The Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations (CTCEF) facilitates the creation, growth, and effectiveness of local education foundations in Connecticut.

CTCEF encourages education foundations to share and collaborate with each other and with other community-based organizations. Our philosophy is based on the proven principle that community engagement is a key factor in improving schools and that local education foundations can play a lead role.

The number of education foundations in Connecticut, and across the U.S., continues to grow. In 1999, a group of board members from many of the 30 existing education foundations in the state met to form the Consortium. Today, CTCEF is the only organization that focuses on bringing the 90 Connecticut education foundations together with local school districts, caring communities, and each other.

We advise education foundations on:

  • The process for starting or revitalizing an education foundation
  • Recruiting and retaining board members
  • Developing fundraising and marketing strategies
  • Grants management and project innovation
  • Developing an integrated communications plan
  • Financial management
  • Reaching the next stage of organizational development

CTCEF was incorporated in 2001 and is a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

2014 Board Members, pictured from left to right, Woody Bliss, Joanne Beers, Sue Rigano, Carolyn McNally, Gail Kelly, Liz Stokes, Marge Hiller, Lisa Bugos, Joe Erardi, and Randy Anway.


CTCEF Board of Directors


Liz Stokes, President
Weston Education Foundation

Marge Hiller, Secretary
Bridgeport Public Education Fund

Woody Bliss, Treasurer
Former First Selectman, Weston


Karen Stevenson, Program Manager



Randy Anway
Lyme/Old Lyme Education Foundation

Joanne Beers
Avon Education Foundation

Lisa Bugos
The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools

Gail Kelly
Newington Education Foundation

Carolyn McNally
ACES Education Foundation