Get to know your local community foundation

An important source for funding and organizational development.

Community foundations are designed to pool donations into a coordinated investment and grant making facility dedicated primarily to the social improvement of a given place. Families, individuals, businesses, and nonprofit groups establish funds within community foundations into which they can contribute a variety of assets to be used for charitable purposes. The people or organizations that establish the funds can then recommend that grants be distributed, in the name of the fund or anonymously, to qualified nonprofit groups and schools. The donor receives a charitable deduction in the year that gifts are made into their funds.

In addition to their critical role in funding needed programs, many community foundations provide training and resources in organizational and leadership development for local nonprofit organizations. Some feature excellent workshops in fund raising, board development, strategic planning and other support for nonprofits.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut
Serving 20 towns in Northwestern CT
Guy Rovezzi, President
32 City Hall Ave, PO Box 11144
Torrington, CT 06790-5301
Phone: 860-626-1245

Connecticut Community Foundation
Serving 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills
Paula Van Ness, President & CEO
43 Field Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: 203-753-1315

Community Foundation of Central Connecticut
Serving the Meriden and Wallingford communities
35 Pleasant Street, Suite 1E
Meriden, CT 06450-7856
Phone: 203-235-4403

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Inc.
Serving the communities in Fairfield County
Juanita T. James, President & CEO
383 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851-1543
Phone: 203.750.3200

New Canaan Community Foundation, Inc.
Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director
111 Cherry Street
New Canaan, CT 06840-1285
Phone: 203-966-0231

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Serving the 29-town capitol region
Linda J. Kelly, President
10 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-548-1888

Main Street Community Foundation
Serving the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott
Susan Sadecki, President & CEO
PO Box 2702
Bristol, CT 06011
Phone: (860)583-6363

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
Serving the towns of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington
James G. Williamson , President
74A Vine Street
New Britain, CT 06052
Phone: (860)229-6018

Community Foundation of Middlesex County
Serving 24 towns & neighborhoods in Middlesex County
Cynthia H. Clegg, President & CEO
c/o Citizens Bank, 211 South Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: 860-347-0025

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Serving 20 towns in the Greater New Haven area
William Ginsberg, President & CEO
70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510-1248
Phone: 203-777-2386

The Valley Community Foundation
Serving Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton
Sharon A. Closius, President & CEO
253A Elizabeth Street
Derby, CT 06418
Phone: 203-751-9162

Branford Community Foundation
Liza Janssen Petra, Executive Director
PO Box 462
Branford, CT 06405-0462
Phone: 203-824-1827

The Madison Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 446
Madison, CT 06443
Phone: 203-245-2796

Essex Community Fund
PO Box 614
Essex, CT 06426

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Serving 42 towns of Eastern Connecticut
Maryam Elahi, President & CEO
68 Federal Street
New London, CT 06320
Phone: (860)442-3572