The Connection engages in life-changing work every day, but we can’t do it alone. As a non-profit organization, The Connection relies upon the generosity of others to further its mission. Gifts of all types and sizes are welcomed and appreciated at any time throughout the year. Your tax-deductible donation will be used to provide quality services to assist those who need it most.
Individual and Planned Giving
Thank you for considering a donation to The Connection. Giving is simple and the benefits are great.
The Cornerstone Society
The Cornerstone Society was established to honor the legacy of the former Cornerstone and ALSO-Cornerstone and to build a fund that will support individual client and programmatic needs of The Connection’s New Haven-based behavioral health programs. Gifts to the Cornerstone Society honor the Cornerstone legacy and help to serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
The mission of the Cornerstone Society is to ensure that the focus of The Connection’s behavioral health services in New Haven remains true to the letter and spirit of the original mission of Cornerstone, Inc.: “To assist individuals with psychiatric disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community, and to enhance public understanding and support for service to those who suffer from mental illness.”
The partnership between ALSO-Cornerstone and The Connection has been highly successful, resulting in the agency’s continued growth in the areas of behavioral health, supportive housing, and community justice in New Haven and beyond.
To learn more about The Cornerstone Society and its giving opportunities, view/download our brochure.
Cornerstone Society Honor Roll
(Lifetime or testamentary gifts of $10,000 and greater)
(Lifetime or testamentary gifts of $2,500 – $9,999)
Peter and Val Nucci
(Lifetime or testamentary gifts of $500 – $2,499)
NAMI Elm City
Phil and Cindy Rockwell
(Lifetime or testamentary gifts of $100 – $499)
Gloster B. Aaron, Jr. and Katherine Allocco
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Bayley in Memory of Keith Corrow
Dr. Harold D. Bornstein, Jr.
Maureen Carney and John Cox
Justin Girolimon In Honor of Chelsey M. Gerlat
Paul and Diana Ryan
(Gifts of up to $99)
Olivia C. Martson
The Connection hosts, or is the beneficiary of several fundraising events each year to benefit the agency and to provide entertainment to the community. This year’s events include:
- The Connection Golf Tournament June 1, 2020
- CFA Society Corporate 5K August 6, 2020
- The Connection Agency Conference October 26, 2020
Gift Payment Options
Checks may be made payable and mailed to:
The Connection Fund
Fund Development Office
100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203
Middletown, CT 06457
The Connection also accepts donations through credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover). Click here to DONATE NOW via our secure site.
Or, contact Beth Connor, Chief Strategy Officer, at (860) 343-5500, ext. 1600, or at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about other opportunities to assist our neighbors in Connecticut.
The Kätchen Coley Society
Kätchen Coley, co-founder of The Connection, was a social services pioneer—and a true believer in second chances for those whose lives were negatively impacted by poor choices and circumstances.
Kätchen passed away after a short illness in August 2013. Soon after, The Kätchen Coley Society was created in tribute to Kätchen for her extraordinary vision and values in establishing The Connection in 1972. After more than 40 years of service on The Connection’s Board of Directors, Kätchen (and her family) were delighted to know that The Society will serve as an enduring compass for the organization. Gifts to The Society honor her and further the work in which she passionately believed.
In the short term, gifts to the Kätchen Coley Society will be utilized for Connection client and family events and special needs and for The Connection/environmental improvement initiatives. In the long term, specific projects will be developed to help those The Connection serves that are not funded by our traditional revenue sources. These projects will seek all types and sizes of gifts, including annual, major outright and planned gifts, such as bequests.
The society will stand as a permanent tribute to Kätchen’s values in founding the agency. It will be a powerful platform—utilizing the stories of client rehabilitation and redemption—from which to encourage others to support The Connection’s mission.
The Nancy Smith Homestead Fund
In 2016 Nancy Smith launched The Homestead Fund at The Connection at an afternoon reception in Stamford, Connecticut where Mrs. Smith presented her story and the history of the famous Homestead Inn in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Named Fund will build financial resources dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty serving Early Childhood families by providing a supportive housing model of care through The Home Works Program.
The Nancy Smith Homestead Fund at The Connection will be the first to respond to this chronic service and housing gap. The Home Works program will support these families with connections to community resources, budgeting skills, vocational support, and educational and parenting support, similar to the ways we help families in nationally-acclaimed Supportive Housing for Families Program®. The overall program goal will be to improve child and family well-being, early childhood education, family stability and self-sufficiency for Head Start families.
For more information about the Home Works Program, you can view our introductory video.
Philanthropist $10,000 and above
All donations are sincerely appreciated and will be recognized, unless otherwise requested. If you would like to discuss lifetime or testamentary gifts, please call The Connection’s Fund Development Office at (860) 343-5500, ext. 1600.
We recommend that you consult with a professional advisor before making any complex donation to a charity, and always consult a tax advisor about current tax laws regarding any kind of charitable giving. The Connection does not render tax or legal advice for any purpose. The agency is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service.