Watershed Partnership
c/o Jerry Silbert, M.D.
155 White Birch Drive
Guilford CT 06437-2142
Contact Information
Address c/o Jerry Silbert, M.D.
155 White Birch Drive
Guilford, CT 06437-2142
Telephone (203) 453-8537 x
Fax 0-000-0000
E-mail WaterPartnership@SBCglobal.net
Web and Social Media
Mission

We are in a watershed time - a time of momentous change and challenges, politically, socially, economically, and ecologically. The mission of The Watershed Partnership is to promote healthy, wise, compassionate, and sustainable communities in harmony with the natural world through education, and advocacy.

The Watershed Partnership envisions a time when people individually and collectively understand the changes that are now evident and respond with wisdom and compassion that enhances present and future generations' well-being by providing opportunities for individual and community development in harmony and care for a changing and challenging world.

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.

After attending a program in Guilford entitled Creating a Compassionate Community, we decided that it was important to offer mindfulness programs for schools. Our initiative of this year involves planning and facilitating two pilot programs for teachers and school support staff.  For teachers and staff we are planning for and will facilitate two day-long programs on mindfulness for groups of 33 participants in each program. The first will be on May 25, 2019 and the second in the autumn of 2019.We will need $2,000 for preparing materials, the facilitator's fee, the venue, and guest speakers for each program for a total of $4,000. Your help in supporting these programs would be greatly appreciated.

A Great Opportunity Ending Date Sept 25 2019
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2004
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 Jerry Silbert M.D.
Board Chair Mr. Jim Bussmann President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Realtor
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

We are in a watershed time - a time of momentous change and challenges, politically, socially, economically, and ecologically. The mission of The Watershed Partnership is to promote healthy, wise, compassionate, and sustainable communities in harmony with the natural world through education, and advocacy.

The Watershed Partnership envisions a time when people individually and collectively understand the changes that are now evident and respond with wisdom and compassion that enhances present and future generations' well-being by providing opportunities for individual and community development in harmony and care for a changing and challenging world.

Background

The Watershed Partnership evolved in 2004 from an Environmental Protection Agency initiative called the Quinnipiac River Watershed Partnership to an independent tax exempt charitable organization incorporated in the state of Connecticut. In our early history, being a small organization, we sought ways to do the most good with the resources we had by reaching the largest target population through our “Safe Grounds Campaign” funded by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. We worked successfully to ban the use of toxic lawn pesticides on school grounds and day care centers throughout Connecticut. This has protected hundreds of thousands of children from involuntary exposure to toxic pesticides while at school and day care.

The Watershed Partnership moved to a broader perspective that led to a series of programs and initiatives. We founded an organic community garden in Guilford and sponsored programs over a three year period called “Food for Thought.” This initiative encompassed the social, political, economic and technological systems that have led to climate disruption and social injustice.

We were led to examine the fundamental causes that have given rise to the current situation. The conclusion we came to is that the root of the problem is within every human being. As Pope Francis has said in his encyclical called Laudato Si, “Many things have to change course, but it is we humans beings, above all, who need to change."

The Watershed Partnership’s focus began to change from working narrowly on specific issues to how to work with fundamental human tendencies that need to change. Changing the tendencies of greed, hatred, and delusion to generosity, kindness, compassion, and wisdom.

We see the term "watershed" as a time marking a momentous change and the term "partnership" as a collaboration between people of common interests.
Impact

Presently we are focusing on individual transformation that leads to social, political, economic, and technological transformation. Our Executive Director, Dr. Jerry Silbert, has been facilitating mindfulness retreats for over 23 years. Mindfulness is not a religion, it is a conscious training of our attention. It allows us to see more clearly what is actually going on inside us and around us. Mindfulness helps us create positive emotions like a sense of well-being, compassion for ourselves and others, empathy, and gratitude for the positive aspects of our life. Mindfulness can help us concentrate and it has been shown to improve health.

We have recently given programs that have been well attended and well received. Some of these are: “Our Common Home,” “Mindfully Living on the Earth,” “Mindful Tools for Challenging Times,” “Practicing Peace,” and days and weekends of mindfulness. In the current year, we are continuing day and weekend programs relating to working with and enhancing our relationship to ourselves, to others, and to the living earth. We are also working on developing programs for students and teachers in mindfulness, kindness, and compassion. We will start an nine week program at Guilford High School for students and a day program for teachers and support staff.
Needs
 Our most pressing need is the financial health of our organization in terms of fund raising. Our funding from one of our grantors has just ended and we are looking for ways to bring more money into the organization. Your generosity in any amount would be greatly appreciated.

 
CEO Statement
It is a privilege to work as Executive Director of the Watershed Partnership. I am proud of our work and proven track record. The work that we have done and propose to do will help to explore and implement positive and life affirming change for the better.
Board Chair Statement
It is a privilege to work with The Watershed Partnership. I am proud of its proven track record. We have had many successes over the years. Though small in size, The Watershed Partnership has improved the environment for children in Connecticut. Through education, advocacy, and technical assistance we were instrumental in starting a community garden in Guilford that became an asset not only to it's gardeners but also to local schools and the food bank. Our work in personal and social transformation is important and the impact it can have on individuals is life changing.
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Secondary & High Schools
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Tertiary Organization Category Environment / Environmental Education
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
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
State wide
We serve all of Connecticut (and beyond) with a concentration in the Greater New Haven Area.
 
People also come from surrounding states to participate in our programs.
Programs
Description

 As never before, our common destiny calls us to seek new ways of understanding, new ways of being with ourselves and with others. In a relaxed and safe atmosphere a variety of guided mindfulness and meditation practices will be introduced. There will be reflections, mindful dialogue, guided kindness and compassion practices, and substantial periods of silence. No experience necessary. This retreat is open to anyone who would like to experience the practice and benefits of mindfulness


 


 

Population Served Adults / Adults / Adults
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.

As part of the program, each individual is given an evaluation form to rate the quality of the program and the delivery of the program on a scale of one to five (five being the best). The responses for both quality and delivery of the program have been consistently between 4.7 and 4.9. The number of people attending the day programs have risen over the years and is now 24 – 32 people. The weekend programs have 20 participants.

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.

These programs are mainly experiential. They provide a variety of practices intended to cultivate wisdom and compassion. But like any new skill, these practices need to be practiced in order to have an impact on the individual person. A number of participants have come up to me (sometimes years after they took the program) and told me how much it had helped them. A lot depends on the individuals motivation to do at least some of the practices that they learned. Handouts are given to each person so they can be reminded of the practices they have experienced.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. At present, the program's success is monitored by the ratings of evaluation forms given at the end of the program as well as increasing attendance and increasing numbers of people coming as a result of word-of-mouth. How you learned about the program is one of the questions on the evaluation form.We will be planning to do follow up surveys with the participants from our programs
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Very positive feedback on the evaluation forms. People returning to the program. Increasing numbers coming by word-of-mouth.
Description
We are planning for and will facilitate two day-long programs to introduce teachers and school staff to the practices of mindfulness, compassion, and kindness to help them personally and with their work with students and colleagues. The practices that we will be introducing have been shown by numerous peer reviewed studies to increase a sense of well-being, reduce stress and anxiety and to promote the development of compassion, kindness, and better control of unskillful emotions.
 
Population Served Adults / Adults / Adults
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.
 We will have the participants fill out evaluation forms at the end of the program to see how they felt about the quality and delivery of the program and what they felt they learned. The evaluations will help us modify the program to improve the participants personal well-being and their interaction with others.
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 hoping that these two new programs will serve as pilots for other programs for teachers and staff. We hope to see an improvement in the participants ability to deal with stress and their positive interactions with students and colleagues. Much of this depends on whether the participants actually use the practices that will be introduced.
 
 
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Mindfulness is a deliberate training of attention to clearly notice thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations with the intention of increasing thoughts and behaviors that are wholesome and skillful and decreasing those that are unwholesome and unskillful. As with any skill, it depends on practice, perseverance, and patience. The challenge to the facilitators is to inspire and motivate the participants to actually practice the practices.
 
We plan to conduct a follow up survey after one month to see how (and if) they are using the practices introduced and how these programs have affected the participants personally and in their work with students and colleagues.
 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Since this is new program, we don't have the data to show the results of the program.
Description It is every more important to find ways of cultivating and promoting peace in our selves, our families, our nation and in the world. Good intentions are important but we also need a way we can practice peace in our everyday lives. This program will present practical tools for practicing peace - ways that can increase our mindfulness, our kindness, and our compassion - characteristics essential for peace. Guided practices for mindfulness, meditation, compassion and loving-kindness will be introduced. We will share poetry, mindful dialog and periods of silence. No experience necessary. This program is non-sectarian and free but preregistration is necessary
Population Served Adults / Adults / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
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. This program has been given yearly since 2002. There have been 50-65 people attending each year. It is a program that is emotionally moving and people feel the impact of so many people coming together for a common goal.
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. This program is experiential. It provides a variety of practices. Some of those attending will continue these practices and will further benefit. We provide many handouts that have the practices described.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Long term effects are not formally monitored. we have many repeats in this program and some attendees aome to other programs offered.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We have very positive feedback after the program with many coming back each year.
Description
"A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry to the serious detriment of the world around us. Should we not pause and consider this?" Pope Francis, Laudato Si.
 
We are living in a time of momentous change. As never before, our common destiny calls us to see new ways of understanding, new ways of being together, and new ways of living on the earth. Join us as we pause for a day of exploration. It is our hope that participants will be inspired to continue their personal journeys and to engage intentionally in a mutually enhancing relationship with others and the earth.
 
In a safe and relaxed atmosphere we will practice a variety of guided mindfulness practices. There will be poetry, reflections, dialog, guided kindness and compassion practices, periods of silence, and listening deeply to the wisdom in the room. No experience necessary.
 
 
 
 
Population Served Adults / Adults / Adults
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 evaluation on content and delivery for this program was 4.9 out of 5. The go-round at the end of the program was quite positive.
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. This program is experiential. It provides a number of practices and thought provoking reflections. Some of those attending will continue those practices. We provide many handouts that have the practices described.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. The long-term effects are not formally monitored. We have many people who come to our programs as repeats.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We have very positive evaluation forms, positive feed back at the end of the program go-around, and many people are repeats in other programs offered.
Description
When living in times of change there is often conflict and polarization that can lead to fear, anger, and reactivity. Our intent for this program is to encourage a mindful pause and introduce and explore practices, frameworks, and skills to help us see what really matters, and respond to personal, interpersonal, and community challenges with wisdom, compassion, and equanimity.
 
Mindfulness practices bring clarity to our bodies and minds. We will practice and explore techniques to:
1) Establish and build this personal balance.
2) Maintain that balance while we engage with others in mindful listening and speaking that leads to better outcomes.
 
We will introduce practices and practical skills to cultivate compassion, transform blame, anger, and resolve conflict. Through gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves and others we open to the possibility of creative and unexpected resolutions in our own lives, in our relationships, and in our communities.
 
 
Population Served Adults / Adults / Adults
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. This is the first time we offered this particular program. The evaluations on context and delivery were good and the go-around after the program was quite positive. For the facilitators, after the program we discussed ways to change and enhance the program when it is repeated.
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. This program provided a number of way and practices to deal with challenges. Hopefully Participants will have learned skills to deal with challenges in the future. We provided many handouts that have the introduced practices described.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. The long term effects are not formally monitored.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We had positive evaluations and positive feedback at the end of the program go-around.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Executive Director Jerry Silbert: For The Watershed Partnership the major challenge was examining what we had accomplished and have been successful at and then going deeper and examining fundamental issues. In some sense, the solution and the way forward was right in front of us. I had been practicing and teaching mindfulness for over 23 years separate from my work as executive director of The Watershed Partnership. When we examined the issues we were interested in, we saw that the answer and the opportunity was in combining the mindfulness work into the programming of The Watershed Partnership. We came to this conclusion because we saw that the root problems and the solution to the root problems were related to human beings and human activity. We changed our focus from working narrowly to working on the fundamental human tendencies that need to change: more generosity, kindness, compassion, and wisdom. Though a daunting task, the good news is that by cultivating these positive characteristics we actually experience a greater sense of well-being and happiness.
CEO/Executive Director
Jerry Silbert M.D.
Term Start June 2004
Email WaterPartnership@SBCglobal.net
Experience

In view of the unfolding of current events over the last several years, The Watershed Partnership’s Board and its Executive Director Dr. Silbert have reoriented the direction of the organization to address in our own way the fundamental underlying causes or social injustice and environmental degradation – the beliefs, thoughts, and behavior of human beings.

In addition to his training in medicine, Dr. Silbert has trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the Harvard Mind/Body Medical Institute and has since been practicing and teaching mindfulness for over 23 years. His special interests are in the health of individuals, communities, and the environment.

Dr. Silbert, now retired from medicine, has been introducing a wide variety of people to the practice of mindfulness in programs focusing on the development of wisdom and compassion in respect to ourselves, to others, and to the living earth.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 0
Unspecified 0
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
We still maintain a relationship with Environment and Human Health Inc. We have collaborated and done programs with the staff of Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center such as a four-part series entitled "Our Common Home". Jerry Silbert is also part of the Alumni Engagement Team of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund that is made up of members of the Community Leadership Program.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Nonprofit of the YearGuilford Chamber of Commerce2011
Dragonfly Award for vision and leadership in protecting health and the environmentBeyond Pesticides (a national organization)2012
Comments
CEO Comments It has been my experience that the positive effect of mindfulness, kindness, and compassion can have a profound effect personally and on relationships with others and the living Earth. Mindfulness practice can be a life changing and life enhancing experience.
Board Chair
Mr. Jim Bussmann President
Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Realtor
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2021
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Rick MayerMFUNd
Ms. Roberta SilbertCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Board Governance
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2019
Projected Revenue $7,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$11,591$13,741$11,929
Current Assets$11,591$13,741$11,929
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$11,591$13,741$11,929
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMFUNd $5,000MFUNd $7,500MFUNd $10,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGraustein Memorial Fund $4,000Graustein Memorial Fund $4,000Graustein Memorial Fund $4,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 c/o Jerry Silbert, M.D.
155 White Birch Drive
Guilford, CT 064372142
Primary Phone 203 453-8537
CEO/Executive Director Jerry Silbert M.D.
Board Chair Mr. Jim Bussmann President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Realtor

 

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