The Catalyst Program
Catalyst is a “giving circle” of local citizens who seek to learn about community issues in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. Anyone can become a part of this group by making a contribution of $250 to the Catalyst Fund and completing a membership form. “Discovery” memberships are available to first-time members (and their families) for a gift of $50 for the first year, and a “Business” membership offers local businesses the opportunity to engage their employees in local philanthropy. Members gather three times per year to learn about a member-chosen issue facing their community, and to consider funding requests from charitable organizations addressing the issue. The year concludes with a grant of up to $10,000.
- $10,000 to CCARC for an informational workshop Series relevant for families of adolescents and young adults with ASD as they transition beyond their secondary education.
The CFGNB is proactive with a portion of its grant making in order to seek out, create and support projects and initiatives that focus on the broader community as well as the non-profits that serve the community. By being strategic and investing resources in this manner, the foundation fulfills its community leadership goal of defining challenges and investing in solutions.
Capacity Building Initiative
The Foundation’s Capacity Building Initiative supports the non-profit organizations in our service area which in turn, strengthens our communities. The Initiative has several components, one of which offers hands-on workshops and training for local organizations. Topics covered by the workshops include strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, board development and more. An additional component of workshop is eligibility for a mini-grant of up to $2,000 to implement some aspect of something they learned or gained from the series that will improve organization capacity. Mini-grants approved to date are listed below:
- $2,000 to Berlin Land Trust for board training in fundraising, recruitment, training of directors and establishment of a strategic plan that will advance BLT’s efforts to conserve and preserve land in Central Connecticut
- $2,000 to the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative to work with Danosky & Associates to complete the first step in developing a strategic plan and set a direction for the future, while addressing issues surrounding succession and organizational planning
- $2,000 to the Connecticut Virtuosi and Chamber Orchestra to purchase the necessary equipment and services needed to produce high quality audio/video recordings of CVCO’s live performances for marketing and promotion efforts aimed at broadening its audience
- $2,000 to the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington to conduct a board assessment and to facilitate a board retreat which will result in stronger board governance, updated by-laws, board expectations, a board service agreement and a board talent assessment
- $2,000 to the Friendship Service Center to update and redefine the message of the Friendship Center to accurately reflect current services and train the staff and board in order to effectively communicate the message
- $2,000 to Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention for staff and board to assess and strengthen current fundraising efforts and expand the organization’s network of supporters
- $2,000 to Literacy Volunteers of Central CT to purchase two new computers that will strengthen LVCC’s infrastructure and facilitate its marketing, fundraising and advertising capacity
- $2,000 to Living in Safe Alternatives to develop a comprehensive and tactical fundraising plan to help LISA effectively share is message and as a result, diversify its funding sources to provide long term sustainability to the organization
- $2,000 to Neighborhood Housing Services for a board retreat focused on the board’s role in governance and fundraising as described
- $2,000 to the New Britain Industrial Museum to hire Danosky & Associates to undertake an organizational communications assessment in order to increase the NBIM’s visibility and broaden its audience
- $2,000 to the New Britain Museum of American Art for a communications assessment that will result in a plan that will improve effective communications with members, donors, prospects and the community
- $2,000 to New Britain Police Athletic League to conduct a full board assessment with the goal of strengthening the organization and making program expansion possible
- $1,745 to New Britain ROOTS for 1) grant writing training, 2) to purchase donor software that will improve communications, collect and record data and track trends in various fundraising initiatives and 3) to purchase a membership to the CT Nonprofit Alliance to have networking opportunities and access to additional resources provided state-wide
- $2,000 to the New Britain Symphony Orchestra for a communications assessment’s resulting in recommendations that will guide the NBSO towards strengthening its communications with constituents and donors, resulting in a larger audience and donor base
- $2,000 to Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain for a technology project for OIC to re-brand its website, foster a partnership with a web-hosting provider, and leverage Microsoft 365 cloud-based application as a services technology to increase organizational communication and productivity and increase social media and brand presence
- $2,000 to ParaDYM Academy to train the board of directions on fundraising strategies that can be implemented in order to increase organizational sustainability
- $2,000 to the Plainville Food Pantry for a board retreat to help strengthen the board’s overall effectiveness, functioning and succession planning
- $2,000 to the Polish American Foundation is to acquire a cloud-based software service that will be customized to PAF’s needs and house its data in order to enhance the quality, volume and effectiveness of communications with PAF stakeholders and the public as described in your recent proposal
- $2,000 to Southington Community Cultural Arts for SoCCA to review its current fundraising program, develop strategies to strengthen its fundraising potential and increase income and visibility
First Years First
We believe that preparing the children of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington for success in school and in life by enhancing their early childhood development education experience is fundamental to any meaningful expression of the Foundation’s mission.
- $7,500 to CT Council for Philanthropy, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative to continue the work of the Collaborative which aims to support creation of a coordinated system of early care, education and child development in Connecticut
- $10,000 to the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance to support a project in our four towns with three components: 1) establishing new and strengthening existing relationships with legislators 2) building advocacy capacity through trainings and the collection of personal stories, and 3) assisting with the development of a regional early childhood policy agenda.
- $20,000 to the Consolidated School District of Greater New Britain to support the 2018 Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) to help students in grades 1 through 4 to avoid summer learning loss
- $30,000 to the Consolidated School District of New Britain to establish a district wide Behavioral Transition Plan (BTP) Preschool to Kindergarten to address the behavioral and social-emotional needs of the district’s most at risk students and improve chronic absenteeism among these young students.
- $45,000 to the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth for backbone support for the work of the Coalition
- $30,000 to the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington for operating support during FY 2018-19 as the ECCS fulfils its mission to ensure that all Southington children enter school ready to learn
- $40,000 to Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut to support programming for parents and their young children at the Central Connecticut Family Literacy Center
- $8,582 to the Plainville Family Resource Network to maintain summer “Play and Learn” playgroups for 40 families and 50+ young children and conduct Parents as Teachers home visits.
- $3,500 to Plainville Family Resource Network to provide the Conscious Discipline series to Plainville parents and educators.
- $35,000 to match funding from the Southington Public Schools to support 2018-19 school year and summer 2019 programming at the Family Resource Center of Southington (FRCS).
- $900 to Tunxis Community College Professional Early Childhood Educators Consortium to support a March 2019 workshop for parents and early care providers about technology, literacy development and brain development in early childhood.
- $10,000 to the YWCA of New Britain to support additional staffing needed for Learning Enhanced Attachment-Based Preschool (LEAP), a Trauma Informed Preschool partnership between the YWCA and Wheeler Clinic.
Sub-Total, Community Initiatives Grants: $288,227