Foundation Convenings

Strengthening Community: Reflections on Fifty Years in Community Development and Community Philanthropy


May 06, 2024


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


The Elm City Club, 155 Elm Street, New Haven, CT


Speakers: Paul S. Grogan, Kathryn E. Merchant. Moderator: William W. Ginsberg

Left to right: Co-authors Paul Grogan, Kathryn Merchant; moderator Will Ginsberg.

Please join us for a conversation with Paul S. Grogan celebrating the publication of his book, "Be Prepared to Be Lucky: Reflections on Fifty Years of Public and Community Service" co-authored by Kathryn E. Merchant.

The conversation will be moderated by Will Ginsberg and followed by a book-signing and reception.

Program begins at 5:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
Seating is limited; advance registration required.

About the Book

Throughout his successful career as a civic leader, Paul Grogan has proven that vision, determination and collaboration can open the door to transformational change and good fortune. Grogan's experience as an urban changemaker spans five decades. Driving his leadership platform is a firm belief that an ounce of luck + a pound of effort = a ton of impact. "Be Prepared to Be Lucky" serves as a measure of Grogan's legacy and a roadmap for young civic leaders to face the challenges of modern times.


Paul S. Grogan
From 1975-2021, Paul S. Grogan served as a Boston city official; CEO of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); Harvard University’s Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs; and CEO of The Boston Foundation from 2001-2021.

Kathryn E. Merchant
Pairing the joy of philanthropy with a passion for writing defines Merchant's second act as an author following a career as a foundation executive and nonprofit consultant. Merchant lives in Cincinnati, OH, and is the former CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.


William W. Ginsberg
Will Ginsberg
has served as President & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven since 2000. For Ginsberg, this work is the culmination of a career devoted to community issues, as he has worked at the local and national levels in community economic development, community banking and community philanthropy.