NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk's Fairfield County Community Foundation was recently recognized nationwide as one of 10 philanthropic-fund recipients.
The Foundation received the Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a news release. The award honors philanthropic organizations "for their innovative public-philanthropic collaborations designed to address housing and community development challenges," according to the release.
The Foundation received the recognition for "partnership-building work since 2009 through the Stable Families Program and P.T. Barnum Partnership Initiative in Bridgeport," according to the release. The programs have helped form "unique collaborations with the Bridgeport Housing Authority, Connecticut Legal Services, New Haven Home Recovery, Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, Grace City LLC, Yale Consultation Center and the residents living in Bridgeport’s public housing," according to the release.
“FCCF and our partners are thrilled to be recognized for the work we have done to insure that public housing is a springboard for success,” said Juanita T. James, president and chief executive officer of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, in the release. “A safe, stable neighborhood is an essential foundation to helping families succeed. The program’s innovation lies in its conviction that public housing residents can be the drivers of positive, sustainable change in their community.”
HUD and the Council on Foundations developed the award to "recognize philanthropic organizations for enhancing the quality of life for low-income and moderate-income families," according to the release.
“These awards provide us all a moment to reflect on the good work that foundations are doing to advance communities across the country,” said Vikki Spruill, president and chief executive officer of the Council on Foundations, in the release. “I am grateful to HUD and Secretary [Shaun] Donovan for recognizing the many different ways that foundations are thoughtfully responding to the needs of those around them.”