Join us for Jan. 30 Community Forum to Examine Path Forward for Non-Profits After GE’s Departure

January 24, 2016

Jan. 30 Community Forum to Examine Path Forward for Non-Profits After GE’s Departure

On Saturday, Jan. 30, leaders from area non-profit organizations will participate in a community forum to discuss the impact of General Electric moving its headquarters to Boston, MA.

The public is invited to the community forum, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon at Sacred Heart University’s Martire Center. (5151 Park Ave., Fairfield). Sen. Tony Hwang will moderate the forum.

The discussion will focus on local philanthropy and how to mitigate the effects of GE’s departure. Nearly every local charitable organization has a GE employee on its board of directors, and the company matches 50 percent of employees’ individual contributions to charity.

Panelists joining Sen. Hwang at the forum will be:

“This forum will be open, frank and honest, and I urge area residents and advocates of non-profits to spread the word and join us,” Sen. Hwang said. “GE’s departure will be a major setback to philanthropic contributions in our community, but what can we do now to plot a path forward? “

The forum will also preview the upcoming session of the Connecticut General Assembly and the effort to maintain support for Connecticut’s social services and non-profit community’s to protect our most vulnerable residents.

“Our state budget is already in deficit,” Sen. Hwang said. “That deficit threatens funding for services for the disabled, seniors, children and low-income residents. Protecting our most vulnerable residents from devastating cuts must continue to be our top priority. We must be willing to look at areas of government spending where we can economize and create efficiencies, and our non-profits can play a major role in helping us to generate those savings. Charities and non-profit groups in our region are encouraged to join us in what should be a positive and productive discussion.”

The forum will be held in the Martire Theater, located on the first floor of the Martire Business and Communications Center at Sacred Heart University.

Please RSVP your attendance or any questions to Peggy Tibbals, Senate Outreach Office – 800-842-1421 email: [email protected]

Please join us for a conversation regarding The Impact of General Electric’s move out of state on Connecticut’s Non Profit & Philanthropic Community Sat. • Jan. 30, 2016* 10 am — 12 Noon Sacred Heart University Panelists joining Sen. Hwang at the forum will be: • William Jennings, Bridgeport Hospital President and CEO :– Thurs. • March 10, 2016 • 6 30 8 pm* Martire Center – 1st Floor • Carla Miklos, Executive Director of Fairfield-based Operation Hope M B & u us 5151 Park Avenue President of Bridgeport-based Lifebridge Community Services l v i n For more information contact: Peggy Tibbals at or 1-800-842-1421 • * Due to the risk of inclement weather, please check for any cancellations prior to the scheduled meeting date. e e Martire Communications Center e y C ss • Rev. Dr. David Rowe of Greenfield Hill Multi Media Room 866 Boston Post Road • Westbrook Fairfield, CT • Merle Berke-Schlessel, Event Is Open To Th President of the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County • Martin Schwartz, President and CEO of Trumbull-based The Kennedy Center Inc. onference Center Congregational Church, Fairfield • William Hass, • El r, President and CEO e P iot Bre u b n l n i c of the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut