CT Collective for Women and Girls

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.

How did the Collective form?

The Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls was born from a conversation between former She Leads Justice Executive Director Kate Farrar and Director of Development at The Community Foundation for Women and Girls Sharon Cappetta at the 2016 United State of Women Summit. What came from an event that convened women and girls serving organizations in Connecticut was the idea to come together as a collective to further maximize impact.

Participating Members

AWARE CT: Assisting Women through Actions, Resources & Education
Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity
Community Renewal Team (CRT)
Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence
CT Black Women
Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO)
CT Women’s Consortium
CT Women’s Hall of Fame
She Leads Justice
Five Frogs
Girls For Technology
Girls on the Run Greater Hartford
Girl Scouts of CT
Girls With Impact
Home Sweet Home Foundation
Interval House
Institute for Community Research
League of Women Voters CT
Ms President US
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)
PCSW Inc. 
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Project Resiliency Movement LLC
Random Hacks of Kindness Junior
The Rowan Center
The United State of Women, Greater Hartford 
UConn Women and Philanthropy Network, UConn Foundation
Women Against Mass Incarceration
Women’s Business Development Council
Women and Family Life Center
Women’s Leadership Center, University of St. Joseph
Women’s March CT
Women’s Mentoring Network
YWCA Darien/Norwalk
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
Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Fund for Women & Girls
Main St. Community Foundation, Women & Girls’ Fund
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, The Women & Girls Fund

Email cwealf@sheleadsjustice.org to learn more or take the first step to join the Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls.