The Community Foundation's Kara Straun Receives Prestigious Award

The Foundation's Kara Straun was presented with the ABFE Philanthropic Emerging Leadership Award at ABFE's annual conference on April 5, 2019.

Photo Credit: Dr. Leon Bailey Jr.

New Haven, Conn. (April 12, 2019) - The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's (The Foundation) Kara Straun receives the Association of Black Foundation Executives' (ABFE) Philanthropic Emerging Leadership Award on April 5 in Detroit. Kara (right) poses with AFBE's Vice President of Programs Edward Jones (left) at the James A. Joseph Lecture & Awards Ceremony at ABFE's annual conference, this year titled "HARAMBEE: Let's All Pull Together." In her address, Straun says, "I look at this award less as an acknowledgment of any great facts achieved thus far, but a call to action and challenge to do more, to continue connecting dots and work for that balance and healing for people of color and those most disenfranchised." The event honors those, like Straun whose innovative leadership promotes philanthropy as a vehicle for social change. Straun has worked at The Foundation since 2013. She was honored by ABFE for her guidance to local nonprofits and leaders in the Greater New Haven region, as well as her support of The Community Fund for Women and Girls, a component fund of The Foundation. ABFE advocates for responsive and transformative investments, while leveraging resources for the advancement of black communities.

* this article was updated on 04.16.19 to reflect correct location