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Impact and Sustainability at Core of New Innovative Philanthropy Center

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford announced the launch of its new Center for Innovative Philanthropy (CIP), a cutting-edge incubator of philanthropic ideas and best practices.

Part boutique consulting firm, part think-tank, part philanthropic advisory service, the Center’s mission is to drive more effective philanthropy through innovative initiatives, research, donor education and support that increases community nonprofits’ sustainability and impact. The Center is designed to harness ideas from around the globe, introduce ground-breaking approaches to philanthropy, and employ best practices to increase the impact of nonprofits and donors across the Greater Hartford community. 

The Center will explore experimental and proven efforts to increase impact and foster social change, including venture philanthropy, investing in talent, outcome measurement and nonprofit capacity building.

CIP is unique in that it focuses on the major components of effective philanthropy together: 1) nonprofits; 2) donors; and 3) community data and knowledge-building. CIP will serve organizations of all sizes and scales, including those that are often excluded from such support, such as synagogues. An advisory committee of local leaders with business acumen, philanthropic experience and an appetite for innovation will guide the Center’s offerings.

“Philanthropy seeks to solve problems, connect people, and build community – dollars alone can’t do that,” said Michael Johnston, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford. “The Center for Innovative Philanthropy is a significant investment to ensure that donors, agencies and the community at large can make the most of their ideas and energy, using resources in addition to dollars to increase their reach and impact.”

“The Center for Innovative Philanthropy is about capturing great ideas, fostering best practices, making grants whose impact goes far beyond its dollar amount, and pushing the envelope to capitalize on the energy and expertise of our community and others around the world,” said Kathryn Gonnerman, director of the Center for Innovative Philanthropy at the Foundation.


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