Our Initiatives

The Community Foundation continually monitors the communities we serve, responding with new initiatives as needs and opportunities arise.

Aligned with our mission of addressing key community issues through strategic leadership, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is proactive with a portion of its grantmaking funds in order to seek out, create and support projects and initiatives that focus on the broader community as well as 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.

Young Philanthropy Programs

Aligned with our mission of inspiring philanthropy we recognize the need to educate younger generations about the value of contributing one’s time, talent and treasure to support charitable organizations in their community. One way we accomplish this is through innovative social networking opportunities, including social events centered around “GivingTuesday” activities each November in several of the communities we serve.

Capacity Building Programs for Non-Profits

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and American Savings Foundation are working together to offer a series of in-depth capacity building workshops for local non-profit organizations. The workshops are designed to help organizations address the increasingly difficult challenge of sustaining programs and services during lean fiscal times. As part of the Capacity Building Initiative, we will be developing a new lending library for area non-profits to use in our office. The library will provide access to print and online resources to help reduce costs for organizations and the Foundation will provide guidance and instruction in a variety of professional areas.

The Community Foundation’s Role in Disaster Response

In order for the CFGNB to respond appropriately to what the Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington communities may need during times of local emergency, a CFGNB Disaster Response Fund has been established. The purpose of the Fund is to make resources available to local government community service departments and crisis coordinators to meet the basic needs of residents from Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington who are displaced from their homes for an extended period of time due to a natural disaster. Funds may also be used to support individual municipalities for basic food and shelter expenses related to temporarily supporting residents displaced due to a natural disaster. Natural disaster incidents include fire, flood and other weather related emergencies. Anyone in the community can contribute to prior to or in time of crisis and will provide funds to the towns for affected residents in a responsible manner.
For information on any of these initiatives please click through the listing on the left side of this page . Please contact Joeline Wruck, Director of Community Initiatives and Program Services at jwruck@cfgnb.org or at 860-229-6018, ext 307, if you have additional questions.