CT Community Nonprofit Alliance represents
over 500 nonprofit organizations and is committed to building the capacity of
our members to ensure they are vibrant, financially stable and able to achieve
excellence. Our organization advocates to ensure the vital role of nonprofits
is valued and fully supported by public policy and adequate funding.
CT Community Nonprofit Alliance was formed on February 1, 2016 as a result of a merger between Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) and Connecticut Community Providers Association. Nonprofits are an essential and integral part of communities across the state and contribute to the quality of life that people in Connecticut hold so dear. This merger creates a new organization that is more robust and can more effectively advocate for the half-million individuals our members serve every day, in every city and town in Connecticut. Working together, we will achieve economies of scale, expand member training, group purchasing and other business opportunities, and maximize limited state dollars.
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) was the largest membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in Connecticut. By connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, the organization helped members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve.
Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) was the premier state trade association representing over 100 organizations that provide health and human services for children, adults and their families in the areas of mental health, substance use disorders, intellectual disabilities, and child and family health and well-being.
As the newly merged organization is further developed, it is critical that we maintain the current level and quality of services we provide to both our membership and the nonprofit community at large. Merger success hinges on the new organization’s ability to manage one-time expenses. Transitional support is sought to defray one-time merger-related costs including: Branding $60,000 to create a branding strategy, logo, messaging, website, collateral and a strategic marketing and communication plan; Strategic Plan $20,000 to create a strategic plan for the newly merged organization, post hiring of a permanent CEO; Technology Infrastructure $50,000 to focus on the migration and consolidation of separate information systems, telecommunications, email, and member services platforms; and Office Consolidation $25,000 as we move toward co-location of staff to one-location we will incur moving fees, reconfiguration fees, and furniture expense. Support for the the Transition of the dues structure, $190,000 due to a different methodology.
On February 1, 2016, Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) and Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) merged to become CT Community Nonprofit Alliance. CT Nonprofits and CCPA each enjoyed a more than 35 year history of promoting the health, well-being, vibrancy, and social welfare of the 169 communities that comprise the State of Connecticut.
CT Nonprofits and CCPA board leaders believed that bringing the two organizations together would enable us to serve as the most influential advocate for the state’s nonprofit sector as well as the 500,000 Connecticut residents the more than 515 member organizations serve together.
We have begun in earnest the work of building a new, bold, and transformative organization that can speak with a single voice to the values that the nonprofit sector embraces and the many ways that nonprofit organizations contribute to the well-being of, and quality of life for, Connecticut citizens. This unification also serves to eliminate unproductive and unhealthy competition between the two legacy organizations, increases operating efficiencies, and provides more robust services to help build the capacity of our members to better serve their communities. The merger has enabled us to more fully develop the organization to confront the threats to the viability of our members and take advantage of opportunities during a time when imagination, creativity, and nimble responsiveness are required, given the velocity of change.
CT Community Nonprofit Alliance may be a new organization, having come into existence a mere few months ago, but it is built on a very strong foundation. There is continuity of mission, values, staff resources, and volunteer leadership. The new board of directors is comprised of individuals who served for many years on committees and boards of the two legacy organizations, The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits and Connecticut Community Providers Association. We carry on the tradition each Association established of a strong governance structure that provides numerous opportunities to involve and include our more than 515 member organizations.
We enjoy a remarkably clear mandate from our members who voted nearly unanimously for the merger. I know I speak for my fellow board members that we take extremely seriously our responsibility to lead this organization into the future and continuously find new and better ways to support and strengthen the nonprofit sector and the Connecticut community it serves.
CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, Inc. is the collective voice of community providers and nonprofits in Connecticut. We champion their causes and represent their interests at the Legislature, with the Administration, state agencies that contract with community providers, the media, and with other related advocacy organizations throughout the state. CT Community Nonprofit Alliance's voice helps protect private provider funding, advances new funding initiatives and public policies, support strategies for long-term system reforms, and advocates for policies that support the community provider system and the needs of the people it serves.
Community Nonprofit Alliance led the charge advocating on behalf of our members
and beyond. Our Policy team tracked and analyzed close to 440 bills,
issues and amendments, and helped many of our members to write testimony. As part of the #PeopleMatter movement, CT Community
Nonprofit Alliance helped to organize a
rally at the Capitol during “The Mother
of All Lobby Days” and participated in press conferences and legislative
The Center for Professional Development (CPD), the training
wing of CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, serves as one of the state’s premier
training facilities. It emphasizes resources, tools, achievement and progress
for the nonprofit sector at large. CT Community Nonprofit Alliance offers more
than 100 nonprofit workshops each year across the state, including sessions
focused on emerging nonprofit trends, leadership, finance, human resources,
communications, fundraising and more. Our signature event, the Annual
Connecticut Nonprofit Conference, draws over 600 nonprofit professionals for a
day of networking and education.
CT Nonprofit Center, a program of CT Community Nonprofit
Alliance and located in Hartford, currently serves as ‘home’ to 26 nonprofit
organizations and more than 200 employees who share space, resources and
services. The Center is designed to provide opportunities for members to reap
the benefits of significant cost savings while operating in a collaborative
environment. Members of the Center gain the tools they need to accelerate their
missions and deepen their impact. The Center serves as a meeting place for
community nonprofits, providing state-of-the-art technology tools to help them
better reach their constituents.
Continue to affect tenant organization's sustainability and impact by providing cost savings including identifying new resources/services to share such as equipment, technology and staff. Increasing collaboration to help with employee retention, increase organizational visibility and cut an eventual path towards programmatic collaboration. Adding space to the center in order to grow occupancy.
Increased collaboration, in order to move from resource sharing to programmatic collaboration. We also hope to continue to grow the space at the center in order to take on new tenants.
We utilize evaluations, tenant interviews and host monthly tenant meetings which allow us to solicit feedback. We measure the number of organizations in the center, total number of employees and total number of individuals who visit the center for meetings, workshops and events. We also use formulas to calculate savings based on rent, shared technology, buildouts and service, which total $15,000 - $60,000 for smaller organizations and $30,000 - $115,000 for larger organizations.
a. Lower than market rate rent = $3 less than market for this neighborhood
b. Reduced foot print by sharing conference room/kitchen/reception = on average $6,500 per year for organizations that rent less than 2,000 sq feet and $13,000 per year for organizations that rent more than 2,000 sq feet
c. Fixed rent – no annual increases – Savings of 2% each year on average = for small organizations $1,000 for 3 years for large organizations $3,000 for 3 years
a) Share highspeed fiber –organizations receive updated cabling, wifi, and highspeed fiber at no cost for installation. On average small organizations save $4,000 one-time costs and large $7,000
b) Monthly savings on internet and management of equipment for small organizations is $75 and for large $150
a) long-term lease tenants receive buildouts for free – average savings $40,000 for small and $80,000 for large organizations
a) Shared reception - Annual savings $15,000 per organization
In 1977, the Connecticut Legislature created a preferred
purchasing program to address low employment rates for people with
disabilities. The statute promotes employment opportunities for people with
disabilities through government contracting. Through the program, individuals
with disabilities render products and services as contracted by various state
agencies, with employment supports from community providers. The association is
certified as a Small Business Enterprise through the Department of
Administrative Services Supplier Diversity Program.
Connecticut saves over $2,000 per worker employed through the Preferred Purchasing program as the result of reductions in entitlement programs and increased tax payments. This benefit is in addition to the employment and training opportunities that it offers to each individual hired through the program.
1. Preferred Purchasing Program – provided providers offering employment services to individual with disabilities work opportunities through government contracts
a. There are twenty-two community rehabilitation programs with active state contracts through 17b-656. There are approximately 30 active organizations.
b. The total number of work opportunities created for people with disabilities in FY15 was 873 inclusive of the Qualified Partnership.
c. The program provided 277,229 hours of work, or 152 FTEs
d. Total wages for the program for people with disabilities was $2.95M. There are other, non-disabled workers who also gain employment.
e. The average hourly wage for workers with disabilities was $10.66 per hour.
f. Compliance for the program (law requires ratio of 75% workers with disabilities was above 80%.
CT Community Nonprofit Alliance cultivates communication and
cooperation among its member nonprofits and their employees by bringing them
together through our policy division meetings and related forums, member
events, and management roundtables. This effort ensures that they are sharing
experiences, knowledge, challenges and ideas. In addition, we provide them with
the most up to date information regarding sector trends and policy issues,
while also providing access to white papers, resources and consultants who help
them better serve their missions.
Our multi-faceted approach to communicating the latest trends, outcomes and issues ensures that our members receive the most relevant information to help them succeed.
Our members receive exclusive newsletters, public policy updates and service offers on a weekly basis. Our vast database of non-member organizations receives monthly communications from our Center for Professional Development, and each quarter receive a copy of our electronic magazine, Nonprofit Advantage.
Social Media helps us to reach the largest possible audience with the most current information. As of June 2015 we had 8,423 Twitter followers, 1,707 Facebook fans and 469 members in our Linked In group. Each year these numbers continue to grow.
Press Coverage was diverse and frequent with over 35 articles and op-eds in Connecticut’s most popular news outlets including the Hartford Courant, CT Mirror, CT News Junkie, Hartford Business Journal, NBC Connecticut, FOX 61 News, the CT Post and more.
CT Community Nonprofit Alliance is addressing the challenges of merging two successful and vibrant membership organizations with rich and long histories. The main challenge is to address the needs of a highly diverse membership that comprises more than 500 organizations representing virtually every type of nonprofit that exists in Connecticut. The opportunity is for the merged Association to successfully meet member needs for capacity-building, advocacy, training and education, and access to goods and services, offered through the Association, that will save them money. CT Community Nonprofit Alliance’s strategy for addressing these needs includes: (1) engaging member organizations in committees, sub-sector divisions, forums, and roundtable discussions, (2) developing new and improved means of communication, including a new website, (3) optimizing electronic systems to enhance member services, including a powerful membership management information system, and (4) delivering enhanced policy and advocacy support through the combination of staff and consulting resources that the merger has made possible.
CT Community Nonprofit Alliance is operating under the direction of newly hired President/CEO, Gian-Carl Casa, Mr. Casa has a M.A. in Political Science from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Previous to his position with the Alliance he was the Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs -- State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management and the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy -- Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM).
Education & Training Collaborations: Fairfield
County’s Community Foundation, CT Community Foundation, Community Foundation of
NW CT, AFP CT, AFP Fairfield, Pro Bono Partnership, Nonprofit Coordinating
Committee of New York, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Cigna, Travelers
Championship, and dozens of consultants that are experts in the nonprofit
sector and develop and deliver high quality trainings for discounted fees or
for free. Cost Saving Programs: Travelers Championship, Travelers and
CohnReznick – Partner on the Birdies for Charity nonprofit fundraising
program; More than 12 Endorsed Vendors who provide cost savings
discounts and exclusive services to member organizations; #PeopleMatter
Coalition - A cross-sector coalition
of advocacy associations, nonprofit service providers, organized labor and recipients
of services who serve hundreds of thousands of Connecticut’s most vulnerable
residents each year. CT Nonprofit Center partners and
collaborators, Corporation for Independent Living (CIL), CT Center for Advanced
Technology (CCAT, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Fund for Greater
Hartford, State of Connecticut - Collaborative Incentive Grant.
The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits and the Connecticut Community Providers Association merged in Feb. 2016. This newly formed organization has not completed one full fiscal year. The last few years of financial information (form 990s and audits) for the two organizations that merged to become the Alliance can be downloaded from this profile.
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