Women and Family Life Center
96 Fair Street
Guilford CT 06437
Contact Information
Address 96 Fair Street
Guilford, CT 06437-
Telephone (203) 458-6699 x
Fax 203-458-0616
E-mail info@womenandfamilylife.org
Web and Social Media
GirlsCoach*GirlsRun 5k
Mission

Women & Family Life Center empowers women and their families to face challenges and transitions in their lives with grace and dignity.

 

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.

Men Who Cook Gala
October 16, 2016

 

More than 200 influential and fun-loving community members, business leaders and patrons will gather at the Guilford Yacht Club this fall for what has become one of the CT Shoreline’s premiere charity events. Will you be there??

 

Men Who Cooks is one of the Shoreline’s longest running annual charity event and joins together volunteer home “Chefs” that include town leaders, business leaders, political representatives and those men who just love to cook and a terrific crowd to raise funds for women and families in Crisis.

 

· Festive Cocktail Format

· Great Food

· Chef Competitions

· Music, Auctions, Mingling!

 

Sponsorships
Community support doesn’t more delicious than this! Wide range of sponsor opportunities and benefits from $10,000 - $500 come with tickets so not only do you get brand alignment you and your guests can mingle with the who’s who on the Shoreline.

 

Auction Donations
Our live and silent auctions bring out the best shoppers in our area that love to support the businesses that support us. We are particularly looking for professional football tickets, unique experiences, vacation home stays, jewelery and high end electronics.

 

Tickets
Tickets go on sale in July. Save the Date!!

 

We look forward to seeing you at Men Who Cook!

If you want to get involved, contact Mirjana Toyn: mtoyn@womenandfamilylife.org

For more information:

https://www.womenandfamilylife.org/men-who-cook/

 

A Great Opportunity Ending Date Oct 16 2016
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1991
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. Peggy Britt
Board Chair Meghan Forgione
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connecticut Voices for Children
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $346,050.00
Projected Expenses $351,801.00
Statements
Mission

Women & Family Life Center empowers women and their families to face challenges and transitions in their lives with grace and dignity.

 

Background

Women & Family Life provides services to individuals from throughout the Connecticut Shoreline who are facing acute crisis, require support for the transitions in life, or are seeking community and personal growth. Our purpose is to help women, youth, and families connect with each other, and with related services in our community, through education, support, wellness, and referral services.

The Center originally came together as a community outreach center for women and children at the Peace & Justice Center of St. George’s Church in Guilford in 1989. In 1991, the Center secured non-profit status, the first Executive Director was hired, and programs to help Shoreline families were expanded to meet the mission. The organization moved to its present location at 96 Fair Street in 1998 after a successful capital campaign. Our programs and services have been growing ever since.

Impact

This past year more than 1,000 community members from East Haven to Old Saybrook found a safe place to create meaningful connections, learn new skills, and move from crisis to new strength.

 

§ More than 300 community members found the local or regional resources they needed to address emerging family issues, including divorce & custody (25%), domestic violence services (15%), social services (11%), emotional support (11%), and a wide variety of miscellaneous topics.

 

· More than 100 women and children, as well as two men, began the long process toward safety and a new life through our Safe Search, Lawyer Time, and other domestic violence services.

 

· Our wrap-around programs for women facing divorce helped 100 women lead their families through the emotional, legal, and financial impacts of divorce with divorce seminars, support groups, legal consultations, financial workshops and budget coaching.

· Women Recreating Retirement provided more than 200 women a way to give back to their community, providing more than 500 hours of volunteer service to area nonprofits.

· Girls Coach Girls Run brought newfound confidence and leadership skills to 62 girls. 100% of parents reported that they had observed significant improvements in confidence, friendship skills, and interest in exercise or health.

 

The lasting impacts of our programs can be difficult to quantify. So often, the return on investment is only understood many years later, as participants are able to see with hindsight that it was the sense of hope they received at the Center that gave them the courage to face life's difficulties and make positive change. Below is a sampling of sense of success our participants shared with us this year.
 

“I cannot begin to explain how wonderful the group has been for me. When you are stripped of all your esteem and then come here—listen to other women—listen to the facilitator—after that you begin to once again find worthiness in yourself. Thank you.”

 

“My sweet, kind hearted daughter can sometimes be very soft spoken and often lacks confidence in school. Her learning disability has definitely taken a toll on her self-confidence over the last two years. But she continues to work hard, harder than most kids her age. Watching her finish the (Girls Coach Girls Run) race yesterday brought me to tears. For the first time, I believe, in her life she felt a sense of accomplishment and pride that I have never seen before.”

Needs

On several occasions in the Center's 25-year history there have been landmark decisions that propelled our work into significantly greater scope and effectiveness. We are at one of those turning points today.

 Responding to startling data about the lack of savings and the economic destabilization of households in suburban Connecticut, the Center is embarking on a three year campaign to increase our capacity to respond to this need. This investment in the Center will allow us to dramatically increase our reach and impact in the community.

1. Community Wrap-Around Services $180,000
Our guided referral program is like no other in the state, as it combines emotional support, guidance, and a direct link to social services, mental health providers, legal assistance, and many other types of service providers -- including very local, nontraditional resources. We will transform our referral program, expanding it beyond our walls and hours, and incorporating a case-management element so that we may more effectively work with families over time. The elements of this plan include:

  • Upgrade Referral Database System & Make Available Online
  • Implement Case Management System
  • Create & Train Crisis Corp Volunteers

2. Ensuring a Safe Haven $350,000
To ensure that our historic facility remains a safe, comforting place for women and families to navigate difficult life transitions, we must undertake deferred maintenance to protect our investment in this special facility. We will also expand our parking and program space to be able to adequately server our growing constituent base. Elements of this plan include:

 

  • Expand parking and external expansion.
  • Improving our building’s structural integrity & energy efficiency 
  • Expanding program space by turning an underutilized kitchen area updates to allow for multiple functions in each room. 

 

CEO Statement

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in supporting struggling families on the CT Shoreline and the work of the Women & Family Life Center. On several occasions in the Center's history there have been landmark decisions that propelled our work into significantly greater scope and effectiveness. We are at one of those crossroads today.

Even as the economy recovers, more and more shoreline families are falling behind. Every day someone calls or knocks on our door desperate for answers to financial, legal, and emotional hurdles that have no easy solutions. Most do not qualify for social services but yet they are not able to make ends meet or overcome an unexpected hurdle. Recent reports confirm what we have seen for several years -- the number of suburban families falling into financial insecurity is outpacing those in urban areas.

The Center is uniquely qualified to respond to this growing need for a new safety net. We need your help to make it a reality. An investment in the Center's future today, will allow us to dramatically increase our reach and impact in the community.

Our First Open Door Campaign will allow us to bring our strengths - our impassioned staff and volunteers, our deep relationships in the community, and our unique and special facility - to new heights of impact. With new and improved infrastructure and program spaces we will be able to serve more people and to more deeply support each person who comes to our door.

The changes we make today will change someone's life forever. Please join us in this special time by giving generously to transform our ability to serve the shoreline community. It will take a community of donors, volunteers and ambassadors to make this vision a reality. Please join us on this next leg of our journey as we ensure that each person in need finds hope, dignity, and confidence in their time of need.

Warmly,

Peggy Britt

Executive Director

Board Chair Statement

 

The Center is a place where hope begins when the door opens. Where uncertainty is replaced with confidence. Where needs are met with dignity. And where lives are changed forever.

Neighbors helping, advocating, and supporting each other is, for us, how we can make a difference in the world. We are also proud to have the support of so many passionate men and women in our community who provide pro-bono legal and financial and other services, delight our palets as Chef's at our annual fundraiser, Men Who Cook, and serve on our Board and committees.

We hope that as you learn more about the Center that you will be inspired to join us by participating in a program, taking on a volunteer position, or joining our family of donors. Feel free to contact us for a tour today!

Sincerely,

Joan Reed Wilson & Meghan Forgione

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Human Services
Areas Served
Branford
Guilford
Madison
Shoreline
While our geographic service area focuses on Branford, Guilford and Madison, we will provide services to anyone. With our expanding programs, we find we are serving women from east and north of New Haven to Old Saybrook to the east.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

With our extreme weather in the last few years, many of us have gained a deeper understanding of what if feels like to be vulnerable -- cut off from each other, and from the resources we rely on. For many, we got a reminder of how much we need each other and how powerful it is to come together as a community.

All year long, people feel this way in our community. I can’t tell you how many times, when people come to us they say, “I don’t know if I am in the right place…” Our answer is simply – “You are.”

Our programs give women and families the emotional support, skills, and knowledge they need not just to survive, but to thrive through any transition. If we don’t have just the right program, our extensive referral program assures they get to the support programs they need.

I encourage you to become a part of Women & Family Life as a volunteer, a donor, or a board member. 

 

Programs
Description

Women & Family Life Center provides wrap-around services that include emotional support, legal and financial knowledge, and community building for women facing difficult life transitions, such as divorce, as well as happy life transitions that can also be very stressful and isolating, such as having a baby. Our crisis support services are offered free of charge to ensure that all women are able to receive the help they need. Scholarships are available for our fee-based programs for participants who need partial or full support.

Population Served Females / General/Unspecified /
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.
95% of participants will report improved well being (in terms of improved attitudes).
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Testimonial from a participant in one of the educational programs for new parents: "The WFLC offered a place where as a new mom I could meet other new moms and I was able to ask questions to Laura in a very welcoming environment. Laura is such a wonderful asset to the WFLC and I felt I could ask for her advice and never be judged. It was comforting to see other parents going through the same things I was and I could learn from them. She offers a class with a fun learning and entertaining environment for the kids and parents. The moms in my group definitely bonded and will most likely be friends for a very long time. I really enjoyed going and spending time with my child in a way that is so much different than at home."
Description

The Center provides trained facilitators to help women through all phases of their lives. Group sessions provide a community of peers who support each other through grief, healing from trauma, and new beginnings.

  • Divorce Support Group
  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group
  • Parent Partnership Support Group
  • Breastfeeding Support Group
  • KidsHUGS Support Groups
  • Food Allergy Support Groups
Population Served Females / Families / General/Unspecified
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.
Participants will report improved well being, including moving from feeling isolated to having a sense of community and support; improved knowledge of resources available; improved sense of well-being and coping.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Survey and focus groups.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. From a participant in a support group: "I cannot begin to explain how wonderful the group has been for me. When you are stripped of all your esteem and then come here—listen to other women—listen to the facilitator—after that you begin to find once again a worthiness to yourself. Knowing that there is support, friendship, tears and laughter shared is all important. Thank you."
Description

We respond to approximately 300 individuals each year needing assistance. These on-on-one consultations provide everything from a quick connection to more detailed plans for dealing with a crisis. If we are unable to provide a program or service ourselves, we connect the person with a local community service.

  • One-on-One Consultations
  • Domestic Violence Referral Services and Counseling
  • Sexual Assault Counseling
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force
  • Safe Search Computer/Phone
Population Served Females / Families / General/Unspecified
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.
Participants will express reduced isolation and stress and/or increased sense of hope. Participants will understand what resources are available to them to help them with their crisis. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Log sheets. Feeback from participants 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

“Pat” called with a tricky legal/mental health issue in her family. She had been frantically searching for some help and had hit many roadblocks with every agency she called. One of the agencies she called suggested she call us. We were able to help her parse out her needs and through our Lawyer Time program, we were able to find her a lawyer that had expertise in the legal and civil aspects of her situation. Pat later called to say thank you: "I called everyone I could think of and they all said the same thing: we can't help you. You did not say that. I can't thank you enough!"

Description

Our educational programs serve a broad spectrum - from teens to seniors - and are designed to meet the changing needs of our community. They invite community members to connect around common areas of interest and offer valuable information and skills to help individuals improve their lives and deal with life challenges.

  • Girls Coach Girls Run
  • Divorce Seminar
  • Lawyer Time
  • Money Smart
  • Smart About Money
Population Served General/Unspecified / Females / Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy 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.
Short-term success varies by program content. Some examples include:
 
*80% of Smart About Money participants will develop and monitor a monthly budget.
*75% of Smart About Money participants will have decreased debt or increased savings.
* 80% of Girls Coach Girls Run participants will report increased self-confidence and/or self-esteem.
* 80% of Girls Coach Girls Run participants will report improved friendship skills.
*80% of participants in our Divorce Seminar will report an improved level of knowledge of divorce options and resources.  
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Survey responses, testimonial stories, and repeat participation, where appropriate.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
“Cheryl” came to us for information about divorce. She is in an abusive marriage. She attended the divorce support group and then utilized Lawyer Time for advice about next steps in her divorce proceedings.
 
From a Smart About Money participant: "Smart About Money is helping me become conscious of my spending habits and gotten me to have a less critical reaction to myself and my current financial situations, which has in turn allowed me to make some small positive changes."
 
 
 
Description

Wellness classes and networking groups ensure that women have a place to connect and thrive.

  • Shoreline Women Recreating Retirement
  • Women Writers
  • Women Who Walk
  • Self-defense
Population Served / /
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. Our wellness programs will give women a place to gather, create a community of peers, and develop deep community and individual bonds.
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. The Center's wellness programs are designed to create community, reduce feelings of isolation, and break down barriers to coming to the Center for help with difficult life transitions. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Repeat participation and survey responses.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

From a participant: "I just moved here from North Carolina 6 months ago. I am a writer with three children ages 3 months, 6 and 9. I joined the Women Writers Group and I am so happy to be able to meet with these women weekly. It is the one night out, away from my family that is just for me. I have found a home and new friends at the Women and Family Life Center. I feel very lucky."

Program Comments
CEO Comments

Women & Family Life Center provides a safe, intimate place for women and families to face crises or major life transitions. In short, we help people when they feel their most vulnerable

Our programs give women and families the emotional support, skills, and knowledge they need not just to survive, but to thrive through any transition. If we don’t have just the right program, our extensive referral program assures they get to just the right place.

I invite you to become involved in Women & Family Life Center, as a donor, a volunteer, or board member. The Center gives each of just the right place to be, giving us the opportunity to come together and to ensure that our neighbors have a safe, supportive place to go for help.

CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Peggy Britt
Term Start May 2011
Email pbritt@womenandfamilylife.org
Experience

Ms. Britt has more than 20 years experience managing and growing nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Women & Family Life team, Peggy served as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Earth Force, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping teachers to inspire hard to reach students through community-based learning. Peggy has worked in many areas of endeavor, but always with a focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating community outreach and education programs. She has successfully implemented programs for schools and teachers, businesses, and the general public at the local, state, and national levels. She also has taught professional development courses nationally. Peggy has also served as a consultant for many non-profits in program development, fundraising, strategic planning and organizational development. She received a Bachelors of Science from Cornell University and worked for five years in water quality monitoring and field studies. She also has a Masters of Environmental Studies Degree with a specialization in Environmental Education from The Evergreen State College in Washington State.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Valerie Minter -
Ms. Liza Janssen Petra -
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography

Wendy DeLucca earned her Master’s in Education from Harvard University, where she studied various issues related to education, including working with at-risk boys, understanding traumatized children, and using the arts to engage learners. Her professional experiences span free-lance journalism, classroom teaching, fundraising and non-profit programming. Wendy worked in both the Development and Curriculum departments at LEAP, Inc. in New Haven (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership). LEAP is a non-profit organization that provides year-round, out-of-school time programming for children living in high-poverty neighborhoods. As Director of Curriculum, she was responsible for three major areas: academic and extracurricular programming for children; training of high school and college students to prepare them to work as mentors for the younger children; and data collections and evaluations. She taught 8th grade English at Chase Collegiate School (formerly St. Margaret’s-McTernan) in Waterbury and at Polson Middle School in Madison. A former dancer, Wendy grew up in New Haven, where she attended public high school and the Educational Center for the Arts Dance Department before attending Wesleyan University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. Wendy is a member of the Exchange Club of Greater New Haven and is an active volunteer for the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Partnerships and collaborations are a core tenet of implementing our mission. Our partnership strategy allows the Center to have a greater impact on our service areas in three significant ways. 

Our partnerships allow shoreline residents to utilize services from state or regional organizations, lowering the logistical and emotional barriers to seeking help. The Center acts as a safe, trusted and intimate setting for state and regional organizations to provide services to victims of domestic violence, rape, and families facing dysfunction. 

Participation in task forces allows the Center to provide a coordinating role among social service providers. We collaborate closely with local and state organizations to ensure tightly coordinated services and a progression of programs to assist women through lengthy transitions. For example, the Center coordinates the Shoreline Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Task Force (of which we are the founding member), leading efforts to inform social service providers about existing complementary programs, coordinate services for families, and to train providers on emerging topics. 

Our deep connections and knowledge about our partners and collaborators enables us to act as a bridge to available services, guiding women and families through a myriad of providers and services to identify those they need. In addition, we collaborate with many community volunteers who provide skilled professional services such as counseling and group facilitation, office and administrative support, grounds keeping, event coordination, and legal guidance. Our effective use of volunteers allows W&FL to provide many community services with a small staff base.

Our community resource partners include:

Branford Early Education Collaborative, Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven, Food Allergy Education Network, Branford Early Childhood Collaborative, Branford Police Department, Guilford Free Library, Guilford Public Schools, Guilford Police Department, Guilford Social Services, Guilford Youth and Family Services, Hygeia Foundation, KidSteps of Sarah, Inc., Madison Police Department, Madison Public Schools, Madison Youth & Family Services, Music Together, Shoreline Arts Alliance, United Way of Greater New Haven, VNA Community Health Care, Women & Families of Meriden and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Finalist - Nonprofit Executive of the YearHartford Business Journal2010
Nonprofit Organization of the YearGuilford Chamber of Commerce2006
Board Chair
Meghan Forgione
Company Affiliation Connecticut Voices for Children
Term July 2015 to June 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Kristen Conlon Guilford Savings Bank
Deborath Cutler-Ortiz Community Volunteer
Heather Dacey Page Taft Realtors
Sarah DellaVentura Bishop's Orchards
Alexandra Miele Andriole Group at Hightower
Jessica Rosado Sikorsky Aircraft
Ms. Helen Stroebel-Glaser Bausch & Stroebel
Joan Reed Wilson Wilson, Pinder & Snow
Ms. Dorota Xeller Neighborhood Music School
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Joan Reed Wilson
Company Affiliation Wilson, Pinder & Snow
Term July 2015 to June 2016
Email jwilson@wpslaw.com
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Building
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $346,050.00
Projected Expenses $351,801.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
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
$188,705$147,658$130,526
Government Contributions$0$0$4,763
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified----$4,763
Individual Contributions------
------
$44,427$46,948$62,421
Investment Income, Net of Losses$649$703$25,254
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$76,284$59,425$54,614
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$225,936$155,304$176,968
Administration Expense$25,772$37,336$40,625
Fundraising Expense$62,752$40,572$42,533
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.091.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%67%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue33%27%31%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$476,154$464,663$463,725
Current Assets$183,498$170,362$157,036
Long-Term Liabilities$118,760$106,305$113,677
Current Liabilities----$2,627
Total Net Assets$357,394$358,358$347,421
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $22,640The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $20,198The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $15,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountStoddard Family Foundation $10,000Guilford Community Fund $9,200Dorr Family Foundation $10,025
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGuilford Community Fund $8,650New Alliance Foundation $5,000Stoddard Family Foundation $10,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----59.78
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets25%23%25%
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. Significant deferred maintenance during the long recession has left its mark and the Center is showing the wear and tear of many years of use. The buildings require several repairs and upgrades that extend beyond the normal annual budget allocations for facilities maintenance. We’re at a critical juncture: if we don’t make the investment now, the costs will continue to increase. Some of the repairs that have been identified by an engineering team are important to the structural integrity of the building. Additionally, our client base has expanded significantly over the past ten years and we need to expand parking, program space and IT infrastructure. Relatively small investments in facility and IT infrastructure will allow the Center to grow our service area from Madison, Guilford and Branford to effectively serve families from East Haven to Old Saybrook.
Goal $500,000.00
Dates Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Amount Raised To Date 60000 as of Mar 2016
Comments
CEO Comments
Women & Family Life Center has experienced a significant increase in the number of community members needing support, counseling, and referral services. At the same time, our fee-based programs have lost participation due to economic pressures. We are proud to have been able to respond by increasing efficiencies and decreasing costs to meet the increasing demand on a flat budget. We are continuing to find ways to invest in our infrastructure to increase efficiency. 
 
We are not required to conduct an audit and have not undertaken a full financial audit due to budget constraints. However, our financial management is of the highest standards. We employ an external bookkeeping service, have an external CPA review our books annually and complete our annual tax returns, and have a financial professional as Treasurer who provides oversight on a monthly basis.
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 96 Fair Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Primary Phone 203 458-6699
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Peggy Britt
Board Chair Meghan Forgione
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connecticut Voices for Children

 

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