New Haven Folk
PO Box 3404
95 Fountain Street
New Haven CT 06515-0295
Contact Information
Address PO Box 3404
95 Fountain Street
New Haven, CT 06515-0295
Telephone (203) 859-4487 x
Fax 203-421-6887
E-mail info@ctfolk.com
Web and Social Media
Sunsets on the 2014 CT Folk Festival and Green Expo
Mission

CT Folk seeks to educate, entertain, and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community. Through the traditional and contemporary folk and roots movement, CT Folk works to present music with a universal message that reinforces our community’s spirit and integrity. A priority of CT Folk is the promotion and support of Connecticut artists through professional development and performance opportunities. The Festival allows us the opportunity to cultivate interest in and encourage the education of emerging artists beginning at a very young age. Our organization also works to promote other like-minded organizations and music venues through collaborations and marketing services to raise awareness across the state. All Festival events are designed to be family-friendly and encourage community collaborations. Another priority of CT Folk is stewardship of the planet and the promotion of environmental initiatives. The goal is to highlight as many local resources as possible so that each individual is empowered to make choices that have a positive impact on community sustainability.

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.
Please consider the wonderful opportunities to both support and attend our annual community event, the CT Folk Festival and Green Expo. CT Folk celebrates 3 decades of producing a 100% free and open to all,  much loved, well-attended and anticipated community festival, celebrating music, dance and educational opportunities promoting a sustainable, healthy, cohesive community. This year, we will feature community-driven music and entertainment, in addition to the mainstage folk music line-up and kid-friendly activities. Please bring your family and friends to the Festival / Expo on September 9th, 2017 at Edgerton Park, New Haven, CT.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Sept 09 2017
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2000
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Co-pres, Board of Dirs. Barbara Shiller
Board Chair Ms. Barbara Shiller
Board Chair Company Affiliation SCSU professor, retired
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $66,197.00
Projected Expenses $62,391.00
Statements
Mission

CT Folk seeks to educate, entertain, and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community. Through the traditional and contemporary folk and roots movement, CT Folk works to present music with a universal message that reinforces our community’s spirit and integrity. A priority of CT Folk is the promotion and support of Connecticut artists through professional development and performance opportunities. The Festival allows us the opportunity to cultivate interest in and encourage the education of emerging artists beginning at a very young age. Our organization also works to promote other like-minded organizations and music venues through collaborations and marketing services to raise awareness across the state. All Festival events are designed to be family-friendly and encourage community collaborations. Another priority of CT Folk is stewardship of the planet and the promotion of environmental initiatives. The goal is to highlight as many local resources as possible so that each individual is empowered to make choices that have a positive impact on community sustainability.

Background

Since 1989, CT Folk has worked to educate, entertain, and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community. CT Folk grew out of fundraising efforts for environmental causes, using music as a platform for promoting sustainability. The first concert was produced as a fund raiser to begin the Rails to Trails Project.

The organization is best known as the presenter of the annual Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo, the largest folk festival in the state that presents both emerging and established artists in free family-friendly performances in New Haven at the end of every summer. The Green Expo, presented in conjunction with the Folk Festival, offers solutions for leading healthier lives with a more positive impact on the environment. Family programming ranges from storytelling to original children’s performances, to educational and environmentally-focused workshops. 

CT Folk produces additional events throughout the year such as community sings, open mic nights to promote emerging local artists, and the Folk Fridays concert series that runs October through May. We host an annual song competition and have an open audition process for festival artist selection.



Impact
Top Five Accomplishments in the past year:
 
1.  Presenting a FREE Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo
2.  Supporting local artists with events such as our Folk Friday concert series, audition and song-writing competitions, and the CT Folk Festival.
3.  Promoting green industry businesses, services, and organizations; raising awareness through a robust social media campaign.
4.  Supporting the creation of new music through our annual song competition, and involving our audience in the programming selections for the annual Folk Festival and Green Expo (achieved through adding an audition component to our artist selection process).
5.  Producing a fun celebratory fund-raiser (an evening celebration of Earth Day), in which we also garnered new friends and supporters, partnered with an additional non-profit (A Broken Umbrella, and their Improv Troupe, The Regicides), as well as bluegrass band Five in the Chamber. Food and beverage sponsorships allowed us keep costs low, and optimize proceeds from this Earth Day event.
 
 Goals for the coming year:
1.  Continue to offer a free annual Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo
2.  Help promote other Connecticut music venues and events to make New Haven and Connecticut as a whole a more viable option for touring artists.
3.  Increase resources and support for local artists. 
4.  Expand awareness and activities around environmental causes.
5. Increase outreach for the Festival/Expo through increasing community awareness and speaking at various venues within New Haven neighborhoods, and by offering a broader / more diverse range of activities.
 
Needs
1.  Volunteers: the rate of expansion due to program success requires that more skilled individuals are engaged in the hands on operations of CT Folk.
 
2.  Funding: To present a free festival, it is critical that the organization continue to raise funds to support the operations of this event and CT Folk as a whole. 
 
3.  Organizational capacity building, in terms of expanding our processes with technology (database, increased use of technology for marketing, fundraising, etc.).
 
4.   Audience development: it is critical that we continue to expand our audience base. We've diversified the genres of music we produce, added environmental initiatives/awareness building to our monthly concert series, and continued outreach programs. Increasing the number of ticket buyers to our monthly series would have a positive impact on our bottom line and our core mission.
 
5.  Adding paid marketing and/or development staff would have a transformative impact on CT Folk. This would require an influx of at least $50,000 additional dollars in operating support. Expanding these staff positions would facilitate program expansion to include education programs for youth, a one-day conference for presenters and artists, expanded environmental programs, additional supports for artist and artist development, and enhancement of our community building initiatives.
CEO Statement

There are two core components of the Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo that entwine beautifully and have throughout our countries history; music and environmental stewardship. 

Sharing the experience of listening to live music creates community and there is an entire day and evening of music provided (and eight months of our Folk Fridays series).  We aim to entertain and lighten the spirits of the listeners through rhythm rhyme and dance.  Elena Mannes also points out in her book “The Power of Music” that music “stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.”  It is hard to know then, beyond the musical experiences we present, what effects the music may have and a bit hard to quantify but it certainly speaks to contributing to the quality of life.  

The Green Expo showcases local businesses and people/organizations working for social and environmental change. Our hope is that attendees will be stimulated, inspired and empowered to become, or continue to be expand their community stewardship and  that will have a positive impact on community sustainability. We also hope that the children who attend will take to heart the messages imparted by the educators, whether it is scientific or lessons taught in the spirit of fun so that they too will grow to understand  the value of a strong healthy local, regional and global community

Board Chair Statement
My involvement with CT Folk began as an audience member. I've always loved folk music, I enjoy singing with others and I play guitar, and I am an avid gardener who puts great energy into the environment and environmental causes. CT Folk was a perfect fit for my vision of the community and after attending many concerts, festivals and events, it was an easy fit to transition to board member and now President of the Board of Directors.
 
CT Folk is fortunate to have a core group of volunteers who bring extraordinary vision and ideas to the table. Balancing vision with implementation is a challenge for every organization. We have a long history of success in achieving this balance. As we continue to grow, we need more individuals working on our operational end and more financial support to hire staff to execute the vision of CT Folk. The organization produces year-round: an annual, FREE, Folk Festival and Green Expo; we participate in the Rock to Rock Earth Day fund raising bike rides featuring a Connecticut musician at each stop, which we coordinate; a monthly concert series from October to May/June; an annual song competition; community sings; partnerships with organizations across the region; stepping in last minute to provide music for events and ceremonies (i.e., the candle vigil for comfort for the tragedy of Newtown); and many more activities each year. This is achieved with a strong core of volunteers, and one paid consultant who serves as the director of the CT Folk Festival and Green Expo.
 
The ability to bring in more staff will increase our ability to deliver high quality programs and events for the community. We're working to recruit volunteers, raise awareness about our mission and programs, and expand our pool of resources both human and financial. Our festival was a success due in large part to the over 100 volunteers who gave their time to make a beautiful day. Audience members, vendors and artists alike were in awe of the work completed by our volunteer crew. We're working to replicate successful models of venue associations and artist resources across the nation. We're reaching out to discover more voices locally and nationally. We're growing. We're growing stronger. We're able to do that with the support of our community. In turn, we're able to give back and build a stronger and more sustainable community.
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Music
Secondary Organization Category Environment / Environmental Education
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Professional Societies & Associations
Areas Served
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
CT Folk, while based in greater New Haven, works to incorporate initiatives and artists across the state. Our focus is on all things local, raising awareness and highlighting local talent and resources.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Many of the board members are drawn to CT Folk for their musical passions, as well as our commitment to environmental and social justice concerns. We have found their to be a great tie-in between these causes, as evidenced from the early days of the Folk moment, and through more contemporary times, when the folk umbrella and its followers have diversified. We also know that our passions need to be fueled by additional support to be able to sustain our free annual CT Folk Festival / Green Expo. CT Folk would like to hire year-round professional(s) to engage in further capacity building and to sustain and expand on its commitment to free and low-cost music, but need additional financial support in order to accomplish this. 
Programs
Description

The Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo is a one-day celebration held each year the weekend following Labor Day at Edgerton Park, an  emerald gem in New Haven's Park System.

The Festival and Green Expo features musical performances from across the region, delicious food and unique vendors, as well as dynamic experiences for kids in the Green Kids Village.

2017 marks the 12th year of the Green Expo component of our event. We are proud to say that we are Connecticut's oldest and largest green expo and that we have educated and entertained over 20,000 families and individuals at our yearly event.

The Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo is dedicated to creating an unforgettable festival experience with an emphasis on sustainability and earth-friendly practices including a zero waste plan and water fill stations.

We take great pride in producing the highest quality musical experiences and presenting innovative environmental resources, as well as sharing one of the most beautiful places in the city: Edgerton Park!

Population Served General/Unspecified / Families / US& International
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. Attendance at the most recent CT Folk Festivals / Green Expos has grown to 2,500 +, allowing attendees to come with young family members as early as 11 am and enjoy the sounds of professional musicians as well as visit the Kids Village, where magicians teach the magic of recycling and can attend other performances and workshops. There will also be additional community-based programming, which we  expect will draw additional attendees to the fair and expo. Livingston Taylor will headline our festival this year on September 9th. We look forward to celebrating another successful event. 
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. We are working to expand outreach to all New Haven Communities. Greater funding will allow more administrative and promotional capacity. The program is a one-day festival which brings the New Haven community through music as well as through the diverse offerings provided by Green Expo participants, both non-profit organizations as well as vendors.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Surveys are administered, and we receive other written and spoken feedback that the Festival / Expo are well-received. The amount of volunteers (and that they return year after year) are other indicators of the event's popularity.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Quality musicians are attracted to perform at this event, including well-known headline acts, who often reduce their price for this annual non-profit community event.  Expanding participation is another indicator of success. We hope to increase attendance this year, through additional outreach to the community, so that we can expect more than 2,500 attendees at the September 9th,  2107 CT Folk Festival / Green Expo.
Description From October through May or June, CT Folk produces a Folk Fridays concert series highlighting local and national musicians from the Americana, folk, and roots music industry.  These concerts provide a great opportunity to continue bringing together audiences for quality music experiences in a family-friendly environment.
Population Served General/Unspecified / Adults / US& International
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. The last two concerts of this season will take place on Fridays, May 5th and on June 2nd at the First Presbyterian Church [704 Whitney Avenue]. http://ctfolk.com/events/concerts/  Both provide tributes: the May 5th concert is comprised of CT Folk's friends performing songs that influenced their musical lives; the June 2nd concert is a tribute to Phil Ochs, and performed by four renowned musicians.  These two concerts will most likely be performed to a capacity crowd, a tribute in itself to the success of this concerts series, with a loyal and growing following. 
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 Folk Friday series continues to receive strong praise on the surveys that we ask attendees to complete. Through knowledge of this venue, performers are enthusiastic about performing and see this stage as an opportunity to gain a wider audience and following. Concerts are well-attended, and often new audience members attend through word of mouth.  Social media and listing in various community listings also help to expand the concerts' outreach.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Surveys are distributed at each concert, and written feedback is reviewed, discussed at board meetings, and incorporated into future concerts as appropriate. Attendance is also taken into account when booking future performers and determining formats.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. The quality performers we are able to attract, as well as our expanding audience is proof that the Folk Friday concert series is a success.
Program Comments
CEO Comments

We're working to expand our education programs with outreach programs to schools, one-day workshops for artists (both professional and novice), as well as youth and community workshop opportunities. We have invited our Green Expo vendors, exhibitors and sponsors to table at our Folk Fridays series to expand  educational  outreach and improve the quality of life in our state.

This year we are looking at new ways of raising money for our non profit, as producing an event dependent on sponsors, grants and fundraising of several types is hard to sustain. We are adjusting the fees we pay our artists and increasing booth fees for certain types of vendors at the Festival. We have researched more places to reach out for financial support and have added a fundraiser event this year, which featured local musical and and dramatic talent.

CEO/Executive Director
Co-pres, Board of Dirs. Barbara Shiller
Term Start Oct 2012
Email shillerbarbara@gmail.com
Experience Barbara agreed to stay on as a Co-President for this board term, and together with Alice Reitz, leads a strong and committed Board of Directors.
Co-CEO
Co-pres, Board of Dirs. Alice Reitz
Term Start Oct 2016
Email Alice.Reitz@gmail.com
Experience Alice brings a wealth of financial and administrative experience to this position.  Alice and Barbara's love of folk music, and of the arts in general, continue to lead the board with their passion for music, as well as for environmental and social justice concerns. 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 2
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Alice-Anne Harwood Sept 2008 - Oct 2009
Barbara Manners Sept 2006 - Sept 2009
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
CT Folk works with other non-profits throughout the region, providing music and programming where appropriate.  The annual Green Expo offers community non-profit groups the opportunity to showcase their programs, with tables, during the day-long event.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Proclaimed September 12 Environmental Awareness Day in honor of the 10th anniversary of the CT Green ExpoMayor Of New Haven2015
Certificate of Special Recognition in honor of the 10th anniversary of the CT Green ExpoRosa Delauro Congresswoman2015
Comments
CEO Comments New Haven Folk (dba CT Folk) is a small, grassroots organization with no full-time staff. We all work together, as volunteers, to get the job done. One to two contracted part-time people lend direction to the Folk Festival / Green Expo (which this year takes place on Saturday, September 9th).
Board Chair
Ms. Barbara Shiller
Company Affiliation SCSU professor, retired
Term Oct 2012 to Sept 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Kate Callahan CT State Troubadour / Songwriter
Dan Carlucci Fairfield School of Music / Musician
Aim D'Amaro AIM Productions
Lisa Kaston Non-profit consultant
Peter Kaufman Cohen, Kaufman and Associates, LLC (CPA)
Ken McEwen Community Volunteer
Kathy Moran Unilever Corporation
Joseph Owers Independent Contractor / Musician
Alice Reitz The Reitz Group, LLC
Charles Rothenberger Rome, Smith & Lutz Govt. Relations (Attorney)
Leah Lopez Schmalz CT Fund for the Environment
Bruce Swan WPKN and WRFR Radio (Radio Programmer)
Sue Truax Truax Financial, LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 71%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 64%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Accident and Injury Coverage
Board Co-Chair
Ms. Alice Reitz
Company Affiliation The Reitz Group
Term Oct 2016 to Sept 2018
Email alice.reitz@gmail.com
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Marketing
Nominating
Program / Program Planning
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Lou Audette Musician
Nathan Bixby Environmentalist, contractor
Coleen Campbell Community Organizer / Yale Medical Group
Robert Congdon University of New Haven
Elizabeth Fossett Event Planner
Susan Forbes Hansen Radio DJ
Joshua Mamis United Way of Greater New Haven
Barbara Manners Selectwoman, Ridgefield, CT; music presenter
Robert Messore Musician
Peter Salovey President, Yale University; Musician
Meredith Tarr MPress Records
Lawrence Tomascek SCSU
Melinda Tuhus Journalist; Cyclist; Environmentalist
Robert Wall CT Fund for the Environment
Steve Winters DJ, Retired Journalist
CEO Comments
We have a strong Board of Directors and Advisory Board with diverse experience and skills. We have several new board members with much knowledge and enthusiasm. We have and continue to build our pipeline of potential board members from our pool of volunteers and the network of volunteers, artists, vendors, and community leaders with whom we work.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $66,197.00
Projected Expenses $62,391.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Audit Documents
Income and Expense Form CY20162016
IRS Letter of Exemption
Tax Exempt Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$48,501$51,892$47,360
Administration Expense$14,000$4,000--
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.301.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%93%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$39,344$33,980$20,318
Current Assets$39,344$33,980$20,318
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$3,159
Total Net Assets$39,344$33,980$17,159
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Yale $2,500 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --CEFIA $2,500 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --City of New Haven $1,300 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----6.43
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments Our 501c3 is a group exemption. There's a second page listing New Haven Folk, Inc as a member.
Foundation Staff Comments

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