Sponsors and Funders

Waterbury-based Webster Bank is a leading regional bank in the Northeast with more than $30.4 billion in assets and 157 banking centers from greater New York City to Boston. We offer the full range of financial services, delivered by almost 3,400 employees.  We put people first — acting with responsibility, respect, ethical behavior, citizenship and teamwork. We call these principles The Webster Way. They bring us together, set us apart, and create an unshakeable core that is unique to Webster.

Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, 2 world-class spas, a golf course, two unique casinos, over 80 shops, restaurants and bars, as well as three entertainment venues including the award-winning 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena.

Express Strategies provides decision-driven public affairs consulting, with expertise in advocacy writing, project management and media relations.  We bring an acute understanding of the public implications of policy decisions made by an organization and first-hand experience with the relationship between policy development, news coverage and public interest.  Turn to the Express Strategies team for custom-designed problem solving and tangible outcomes aimed squarely at accomplishing complex communication and strategic objectives.  Words are the catalyst for action.

Delta Dental of Connecticut promotes oral health to the greatest number of people by providing accessible dental benefit programs of the highest quality, service and value.  Delta Dental of Connecticut writes dental coverage on a fully insured basis, and offers a full line of managed care, approved fee for service, PPO, and HMO-type programs, as well as a dental access program, and individual dental plans. They are a member of the national Delta Dental Plans Association, which serves more than one third of the estimated 212 million Americans with dental benefits, providing national dental coverage to more than 75 million people in more than 139,000 groups.  Each year, the Delta Dental Foundation awards nearly $1 million in grants in New Jersey and Connecticut to dental clinics, hospitals, and health centers that provide dental care to underserved children, developmentally disabled persons, veterans, and seniors.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for autohome and business. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has approximately 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $32 billion in 2019. For more information, visit www.travelers.com. Travelers is ensuring opportunity by contributing to efforts that create strong, vibrant communities and offer pathways to success. Through corporate funding and the Travelers Foundation, Travelers targets its giving to three key outcomes: academic and career success, thriving neighborhoods and culturally enriched communities.

Based in Westport, The CauseWay Agency (www.thecausewayagency.us) is a leading expert in cause communications, here in Connecticut and around the country. We work exclusively with non-profit organizations and government agencies to use the power of communications to help solve critical social issues. From look-alike modeling to TV PSAs, we reach target audiences and inspire them to act. Our clients include the Hartford Public Schools, CDC, Communities In Schools, National Crime Prevention Council, National Fair Housing Alliance,  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and U.S. EPA.

Founded in 1932, the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) represents sixteen accredited nonprofit independent colleges and universities in Connecticut. These institutions are bound by a common commitment to quality instruction and dedicated to collaborative efforts that strengthen the independent sector of higher education in Connecticut. CCIC serves its member institutions through government relations, public policy development, research analysis, communications and coordinated member services.

Founded in 1919, the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) represents hospitals and health-related organizations. With more than 140 members, CHA is one of the most respected hospital associations in the nation. CHA’s mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by leading, representing, and serving hospitals and their related healthcare organizations that are accountable to the community and committed to health improvement.

CT Realtors is the voice for real estate in Connecticut, promoting and advocating ownership of local real estate. CT Realtors proudly aspire to make our state a better place to live, work and play.

Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation annually award about $20 million in four focus areas: 1) Human Needs – support increased food security, housing and shelter, and access to basic medical and health care; 2) Environmental Stewardship – protect natural resources and help non-profit organizations make efficient use of energy; 3) Education – develop the capacity of the future workforce, especially in STEM and energy fields; and 4) Community Vitality – foster an appreciation of diversity, revitalize neighborhoods and ensure a vibrant community life through support of cultural endeavors.

Hartford Hospital is Connecticut’s most comprehensive health care network.  Their fully integrated health system includes a tertiary-care teaching hospital, an acute-care community teaching hospital, an acute-care hospital and trauma center, three community hospitals, the state’s most extensive behavioral health network, a large multispecialty physician group, a regional home care system, an array of senior care services, a large physical therapy and rehabilitation network and an accountable care organization. Through its institute model, Hartford HealthCare offers the highest standards of care for cancerheart and vascular servicesneuroscienceorthopedics and urology.

Oak Hill is Connecticut’s largest private provider for individuals with disabilities, and a recognized leader in providing community-based programs: housing, employment training, education, assistive technology, healthy relationships, early intervention, and recreation to children and adults with multiple disabilities (including visual impairments.) Oak Hill employs over 1,700 professionals who work in 19 distinct programs at 155 program sites in 77 towns throughout Connecticut. For more information visit, please visit oakhillct.org or call 860.242-2274.



The American Journalism Project is the first venture philanthropy nonprofit focused on local news.  Our work is grounded in an understanding of the severity, urgency and scope of the local news crisis as market forces continue to fail our communities.  Through transformative investments to Civic News Organizations, we are building a new public service media that is governed by, sustained by and looks like the public it serves.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is a philanthropic institution that was established in 1928 through a bequest. For more than 80 years, thousands of donors have built the community endowment by establishing permanent funds or making gifts to existing funds that distribute grants. 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.

We are a family of hundreds of funds created by those generous people to serve their charitable goals. We also help people create charitable legacies. We provide guidance, investment vehicles, and other expertise to make giving an easy and joyful experience. Together, the funds entrusted to us provide between $4 million and $5 million each year in grants and scholarships in Eastern Connecticut and beyond.

Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation was created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation provides leadership in addressing the community’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and technical assistance programs, and works with individuals, families and corporations to steward charitable and scholarship funds.

The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) is the state’s largest independent health philanthropy dedicated to improving lives by changing health systems. Since it was established in July 1999, the foundation has supported innovative grant-making, public health policy research, technical assistance and convening to achieve its mission – to improve the health of the people of Connecticut. It has funded over $41 million in grants. The foundation believes changing systems will produce the greatest impact over time.

Facebook Journalism Project partners with local newspapers, radio, broadcasters, websites, nonprofit organizations, and more to build programs with the goal of developing a more sustainable future for community-based news.  Working together with publishers around the world through trainings, programs, and partnerships, we can help strengthen communities by connecting people with meaningful journalism.

The Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy to build and sustain a vital and prosperous community where all have the opportunity to participate and thrive. As the Fairfield region’s center of philanthropy, we provide personalized philanthropic advisory services and financial stewardship to donors and partners, visionary leadership and strategic initiatives to address key regional issues, and grants, counsel and leadership training to local nonprofits.

Since 1925, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has quietly helped make good things happen in the Capitol Region of Connecticut. We’ve been a reliable resource for the local charitable community, including donors, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes.

We are a national foundation with local roots. We choose, as the Knight brothers chose, to seek opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. We advance journalism in the digital age and invest in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. We focus on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change. We believe that information is a core community need. We want to ensure that all citizens get the information they need to thrive in a democracy and act in their own best interest.

The Lenfest Institute was founded in 2016 by the late cable television entrepreneur H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest. Lenfest gifted to the Institute an initial endowment of $20 million, which has since been supplemented by other donors, for investment in innovative news initiatives, new technology, and new models for sustainable journalism. Lenfest also gifted his ownership of The Philadelphia Inquirer to the Institute.

The Melville Charitable Trust concentrates its efforts on finding and fighting the causes of homelessness. We support service and housing programs in Connecticut that can serve as models throughout the country. The Trust also funds educational, research and advocacy initiatives in Connecticut and on a national level. We collaborate actively with a growing network of individuals and groups, public and private, to build communities where every adult and child has a place to call home.

Newman’s Own Foundation is an independent, private foundation formed in 2005 by Paul Newman to sustain the legacy of his philanthropic work. Funded entirely through the profits and royalties of Newman’s Own products, the Foundation does not maintain an endowment, raise funds, or accept donations. The Foundation believes that each of us, through the power of philanthropy, has the potential to make a difference. Since 1982, when Paul Newman first declared, “Let’s give it all away,” more than $530 million has been donated to thousands of nonprofit organizations helping people in need around the world.

The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation (PCLB) was formed in 1999, by Dr. Peter Buck and his wife Carmen Lucia as a private family foundation to manage their family’s philanthropy in a thoughtful and strategic manner.  PCLB’s work is anchored by its purpose statement, “giving motivated people the tools they need to help themselves.” These tools are about more than grants and include guidance, connections, convening, information, and other forms of assistance that the foundation and its grantees can provide. PCLB looks to support the highest‐quality organizations that show initiative, leadership, and innovation in solving issues that are meaningful to the family and the communities where family members live.

San Francisco FoundationWe are a vehicle for change and a bridge to the future, a network of philanthropists and civic leaders bringing resources together to support and build on the strengths of community and make the Bay Area the best place it can be. For more than 60 years, we have been an incubator for community investment, original ideas, and passionate leadership. Learn about our origins and our vision for the future.

Seedlings Foundation supports programs that nourish the physical and mental health of children and families, and foster an educated and engaged citizenship.

The Connecticut Mirror received a potentially forgivable $156,250 loan funded by the US Small Business Administration through the Paycheck Protection Program, as established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  The purpose of Paycheck Protection Program loans is to help small businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.

The mission of Solutions Journalism Network is to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. We seek to rebalance the news, so that every day people are exposed to stories that help them understand problems and challenges, and stories that show potential ways to respond.

The Tow Foundation was established in 1988 by Leonard and Claire Tow, and envision a society where all people have the opportunity to enjoy a high quality of life and have a voice in their community. We strive for this by supporting nonprofit organizations that serve vulnerable populations and help individuals to become positive contributors to society for the benefit of themselves and others.  We feel it is our obligation to help others achieve success in their own lives, to alleviate pain and suffering, and to offer opportunities for joy. We hope to provide leverage and make possible far greater things than we could achieve alone.

Foundation Grants (January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019):

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven – $180,000
American Journalism Project – $138,333
Seedlings Foundation – $130,000
San Francisco Foundation – $125,000
ProPublica – $86,100
Connecticut Health Foundation – $75,000
Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation – $75,000
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving – $70,833
Knight Foundation – $30,000
Facebook Journalism Project / Lenfest Institute – $23,571
Newman’s Own Foundation – $20,000
Report for America / Groundtruth Project – $20,000
Solutions Journalism Network – $17,750
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut – $15,000
Melville Charitable Trust – $15,000
Connecticut Community Foundation – $5,000
Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation – $3,000
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation – $2,000