Sponsors and Funders
Sponsors and Funders
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.
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.
We 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.
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