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Developing nonprofit leaders & strengthening Fairfield County

Originally published on Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s blog. As nonprofits work hand-in-hand with philanthropists to solve our region’s greatest challenges, success can rely on a key factor: developing strong, competent leaders. Investing in the professional development of its leadership team can make an exponential impact on how well an organization delivers its mission. But in

Giving Voice to Fuel Change: Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month in Fairfield County

Originally published on Fairfield County’s Community Foundation blog. August is globally recognized as Black Philanthropy Month – a time to celebrate the collective power of African-American communities and their allies to transform lives through the power of giving, and to raise awareness to inspire and strengthen this work. It’s a conversation that is deeply meaningful in

Pairing passion with philanthropy: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Rising Professional Advisors

Originally published on the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation blog Victoria McGruder has always been passionate about philanthropy – and about developing a strong, dynamic career. Last spring, she found a way to integrate those aspirations and make a difference through Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. As a private wealth advisor living in Manhattan, Victoria learned about the

For ESL students, changing the world through music – and more.

As a middle school student learning to speak English as a second language, Anthony was struggling. He didn’t understand the word problems his class was tackling, and was falling behind in math. Concerned, his parents turned to a unique source of support: the family advocate staff at INTAKE Native Instrument Academy, a Stamford-based nonprofit devoted

A partnership to empower the next generation of environmental leaders

When Amy Barnouw launched Planet Fuel, a line of organic juices for teens and tweens, her goal went beyond creating a healthy product. She wanted to craft a mission-driven brand to help young people understand that they have the power to make healthy choices for both their body, and the planet. “Our passion has always

For this single mom in college, an innovative program was a path to success.

Two decades ago 17-year old Bridgeport high school grad Regina Scates was a single mother, raising a baby without the support of her parents. Despite the challenges of her situation, she wasn’t ready to let go of her dream of earning a college degree. Determined to pursue her goal, she enrolled at Housatonic Community College

Give where you live to build a stronger Fairfield County – and find joy.

In turbulent and divisive times, we could all use a bit more joy in our lives. But how can we connect with this feeling? Research reveals a surprising answer: doing good for others. Many psychological studies show that giving makes people happy. When we give back to the world around us, we achieve something truly