Governor Malloy: Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor


Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor
Terry Edelstein


The partnership of state agencies and private providers has always been, and continues to be, integral for the delivery of services to many of our residents who require assistance in their lives. In recognition of this important relationship, and in support of the state's safety net, Governor Malloy established the position of Nonprofit Liaison. The Governor's Nonprofit Liaison interacts and communicates directly with the nonprofit community-based health and human services providers and advises the Governor with regard to policy reforms and other measures that will benefit this partnership. The Nonprofit Liaison coordinates efforts to implement these policy reforms.


Governor Malloy appointed Terry Edelstein to serve as Nonprofit Liaison in August 2012.

In addition to her responsibilities in this role, Terry serves as co-chair of the
Governor's Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services, is a member of the Lieutenant Governor's Health Care Cabinet, is a member of the Governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, and is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Legislature's CT Kids Report Card project. In June 2014 Governor Malloy appointed Terry to serve on his Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Working Group. Terry also serves on the Long Term Recovery Committee of the State’s Disaster Recovery System.


Prior to her appointment, she served as the President/CEO of the Connecticut Community Providers Association.





Terry Edelstein, Governor's Nonprofit Liaison
Governor's Office
Connecticut State Capitol, Room 412
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106







To be included on the Nonprofit Liaison's mailing list, send an e-mail to Amy Tibor at or call Amy at 860-418-6287.


  • Nonprofit Liaison mailing list – receive occasional alerts, news briefings and updates
  • The Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services mailing list – receive news about the work of the Cabinet including meeting announcements and materials








Make sure that your organization is signed up to receive daily procurement notices from the CT Department of Administrative Services. This is the best way to keep apprised of state funding opportunities, including the Nonprofit Grant Program. Instructions for this quick and easy process can be found at the following DAS webpage: Up to date information about pending RFPs






It is anticipated that by March 31, 2015, the Office of Policy and Management will be issuing a formal Request for Applications (RFA) for the Nonprofit Grant Program. It is anticipated that by March 31, 2015, the Office of Policy and Management will be issuing a formal Request for Applications (RFA) for the Nonprofit Grant Program. This is an informal announcement and is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute a Request for Applications.


PA 14-98 allows up to an additional $30 million in funding for “grants-in-aid to private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and that receive funds from the state to provide direct health or human services to state agency clients, for alterations, renovations, improvements, additions and new construction, including health, safety, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and energy conservation improvements, information technology systems, technology for independence, purchase of vehicles and acquisition of property.”


This program supports capital projects such as construction, renovation, the purchase of vehicles, and acquisition of property for nonprofit organizations that receive funds from the State to provide direct health and human services to State agency clients.


·         Up to $12.5 million of the funds for this application round may be reserved for applications seeking NGP funding between $1,000,000 and $3,000,000 per project; however, a minimum of 25% in additional matching funds will be required for these projects.  These matching funds may not include other state funds or provider non-cash in-kind contributions.  More details regarding the match will be included in the RFA.

·         For the remaining funds, grant awards will be limited to $1.0 million for any award or nonprofit provider per application round.

·         $35,000 minimum cost per project.


The official notification will be issued on the OPM and DAS websites. Make sure that you are registered to receive daily emails from the DAS procurement website:


The complete informational notice is available here as a PDF.







The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) recently released two Requests for Proposals for IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations with cultural, childcare, education, food insecurity, and/or healthcare facilities and programs:

  • CHEFA’s Nonprofit Grant Program – a pool of $1.25 million available, grants may range from $5,000 to $75,000
  • Targeted Investment Program – a pool of $500,000, grants may range from $100,000 to $500,000


More information about these grant programs, including eligibility requirements and application instructions, can be accessed from their website:








I recently submitted a report required under P.A. 11-242 sec. 55, which is described below.  The report is available as a PDF: Report on P.A. 11-242


P.A. 11-242 AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO PUBLIC HEALTH RELATED STATUTES sec. 55 requires the Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor to report “to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and human services on the feasibility of (A) establishing a uniform licensing process for community-based providers, and (B) implementing deemed status” and to make any recommendations for legislative action.


Thanks to the diligent efforts of a large team of nonprofit agency representatives and state agency licensing and legal officials, we developed a uniform licensing application and a streamlined electronic posting process, available here:


As with all new systems, rollout takes time and there may be “bugs.” I'd welcome your input and ideas of ways that we can improve the licensing system.







On January 20, Governor Dannel P. Malloy met with the Nonprofit Human Services Alliance. Governor Malloy discussed his policy agenda for the 2015 legislative session and thanked private nonprofit service providers for all the hard work they do for disadvantaged populations from around the state. While being open about the budget difficulties faced by the state, the Governor listened to the concerns of the nonprofit providers and reiterated his dedication to the nonprofit community and human services providers, citing his expansion of the Nonprofit Grant Program for capital expenditures, as well as other legislative commitments.


The Nonprofit Human Services Alliance, formerly known as the Nonprofit Human Services Cabinet, is an association of twenty other associations that advocate for human services.







The Corporation for National Community Service recently announced $51 million available for social innovation funding, $40 million of which is dedicated to new grants.


From a recent press release:

The Social Innovation Fund's fifth funding competition is now live! During FY 2015, we will invest $51 million (with $11 million going towards continuation for existing recipients) in experienced grantmaking organizations that are well-positioned within communities to identify the most promising programs and guide them towards greater impact and stronger evidence of success. These grants will range from $1-$10 million annually for five years.


The Notice of Intent deadline is February 20, 2015. The application deadline is March 17, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET.


More information about the grant opportunity can be found at their website: 2015







From a recent press release:

The Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut Community Partners announces its 2015 scholarship for an exceptional leader of a nonprofit organization in Connecticut to attend Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM), an intensive, one-week program taught by leading Harvard Business School faculty and attended by nonprofit executives from around the world. Community Partners would like to invite leaders of nonprofit organizations in the state to apply for the scholarship.


This year, SPNM will be held at the HBS campus July 12-18, 2015. There are only 2 prerequisites:

          Applicants must have served in their capacity of Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer for at least one year prior to their application.

          Their organization must be of sufficient scale to require an annual budget in excess of $500,000.


Applications for SPNM can be found at: The deadline for applying is February 16, 2015.







From a recent email sent by UConn’s Department of Public Policy:


Through the Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) program, highly-skilled University of Connecticut Master of Public Administration (MPA) second year graduate students, on track for careers in the public and nonprofit sectors, can bring their talents to your agency's work.


Your Next Step - Intent to Participate Form Due March 1.

To ensure consideration for a skilled IPP graduate intern for your organization starting on August 22, 2015, the program is asking that you submit an Intent to Participate Formby March 1. This is not a commitment by you, only an expression of intent. You have no obligation until you choose to select an IPP student.


To obtain an Intent to Participate Form and to find out more information, please visit the Internship and Professional Practice Program website or contact Dr. David Garvey at 860-570-9087 or for more details.









The Red Cross has issued an earthquake preparedness checklist in English, Spanish, and seven other languages.


Here is the link to the website:





Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services Report Released


October 30, 2014 marked the last meeting in 2014 of the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services, at which Cabinet members voted on final recommendations to be sent to Governor Malloy. The full report was released December 17, 2014 and can be found online as a PDF.


2014 Report Materials, including resources and appendix materials, can be found at this website.


For more information about the Cabinet, including archived meeting materials, please visit the Cabinet’s website.







Brandon Cirillo, Public Policy Intern to the Governor’s Nonprofit Liaison, is currently creating a “Nonprofit Toolkit” resource for nonprofit organizations in Connecticut for centralized information about bonding from various state agencies, uniform licensing, offerings from the Department of Administrative Services as well as from the Department of Economic and Community Development, and links to useful content pages such as the CT Open Data Portal.


If you have suggestions for topics you would like to see included, please contact him:

Brandon Cirillo, Public Policy Intern to the Governor’s Nonprofit Liaison

Connecticut State Capitol, Room 402
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: (860) 524-7305






With the legislative session in full swing I've gotten several questions about strategies for advocating at the Capitol.


Here are a few tips. For additional information you might want to search the Legislature's website: It provides orientation to the Capitol and Legislative Office buildings and information about making contacts.


In addition you might want to review your trade association websites that often include extensive information about advocacy.


The first step is to identify the legislators that are in the districts where your agency provides service/ and where your clients live. Once you’ve identified the two – thirty or so legislators, email them through the CGA website (CT General Assembly website, above) and ask to set up brief meetings with them. Tell them VERY briefly why you’ll be at the Capitol and tell them BRIEFLY what it is they can assist you with. That way your message gets to them even if you aren’t able to schedule time to talk.


When you come to the Capitol bring a number of copies of a ONE PAGE fact sheet about your agency and your “asks” as well as your business card. Also bring your list of legislators. Plan to walk throughout the Legislative Office Building to each of their offices and hope to “catch” the legislator for five minutes, and if not, to leave the printed materials with your contact information. Those legislators in your direct service area are the most likely to be responsive. Their staff should be very helpful as well.


In the ideal you'll be joining other nonprofit providers in common messaging at the Capitol. That's the most effective strategy of all.


I'd welcome receiving copies of your materials and would be glad to help orient you when you're at the Capitol.







On January 1, 2015, the Governor’s Emergency Communications Task Force released their final report to the Governor detailing emergency preparedness and communications across the state, including recommendations on non-emergency communications. The primary goal of the recommendations is to enhance preparedness and response in Connecticut by bolstering current best practices and implementing new practices to communicate successfully with all of the state’s residents during dangerous weather events, significant public safety threats, and other emergency situations.


The Task Force, made up of a cross-section of representatives from state agencies, nonprofit organizations, the media, including Spanish and Portuguese media, as well as individuals from communities across Connecticut, developed a set of five overarching recommendations:


  1. Address diverse language issues in multiple ways, including engagement of private and public sector partners
  2. Enhance public preparedness messaging and individual resilience
  3. Emphasize and support local planning and preparedness initiatives related to communicating with all community members
  4. Enhance state agency communications resources to assist in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery messaging
  5. Continue the work of the Governor’s Communications Task Force in order to implement these recommendations


Visit the Task Force’s website for updates and links to publications.







The Governor’s Office, in partnership with Access Health CT, the Connecticut Insurance Department, and the State of Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate, was pleased to sponsor a series of sessions on “Healthcare Options for Nonprofit Organizations.”


The next Open Enrollment period through Access Health CT begins on November 15, 2014 for coverage beginning 2015.


The following materials from the sessions are available in PDF format:








On August 11, 2014 The Chronicle of Philanthropy released two articles detailing the work of nonprofit liaisons across the country, including here in Connecticut. Cathy Zeiner, Executive Director of Safe Futures, and Bill Young, Director of Alcohol and Drug Recovery Centers, were both quoted in the article. Click here to read the full text of the article.




On August 12, 2014, I was interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers about my work with Connecticut’s community-based nonprofit organizations and in advising the Governor about measures to support nonprofit health and human services. Click here to watch the full interview.








Launched in the spring, the CT Open Data Portal is Connecticut’s new open data portal that allows widespread amounts of raw government data to be collected, placed on the internet, and shared with the public in an effort to increase government efficiency and transparency. The website can be visited at includes lists, tables, charts, graphs or other non-narrative forms of data that is generally statistical or factual. This data is collected by executive branch agencies and uploaded to the portal. The site is continuously evolving and data sets will continue to be added and updated.


The public is also encouraged to request data sets that are not yet listed on the portal. Requests can be submitted here.


The Governor has designated Tyler Kleykamp as Chief Data Officer.


The Governor has named Andrea Barton Reeves, President and CEO of HARC, Inc., as well as others, to serve as a member of the Open Data Advisory Panel. More information can be found here.







Valerie Clark, Fiscal Administrative Manager, OPM Office of Finance has been making some helpful changes to the OPM Office of Finance website, including an updated Purchase of Service (POS) webpage, which includes information on the new Uniform Chart of Accounts, as well as a new POS Efficiency Report webpage, including the report and POS agency responses.







Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 17a-760, updated in 2013, establishes 9 regional human service coordinating councils. Membership on the regional human services coordinating councils shall include the Commissioners of Developmental Services, Social Services, Children and Families, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Correction, Education and Public Health, or said commissioners’ designees, and the executive director of the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch, or the executive director’s designee. Additional membership shall be determined at the discretion of the executive director of each regional council of governments. Such membership may include, but not be limited to: municipal elected officials, workforce development boards, nonprofit agencies, and family advocacy groups.


Each regional human services coordinating council established under this section will ensure that regional plans and activities are coordinated with the human service needs of each region, and develop approaches to improve service delivery and achieve cost savings in the region.


Now is the time for nonprofit organizations to contact their local planning regions to become involved in the process.


The legislation can be read here and a map of the 9 OPM designated planning regions can be viewed here.







I welcome the opportunity to meet with your associations and your boards of directors. You can contact me at to arrange a meeting.







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