Nonprofit Resources

Foundation Center

Your Community Foundation offers access to The Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online Professional, an online directory that includes more than 100,000 U.S. grant makers, as well as print directories and guides to proposal writing, fundraising and nonprofit management.

Access to the database is free for employees and volunteers of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations within the Foundation's service area who wish to investigate opportunities for funding from private foundations, corporate foundations and the government. If your nonprofit is located outside of the Community Foundation service area, please contact your local community foundation or library for Directory access.

Directory access is available by appointment at the Community Foundation's Torrington office.

Searchable Online Nonprofit Database

The Searchable Online Nonprofit Database is maintained in partnership with nonprofits in our Northwest Corner. The Database serves as a research tool for the donor community and others, enabling Community Foundation website visitors to search for nonprofits by organization name, service area, and service categories, and then click through to visit nonprofits' websites to learn more.

Information listed in the Database comes directly from Nonprofit Profiles. Nonprofits may log in and edit their profile at any time.

View the Searchable Online Nonprofit Database
Log in to establish and/or edit your Nonprofit Profile

Continuing Education

Throughout the year, the Community Foundation hosts nonprofit training sessions on topics including governance, Board development, communications and fundraising.

Each fall, the Community Foundation hosts the LEAP program. The Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals (LEAP) is presented by Danosky & Associates, LLC. LEAP is specifically designed for nonprofit Executive Directors.
Explore upcoming nonprofit education events.

Meeting Space

Community Foundation conference rooms are available to nonprofits for meetings and training events.The Community Foundation has two meeting rooms. The large conference room seats more than 20 people and features a projector system that enables presenters to share materials from their laptop or mobile device. The smaller conference room seats about eight and is ideal for small meetings or a just quiet place to collaborate. Laptops and projectors for presentations also are available. Contact Foundation staff to make a reservation.

Computers and Equipment

Nonprofits may borrow a Community Foundation laptop and projector for off-site meetings. Laptop computers and monitors are available for nonprofits to keep through donations made through corporate donor, Cotiviti. The laptop computers currently available for nonprofits to keep meet the following specifications:

Lenovo T420
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5
Screen Size: 14”
RAM: 4GB
Video Chipset: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Hard Drive: 180 GB – 250 GB
Optical Drive: DVD/CD-RW
Network: Wireless NIC, Wired NIC
External Ports: Four USB ports version 2.0
One eSATA/USB combo port
Connector for Port Replicator, advanced dock, and advanced mini-dock.
Audio ports
External stereo speakers
Dual array microphone
Combo audio/mic jack
External monitor (VGA DB-15, DisplayPort)

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Nonprofit Library

The Community Foundation nonprofit library includes more than 150 books with topics that range from governance to community program development. Books are available at the Community Foundation office.

Recently Published: Leadership New England Survey Results: Essential Shifts For a Thriving Nonprofit Sector

In partnership with foundations and nonprofits from each New England state, Third Sector New England has released Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector. The report includes data from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont on an interactive website sortable by city, state and region. This study seeks to illustrate trends in the sector, provide an analysis of the emerging needs of leaders, and identify the key supports to keep organizations thriving.

Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector (pdf)

Calendar of Events

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Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.