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Public Policy

Public Policy

CT Community Nonprofit Alliance is the collective voice of community providers and non-profits in Connecticut. We champion community providers’ 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 voice has helped protect private provider funding, advance new funding initiatives, support strategies for long-term change to the funding system, and advocate for policies that support the community provider system.

Upcoming Advocacy Opportunities in Response to FY 17 Budget Adjustments!

The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance is urging members to participate in several advocacy opportunities in response to the Governor’s proposed FY 17 budget adjustments.  Given the high stakes in this budget-making process, it is critical that all members make it a priority to attend Lobby Day and communicate your budgetary concerns to legislators. It’s time to rally the troops and engage as many staff and individuals receiving services as possible in these activities!

Call-In Campaign: March 8, 9, 10

Follow Up Email Campaign: March 14, 15

Lobby Day: March 16

CLICK HERE  to download a complete timeline of events and talking points, or see below for more information.

Call-In Campaign
March 8, 9, 10

Call your local representatives and ask them to maintain full funding for individuals receiving community based services and reject any budget that cuts these vital services and jobs!

Be prepared to provide the name of your local Senator/Representative. If you don’t know the names of your local legislators you may look them up here: http://www.ccpa-inc.org/campaign/peoplematter/

  • House Democrats: (860) 240-8500
  • House Republicans: (860) 240-8700
  • Senate Democrats: (860) 240-8600
  • Senate Republicans: (860) 240-8800

Ask to speak with your legislator or his/her aide. Please tell them:

  • The Governor’s proposed cuts are devastating to the human service system.
  • Human services are CORE services that serve more than 500,000 individuals. Proposed cuts mean that 75,000 people served could lose vital services. Those in need will be forced to turn to more expensive and less effective emergency care.
  • These cuts could result in 7,500 layoffs in the nonprofit system. These are dedicated, hard-working staff who provide core services to those most in need.
  • The state cannot seek to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable residents.
  • Assure full funding for human services so that you, your family, friends, neighbors and constituents have access to high quality care.
  • Urge your leadership to maintain full funding for nonprofit human services and reject any budget that cuts these vital services and jobs.

If you receive an answer from a legislator or legislative staff that saying, “I’m sorry, but cuts must still be made,” please counter by saying:

  • The budget is a reflection of the priorities we hold as a state; please tell your leadership to prioritize services for children, families and individuals in need!
  • As you head into the election season this fall, you will seek support from your constituents, who undoubtedly receive community based services. We ask that you also support these individuals today as you and your leadership craft the budget revisions for SFY 17.

Follow Up Email Campaign
March 14 & 16

Email your legislator to follow up on the phone call you made the previous week, and ask to schedule a meeting on March 16th (Lobby Day) to discuss your concerns.

CLICK HERE to find and email your legislator. Nonprofit Alliance staff will create a standardized message on the site.  Just click on the #PeopleMatter message.

#PeopleMatter Lobby Day!
10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16th at the Legislative Office Building

This is the day to rally the troops and bring as many staff and individuals receiving services as possible to the Legislative Office Building! We will be on site to help you identify and locate your legislators. We will also provide you with stickers and packets of information to give to your legislators.

CLICK HERE to view talking points.


Thank you to the following members organizations that have committed to participating in Lobby Day on March 16th. If you have no already done so, please email Jeff Shaw (jshaw@ctnonprofitalliance.org) to RSVP.


Ability Beyond
AIDS Connecticut
The Arc Connecticut
ARI of CT, Inc.
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford
Channel 3 Kids Camp
Child Guidance Clinic of CT
Community Partners in Action
Community Renewal Team
Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies
Connecticut Legal Rights Project
Connecticut Nonprofit Human Services Alliance
Covenant to Care for Children
Credit Union League of Connecticut
CT Alliance for Basic Human Needs
Easter Seals
End Hunger Connecticut!
Family Advisory Council
Family Centered Services of CT

Family Services of Greater Waterbury
Gilead Community Services, Inc
Hands on Hartford
HARC, Inc.,
InterCommunity, Inc
Jewish Association for Community Living
Keystone House
Kuhn Employment Opportunities, Inc.
Mental Health Connecticut
Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism, Inc.
NAMI Connecticut
New England Residential Services
Oak Hill
Perception Programs
Shoreline Arts Alliance
Sunrise Group
Vantage Group, Inc.
Vinfen CT
YWCA Hartford Region


Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Summary 

This document is intended to provide a summary of the Governor’s midterm budget adjustments for SFY17, with a focus on major program and policy changes that impact our member organizations. The information provided in this document does not reflect all state agency funding, cuts or policy changes.