Advancing Connecticut Together

aka CT Association for Human Services   |   Hartford, CT   |
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Advancing Connecticut Together

EIN: 22-3014883


Advancing CT Together (ACT), with its partners, addresses the root causes of poverty, addiction and health inequities through strength-based services and advocacy to ensure all people in Connecticut have equitable resources necessary to achieve multi-generational health, wealth and happiness. ACT is an umbrella agency that encompasses AIDS Connecticut, The CT Association for Human Services, The CT Center for Harm Reduction, and Connecticut Pride. It provides infrastructure to advance sustainability, effectiveness, efficiency, and synergy for and between its services and advocacy initiatives. The collective impact of this joint venture will strengthen and broaden the range of services provided to families throughout Connecticut.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

John Merz

Main address

110 Bartholomew Ave Ste 3050

Hartford, CT 06106 USA

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Subject area info

Immune system diseases

Shelter and residential care

Special population support


Population served info


LGBTQ people


Homeless people

Low-income people

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NTEE code info

AIDS (G81)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Advancing CT Together (ACT), with its partners, addresses the root causes of poverty, addiction and health inequities through strength-based services and advocacy to ensure all people in Connecticut have equitable resources necessary to achieve multi-generational health, wealth and happiness.

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?

Client and Housing Assistance

ACT assists individuals and families with meeting emergency expenses through the Client Assistance Fund (CAF), and with obtaining and maintaining housing through the Housing Assistance Fund (HAF).

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS
Homeless people

ACT provides the following care services: Medical Case Management, Project TLC, Housing Support, Medication Adherence, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Non-Medical Case Management, and Psychosocial Support Services. It also operates Connections, an HIV wellness center, located in Hartford, that has become a safe, supportive gathering place for individuals living with HIV. An array of services is offered at Connections including medical case management, support groups, meals, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, acupuncture (for relapse prevention), research studies, periodic outings and social activities.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS

The Case Management Training Institute (CMTI), generously funded by the CT Department of Housing, was created to provide a comprehensive training program for individuals with case management responsibilities in AIDS services, AIDS housing, domestic violence, homeless shelters, and transitional living programs, regardless of how the positions are funded (i.e. DPH, HOPWA, DOH, and DMHAS).

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS

ACT offers confidential HIV counseling and testing, STI/STD testing, community outreach, linkage to care, CLEAR behavioral intervention, and the Female Condom Project.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Substance abusers

The Syringe Services Program is a harm-reduction service that encourages injection drug users to dispose of used hypodermic needles in a safe manner. This reduces the transmission of blood borne pathogens and the number of needles discarded in the community. The SSP also offers Naloxone and overdose response education.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

The Community Distribution Center is funded by DPH and is responsible for disseminating educational materials that provide a wide range of age appropriate and culturally specific health information. These materials are provided at no cost to individuals, schools, businesses, and community organizations in Connecticut. Available materials include booklets and posters (English and Spanish) on a variety of health topics. The center also distributes male and female condoms, dental dams and lubricant to organizations throughout the state.

Population(s) Served

Since 2004, CAHS has organized coalitions of VITA sites across Connecticut. VITA programs provide alternatives to paid and predatory tax preparation in low-income communities. The IRS estimates that federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) filers in Connecticut that used paid preparers pay $273 on average. In addition to paying high fees for tax preparation, the IRS estimates that 20% of those eligible for the EITC do not take advantage of it, leaving millions of dollars in unclaimed credits each year. VITA sites ensure that residents have access to a free tax service that will screen for refunds and tax credits, without offering high interest loans or administrative fees. This service keeps refunds and credits in the hands of low and moderate-income families, and in their communities. Since 2020, CAHS VITA programming has also ensured eligible filers have received Federal stimulus payments to which they are entitled and eligible families are enrolled to receive the Child Tax Credit.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Returning Citizens Program engages individuals who are six months to a year from being released and/or are currently in reentry programs. Using the CAHS Connecticut Money School curriculum, the program will focus on preventing soon-to-released individuals from struggling with money or other financial issues. Bills and debts DO accumulate during incarceration. Struggle with financial barriers for the re-entry community increases recidivism rates are, for example, people who have been incarcerated have a 69% drop in credit scores, resulting in both pre and post-incarceration debts, which impact access to housing, employment, and financial products, and increases the likelihood of recidivism by 15–20%.

Population(s) Served

The Connecticut Money School (CMS) provides free financial education for adults, young adults, and seniors We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to become financially independent. We ensure that students receive a high standard of financial education that will help them work towards a prosperous future. CMS is a community-based initiative created to promote economic stability for low to moderate income individuals Connecticut. Nearly 100 instructors with financial backgrounds teach our classes.
Bank On Connecticut seeks to serve state residents who are unbanked or underbanked, linking them to safe and affordable accounts. CAHS works with the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, which has created National Account Standards that include low monthly fees and no overdraft fees.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people

Every day, CAHS works to advance policies that help make sure every family and every child has an equal opportunity to thrive and share in prosperity. Our policy work is centered around multigenerational opportunities, addressing the interconnected needs of parents and children. We coordinate with grass roots partners to advocate for policies and programs that build greater and more stable self-sufficiency among lower-income families, and a stronger foundation for their children.
Additionally, we organize early childhood providers and advocates throughout Connecticut to create a more just, fair and equitable field in which providers of early childhood services are adequately paid for their services and those who use their services are not unduly burdened by cost-prohibitive fees, and children receive high quality early care and education experiences.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people tested for HIV

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prevention & Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of clients living with HIV receiving assistance to access healthcare benefits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HIV/AIDS Care Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. to increase Connecticut’s capacity to ensure that all people impacted by HIV/AIDS and related health issues have access to health, housing and support services.
2. to provide syringe services, drug user health services and safer sex education in order to reduce the spread of HIV, Hep C, and other transmissible infections; and substance abuse overdoses.
3. to improve opportunity and prosperity for Connecticut’s children and families by shaping policies and programs that significantly and measurably reduce poverty and promote a secure future.
4. to provide resources for Connecticut’s LGBTQ+ community in order to reduce stigma and increase self-esteem.

Goal 1 strategies:
Care Services: Medical Case Management; Connections Wellness Center
Case Management Training Institute (CMTI) and Presentations
Community Distribution Center
Housing Support Services
Project TLC (Transitional Linkage to Community)
Goal 2 strategies:
Prevention Services
Syringe Services Program (SSP)
Goal 3 strategies:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Financial Education Services: BankOn Connecticut; The CT Money School (CMS) i
Returning Citizens Program
Policy Change:
Goal 4 strategies:
website online resources

We have a committed staff of 45-50 FTE who deliver the services outlined above and in our metrics.

All of our services are on-going and the staff are meeting the deliverables for each of the respective services that we provide.


Advancing Connecticut Together
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.23 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 25% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Advancing Connecticut Together

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Advancing Connecticut Together

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Advancing Connecticut Together

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Advancing Connecticut Together’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $106,043 $21,712 $191,014 $187,572 $532,507
As % of expenses 2.1% 0.4% 3.0% 2.2% 4.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $105,539 $20,358 $189,660 $171,374 $500,004
As % of expenses 2.1% 0.4% 2.9% 2.0% 4.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $5,189,195 $5,316,188 $6,524,451 $8,604,892 $11,859,189
Total revenue, % change over prior year 6.3% 2.4% 22.7% 31.9% 37.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 88.8% 95.2% 97.0% 96.7% 97.8%
All other grants and contributions 11.1% 4.5% 2.8% 3.1% 1.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2% 0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $5,142,150 $5,210,917 $6,430,913 $8,425,137 $11,485,700
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.4% 1.3% 23.4% 31.0% 36.3%
Personnel 44.5% 43.5% 34.9% 23.4% 16.8%
Professional fees 3.9% 1.1% 1.4% 1.1% 1.4%
Occupancy 2.5% 2.4% 2.0% 2.3% 1.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 49.1% 52.9% 61.7% 73.3% 80.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $5,142,654 $5,212,271 $6,432,267 $8,441,335 $11,518,203
One month of savings $428,513 $434,243 $535,909 $702,095 $957,142
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $5,700 $0 $0 $100,561 $101,691
Total full costs (estimated) $5,576,867 $5,646,514 $6,968,176 $9,243,991 $12,577,036

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 1.6 1.5 1.9 1.2 0.8
Months of cash and investments 2.6 2.6 2.8 1.9 0.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.7 2.8 2.6 2.1 2.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $697,209 $647,273 $1,031,516 $867,815 $747,702
Investments $403,359 $486,459 $477,268 $496,634 $133,173
Receivables $1,046,350 $1,036,522 $665,802 $986,090 $2,045,230
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $58,499 $58,499 $58,499 $156,063 $257,757
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 88.1% 90.4% 92.7% 43.2% 38.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 45.0% 43.7% 38.4% 34.3% 33.2%
Unrestricted net assets $1,183,478 $1,203,836 $1,393,496 $1,564,870 $2,064,874
Temporarily restricted net assets $25,881 $39,087 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $25,881 $39,087 $51,443 $59,122 $22,666
Total net assets $1,209,359 $1,242,923 $1,444,939 $1,623,992 $2,087,540

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

John Merz

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Advancing Connecticut Together

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Advancing Connecticut Together

Board of directors
as of 06/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Kellyann Day

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/1/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
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