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.
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