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Capacity Building


Want to make a positive impact on your community? Strengthen your local nonprofits.

That’s part of our philosophy at Liberty. We want to build the capacity of nonprofits working in our priority areas. So we make grants for that purpose — but we also promote educational events (ours and those of others) and help to connect organizations with resources that can help make them stronger, more efficient, and able to do more for our communities.


Since 2011, the Liberty Bank Foundation has hosted an annual forum for nonprofit organizations and funders. Our goal has been to offer learning opportunities with national experts and thought leaders on trends in the nonprofit sector. Topics have included Collective Impact; Making Bold Goals a Reality; Disruptive Forces; and Working Across Sectors. Providing capacity building programs for our colleagues in the nonprofit and philanthropy fields is yet another way that our foundation emerges as a catalytic leader in our field.


Liberty Bank Foundation staff spearheaded a presentation for funders on after-school/out-of-school time in 2012. Offered in partnership with the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the American Savings Foundation, this program focused on extended learning opportunities for children beyond the classroom. An impressive panel of local and national experts addressed the large group of funders in attendance, offering both national and statewide perspectives on after-school programming. We’re proud to have led the way to convene fellow funders on an issue of vital interest to children and families.


As a committed investor in parent engagement programming, we’re working with the Connecticut Commission on Children, the Connecticut Center for School Change, and the University of Connecticut to build a system to gather outcome data on these programs and evaluate their effectiveness over the long term. The goal? To deliver hard data that will allow them to access major grants from national funders and expand the programs to new communities.
Here are some links to organizations or other resources that may be helpful to your nonprofit organization:

Community Foundation of Middlesex County

The CFMC’s Nonprofit Resource Center offers access to a valuable collection of resources for fundraisers at Russell Library, which has become a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center of New York. The national Foundation Center database, along with numerous reference books, is available through the support of the Middlesex County Community Foundation (with funding from the Liberty Bank Foundation). MCCF also provides a series of workshops called Morning Musings that address topics from fundraising to strategic planning.

New London Public Library

You can also find the Foundation Center database at the New London Public Library, thanks in part to a grant from the Liberty Bank Foundation.

New Haven Public Library

This is another location where nonprofits can access the Foundation Center materials.

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Visit the Nonprofit Management Resource Center at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for a variety of capacity-building resources and workshops.

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

HFPG’s Nonprofit Support Program offers a variety of online resources — plus, nonprofits within HFPG’s service area can apply for an array of additional in-person support services.

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

CFECT’s website offers some helpful online resources, as well as information on management assistance grants for qualifying organizations interested in strengthening their internal operations through better board and staff relations, strategic planning, or other operational improvements.

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits

CAN is the “trade” organization of our state’s nonprofit community, providing educational opportunities, engaging in advocacy for the sector, and promoting collaboration.

Association for Fundraising Professionals

The Connecticut chapter of AFP fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the profession. AFP members have access to numerous programs that can support their fundraising skills and expand their networks.


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“The Liberty Bank Foundation’s contribution doesn’t stop with a check, as they often take a leadership role
in initiatives that make a difference in our community. They make my job easier, and I am very grateful
for their unyielding commitment to those most in need of our help.”
— Victoria Nimirowski, Executive Director, Windham Area Interfaith Ministry