For Immediate Release

Contact: Jennifer O’Brien, Program Director; 860.442.3572

December 20, 2019

NEW LONDON – The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut announces $210,554 in 2019 grants to 53 nonprofits aimed at providing greater equity for women and girls throughout Eastern Connecticut from its four Women & Girls Funds.

  • Northeast Area Women & Girls Fund awarded $18,795 to 11 nonprofits, including Community Health Resources for basic needs of women coming out of intensive residential treatment programs;
  • Norwich Area Women & Girls Fund awarded $8,500 to three nonprofits, including Safe Futures for a short term safe living program at the Katie Blair House;
  • Southeast Area Women & Girls Fund awarded $122,259 to 20 nonprofits, including Hispanic Alliance of SECT/La Latina Network for BRILLA, a leadership development program for Latina teens; and
  • Windham Area Women & Girls Fund awarded $61,000 to 19 nonprofits, including Perception Programs to empower new residents to begin their journey on the path to self-worth and positive decisions.

“The Foundation is excited to announce an increase of nearly $30,000 in our grantmaking from 2018 that supports programs to lift up women and girls throughout our region. In partnership with our generous donors, we are able to focus on economic security and domestic violence, as well as improved health and educational outcomes for those in greatest need. We are committed to deploying our grants to programs that promote equity and social justice so that women across our 42 towns will have access to opportunities to thrive,” stated Program Director Jennifer O’Brien.

In 1999, the Community Foundation established its first Women & Girls Fund to support nonprofits that empower women and girls to pursue positive, productive lives – for themselves and their families. Since that time, three other Women & Girls Funds were established in Windham, Norwich and Northeast Connecticut to advance the equity and well-being of women and girls through grantmaking, advocacy and action.

Collectively, the four Women & Girls Funds have an endowment of over $4 million and have awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to over 440 programs.

To learn more about the Women & Girls Funds at the Community Foundation, or how to set up your own named fund to benefit women and girls in Eastern Connecticut, please contact Alison Woods, or by phone at 860.442.3572.

Please visit our website for a complete list of grantees

About the Community Foundation
Serving 42 towns and comprised of 537 charitable funds, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut puts philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of the region, focusing on four priority areas: empowering youth, promoting basic needs and rights, preserving the environment, and advancing animal welfare. The Foundation stewards net assets of over $97 million and has awarded more than $61 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students since its founding in 1983. To learn more, visit

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