Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools
Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools- FACS
467 Bloomfield Ave.
Bloomfield CT 06002-2999
Contact Information
Address Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools- FACS
467 Bloomfield Ave.
Bloomfield, CT 06002-2999
Telephone (860) 761-7498 x
Fax 860-242-0361
Web and Social Media
It is the mission of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools to support and assist the parish schools and the Archdiocesan high schools by providing funding for scholarships and special projects.  The Foundation believes that Catholic schools provide students with an "education for a lifetime," especially for the poor and underserved children and youth of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1983
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Cynthia Basil Howard M.A.
Board Chair Mr. Brian A. Giantonio ESQ.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Giantonio Law Group
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
It is the mission of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools to support and assist the parish schools and the Archdiocesan high schools by providing funding for scholarships and special projects.  The Foundation believes that Catholic schools provide students with an "education for a lifetime," especially for the poor and underserved children and youth of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Background FACS is a 501(c)(3) corporation that was founded in 1982.  This was during the time of Archbishop John F. Whealon and the former Superintendent of Catholic Schools Rev. James G. Fanelli.  The original purpose of FACS founding was to support Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford.  For more than 150 years, these schools have educated thousands of citizens with not only academic knowledge, but also with an emphasis on moral values.
FACS has helped students throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford by providing over $400,000 of scholarship assistance each year. We do this in two ways.  Those donors who desire to help children directly,  have entrusted our organization to administer scholarship funds created from their generous donations. The funds are held in our portfolio in separate "sleeves".  From these funds, we distribute a large number of scholarships annually based on the donors criteria. Second, we raise additional funds by hosting at least three events annually.  Net proceeds of each event provide more assistance each year.  These events include the:
1. Archbishop's Saint Patrick's Day Breakfast
2. FORE FACS Golf Classic
3. Archbishop's Columbus Day Breakfast.  
We are able to give assistance to both primary and secondary school students of all faiths attending Catholic high schools and elementary schools. We assist students in the Hartford, New Haven and Litchfield Counties which make up the Archdiocese of Hartford.  Any support we receive either directly or through these events means a great deal to the many students and families who desire this outstanding education. Thanks to the thoughtful consideration and generosity of our loyal donors, we have been assisting students for over 34 years. We are grateful to our many FACS friends who have faith in our foundation, who understand the importance of their gift and who believe in our mission.

FACS values and appreciates support in the following areas:

1. Financial support for elementary school students
2. Financial support for secondary (high school) students
3. Unrestricted gifts (we know where the greatest needs are from year to year in our Archdiocesan schools
4. Operational support for this nonprofit.
5. Long -term planning. Have you considered leaving FACS in your will?
Thank you for the consideration.

CEO Statement What is so special about FACS?  This organization, under the direction of a dedicated Board of Trustees and staff, is made up of business people, educators, and both lay and religious persons. This organization is committed to a great cause and delivers valuable outcomes. FACS has been effectively helping children throughout Connecticut for decades. With a positive record of encouraging children to "pay this forward," the Trustees have set an amazing example for these recipients by showing them what philanthropy is in the most unselfish way. Those working with FACS believe that a quality education must be accessible to all students and that the lack of financial resources should not be an obstacle to this education.  FACS is all about enabling families to access the best education and our goal is to continue to award scholarships to students who show academic promise for many more decades to come.
Board Chair Statement

This year marks the 34th anniversary of FACS. Since the Foundation’s incorporation in 1983, FACS has provided nearly $14 million in assistance throughout our Archdiocese. Each year we receive and process hundreds of scholarship applications and are proud to announce that, to date, for the 2017-2018 School Year we have awarded $371,891 to 271 recipients. And that’s just a start. Those numbers will grow after additional scholarship distributions are made from the upcoming Archbishop’s Columbus Day Breakfast.


Last year’s Archbishop’s Columbus Day Breakfast was held on October 7th and earned its highest net proceeds since the event’s inception. With a generous match from the Archbishop, FACS was able to grant more than $82,000 in tuition assistance to over 120 students in 11 Catholic Schools in Greater New Haven. Our guests enjoyed speaker and sports legend Bobby Valentine sharing his humor and inspiration, talking about respect, responsibility and reality, his version of the “3 R’s,” and how vitally important these concepts are in educating our children. 


An increase in sponsorships and continuing loyal support made the Archbishop’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast our most successful ever. Our guest speaker was author, Mark Kennedy Shriver, a returning FACS Friend who not only enlightened but inspired us. All were equally moved by a poignant story from FACS scholarship recipient Mary who just graduated from Northwest Catholic High School. She shared how important Catholic education is to her and how valuable FACS scholarship assistance has been in helping her attend Catholic school. She touched the hearts of all who heard her speak. 


We hosted a full field of golfers at the FORE FACS Golf Classic, held May 15that Shelter Harbor Golf Club. The net proceeds from this event surpassed prior years. We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous donations of raffle and auction items.


Your support changes not only the life of a child but it changes communities.  With your continued sponsorship and partnership, FACS will reach our goal of helping deserving children in each and every Archdiocesan school every year. On behalf of Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, the FACS Board of Trustees and Staff, and all FACS scholarship recipients, THANK YOU most sincerely for your enduring generosity. 


Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Areas Served
New Haven
West Haven
State wide
The Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools serves students attending Catholic schools in the Hartford, New Haven and Litchfield Counties of the state of Connecticut.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

FACS looks to partner investors and believers. Those who want a voice to help our cause, and those who believe children can receive and should have access to a superb education. Won't you join us in giving community support to build a strong foundation in all areas of children's lives. Our students are taught respect for themselves and for others.  They learn about responsibility and receive a well-rounded education. FACS remains committed to this goal.


We provide hundreds of scholarships with varying criteria.  Some examples are financial need, academic promise or excellence and more. The need is always great as we have many more applicants than we have funding. 

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals 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.

Our scholarships help more than one child.  They help generations to come.  We know there is a continual need for our support by these students and families.  See the attached performance charts on the Other Documents page for more information.


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 heard many touching stories about our students which would "melt" one's heart.  Like the student named Matthew whose Mom passed away on his first day of High School orientation, leaving the Dad to raise four children.  This boy who was one of our scholarship recipients worked hard to be a success in school and ultimately attended Columbia University and works in the sports journalism national arena today.  Or Mary, with a voice of an angel, whose single Mom has told us for four years that she never would have made it without FACS help.  Or Jordan who graduated Valedictorian and is heading to Harvard to follow a medical career path. There are many success stories and providing this education for these precious students has enhanced their lives forever.
Description We help donors who are interested in helping a school by providing a Technology grants, math grants, software or another form of assistance.  Just give our office a call and we will help you help schools directly.
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments Our Foundation is about empowering students.  We help them have access to schools their families may not otherwise be able to afford. This education will transform their lives.  We need our donors to join us in this mission of helping children directly.  Our donations do not go to a shiny new building, they go to building up lives and future generations. Please give!
CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Cynthia Basil Howard M.A.
Term Start Sept 2008
Experience This is a tremendous organization and I am honored to work with this dedicated Board.  We are making many children's dreams come true!  We invite others to join us to achieve our goal of helping many more deserving children. Thank you for your consideration.
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 24
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Associate Director
Title Administration
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
Mr. Brian A. Giantonio ESQ.
Company Affiliation Giantonio Law Group
Term Nov 2013 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
Manuel N. Astiasaran Director of Operations, Charles River Development
John M. Aversa, M.D. Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists
The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair S.T.D.Archbishop of Hartford
The Very Reverend Steven C. Boguslawski O.P.Archdiocese of Hartford
Matthew A. Byrne C.P.A.Archdiocese of Hartford
Douglas E. Coté CFASr. Vice President and Chief Senior Market Strategist VOYA Financial
Dominic Fulco III, Esq.Reid & Riege, P.C.
Brian A. Giantonio Esq.Giantonio Law Group LLC
Charles E. Hunt, Esq.Vice President, Hartford Life Insurance Company
The Honorable James J. Lawlor Retired
Reverend Ryan M. Lerner Archdiocese of Hartford
Paula Fahy Ostop William Raveis Real Estate
Nancy M. Palmisano Retired Business Person
John J. Patrick Chairman, President & CEO Farmington Bank
James A. Pettit Senior Vice President Berube Associates
Mary-Ellen S. Rogers Principal, Excellere - Human Capital Management
Reverend Jeffrey V. Romans Archdiocese of Hartford
John C. Shea Executive Vice President, JLT Re (North America)
Mark C. Sinatro Sinatro Agency General Insurance
Rolan Joni Young Smith Esq.Senior Partner, Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C.
Timothy T. Stewart President, New Britain Chamber of Commerce
Andrew M. Sullivan Jr. C.P.A.C.P.A.
Patricia A. Teufel Adjunct Professor, Accountant
Ronald J. Tracz Assistant Supreme Secretary, Knights of Columbus Supreme Council
Sister Mary Grace Walsh ASCJArchdiocese of Hartford
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 19
Female 6
Board Co-Chair
Mr. Dominic Fulco III ESQ.
Company Affiliation Reid and Riege P.C.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $1,410,220.00
Projected Expenses $766,118.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Audit Documents
FACS Audit2016
FACS Audit2015
IRS Letter of Exemption
FACS- IRS Letter of Determination
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
Excellend in Teaching and Learning2017View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,957,681$6,290,384--
Current Assets$6,957,681$6,290,384--
Long-Term Liabilities$1,311,850$1,311,850--
Current Liabilities$26,366$3,171--
Total Net Assets$6,931,315$6,287,213--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFarmington Bank $10,000 ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Sinatro Agency General Insurance $10,000 ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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 Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools- FACS
467 Bloomfield Ave.
Bloomfield, CT 060022999
Primary Phone 860 761-7498
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Cynthia Basil Howard M.A.
Board Chair Mr. Brian A. Giantonio ESQ.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Giantonio Law Group