As the community foundation serving all of Eastern Connecticut, we welcome and work with generous people who want to give back, support effective solutions to pressing community challenges and promote the well-being of our region.

We are dedicated to integrating the values of equity and social justice into our community priorities.

We fund a wide range of initiatives and projects that connect people who care - our donors - with the nonprofits, schools, libraries and other organizations that change people's lives for the better throughout our region. As an organization committed to greater equity and justice for all in our communities, we are putting our full attention towards anti-racism.

Our board and staff have undertaken an intentional process to listen to and learn from constituents’ voices, especially those that have been historically marginalized, and to bring that learning and those voices into our strategic priorities: Youth Empowerment, Basic Needs & Rights, Environmental Conservation & Education, and Animal Welfare.

Helping You Have Meaningful Impact

In July 2015, we completed an 18-month-long strategic planning process through which our Board and staff sought input from our nonprofit partners, community knowledge experts, community leaders, residents and donors on how together, we could be a stronger, more purposeful "force for good" in the community. We also looked at our past successes and conferred with our peer community foundations on what's working in other communities.

With that input and building upon our strengths, the Community Foundation's 2015-2018 Strategic Plan affirms our commitment to working with donors to put their philanthropy into action, with a particular focus on four priority areas - four pillars that will guide our relationship building, grantmaking and capacity building efforts. In 2018, the Foundation board of trustees and staff decided to continue the work of this strategic plan into 2020.

These pillars give us all the opportunity to unite to empower young people, promote basic needs and rights, preserve the environment and advance animals and wildlife.

Empower Youth

We strive to ensure that our youth live in a safe and supportive environment, and have access to high quality, emotionally, intellectually, culturally and environmentally rich learning opportunities. Priority given to programs that:

Promote Basic Needs & Rights

We strive to ensure that the region’s residents have access to social and health services, healthy nutrition, stable housing, job training and education, and arts and culture. Priority given to programs that:

Preserve the Environment

We strive to foster an understanding of and promote action on the relationship between the health of the natural world and the health and well-being of our residents. Priority given to programs that:

Advance Animal Welfare

Ensure adequate protection, care and humane treatment of animals and wildlife. Priority given to programs that: