Monday, October 29, 2012

Free Webinar 11/14: Introduction to Finding Funders

The Foundation Center offers crackerjack free online webinars.

This one is an introduction to Grantseeking Basics and is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2012 1:00PM - 2:00PM.

It is free. 

Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center's comprehensive funding research tool.
This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your nonprofit organization's funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports.

Note: The webinar assumes no previous experience with Foundation Directory Online Professional.

If you've never taken a Foundation Center webinar before, here is a page on how they work.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

'Livable Communities for All Ages' event- Hartford

The CT Commission on Aging & Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, in partnership with the CT Council for Philanthropy & the CT Chapter of theAmerican Planning Association invites you to an important event: "Livable Communities for All Ages"

Thoughtful leaders are taking a close look at how demographic changes will impact their community ~ and through innovation have begun to prepare.

This is an important opportunity for chief elected officials, town planners, town administrators, providers, the philanthropy community, policymakers and other key stakeholders.

Thursday, November 1, 2012
9:00 am – 10:00 am coffee & networking (Atrium)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (room 2C)
Legislative Office Building - Hartford, Connecticut

Keynote: Coralette Hannon, National AARP

Featuring best practices from across the state and nation, plus
·         Jim Finley ~ CT Conference of Municipalities
·         Julia Evans Starr ~ CT Commission on Aging
·         Nancy Roberts ~ CT Council for Philanthropy
·         Dawn Lambert ~ Dept. of Social Services
·         Jim Lisher ~ New Canaan

o Presentations to outline the problem and share possible solutions
o An open discussion with experts
o Future information exchanges

To RSVP: email: or call: 860.240.5200

By now, you know that the state and nation are growing older at an unprecedented rate. In CT, there are approximately 1 million baby boomers (people born between 19461964) representing a third of our population. The leading edge of these baby boomers is now turning 66 years of age. In illustration of their impact, in CT our 65+ population is set to increase by 64% between 2006 and 2030. Most importantly, however, is the fact that these individuals are overwhelmingly choosing to stay in their own homes and communities as they age. Developing “Livable Communities for All Ages” looks beyond the fields of healthcare and economic security and explores housing, economic development, transportation, community support systems and civic engagement.

Annual TRIAD Conference November 1 in Glastonbury

The 11th Annual TRIAD Conference will be held in Glastonbury in 2012.

The conference, entitled “No Excuse for Financial Abuse,” will be held Thursday, November 1, 2012  - 8:30AM - 12:30PM at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury.

TRIAD is explained here; community TRIAD are partnerships of law enforcement personnel, aging network leadership and private sector businesses who agree to work together to reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to this population. TRIADs strive to strengthen community partnerships that help to improve the quality of life, reduce crime and diminish the fear of crime among Connecticut’s older residents.

Light refreshments will be provided; a pdf flyer is available here.

RSVP to Contact: Gretchen James at or (203) 814-3620

Speakers Include:
Hubert H. (“Skip”) Humphrey III, Office of Older Americans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Attorney General George Jepsen
Special Agent Anna Ferreira-Pandolfi, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
Dr. Linda Eagle, Global Bankers Institute

And a panel discussion with:
  • Hon. Daniel Caruso, Probate Judge 
  • Dorian J. Long, M.S.W., DSS Program Administration Manager, Social Work Services 
  • Tina Gabriel, People’s Bank Fraud Unit 
  • Officer James Kennedy, Glastonbury PD 
  • Jack Horne, Dept. of Banking, Securities & Business Investments Division

Whole Kids School Garden Grant Program

The Whole Kids Foundation, in collaboration with Foodcorps, provides School Garden Grants to teach kids to garden and learn about topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness. Garden projects may be at any stage of development: planning, construction or operation.

Awards of $2,000 are available. NFP's and nonprofit K-12 schools are eligible to apply.

Deadline: November 15, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Project Ignition’s Teen Driver Safety Service-Learning Grants

Project Ignition, from State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council, will provide grants of $2,000 to public high schools.

Public schools addressing teen driver safety through service-learning initiatives for students in grades 9 through 12 (ages 13+) are eligible. Deadline: November 15, 2012.

25 high schools will be selected to receive grants of $2,000 each to support implementation of their programs between January and April 2011.

All applications require a teacher and principal signature.

Program guidelines and application materials are available at the Project Ignition site.