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Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Our Vision: A Healthy, Thriving, Sustainable Eastern Connecticut with Greater Equity for All.

aka Community Foundation of ECT   |   New London, CT   |  http://www.cfect.org

Mission

The mission of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut is to collaborate with partners to put philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of our community in Eastern Connecticut. Our Vision: A Healthy, Thriving, Sustainable Eastern Connecticut with Greater Equity for All.

Ruling year info

1983

President & CEO

Maryam Elahi

Main address

68 Federal Street P.O. Box 769

New London, CT 06320 USA

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Formerly known as

Peqout Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut

EIN

06-1080097

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our vision for our region is a healthy, thriving, sustainable Eastern Connecticut with greater equity for all. The Community Foundation partners with key organizations to increase resiliency in Eastern Connecticut. We bring resources and expertise to our nonprofit partners to help build stronger communities. We need to do more. We need to seek out, nurture and support local grassroots organizers and activists. We need to be present at rallies, vigils, hearings and community gatherings and support “Black Lives Matter” and other organizations calling out for social justice and racial equity. We need to support youth activism. We need to act and be present, unequivocal and unapologetic in our support for equity and social justice. We need to lend our voice and our name where it matters. We need to share the power of philanthropy to advance basic human rights.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grant Making

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut awards approximately $8 million in grants each year for a wide array of projects that serve the entire population within the 42 towns of Eastern Connecticut. Our grant making priorities are given to programs and initiatives that Support early childhood care and education, Advance youth development and empowerment, Increase access to affordable, safe, and inclusive housing, Promote access to high quality and affordable health care, Advance women and girls empowerment and Support environmental resilience.

We offer resources to nonprofits in our region to strengthen their overall capacity, serve the community more effectively, and collaborate more meaningfully.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has awarded over $10 million in scholarships through more than 110 funds established by generous individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits to help area students pursue an education and establish rewarding careers. Some scholarships are open to all students in our 42-town service area as well as Westerly, RI; others are open to only some towns, a particular town, or a specific school. Some are open to current or returning college students of any age.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundations National Standards 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Grant Making

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total amount of Grants and Scholarships awarded annually.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Grant Making

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteers serve on various program, development and fiduciary committees.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Community Foundation is committed to exercising leadership in the community beyond its grant making role. We recognize the power of collaborative efforts and work to bring together thought partners, donors, advocates and community leaders to support the very basic needs and rights of our population.

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has engaged in several initiatives that support a healthy, thriving and sustainable Eastern Connecticut with greater equity for all. The Foundation has introduced Community Conversations to hear the voices of our residents and convene state leaders, experts and communities to discuss issues affecting Eastern Connecticut. The Foundation has launched a collaboration between the New London Public Schools, nonprofit and community leaders, and other partners to support and improve the life outcomes and well-being of our students. We have convened committed partners to learn and plan together and have successfully raised the funds for a Program Coordinator and a University of Connecticut Public Policy intern. Additionally, the Community Foundation is a key partner in the Eastern Connecticut Mentoring Collaborative to promote mentoring as a means of empowering young people and ensuring that young people have access to mentors. The Community Foundation convenes a funders collaborative that is committed to strengthening and sustaining community agencies so that they can more effectively meet their missions.

The Community Foundation has convened the partners necessary to collaborate for successful outcomes and has secured the funds where needed. We have a dedicated staff committed to our vision, mission and values and have decades of expertise, knowledge and insight about Eastern Connecticut and our nonprofit organizations that we support.

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut continues to reach our organizational goal objectives year after year. Each year we set additional goals while maintaining the progress we have already made. Through our initiatives, we will continue to monitor the pulse of our communities and dedicate resources towards our vision of a healthy, thriving and sustainable Eastern Connecticut.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Board of directors
as of 06/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Margaret O'Shea


Board co-chair

Nicholas Fortson

Harry Ferguson

Margaret O'Shea

Lee-Ann Gomes

Barbara Sahagan

Carol Williams

Joe DeLong

Sandra Hale

Izaskun Larrañeta

Michael Rauh

Leah Schad

Leah Hartman

Nicholas Fortson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/22/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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