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
The Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. We are guided by our commitment to feminism, diversity, empowerment, personal responsibility and self-sufficiency, compassion and respect, collaboration, professionalism, and self-assessment in all of our actions and programs.
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 Jennifer Devine
Board Chair Company Affiliation CT Department of Labor
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $1,202,769.00
Projected Expenses $1,202,769.00
Statements
Mission The Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. We are guided by our commitment to feminism, diversity, empowerment, personal responsibility and self-sufficiency, compassion and respect, collaboration, professionalism, and self-assessment in all of our actions and programs.
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 / /
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 daily provides legal information and referral to individuals on family law, employment discrimination and educational equity and civil rights issues.
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 to navigate the legal and social service systems and resolve their issues.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Serve over 1500 women annually to understand their legal rights and options
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 co-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 / /
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 Capitol 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. Successfully coordinated efforts to promote legislation to include gender identity or expression in CT’s hate crime laws
Description

 

Among our most recent accomplishments includes CWEALF’s expansion of our research and evaluation work. What feminism and other social movements have called the ability to “name and frame” is central to CWEALF’s mission to empower women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. From the founding of CWEALF to today, CWEALF has worked to identify social needs in order to spur action. This includes the work we’ve done in the past year with multiple community foundations to assess the needs of women and girls in their respective counties. The information from these reports will be used to inform the public including community agencies, municipalities, and state policy makers about the existing and emerging needs of women and girls. Having a strong research and evaluation program not only provides us with information about the needs of women in Connecticut, but also positions us to appropriately and effectively evaluate our own programming.

 

Generating Girls’ Opportunities, or G2O, is an initiative through CWEALF’s Research & Evaluation Program, which was designed to engage girls, parents, and teachers in girls’ educational opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We do this primarily through Girls and STEM Expos, a series of one-day events formatted to promote middle school and high school girls’ interest in STEM education and careers. The G2O Initiative has proven to be a powerful tool. Over the past ten (10) years, CWEALF has implemented over 40 Expos and involved more than 6000 middle school girls and teachers from schools across Connecticut.

 

Population Served / /
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.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Provide women and girls avenues to increase their earning potential, for example, over 500 girls participated in expos last year to learn about non-traditional career opportunities
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
Jennifer Devine
Company Affiliation CT Department of Labor
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Adriana Arreola Joseph New Haven Public Schools
Kevin Barry Quinnipiac University
Ashika Brinkley CT Association of Directors of Health
Stacy Brusa Hartford Steam Boiler
Cheryl Curtis Retired, Associate Professor, University of Hartford
Linda Dahlmeyer Universal Health Care Foundation of CT
Bonnie Edmondson CT State Department of Education
Kate Houlihan MARSH
Leslie Lyte Pratt & Whitney
Ndidi Moses United States Attorney's Office
Tiana Oscasio-Nesmith IUOE Local 478
Madeline Perez Saint Joseph College
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 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 16
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $1,202,769.00
Projected Expenses $1,202,769.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
From 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Audit Documents
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$500,801$494,601$492,489
Government Contributions$405,703$397,783$723,760
Federal$325,278----
State$80,425----
Local------
Unspecified--$397,783$723,760
Individual Contributions------
------
$69,072$177,456$113,216
Investment Income, Net of Losses$539$12,918$1,651
Membership Dues------
Special Events$8,440$9,019$6,333
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$42,667$41,680$34,427
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$896,341$1,021,724$1,220,472
Administration Expense$74,266$58,274$60,570
Fundraising Expense$71,163$91,760$95,398
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.971.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%87%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%10%8%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$716,293$705,578$758,951
Current Assets$502,482$433,881$515,152
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$19,821$16,672$64,060
Total Net Assets$696,472$688,906$694,894
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Central and Northeast CT $188,530 --Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $63,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHartford Foundation for Public Giving $85,295 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMelville Charitable Trust $75,000 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities25.3526.028.04
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
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 input 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 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 Jennifer Devine
Board Chair Company Affiliation CT Department of Labor

 

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