Community Foundation continues to be responsive to needs of nonprofits in area with several programs, grants

Published on Monday, 11 January 2021 12:56
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN – Local nonprofit organizations that serve in the Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington areas will have a chance to get more resources to continue their work through the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

“Our goal is to be as responsive as we can be to the needs of our nonprofit organizations, especially as many are still stabilizing as a result of the pandemic,” said Joeline Wruck, CFGNB’s director of community initiatives and program services. “The design of our 2021 program is a direct result of what we heard from the leadership of our local organizations and we will continue to be flexible in order to remain responsive.”

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain works to inspire philanthropy, responsibly manage permanent charitable assets effectively, and partner to address key community issues through strategic leadership.

One of the programs include the 2021 Executive Director’s Forum, which will focus on creating a space where executive directors can learn, guide and support one another through nine monthly sessions. Each session will take place on a virtual platform for one and a half hours between February-June and September-November.

The forum will focus on reemerging organizations from the pandemic, but it will also provide a base for professional development, including financial scenario planning, six-month budgeting options, what business continuity looks like, how often a racial equity lens is applied to the work, nonprofit lifecycles, re-pivoting programs and fundraising successes, failures and dilemmas, according to the foundation.

In addition, each member of the forum will receive a one-hour consultation with Sharon Danosky to discuss an issue or explore a topic more deeply. These sessions can be broken into one, two or three sessions, at the person’s preference. The foundation will accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis until the series reaches full enrollment of 18.

Another resource the foundation will provide is scholarships of up to $250 for 20 nonprofit organizations in its four-service towns. The scholarships will focus on organizations that plan on participating in grant writing training, which is a need that was identified by executive directors through surveys and meetings in 2020.

Based on popular demand the foundation will once again offer covid-19 mini-grants of up to $2,000 to help organizations that provide significant services in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. The grants will be put towards making modifications, purchases, changes or improvements that support operations or program deliveries because of the pandemic.

The last round was a success and some examples of considered requests are technology costs, technical support to re-design programs for online access, marketing, communications, or fundraising support, financial planning, modifications to physical spaces, and more. The first round of grant decisions will be made by mid-February for applications received by Jan. 31.

The foundation’s resources do not just end there. Planning is also underway for two spring workshops focused on fundraising, cultivating donors and mission-based sponsorships. The foundation will also continue to provide on-line access to interested nonprofits for the Foundation Directory Online, a powerful online resource that contains information on more than 225,000 grant makers.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville, Southington Herald on Monday, 11 January 2021 12:56. Updated: Monday, 11 January 2021 12:58.