Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

INNER-CITY FOUNDATION FOR CHARITY & EDUCATION INC

BRIDGEPORT, CT   |  www.innercityfoundation.org

Mission

TO SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING EDUCATION, FOOD, CLOTHING, SHELTER AND COUNSELING TO AT-RISK AND NEEDY CHILDREN AND ADULTS OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Ms. Karen Barry Schwarz

Main address

238 JEWETT AVENUE

BRIDGEPORT, CT 06606 USA

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EIN

06-1318337

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization works to serve the needy families, adults and children of Fairfield County.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Inner City Foundation

Enhance and strengthen educational opportunities and institutions in Fairfield County, CT. Support agencies whose programs serve the needs of educationally and culturally disadvantaged children, adults and families living in Fairfield County.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children
Budget
$1,000,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We aim to bridge the growing gap between what the needy families of Fairfield County, including the working poor, are able to afford for their very survival and the services available to them. Due to decreased government funding for services in Connecticut, the need for help continues to grow. We fund local Fairfield County organizations providing education, food, shelter, and counseling to at-risk and needy people of Fairfield County.

The Inner-City Foundation carefully and thoughtfully evaluates grant requests from local organizations and programs serving our neediest families and individuals. We seek to support those programs providing not only help but hope for a better future to Fairfield County's neediest residents.

We have three committees made up of dedicated Board members who evaluate our grant requests: An Education Committee, a Social Initiatives Committee and a Program Support Committee. When a grant request comes in, it goes to either our Education or Social Initiatives Committee for review. An individual from the Committee visits with the grant requestor. The Committee member makes a recommendation for funding (or not) to the full Committee, and the Committee discusses and comes to an agreeement and makes a recommendation. That recommendation then goes to the Program Support Committee and they review the recommendations. The full Board then votes on the recommendations, so each grant goes through three levels of scrutiny.

We require all of our grantees to submit progress reports within six months of the completion of their program. We evaluate their programs success rate based on their progress reports.

We have donated more than $30 million to over 200 local Fairfield County organizations since our inception in 1992.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INNER-CITY FOUNDATION FOR CHARITY & EDUCATION INC

Board of directors
as of 1/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Frank Caggiano

Thomas Coughlin

No Affiliation

Audrey Dornier

No Affiliation

William Fox

No Affiliation

Richard Matteis

No Affiliation

Joseph Miller

No Affiliation

Jeanne Terrile

No Affiliation

Frank Caggiano

Janet Gestal

Pamela Pagnani

Edward Caffrey

Joseph Lane

Robert Kinnally

Pamela Dale

Thomas Powers

Geri Roper

Robert Smith

Harold Spitzfaden

Mary Rooney

Barbara Buffone

Dean Gestal

Karen Schwarz

Robert Jamieson

Pamela Dale

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

education, food, clothing, shelter, counseling