Capacity Building Workshop Series Now Accepting Applications

Board Development to be Focus of 2020 Sessions; Application Deadline is January 24

New Britain, Conn., December 13, 2019 – The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB), will offer its third series of in-depth capacity building workshops in 2020 designed to help local non-profit organizations strengthen their boards and achieve greater impact in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, and Southington. A grant of $10,000 from the Farmington Bank Community Foundation will support the 2020 program.

“Farmington Bank Community Foundation is pleased to collaborate with Community Foundation of Greater New Britain on the continuation of capacity building and training for local nonprofits. For many, organizations’ capacity building falls to the bottom of the budget as funding for programs and services tightens. To have the ability to participate in a series of workshops that focus on governance, fundraising, HR, and other operational issues is invaluable. The community and the nonprofit’s constituents benefit from the services and programs offered by well-run organizations.” said Chris Traczyk Executive Director of Farmington Bank Community Foundation.

The 2020 Capacity Building Workshop Series will offer three workshops between February and April with a focus on the development of strong boards of directors. Danosky & Associates of New Milford will lead the training series for the third year in a row following overwhelming positive feedback from nonprofit attendees in previous years.

“After two strong years of programming and feedback from participants, there is no doubt that the Foundation’s Capacity Building Initiative is a relevant and impactful resource to our local nonprofit organizations,” said Joeline Wruck, Director of Community Initiatives and Program Services for the Community Foundation. “We are excited to continue this important initiative in 2020 and to give our local nonprofit agencies the resources and tools they need to support their work in the communities we serve.”

The 2020 workshops are for executive directors and board members of nonprofits serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, or Southington. Space is limited; each workshop can accommodate 15 nonprofits.  Participants will be selected through a competitive application process and workshop participation will require attendance of the Executive Director and a minimum of two, and up to three, members of the Board of Directors. The series is not designed for municipal or quasi-governmental organizations; volunteer-run organizations are eligible if they have a governing board of directors is in place. Because the series as a whole is more impactful in building organizational capacity than participation in individual workshops, preference will be given to organizations that commit to participating in the entire series of all three workshops.  Organizations that participate in all three workshops will be eligible to apply for a grant award of up to $2,000 at the end of the training session to support implementation of strategies from the sessions that will strengthen organizations.

The workshops in 2020 are: Assessing Your Board (February 19); Strategy Focused/High Impact Board (March 18); and The Board’s Role in Fundraising (April 8). Complete workshop details are available in the application. All workshops will take place at Stanley Black and Decker in New Britain and take place from 4:00 to 8:30 PM. Each workshop will include a working dinner.

Local non-profits based in or significantly serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and/or Southington are eligible to apply for the no-cost series of trainings. The application deadline is January 24; to apply, visit For questions and additional information, contact Joeline Wruck, Director of Community Initiatives and Program Services, at 860-229-6018, ext. 307, or

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is “Where Good Begins” in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. Located at The Foundation Center at 74A Vine Street, New Britain, the Foundation works to inspire philanthropy, responsibly manage permanent charitable assets, and partner to address key community issues through strategic leadership. For more information, visit