News & Events

Informing and engaging the community are primary ways we fulfill our mission to create positive and sustainable change in Greater New Haven.

Recent News

Blackbaud Security Incident »


Notice: A data security incident has involved one of our third-party service providers, the cloud software company Blackbaud.

Hamden student creates scholarship fund for classmates at The Community Foundation thanks to AT&T grant »


The Community Foundation has received a $15,000 contribution from AT&T to help establish a scholarship fund to benefit Hamden High School students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

New CEO Announced for The Children's Center of Hamden »


Selma N. Ward takes the helm of the 186-year-old agency.

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Upcoming Events

NOTICE: Until further notice, all events will take place online (not in person). Please visit for the most up-to-date information, including plans around event cancellations, postponements or adjustments.

Virtually Hug Your Donors and Keep Them Close (RECORDED) »


Examine the principles of donor stewardship, from first-time donors to legacy gifts

A New Age for Raising Money (RECORDED) »


With event fundraising off the table for the foreseeable future, learn about essential elements to help you raise money now and going forward.

Special Financial Planning Opportunities With a Focus on Charitable Planning (RECORDED) »


Review strategies to help take advantage of special one-time opportunities, including conversation strategies that are most effective in communicating with donors at times like this.

Legal Considerations for Re-Opening Nonprofits to Employees and the Public (RECORDED) »


A review of important issues nonprofits may face when re-opening from the COVID-19 pandemic

Creating Your Emergency Succession Plans (RECORDED) »


Get all the tools you need to independently craft emergency succession plans

Online Tools and Tips for Successful Virtual Events and Productive Meetings (RECORDED) »


Explore best practices of virtual meeting and event platforms and decide what’s right for you

Please GRANT Our Wish! (RECORDED) »


How to search for grants in these crazy times

Board Chairs Roundtable »


Aug. 26, 2020: Join other seated and rising Board Chairs to share experiences and compare challenges

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Past Events

Recaps and highlights of past Foundation events, convenings and small briefings.

The Foundation's donor briefing series offers in-depth presentations and discussions about issues impacting our community, such as immigration, media, arts sustainability and health care access.

Learn more about donor briefings

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic »


A discussion with Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS.

Video Briefing: Food Relief During Covid-19 »


Steve Werlin, Executive Director of Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, discusses the growing need for food relief.

Video Briefing: Responding to COVID-19 »


On April 8, President and CEO Will Ginsberg and Senior Vice President for Grantmaking and Strategy Christina Ciociola provided donors with an update on The Community Foundation’s response to COVID-19.

Foundation Donors Celebrated at Annual Lunch »


Foundation donors thanked and celebrated for their generosity and community commitment over lunch at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven.

Champion of the Cause: A conversation with former U.S. Congressman Luis Vicente Gutiérrez »


PLF hosted an engaging conversation with former Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez who he shared insights on his continuing advocacy for immigration reform and immigrant rights, Veteran's issues, workers' rights, LGBTQ+ rights and gender equality.

Creating a Future of Opportunity Event Recap »


The Community Foundation forum, "Creating a Future of Opportunity," turned out more than 200 community leaders and residents from diverse backgrounds, professions and ages to exchange ideas for creating more opportunity for Greater New Haven residents.

Beautiful Skin: A Courageous Conversation on Black Latinx »


The Progreso Latino Fund held a courageous conversation on Black Latinx with Ingrid M. Canady at their Latino leaders networking event on Sept. 16, 2019,

2019 Women & Girls Annual Meeting: The Care Economy »


The consequences of undervaluing care work and policy strategies for improving the lives of care workers were the focus of an in-depth panel discussion hosted by the Community Fund for Women & Girls on June 20 at its 2019 Annual Meeting.

2019 Annual Meeting: Creating a Future of Opportunity »


Community Foundation leaders presented a vision for creating access to opportunity for everyone.

Donor Briefing: The Opioid Crisis »


The Foundation hosted donors and a panel of local addiction specialists to discuss the roots of the opioid crisis and the local response.

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Inclusive Growth for Greater New Haven

Embracing a vision of Greater New Haven as a place of opportunity for all

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New Philanthropic Tool Available for Donor Advisors

As part of The Foundation's Mission Related Investment work, Donor Advisors can soon choose to invest in The Foundation's Nonprofit Loan Pool, which will make low-interest, short-term loans available to nonprofits that need capital or a line of credit. ​​​​​

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Scholarships Awarded From Milton Fisher Fund

A total of $120,000 distributed as seven four-year scholarships; an additional $2,500 distributed as five honorable mention scholarships.

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