Organizational Development

Connecticut Community Foundation is a partner in building stronger and more effective nonprofit organizations in our region, helping organizations develop their own methods in delivering high-quality services to area residents by: 

Catchafire: Connecting Nonprofits to Skilled Volunteers

The Foundation has partnered with Catchafire to create a virtual volunteer network which gives nonprofit organizations serving Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills access to passionate and highly skilled volunteers throughout the country—all at no cost to the organizations! This new program connects nonprofits with talented professionals looking to give back to the nonprofit community with their expertise in areas such as marketing, web development, operations, strategy, and more. The menu of 120+ pre-scoped projects, each with specific deliverables and project steps, makes it easy to find what you need and match with a volunteer with the right skills for the job.  View the Catchafire site. Interested? Please contact Patrick McKenna to find out if your organization is eligible.


The Foundation provides learning opportunities and professional development for staff, volunteers, and boards of nonprofits throughout the year. These sessions not only offer information on the latest organizational trends and best practices but also provide an opportunity to connect with other nonprofit leaders in the community.



Articles and links for nonprofit leaders on topics including best practices, legal issues, grant writing, financial management, diversity, equity and inclusion and more.

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Strengthening Nonprofits Grants

Nonprofits need certain capacities to be able to meet their missions, including strong leadership, financial management, technology, fund development and communications. The Foundation provides funding to help organizations invest in these vital building blocks creates a strong operational infrastructure that builds efficiencies, improves program delivery and increases overall impact.

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Permanent Endowment and Non-Permanent Advised Funds

We offer nonprofits the ability to create funds that we hold and manage as part of our endowment portfolio. We offer both permanent endowed funds and non-permanent advised funds. The former help organizations to establish and build permanent revenue streams, while the latter enable them to invest reserve funds or raise funds for special projects.

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Patrick McKenna
For more information, please contact:
Patrick McKenna, Senior Program Officer, | 203.753.1315, x118