Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

Universal means Everybody.

aka Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust   |   Middletown, CT   |
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Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

EIN: 06-1590060


To accelerate the movement for health justice for everybody because health is a human right and core to social justice and equity.

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Ms. Frances G. Padilla

Main address

425 Main Street, 2nd Floor PO Box 714

Middletown, CT 06457 USA

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Subject area info


Health care access

Community organizing

Human rights

Social rights

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Population served info

Children and youth


Ethnic and racial groups

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (E05)

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Our programs

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Power Building, Influence and Health Care Advocacy

Stepping into Universal's 3rd decade, we expanded relationship circles and focused on partnerships to build shared power. We committed to center our work in communities led by Black, Brown, Indigenous and other people most left behind in the unjust health system.

Partners include:
Grassroots organizing groups working for social justice
Women making health care decisions for their families or small employers - or working in health care
Organizers and advocates working for immigrant access to health coverage
Long-time advocacy allies

Our work to nurture shared, sustained power is rooted in the belief that the status quo must be disrupted and change forced to realize justice. We determined to transform Universal into an anti-racist organization, one that inside and outside will act with resolve against institutional and structural racism.

Population(s) Served

We put our grants to work to support community organizers and advocates with $300,000 to work with us to define “health justice” on the ground, and map a 5-year strategy to build the sustained grassroots power needed to achieve real change.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

In 2022, one of our most robust advocacy partnerships is with Connecticut Students for a Dream and the HUSKY 4 Immigrants coalition they lead. Universal testified, encouraged others in our network to testify, and ultimately won in the state legislature. HUSKY health care extended to cover all who are income eligible, regardless of immigration status for prenatal care for pregnant people, which started April 1, 2022; children ages 0 to 8, beginning January 1, 2023; postpartum care for a year post-pregnancy, beginning April 1, 2023.

In the 2022 legislative session, we stepped up and called for our friends and followers to join in support of legislative advocacy led by HUSKY 4 Immigrants to extend health coverage to immigrant children through age 18 and won coverage through age 12, grand-fathered until age 19.

Population(s) Served

In 2021 and 2022, Universal brokered an introduction with a national funder which resulted in a grant to Rand Corporation to conduct immigrant health policy research in the state.

Universal applied for and received a grant to support the HUSKY 4 Immigrants coalition with opinion and messaging research.

Working hand-in-hand with HUSKY 4 Immigrants, we gave mini-grants to five organizations to collaboratively develop comprehensive, nonpartisan message research then disseminate the findings.

Population(s) Served

Universal analyzes the health justice landscape in Connecticut and produces content to inform residents and policy makers, build power, and inspire action.

Universal generates video, social media, e-news, blogs, website, and white paper content.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To inform grant making and program strategies, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Because we are a funder, sometimes people tell us what they think we want to hear.


Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
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 125.89 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 40% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

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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Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut’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 $2,487,088 -$2,488,692 $2,230,401 $2,551,914 $361,438
As % of expenses 184.6% -149.1% 167.8% 156.6% 19.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,474,180 -$2,501,601 $2,217,859 $2,541,854 $347,084
As % of expenses 181.9% -148.8% 165.3% 155.0% 18.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $564,967 $1,642,806 $651,390 $1,208,486 $1,153,768
Total revenue, % change over prior year -61.6% 190.8% -60.3% 85.5% -4.5%
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 82.7% 7.8% 91.2% 4.5% 7.8%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 3.8% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 15.7% 10.7% 5.0% 2.4% 12.1%
Other revenue 1.6% 81.5% 0.0% 93.1% 80.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,347,284 $1,668,674 $1,328,996 $1,629,499 $1,907,158
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.8% 23.9% -20.4% 22.6% 17.0%
Personnel 67.5% 55.6% 61.8% 58.2% 53.6%
Professional fees 4.0% 14.2% 1.9% 19.8% 16.2%
Occupancy 3.9% 3.5% 4.4% 3.4% 2.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 4.3% 5.1% 4.6% 3.0% 16.5%
All other expenses 20.4% 21.5% 27.2% 15.6% 10.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,360,192 $1,681,583 $1,341,538 $1,639,559 $1,921,512
One month of savings $112,274 $139,056 $110,750 $135,792 $158,930
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,677
Total full costs (estimated) $1,472,466 $1,820,639 $1,452,288 $1,775,351 $2,096,119

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.6 1.1
Months of cash and investments 216.8 157.1 216.1 194.9 170.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 215.9 156.4 216.5 195.4 169.1
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $126,650 $155,056 $135,217 $222,236 $173,437
Investments $24,216,140 $21,697,556 $23,793,725 $26,245,638 $26,976,561
Receivables $25,000 $0 $227,756 $227,756 $8,346
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $283,953 $283,952 $263,515 $192,136 $49,687
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 83.5% 88.0% 91.9% 94.1% 74.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.5% 0.6% 0.8% 0.7% 0.9%
Unrestricted net assets $24,283,146 $21,781,545 $23,999,404 $26,541,258 $26,888,342
Temporarily restricted net assets $30,634 $12,622 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $30,634 $12,622 $1,200 $8,826 $82,387
Total net assets $24,313,780 $21,794,167 $24,000,604 $26,550,084 $26,970,729

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.

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Ms. Frances G. Padilla

Frances G. Padilla was appointed President of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut in September 2012, and was formerly its Executive Vice President. She has held various leadership positions in the organization since joining the Foundation in 2004, in addition to spearheading the Foundation's research and policy initiatives, which led to the design of the landmark SustiNet law in 2009, and building block health care reform legislation passed in 2011. Her career in philanthropy, which began as a program officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, spans over 30 years. She later held positions at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven before running her own business, New Paradigms Consulting.Padilla serves on the Governor's SustiNet health reform board; on the board of the Center for Assessment and Policy Development, a national social policy think tank; as well as the boards of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Qualidigm and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. She is a former member of the National Partnership for Action Region I Health Equity Council, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the board of trustees of the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Progreso Latino Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, an endowment fund created to encourage Latino giving and to promote the educational, economic and social well-being of Latinos in the communities of Greater New Haven. A New Haven resident and native of New York City, Padilla is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Number of employees

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Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

Board of directors
as of 08/26/2022
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Board chair

Nancy Burton, CNM, MS

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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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/26/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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