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February 24, 2014 Nonprofit notebook

St. Francis nets $555K grant for leukemia research

Photo | Contributed Pictured from left to right: E. Merritt McDonough, Jr., St. Francis Foundation president and chief development officer; John Rodis, St. Francis' executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief physician executive; Lynn Rossini, vice president, St. Francis Foundation; and Nick Stamboulis, Lea's Foundation board member.
Photo | Contributed Farmington Bank employees provide a $1,500 check to Rocky Hill Youth & Families Services.

Lea's Foundation for Leukemia Research recently announced a $555,000 pledge for leukemia research at Hartford's St. Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center over the next three years.

The funds provided by Lea's Foundation will coordinate and support patient participation in clinical trials to test recently discovered cancer treatment drugs.

Lea's Foundation was formed in 1998 to honor the memory of Lea Michele Economos, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 18, and subsequently lost her battle when she was 28. Lea's Foundation raises money to fund research into the causes of and cures for leukemia and its related cancers — lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

New cancer center receives $1.5M pledge

The Hospital of Central Connecticut Cancer Center, now under construction in New Britain, has received a $1.5 million donation from the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation.

The gift, the largest yet in the hospital's $10 million cancer center fundraising campaign, will support a new state-of-the-art breast center that will offer a full range of treatment and services for breast cancer patients.

The new breast center will be named the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Comprehensive Breast Center.

People’s United Community Foundation awards $870K in grants

The People's United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People's United Bank, has awarded $870,220 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

About 141 organizations received funding in support of activities that ranged from education programs and basic needs services to workforce development programs and affordable housing.

The funding was distributed within the foundation's three areas of focus, with 35 percent allocated to community development, 30 percent to youth development, and 16 percent to affordable housing initiatives.

Farmington Bank donates to Rocky Hill nonprofits

 The Farmington Bank Community Foundation recently provided four Rocky Hill charities monetary donations in honor of the bank's newest branch opening at 366 Cromwell Ave.

The recipients included Friends of Cora J. Belden Library, the Rocky Hill Historical Society, the town of Rocky Hill Youth and Family Services and the Rocky Hill Health and Human Services Dept.

UIL announces $25K in grants

 New Haven electric utility UIL Holdings Corp. and its operating companies will provide $25,000 in grants to six organizations that provide food, fuel and housing assistance in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The organizations receiving support include Connecticut Food Bank, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, Foodshare, and Operation Fuel.

Aetna Foundation grants $1.2M to support digital health innovations

The Aetna Foundation has announced more than $1.2 million in grants to support the use of digital health technology, including mobile health or mHealth, among vulnerable and minority populations.

The grants are part of a larger $4 million, three-year digital health commitment from the Aetna Foundation for the implementation and evaluation of technology innovations to help address public health concerns. The grants will go to a diverse group of 23 organizations across 13 states, including regional hospitals.

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