact of these resources on the current and future needs of Greater New Haven therefore depends on well-run, sustainably-funded and strong organizations.

How we strengthen nonprofits:


Grants from designated and donor advised funds are made with the direction of donors. Competitive funding opportunities are considered through an application process and funded by flexible funds given by donors over three generations. Grants are made to support general operating costs, special projects and events, and to build organizational capacity.

Capacity Building through Workshops, Events and Knowledge Resources

The Community Foundation offers a full schedule of workshops and events designed to help nonprofit board and staff members meet the challenges of running effective organizations. Topics range from “Building an Organizational Culture” to “Communicating Impact” to “Purposeful Boards, Powerful Fundraising” with Chuck Loring. 

The Resource Center is for executive directors, nonprofit staff, board chairs and other board members.  Links are profided to information on best practices, tips and tools for organizational operations and links to resources on a variety of topics.

Mobilizing Community Giving though® and the GreatGive®® is a database of local nonprofits which increases the visibility of local organizations and attracts new donors for our community. 

The Great Give® mobilizes the entire Greater New Haven community to support great nonprofits in an annual 36-hour, on-line giving contest with matching donation prizes.

Networking online through GNH Community 

GNHCommunity is an online community of people is interested in
the good work of nonprofits in Greater New Haven. Post events, news releases, photos and videos, share information or start a discussion.

Building Sustainablity 

Investment services are available for nonprofits that wish to have their charitable assets managed according to a long-term investment model alongside The Corporation’s endowment. Organizations know their assets are managed according to the highest industry standards and best practices by The Corporation, which is a registered investment adviser under the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act.

Planned Giving services are designed to help your organization raise more money to support its mission and to allow you to offer full-fledged philanthropic services to your donors without a significant (or any) financial investment from your budget.


70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510



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