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The title for this blog originated with use of the term “practical idealist” in this 1996 opinion piece, which asked: “To what kind of work should a practical idealist aspire?” A century and a half earlier, Emerson, in his 1841 essay Circles, wrote: “There are degrees in idealism.  We learn first to play with it academically. . . .  Then we see in the heyday of youth and poetry that it may be true, that it is true in gleams and fragments.  Then, its countenance waxes stern and grand, and we see that it must be true.  It now shows itself ethical and practical.”  John Dewey and Mahatma Gandhi embraced practical idealism in the 20th century, as did UN Secretary General U Thant.  Al Gore invoked it in a 1998 speech. In the context of this blog, the term is meant to convey idealism tempered but not overwhelmed by realism: a search for the ideal on a path guided by common sense.
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Monday, May 22, 2023

From the "Great Give" to "Where We Live"--and July 20 Benefit

Foster Care Month is May, when the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven holds its "Great Give" fundraising event for nonprofits.

This year, Connecticut CASA raised nearly $30,000 during this week-long event, from 114 donors. Many thanks to all who donated these key unrestricted funds, and to matching challenges that helped propel this success!

During the Great Give, WNHH and the New Haven Independent interviewed Connecticut CASA volunteer advocate Tricia Goldburn and me, with the video on our YouTube channel.

In addition, on that YouTube channel is a subsequent interview of Tricia and me on WNPR's "Where We Live" program, which also featured a foster parent and Connecticut DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes.

Now, save the date of July 20 for a "Cooking for CASA" Benefit led by Chef Claire Criscuolo at New Haven's Dixwell Community "Q" House.  Early sponsors include Yale University, Akerman LLP, the Community Foundation, and the NewAlliance Foundation, as well as Claire's Corner Copia.  Please register here.
8:00 pm edt 

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