Recognized for Contributions to the Local Philanthropic Sector
Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, has been inducted into the inaugural class of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the Foundation’s collaborative partnership in helping to foster CNE’s early growth and enhance its ability to strengthen Fairfield County nonprofits.
In a ceremony November 13 at Westport Public Library, the Foundation and nine other organizations and individuals were honored for their important contributions to the philanthropic sector and the issues, causes, communities, and people served.
“We are honored to receive this recognition for our support of the local philanthropic community,” said Jennifer Smith Turner, Interim President and CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation. “Fairfield County is our Foundation’s home, and it was Paul’s home. It is here that he embraced the community on a day-to-day basis. We feel it is extremely important to support our charitable connections close to home.” Smith Turner accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation.
The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) is part of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and serves as a dedicated capacity-building and professional development resource for the region’s nonprofit sector. The Hall of Fame event was part of a 10-year anniversary celebration for the program.
The other inductees into the CNE Hall of Fame were Bank of America, The Carver Foundation of Norwalk, Inc., Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Harvard Business School Community Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Dan Levinson, Pro Bono Partnership, The Center for Nonprofits at Sacred Heart University, and SoundWaters.