Nearly $200,000 Awarded to Greater New Haven Nonprofits Working to Support Economic Security for Women

The Community Fund for Women & Girls Announces Recipients of "Pathways to Economic Success for Women" Grants

New Haven, Conn. (June 30, 2022) – The Community Fund for Women & Girls, a component fund at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the region’s only permanent charitable endowment dedicated solely to advancing women and girls, is pleased to announce its 2022 Pathways to Economic Success for Women grant recipients.

Making robots at the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven. Photo Courtesy of Boys and Girls Club of New Haven

Organizations were eligible for up to $20,000 in support and collectively, eleven Greater New Haven nonprofits received nearly $200,000 in funding. The rapid response grants were designed to address economic security for women with investments in workforce training, employment and entrepreneurship, and include the support of wraparound services such as childcare, transportation and participant stipends.

“We're delighted to support the exceptional work of these organizations in contributing to the economic security of women and girls and their families," said Karen Peart, Chair of the Community Fund for Women & Girls. "This is a time of extraordinary challenges. The Fund is pleased to provide funding for these much-needed programs that offer pathways to making change."

"The pandemic has significantly impacted women, particularly women of color,” said Sarah Fabish, Vice President for Grantmaking & Scholarships at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. "Women need livable waged jobs with advancement opportunities. The grants awarded provide support to get and retain employment.”

2022 Pathways to Economic Success for Women Grant Awards

All Our Kin - $20,000 to support partnerships with family childcare educators, the vast majority of whom are women of color, to build their business-related knowledge, skills and practice through their proprietary, 10-session Business Series.

Boys and Girls Club of New Haven - $20,000 to support the salaries of part-time Youth Development Professionals who work directly with Club members to provide needed care for children while parents work.

CitySeed Inc. - $20,000 to support the culinary training program for women refugees and immigrants in New Haven at a critical time when Connecticut is welcoming many new Afghan refugee families and potential future Ukrainian refugees.

Collab - $15,000 to support education/coaching for women entrepreneurs in the Accelerator program and the launch of Collab’s Women’s Initiative focusing on providing trusted mentorship, key connections to women investors, and a community of support for women entrepreneurs in Greater New Haven.

Collaboration of Minority Women Professionals (CMWP) - $20,000 to support operating expenses of CMWP’s MAGNIFY program, designed to support Black women entrepreneurs and specifically focusing on Black mothers.

Community Action Agency of New Haven - $20,000 to support Single Mothers Actively Reaching the Top (SMART) program, which provides single mothers with resources and services focused on increasing their level of self-sufficiency.

Havenly - $19,440 to support the Havenly fellowship job training program, helping refugee and immigrant women achieve the economic stability they need to support themselves and their communities.

Life Health and Wellness Center (LHW) - $15,000 to support LHW's Abundance of Joy Learning Center summer camp, providing needed childcare for working families.

Spanish Community of Wallingford - $20,000 to support technology education sessions for women and their families, which improve their technological skills and increase self-sufficiency and preparedness for the workforce.

Urban Community Alliance - $20,000 to support the implementation of a women-focused entrepreneurial program that covers a cadre of workshops, seminars, minority-owned business owner presentations and a four-week hybrid-model dispatcher program.

Women & Family Life Center - $10,000 to support a four-part Career Workshop series which prepares and creates a sense of support and empowerment for women as they transition into the workforce.

About the Community Fund for Women & Girls

The Community Fund for Women & Girls is a component fund at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and is Greater New Haven’s permanent charitable endowment dedicated solely to advancing women and girls. It has awarded $1.7 million and more than 300 grants to nonprofits since its establishment in 1995. The Fund advances women’s influence and gender equity through education, information and convenings, and supports programs and services for women and girls. Learn more at and join us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in Connecticut is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the U.S. and was established in 1928 as the permanent charitable endowment for New Haven and its surrounding communities of: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge. In 2020, The Foundation began implementing a 5-year strategic plan and enacted new mission and vision statements toward expanding opportunity and equity in Greater New Haven. In 2021, it launched Stepping Forward, a $26 million commitment to addressing the impact of COVID-19 and advancing racial equity. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire, support, inform, listen to and collaborate with the people and organizations of Greater New Haven to build an ever more connected, inclusive, equitable and philanthropic community.

For more than three generations, generous local donors have built The Community Foundation’s endowment by establishing permanent funds or making gifts to existing funds that distribute grants to a broad variety of issues and organizations. These donors, past and present, make their gifts to ensure that programs and causes that matter most to them will be supported today and forever. As of December 31, 2021, The Foundation’s assets were valued at more than $871 million after distributing more than $35 million in grants and distributions into the community that year. For more information about The Foundation visit or follow @cfgnh on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kathleen Cei
Communications Officer
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

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Content and Engagement Manager
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven


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