We can make a transformational difference to people and communities throughout Connecticut by working together toward a more equitable Connecticut. The philanthropic sector, state, and local leaders have a collective responsibility to make this opportunity a reality, and we must do it now.
At a recent conference of nonprofit leaders, Gov. Ned Lamont said that nonprofits should turn to philanthropy to fill the state’s budget cuts. This might leave the impression that philanthropy isn’t currently doing its share. It also presumes that filling state budget gaps is a good role for foundations and donors in our state. For me, as an audience member that day and as the president of the CT Council for Philanthropy, the state’s largest association of grant-makers, neither of these sentiments ring true.