Canal Dock Boathouse
242 Bradley Street
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 242 Bradley Street
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 464-5938 x
Fax 0-0
E-mail john@canaldock.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
"Opening New Haven's Waterfront for Adventure, Discovery and Growth" -- Canal Dock currently offers small, recreational, indoor & outdoor, dragon boating and rowing programs in New Haven, providing access to the Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers, and New Haven Harbor, including free programs to public school kids. Other boating, like kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing will be added soon. Beginning sometime in 2018, through a partnership with the University of New Haven, Canal Dock will also offer environmental education programs to New Haven area kids and adults that focus on the health of Long Island Sound and New Haven Harbor.
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.
"Intro to Rowing" Scholarships for New Haven public school students: Canal Dock seeks assistance to fund the participation of several New Haven public school students in a one-week, full-day, "Intro to Rowing" camp. The cost per student for this one-week program is approximately $600, which includes all-day instruction, lunch, and a camp t-shirt.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 31 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
Canal Dock Corporation
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 Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair John Pescatore
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission
"Opening New Haven's Waterfront for Adventure, Discovery and Growth" -- Canal Dock currently offers small, recreational, indoor & outdoor, dragon boating and rowing programs in New Haven, providing access to the Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers, and New Haven Harbor, including free programs to public school kids. Other boating, like kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing will be added soon. Beginning sometime in 2018, through a partnership with the University of New Haven, Canal Dock will also offer environmental education programs to New Haven area kids and adults that focus on the health of Long Island Sound and New Haven Harbor.
Background

The City of New Haven, Connecticut DOT, and the Federal Highway Administration, have worked together to plan and fund this signature waterfront initiative, the Canal Dock Boathouse, to help mitigate the impacts of the Q-Corridor construction project. The Canal Dock Boathouse project will provide a public venue for recreational and educational programs related to New Haven Harbor. Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. (Canal Dock), the nonprofit that will operate and program the facility, has been working for several years to build public programs in non-motorized, recreational boating, in addition to business structures for when the boathouse opens in mid 2018.

Impact
  1. "Metro Boating" - in partnership with Metropolitan Business Academy, Canal Dock launched a new, broader boating program in the fall of 2017, where more than 20 students participated alongside volunteer adults in dragon boating, kayaking or rowing. Once or twice per week, healthy snacks, followed by recreational paddling and rowing was hosted at the Quinnipiac River Marina. The program continues now through the winter in the form of after school fitness classes, and will reconvene on the water in the spring of 2018.
  2. First major fundraising event held at the Quinnipiack Club on November 9, 2017. Food and drinks, games and props, a slide show and several speakers highlighted the evening, generously sponsored by a Quinnipiack Club member and friend of Canal Dock.
  3. First summer program - Canal Dock successfully completed three, one-week "Intro to Rowing" programs for kids, ages 14 to 17, between late June and mid-August. Rowing instruction 2-3 times per day, complemented by video review, hikes, ocean-farming education, and kayaking, were the highlights of this program.
  4. 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Regatta, held June 3, 2017, a participation-based fundraising and outreach event for kids and adults, held on New Haven Harbor at Long Wharf Pier. This event draws over 200 participants each year.
  5. 2nd Annual Indoor Rowing Relay & Raffle, held on January 21, 2018, a participation-based fundraising and outreach event for kids and adults, held at Jordan's Furniture on Sargent Drive.

Goals for 2018:

  • Operate expanded "Intro to Rowing" and "Intermediate Rowing" camps, for up to 30 kids from the greater New Haven area, with several scholarships offered to New Haven public school students.
  • Hire several employees to help manage the opening of the new Canal Dock Boathouse, expected in May 2018.
  • Grand Opening event for Canal Dock Boathouse, late July or early August.
Needs
Canal Dock's most pressing needs are:
  • Funding for two full-time (45k to 55k each) and two part-time employees (20k to 25k each) by the spring of 2018
  • Volunteers with boating experience who can help operate dragon boat and rowing programs
  • Dragon Boat and Rowing Club members to take on leadership roles in formatting these programs
  • Funding for new equipment purchases, specifically dragon boats and rowing shells ($6000 for a 10-seat dragon boat, $15,000 for three new rowing shells, and $3000 for paddles, oars, life jackets, etc...)
 
CEO Statement N/A
Board Chair Statement
Canal Dock Corporation formed in 2003, and then re-organized into Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. (Canal Dock) in December of 2013. Canal Dock retained only one member from the original corporation, and then added a slate of new board members. Today, we are five (5), three men and two women, all volunteers, and all with significant boating experience of one kind or another. Canal Dock started a small rowing club almost three years ago, added a pilot program in dragon boating in the fall of 2017, and expects to add kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing when the Canal Dock Boathouse opens in the middle of 2018.
 
Community boating organizations typically start out as groups of people who want to get on the water. They find a launching site like a beach or park, buy equipment, and then start boating. A club is eventually formed, insurance is purchased, membership grows, and then 10 or 20 years down the road someone says, "let's build a boathouse." In this case, the typical progression has been turned on it's head. Canal Dock is being handed a beautiful and expensive boathouse without any pre-existing programs or members, let alone boats and revenue with which to fill and operate it. Some might describe this as a great problem to have, but it doesn't come without significant challenges. Raising yearly revenue on the order of $700,000 to pay for the operation and maintenance of a state of the art, $40 million waterfront structure, yet also offering "affordable" boating programs, and free programs for public school kids will require some heavy lifting. Luckily, boaters are optimistic and resilient types, and don't often shy away from a challenge, especially ones that bring others into their world of hanging out on or near large bodies of water!
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Recreation & Sports NEC
Secondary Organization Category Education / Education N.E.C.
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Areas Served
New Haven
City of New Haven and the Greater New Haven Area
Programs
Description Students from Metropolitan Business Academy (MBA) meet after school 1-2 times per week for recreational boating and mentoring. Each session, kids are first offered "healthy snacks," which is followed by adult instruction in paddling or rowing basics and safety, and then a spirited, non-competitive outing in dragon boats, kayaks or rowing shells.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / /
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.
Canal Dock seeks to engage handfuls of MBA kids in after school boating in order to plant a seed for expanded options when the new boathouse opens, but also to experiment with variations of new, recreational boating programs. At the moment we're keeping track of who attends and how often, and measuring enthusiasm by involving the kids in tasks like designing a logo, and planning for logo-branded tee shirts and reusable water-bottles. 
 
 
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.
Since Metro Boating only just launched in September of 2017 we have yet to define long-term goals other than teaching and building individual competence in boating, responsibility to oneself and other participants, and understanding the benefits of exercise and healthy choices. When the new Canal Dock Boathouse opens and other resources become available long-term planning will take place for both recreational and competitive program enhancements.
 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Administrators and teachers from MBA have expressed that rowing machines provided by Canal Dock for lunchtime and after school use have created beneficial moments for students. When kids are not comfortable participating in typical gym activities and games some have taken to using the rowing machines as a way to "have their own thing" and build confidence. Other kids have been guided toward using Canal Dock rowing machines in order to "burn off excess energy" before returning to classrooms in a less agitated state.
Description
Almost ninety (90) New Haven adults have participated in Canal Dock boating programs since the summer of 2015, which now include: dragon boat paddling, indoor rowing and fitness classes, and rowing. Over the last several years Canal Dock has gradually acquired 10 rowing shells, one dragon boat, and fifteen indoor rowing machines, in addition to two safety launches. Fall of 2018 was our busiest season yet, with rowing outings taking place nearly 5 days per week, and dragon boat outings almost every weekend. 
 
Population Served 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. Excellent models for dragon boat and rowing clubs exist across the U.S and Canada, and Canal Dock has already conducted extensive research to plan for building traditional programs. However, there is little history of successful paddling and rowing clubs in the City of New Haven. Demand thus far has been encouraging, but we don't know what to expect when the new boathouse opens and significantly increased access expands virtually overnight. 
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. Long term goals: Robust, adult dragon boat and rowing clubs, comprised of both recreational and competitive programs, indoor and outdoor, with membership between 75 and 150 participants per club.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Canal Dock determined early on that building a rowing club, of all the boating programs it hopes to implement, will be the toughest programming challenge. Sliding-seat rowing is an activity that provides great rewards when mastered, but it's an obscure sport, takes significant time to learn, and requires a substantial level of dedication. That said, new innovative equipment, when combined with new approaches in how rowing is introduced, is yielding exciting results. Participants are learning more quickly than ever, and enjoying the process more than ever. The caveat here is that our new, innovative equipment is also expensive. Still, the quality and durability of our new rowing shells are of the highest standard, making them the best value over the long term.
 
Canal Dock will soon be handed a state of the art, $40 million community boating facility (sometime near the middle of 2018), and it will be our responsibility to fund a projected $700,000 annual budget. Being handed a beautiful new boathouse with few strings attached may be a good problem to have, but building the necessary partnerships, finding rent-paying tenants, and developing recreational programs, all in the name of "not-for-profit community boating," can feel like an insurmountable challenge. That said, Canal Dock is focused on taking an entrepreneurial approach. Like a start-up company that can't be certain exactly how things will go in the first few years, we plan to be ready to change directions as necessary in order to implement strategies that create the greatest flow of traffic for the new waterfront home of the New Haven community.
 
CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Term Start Jan 2018
Email info@canaldock.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Collaborations
Canal Dock has collaborated directly with three (3) New Haven public schools: Amistad Academy Middle School, James Hillhouse High School, and Metropolitan Business Academy; and one youth-serving non profit: Solar Youth. Each of the schools has hosted indoor rowing opportunities using Canal Dock owned rowing machines, and the Solar Youth leadership team participated in a dragon boat outing to explore with Canal Dock what we could offer to the children of Solar Youth programs. We have also partnered with New Haven Festivals in organizing Dragon Boat Regattas in 2016 and 2017 that ran alongside the New Haven Food Truck Festival.  In January of 2017 and 2018 Jordan's Furniture partnered with Canal Dock in hosting an "Indoor Rowing Relay & Raffle" in their New Haven facility. Canal Dock is also finalizing a lease and partnership with the University of New Haven; on behalf of Canal Dock, UNH will offer public programs in environmental education through their Marine Biology Department when the new boathouse opens.
Board Chair
John Pescatore
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Dec 2016 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Rob Bettigole Elm Street Ventures
Mitz Carr Blueprint Benefits
John Kelly
Marna Wilber ASSA ABLOY
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Volunteer
CEO Comments
Canal Dock has spent the last six months preparing to open the new Canal Dock Boathouse, and because we have yet to secure enough funding to hire any full-time employees, board members have almost exclusively been burdened with executive and managerial level tasks. Most traditional board-level functions have been set aside in order to focus on developing the business structures and revenue streams of the Canal Dock Boathouse project. And, even after several employees are hired in the coming months to take on day-to-day management of the boathouse and its programs, we expect that the activities of the board will likely continue to be dominated by executive and managerial duties for at least another 6 to 12 months.  
 
 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $263,000.00
Projected Expenses $361,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$72,884$62,997$24,890
Current Assets$16,534$8,797$9,890
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$72,884$62,997$24,890
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCity of New Haven Cultural Vitality Grant $2,500The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $3,500Newman's Own Foundation $25,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $1,074 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountYale Office of New Haven & State Affairs $500 -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Goal $150,000.00
Dates Nov 2017 to Feb 2018
Amount Raised To Date 40960 as of Jan 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
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 242 Bradley Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 464-5938
Contact Email john@canaldock.org
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair John Pescatore
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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