Optimates Society Fund
PO BOX 205778
New Haven CT 06520-5778
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 205778
New Haven, CT 06520-5778
Telephone (646) 257-2588 x
Fax 0-N/A
E-mail optimates.society@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission

The Optimates Society was formed to encourage learning, debate and the exchange of philosophies and ideas among Yale students and in the Greater New Haven community. The Society believes such activities are central to the development of well-spoken, principled leaders with a fundamental understanding of the ideas that have shaped history. To promote these initiatives, the Society sponsors dedicated space near the Yale campus to host public forums, intellectual debates, and lectures by leading scholars.  

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2008
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Matthew Medearis
Board Chair Mr. Matthew Medearis
Board Chair Company Affiliation None
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $13,000.00
Projected Expenses $13,000.00
Statements
Mission

The Optimates Society was formed to encourage learning, debate and the exchange of philosophies and ideas among Yale students and in the Greater New Haven community. The Society believes such activities are central to the development of well-spoken, principled leaders with a fundamental understanding of the ideas that have shaped history. To promote these initiatives, the Society sponsors dedicated space near the Yale campus to host public forums, intellectual debates, and lectures by leading scholars.  

Background The Optimates Society was formed in 2008 in conjunction with securing dedicated space for its sponsored events.  Prior to this, activities were held in common areas around the Yale campus.  As a result of Yale's refurbishment of its properties, many of these common areas became unavailable for function space to preserve their renovated condition. In response, a dedicated space was secured in close proximity to campus to allow for regular events.
Impact
Activities include:
  • Over a dozen debates each year covering a wide range of intellectual subjects including political philosophy, religion, history, ethics and aesthetics (examples include: "Does Capitalism Corrode Culture?" and "Are Morals Just Mores?")
  • A speaker forum each semester with visiting intellectuals and public figures (examples include: Gov. Howard Dean on Healthcare Policy and Princeton Professor Robert George on Natural Law, God and Human Dignity)
  • Weekly luncheons with Yale professors on a range of academic interests (regular guests include Professors Donald Kagan, Charles Hill, and Steven Smith)
Goals for the Current Year:
  • Continue to sponsor intellectually stimulating events for the Yale and New Haven community
  • Expand programming to include team-building activities and community outreach
  • Secure contributions to cover rent at dedicated function space near campus
Needs Optimates Society events are free of charge and guest speakers are generally secured without cost to the Optimates Society. The officers and board of our organization do not receive compensation, therefore financial costs for our nonprofit are limited to rent for function space.  The Optimates Society is seeking contributions to support this ongoing need.
Board Chair Statement The Optimates Society was an important part of my formative experience as a Yale undergraduate.  The opportunity to test one's ideas against those of peers, to engage in small group discussions with visiting intellectuals, and to have informal interactions with Yale professors provides a much needed component in developing one's worldview, public speaking confidence, and leadership skills that cannot be achieved through passive attendance at lectures. I am very happy to volunteer my time to make sure that these opportunities remain available to the young people in this community.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Single Organization Support
Areas Served
New Haven
Programs
Description The Optimates Society sponsors over a dozen debates and over twenty lectures each year in addition to other events. These activities cover a range of intellectual topics including political philosophy, religion, history, ethics and aesthetics.
Population Served 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. This program has improved leadership and public speaking skills for hundreds of its attendees over its relatively short history. These skills are expected to be invaluable over the participants' lifetimes.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Success is tracked by the number of participants and their degree of engagement with others in the program.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Recent participants have been given the confidence to pursue important leadership roles in public service including running for U.S. Congress, becoming a speechwriter for a top Congressional leader, and publishing important studies as a member of an influential public policy institute.
CEO/Executive Director
Matthew Medearis
Term Start May 2015
Email medearism@yahoo.com
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
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
Board Chair
Mr. Matthew Medearis
Company Affiliation None
Term May 2015 to Apr 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Charles W. DeWitt Community Volunteer
Mr. Matthew Klein Community Volunteer
Mr. Don Li Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 4 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 0
Governance
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start May 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Apr 30 2016
Projected Revenue $13,000.00
Projected Expenses $13,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$13,136$11,787$11,259
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.021.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$8,639$8,400$8,147
Current Assets$8,639$8,400$8,147
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$8,639$8,400$8,147
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAmazon Smile $10Sabal Trust $1,000Sabal Trust $1,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Network for Good $855Yale $48
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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 PO BOX 205778
New Haven, CT 065205778
Primary Phone 646 257-2588
CEO/Executive Director Matthew Medearis
Board Chair Mr. Matthew Medearis
Board Chair Company Affiliation None

 

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