Capacity Building


The Alliance works on all fronts to empower nonprofits small and large to adapt, survive and thrive. The delivery of high quality, effective, and efficient services is a top priority.

Trainings & Roundtables

We offer members an array of professional development and training opportunities that are effective, affordable and accessible.

Annual Conference

With over 600 nonprofit professionals and supporters, this flagship event of The Alliance is the statewide conference by and for community nonprofits.

Nonprofit Jobs Board

Connecticut’s only job board dedicated exclusively for nonprofit employers and job-seekers. Alliance members receive $100 discount on job postings.

Divisions & Forums

Divisions & Forums provide a network for nonprofits to share information, discuss common issues, and problem solve. 

Academic Partnerships

Participating colleges and universities offer significant discounts on quality education and enhanced learning opportunities to members.

Jobs for people with disabilities

The Preferred Purchasing and Qualified Partnership Programs create  jobs and reliable wages for people with I/DD.

Preferred Purchasing and Qualified Partnership Programs

Administered by The Alliance, the Preferred Purchasing and Qualified Partnership Programs create meaningful employment opportunities and reliable wages for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The programs develop contracts between state agencies, community rehabilitation providers and private contractors.

Over the past 40 years, the Preferred Purchasing Program has employed thousands of individuals with disabilities in Connecticut. In 2019 alone, the program held over 130 state contracts that employed more than 700 workers with disabilities who earned nearly $2 million in wages. In 2013, the Connecticut Qualified Partnership Pilot Program was created by Public Act 13-227 for janitorial services and was expanded through Public Act 14-188 to include other contract types at the discretion of the Commissioner of Administrative Services.


Our professional development and training program is designed to keep nonprofit leaders and staff at the top of their game and working effectively for the success of their organizations.


The Alliance hosts roundtables with Alliance Allies providing expertise on a variety of subjects. It’s a unique opportunity for information sharing and networking with fellow nonprofit leaders in similar positions.

Annual Nonprofit Conference

Our annual flagship event is the largest event of its kind in Connecticut and draws an attendance of more than 600 nonprofit professionals & supporters. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

The Alliance | Stronger Together

Our membership is more than 300 nonprofits strong and growing. Together, nonprofits deliver essential services to more than half a million people each year and employ almost 14% of Connecticut’s workforce.

Member Organizations

Total # People Served

People Employed


Through divisions and forums, we develop and advance the innovative policies that enable our members in specific nonprofit sectors to thrive and innovate.

The Alliance has six Divisions that meet regularly with designated public policy staff to collectivaely promote and protect their programs and services. Members who participate in Divisions meet monthly, receive regular updates and analysis on important policy, and gain strategic guidance focused on their needs. The Divisions provide a network and community for our members to share information, discuss common issues, and problem solve.

Adult Behavioral Health

Community Justice

Intellectual/Developmental disabilities

Public Policy Committee

Children’s Division

Housing & Homelessness

Academic Partnerships

We value our members and understand the importance of having a skilled and educated workforce. Through our Academic Partnerships, Alliance members receive tuition discounts to participating schools that offer quality education and enhanced learning opportunities for staff as well as their families.

Nonprofit Recruiting with The Alliance’s Jobs Board

The Alliance administers Connecticut’s only job board dedicated exclusively for nonprofit employers and job-seekers. Alliance members receive $100 discount on job postings.

Nonprofit employers can:

  • Recruit for open positions
  • Post your job in front of the most qualified group of nonprofit professionals in the industry
  • Promote your jobs directly to candidates via the Job Flash email
  • Search the resume database to find qualified candidates

Emily Granelli, Chief Business Development Officer, BHcare

The information provided at the Public Policy Meetings is unlike anything else you can get anywhere. The insight provided by [Alliance staff] are irreplaceable. You just don’t get that level of detail anywhere else.

Lynn Madden, President and CEO, APT Foundation

The Alliance has been instrumental in helping nonprofits have a unified voice. And for us specifically, the recent NEMT switch in provider has been almost catastrophic for our populations. The Alliance has done a good job advocating for us on that issue. I also think [they] understand the challenges related to the constraints on Medicaid billing and auditing processes and have done good advocacy around that. We feel supported.