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July 9, 2012 Nonprofit notebook

Grants bring $4.9 million to Hartford Hospital units

Two Hartford Healthcare units – the Institute of Living and the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center -- have received major grants.

The Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital received a $4.4 million donation from an anonymous donor to help fund the Olmsted landscape rehabilitation project.

The donor was a patient at the Institute of Living during the 1940's. She was treated at the Institute of Living with insulin shock treatment after suffering from a severe breakdown. Her family recalls her saying that the Institute of Living, “Gave her back her life.”

Some of the donation will be used to fund the Olmsted landscape rehabilitation project. Numerous trees on the grounds of The Institute of Living represent rare or unusually large species. Many of the trees on the grounds are thought to date back to the 1860’s. The funding will be used to replace damaged or deceased trees along the tree walk.

Frederick Law Olmsted, one of America’s famous landscape architects, designed the grounds of The Institute in 1861. The design was executed by Olmsted and his protégé, Jacob Weidenmann. Frederick Law Olmsted was a 19th century visionary and pioneer conservationist who founded the profession of landscape and architect in America. Some of his other designs include Central Park in New York City, the Boston Park System, and the U.S. Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C.

At a recent tree planting ceremony, the last of the 17 new specimen trees was planted in an effort to restore the grounds of the Institute of Living to their historic magnificence.   The Institute of Living was founded in 1822 and was one of the first mental health centers in the United States.

Meanwhile, Hartford Hospital’s Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center was again selected as part of network of community cancer centers under the umbrella of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, a member of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program since it began in 2007, has been awarded approximately $500,000 annually to fund participation in the network for the next two years. The Hartford center is the only facility in New England to be part of the national network.

The NCCCP is a collaborative network of community hospitals working to expand cancer research, enhance access to cancer care and improve the quality of care for cancer patients served by community hospitals with an emphasis on underserved populations.

Leadership Greater Hartford endowment

To mark its 35th anniversary, Leadership Greater Hartford has established an endowment fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. 

Grants from the fund will be used by Leadership Greater Hartford to support its mission to develop, connect and inspire diverse leaders to build strong and vibrant communities throughout Greater Hartford. This is accomplished through programs that provide experiential learning through workshops, tours and hands-on team projects.  Leadership Greater Hartford brings together and trains a diverse array of community-minded individuals, representing all ages, socioeconomic levels, home towns, and occupations.

“The endowment fund will ensure that Leadership Greater Hartford is able to sustain our 35-year history of building leaders while building community” said Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford.

Nancy Bernstein of West Hartford is serving as the establishing donor of this new endowment.  Bernstein has served on Leadership Greater Hartford’s Board of Directors, currently serves on its Legacy Advisors committee and is the president and CEO of Women's Health Connecticut in Avon.  She said, “In 2002, when I was first introduced to Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest program, I realized the positive impact it had on me as well as my company’s role in the community. To help secure its future is an honor for me and critically important for the Greater Hartford region.”

Founded in 1977 with support from the Hartford Foundation, Leadership Greater Hartford was originally developed by the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce as a year-long program to provide leaders and emerging leaders with skills and knowledge needed to be effective in a changing world.   

HEDCO gets $10,000

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded a $10,000 grant to HEDCO Inc. in Hartford.

HEDCO helps to stimulate economic development by collaborating with public and private organizations to help start, finance, retain and recruit small businesses in all of Connecticut's 169 cities and towns. The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support the statewide expansion of HEDCO’s small business development services.

“The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will help us implement our new technology plan,” stated Samuel Hamilton, chief executive officer of HEDCO. “Our new, interactive web site will make HEDCO’s financial and technical assistance more accessible and convenient to small businesses across Connecticut.”


In brief

Mike D'Antoni, coach of the men’s Olympic basketball team and the New York Knicks, has donated over $20,000 worth of business suits and professional attire to the Save a Suit Foundation in Shelton. The nonprofit organization provides business suits and clothing to military veterans and soon-to-be college graduates… Cumberland Farms’ six-month-long Pediatric Care Campaign is nearing the finish line in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Participating Cumberland Farms stores will donate five cents per cup from its Chill Zone sales throughout July to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center… The TD Charitable Foundation is accepting nominations from homeless shelter and transitional housing programs. The foundation will select 25 programs across the bank’s East Coast footprint to receive $100,000 grants. The award of $2.5 million represents the foundation’s seventh annual “Housing for Everyone” grant competition.

In brief

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