Branford Community Foundation
PO BOX 462
BRANFORD CT 06405-0462
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 462
BRANFORD , CT 06405-0462
Telephone (203) 4444898 x
Fax 0-0
E-mail lizapetra@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission
The mission of the Branford Community Foundation is to connect people who care with causes that matter, for the purpose of preserving and promoting the quality of life in Branford, Connecticut, now and for generations to come.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1980
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Liza Janssen Petra
Board Chair Stephanie Farber
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission The mission of the Branford Community Foundation is to connect people who care with causes that matter, for the purpose of preserving and promoting the quality of life in Branford, Connecticut, now and for generations to come.
Background

The Branford Community Foundation (BCF) started in 1980 with a small boy and a swing set. Five-year old Darin Etzel was ill with a rare blood disease. Darin and his family had to travel to NYC for a bone marrow treatment. Friends wanted Darin to have something special to look forward to at the end of his difficult time, so they raised $770 to buy him a terrific swing set, which was hope for the future. Sadly, Darin developed complications and died on January 1, 1980. In his memory, his family wanted to carry the “hope for the future” that their friends had wanted for them into the greater community. The Branford Community Foundation began with the $770 raised for Darin’s swing set.

Impact

Today, thanks to the generous support of donors and careful financial investment, BCF maintains over two million dollars in endowed funds and will invest over $100,000 in the community this year. BCF works everyday to help address the most pressing issues facing our community, including basic needs, health, education, the arts, the environment, youth and civic engagement. In so doing, the BCF impacts lives, solves problems, and improves futures.

Needs

For more than three decades, the Branford Community Foundation has been your partner in supporting local causes that matter to you. From basic needs, social and health services, to environmental issues, education and the arts, together we recognize the importance of helping to support the challenges and opportunities identified by these organizations and faced by all residents of our community.

Through your continued generosity and philanthropy, our permanent endowment of more than $2,000,000 and growing, permits us to make a long-standing impact on the health and vitality of our very special hometown.

The Branford Community Foundation has been diligently addressing the extraordinary effects and remarkable power of giving in our community. We continue to identify the crucial priorities and initiatives that will advance your desire to support community programs and services for the long haul. Our efforts have deep roots in the town and will provide broad reach for years to come.

CEO Statement We are grateful to the community's continued support and generosity and feel privileged to be able to serve the philanthropic needs of the town of Branford. We look forward to having a continued positive impact on the health and vitality of our very special hometown!
Board Chair Statement For more than 36 years, the Branford Community Foundation has sought to fulfill its philanthropic mission of "connecting people who care with causes that matter." We work closely with you, our generous donors, as well as with local organizations, community leaders and others on issues our community tell us are of importance: from basic needs, social and health services, environmental concerns, education and the arts. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations / Community Foundations
Areas Served
Branford
Programs
Description
BCF works everyday to help address the most pressing issues facing our community, including basic needs, health, education, the arts, the environment, youth and civic engagement. In so doing, the BCF impacts lives, solves problems, and improves futures.
 
The Branford Community Foundation seeks grants that enhance the quality of life in Branford. Grant applications should address a need within the focus area and demonstrate impact on the organization, project, community, or persons served.

Applications should include some of the following elements:

  • Address a documented need or concern of the focus area;
  • Recognize and build on a community’s or organization’s strengths and assets;
  • Build the capacity of community organizations and/or individuals to help themselves;
  • Foster cooperative approaches to community issues through collaborations based on shared visions and mutual responsibility;
  • Serve as a catalyst for attracting other resources, such as matching gifts; and
  • Build infrastructure within the organization in order to meet its mission.
 

The Board of Directors looks to fund organizations and projects that strengthen and improve Branford in the following focus areas:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Heritage Enhancement
  • Human Services / Housing
  • Youth, Family and Senior services
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Liza Janssen Petra
Term Start July 2015
Email lizapetra@gmail.com
Experience My career focus has been in helping nonprofit, philanthropic and government organizations work to improve the lives of everyday people. Over the past 17 years, I have worked for public, private and charitable organizations, and for the past 10 years, I have served as the Executive Director of nonprofit organizations serving the central Connecticut shoreline communities.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Partnership with the Guilford Foundation to share back office support.
Board Chair
Stephanie Farber
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2014 to June 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Rita Berkson
Patricia Bloomquist Community Volunteer
Stephanie Donegan Dietz
Kathleen Fox Retired
Heather Hackley Guilford Savings Bank
Melodie Lane O'Connor Retired
Eunice LaSala Community Volunteer
John Mooney Bailey Moore Accountants
James Perito Halloran Sage LLC
Logan Reed Janney Montgomery
Janet Ryan Retired
Mark Serchuck Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Finance
Distributions / Grant Making
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $85,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Audit Documents
Audit and Financial Review2015
Audit2014
2013 Audit2013
IRS Letter of Exemption
BCF IRS Letter
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
$192,021$140,311$124,539
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$185,034$216,401$100,333
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other--$36,443$20,153
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$129,020$93,229$78,629
Administration Expense$20,969$25,059$12,787
Fundraising Expense$4,058----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.453.022.46
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%79%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,067,030$2,035,952$1,938,901
Current Assets$229,923$148,088$152,133
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$17,500----
Total Net Assets$2,049,530$2,035,952$1,938,901
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.14----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments
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.
 
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Address PO BOX 462
BRANFORD , CT 064050462
Primary Phone 203 4444898
Contact Email lizapetra@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Liza Janssen Petra
Board Chair Stephanie Farber
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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