Youth violence, immigration seen as areas of need


NEW HAVEN — The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the region’s permanent charitable endowment and largest grant-maker, has announced that $2,461,350 in multi-year grants has been awarded by its board of directors to nonprofits serving greater New Haven.

Among the more than 50 nonprofits receiving funding, grants have been awarded to programs that provide street outreach to reduce youth violence in the city of New Haven, that engage a number of religious communities working to tackle immigration issues, that provide legal assistance for veterans and behavioral support services to children. 

“With these grants, the Community Foundation is providing operating support to many of the most important nonprofit organizations in our region and is also supporting many important new projects and initiatives,” said William W. Ginsberg, the foundation’s president and CEO. “This has long been one of our central roles, as we are carrying out the wishes of three generations of generous donors who have provided the funds that make these grants possible."

“We saw a greater number of requests for education and youth-focused programs, which is not surprising given that 2012 is the year for education reform in our state,” said Priscilla F. Canny, the foundation’s senior vice president of grant-making and strategy. “As well, there were significant clusters in the areas of supporting vulnerable children, mental health and family economic security.”

The responsive grants process represents just one element of the Community Foundation’s grant-making. Including non-competitive grants from designated, donor advised and organization funds, competitive grants under other processes and foundation leadership activities, foundation officials say they expect to award $19 million in grants overall in 2012, including grants awarded by its affiliate the Valley Community Foundation. 

The Community Foundation will hold its annual meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. November 28 at the Omni New Haven Hotel in New Haven. Featured guest speaker is state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. Prospective attendees may phone 203-777-7069 or visit

Since 1928, donors to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven have built an endowment currently valued at more than $340 million. In 2011, the group distributed more than $19 million in grants from over 900 different named charitable funds supporting a wide range of programs and projects. The foundation’s service area includes 20 communities in south-central Connecticut.