Opportunity + Equity

inspirational stories about our partners in philanthropy

We call them Opportunity Makers.

These are the people and institutions creating a more inclusive Greater New Haven community. Real life local examples of expanding opportunity and equity for area residents. Together, we're committed to creating a community in which all people share a sense of common destiny and have the support and connections needed to build successful lives.

Please join us in achieving this vitally important work.

Learn more about what The Foundation is doing to increase opportunity and equity in our region and discover ways you can work with us. And tell us about what you're doing and how we can work with you!

2023 Marks Final Year of Stepping Forward Spending ›


Additional Resources Sustain Nonprofits, Address Disparities

Opportunity + Equity: Stepping Forward Commitment 2021 - 2023 ›



Progreso Latino Fund ›


Latino Matters ... Because Latinos Matter

John D. Allen and Keith E. Hyatte for LGBTQ+ Interests Fund ›


We really feel a part of The Community Foundation family, and we want to help share that and make sure others feel the same.

Creating Opportunity for a Better Life ›


The people who show up at our doors are broken. They think that they need a job, but what they really need is to believe in themselves.

Good Jobs in Growing Industries ›


The design speaks to the idea of transformation and speaks to the idea that people here are valued.

Making Entrepreneurship Accessible ›


The best ventures are built on foundational relationships.

Cultivating an Ecosystem of Talent ›


This is peer-to-peer project-based learning, because that's what the work environment is like in technology today. Our students learn how to learn.

Building a Biotech Hub ›


This can't just be one person, one company. It has to be a collaboration.

To. Through. And Back. ›


Through 2019, Promise has disbursed more than $12.7 million in scholarships to more than 1,600 scholars.

A Future of Opportunity: Libraries for the 21st Century ›


Libraries in New Haven and surrounding towns are tackling 21st-century education needs with new spaces and programs.

Ohlbaum Immigration Assistance Fund ›


Advancing a commitment to the value that refugees and immigrants bring to our country and society.

The Axtmayer Family Cancer Fund ›


Established in 2011 for patient education, patient services, patient treatment, research in cancer and blood disorders.

Ways We Can Work Together

Find the charitable solution that's right for you

Charitable giving can take many forms. That’s because people have different goals and objectives. And for many, it's a life event that brings their philanthropy into focus.

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Join with others to achieve common goals

Great things happen when we work together. The Foundation is committed to working in partnership with donors, local residents and institutions so that the larger community embraces a vision of Greater New Haven as a place of opportunity.

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Centralize a lifetime of giving in one place. Your fund gives you easy, instant access to make a grant. A simple way to make a difference in your community.

Fund Options

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Don't see an option for you? Please contact us. With over 90 years of experience in the philanthropic sector, we have forged many partnerships with charitably-minded people, professional advisors and nonprofits along the way. Email Sharon Cappetta for more information.