2021 Annual Meeting Recap and Recording

Opportunity and Equity in the Time of Covid

Still virtual after a year of historic challenges, The Foundation reflected on inspiring demonstrations of community strength and the work ahead during its annual meeting held on May 3, 2021. The evening featured a powerful documentary of the pandemic experience by local filmmaker Donnell Durden of Aligning.

What We Heard

Equity is the defining element of all of The Foundation's work.

"Hopelessness and inequity are members on the team we are trying to defeat." - Board of Directors Chair Nick Norcott

Stepping Forward

The Foundation is building on its $26 million response to COVID-19 and commitment to advance racial equity. More on Stepping Forward.

This pandemic has revealed so much about what it is we need to do to make our world and our community better." - President and CEO Will Ginsberg

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Recent highlighted work:

  • Joining with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Fairfield County's Community Foundation to form the Connecticut Urban Opportunity Collaborative.
  • Renewed commitments to the New Haven Promise college scholarship and ConnCAT career-ready training programs.
  • Mission investments in Dixwell neighborhood revitalization and Black and women-owned businesses.
  • Grants and new grant programs focused on equity.

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Sounds and Images from the 2021 Annual Meeting

Cooperative Arts and Humanities (Co-op) High School students, faculty and alumnus Marcos Sanchez (class of 2001, Latin Grammy winner) kicked off the evening with an inspired performance of Tito Puente's,"Oye Como Va."

A montage of photographs from Greater New Haven by local artists was shown to guests prior to the 2021 Annual Meeting.