Community foundations have not been known for working with the local communities in which they should serve, but in Connecticut a foundation takes a more philanthrolocal approach.
"Traditionally, community foundations work to create change by making grants to local nonprofits, advocacy groups and other organizations. This fulfills the valuable but limited role of purveying monetary support. Seldom, if ever, do they work directly with the communities they serve to create change.
"A new breed of funders is showing how, by serving in yet another role, they can foster change that is more comprehensive, more responsive to residents’ needs and, hopefully, more enduring. This involves reaching into the very roots of the community they serve and empowering its people."--Kate Kelly, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy