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CT Collective for Women and Girls

How did the Collective form?

The best ideas happen when women come together! The Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls was born from a conversation between Kate Farrar, Executive Director of CWEALF and Sharon Cappetta, Director of Development at The Community Foundation for Women and Girls, at the 2016 United State of Women Summit.

During a day packed with inspirational speakers and ideas, Kate and Sharon discussed the need for all organizations in Connecticut that serve women and girls to come together to maximize their impact.

Women and girls’ funds and organizations from across the state quickly recognized the value of a network, and soon after, the Collective for Women and Girls was born.

What is the purpose of the Collective?

The Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls is a collaborative of organizations committed to the advancement of women and girls, including those who are cisgender, transgender, and non-binary, in the state of Connecticut. The Collective is a network that brings participating organizations together to highlight and amplify their work while drawing on the collective power of collaboration and working together.

Why is the Collective important to advance women and girls?

Many organizations in the state of Connecticut are doing critical work to transform the lives of women and girls everywhere. But, too often, these organizations operate separately, leading to silos. Thus, the CCWG expands our strength as a collective force. It builds on participants’ individual assets with a community network of organizations that uplift and amplify each other’s work. The very act of coming together in this way increases each organization’s impact to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls in Connecticut.

Who is involved?

Collective participants are organizations throughout the state with expertise in fields such as girls’ leadership, entrepreneurship, violence against women, reproductive care, civic engagement, and more. They have a shared commitment to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls, aligned with the Collective’s shared values. Collective participants drive the vision, agenda, and priorities. They also drive the solutions.

Participating Members



Commission on Women Children and Seniors

Community Renewal Team (CRT)

Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence

CT Black Women

Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO)


CT Women’s Consortium

CT Women’s Hall of Fame


Girls For Technology

Girl Scouts of CT

Girls With Impact

Interval House

Institute for Community Research

League of Women Voters CT



Ms President US


National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)

PCSW Inc. 

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

Project Resiliency Movement LLC

Random Hacks of Kindness Junior

The Rowan Center

The United State of Women, Greater Hartford

True Colors

UConn Women and Philanthropy Network, UConn Foundation

Women Against Mass Incarceration

Women’s Business Development Council

Women and Family Life Center

Women’s Leadership Center, University of St. Joseph

Women's March CT 

Women’s Mentoring Network

YWCA Greenwich

YWCA Hartford Region 


Funders include:

Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Women and Girls Fund
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Community Fund for Women and Girls

Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Fund for Women & Girls
Main St. Community Foundation, Women & Girls’ Fund

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, The Women & Girls Fund

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