A message from President and CEO Maryam Elahi
In the winter of 2015, Board Chairman Govind Menon and I met to discuss the impact of our work and our vision for bringing about meaningful social change. We asked, what are we doing to lift the most vulnerable? How are we evaluating and supporting programs that are effective? How can this community foundation play a larger, more strategic role in driving positive change for all?
These are important questions that remain as central to our mission today as they will in decades to come. But regardless of economic fluctuations and political transitions, community foundations stand tall for the long haul. Our region is rich in culture, history and compassion. Our vision of a thriving and sustainable community is shared by generous donors throughout Eastern Connecticut. Our Vision, Mission and History
Today, because of consequential partnerships, we have a better understanding of equity in our region and a more in-depth knowledge of how to achieve it. We are working with community leaders to protect the basic needs and rights of our residents, to replace the opportunity gap with hopeful expectations for our youth and to preserve our environment. Our Priorities
This is not something we can do on our own — but together, we can make a difference.
So what does it mean to be your community foundation in 2017? It means we care about the most vulnerable in our communities. We convene key partners around the table to help identify solutions to the problems we face. And we partner with philanthropic individuals and institutions to inspire and nurture collective action. It means that we are bold and we lead with a social conscience. We have our arms around our community.
There’s a place for you at our table. Please join us.