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  • 2017 Yearin Review

  • 2 FAIRFIELD COUNTYS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY HAS SIGNIFICANT NEEDS. YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO TACKLE THEM.

    The inequities, disparities and needs in our region are significant. With the data from the recent Fairfield County Community Wellbeing Index, we know we have our work cut out for us. It is your commitment to giving where you live that enables us to continue to make the work we do impactful and even more strategic. Together we can improve the quality of life, health, educational and economic opportunities for all residents of Fairfield County.

    Here are a few data points from the Index that will inform our solutions going forward.

    Review the full Fairfield County Community Wellbeing Index at: FCCFoundation.org/wellbeing

    THANK YOU FOR MAKING AN IMPACT$17.2 MILLION IN GRANTSIN AND OUTSIDE FAIRFIELD COUNTY

    DONOR-ADVISED GRANTS

    $12.8 MillionSCHOLARSHIPS

    Nearly $1 MillionDISCRETIONARY

    $3.4 Million

    The regions income inequality ranks first of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas when comparing incomes of top and bottom earners. In 2014, the top 5% of earners made nearly $560,000 per year, almost 18 times the less than $32,000 that the bottom 20% earned.

    While Fairfield County residents on the whole are healthy when compared to national benchmarks, many conditions and risk factors such as asthma, food insecurity, exposure to community violence and the early onset of diabetes are disproportionately prevalent in lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

    While Fairfield County boasts a 90% four-year high school graduation rate, only 43% of the countys students are proficient in math in 8th grade.

    https://fccfoundation.org/5423/community-wellbeing-index-page/

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    IN MEMORY

    THANK YOU FOR MAKING AN IMPACT$17.2 MILLION IN GRANTSIN AND OUTSIDE FAIRFIELD COUNTY

    During the year, we lost three of our dearest friends and supporters. Susan M. Ross, who was the former president and CEO, led the Foundation for 15 years during a time of tremendous growth and change, and was a strong proponent for building nonprofit executive leadership. Anne S. Leonhardt, who was a lifelong believer in the empowerment of women and girls, was the founding donor of our Fund for Women & Girls. Joan M. Warburg, also a longstanding supporter and donor, brought tremendous expertise and enthusiasm to us. We are forever grateful to these three women for their leadership and commitment to Fairfield County.

    DEAR FRIENDS,

    Thanks to you our donors, partners and communities 2017 was a very good year. With your support and generosity, we strengthened our financial position, exceeded expectations for Giving Day, took our programs to an ever-higher level, and continued to empower women, girls and disadvantaged youth by giving them the tools they need to improve their quality of life and move towards economic self-sufficiency.

    We also marked our 25th anniversary in 2017. Over the years, we have broadened our scope from simply making grants to being a unifier that brings together thought leaders from various sectors of our communities. We have come a long way together and can be proud that we have built a Community Foundation that is having a positive impact on our region.

    Our success has been driven largely by a commitment to research. Today we are known as a Community Foundation that combines compassion with hard data. Research helps ensure that your support goes to the most promising and sustainable solutions. Our Community Wellbeing Index, published in partnership with DataHaven, was the result of meticulous research. It identifies critical opportunity gaps that exist in Fairfield County. Going forward, it will guide the Community Foundations strategies, programs and funding.

    On behalf of all of us at Fairfield Countys Community Foundation, we thank you for your commitment and support and for sharing our vision of making Fairfield County a vital, inclusive community where every person has the opportunity to thrive.

    LIZANNE GALBREATH CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    JUANITA T. JAMES PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    LEFT TO RIGHT

    Susan M. Ross Anne S. Leonhardt

    Joan M. Warburg

    https://fccfoundation.org/

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    YOUR IMPACT AT A GLANCE

    686 INDIVIDUALS REPRESENTING 325 NONPROFITS strengthened their organizations through the Center for Nonprofit Excellences offerings

    21 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS for nonprofit staff and board members generated a 98% SATISFACTION RATE

    129 NONPROFIT LEADERS AND 19 STATE LEGISLATORS AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS from four cities met through CNE to discuss countywide issues

    96% OF WORKSHOP ATTENDEES stated they improved their knowledge and skills as a result of CNE training

    CENTER FOR NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE

    Having been in CNEs Executive Leadership Program for two years, Ive been able to take the best practices shared and competencies learned from marketing and branding to finance to advocacy work and apply them throughout our organization. This professional development enables networking which leads us to collaborations that deliver results and impact, and it all starts with CNE at a minimal or no cost.

    MATTHEW QUINONESChief Executive OfficerStamford Public Education Foundation

    Building capacity for high-impact successOur Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) provides high-quality, low-cost training and resources to help Fairfield County nonprofits build capacity and make a powerful impact on their communities. It is a one-stop resource hub unlike any other in the county.

    With your feedback on our programs and services combined with research and data we have broadened and strengthened our offerings for nonprofit staff and board members. From our Executive Leadership Program to skill building workshops to Board Chair roundtables, CNE is providing the leadership and capacity-building that our nonprofits need to succeed. And thanks to your support, we were able to expand our offerings this year to provide training on succession planning, data skills and collaboration.

    Learn more about the work that you are making possible or register for one of our events at: fccfoundation.org/cne.

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    https://fccfoundation.org/community-impact/center-nonprofit-excellence/

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    FUND FOR WOMEN & GIRLS

    Empowering women and building self-sufficiency You are empowering the women and girls of Fairfield County, helping them achieve their dreams and build a better life for themselves and their families. Our Family Economic Security Program (FESP), a partnership with Housatonic Community College, had a record 143 students enrolled in 2017, moving us closer to our goal of helping to move 400 students towards greater economic security by 2019.

    During the year, we held our first community college symposium, bringing nonprofits, funders and educators together to discuss how to make better investments in education to help women access and attain sustainable employment opportunities. We also launched a renewable grant program to provide multiyear assistance to some of our strongest grantee partners.

    In 2017, we held a one-day advocacy program to help women run for public office. Participants learned the most effective techniques to successfully launch their political life and networked with key community leaders who shared their political experiences.

    Learn more about the work that you are making possible at: FCCFoundation.org/fwg.

    YOUR IMPACT AT A GLANCE

    AWARDED $860,000 IN GRANTS TO 27 ORGANIZATIONS that share your commitment to education

    INCREASED NUMBER OF SMALLER GRANTS to leadership development and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs for girls

    ACHIEVED 72%-86% RETENTION RATE for FESP students spring-to-spring and fall-to-fall versus the colleges approximate 52%

    RAISED NEARLY $500,000 FROM MORE THAN 600 ATTENDEES at our FWG Annual Luncheon

    It was always my dream to go to college. After 16 years of various immigration setbacks, the minute I got my green card I enrolled at Housatonic Community College. As a grandmother of three, Ill be completing my associates degree in Sociology this December and plan to enroll in another college to earn my bachelors and masters degrees in social work. I tell everyone: Never give up on a dream, and FESP made sure that I didnt give up on mine!

    DIONNE WILLIAMSFESP Student

    https://fccfoundation.org/https://fccfoundation.org/community-impact/fund-women-girls-new/

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    FAIRFIELD COUNTYS GIVING DAY

    Setting new records thanks to your generosity You did it again! You made March 9, 2017 Fairfield Countys Giving Day the most successful yet. You raised $1,465,246 in just 24 hours! As the regions largest philanthropic day of the year, the goal of Giving Day is to inspire, empower and unite individuals across the region to learn about their local nonprofit programs and support the impactful work these organizations are doing. It is the one day of the year that brings all of us in the county together to support our shared values and celebrate local philanthropy. Lets see what you can do on March 1, 2018!

    Thank you once again Bank of America for being our Giving Day Lead Sponsor for the fourth year!

    Be part of the next Giving Day at: FCCFoundation.org/giving.

    YOUR IMPACT AT A GLANCE

    NEARLY $1.5 MILLION RAISED IN 2017

    414 PARTICIPATING NONPROFITS

    13,718 INDIVIDUAL DONORS

    OVER $4.5 MILLION RAISED FOR MORE THAN 600 NONPROFITS since Givin