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March 26, 2018 Nonprofit Notebook

SI awards $46K in grants

SI Financial Foundation recently awarded more than $46,400 in grants to 18 Connecticut nonprofit organizations, including the Community Economic Development Fund Foundation, Creative Living Community of CT, Otis Library, Windham Area Interfaith Ministries and Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center.

Main Street Community Foundation saw a record amount of grant distributions in 2017 including $1.7 million in grants and scholarships to Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott residents. Additionally, the Foundation received $2.3 million in contributions and established 10 new funds.

Hartford parking magnate Alan Lazowski has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP.

Lazowski, who founded LAZ Parking in 1981, runs the second-largest parking and transportation company in the nation, with 2,750 parking locations in 30 states and revenue over $1.4 billion.

A UConn grad and son of Holocaust survivors, Lazowski currently serves as chairman of the board of the National Parking Association and the Chabad House of Greater Hartford. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2014 as a member of the United State Holocaust Memorial Council.

Thirty donors raised $100,000 for The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's Spark Funds, three new current-use funds that support children and families, workforce development and resident engagement.

The Spark Fund grants were awarded to the following organizations: Catholic Charities and the Village for Families & Children and Family Life Education jointly received a total of $55,000; Capital Workforce Partners received $30,000; and The Christian Activities Council received $15,000.

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