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 $12,500.
- $12,500 to Jordan Porco Foundation for suicide prevention among children and young adults by 1) bringing the 4 What’s Next program to an estimated 300 middle and high school aged youth; 2) providing QPR (Question, Persuade, Respond) training to 120 adults and 3) holding a Fresh Check day at CCSU.
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.
- $7,500 to purchase between 5,000 reusable bags for distribution to food pantries and community service departments as these entities are having a difficult time as an unintended consequence of the new bag ban since they have no reusable bags for their clients and can no longer use plastic.
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 Art League of New Britain for a board retreat that will explore organizational capacity for expanded programming and expansion of their physical space.
- $2,000 to Bread for Life for a board self-assessment and retreat to clarify expectations and to create a board development plan that strengthens governance.
- $2,000 to the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington to create a strategic plan and for a one-year subscription to a donor database.
- $2,000 to the Friendship Service Center to strengthen the organization and its governance through a Mission Matrix Mapping evaluation process.
- $2,000 to Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention for a board self-assessment that will increase board capacity, identify future strategic objectives and strengthen fundraising efforts.
- $2,000 to Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut to develop a succession plan that will help the organization to prepare for the future.
- $2,000 to the New Britain Industrial Museum for board recruitment and orientation to identify current and future needs of the board, clarify roles and responsibilities and retain members.
- $2,000 to the New Britain Public Library for a retreat on board training including reviewing roles and responsibilities and identifying organizational objectives and strategies and the board’s role in advancing them.
- $2,000 to the New Britain Symphony Orchestra to undertake a board assessment to strengthen board membership, governance and performance.
- $2,000 to New Britain ROOTS to evaluate and train current board members, implement a plan for board recruitment, and set goals for board member fundraising.
- $2,000 to Senior Transportation Services to establish a board recruitment and orientation process to increase board capacity, fundraising and visibility.
- $2,000 to the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA for a board retreat that will help build, train and orient the board of advisors on their roles as it relates to the organization.
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.
- $30,000 from the First Years First Fund to the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington to support staffing and goals during Fiscal year 2019-20 aimed at fulfilling the Collaborative’ s mission that “all children are healthy and prepared for school.”
- $10,000 from the First Years First Fund to the Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA) to support the development of a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Fast-Track Institute for early childhood teacher training and certification.
- $35,000 to Southington Public Schools, Southington Family Resource Center to match funding from the Southington Public Schools to support 2019-20 school year and summer Family Resource Center programming.
- $7,500 to Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative to support the 2019-20 work of the Collaborative which aims to support creation of a coordinated system of early care, education and child development in Connecticut.
- $8,000 to the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance to provide early childhood provider, parents and advocates in our four towns with information, training and connections so they can more effectively advocate to support young children.
- $40,000 to Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut to support programming for parents and their young children at the Central Connecticut Family Literacy Center.
- $11,776 to Plainville Family Resource Network to 1) provide the Conscious Discipline series to Plainville parents and educators and 2) support a part-time Aide to maintain a high level of programming for the growing number of families at the PFRN.
- $10,000 to YWCA of New Britain to support expansion of the existing preschool readiness program with the addition of one classroom to serve part-time students in the Central Connecticut Family Literacy program.
Sub-Total, Community Initiatives Grants: $195,726