April 28, 2014

Nonprofit Notebook

Bloomfield's Cigna Foundation announced a $100,000 World of Difference grant for Girls on the Run International, an organization that nurtures the strengths of girls in grades 3-8 by inspiring them to be joyful, healthy and confident. The grant program was established to work with nonprofits that are improving children's wellness, senior care, women's health and health equity — the four social priorities of "Cigna Connects," which is the insurer's corporate responsibility platform.

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The Greater Hartford Association of REALTORS hosted its 7th annual Chocolate, Diamonds & Champagne event at the Riverview in Simsbury. The benefit raised over $7,300 for Foodshare, a Bloomfield nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in Greater Hartford. The Greater Hartford Association of REALTORS is the largest local real estate trade association in Connecticut, serving over 3,500 members in the 57 town Greater Hartford real estate brokerage community.

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BJ's Charitable Foundation recently donated $17,500 to Connecticut-area organizations as part of the companies support for nonprofits that provide aid for hunger prevention, education, self-sufficiency and healthcare. A total of $5,000 went to the St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford; $7,500 to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County in Bridgeport; and $5,000 to the Network Against Domestic Abuse of North Central Connecticut in Enfield.

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Riverfront Recapture's 2014 season of festivals, events, and programs has received a total of $222,500 in sponsorships. Riverfront Recapture is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the region's quality of life and urban vitality through free public access to a network of Riverfront parks in Hartford and East Hartford.

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Wethersfield's Dutch Point Credit Union conducted a seminar series for students of the Central Connecticut Family Literacy Center, a collaborative program provided by Literacy Volunteers of Central CT and the YWCA of New Britain. The series was intended to assist the Family Literacy Center in giving the students a stronger financial foundation to help support their families.

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The Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford raised over $42,000 at its fifth annual Eat. Drink. Dance. Read. Learn. Grow. gala. Proceeds will directly benefit LVGH's adult literacy programs, which last year helped over 850 Greater Hartford residents learn to read, write, and speak English. LVGH is the leading nonprofit provider of adult literacy services in the Greater Hartford region and a partner agency of the United Way.

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Girl Scouts of Connecticut received an $18,000 grant from SBM Charitable Foundation that will make it possible for East Hartford and Manchester girls to attend summer camp at Camp Merrie-Wood. The SBM Charitable Foundation, based in Manchester, works to better the lives of those who live and work predominantly east of the river in Hartford, Tolland, and Windham counties.

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