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February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

CHESLA is partnering with the Connecticut State Department of Education to support the first statewide Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Challenge.

Meet CHEFA’s Board of Directors: Peter Lisi, Board Chair

Peter Lisi is the Chair of CHEFA’s Board of Directors. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and has over 25 years of experience in education and business. Mr. Lisi has held a number of positions for prominent organizations throughout Connecticut and brings an extensive background in sponsored research, strategic planning and policy analysis, financial modeling, operating and capital budgets, and external relations to the CHEFA Board of Directors.  

CHEFA is featured on Comcast Newsmakers! Click here to view.

CHEFA’s Grant Programs Help Achieve Its Mission

Betty Sugerman Weintraub, CHEFA Grant Program Manager was recently interviewed for the January segment of Comcast Newsmakers. In the interview Betty discusses how CHEFA works to fulfill its mission as well as the impact of the CHEFA Grant Program. Betty also highlights four of the organizations that received significant awards in their FY 2021 COVID-19 Grant Program.  



  • Incentivize economic development in Connecticut’s low-income communities to address social and economic issues
  • Provide affordable capital to non-profit organizations that serve Connecticut’s low-income communities by granting businesses a state income tax credit to incentivize private investment in needed projects


CHEFA in the Community: CSCU Receives CHEFA COVID-19 Grant

CHEFA awarded $350,000 to the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU System, comprised of 17 colleges and universities) as part of our FY 2021 CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program. The grant will support a relief fund for students who were ineligible for CARES Act funds due to USDOE restrictions. 

CHEFA in the Community: Hartford Healthcare COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites

CHEFA awarded $3M in June to organizations responding statewide to the COVID-19 pandemic. @HartfordHealthCare was awarded $400,000 to support mobile testing sites throughout Connecticut. CHEFA’s grant is making a significant impact by facilitating convenient testing at community sites for CT residents.

ICYMI: CHEFA’s recent op-ed in the @ctmirror highlights the important role we play in supporting economic and workforce development throughout CT.

We are proud of the significant contributions CHEFA has made to Connecticut’s nonprofits including those in the fields of education, healthcare, and childcare, and the meaningful impact we have had on the state’s workforce and economy. 

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11-17-2020 CHEFA Client Webinar: Washington D.C. Outlook & the Impact on Connecticut

Join us as we welcome Dan DeSimone, Governor Ned Lamont’s federal affairs representative for a discussion on the federal election and how it will impact Connecticut and our clients.

DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

TIME: 1:00PM - 2:00PM EDT

This webinar is open to all CHEFA Bond Clients. 

For registration information please contact Deb Galli.


12-9-2020 CHEFA Nonprofit Forum: A "So What" View of Connecticut's Changing Demographics

Join us as we welcome keynote speaker Orlando Rodriguez, Public Policy Specialist, providing expert analysis of Connecticut’s socioeconomics and public policy for nearly 20 years, in a wide-ranging discussion designed to highlight the demographic population changes in Connecticut. This shift and new reality will affect all sectors of our state: government, education, nonprofit, philanthropy, and business.

DATE: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

TIME: 9:30 - 10:30AM EDT

CHEFA Closes $25 million Transaction for Fairfield University

On September 10, 2020, CHEFA closed a $25 million transaction for Fairfield University.  Proceeds from the bonds will be used to construct a 75-bed residence hall for undergraduates, as well as fund various renovations for residence halls on campus. The bonds will also be used to fund equipment acquisition and installation.