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April 25, 2016 Nonprofit Notebook

Nonprofit Profile: CT Society of Certified Public Accountants

UConn has formally committed to sharing space in the Hartford Public Library.

The flagship state college will renovate and occupy about 12,000 square feet of library space exclusively for classes/meetings/events once it relocates its West Hartford campus to new space downtown in the fall of 2017. UConn and the library also will share about 4,350 square feet in the 500 Main St. building, adjacent to city hall.

The bulk of UConn's classroom space and faculty offices will be housed in the former Hartford Times Building on Prospect Street.

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The People's United Community Foundation awarded $135,500 during its first grant cycle of 2016 to nonprofit organizations throughout Hartford County. Recipients included: Farm to Family in Avon; Connecticut Center for School Change; Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Connecticut Housing Investment Fund; Connecticut Public Broadcasting; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Connecticut Science Center in Hartford; Rebuilding Together of Manchester, Prudence Crandall Center; and YMCA of New Britain.

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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation distributed more than $1.5 million in grants in 2015 to its Healthy Food Fund initiatives within the region, supporting programs that grow, distribute and market fresh food for the community.

Connecticut recipients include: Hartford Food Systems; New Haven Farms and New Haven Land Trust; Green Village Initiative; CT Food Bank; Brass City Harvest; Community Garden Grants; and Hands on Hartford.

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Achievement First Amistad High School received a $100,000 grant from State Farm's Youth Advisory Board to support their Unified Theater. The program brings together nearly 60 students of all abilities, backgrounds and experiences where students write, direct and perform their own original theater performance.

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The Petit Family Foundation recently awarded a grant of $100,000 to support the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. The grant will support the new cancer center that opened last spring. The walking path located in the healing garden at the center will be named in recognition of the foundation's support.

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Hartford Parent University, a grassroots organization begun and run by parents for parents in Hartford, has received a $15,000 grant from the Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers. Hartford Parent University's goal is to increase parent involvement in the schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life. 

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New Horizons Domestic Violence Shelter, operated by Community Health Center Inc., has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to purchase food and personal care supplies for shelter residents.

The grant is made possible by the Chuck and Rachel Wiltsie Fund, the Elizabeth Swaim Middletown Fund, the Middle Oak Fund, the Jean and Biff Shaw Fund, and the Susan and William Wasch Fund.

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