There is a critical need for continued state support of the work done by nonprofits. It’s the most financially prudent thing that our legislators can do.
Thompson, Conn. (Vocus) March 30, 2010
This week TEEG will join nonprofit organizations from around Connecticut in participating in CT Nonprofits Week at the Capital.
TEEG, which provides programs in community services, early education, prevention, senior outreach and volunteer opportunities in Northeast Connecticut, hopes that their presence at the week-long event will help to educate both policy makers and the public on the important missions of nonprofits and of the critical need for continued state funding.
“In this time of declining state revenues and increased needs, it is more important then ever that policy makers understand the cost effectiveness of programs offered through the nonprofit sector,” says Donna Grant, TEEG Executive Director, “There is a critical need for continued state support of the work done by nonprofits. It’s the most financially prudent thing that our legislators can do.”
State dollars are the foundation that give nonprofits the ability to leverage funding from local communities. For every state dollar TEEG receives, the agency is able go out and raise money to match or exceed that amount. “State funding is our foundation,” says Grant. “The loss of this funding would significantly reduce our capacity to leverage community dollars and meet the increasing needs of our community.”
The number of people served by TEEG has tripled over the last four years. And though community donations have also increased, the rise in donations doesn’t equal the increase in costs to accommodate the greater need for services. TEEG fears that if the state continues to cut funding to nonprofits, the number of those who benefit from their programs would be severely reduced.
CT Nonprofits Week at the Capitol takes place from March 29th – April 2nd on the concourse between the Legislative Office Building and the State Capitol Building. For more information contact Julia Z. Wilcox, Senior Public Policy Specialist at Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Inc. (CT Nonprofits), 90 Brainard Road, Hartford, CT 06114, 860.525.5080 x25 or online at http://www.ctnonprofits.org.
About TEEG: TEEG is a community-centered nonprofit agency of human services whose mission is to empower individuals, strengthen families, engage the community, and connect resources. TEEG works with several Northeast communities including Thompson, Woodstock and Pomfret with programs in community services, early education, prevention, senior outreach, and volunteer opportunities. Last year, TEEG provided services to more than 2,000 residents of Northeast Connecticut through more than 33,000 individual outreach efforts. For more information about TEEG, its programs and services, visit http://www.teegonline.org or call 860-923-3458.
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Contact: Donna Grant
Phone: (860) 923-3458
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