About Us

Our Mission and Goals

Founded in 2015, the nonprofit Connecticut School Finance Project strives to be a trusted, nonpartisan, and independent source of accurate data and information that transcends special interests.

The goals of the Connecticut School Finance Project are to:

  • Build knowledge about how the current school funding system works.
  • Bring together stakeholders who are impacted by how schools are funded.
  • Identify solutions to Connecticut’s school funding challenges that are fair to students and taxpayers, and strengthen schools and communities.

Although not a member-based organization, the Connecticut School Finance Project actively works with a diverse group of stakeholders, including education and community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and individuals interested in how school finance impacts students and schools.

The Connecticut School Finance Project aims to incorporate the viewpoints and perspectives of stakeholders to develop fair, well-thought-out solutions that help create a sensible and equitable school funding system that meets the needs of Connecticut and all of its public school students.

We are a Nonprofit Project of TSNE MissionWorks

The Connecticut School Finance Project is a nonprofit of TSNE MissionWorks, formerly Third Sector New England. Since 1959, TSNE MissionWorks has been providing management and leadership resources to help nonprofits across the region. A nonpartisan and experienced fiscal sponsor, TSNE MissionWorks is a recognized leader in the field and currently serves nonprofits from a variety of sectors throughout New England and across the country. The TSNE MissionWorks Board of Directors has governing authority over and legal and fiduciary responsibility for the Connecticut School Finance Project. You can view TSNE MissonWorks’ website at www.tsne.org.

Neither TSNE MissionWorks nor the Connecticut School Finance Project take any position on or express any preference about candidates for public offices. Additionally, as nonpartisan organizations, TSNE MissionWorks and the Connecticut School Finance Project do not support or oppose candidates or political parties, nor does either organization engage in any activity that is considered interfering or intervening in a campaign.

Our Funding & Our Principles

Since its founding, the Connecticut School Finance Project has been committed to producing high-quality research, analyses, and evidence-based policy recommendations all while conducting our work with independence and integrity. This commitment starts with our funding.

The Connecticut School Finance Project only accepts funding that adheres to the principles listed below, which are designed to uphold the organization’s independence and maintain the integrity of its work.

Funding Does Not Influence the Organization’s Mission and Research
All research, policy work, and community outreach conducted by the Connecticut School Finance Project is done free from any influence, interference, or directive from our funders. While we always welcome comments from our funders and the public, the Connecticut School Finance Project does not produce or alter any of its research, data findings, or policy positions based on the funding we receive. Additionally, the Connecticut School Finance Project can, at any time, decline or return support from any funder at the management’s discretion.

Funding Must be Unrestricted with No “Strings” Attached
The Connecticut School Finance Project accepts funding only as unrestricted general operating grants. We do not accept funding for specific projects, or funding that requires the organization to take specific positions or work on specific issues. Additionally, the Connecticut School Finance Project retains all rights to the content it produces.

Organizational and Editorial Control Rests Solely with Staff
The Connecticut School Finance Project only accepts funding from funders who agree that our staff has sole discretion over the work we do, the research we perform, and the content we produce. All editorial control rests with our staff, and none of our research or content is shared with our funders, for review or approval, prior to release. Finally, to maintain our independence and free from any potential conflict or influence, the Connecticut School Finance Project does not have a governing board. Instead, all decisions regarding the organization and its staff are made solely by the leadership of the Connecticut School Finance Project. The board of directors for TSNE MissionWorks, our fiscal sponsor, serves as the fiscal and governance oversight for our organization as required by law.

Funding is Only Accepted from Nonprofit Foundations
The Connecticut School Finance Project is funded entirely through the generous support of nonprofit foundations that are committed to public education in Connecticut and finding solutions to the state’s school funding challenges. We do not accept state or federal grants, or funding from individuals, special interest groups, or corporations to support our work.