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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Connecticut

Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the highly-rated charities serving a particular state as part of our "Cross-Country Tour" series. Last week we took a look at some of the organizations serving the people and places of Colorado. This week we're heading east to check out a few of Connecticut's outstanding organizations.

Connecticut marks the southern end of New England It's situated along the Atlantic between the New York metro area and the sleepy, picturesque towns of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. While it's the third smallest state, it's also the fourth most densely populated. Learn more about some of the organizations serving the residents of communities of the Constitution State today.

ConnCAN (New Haven, CT)
Great schools for all

ConnCAN, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, is leading a movement to improve education outcomes for Connecticut's kids. We bring advocates, policy makers, parents and educators together to change the system and give all kids access to the great public schools they deserve. ConnCAN's focus issues include: protecting progress on landmark education reforms; increasing access to high quality public school options; finding and supporting great teachers and principals; turning around chronically failing schools; developing a fairer funding system for every student; and providing accountability and transparency.

Family Centers (Greenwich, CT)
Empowering children, adults, families and communities to realize their potential

Family Centers offers education, health and human services to children, adults and families living in Lower Fairfield County. More than 2,100 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. Since 1891, we have worked to improve the quality of individual, family and community life through education and human service programs. Family Centers realizes its mission through three centers of excellence, which offer programs spanning the continuum of life.

Connecticut Cancer Foundation (Old Saybrook, CT)
Financially assisting cancer patients and their families

Founded in 1987, Connecticut Cancer Foundation (formerly Connecticut Sports Foundation) financially assists Connecticut cancer patients and their families as well as fund cancer research. CCF is able to quickly and compassionately provide patients and families with direct financial assistance for rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, medication and more. Resources are provided with dignity and privacy, helping patients maintain self-respect while lessening the stress that may inhibit their recovery.

Mill River Park Collaborative (Stamford, CT)
Building and maintaining a vibrant, world-class green space for the Stamford community

The Mill River Park Collaborative is a partnership of civic, government, and business interests committed to creating and sustaining the Mill River Park & Greenway. By working to build support from local businesses and combining it with investments from the city, state and federal governments, the Collaborative aims to build and maintain a vibrant, world-class green space for the Stamford community. The Collaborative began the process for creating Mill River Park in 2004. Since then, the design team, the Army Corps of Engineers and various city departments have worked to design and build the park under the direction of the Collaborative's Executive Director.

Hartford Stage (Hartford, CT)
One of the leading resident theatres in the nation

Founded in 1963, Hartford Stage is one of the leading resident theatres in the nation, known internationally for entertaining and enlightening audiences with a wide range of the best of world drama, from classics to provocative new plays and musicals and neglected works from the past. Over 260 new productions have been seen at Hartford Stage. The theatre's reputation extends beyond Hartford across Connecticut, the nation and the world. From its inception, Hartford Stage has maintained a strong commitment to community partnerships, educational programs and humanities initiatives. The theatre's two highly successful education programs, Interact and Connections, reach Connecticut students from elementary through high school.

There are many more outstanding organizations serving the people and communities of Connecticut. Use Charity Navigator's Advanced Search Tool to find them now.

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