Community Fund for Women & Girls
70 Audubon St
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 70 Audubon St
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 777-2386 x
Fax 203-776-3872
Web and Social Media
The Community Fund for Women and Girls promotes social and economic advancement for women and girls through strategic philanthropy, grants, advocacy and collaboration. 
A component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls is a permanent endowment focusing exclusively on the needs and opportunities for women and girls in the Greater New Haven region. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1995
CEO/Executive Director *See CEO Comments Field
Board Chair Carol Ross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
The Community Fund for Women and Girls promotes social and economic advancement for women and girls through strategic philanthropy, grants, advocacy and collaboration. 
A component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls is a permanent endowment focusing exclusively on the needs and opportunities for women and girls in the Greater New Haven region. 
Background In 1995 a local woman approached The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven with the idea of creating something to benefit women and children. Working with Foundation staff, the donor, Pamela Rendeiro of Hamden, enthusiastically agreed to create a collective women's fund that would create permanent support for issues and programs of interest to women and girls in the region.  The Community Fund for Women & Girls was created and prominent female members of The Community Foundation's Development Committee were charged with devising a structure and fund development program. Ninety-two philanthropists jumped on board, becoming Founding Members of the Fund and spearheading efforts to create an endowment specifically for women and girls. Over 4,000 donors to date heartily support this work.  Continued support allows the Fund to: 
  • award multi-year grants for programs with proven track records;
  • bring nonprofit leadership together to address common issues most critical for women and girls;
  • support policy and research investments that inform and shift social policy about women and girls.

For the past 17 years, the Community Fund for Women & Girls has invested in improving and advancing women and girls in the Greater New Haven region in many ways including making grants. Program grants are made to advance women and girls as individuals. Strategic grants are made to address systemic causes of inequity. Women & Girls Fund leaders have concluded increased strategic grants will have greater and more lasting impact for women and girls. Therefore, in 2014, the Fund will restructure its grant process to appropriately plan for an increased investment. Planning will require the participation of the Fund’s partners, including nonprofit organizations, donors, experts and leading advocates for women and girls. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sharon Cappetta at

The Community Fund for Women & Girls is the Greater New Haven region's only permanent charitable endowment dedicated to women and girls. The Fund makes strategic grants addressing core issues of inequity as well as direct service program grants benefitting individual women and girls in four core areas. Since 1995, over 4,300 philanthropists, primarily women, have partnered with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to grow and steward an endowment now valued at over $1.8 million and have awarded over $650,000 in carefully reviewed, thoughtful and strategic, gender-specific grants. Over 17,000 women and girls in the region have participated in programs supported by grants from the Fund. The Fund actively seeks grant opportunities to address core issues of inequity, including health, economic security, violence and political participation. Since 2005, the Fund has awarded $100,000 for advocacy efforts in these areas. The Fund's work to encourage women to claim and exercise their philanthropy includes a locally produced chaptered documentary entitled "I'm A Philanthropist:  How Women Are Changing America's Charitable Landscape". The documentary and discussion guide are available at no cost and are designed to support nonprofit efforts to reach out to women as donors and volunteers.  
Growing the pool of funds available to grant remains a priority.  Each year, the Fund receives grant requests in excess of $300,000 from organizations seeking to advance the progress of women and girls. Growth of the endowment creates a larger and more meaningful pool of grant funds - and creates the opportunity for the Fund to focus on grants that most impact the social and economic advancement of women and girls in the region, and beyond. With more dollars available, the Fund can commit to longer term strategies with more potential to create the social change we seek.
CEO Statement
Staff support for the Fund for Women & Girls is provided by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for various needs, including development, grants and investment management.  
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations / Community Foundations
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
West Haven
As a component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls serves The Community Foundation's 20-town region.
The Community Fund for Women and Girls awards grants to nonprofits in the Greater New Haven region with programming specifically for women and girls. Grants focus on economic security (education, mentoring, STEM programming, basic needs, job training, pregnancy prevention), health (physical and emotional health as well as wellness, self-esteem and self-image), violence and prevention (safety, domestic violence survivor support and prevention), political participation (advocacy and campaign training), and other areas (including research and community development).  
Population Served Females / /
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
One hundred seventy grants have been awarded over the last 15 years to 99 distinct organization. Grant awards total $563,000 to date, and 17,000 women and girls have participated in programs funded by these grants. Advocacy investments are in the local, state, national and international arena.
Description and


In June of 2012, the Fund for Women & Girls launched companion online education and advocacy sites. We Pledge for Women is a collective values statement that showcases the many elements involved in the advancement of women. Site visitors are asked to sign on to the collective pledge. I Pledge for Women is a collection of pledge statements that individuals have shared reflecting personal commitments to advance women and girls. 


These sites are complimented by the Women’s Resource Guide section of the Fund’s website. While under development, the Resource Guide includes information on organizations working to advance women and girls, as well as links to information resources on topics of interest.


Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
In 2013, the Fund for Women & Girls will award grants to organizations serving women and girls and in doing so, seeks to improve outcomes for women and girls and our community broadly. 
CEO/Executive Director
*See CEO Comments Field
Term Start Jan 2013
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
CEO Comments
As a component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls and its all-volunteer Advisory Board (that is listed on the Governance tab and manages the Fund's activities) is subject to The Community Foundation's Governance and Management. For more information about The Community Foundation, please view its profile on
Board Chair
Carol Ross
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2014
Board of Directors
Susan Addiss
Elaine Battles
Ethel Berger
Lucile Bruce
Alicia Caraballo
Annie Harper
Beth Higgins
Mubarakah Ibrahim
Karen Lenahan
Susan Nofi-Bendici
Helene Robbins
Carol Ross
Jana Shea
Betty Trachtenberg
Janna Wagner
Carla Weil
Nancy Yao Maasbach
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 17
Board Co-Chair
Nancy Yao Maasbach
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2014
Standing Committees
Board Governance
CEO Comments
Recent studies show that nearly 80% of all charitable gifts are made by women - yet only 7% of those gifts focus on women and girls. That means that programs and services for women and girls, from education and job training to body image awareness, programming for middle school girls and the prevention of violence can be overlooked or underfunded.

Our goal is to change the social systems that don't work well for women and girls. Women who volunteer on the Community Fund for Women & Girls' Grants Committee make recommendations to The Community Foundation's Board for funding programs that do the most to address root causes of inequity and have the greatest opportunity to have a ripple effect.

In brief:
  1. Women’s funds, of which there are nine (9) in the State of Connecticut, help correct that imbalance by reflecting women’s priorities and make sure that these important gender specific programs and issues receive attention and get funded.
  2. Women are responsible for 80% of philanthropic giving in the United States, but funding that targets the specific needs of women and girls is less than 10% of all philanthropic funding.
  3. Women’s funds possess unique knowledge, values and expertise, are solution builders whose investment ripples broadly through the communities they support and often leads to lasting social change.
  4. Studies show grants from women’s funds yield more results per grant dollar and usually leverage additional funding.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue
Projected Expenses
Form 990s
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Audit Documents
Other Documents
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Revenue$49,800,638$54,294,041$55,633,157
Total Expenses$27,279,866$26,320,880$22,219,021
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$769,136$900,000$1,125,295
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$27,267,813$35,484,032$19,136,173
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$23,117,438$22,011,575$19,147,526
Administration Expense$2,484,027$3,089,811$1,740,514
Fundraising Expense$1,678,401$1,219,494$1,330,981
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.832.062.50
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%84%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%6%4%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$416,295,565$363,752,780$328,153,067
Current Assets$15,080,330$12,790,395$22,456,606
Long-Term Liabilities$552,145$540,560$507,418
Current Liabilities$2,893,625$3,242,652$4,064,833
Total Net Assets$412,849,795$359,969,568$323,580,816
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.213.945.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
CEO Comments
The financials listed on this page are that of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, of which the Community Fund for Women and Girls is a part. For more information about The Community Foundation, please visit its profile on
Foundation Staff Comments
All financial data is based on 990s and audited financial statements.
1. In previous 3 yrs fiscal data the 'Other Revenue' includes Unrealized Gains/Losses and Organization Endowments
2. In previous 3 years fiscal data 'Foundation and Corporations' also includes individual contributions
Address 70 Audubon St
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 777-2386
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director *See CEO Comments Field
Board Chair Carol Ross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer


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