Connecticut AFN connects funders and their peers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Together they share promising programs and smart strategies, gather knowledge to make their grantmaking more effective, and work to increase investments in asset building. Connecticut actively collaborates with the Greater New York and New Jersey chapters, cultivating an impactful three-region partnership.

Membership is open to funders (including invited intermediaries) who invest in a range of initiatives that build assets for Connecticut residents, from early childhood education, college access, or workforce development to health, financial education, or micro-enterprise.

Contact Leah Mayor for membership opportunities.

Regional Focus Areas

  • Financial Health & Financial Opportunity
  • Housing
  • Baby Bonds and supportive financial health infrastructure
  • Small Business Ownership

Upcoming Events

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How We Work

  • Inform: Our members learn from each other and from other organizations as they seek solutions to local challenges in underserved areas and focus on increasing their impact. The chapter hosts funder forums to explore asset-building strategies with both local leaders and national experts that builds knowledge and serves as an information resource to grantmakers and the asset-building field.
  • Connect: We highlight promising practices, key issues, and innovations in the field through funder-only dialogues as well as other convenings. Members provide an insightful East Coast voice to develop and expand the networks of funders for peer-to-peer learning, as well as cross-sector and collaborative efforts and inform national conversations.
  • Influence: We engage key stakeholders to grow their knowledge and support. This includes efforts to raise the visibility of asset-building within the broader community of foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions on issues such as financial coaching, work and wealth, children’s savings accounts, and closing the wealth gaps.
  • Build: We seek to build the number of grantmakers and resources focused on strategies and investments for low and moderate income people to build and protect assets increasing economic opportunities and prosperity. AFN staff spend time one-on-one with local grantmakers to learn, share, encourage participation, align strategies, and increase ROI.

Upcoming Events

Steering Committee

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Damion Baker

Hartford Foundation

Karen Brown

The Tudor Foundation

Terence Floyd

Wells Fargo

Julian A. Pierce

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

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Sheena Strawter-Anthony

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Leah Mayor

Senior Director

AFN Staff