Skip to Content

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




CT Women’s Consortium

CT Women’s Hall of Fame

Commission on Women Children and Seniors


Girl Scouts of CT

Interval House



PCSW Inc. 

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

The Alliance to End Sexual Violence

True Colors

Women’s Business Development Council

Women and Family Life Center

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
Women's Fund at Connecticut Community Foundation
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Fund for Women & Girls
Main St. Community Foundation, Women & Girls’ Fund


Want to learn more CLICK HERE or take the first step to join the Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls today, just CLICK HERE.



stay informed

Wondering what news you are missing from CWEALF? Join our email list and wonder no more!

Sign me up