Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund
75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1-300
Hartford CT 06106
Contact Information
Address 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1-300
Hartford, CT 06106-
Telephone (860) 247-6090 x
Fax 860-524-0705
E-mail cwealf@cwealf.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Mission

CWEALF is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive. 

Vision for Women and Girls

CWEALF envisions a world where gender equity is realized, differences are embraced, and women and girls thrive. In this world, women and girls build strong, supportive networks; experience widespread opportunities for advancement and fulfillment; command the resources to advocate for themselves as well as for others; and are empowered to lead and be agents of change. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1974
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 Kate C Farrar
Board Chair Kristiana Sullivan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connecticut Economic Resource Center
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

Mission

CWEALF is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive. 

Vision for Women and Girls

CWEALF envisions a world where gender equity is realized, differences are embraced, and women and girls thrive. In this world, women and girls build strong, supportive networks; experience widespread opportunities for advancement and fulfillment; command the resources to advocate for themselves as well as for others; and are empowered to lead and be agents of change. 
Background

CWEALF has advanced women's rights and opportunities in Connecticut since 1973. CWEALF is a statewide organization that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are undeserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive.

During its first decade, CWEALF focused on impact litigation, participating in cases involving equal pay, equal credit and sex discrimination. Throughout the years, CWEALF also played a significant role in policy victories such as marriage equality, discrimination protections based on gender identity, birth control access, earned sick days, and protections for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

CWEALF uses intersectional strategies to address gender inequality and advance the rights, opportunities, and status of women and girls through:

LEGAL INFORMATION AND ACCESS

CWEALF helps bridge the justice gap by providing information about the legal rights of women and girls, as well as connecting them with resources and providing individual support as they navigate the justice system.

PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY

CWEALF protects and promotes the rights of women and girls by identifying and articulating the challenges they face and elevating their interests and voices through public policy and advocacy.

ADVANCEMENT AND LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES

CWEALF provides a platform for women’s voices and issues, and promotes advancement opportunities for women and girls to reach their potential in school, at work, in the home, and in the community.

Impact

CWEALF is one of the oldest women’s rights organizations in the country and is proud of our 46-year history to advance women and girls in Connecticut. CWEALF’s mission to advocate for and empower women and girls, especially those who are underserved and marginalized is achieved through three strategies of legal education and advocacy, policy and advocacy, and advancement and leadership initiatives.

Throughout the years, CWEALF played a significant role in policy victories such as marriage equality, discrimination protections based on gender identity, birth control access, earned sick days, and protections for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Currently, CWEALF’s advocacy and public policy agenda focuses on women’s economic security in Connecticut.

In 2018, CWEALF was successful in the passage of equal pay legislation to eliminate the salary history question in job interviews. In 2019, CWEALF’s leadership of the Campaign for Paid Family Medical Leave resulted in passage and the signing of the country’s most comprehensive paid leave law in the country. In 2019, CWEALF also played a role as an ally in public policy as well such as during the 2019 legislative session on issues of immigration, health care, and domestic violence.

CWEALF is the lead organization that manages the CT Collective for Women and Girls, the state’s network of women and girls serving organizations. In this role, CWEALF also coordinates policy and advocacy information sharing amongst organizations and updates the CT Collective participating organizations on the status of legislation throughout the session.

CWEALF’s Legal Education program increases access to justice for low-income women and marginalized populations, including undocumented individuals. All of CWEALF's services are free and offered in English and Spanish. CWEALF serves those who do not qualify for traditional legal aid because their income falls just above the poverty line or because of their immigration status. We empower people with legal information, remove barriers they face, protect their rights against discriminatory practices and policies, and assist individuals who experience emotional and physical abuse. By providing access to free, quality legal resources and targeted support, CWEALF's services improve the legal, social and economic standing of women and their families. CWEALF serves approximately 1,200 individuals per year statewide, the majority of whom are low-income women of color living in cities, with at least one child.

Needs

CWEALF’s donors, cooperating attorneys, community partners, interns and volunteers are true champions for women and girls! Volunteers, board and committee members donated over 1,400 hours of time to CWEALF in 2018.

We have volunteer opportunities available on our Information & Referral line, and in a wide variety of special projects, including fundraising and marketing, general office support and event planning.

As part of our Legal Education Program, CWEALF provides an Information & Referral (I&R) service on issues related to family matters, equal education for girls and women, workplace issues, and discrimination. Cooperating Attorneys make this program possible by training our staff and joining our list of referral attorneys.

CEO Statement

The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is one of the oldest continuing women’s rights organizations in the nation. Since 1973, CWEALF has fought to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls. The commitment to women’s equity has never been more important and I’m honored to be leading the only statewide women’s organization that improves the lives of women and girls through direct service, policy and advocacy and research.


CWEALF’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls in Connecticut would not be possible without our donors, community partners, and volunteers as part of our team too. There is a substantial passion for our longstanding mission of gender equity and great interest in working with our organization for its continued success. How can you take action for gender equity? Volunteer to provide women access to legal justice, advocate for the passage of paid family and medical leave, serve as a member of an event committee, or intern with us! Donate to support CWEALF and stay connected with us through our e-news and social media to stay up-to-date on the fight for gender equity in our state.
 

 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy /
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
State-wide services in Connecticut.
Programs
Description

CWEALF’s Legal Education program narrows the justice gap and empowers women across CT. No other organization in CT provides FREE and confidential legal education and advocacy to any individual in need, particularly low-income women who seek substantial support to successfully navigate the legal and social service systems. Our Information and Referral phone line is open 24 hours a week to carefully listen to callers' concerns, educate callers with legal information and their rights, and connect them to low-cost attorneys and community agencies. Our Bilingual Community Advocate works in-person with clients to offer in-depth and highly individualized services. CWEALF staff: (1) attend court with clients to educate and empower self-represented and Spanish speaking clients to navigate the often intimidating court system; (2) guide self-represented clients through the completion of court forms and fee waivers, translate court documents for Spanish speakers, and connect clients with CWEALF's Cooperating Attorneys; and (3) provide connections to social service agencies to meet immediate needs.

Population Served Females / Families / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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. To reach short term goals, CWEALF provides legal information and referral to individuals on family law, employment discrimination and educational equity and civil rights issues. CWEALF's I&R line is open 24 hours a week and serves between 1,200 to 1,300 people statewide per year.
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. Give women the tools and information to navigate the legal and social service systems and resolve their issues.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. CWEALF documents the services we provide to each client, including attorney and agency referrals provided, and educational booklets shared. CWEALF regularly conducts follow-up calls to I&R Service and Advocacy clients to gather feedback about the quality of our services and assess client needs for additional support. CWEALF evaluates our programming regularly, using the expertise of our in-house Research & Evaluation staff, and uses all feedback to improve the quality of our program and the delivery of our services.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

CWEALF’s Bilingual Community Advocate meets with clients in-person and offers highly individualized advocacy services to over 300 people per year. She helps clients understand court forms, provides translation services and accompanies clients to court for moral support. These services are especially critical for clients who represent themselves or primarily speak Spanish. Unlike traditional legal aid agencies, CWEALF has no income restrictions. In fact, one third of our clients are referred from legal aid and could not be served due to income requirements or overwhelming demand. Without CWEALF, many residents, especially low-income mothers, would be left to navigate the legal system on their own. The ability to understand and pursue rights related to sex discrimination at work, child support or protection from family violence are critical to maintain a family’s economic stability.

Description

In CWEALF’s policy and advocacy role we are a vital resource to women and policymakers in Connecticut. In the last legislative session, CWEALF advocated for and provided testimony on a wide range of issues including: paid family and medical leave, spousal support, equal pay for equal work, education and training opportunities, restraining orders for victims of violence, fairness in family laws, affirmative consent, comprehensive sexual health education and reproductive rights. CWEALF offers innovative approaches to effectively addressing these issues by drawing on the wealth of knowledge generated through our Legal Education Program and Advancement and Leadership Initiatives.

CWEALF also leads coalitions on critical issues of equity in Connecticut. Currently, CWEALF leads the following coalitions: the Connecticut Campaign for Paid Family Leave and the Family Law Working Group.

Population Served Females / Families / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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.

Monitor legislation at the State Capital and work in coalition with other organizations to ensure women may address their needs.

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.

Using the information from our Legal Education Program and Advancement and Leadership Initiatives we promote changes in legal, educational and social service systems to remove barriers to accessing resources.

Description

CWEALF provides a platform for women’s voices and issues, and promotes advancement opportunities for women and girls to reach their potential in school, at work, in the home, and in the community.

Advancement in Non-Traditional Careers

CWEALF provides training and expertise to school districts across Connecticut to improve outcomes for gender equity in career and technical education.

Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls

The Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls is a community of organizations committed to the advancement of women and girls, including those who are cisgender, transgender, and non-binary, in the state of Connecticut. The Collective is a network that brings participating organizations together to highlight and amplify their work while drawing on the collective power of collaboration.

Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (HTTPI)

CWEALF is the evaluator for the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services multi-year initiative funded by the federal government to reduce teen birth rates in Hartford. It meets this goal by providing evidence-based sexual health programs, increasing young people’s access to clinical services, and engaging in community outreach in a sustainable and culturally sensitive manner.

Secure Jobs CT

CWEALF is the technical assistance partner to this multi-year pilot initiative with Melville Charitable Trust and 21 philanthropic partners to increase the income of families transitioning out of homelessness by connecting them to the resources they need to get and keep good jobs.

Population Served Females / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Kate C Farrar
Term Start Jan 2016
Email kfarrar@cwealf.org
Experience

Kate C. Farrar brings over 15 years of nonprofit management and women's issue expertise to her role as Executive Director of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF).

Prior to CWEALF, Kate was the Vice President of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)'s Campus Leadership Programs in Washington, D.C. where she guided the strategy and management of the organization's nationwide college women's leadership programs, college/university relationships, and science, technology, engineering, and math programs for girls. In D.C. Kate also served as the associate director of National Programs and Policy at Wider Opportunities for Women where she led the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Project (FESS), a nationwide project focused on policies and programs to move low-income families toward economic independence.

To begin her career, Kate lobbied the Connecticut state legislature on behalf of nonprofit organizations and served as a field organizer in Wisconsin for the 2004 presidential campaign.

A lifelong advocate of women's representation in politics, Farrar served as President of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee, the only nonpartisan PAC in the country that supports young women running for office. She volunteers as a mentor for the UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and as a committee member of the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls. Kate earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master's in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She was honored in 2017 with the UConn Honors Alumni Award and Syracuse University Maxwell School Alumni Award.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Deputy Director
Experience/Biography

Catherine Bailey joined CWEALF in June 2013. Her work includes overseeing the Legal Education Program, which seeks to fill the civil legal justice gap by providing women and low-income individuals with access to legal information, advocacy, and resources. She also spearheads CWEALF's policy agenda, which includes leading the Connecticut Campaign for Paid Family Leave, the Family Law Working Group, and participating in the Campaign for a Working Connecticut and the Coalition for Choice.

After earning a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, Ms. Bailey held several positions in state government in Massachusetts, including Assistant General Counsel to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to the Massachusetts State Police, and most recently as Deputy Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Ms. Bailey is a founding Board member of Autism Families CONNECTicut, a nonprofit organization that provides recreational programs to individuals with autism and their families. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Greater Hartford Legal Aid and as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee and the Women in the Law Section.

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
Collaborations

CWEALF is the state’s leading champion for women and girls. As an example of our role as a leader and convener, this year we launched the CT Collective for Women and Girls with the support of women and girls funds across the state. The Collective is a network of organizations committed to the advancement of women and girls, including those who are cisgender, transgender, and non-binary. CWEALF partners on our three core strategies with a number of other organizations with similar missions such as YWCA-Hartford, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, CT Women’s Hall of Fame, and Girl Scouts.

Our Legal Education program is the only free and confidential legal education and advocacy services for any individual in need, particularly low-income and marginalized women. To serve our clients holistically and avoid duplication of services, CWEALF has strong and long- established relationships with community partners such as Junta for Progressive Action; Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence; Victim Rights Center of CT; The Children’s Law Line; Hartford’s Interval House; and CT Fair Housing Center.

Board Chair
Kristiana Sullivan
Company Affiliation Connecticut Economic Resource Center
Term July 2018 to June 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ashika BrinkleyCT Association of Directors of Health
Thomas CalvocoressiConsultant
Brenda Choresi CarterReflective Democracy Campaign
Karen DeMeola
Gina FedericoNorth Hartford Triple Aim Collaborative
Leslie LytePratt & Whitney
Tiana Oscasio-NesmithIUOE Local 478
Calvin PriceLiberty Bank
Heather Reed
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Board Co-Chair
Term July to June
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Legislative
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $706,000.00
Projected Expenses $715,039.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS ltr.
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
CWEALF Year 2 Program Report2012View
CWEALF Year 2 Budget Report2012View
CWEALF Year 2 Logic Model2012View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$605,605$848,529$929,240
Current Assets$207,031$614,937$718,994
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$25,270$173,631$267,961
Total Net Assets$580,335$674,898$661,279
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $160,367
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Melville Charitable Trust $140,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Family Values at Work $135,000
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. 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 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1-300
Hartford, CT 06106
Primary Phone 860 247-6090
Contact Email cwealf@cwealf.org
CEO/Executive Director Kate C Farrar
Board Chair Kristiana Sullivan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connecticut Economic Resource Center

 

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