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CT Nonprofit Center Welcomes Two New Member Tenants

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December 18, 2014 – Hartford, CT – The Fund for Greater Hartford and the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development are the newest member tenants to join the growing nonprofit community at CT Nonprofit Center (the Center) in Hartford.

The Center, located at 75 Charter Oak Avenue (in the former Hartford Square West) is an 86,000 square foot two-building campus that is currently home to fifteen nonprofit organizations, including Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits). It is the second largest nonprofit center in the Northeast United States.

The Center was developed in partnership with the Corporation for Independent Living (CIL) who owns and manages the buildings. CT Nonprofits is the anchor tenant and oversees the operations of the Center. Over the next five years an additional 10 to 15 nonprofits will join the community.

“I moved into the CT Nonprofit Center in mid-November and I love it,” said Kate Miller, executive director of the Fund for Greater Hartford. “The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits’ staff has been great and very responsive. And best of all, I love being in a place where I am surrounded by colleagues.”

The goal of the CT Nonprofit Center is to build a thriving collaborative community where nonprofits can share ideas and strengthen their collective missions.

“Partnering with CIL, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and the nonprofit members of the Center is turning our dream into a reality,” said Karen Maciorowski, COO/CFO of CT Nonprofits. “We’re excited to report that the community is at a fifty percent capacity and we’ve only been officially open for 6-months! There is so much interest in this concept, and the potential impact it could have on nonprofits in the community is tremendous.”

As planning progresses, the Center will become more accessible to the outside community of nonprofits. One initiative is to have the conference meeting rooms available to rent for one-off events on a fee schedule beginning in 2015.


The CT Nonprofit Center (the Center) is a program of the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. The Center is the second largest of its kind in the Northeast, and serves as ‘home’ to multiple nonprofit organizations who share space, resources and services. The Center is designed to provide opportunities for participating organizations to achieve significant cost saving measures, foster meaningful collaborations and more effectively address their missions, thus increasing their impact on their constituents and the communities they serve.

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated to working with nonprofits in Connecticut. As the voice of nonprofits, the association has advanced the social and economic impact of nonprofits for over 35 years. CT Nonprofits helps members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve by connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration. For more information, please visit

The Women’s Institute is a national award-winning affordable housing development organization that holds a core mission of promoting economic opportunity and building strong communities by developing safe, affordable and supportive housing for individuals and families.

The Fund for Greater Hartford strives to make a sustainable impact on the vitality of Connecticut’s capital region by being a catalyst for hope, inspiration and creativity and by improving the lives of its people, especially its children and families.

Media Contact: Jennifer Peifer | 860.525.5080 ext. 1029 |

Pathways/Senderos Center Teen Pregnancy Program Awarded $10,000 Catalyst Grant by Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

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New Britain, Conn. (December 18, 2014) – The Pathways/Senderos Center, a program of Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc. which works to eliminate teen pregnancy through programs that increase graduation rates and elevate self-sufficiency, has been awarded a $10,000 grant by members of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain’s Catalyst Fund.

The funding will be used to upgrade the Center’s technological capabilities through the purchase of new computers, tablets and related equipment.

“Throughout our existence we have used second-hand technology relying on older equipment with limited capacity and capabilities,” said Pathways/Senderos Center Co-Executive Director Nick Jakubowski. “This wonderful grant will allow for new equipment and capabilities, keeping students more engaged with their homework and school projects and better preparing them for success in life.

“We are grateful to the Community Foundation and Catalyst Fund members for their support.”

Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc., presently serves 60 students. Its model is comprised of seven integrated components, including academic support, career preparation, family life and sex education, violence prevention, recreation/lifetime sports, health care referrals and self-esteem enhancement. In the past three years, 100 percent of participants have remained pregnancy-free and 78 percent of program graduates have gone on to college. The majority of student participants have seen improvements in their grades as well as fewer incidences of engaging in risky behavior.

The Catalyst Fund is a giving circle of donors interested in improving the quality of life in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. Three times per year, members gather to learn about a member-chosen issue facing their community, and to consider funding requests from charitable organizations addressing the issue. The group awards an annual grant of $10,000.

This year’s member-chosen funding focus was strengthening and improving the quality of existing after-school and out-of-school programs serving teens in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.

For more information about membership in the Catalyst Fund, contact Cheryl Farmer at or (860) 229-6018, ext. 305.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit


Jim Williamson, President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 860-229-6018, ext. 306,
Dennis Buden, DBPR, 860-558-0514,



Duncaster’s Dec. 23 World Affairs Program to Discuss Lifting of Sanctions Against Cuba

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BLOOMFIELD, CT, Dec. 16, 2014- The United States Cuban Trade Embargo and “Regime Change”: How Much is Enough? That will be the question discussed at Duncaster’s World Affairs meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 23. The meeting will be held at Duncaster from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It is free to the public with preregistration.

The discussion will focus on the case for lifting the sanctions against Cuba that have been in force for the past 55 years. The argument that it’s time to lift those sanctions is the subject of a recent book, Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana. The discussion will be kicked off with a videotaped interview with the authors, William LaGrande, Dean of the American University School of Public Affairs and an expert on Cuban affairs, and Peter Kornbluh, Director of the Cuban Documents Project at the National Security Archives.

The discussion is part of Duncaster’s World Affairs Series, which is presented to the community by the residents of Duncaster on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Participants include Duncaster residents, as well as local citizens.

Attendance is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Fran Kent at (860) 380-5006 or

CFE: Clean Water Act Requires Municipal Stormwater Clean-up

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December 16, 2014

Sarah Ganong: (203) 787 0646 ext. 128

CFE: Clean Water Act Requires Municipal Stormwater Clean-up
Strong Municipal Stormwater General Permit Can Protect Connecticut’s Waters and the Sound

New Haven, Conn.—Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its bi-state program Save the Sound support strong protections for Connecticut’s waterways and Long Island Sound. Municipal action to reduce stormwater pollution is essential to comply with the federal Clean Water Act and protect the citizens and waters of our state.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will hold a public hearing on the General Permit for the discharge of stormwater from small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) on Wednesday, December 17. DEEP published the tentative determination to renew the General Permit with modifications in July 2014.

“The cost to the public and our shared environment from not cleaning up municipal stormwater pollution cannot be overstated,” said Roger Reynolds, legal director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment. “Federal law requires that we have safe, healthy, and swimmable water, which is a core public health concern and a right for all Connecticut residents. Keeping polluted stormwater runoff—which includes disease-carrying bacteria from pet waste, nutrient-heavy leaf material that sucks oxygen from lakes and the Sound, and oils, salts, and chemicals from roads and yards—out of our waters will protect citizens around the state.”

One of the most serious threats to Connecticut water quality, stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces like roofs, roads, and parking lots collects nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen, bacteria, oil and grease, sediments and debris, pesticides, and litter and carries them through storm sewers and into streams, lakes, and Long Island Sound. As development increases, so does pollution. Stormwater pollution leads to waterbodies that cannot adequately sustain fish and other aquatic life, closed shellfish beds, and unsafe beaches. For Connecticut waters to regain their health, municipal stormwater pollutant discharges must be limited as required by the Clean Water Act.

“Urban stormwater is a primary driver of water pollution in Connecticut today,” said Reynolds. “We need to enact strong protections with a clear vision for lowering nitrogen, phosphorus, and bacterial pollution that damage Long Island Sound and our inland rivers and lakes. Not taking these next steps to protect our waters by limiting stormwater pollution from municipal sources will not only hurt Connecticut in the future, but undo the progress that we have made together to attack water pollution at its source.”

CFE/Save the Sound has notified DEEP that it will be intervening in the municipal stormwater General Permit process, and will provide comment at the public hearing at 10:00 AM on December 17 at DEEP headquarters in Hartford.


Fisher Foundation Establishes New Funds at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

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West Hartford-based Family Foundation Transfers $11.2 million in assets

During his lifetime, Stanley Fisher, a successful lawyer, manufacturer and pioneer in the development of industrial parks, was dedicated to improving the environment in which people live, work and play. Fisher was also an exceptional philanthropist who contributed his time and financial resources to many local charities, culminating in the creation of the Fisher Foundation, which he established to carry on this philanthropic tradition for his family.

In an effort to ensure that Stanley Fisher’s philanthropic legacy continues, the Fisher family decided to dissolve the Fisher Foundation and transfer its assets to establish three new funds at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

As shared by Mrs. Stanley Fisher, “We considered this action several years ago, and knew that, one day, we would create this partnership. We appreciate the resources that are available to us through the Hartford Foundation and are pleased to be able to forge this relationship now, when we can continue to be involved in grantmaking and, most importantly, continue to help others.”

Fisher Foundation, Inc. was established in 1957 and, over the past 57 years, has become a generous supporter of the Greater Hartford community. Over the past three years, the Fisher Foundation has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations working to support education, health and human services, housing, community needs, Jewish causes, and arts and culture. The assets of the Fisher Foundation, valued at approximately $11.2 million, will be used to establish three funds: $700,000 for the Stanley D. Fisher Scholarship Fund, a scholarship fund specifically for Hall High School students; $100,000 for the Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships for students throughout the Greater Hartford region; and the balance for the Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund, a Donor-Advised Fund.

Through the donor-advised fund, representatives of the Fisher family will continue to work with the Hartford Foundation to recommend grants from the Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund to provide support for the community programs and services about which they care. The Hartford Foundation will administer the Fund, which includes providing reporting, record keeping, correspondence, and grants management. This new fund also provides the Fisher family with the ability to access additional resources at the Hartford Foundation, including staff knowledge and expertise about grantmaking and the region’s nonprofit organizations.

“The Fisher Foundation has had a long history of providing incredibly generous financial support to nonprofits in the Greater Hartford region for nearly sixty years,” said Lori Rabb, Hartford Foundation vice president for philanthropic services. “The Board and staff of the Hartford Foundation are honored to be able to play a role in continuing the Fisher family’s tradition of giving through these new funds.”

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015 it will celebrate ninety years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $600 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit or call 860-548-1888.

Junior Achievement “Career Inspiration for Young Women” Program to Debut at Hall High in West Hartford

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Junior Achievement (JA) of Southwest New England will debut a module of the new program they are developing with Junior League of Hartford at Hall High School in West Hartford next Wednesday, Dec. 17, aimed at inspiring young women for successful careers.  The half-day program will feature a dynamic panel of leading women business leaders from the region, followed by breakout sessions to engage students in exploring skills that can strengthen their career preparation.

The program is an offshoot of a new JA career and workforce readiness program for young women being developed in collaboration with Junior League of Hartford (JLH) called “JA Career Connections for Young Women.”

Providing students with positive adult role models, who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our economic system, is a hallmark of Junior Achievement. This year Junior Achievement of Southwest New England is working to reach 36,000 students with real-world learning experiences that focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness.

The panelists for “Career Inspiration for Young Women” at Hall High School include:

  • Cheryl Chase, executive vice president, principal and general counsel, Chase Enterprises
  • Jasiel Millette, cooperative advertising specialist, Hartford Courant
  • Carla Laracuente, Chief Compliance Officer, Law & Communications Group, The Hartford

The moderator for the panel will be Angelica Spanos, a news reporter with FOX Connecticut.

Following the panel discussion, breakout sessions to be attended by the students include “The Importance of Soft Skills,” and “Your Personal Brand.”  The breakout sessions will be led by members of Junior League of Hartford, a local organization committed to developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

“We are pleased to be working with the Business and Finance Department at Hall High School, part of Career and Technical Education, in presenting the Career Inspiration program,” said Lou Golden, President of JA of Southwest New England.  “The students will get a glimpse of what it takes to succeed in a career, the range of opportunities they can pursue, and the specific challenges faced by women.  Empowering young people to own their economic success drives our efforts.”

Junior Achievement programs supplement school curricula by providing important life skills such as how to manage money, succeed in the workplace, or start a business that creates jobs. These programs help empower students to own their economic success. JA’s unique delivery system, led by volunteers, provides the training, step-by-step lesson plans, and support necessary to build student skills.

Last year, more than 2,500 volunteers – business professionals, parents, retirees, and college students – offered JA programs to students in nearly 150 schools throughout Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven, Windham, Tolland, New London and Middlesex counties.

Individuals interested in learning more about JA volunteer program should contact 860-525-4510 or visit for details.

Toys for Tots and the Marines team up with Santa and Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson at the former Coca-Cola® Factory to Bring Hope to the Community

December 10, 2014 Events No Comments

New London, Connecticut – Santa and Mrs. Clause will ride into the new Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson in New London this Saturday, December 13, from 12 – 3 p.m. to join United States Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney in supporting the U.S. Reserve Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots campaign. The free event will include photos with Santa and the whole family … even pets are welcome. Santa will greet visitors in a Harley-Davidson® sidecar set in front of a traditional stone fireplace within the former Coca-Cola® factory. Local sports celebrities including Casey Cochran (UConn football player) and Roger LaFrancois (former Boston Red Sox player and St. Louis Cardinal’s coach) will be on hand to sign autographs. The brand new showroom not only features motorcycles, ATVs and watercraft, but also boasts an extensive selection of riding gear, accessories, clothing, and toys; there’s something fun for every member of the family at this exciting new venue. Each child will receive a free gift from Santa, and festive refreshments will be offered.

Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson is the New London County collection and staging headquarters for Toys for Tots, locally sponsored by the Thames River Detachment Marine Corps League. For months, the community has been donating toys and the Marines have been collecting, sorting and staging the gifts inside of Mike’s Famous®. The initiative will provide toys to children represented by dozens of charities and non-profit organizations this holiday season. Additionally, non-perishable food items are being accepted for donation to the Gemma E. Moran United Way Food Center.

“We are thrilled beyond belief to be working with Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson this year on our annual toy drive,” said Jim Reid, Junior Vice Commandant of the Thames River Detachment Marine Corps League. “Mike has gone above and beyond the call of duty and has spent a lot of resources to accommodate our needs. In past years, we have worked in unheated warehouses and other tough conditions. Our very comfortable headquarters at Mike’s Famous is absolutely fantastic, and his staff has been great to work with. We are extremely grateful,” Reid added.

Following the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s positive November jobs report, the 2015 economy looks bright for the region. This bodes well for U.S. businesses like Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson, and its owner, Mike Schwartz, who invested in the City of New London this past year. He purchased the former Coca-Cola® bottling plant on Bank Street in the late summer of 2013, and by soliciting suggestions from the community, transformed the crumbling building into a customer led showroom and retail destination, which opened in the spring of 2014. This adaptive reuse project has created 40 full and part-time jobs in a fun, unique, authentic environment which merges two iconic brands, Coca-Cola® and Harley-Davidson®.

Coca-Cola’s® 2014 holiday campaign, “Make Someone Happy,” focuses on the spirit of generosity and togetherness, and encourages small acts of kindness. Coke® is bringing back their original Santa, imagined over 80 years ago by artist Haddon Sundblom, to elicit a feeling of history and nostalgia. In keeping with this theme, elected officials, local celebrities, Boy Scouts, Young Marines, senior Marine officers and military personnel are donating their time on Saturday to participate in the Toys for Tots event at Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson, bringing the larger community together to help others.

About the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program:
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

About Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson:
Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson is located at 951 Bank Street in New London, CT. The new dealership opened in March of 2014 in 55,000 square feet within the former Coca-Cola® bottling plant. It also represents the Can-Am® brands of ATVs, Side-by-Sides, Spyders® and Sea-Doo® Watercraft, and carries the full line of Polaris® recreational products.

UNH Presents Molière’s School of Wives

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UNH Presents Molière’s School of Wives
WHAT: The University of New Haven presents Molière’s School of Wives. This drag production is a contemporary take on the questions Molière raised in the 17th century about gender, power, romance, and relationships.
WHEN: The play runs from Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 26-29 at 8 p.m. Thu– Sat, and 3 p.m. on Sat and Sun. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for UNH ID and $5 for students.
WHERE: Bucknall Theater, Dodds Hall, UNH main campus, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven
WHO: A theatrical comedy written by the 17th century French playwright Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Molière, directed by Jessica Silsby Brater, a visiting assistant professor and theater coordinator at UNH and dramaturgy by Meg Savilonis, an assistant professor at UNH.
Directions: From the north: Take I-95 to exit 43. Turn right off the exit and follow First Avenue until the road ends. Turn right onto Campbell Avenue and take an immediate left onto the UNH campus.
Proceed to the top of the hill where there is a stop sign. Turn right onto campus. Follow the road around — Dodds is on your right.
Directions: From the south: Take I-95 to exit 43. Turn left off exit and follow Campbell Avenue until you see the entrance for UNH on your left (across from McDonald’s) Turn left.
Proceed to the top of the hill where there is a stop sign. Turn right onto campus. Follow the road around — Dodds is on your right.

Liberty Bank Foundation Donates $5,000 to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries

December 10, 2014 News, Releases No Comments

ESSEX, CT— The Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries to support the purchase of food from the CT Food Bank.

“SSKP is so grateful for the generous support we receive from The Liberty Bank Foundation. This donation helps assures that people in need on the shoreline have a place to turn for food and fellowship. With these funds specifically we will be able to distribute enough food at our pantries for over 13,150 meals. On behalf of all those we serve, I thank The Liberty Bank Foundation for supporting our local neighbors in need,” said Patty Dowling, executive director of SSKP.

“The need for services continues to be more critical than ever during the current economic conditions,” said Leigh-Bette Maynard, manager of Liberty Bank’s Essex and Old Saybrook offices. “A need exists in every community including the Shoreline. Liberty is proud to be a long-time supporter of Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries.”

Since its inception in 1997, the Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded almost $7.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations within Liberty Bank’s market area. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people of low or moderate income by investing in three areas: education to promote economic success for children and families; affordable housing; and nonprofit capacity building. Along with its grantmaking, the foundation strives to foster the convening and collaboration of nonprofits, funders, business, and government to address community issues.

Founded in 1989, The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates the community about hunger and poverty, serving the Connecticut shoreline towns of Essex, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, Lyme, Old Lyme, Killingworth, Westbrook and Deep River.

Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest mutual bank, with almost $3.5 billion in assets and 48 banking offices throughout the central, eastern, and shoreline areas of the state. As a full-service financial institution, it offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. Rated outstanding by federal regulators on its community reinvestment efforts, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement.

Thea Montanez to Serve on Hartford Foundation Board

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Thea Montanez of Hartford has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities.

Ms. Montanez’s appointment by the members of the Hartford Foundation’s Board of Directors will begin on Jan. 1, 2015 and runs until Dec. 31, 2020. Montanez will replace longtime Foundation board member Beverly Greenberg of West Hartford, who is completing her second term on the Board of Directors after being appointed in 2005.

Ms. Montanez is the founder and managing director of Montanez Consulting LLC., a social impact advisory firm that specializes in working with public and private sector clients to achieve their philanthropic goals.

As a community advocate and civic leader with over 10 years of experience working on behalf of underserved communities in Greater Hartford, she served—and continues to serve—on numerous Boards of not-for-profit organizations, including the Connecticut Women’s and Education Legal Fund, Hartford Public Library and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation. In addition, she currently serves as a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC).

Ms. Montanez is the recipient of several awards and recognitions for her leadership, including being named one of Connecticut Magazine’s “40 under 40″ in 2014, Connecticut Women’s Alliance’s “Woman of Distinction” in 2012, one of the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2006 and, most recently, one of Connecticut’s 50 Most Influential Latinos by Latinos United for Professional Advancement (LUPA).

She is a contributor to The Huffington Post and a graduate of Syracuse University.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015 it will celebrate ninety years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $600 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit or call 860-548-1888.