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The Bank of America Corporation is an American multinational banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is the second largest bank holding company in the United States by assets.As of 2010, Bank of America is the fifth-largest company in the United States by total revenue, and the third-largest non-oil company in the U.S. (after Walmart and General Electric). In 2010, Forbes listed Bank of America as the third biggest company in the world.

The Foundation is inspired by Edna Berger, a pioneer for women’s rights and the first woman lead organizer for The Newspaper Guild-CWA. It is named after her and her husband, the legendary Tin Pan Alley song-writer Gerald Marks who bequested his fortune to set up the Foundation.

Berger was a feisty, remarkable woman and first-rate organizer of newspaper unions who paved the way for other women, including members of our Foundation board.

New Haven is the second-largest city in Connecticut after Bridgeport and the sixth-largest in New England with a population at the 2010 United States Census of 129,779 people. According to a census done by the Census Bureau as of July 1, 2012, the city had a population of 130,741. New Haven is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010.

The Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic and social well being of working families in Connecticut’s urban centers by initiating and supporting efforts to raise wages of the working poor, improve public education and training, and preserve affordable housing.

REX is a non-profit regional economic development organization serving South Central Connecticut.  Originally founded as Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) in 1996, it evolved into REX in early 2010.  With the exciting opportunities available in the region, the RGP brand did not reflect the energy and potential of Greater New Haven.  REX – Regional Economic Xcelleration – captures the true essence of South Central Connecticut.  With a bright, driven, socially responsible community, progress oc

United Illuminating (UI) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR).

UNITE HERE represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, and airport industries.

UNITE HERE boasts a diverse membership, comprising workers from many immigrant communities as well as high percentages of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American workers. The majority of UNITE HERE members are women.

Yale University has been a part of the New Haven community for three centuries. Today, more than 2,500 undergraduates—nearly one-half of all Yale College students—volunteer in community service activities in New Haven, many of them in New Haven Public Schools.

The Connecticut Department of Labor is a friend of the workers. The agency strives to help employees, as well as job seekers, displaced workers, students, and employers. Through its wide variety of programs, the department offers career guidance, consulting, assessment, and veterans services. The agency also provides education and training, including apprenticeships and its welfare-to-work program, and support for people with disabilities.

The Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is a bicameral body composed of the 151-member lower Connecticut House of Representatives and the 36-member upper Connecticut Senate. It meets in the state capital, Hartford. 

Webster Bank is a US commercial bank based in Waterbury, Connecticut. It has over 181 branches and 492 ATMs located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Westchester County, NY.

NewAlliance Foundation was established in 2004 through a contribution of $40 million in stock from NewAlliance Bancshares, Inc. at the time of the Bank’s initial public offering. Committed to the same long history of philanthropy of its predecessor, The New Haven Savings Bank, NewAlliance formed the Foundation to enhance economic vitality and improve the quality of life for residents in the communities it served.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is a philanthropic institution that was established in 1928. For 85 years, thousands of donors have built the community endowment by establishing permanent funds or making gifts to existing funds that distribute grants to nonprofit organizations. These donors, past and present, make their gifts to ensure that programs and causes that matter most to them will be supported today and forever.