Our Donors

CCER has received great support over many years and we have listed below some contributors to closing the achievement gap in Connecticut.

First Niagara Foundation

Since 2011 The First Niagara Foundation has been a proud supporter of CCER.

The First Niagara Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1998. The Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which we live and work, with specific focus on youth and education, community development and neighborhood revitalization. In 2013, the Foundation contributed more than $9 million in charitable grants to numerous community partners. For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com

The Hartford

The Hartford has awarded CCER a three-year operating grant to support our work in reforming public education in Connecticut. The Hartford has been a strong partner in the improvement of our community and its schools and continues to focus on educational excellence. As part of its long-term commitment to invest in the Asylum Hill and Greater Hartford Communities, The Hartford continues to partner with Hartford Public Schools and community organizations to identify achievement gaps and build sustainable programs to foster maximum educational impact.

We are so thankful to have The Hartford as a partner.

Hartford Steam Boiler

We are so grateful to Hartford Steam Boiler for supporting and promoting CCER’s mission.
HSB is committed to improving the quality of life in its communities, including Hartford, its home for more than 140 years, and the cities where it has branch offices. HSB believes businesses that are dedicated to the community reap more benefits than simply their own prosperity and growth. They help to improve the ultimate bottom-line–life–by creating a place where everyone wants to live, work, and grow.

Ion Bank Foundation

Ion Bank Foundation

Through annual contributions to a wide range of organizations, Ion Bank Foundation has made a difference in the communities they serve in a variety of areas including health, education, economic development, human services and the arts.  The Foundation believes that reinvesting in the communities is their most important duty as a mutual bank.  Their vision is to build a legacy of good works and to preserve funds to continue those good works in perpetuity.

The Travelers Foundation


The Travelers has been a very generous partner for CCER, both through time and financial support, over the past few years.

Travelers is ensuring opportunity by contributing to efforts that create strong, vibrant communities and offer pathways to success. Through corporate funding and the Travelers Foundation, Travelers targets its giving to three key outcomes: academic & career success, thriving neighborhoods and culturally enriched communities. With the primary focus of educating underrepresented students to lead tomorrow’s workforce, Travelers also contributes to organizations that aid in developing communities through small business support and neighborhood revitalization, and enriching lives and learning through arts & culture.

Webster Bank

“Helping you help others is what matters most.”

Webster focuses its Corporate Giving Program on three priority areas:

  • Financial literacy and education initiatives that build personal responsibility for economic success;
  • Health and human services that strengthen the well-being of our communities; and
  • The performing arts and cultural opportunities in its core markets.

Webster has been a dogged advocate for CCER and education reform, and we are so grateful for Webster’s support–both through executive time and through financial sponsorship.

William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation

The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in several areas including (but not exclusively) medical research, access to college, the arts, and higher education.

We are incredibly grateful for a general operating grant from this generous foundation.

And many other companies, foundations, and individuals.