Catalyst Endowment Fund: 2017 Topic & Information

The 2017 topic of study for the Catalyst Endowment Fund will be:

Family Economic Security: Career Pathways

We know the importance of earning family-sustaining wages to overall wellbeing and economic security in our region. Participants will learn about programs that integrate education, job training and support services for adults, as well as why more employers do not participate in employment partnerships and what needs to change.


Next Catalyst Endowment Fund meeting

Tuesday, June 20
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. 

Charter Oak International Academy
425 Oakwood Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06110


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October 17: Catalyst Endowment Fund grant decision meeting (Location and details TBA)


Each year, the Catalyst Endowment Fund chooses a topic that they explore and discuss throughout the year, ultimately awarding a grant to a local nonprofit (or multiple nonprofits) that work in this area. Last year's topic was "Addressing the Mental Health Challenge." At the end of the year, a $50,000 grant was awarded to the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Past topics have included job readiness, literacy, domestic violence, homelessness and more. 

At our first meeting of 2017 on March 30, Catalyst members learned about Family Economic Security and heard from guest speaker Patrick Flaherty of the Connecticut Department of Labor. 

Click here for more information about the Catalyst Endowment Fund and how to join. 

We encourage you to follow the Hartford Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, where we'll continue the discussion of Family Economic Security throughout the year.


Family Economic Security: Related Links

CT manufacturers say more training programs needed to fill worker shortage
Hartford Business Journal (May 17, 2017) 

Write On! encouraging young adults to share stories, confront mental health stigma
WNPR (May 16, 2017) 

Partnership key to building stronger career pathways for CT residents
CT Viewpoints (May 10, 2017) 

Move UP!, a partnership for adult learning, receives $420,000 from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Hartford Courant (May 8, 2017) 

New course in Connecticut targets dearth of job-ready software developers
WNPR (May 1, 2017) 

Connecticut's not ready for hiring boom
Hartford Courant (April 25, 2017) 

Manufacturing's future starts in grade school
Hartford Business Journal (April 10, 2017)

The latest on working, wages and the wealth gap
Nonprofit Quarterly (April 4, 2017) 

The Hartford training new apprentices for jobs
Hartford Business Journal (April 4, 2017)

Vo-tech instructor shortage is manufacturing's next big test
Hartford Business Journal (March 27, 2017) 

CT, Hartford to benefit from $3.8M job-skills grant
Hartford Business Journal (March 24, 2017) 

Survey: CT biz willing to hire formerly imprisoned
Hartford Business Journal (March 21, 2017) 

Re-entry employment offers second chances, benefits community
Hartford Business Journal (February 27, 2017) 

Divisions of Labor: New kinds of work require new ideas - and new ways of organizing 
New York Times Magazine (February 23, 2017)

Could giving circles rebuild philanthropy from the bottom up?
Nonprofit Quarterly (February 4, 2017)

A $500 surprise expense would put most Americans into debt
CBS Moneywatch (January 12, 2017)

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