Wallingford Public Access
28 South Orchard St
Wallingford CT 06492
Contact Information
Address 28 South Orchard St
Wallingford, CT 06492-
Telephone (203) 294-9722 x
Fax 203-294-9722
E-mail wpaatv@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
#PowerfulWildFree4Arts
Mission
To empower the people of Wallingford to meet their own communication needs, as they define them, by facilitating digital media creation and managing its public distribution.
Use of WPAA-TV digital media tools can help inform, connect, and build community through the production of ideas, opinions, stories, news, information and/or performance.
 
WPAA-TV facilitates production of digital media and distributes community access and public service information prioritizing support for Wallingford developed media. WPAA-TV provides its Users with the tools and the stage. WPAA-TV operates as “Your Town, Your Station” distributing programs by the community, for the community.
WPAA-TV is the provider of government or education programming that the Town, or Board of Education, chooses not to support, or fails in their obligation to provide. 
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.

Annual Program underwriting sought for In Two Languages En Dos Idiomas; a literacy project using television. The promotion of this initiative is a collaborative effort between the Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW) and WPAA-TV. The same Global and Technology News programs are scheduled as Community TV consecutively in both English and Spanish. Details can be seen here: http://wpaa.tv/in-two-languages/

The program provides informing content and supports new language learners. SCOW plays In Two Languages on its lobby TV weekdays. TV program information has been shared with all local ESL Programs. Students are encouraged to watch in the summer to help retain language skills.

The producer/distributor of content is Deutsche Welle (DW). From 2013 through 2016 DW underwrote the content distribution method for all content. Effective 2017 content management costs for local distribution of Spanish content require a local underwriter. ION Bank made this commitment for 2017.

Maintaining the Spanish component of this initiative includes annual content rights/acquisition fees of $850 US. The project requires 3-4 hours administrative support weekly. Additional underwriting promotion would require development of 15 hrs minimum at a rate of $15 per hour.

Please consider helping us keep this informing and educational content.

All WPAA-TV content is played on the Internet so while it is TV it can be seen on all Internet capable devices including mobile from our home page. www.wpaa.tv

A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 31 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1994
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 Susan Adele Huizenga
Board Chair Riyad Lahin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent Computer Specialist
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $87,035.00
Projected Expenses $106,338.00
Statements
Mission
To empower the people of Wallingford to meet their own communication needs, as they define them, by facilitating digital media creation and managing its public distribution.
Use of WPAA-TV digital media tools can help inform, connect, and build community through the production of ideas, opinions, stories, news, information and/or performance.
 
WPAA-TV facilitates production of digital media and distributes community access and public service information prioritizing support for Wallingford developed media. WPAA-TV provides its Users with the tools and the stage. WPAA-TV operates as “Your Town, Your Station” distributing programs by the community, for the community.
WPAA-TV is the provider of government or education programming that the Town, or Board of Education, chooses not to support, or fails in their obligation to provide. 
Background
History Highlights
22 Years as Community Access TV Provider
1975: Wallingford dabbles in communication democracy movement
1985: Wallingford Cable Television Access Board Appointed
1993: WPAA incorporated as Public Charity
1995: WPAA secures it’s first location and channel
Connecticut law provides every community with PEG funding
2002:WPAA moves into a storefront location that is accessible to all
WPAA Board received the Cable Advisory Council Sustaining
Community Access – Delivery Award recognizing our
‘commitment & delivery of an accessible Public Access space’.
2009: Purchase 28 So. Orchard St. for home of WPAA-TV Community Media Center
2010: Relocate to 28 So. Orchard St.
Rennovated new location with in excess of 2250 volunteers hours.
2011: WPAA-TV Home of Free Speech promo produced about the
relocation wins 1st place in category documentary event ACM-NE
Video Festival.
2012: WPAA applications for Non-profit Users status of media tools
approved: GoogleDocs, VerticleRespones etc.
Approved as Mission Continues site for 9|11 veteran.
2012: Alliance with SCOW and DW.DE to bring 10 hours weekly of
informing content in Spanish - restored in 2013, ongoing
2013: Children's Program Penn's Pals wins 1st Place in Video production
ACM-NE Diversity Empowerment category
2013: Studio Digital Upgrade PEGPETIA Award of $150613
2014: Mission Continues Fellow Fellow Approved and deployed as Mission Continues #W06492 increasing support to nonprofits
2015:Studio and Remote Tools Upgrade: PEGPETIA Award $226,722.29  
2013 & 2014 : Overall Excellence for station of same size in Alliance Community Media North East Region (ACM-NE)
2014 & 2015: Summer Youth Employment Workforce Alliance placement site
2016: PQSworks  Adults with Disabilities Host Site 
Impact
2016 Goals 
Evolve Citizen Voices Programs like CommUnity Conversations
Maintain Youth Programming: Roar1st Volunteer-2-Work
PowerfulWildFree4Arts: Public art and filmmaker outreach
 
2015 Goals
  1. Expand youth program to all year with community service, interns, media clubs and more.
  2. Expand use of facility for non-television uses including arts programs: Support up to four organizations or events
  3. Expand part-time employment opportunities to individuals between age 16 and 35
  4. Improve quality of content produced locally with producer engagement in media as well as technology training
2015 Year-end Status
Goal 1
  • Received Lisa Karen Street Grant to support expansion of Youth Program: Summer employment for five special youth through collaboration with Youth Services and WorkFare. Continued part-time employment for two participants in the Fall.
  • Summer Project for youth affiliated with neighborhood school: PSA On Internet Dangers Produced Hired
  • Supervised two college interns: UNH and Middlesex Community College
Goal 2
Community Room: Enhance to be Gallery; Ongoing exhibits
 
Initiative: #PowerfulWildFree4Arts Can art be functional?
Public Art activities: The last phase of our building renovation was to clean, repair and cover a full side of building with photorealistic mural by local graffiti artist: ARCY. Added exterior lights.
 
Complimented Mural with ongoing exhibit of recycled metal sculptures: by recently deceased local artist Ryk Wilkinson.
 
Held #PowerfulWildFree4Arts Event concurrent with annual townwide Celebrate Wallingford Celebration. During event a second mural was done as a live performance by #ARCY, local artists displayed Seven Deadly Sins pieces and Nelson Ford's Awakening Series an interpretation of Evolution was displayed.
 
Goal 3
Hired three individuals part-time to support citizen production. Developed project-based hiring plan for 2016.
Goal 4 
Awarded PEGPETIA Grant for technology upgrades; hosted media training on “Being a Host”, PSA development and Storytelling.
2014 Goals
1. Complete Building Renovation including parking lot
2. Pay down debt up to 50%
3. Improve most operational metrics; especially community engagement
4. Engage a minimum of 12 nonprofits or civic groups in Mission Continues #W06492 Initiative

2014 Year-End Status

1. Completed 1st floor building renovation and Community Room Design and finalized a zoning compliant driveway

2. Paid-off building 2nd Mortgage loan and secured interest waiver

3. Improve all operational metrics; consistent with 2013 trends for which WPAA-TV received Overall Excellence Award in Oct 2014 for 2013 Reel and Report.

4.Supported sixteen nonprofit & civic groups with staffed event coverage and PSA development: Grange, Wallingford Community Women, Literacy Volunteers, Spanish Community of Wallingford, Colin’s Crew, Wallingford Garden Club, Coalition for Better Wallingford, Wallingford Historic Society, VFW #591 (multiple events for some organizations)

Previously unplanned initiative:

Youth Media Program: In summer of 2014 operated as a host site for youth employment with 6 youth assigned. Youth completed Independent Projects and organization initiative First Jobs.
Needs
Community Engagement is our reason for being and our biggest need. Awareness of the organizations purpose and availability is still low. With the change in TV viewer habits we are no longer found by accident by TV surfing which is unfortunate because we are creating more than ever before.
 
An annual Underwriter for content In Two Languages is needed to keep this program going language learning initiative going.  Content costs $780.  Support staff to process content is $70.
 
Performers with original content: Thespians, comedians, poets, dancers in CT. In 2016 we have created a pathway to use the Blackbox recording space without need for a direct affiliation with Wallingford. Wallingford performers still get preference.
 
CEO Statement

In an Internet connected world, can or should Community Access Television as we know it, be sustained?   Yes and No.

Everything this experiment in Democracy has at its core: building community through the production of ideas, opinions, stories, news, information and/or performance as local television while valuing free speech, individual expression and diversity remains a vital part of sustaining democratic communities. There is no comparable network of organizations dedicated to being of, by and for the voice of the people.
 
As an experiment, it has a range of successes and models of implementation that represents the diversity of America. As a network, it has shared principles, values and support that keep it from being rudderless among the many opportunities for voices to be enabled by worldwide connectivity.

If the Internet is ubiquitous and free to all in the near future, will the following personal aspects of local television still be desirable?

 

  1. Comfortable watching of content from a living room recliner;
  2. Same viewing experience shared by neighbors;
  3. Community projects bringing folks together to tell community stories; Commercial‐free viewing;
  4. Local media that is not controlled by media corporations, self‐appointed power brokers or self‐interested corporations

 

Community Access is the delivery system for hyperlocal content: content important to the shut‐in who cannot attend church, commuter who cannot attend a public meeting, a child proud of their report shared with everyone in town, immigrants learning a new language, new homeowners learning about their community. It is people agreeing and disagreeing about what makes-a-difference to them locally where they still have the potential to influence outcomes.

Yes, the Internet should change Community Access TV by being another tool for delivery. What it cannot be or replace is the potential to gather, teach, discuss and share what is local based on the reasonable needs and qualities of a community. Hundreds of volunteers and organizations are connected through a viable Community Media System. Youth can discover, learn and experiment; and elders can stay connected in what would hopefully be a community hub that is more vital today because what can be created as TV can be shared as Social Media and distributed additionally via the Internet. Locally WPAA-TV and Community Media Center is prepared to be that hub.

 
Board Chair Statement


Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Media & Communications
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Areas Served
Wallingford
Citizens of Wallingford including over 200 nonprofits, three High Schools and a growing bilingual community.
Programs
Description

Our core program is creation of citizen media from idea to execution as TV content. Everyone who walks through the door has different levels of prior training in video production and storytelling ranging from none to some college credit and aspiring filmmakers. Staff schedules one-on-one time to help each prospective producer reach some level of confidence with the tools and execution of their individual plan. More information can be found here: http://wpaa.tv/make-tv/

 
 
Population Served General/Unspecified / K-12 (5-19 years) / Hispanic, Latino Heritage
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. After 4 hours with a prospective user the basic concepts of community access and the toolkit available will be understood well enough to plan a project.
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.
Of eligible inquiries, 50 % will attempt to make a TV/Video product.
Of those interested in doing multiple shows, 75% will create 3 or more programs.
Those seeking to do a highly developed product will get some community or peer recognition for their effort, product and ideas.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Number of programs produced as reported annually
to the Dept. Of Public Utilities. In 2012, Total 21 trainees and 167 hrs. All Projects completed.Number of articles in local paper.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Community Connections are being made.WPAA-TV had a few of its producers identified as among the best in 2012 and 2013 at the Annual Alliance for Community Media New England Festival.
 
New programs in 2012  were retained in 2013 program line up.  New producers added to Friday Evening Production Schedule.
Description Holiday Messages and #PowerfulWildFree4Arts is how we plan to Celebrate Wallingford Everday in 2016. ConcertsWithCauses has joined Team-Hercules to support both outreach and develop collaborative volunteer programs. 
Population Served Adults / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
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. This project provides a simple way to get involved in WPAA-TV and share something creative for which the submitter has a sense of community pride. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Obituary Reference: Around Town, of which he said, "I hope that catches on." Charley encouraged us to contribute to the current puzzle inspiring us to share in solving the big picture.
Description Believing that Performance Speech the Richest Kind WPAA-TV wishes to engage artists and filmmakers with the goal of making WPAA-TV a destination for film screenings, small performances and interactive arts. Complimentary Gallery, exhibits and talk-backs anticipated.
Population Served General/Unspecified / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Adults
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.
Continue to hosted programs in studioW at WPAA-TV
2010 - 11
Piece Theatre: 2 90 minute One Act Plays 
2012
Slant of Light Theater 4 Plays 
2013
touring one man show Drinken Lion performed in two languages
ONECT Poetry Team Fundraising performance.
2014
FreeAtLastPlayer - Skits
2015
FreeAtLastPlayers -skits
Touring Poets including Adam Stone of Boston
Bands: Le Mixx, Truth Band 
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. Encourage others to use talents to give voice to their ideas & values & make a difference by experiencing stories.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Increase in Artist Users
Attendance at performance events.
Video On Demand Views.
Performance and space reviews.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. This original partnership with Piece Theatre demonstrated the flexibility of the space and the value added of video capture. Upgrades in lighting and audio make the facility ready for more extensive promotion of the space for small scale performances.
Description
Tell Your Neighbors about It has been expanded and re-branded as Good Enough To Share.Local nonprofits identify video content that aligns with their mission or residents 'guarantee' video content which they do not produce with information they are passionate about. Examples: Spanish language news programs are represented by the Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW), In the Fight soldier's stories are represented by VFW #591. Those participating enter agreements with WPAA as Guarantors.  Organizations or residents work with WPAA-TV to acquire programs at no or low cost for redistribution. 
This very successful program has programs and participants listed here: http://wpaa.tv/good-enough-to-share/ 
Population Served Other Named Groups / Hispanic, Latino Heritage / Blacks, African Heritage
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.
100% of the organizations identified as affiliation candidates in the 1st month accepted the opportunity and garnered some positive feedback among their members and users.
 
This program has exceeded expectations. All affiliates have extended commitments beyond one program or series or duration and the number of participants has increased from a handful to a long list.
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.
Affiliation is expected to bring more eyes to the channel.It also serves to connect organizations with the populations served by providing informing or educational content. This program increases the number of individuals and organizations affiliated with the station and its mission.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Self-report of affiliate organizations and adoption rate.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. See page http://wpaa.tv/good-enough-to-share/ for list of current programs and participants.
Description
Wallingford born or current residents are eligible to submit music they have performed or produced for play concurrent with local announcements; Community Media Loop.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Adults / Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
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.
Increased inquiries and participation by local talent.
 
Special loop of music during holidays as there is significant enough volume of Holiday music. 
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. Interest by musicians: There have been requests to extend the program eligibility to "works in Wallingford" or have family in Wallingford but Musician resides elsewhere. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Increase in submissions.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Wallingford Chorus and Mariachi Band participating for Holiday Music in addition to local bands.
Program Comments
CEO Comments Proud winner of Alliance for Community Media North East Overall Excellence Award for Community TV Stations with operating budgets of 100K or less for two years running: 2013 & 2014. The 2014 award event was November 20th 2015 at Mark Twain Museum. We attended in force with a dozen Users ages eight to 81 and one in a wheelchair: a true representation of our community.
CEO/Executive Director
Susan Adele Huizenga
Term Start June 2010
Email wpaatv@gmail.com
Experience
  • www.linkedin.com/in/susanadelehoustonhuizenga
    • An Incorporator of the 1st nonprofit Community Access Station in CT: CTV in New Haven in 1986.
    • Former President of Totoket TV in No. Branford @ 1990-3.
    • Served as Cable Advisory Chairman for SCC and Wallingford representative for 10 years. 2000-10
    • Award winning non-professional videographer
    • MS in e-media
Co-CEO
Term Start June 2012
Email susan.huizenga@wpaa.tv
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Middle Eastern/Other
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 1
Unspecified 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Collaborations
Local nonprofits:
ConcertsWithCauses: Local Talent Showcase show Music With Purpose 
Literacy Volunteers: Tutor Training Overview (Intern Assigned)
SCOW (Spanish Community of Wallingford) En Dos Idiomos
YMCA Public Art (Underwrite and Display local muralists #ARCY) 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Community Access Public Service Announcement - National 1st PlaceAlliance For Community Media2005
Sustaining Community Access – Delivery AwardCACSCC2002
1st Place Documentary Event - Home of Free SpeechAlliance for Community Media - No. East2011
ACM-NE Overall Excellence AwardAlliance For Community Media - North East2013
ACM-NE Overall Excellence AwardAlliance For Community Media - North East2014
Comments
CEO Comments
Essentially we are citizens teaching other citizens what we know about media.  The challenges is that our depth of knowledge is highly dependent on those willing to volunteer. 
 
An effort is being made to document processes in User friendly manner to create some managed knowledge for prospective new users. 
 
Keeping up with the tools and exxpectations is a constant demand.
Board Chair
Riyad Lahin
Company Affiliation Independent Computer Specialist
Term May 2014 to May 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Joey Allard Student
Cassandra Allen YMCA
Lisa Catherine ConcertsWithCauses
James Chordas DiscoverVideo
Nelson Ford Retired
Curt Huizenga Community Volunteer
Jared Marmitt Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Unspecified 1
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Broadcaster Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Technology
Building
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Cliff Huizenga Cliffpro.com
MS Sharon Keslewski Community Volunteer
Rich Mavrogeanes DiscoverVideo
Aaron Stone Stonehenge Music
CEO Comments
On Feb 29,2016 the Governance Committee presented a resolution for in support of a  restatement of organization purpose for Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws to align purpose with the evolving media landscape and role of Community TV.
 
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that WPAA is a nonmember organization whose purpose is reaffirmed as All manner of support for the creation and distribution of noncommercial community media and fulfillment of responsibilities within related designations associated with managing sufficient resources inclusive of cable access channel(s) to facilitate meaningful community access within the community of Wallingford CT; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Bylaws be redrafted to be compatible with restated purpose and Articles of Incorporation, and establish a sustainable governance framework suitable to managing property and assets in the interest of community media; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Wallingford Public Access Association, Inc. do business as WPAA-TV and Community Media Center.

This governance review was facilitated by CFGNH Board Training and consulting services. 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $87,035.00
Projected Expenses $106,338.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
2014 9902014
2013 9902013
2012 9902012
2011 9902011
2010 9902010
2009_9902009
2008_9902008
2007_9902007
Audit Documents
Finanical Summary2014
IRS Letter of Exemption
06_1378847_TaxID
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Strategic Plan Final Year Review2014View
InBrief_BuildRenovation2010View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$77,548$70,527$77,883
Administration Expense$15,259$3,930--
Fundraising Expense----$45
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.023.231.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%95%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$407,303$448,858$298,890
Current Assets--$57,317$24,795
Long-Term Liabilities$118,195$161,462$177,444
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$289,108$287,396$121,446
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --State of CT $150,613Comcast Subscribers $66,360
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --AT&T Fees $23,492ATT Subscribers $26,912
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Comcast Fees $66,149Piece Theatre $428
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets29%36%59%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted. A mortgage and low-interest donor loans were secured in 2010 to acquire and renovate an in-town building with financing to extend no more than 12 years. Reserves were used in 2014 to pay off donor loans made possible by staffing with volunteers.
Goal $290,000.00
Dates Mar 2007 to May 2011
Amount Raised To Date 265273 as of Dec 2011
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments
State of CT PURA Docket No. 10-03-02 was unsuccessful in securing $20,000 annual shortfall in subscriber fees associated with franchise allocation to area towns by population. Operations have been maintained due to donor service of time and talent in lieu of paid staff. Staffing and new programs also benefited from a Fellowship placement in 2014 of a Mission Continues eligible Veteran with Public Affairs experience.  P.E.G.P.E.T.I.A. Grants are the primary grant source for technical and capital improvements. WPAA-TV maximized availability of this program which is not consistently available through the State of CT to update most technology, bring building into OSHA compliance and install energy saving lighting. Funding from this source may not be available for several years.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

 

Address 28 South Orchard St
Wallingford, CT 06492
Primary Phone 203 294-9722
Contact Email wpaatv@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Susan Adele Huizenga
Board Chair Riyad Lahin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent Computer Specialist

 

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