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
Mission

CWEALF is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive. 

A Great Opportunity Ending Date 2017
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 C Farrar
Board Chair Kevin Barry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Quinnipiac University School of Law
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

CWEALF is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive. 

Background

CWEALF has advanced women's rights and opportunities in Connecticut since 1973. CWEALF is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are undeserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive.

During its first decade, CWEALF focused on impact litigation, participating in cases involving equal pay, equal credit and sex discrimination. Throughout the years, CWEALF also played a significant role in policy victories such as marriage equality, discrimination protections based on gender identity, birth control access, earned sick days, and protections for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

CWEALF uses intersectional strategies to address gender inequality and advance the rights, opportunities, and status of women and girls through:

LEGAL INFORMATION AND ACCESS

CWEALF helps bridge the justice gap by providing information about the legal rights of women and girls, as well as connecting them with resources and providing individual support as they navigate the justice system.

PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY

CWEALF protects and promotes the rights of women and girls by identifying and articulating the challenges they face and elevating their interests and voices through public policy and advocacy.

ADVANCEMENT AND LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES

CWEALF provides a platform for women’s voices and issues, and promotes advancement opportunities for women and girls to reach their potential in school, at work, in the home, and in the community.

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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 2015-2016 school year 600 girls and 58 teachers from 34 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 communications.  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 who are willing to join our Cooperating Attorney network in order to be able to offer our clients a full range of services.

CEO Statement

The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is one of the oldest continuing women’s rights organizations in the nation. Since 1973, CWEALF has fought to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls. The commitment to women’s equity has never been more important and I’m honored to be leading the only statewide women’s organization that improves the lives of women and girls through direct service, policy and advocacy and research.
CWEALF’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls in Connecticut would not be possible without our donors, community partners, and volunteers as part of our team too. There is a substantial passion for our longstanding mission of gender equity and great interest in working with our organization for its continued success. How can you take action for gender equity? Volunteer to provide women access to legal justice, mentor girls at our STEM expos, advocate for the passage of paid family and medical leave, serve as a member of an event committee, or intern with us! Donate to support CWEALF and stay connected with us through our e-news and social media to stay up-to-date on the fight for gender equity in our state.

 

 
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 I&R services were provided strictly via the phone.  However, as the community needs changed, the service 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, Bilingual Community Advocacy,  and Community Education. CWEALF provides clients with free legal information and 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 Bilingual Community Advocate meets with clients in-person and offers highly individualized advocacy services to over 300 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

In CWEALF’s policy and advocacy role we are a vital resource to women and policymakers in Connecticut. 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, comprehensive sexual health education and reproductive rights. 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 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.

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.

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 C Farrar
Term Start Jan 2016
Email kfarrar@cwealf.org
Experience

Kate C. Farrar brings over 15 years of nonprofit management and women's issue expertise to her role as Executive Director of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF).


Prior to CWEALF, Kate was the Vice President of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)'s Campus Leadership Programs in Washington, D.C. 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. In D.C. Kate also served as 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.

To begin her career, Kate lobbied the Connecticut state legislature on behalf of nonprofit organizations and served as a field organizer in Wisconsin for the 2004 presidential campaign.

A lifelong advocate of women's representation in politics, Farrar served as President of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee, the only nonpartisan PAC in the country that supports young women running for office. She volunteers as a mentor for the UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and as a committee member of the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls. Kate 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. She was honored in 2017 with the UConn Honors Alumni Award and Syracuse University Maxwell School Alumni Award.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Deputy Director
Experience/Biography

Catherine Bailey joined CWEALF in June 2013. Her work includes overseeing the Legal Education Program, which seeks to fill the civil legal justice gap by providing women and low-income individuals with access to legal information, advocacy, and resources. She also spearheads CWEALF's policy agenda, which includes leading the Connecticut Campaign for Paid Family Leave, the Family Law Working Group, and participating in the Campaign for a Working Connecticut and the Coalition for Choice.

After earning a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, Ms. Bailey held several positions in state government in Massachusetts, including Assistant General Counsel to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to the Massachusetts State Police, and most recently as Deputy Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Ms. Bailey is a founding Board member of Autism Families CONNECTicut, a nonprofit organization that provides recreational programs to individuals with autism and their families. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Greater Hartford Legal Aid and as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee and the Women in the Law Section.

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
Bonnie Edmondson CT State Department of Education
Leslie Lyte Pratt & Whitney
Tiana Oscasio-Nesmith IUOE Local 478
Calvin Price Liberty Bank
Kristiana Sullivan CT Economic Resource Center, Inc
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $740,954.00
Projected Expenses $783,711.00
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

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 C Farrar
Board Chair Kevin Barry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Quinnipiac University School of Law

 

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