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" -- The Canal Dock Boathouse (CDBi) currently offers small, recreational, indoor & outdoor 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 dragon-boating, will be added soon. Beginning sometime in 2018, through a partnership with the University of New Haven, CDBi 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: CDBi is seeking assistance to fund the participation of four (4) public school students in a one-week, full-day, "Intro to Rowing" program. The cost per student for this one-week program is $575, which includes all-day instruction, lunch at the Quinnipiac River Marina and a camp t-shirt.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Aug 25 2017
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
 
Projected Revenue $71,820.00
Projected Expenses $60,655.00
Statements
Mission
"Opening New Haven's Waterfront for Adventure, Discovery and Growth" -- The Canal Dock Boathouse (CDBi) currently offers small, recreational, indoor & outdoor 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 dragon-boating, will be added soon. Beginning sometime in 2018, through a partnership with the University of New Haven, CDBi 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. (CDBi), 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 late 2017 or early 2018.

Impact

In the last year, CDBi has established:

  1. Year-round indoor and outdoor rowing programs for kids and adults 
  2. The Canal Dock/New Haven Dragon Boat Regatta, a springtime participation-based fundraising and outreach event for kids and adults, held on New Haven Harbor at Long Wharf Pier
  3. The Canal Dock/New Haven Indoor Rowing Relay & Raffle, a winter, participation-based fundraising and outreach event for kids and adults, held at Jordan's Furniture on Sargent Drive

Goals for 2017:

  • Operate first-time summer rowing camps for kids from 7th-11th grade
  • Hire CDBi's first employee, a programs manager & coach, whose most important task will be to increase participation in our public school rowing program
  • Prepare the organization for the opening of the Canal Dock Boathouse
Needs
CDBi's most pressing needs are:
  • Funding to hire CDBi's first employees (2 x $30,000)
  • Volunteers with significant boating experience who can help plan, promote, operate and raise funds to add new programs in kayaking, sailing, dragon-boating, canoeing or paddle-boarding
  • Nonprofit accounting & bookkeeping ($2,000)
  • Fundraising & Grant-Writing Committee members
  • Event planning specialists in New Haven
 
CEO Statement N/A
Board Chair Statement Canal Dock Corporation (CDC) formed in 2003, and then re-organized into Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc (CDBi) in December of 2013, retaining only one member from the original corporation, and adding a slate of new board members. Today, we are six (6), three men and three women, all volunteers, and all with significant boating experience of one kind or another. CDBi has started as a small rowing club, but expects to add other boating programs soon, most of which will occur when the Canal Dock Boathouse opens at the end of 2017, or early 2018. The Canal Dock project, essentially a community boating center, is unfolding in somewhat backwards fashion. 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 when things are really chugging along, after 10 or 20 years, someone says, "let's build a boathouse." In our case, CDBi is being handed an expensive (and beautiful!) boathouse, but without any pre-existing programs or members, let alone boats and revenue, with which to fill and operate it. Certainly, it could be described as a great problem to have, but it doesn't come without its own 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 offer "affordable" boating programs, and free programs for public school kids, is the crux of the issue, and will require some heavy lifting. Luckily, boaters are optimistic and resilient types, and don't often shy away from a challenge, especially ones that, if successful, 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 Kids from Metropolitan Business Academy, Amistad Academy Middle School, and James Hillhouse High School, have been using CDBi rowing machines on and off since September of 2014. Educators at these schools have monitored their usage on behalf of CDBi and report varied positive outcomes.
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. Near term achievement: regular participation by handfuls of students from Metropolitan Business Academy and Amistad Academy Middle School, and smaller numbers from Sound School, Wilbur Cross, and Worthington Hooker Middle School. Students at MBA and AAMS, in particular, are becoming accustomed to using CDBi's rowing machines, and accustomed to seeing other students use them; both are helping to normalize participation in rowing activities.
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. CDBi hopes to eventually establish both recreational and competitive, indoor and outdoor, rowing club programs for New Haven Public School students grades 7-12, with 150 to 300 students participating annually.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. CDBi gets feedback from its administrative partners at MBA and AAMS, and hears directly from the kids and parents of those from Sound School, Wilbur Cross, and Worthington Hooker.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Administrators from both MBA & AAMS have both expressed that CDBi's rowing machines have provided beneficial moments for kids at many times throughout the school day. When certain kids are not comfortable participating in typical games and gym activities they have taken to using the rowing machines as a way to "have their own thing" and build confidence. Other kids have been guided to CDBi's rowing machines in order to "burn off excess energy" before returning to classrooms in a less agitated state. Some of these kids will certainly become on-water rowers when CDBi has the capacity to get them on the water, but others will simply continue gaining only the land-based benefits.
Description Almost a dozen public school students have experimented with CDBi's on-water rowing program, and four (4) are still regular participants from May through October. On-water rowing for public school students (a free program) launched from the Quinnipiac River Marina in July of 2015.
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
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. CDBi hopes to eventually establish both recreational and competitive, indoor and outdoor, rowing club programs for New Haven Public School students grades 7-12, with 150 to 300 students participating annually.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Almost a dozen New Haven public school kids have been on the Quinnipiac River in CDBi rowing shells, and four (4) still participate regularly.
Description Almost thirty (30) New Haven adults have participated in the CDBi Indoor Rowing program, known as "Indoor Rowing & Fitness," which launched in January of 2016. Fees have varied from $5 per session, to $225 yearly membership which includes on-water rowing as well.
Population Served Adults / Adults /
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. Long term goal: A robust, adult rowing club, comprised of recreational & competitive, indoor & outdoor programs, with a membership between 75 and 150 participants. 
Description Since July of 2015 at least twenty-five (25) New Haven area residents have been on the Quinnipiac River in a CDBi rowing shell. Some are regular participants from May through October, rowing one or more times per week, and make excursions into the Mill River, and even into New Haven Harbor.
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. Of the twenty-five (25) adults having participated thus far in CDBi rowing activities, thirteen (13) had never before been on the water in a rowing shell.
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 goal: A robust, adult rowing club, comprised of recreational & competitive, indoor & outdoor programs, with a membership between 75 and 150 participants.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
CDBi 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. For kids and adults alike, the time and dedication required are the biggest challenges. However, new innovative equipment, combined with new approaches in how rowing is introduced, are yielding exciting results, and people are learning more quickly than ever, and enjoying the process more than ever. The caveat here, of course, is that the new, innovative equipment we've discovered is expensive. The quality and durability are of the highest standard, making them the best value over the long term, but it makes initial purchases further out of reach. 
 
CDBi will be handed a state of the art, $40 million community boating facility sometime near the end of 2017, and it will be our responsibility alone to fund the projected $700,000 annual budget necessary to keep the doors open, the heat on, and programs running. Being handed a beautiful new facility with no strings attached may be a good problem to have, but building the necessary partnerships, finding rent-paying tenants, and developing recreational boating programs, among many other tasks, all in the name of "not-for-profit community boating," often feels like an insurmountable challenge. That said, CDBi is focused on taking an entrepreneurial approach. Like a start up 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 through the New Haven community's new waterfront home.
 
CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Term Start Jan 2017
Email info@canaldock.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
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
CDBi has collaborated directly with three (3) New Haven public schools: Amistad Academy Middle School, James Hillhouse High School, and Metropolitan Academy Middle School. Each of these schools has hosted indoor rowing opportunities using CDBi owned rowing machines. CDBi has also partnered with New Haven Festivals in organizing a Dragon Boat Regatta that ran alongside the New Haven Food Truck Festival in June of 2016.  In January of 2017, Jordan's Furniture permitted CDBi to host an "Indoor Rowing Relay & Raffle" in their New Haven facility. Last, CDBi is finalizing a lease and partnership with the University of New Haven. On behalf of CDBi, UNH will offer public programs in environmental education through their Marine Biology Department when the new Canal Dock Boathouse opens.
Board Chair
John Pescatore
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Dec 2016 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Lourdes Alvarez University of New Haven
Rob Bettigole Elm Street Ventures
Mitz Carr Blueprint Benefits
Jonathan Wharton Southern Connecticut State University
Marna Wilber ASSA ABLOY
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Safety
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $71,820.00
Projected Expenses $60,655.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
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
$500$3,500$25,000
Government Contributions$2,500$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local$2,500----
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$11,467$361$2,700
$500----
$2,460$850--
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues$2,153$1,075--
Special Events$18,100----
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$167$103$5
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,127$570$14,570
Administration Expense$8,107$3,765$2,020
Fundraising Expense--$447--
Payments to Affiliates$18,876$2,200$1,225
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.260.841.56
Program Expense/Total Expenses10%8%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%12%0%
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 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
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 inputted 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 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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