Memorial Fund Updates

Current Request For Proposals, job opportunities, and other recent activity at The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund:

  • Statement on Police Shootings in Connecticut
    We offer heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and community of Anthony Jose Vega Cruz, who died after being shot multiple times by the Wethersfield police. We also offer our concern and best wishes for recovery to Paul Witherspoon and Stephanie Washington, who were severely injured after being shot during an encounter with the Hamden, New Haven and Yale University police.
  • Standing in the Discomfort on the Road to Equity in Education, August 2017
  • This year the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund turns 25!
    Please join us for one, many, or all of our regional 25th Anniversary celebration & reflection events!
  • Justice for Immigrant and Asylum-seeking Families
    Reunify families. Stop the incarceration of migrant children. End all zero-tolerance policies.
  • The Rise and Fail of the N Word
    Implicit Bias and the N Word Living in our Subconscious
    Exhibit and Discussion Featuring work by artist Rhinold Ponder
  • Request for Qualifications
    The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is recruiting a consultant to serve as the Event Planner and Manager for its 25th Anniversary Campaign in 2018.
  • Statement on DACA
    We stand with all those working to ensure the safety, stability, and accessible pathways to citizenship for Dreamers and those registered with DACA. We recognize the rescinding of DACA as a manifestation of deeply entrenched white supremacy. We will not be silent, we will not be passive, and we will not allow the erosion of civil, humane society.
  • Statement on Charlottesville
    We unequivocally and without exception reject the mythology of white supremacy and white nationalism which seems to be embraced by the current President and his administration. We encourage organizations, groups and individuals to apply for a Responsive Grant, which provides funds or space to respond to current and emerging threats.
  • Perspectives on Equity
    Equity has become a popular phrase, but it means different things to different people. Here is a small collection of articles and reports about equity that resonate with staff at the Memorial Fund.
  • Executive Search – Director of Educational Strategy
    We are conducting a national search to identify an equity focused, strategic thinker and builder to lead our equity in education strategy as Director.
  • Current Grant Oppurtunities
    Community Organizing for Equity in Education Grant Opportunity 2017
  • Respnsive Grants
    As communities in Connecticut organize to oppose the racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, and other systems of oppression given fresh voice and power in this election, we want to offer immediate support.
  • Standing in the Discomfort on the Road to Equity in Education, August 2017
    As we seek ways we can support the children with the least resources and advantages in their journey to fulfill their potential, we ask what has been holding back or impeding that from happening. 
  • Trustee Newsletter
    Edition 4, June 2017
  • What We Are Learning, August 2016
    A year after embarking on a new mission, David Addams shares what we have learned, including our working definition of equity and how we are applying it to the education arena.
  • Leading with Equity

    William Graustein shares his story about how the Memorial Fund decided on an equity mission as part of the “I Am Family Philanthropy” video series. Watch the video »

  • A Family Foundation’s Shift Toward Equity

    The Memorial Fund’s has been highlighted in D5’s State of the Work report for its transition to a more explicit focus on race and equity.

  • Letter from our executive director, David Addams
    David Addams reflects on his first year as our Executive Director and introduces our new mission statement.
  • Our Learning Process

    In 2016, staff will engage in a learning process to co-create our strategies.