Community Mediation
3013 Dixwell Ave., Suite 3
Hamden CT 06518
Contact Information
Address 3013 Dixwell Ave., Suite 3
Hamden, CT 06518-
Telephone (203) 782-3500 x
Fax 203-782-3503
E-mail mail@cmediation.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Community Mediation helps people, organizations, and communities transform conflict into constructive solutions through mediation, facilitation, and training.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1981
Former Names
Fair Haven Community Mediation
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Brenda Marie Cavanaugh
Board Chair Mr. David Carter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Coaching for Powerful Change
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $263,833.00
Projected Expenses $256,261.00
Statements
Mission

Community Mediation helps people, organizations, and communities transform conflict into constructive solutions through mediation, facilitation, and training.

Background

Thirty five years ago, a few dedicated mediators established the Fair Haven Community Mediation Program, now known as Community Mediation, Inc. (CM). Given the deep divisions and violent conflicts in this world, the conflict resolution work of CM remains as important as ever in bringing people together to work creatively on resolving problems instead of fighting with each other and making those problems worse. CM's services help people to overcome these divisions by building and transforming relationships.

  • We help people solve problems
  • We facilitate dialogues
  • We train citizens in mediation and facilitation skills
  • We keep people out of court
  • We keep students from missing school
  • We enable children in divided homes to benefit from the care of two engaged, cooperative parents

We envision inclusive communities whose members collaborate to resolve conflict effectively and our core values are:

  • Better outcomes result from investing time and energy into collaborative and self-determined solutions. 
  • Empathy, listening, honest expression, and hope are fundamental to effective communication.
  • Sustainable solutions can only be achieved through mutual respect and inclusion of all voices. 
  • Communities benefit when all members have access to quality facilitation and mediation services.

Current programs include:

School and Youth Based Training – Workshops for all school and youth-serving organization staff and youth in conflict resolution, mediation and Restorative Justice.

Juvenile Review Board (JRB) Mediation & Restorative Conference Training – providing training for statewide JRB staff and volunteers to provide a forum for victims and first-time juvenile offenders to discuss the conflict and reach agreement.

Veterans Mediation Program – Providing training for veterans and experienced mediators to assist veterans in the community to resolve conflicts with others integral to their successful transition into the community.

 Training in Juvenile Training Facilities - Training staff members and youth who are most at-risk in Restorative Practices and Mediation.

Mediation services – Providing mediation services for all residents of CT on a sliding-scale fee basis.

Facilitation services – Providing facilitation services for groups to clarify problems and create Action Steps

Training – providing a variety of training in Mediation, Facilitation and Restorative Practices for individuals, municipal agencies, non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses.

 

Impact

 Training in the CT Juvenile Training facilities. CM staff members have been training all staff members of two secure training schools in Restorative Circles, Restorative Conferencing and Mediation so that they can create healthier and more empowering environments for the youth under their care.

Through contracts with the City of New Haven and the United Way of Greater New Haven, CM continues to provide public schools in Hamden and New Haven with peer mediation and Restorative Justice workshops for both youth and staff members.

The Tow Foundation continues to fund our work with statewide Juvenile Review Boards. CM staff members have been training Youth Service Bureau staff members, volunteers and local youth-serving nonprofits in Restorative Justice and mediation.

CM provided trained staff and volunteer facilitators to conduct community dialogues both for the Yale CARE program for a discussion about health disparities and the American Heart Association around food security. CM also provided facilitation services for a nonprofit organization founded by a surviving family of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

In 2016, CM continues to provide its standard mediation, facilitation and training programs in addition to the above:

CM provides low-cost sliding-scale mediation services to people who are experiencing conflict with their families, neighbors, co-workers and clients.

CM continues to work as a contract trainer for the Judicial Branch’s Court Support Services Division. CM staff members provide workshops for Family Support Center case managers and clinicians in mediation so they can use it as one of their tools in assisting families to stay together and live in happy/healthy homes.

CM's Executive Director continues as the Vice President of the Board of the statewide organization - the Connecticut Mediation Association. Our goals are to create standardization in the field; provide networking events for mediators; and educate the public about the benefits of mediation.

 

Needs
  1. Financial support to keep important programs viable.
  2. Assistance with development and marketing efforts.
  3. Creating more widespread knowledge of the benefits of mediation among the Greater New Haven community.
  4. Encouraging greater use of community facilitation among non-profits and municipal agencies.
  5. Expansion of present programs to towns outside of the city of New Haven.
CEO Statement

CM has had its share of adversity in the past few years and dealt with these problems directly and expediently. As a result, the organization is making a comeback and looking a little different than in the past: smaller and more focused.

In July 1, 2013, the E.D. and Board made the decision to end all funding from the state for housing financial assistance programs. This was not an easy decision to make since a significant portion of CM’s funding throughout the years had stemmed from these programs. Losing financial resources actually gave CM a chance to become more mission-focused and concentrate of the needs of the community rather than the needs of the organization. Since there are numerous agencies in New Haven that provide housing assistance, CM board and staff members believed it was time to give those agencies an opportunity to pick up the programs that they had the resources to handle more effectively. CM is now solely focused on conflict resolution through the use of mediation, facilitation, youth development, effective communication training and restorative justice.

Through the assistance of The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven (CFGNH), CM was able to move a part-time staff member to full time, who assists with mediation intake, oversight of volunteers and interns; and training youth. As a result of this staff members’ contributions, the E.D. was able to spend more time identifying customers and collaborators in CT. CFGNH also assisted our organization with a survey of our strengths and weaknesses. Due to this assistance, CM held a staff/board member retreat in February, 2013 that led to a distillation of CM’s focus in the coming years. It also laid the ground work for a comprehensive and collaboratively created strategic plan that all board and staff members can support.

The board and staff members are passionately pursuing carrying out these goals of this strategic plan in 2016. CM continues to struggle with grant-funding, since most foundations are focusing on basic needs and often do not understand mediation and its long-term benefits to individuals and communities. CM has expanded its fees for service, which now makes up 27% of its total budget and is focusing in this area to compensate for the lack of foundation and governmental funding.


Board Chair Statement

 As the context for our work is changing, we are working to strengthen our existing programs and broaden our areas of engagement to sustain and increase our mission impact.

· We are about making empowering and transformative interventions to create healthy communities through effective communication.

· We educate, build skills and provide services in mediation, facilitation and training to transform conflict into positive outcomes for individuals and organizations.

· We sustain a growing group of volunteers, trained and skilled in conflict resolution, to supplement the work of our paid staff. They are also ambassadors for our transformative mission, spreading awareness of our work widely, including to communities where few alternatives exist.

· We rely on the generosity of our funders and donors to bring our services to people, organizations, and communities in Connecticut struggling with conflict, regardless of their ability to pay.

I join my fellow board members in gratitude for the opportunity to support this work in a world that at times seems resistant/reluctant.

 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Dispute Resolution & Mediation
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas Served
Branford
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Madison
New Haven
North Haven
Orange
West Haven
Cheshire
Derby
Milford
State wide
Bethany
Derby
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Milford
North Branford
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
Woodbridge
Other
Serving the Greater New Haven area and beyond.  CM has been increasingly called upon by other areas of the state since we are the only stand-alone community mediation center int he state of Connecticut. We serve all demographics and neighborhoods.
Programs
Description

CM offers mediation services to all community members with a sliding-scale fee.  We provide impartial mediators to help guide clients through a process in which they can tell their story, clarify issues, brainstorm options and create mutually satisfying agreements.  Some examples of issues that we mediate are:  neighborhood issues, tenant/landlord disputes, workplace conflicts, family issues including parent/teen and parenting plans, juvenile and school disputes, public policy disputes, and interpersonal conflicts.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

80% of mediations end with an agreement. 75% of participants report that they better understood the perspective of the other party.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

CM does not currently track long-term success for this program. It is generally the philosophy in the mediation field that as impartial third parties, we do not have an interest or stake in the outcome of the mediation, nor do we contact parties once they are no longer using our services. They must take full ownership of their own agreements and responsibility for the follow-through.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Case notes indicate whether an agreement was reached; CM administers post-mediation evaluations from which we collect information about the client’s experience during the session.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Generally, we have an 85% success rate with agreements and 80% of clients report understanding the perspective of the other party. One of our success stories was when we held 7 mediation sessions between representatives of the New Haven Board of Education (BOE) and the parent advocacy group, Teach Our Children (TOC). The relationship between these two groups had become so rancorous, that the mayor suggested mediation. The New Haven Independent reported on June 30, 2010, after the sessions had ended, “In past years TOC has been at loggerheads with the Board of Ed on issues such as translation, suspensions, and bullying. After a seeming impasse, six months ago TOC and the board submitted to institutional marriage counseling by Community Mediation. The results have been real. Aponte said communication has improved greatly and a sense of partnership around the translation issue has supplanted sometimes acrimonious conftrontation.”

Description

CM offers mediation, facilitation and conflict managment trainings and shorter workshops.  CM offers local agencies, businesses, communities and schools mediation, communication, problem-solving, anger management, decision-making, leadership, workplace conflict and other trainings.  We have a cadre of professional, experienced staff and consultant trainers with many years of experience in the field.  These trainings are tailored to both youth and adults and available to anyone in the New Haven area and beyond.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

80% of participants will report that they were “satisfied” or “more than satisfied” with the training. 80% of participants will report that their needs were met by the training. 

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

CM does not currently track long-term success for our training services. Not sure how appropriate it is to call people one year later and ask if they are still using the skills that they learned in the training, however, it is a possibility.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

CM administers post-training evaluations to collect information about the client’s experience during the training.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Generally, 95% of training participants report being “satisfied” or “more than satisfied” with the training. We have changed our evaluation in the past two weeks to reflect the question of whether or not the training “met their needs,” therefore, we do not have enough substantive data at this time.
 
Here is what one participant sent in an email: “I wanted to send a belated thank you for conducting such a wonderful training on Wednesday night at our Junior League meeting.  It was fantastic—I only wish we had a longer time!  I certainly took a lot of notes, and can already imagine how the ‘I feel…’ statements will come in handy.   After you left, the project proposal process went very smoothly in large part, I’m sure, to your training.  We very much enjoyed working with you and hope to continue future collaborations with Community Mediation.”
Description

CM provides assistance to groups who want to host large group discussions.  Whether the subject is race relations, improving a neighborhood, or youth/police dialogue, CM can provide technical assistance to create agendas, form appropriate questions, and arrange for venues and other issues to host a successful dialogue.  CM also provides trained, volunteer and staff facilitators to provide impartial guidance through the process.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
80% of participants will report a change in perspective as a result of participating in a dialogue or deliberative forum.
 
A minimum of 1 Action Step will be implemented as a result of each Action-oriented dialogue series.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Again, as with mediation, facilitators are not supposed to be invested in the outcomes of a particular group, nor do we consider it appropriate to call parties a year later to ask if they had long term success after their dialogues.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Post-dialogue/deliberation evaluations are distributed to participants to determine if there has been a change in perspective.
 
Case notes from each Action-oriented dialogue series will show if at least one Action Step has been implemented.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Generally, 82% of participants in dialogues/deliberative forums report that they have experienced some change in perspective as a result of the process.
 
100% of groups who have been involved in Action-oriented dialogues series have implemented a minimum of 1 Action Step.
 
An example of the power of dialogue to change perspectives and bring disparate groups closer together is the following story about a series of dialogues conducted in the winter of 2010.

In 2010, as a result of a comment from a youth to one of our volunteers, CM organized as series of dialogues with a group of neighborhood youth to discuss their concerns about the local police. The youth had opportunities to: identify the issues, imagine how they would feel in the shoes of the police and brainstorm constructive ways to solve the problems. Parallel to these dialogues CM staff met with the Chief of Police and the District Manager, who both agreed to come to the last session of the dialogues and talk with the youth.

At the beginning of this last session, the youth were nervous and the chief’s assistant and the District Manager were not clear about what was going to happen. Within minutes after the introductions, however, the youth started asking questions and the adults answered calmly and honestly. One of the youth, a girl who had felt very anxious about this session, turned out to have the most questions and even asked the Chief at some point why he made such a grumpy face, as if he wouldn’t want to be here, to which he answered “Oh no, that’s just my face! I’m Irish-Scottish and my entire family looks like this. I am very happy to be here with you and have this conversation.” Soon the conversation was rolling with a respectful exchange among all participants. In the end, the youth had a better understanding of the police and the police had an opportunity to create a bond with the neighborhood youth. 

Description CM staff members are providing mediation and Restorative Conference training for Juvenile Review Boards around the state in an effort to convince all statewide providers to adopt more restorative practices in their work with first-time offending youth.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Offenders/Ex-Offenders /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
For the offending youth who participated in mediation during the Juvenile Review Board process, after 6 months, 50% will report that they:
1.  have not been rearrested since the mediation session.
2.  have no further issues with the conflict that prompted the arrest.
3.  understand that there are ways, other than violence, to resolve their conflicts.
 
For the victims who participated in the mediation, 50% will report only after 6 months that they have closure on the issue that brought them to mediation.
 
Of all parties participating in mediation, 50% will report directly after the mediation that they understood the perspective of the other party(ies).
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
For the offending youth who participated in mediation during the Juvenile Review Board process, after 12 months, 50% will report that they:
1.  have not been rearrested.
2.  have no further issues with the conflict that prompted the arrest.
 
For the victims, they will report only after 6 months because we do not want to continue to retraumatize them.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
CM uses post-mediation feedback surveys with all particpating parties to ask measure the self-reporting of understanding the perspective of the other party. 
 
The JRB Coordinator, who has established a relationship with all parties, will call, first the parents of the youth involved, and then, with parental permission, will speak with the youth for the 6 and 12 month follow-up conversations.  If the call is unsuccessful, a letter is sent with the few follow-up questions.
 
New Haven Family Alliance also collects re-arrest statistics from Court Support Services Division (CSSD), so CM can obtain that statistic from the JRB program director.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Last year, for our end of the year report, we collected information that showed the following results for the 54 participants (25 JRB youth and 27 victims/co-defendants) during the 2010 - 2011 program year:

·        Of those 25 JRB youth, 4 were re-arrested on charges unrelated to the first arrest. Which means 84% experienced no further arrests. 

·        52 (96%) participants reported no further issues.

·        27 (93%) of complainants reported that they have found closure. 

·        All 54 participants reported an understanding of alternative ways to deal with conflict.

·        All 54 participants found Mediation to be helpful, here are some of the comments

Some specific feedback that the coordinator received on the date of the mediation and in follow-up calls includes: “Thank God for mediation.” “The mediation allowed me to talk to the other parent. I wanted to talk with her, but did not know if she would be willing to talk with me.” “Everything is good with my child.” 
 
Description Through a subcontract with the Children's Law Center which obtained a grant from the Open Society, CM is training staff members and youth at both the CT Juvenile Training School and the Waterford Day Country School in Restorative Practices and Mediation.  Our goal is to create healthier and happier environments in which youth are encouraged to take ownership for their behavior and the solutions to their conflicts.
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
As noted earlier in the profile, CM ended all financial-assistance housing programs in July, 2013. Although this was a great source of funding, it did not align as well with our mission as we anticipated when first creating those programs. CM staff and board members believed that the clients would be better-served by going to New Haven agencies that employed trained social workers and had a variety of programs to offer an economically-disadvantaged population.

CM is now markedly focused on its mission and will only seek funding for programs that are truly aligned. CM has also been expanding geographically to help increase revenues, bringing our training and impartial services to a greater number of towns and cities in CT.

We have already begun this expansion through a contract with the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch to provide mediation training for its employees who work in Family Service Centers around the state. We are also training and providing technical assistance to Juvenile Review Boards and Juvenile Training Facilities in several different regions and towns.

CM has begun a close and ongoing relationship with Hamden Middle School to attempt to address the issue of disproportionate minority contact and general student success. Already, we have trained a core group of teachers who are working specifically with at-risk students in Restorative Circles, which both the staff and students are embracing. We will be training a group of youth leaders in peer mediation this fall and hope to receive a grant from the Graustein Foundation to continue our Restorative Practice training and add teacher-led meditation training as well as school-sponsored dialogues on institutional racism. We are hoping that this school will serve as a successful pilot program and beacon to other schools facing similar issues.

CM also launched the Veterans Mediation Program in 2015. The purpose of this program is to encourage the use of mediation to help veterans resolve conflicts, increase their quality of life and improve their ability to reintegrate into their communities effectively. A cadre of veterans completed 40 hours of mediation training in June, 2015.  They are paired with experienced community mediators to address conflicts that involve other veterans with: landlords, employees/employers, friends, neighbors, and family. Veterans have a unique perspective and vocabulary that can best be understood by fellow veterans.
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Brenda Marie Cavanaugh
Term Start July 2010
Email brenda@cmediation.org
Experience

Executive Director, Community Mediation Inc., New Haven, CT 2010 - Present

Fundraising/Marketing – state, municipal and foundation grants; special events

Liaison between Board of Directors and staff

Coordinate collaborations with other nonprofit organizations

Create and manage agency budgets

Cultivated relationships with new and existing donor base

Associate Director Community Mediation Inc., New Haven, CT 2007 - 2010

Recruited, trained & evaluated program staff, interns & volunteers

Supervised staff

Program implementation; reports; outreach; grant writing; program & general budgets; staff development

Staffed Board’s Program & Volunteer Committees

Mediator - Community Mediation Center, Charlottesville, VA 1996-2006

Mediated over 200 Civil and Family cases

Planned & implemented Community Police/Mediation Program

Certified Mentor for mediators in training

Facilitated Community meetings for a Regional Visioning Initiative

Created/implemented trainings for youth, woman’s prison inmates, community members

Supervising Coordinator 1998-2000

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Vice President, Connecticut Mediation Association Founding Board 2013- Present

Workshop Presenter, CT LIST Conference, Southern CT State University, New Haven, CT 2013

Workshop Presenter, America Year Abroad, Local Collaborators’ Conference, Washington, D.C. 2013

Workshop Presenter, America Year Abroad Local Collaborators’ Conference, Panama 2012

Panel Speaker, CT Bar Association, Speziale Conference, Quinnipiac School of Law, Hamden, CT 2012

Workshop Presenter. CT Bar Association, Speziale Conference, Quinnipiac School of Law, Hamden, CT 2010

Advisory Board Member, New Haven & Hamden Juvenile Review Boards 2009- 2014

Adjunct Faculty Southern CT State University, New Haven, CT 2007- Present

Special Education Teacher Massachusetts/Virginia 1989-1995

Education

Wheaton College, Norton, MA 1983-1989

MA – History; BA – History/Education, Magna Cum Laude

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Mr. Chester Brodnicki LSWNov 2009 - June 2010
Mr. Charles A. Pillsbury Sept 1989 - Oct 2009
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations

 In the past 2 years, CM has provided services to and/or collaborated with the staff and clients of the following agencies:

Sandy Hook nonprofit foundation
City of New Haven
New Haven Police Department
Branford Police Department
Hamden Police Department
Hamden Middle School
Career High School
New Horizons School
Bishop Woods Elementary School
Catholic Social Justice Ministry
Southern Connecticut University
Quinnipiac University
University of New Haven
Gateway Community College
Judicial Branch CT Court Support Services
CT Department of Housing
Christian Community Action
Solar Youth
Citywide Youth Coalition
Liberty Community Services
Youth Continuum
CT Coalition to End Homelessness
The American Heart Association
Yale CARE
New London Juvenile Review Board
Middletown Juvenile Review Board
East Hartford Juvenile Review Board
Hartford Juvenile Review Board
Manchester Juvenile Review Board
Coventry Juvenile Review Board
Durham Juvenile Review Board
CT Juvenile Training School
Waterford Day Country School

 

 

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way of Greater New Haven2016
Comments
CEO Comments

All staff members, including our Office Manager, have received a minimum of 32 hours of Basic Mediation training and most members have received additional training in the conflict management field up to 400 hours.

Brenda Cavanaugh, Executive Director: Ms. Cavanaugh has been in the field of mediation for almost 20 years with over 400 hours of training in mediation, facilitation, and restorative processes. She has mediated over 250 general and family cases. She is the Vice President of the CT Mediation Association Board and an adjunct faculty member of Southern CT State University.

Jacques Lewis, Intake Coordinator, Volunteer & Intern Coordinator & Trainer: Mr. Lewis handles all calls for mediation and has also been instrumental in arranging meetings with various municipal officials in surrounding towns, helping to further our mission outside of New Haven. Mr. Lewis also coordinates and supervises all volunteers and interns. Furthermore, Mr. Lewis assists with training youth, both in the New Haven public schools and within youth-serving organizations such as Music Haven.

Kathy Benoit, Office Manager: Ms. Benoit has been an employee of CM for 12 years and is an indispensible member of our organization. Ms. Benoit knows our donors well and is constantly imagining new ways to raise and save money.

 

Board Chair
Mr. David Carter
Company Affiliation Coaching for Powerful Change
Term July 2016 to July 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Sonja Ahuja ICOR Corporation
Ms. Amy Basista Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Ian Brooks Current Technologies Division
Mr. David Carter Coaching for Powerful Change
Ms. Kathleen Conway Esq.Kathleen Conway, Attorney at Law
Ms. Robbi Labelle-Thomas Esq.Retired
Ms. Esther Massie Achievement First Amistad High School
Mr. Charles Stohler Esq.Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Finance
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Nominating
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Rep. Michael Lawlor Community Volunteer
Hon. Rhoda L. Loeb Community Volunteer
Sen. Martin Looney Community Volunteer
Steven Mednick Community Volunteer
Genoveva Palmieri Community Volunteer
CEO Comments

In September, 2014, the CM board created a new Nominating Committee. The function of nominating new board members had been residing in the Development Committee, but it was determined that we needed a more focused and concerted effort to recruit passionate and diverse members. This committee has been extremely active, meeting bi-monthly for the past two years.

This year, the Nominating Committee has formalized a new board member on-boarding policy, a new board member profile and is working to edit the existing board member pledge. The committee has also adopted the policy of exit interviews and conducted its first interview in September, 2016 with a member who had resigned due to personal and professional constraints.

The work of this committee is not only strengthening the procedures for recruiting new board members, but also informing the general workings of the board to create more engaged and helpful members.


 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $263,833.00
Projected Expenses $256,261.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Annual Report2015View
Annual Report2014View
Annual Report2013View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$131,529$269,361$352,050
Government Contributions$43,487$90,653$164,847
Federal------
State$43,487$90,653--
Local------
Unspecified----$164,847
Individual Contributions------
------
$56,016$90,048$84,074
Investment Income, Net of Losses$652$282$54
Membership Dues------
Special Events$19,072$28,904$27,360
Revenue In-Kind------
Other($9,552)($10,341)($7,429)
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$210,970$351,214$494,406
Administration Expense$94,330$111,903$107,171
Fundraising Expense$26,382$8,829$14,894
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.730.991.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%74%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%2%3%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$119,172$209,409$226,767
Current Assets$115,422$205,585$222,886
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$8,313$8,072$22,391
Total Net Assets$110,859$201,337$204,376
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDSS $43,487DSS $90,653DSS $158,815
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $30,000William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund $61,500William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund $131,123
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam Casper Graustein Memorial Fund $25,000City of New Haven $39,485City of New Haven $61,901
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.8825.479.95
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
CM has been through some challenging years since the loss of its long-time E.D., Charlie Pillsbury, in 2010. Due to state and municipal budget cuts; the closing of local Foundations; a new focus among funders on basic needs; and CM’s own decision to become more mission-focused in its programming, CM has reduced its budget from $1,000,000 in 2009 to approximately $400,000 in 2015.

Although CM has had to reduce its staff, move to less expensive offices and reduce other expenses, it has also become more distilled and diverse in its service delivery. CM now works with towns and cities in many areas other than the New Haven region, which had been its geographic focus for 30 years. Mediation is still a fairly new field of practice in the United States. It is our belief that by educating the public and community stakeholders about the financial and emotional long-term benefits of mediation, CM will begin to grow again in the next few years.


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Address 3013 Dixwell Ave., Suite 3
Hamden, CT 06518
Primary Phone 203 782-3500
Contact Email mail@cmediation.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Brenda Marie Cavanaugh
Board Chair Mr. David Carter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Coaching for Powerful Change

 

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