Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund
One Hartford Square West, Suite 300
Hartford CT 06106
Contact Information
Address One Hartford Square West, Suite 300
Hartford, CT 06106-
Telephone (860) 247-6090 x
Fax 860-524-0705
E-mail cwealf@cwealf.org
Web and Social Media
CWEALF Girls & STEM is an initiative through our Research & Evaluation Program. It is designed to promote opportunities for girls' exposure to and entrance into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Mission

CWEALF is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. To achieve this mission the organization provides legal education and advocacy services, leads statewide policy and advocacy campaigns, implements research and evaluation projects, and offers programming to promote girls pursuit of STEM careers.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1974
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 Kate Farrar
Board Chair Kevin Barry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Quinnipiac University School of Law
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $1,213,337.00
Projected Expenses $1,213,337.00
Statements
Mission

CWEALF is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. To achieve this mission the organization provides legal education and advocacy services, leads statewide policy and advocacy campaigns, implements research and evaluation projects, and offers programming to promote girls pursuit of STEM careers.

Background
For over 40 years, CWEALF has advocated for women’s rights and opportunities. It started as a women’s rights law firm staffed by attorneys who began the organization in response to the social need for feminist lobbying and lawyering. This need was identified during a successful lobbying effort that resulted in the passage of Connecticut’s Equal Credit Act
 
Since that time CWEALF has continued to work to advance women's rights and opportunities in Connecticut. With special expertise in family law, sex discrimination in employment and education, hate crimes and LGBT civil rights, CWEALF is dedicated to ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and low-income people. As one of the oldest women's rights organizations in the country, CWEALF is a vital resource to women and policy makers in Connecticut.

CWEALF provides an information, referral and advocacy service while also training and empowering women in Connecticut to advocate for themselves. Each year, CWEALF helps thousands of women and low-income people navigate legal and social service systems. By incorporating these experiences into our public policy and advocacy work, CWEALF is able to offer innovative approaches to issues affecting women and gender equity throughout the state. At CWEALF we are committed to:  

  • Providing critical legal information to any woman who seeks assistance
  • Bringing women's voices into public policy discussions
  • Connecting diverse communities for the common good of women and girls in Connecticut

To achieve these objectives, CWEALF's work is divided into three core programs, Legal Education, Public Policy and Advocacy, and Research and Evaluation. Through these programs, CWEALF initiates services to educate and empower women and girls to ensure they have the tools, knowledge and avenues to reach their goals.

 

Impact
CWEALF has successfully increased the capacity and accessibility of their Legal Education program through collaboration with community partners. Thanks to a partnership with Junta for Progressive Action, CWEALF has been able to increase the number of clients served in New Haven due to greater accessibility. Additionally, through funding by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, CWEALF was able to build a volunteer program. This program was launched towards the end of our 2011 fiscal year and has proven to be an important resource in ensuring that our Community Advocate has the time to meet with clients in the most precarious positions at Junta.  
   
Additionally, CWEALF has partnered with Connecticut colleges and universities to hold Girls and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Expos. The Girls and STEM Expos for middle and high school students seek to increase girls' exposure to and entrance into nontraditional areas of study and careers. The development of Girls and STEM Expos came out of research indicating when girls opt out of math and science, doors to further education in STEM and to the STEM workplace start closing. During the 2014-2015 school year 592 girls and 75 teachers from 37 towns across the state attended a Girls in STEM Expo.  

CWEALF looks forward to continuing the growth of strategic partnerships to ensure that women, girls and their families can achieve their personal and professional goals.  In particular,  CWEALF's primary goal in the Legal Education Program is to reach clients who have fallen through the legal justice gap.  CWEALF aims to fill an essential civil legal justice gap in the New Haven County and statewide.  Most legal services have income eligibility requirements, but CWEALF does not.  While serving individuals of all income levels, CWEALF targets those who do not meet the legal aid eligibility requirements but are below the self-sufficiency wage and thus unable to hire an attorney at traditional rates.   
Needs

With the expansion of our Legal Education program and our
Girls & STEM activities, CWEALF is looking for volunteers to both staff the Information & Referral line and assist in Expos. Additionally, the increased attention to our communications efforts has put us in a position to seek assistance from experts in the area of marketing and communication.  Finally, a very important aspect to our Legal Education Program is our ability to appropriately refer clients to attorneys in their areas. We continue to seek attorneys that are willing to join our Cooperating Attorney network in order to be able to offer our clients a full range of services.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy /
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
State-wide services in Connecticut.
Programs
Description

CWEALF’s longest running program is its Information & Referral Service (I&R).  Historically, the Information & Referral (I&R) services were provided strictly via the phone.  However, as the community needs changed, the service has evolved to include a more comprehensive in-person advocacy component. 


CWEALF’s Legal Education Program provides essential information to everyone who contacts the agency. This includes I & R, Advocacy, Community Outreach, and Community Education. CWEALF provides clients with free legal information, bilingual services, referrals to partner agencies and cooperating attorneys, and community education on family law, employment, educational equity and civil rights law.

This program also includes a Cooperating Attorney referral program. Access to an attorney is important for many of CWEALF’s clients, which is why CWEALF continues to put significant effort into recruitment of attorneys. These attorneys have committed to provide a free, initial consultation to CWEALF’s clients and then offer payment plans and/or a sliding scale fee.
Population Served Females / Families / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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. To reach short term goals, CWEALF provides legal information and referral to individuals on family law, employment discrimination and educational equity and civil rights issues. CWEALF's I&R line is open 24 hours a week and serves between 1,200 to 1,300 people statewide per year.
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. Give women the tools and information to navigate the legal and social service systems and resolve their issues.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. CWEALF documents the services we provide to each client, including attorney and agency referrals provided, and educational booklets shared. CWEALF regularly conducts follow-up calls to I&R Service and Advocacy clients to gather feedback about the quality of our services and assess client needs for additional support. CWEALF evaluates our programming regularly, using the expertise of our in-house Research & Evaluation staff, and uses all feedback to improve the quality of our program and the delivery of our services.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

CWEALF's I&R line is open 24 hours a week and serves between 1,200 to 1,300 people statewide per year. CWEALF’s Bilingual Community Advocate meets with clients in-person and offers highly individualized advocacy services to over 200 people per year. She helps clients understand court forms, provides translation services and accompanies clients to court for moral support. These services are especially critical for clients who represent themselves or primarily speak Spanish. Unlike traditional legal aid agencies, CWEALF has no income restrictions. In fact, one third of our clients are referred from legal aid and could not be served due to income requirements or overwhelming demand. Without CWEALF, many residents, especially low-income mothers, would be left to navigate the legal system on their own. The ability to understand and pursue rights related to sex discrimination at work, child support or protection from family violence are critical to maintain a family’s economic stability.

Description
CWEALF uses a number of strategies to ensure that the experiences of women, girls and low-income individuals are considered when public policy decisions are made, including providing public testimony at the State Capitol and participating in legal advocacy and facilitating coalitions. CWEALF offers innovative approaches to effectively addressing these issues by drawing on the wealth of knowledge generated through our Legal Education and Research & Evaluation programs. 
 

CWEALF chairs the CT Campaign for Paid Family Leave. The Campaign consists of a group of over 50 diverse advocates who represent the needs of working families, adults and children have come together to explore how CT can provide relief when an employee needs time away from work to deal with their own illness, the illness of an aging parent or loved one, or to care for a newborn. 

Population Served Females / Families / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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.

Monitor legislation at the Capital and work in coalition with other organizations to ensure women may address their needs.

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.

Using the information from the Legal Education Program and Research & Evaluation we promote changes in legal, educational and social service systems to remove barriers to accessing resources.

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

In CWEALF’s policy and advocacy role we are a vital resource to women and policymakers in Connecticut. CWEALF successfully coordinated efforts to promote legislation to include gender identity or expression in CT’s hate crime laws and in the last legislative session, CWEALF advocated for and provided testimony on a wide range of issues including: paid family and medical leave, spousal support, equal pay for equal work, education and training opportunities, restraining orders for victims of violence, fairness in family laws, affirmative consent, accessible bathrooms, comprehensive sexual health education and reproductive rights.

CWEALF also leads coalitions on critical issues of equity in Connecticut. Currently, CWEALF leads the following coalitions: The Connecticut Campaign for Paid Family Leave, The Campaign for a Working Connecticut and The Family Law Working Group.

 
Description

CWEALF’s research and evaluation efforts provide a gender-lens to our CT community. Most recently, CWEALF provided needs assessments to the Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls and the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation.  We are also the lead evaluator for the City of Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. Our strong research and evaluation program not only provides us with information about the needs of women in CT, but also positions us to effectively evaluate our own programming.

In our G2O Initiative, CWEALF’s Girls in STEM Expos one-day, free events inspire middle school and high school girls to pursue STEM careers. CWEALF focuses on recruiting and serving female, urban students at the middle and high school level to aid them in their understanding that their early academic choices will have long-term effects on their future education and career paths. 

Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy 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. Work for equitable access and success for women and girls in their personal, educational and professional lives through research, advocacy and activism.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. G2O measures the success of its program through the use of evaluations given to girls and teachers at the conclusion of the Expos, which measure their satisfaction with the event and attitudes about what they learned. Evaluations are also used to measure the impact of the professional development with teachers.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
CWEALF provides women and girls avenues to increase their earning potential, for example, over 600 girls participated in Girls in STEM Expos in the 2015-2016 school year to learn about non-traditional career opportunities. Last year the Girls in STEM Expos were held at Central Connecticut State University, Gateway Community College, Manchester Community College, Mitchell College and the University of Saint Joseph. More than 6,000 girls have attended CWEALF’s Girls in STEM Expos in the last 10 years. 

The G2O program has had particularly strong outcomes from Expo participants, with over 75% of girls consistently indicating an increase in their overall interest in STEM fields as a result of their participation in the Expos. Teachers also provide positive feedback, overwhelmingly indicating that the information that they learned in the workshops will be directly applicable in their work.

 
CEO/Executive Director
Kate Farrar
Term Start Jan 2016
Email kfarrar@cwealf.org
Experience Kate C. Farrar is the founder and principal consultant of K.C. Farrar Consulting, LLC. serving non-profit organizations in strategic planning, program development and facilitation, and fundraising and event management.
 
She was formerly the vice president of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)'s Campus Leadership Programs where she guided the strategy and management of the organization's nationwide college women's leadership programs, college/university relationships, and science, technology, engineering, and math programs for girls. Prior to AAUW, Kate was the associate director of National Programs and Policy at Wider Opportunities for Women where she led the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Project (FESS), a nationwide project focused on policies and programs to move low-income families toward economic independence.
 
A lifelong supporter and advocate of women's representation in politics, Farrar also serves as president of the Women under Forty Political Action Committee, the only nonpartisan PAC in the country that supports young women running for office. Kate is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, was chosen as the sole U.S. representative at the 2014 Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Youth Political Participation Forum, and named a 2014 Top 50 Political Influencer by Campaigns and Elections magazine. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post and The Daily Muse.
 
To start her career, Kate lobbied the Connecticut state legislature on behalf of nonprofit organizations with Judith Blei Government Relations and served as a field organizer in Wisconsin for the 2004 presidential campaign. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master's in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Financial & Adminstrative Director
Title Legal & Public Policy Director
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
Board Chair
Kevin Barry
Company Affiliation Quinnipiac University School of Law
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ashika Brinkley CT Association of Directors of Health
Stacy Brusa Hartford Steam Boiler
Cheryl Curtis Retired, Associate Professor, University of Hartford
Jennifer Devine CT Department of Labor
Bonnie Edmondson CT State Department of Education
Leslie Lyte Pratt & Whitney
Tiana Oscasio-Nesmith IUOE Local 478
Calvin Price Liberty Bank
Pierrette Comulada Silverman Planned Parenthood of Connecticut
Kristiana Sullivan CT Economic Resource Center, Inc
Millie Texidor Webster Bank
Ailla Wasstroam-Welz Day Pitney, LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 11
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $1,213,337.00
Projected Expenses $1,213,337.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Audit Documents
Audit 20162016
Audit Statements2015
Audit2014
Audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit 20102010
Audit 20092009
Audit 20082008
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS ltr.
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
CWEALF Year 2 Program Report2012View
CWEALF Year 2 Budget Report2012View
CWEALF Year 2 Logic Model2012View
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$655,965$500,801$494,601
Government Contributions$395,080$405,703$397,783
Federal$312,080$325,278--
State$83,000$80,425$60,000
Local----$205,926
Unspecified----$131,857
Individual Contributions------
------
$54,600$69,072$177,456
Investment Income, Net of Losses$814$539$12,918
Membership Dues------
Special Events$9,704$8,440$9,019
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$31,847$42,667$41,680
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$965,532$896,341$1,021,724
Administration Expense$110,187$74,266$58,274
Fundraising Expense$106,672$71,163$91,760
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.990.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%86%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%8%10%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$929,240$716,293$705,578
Current Assets$718,994$502,482$433,881
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$267,961$19,821$16,672
Total Net Assets$661,279$696,472$688,906
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHartford Foundation for Public Giving $160,367United Way of Central and Northeast CT $188,530United Way of Central & Northeastern CT $321,194
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMelville Charitable Trust $140,000Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $85,295City of Hartford $205,926
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFamily Values at Work $135,000Melville Charitable Trust $75,000Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $63,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.6825.3526.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address One Hartford Square West, Suite 300
Hartford, CT 06106
Primary Phone 860 247-6090
Contact Email cwealf@cwealf.org
CEO/Executive Director Kate Farrar
Board Chair Kevin Barry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Quinnipiac University School of Law

 

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