January 21, 2013
Nonprofit notebook

Runners ask nonprofits to audition for funding

A group of local marathon runners is flipping the script on this year's ING Hartford Marathon. Instead of coming together to raise money for a common cause, they've come together around running and are auditioning potential nonprofit beneficiaries.

Team M.A.D. was formed in 2006. That year, 27 friends ran as a team and raised more than $21,000 for the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress. In seven years, Team M.A.D. and its runners have now raised more than $150,000 for charities in the Hartford area.

The team has set up a formal application process at www.goteammad.org. To qualify for consideration, qualified charities must complete the application form and a) be able to work closely with Team M.A.D. throughout the training and fundraising season, b) be able to demonstrate a need for funds, and c) have a 501(c) 3 status. Submission deadline is Feb. 8.

For more information, contact Laura Hanson, the selection committee coordinator, at sc_coordinator@goteammad.org.

Grant trains paramedics

The University of New Haven has received a grant of nearly $75,000 from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority to purchase equipment to be used to train paramedics.

The grant will fund the purchase of high-fidelity simulators, which are computerized interactive life-sized manikins.

"This project will provide an advanced training environment for approximately 300 individuals each year, including students studying emergency medicine and practicing paramedics who need to update their skills," said Peter Struble, a practitioner-in-residence at UNH and the fire chief in Wallingford.

CHEFA is a quasi-governmental agency created to help Connecticut-based non-profit organizations raise the funds needed to meet their goals of improving the health and education of the citizens of this state. CHEFA generates revenue from fees for the services it provides to the client base and from investment income, often generating a surplus that it reinvests into the state through contributions and a series of proprietary grant programs intended to provide vital financial support to our clients and other nonprofit organizations whose missions contribute to the well-being of the State's citizens. To date, more than $14 million dollars have been awarded to more than 100 Connecticut nonprofit organizations.

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Awards target parenting

Five grants totaling $53,000 have been awarded by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in support of education, career development, leadership, parenting and housing programs operated by YWCA Hartford Region.

The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at Hartford Foundation awarded $25,000 to support the new YW Career Women program for single mothers attending college and preparing for a career in healthcare. That same fund also awarded $7,500 to support the Young Women's Leadership Corps, which focuses on building personal leadership, financial capability and career readiness in young women in middle and high school.

The Samuel Roskin Trust at Hartford Foundation awarded $15,000 to the Teens as Successful Parents program, which helps teen mothers graduate from high school and prepare for a career while developing effective parenting skills.

Soromundi Commons received $5,500 in grants from the Vernon D. and Florence E. Roosa Family Foundation Memorial Fund and the Anonymous No. 38 Fund at Hartford Foundation. Soromundi Commons provides emergency shelter and housing to over 100 individuals every year. Soromundi is managed in collaboration with Chrysalis Center, Inc. and Konover Residential Corp.

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Hilton donates $600,000 to Sandy recovery

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded $600,000 to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

In late October, Hurricane Sandy impacted a region stretching from the Caribbean to the Northeastern United States, becoming the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. The economic losses resulting from the damages left in Sandy's wake are estimated at $66 billion, making it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane after Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Sandy caused the deaths of 253 people, 97 of whom were in the tri-state area.

Of the $600,000, the Hilton Foundation provided $500,000 to Enterprise Community Partners to help address the housing-related needs of people affected by the storm, and Project Hospitality received $100,000 to assist chronically homeless people in the area.

Enterprise Community Partners is the leading provider of financing, expertise and policy leadership for creating and preserving affordable housing for low income populations, whereas Project Hospitality provides a range of interconnected services for homeless people, including food, clothing, housing, health care and legal assistance.

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In brief …

The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving has donated $14,000 to provide seven scholarship opportunities to Goodwin College students enrolled in health and natural sciences or in nursing… The Union Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $10,000 to Danbury Children First, Inc., an organization that works to improve the lives of children by involving, empowering and supporting parents through educational programs, workshops and multilingual resources, as well as advocacy for children. The Foundation's $10,000 grant will help fund the Parent Education Program, which provides workshops for parents on ways to support their children's early learning and education. The foundation also has awarded $5,579 to The Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield.

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