About Us

Our Mission and Goals

Founded in 2015, the School and State Finance Project (previously known as the Connecticut School Finance Project) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy organization, focused on education funding and state finance issues, with a commitment to providing independent analysis, building public knowledge, improving transparency, and developing fair, sustainable solutions.

The goals of the School and State Finance Project are to:

  • Serve as an independent and trustworthy source of high-quality research and analysis about Connecticut’s education finance policies and state budget.
  • Improve transparency around Connecticut’s education and state finances by providing access to timely, accurate, and easy-to-understand data and information.
  • Build public knowledge about Connecticut’s finances, budget, and economy, and elevate conversations about how to strengthen the state’s fiscal health.
  • Increase awareness about Connecticut’s education finance system and the need for an equitable, unified funding formula that treats all students fairly and strengthens schools and communities.
  • Develop thoughtful, data-driven solutions that address Connecticut’s education funding and state finance challenges by working collaboratively with state and local policymakers, community groups and leaders, and other key stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance to partner organizations seeking to solve education finance-related challenges.

Although not a member-based organization, the School and State Finance Project actively works with a diverse group of stakeholders and communities across Connecticut.

The School and State Finance Project aims to serve as a trusted resource for state and local policymakers, school district officials, community leaders, and all people looking for transparent, accessible, and approachable information about education funding and state finance.

We are a Nonprofit Project of TSNE MissionWorks

The School and State Finance Project is a nonprofit project 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 School and State Finance Project. You can view TSNE MissonWorks’ website at www.tsne.org.

Neither TSNE MissionWorks nor the School and State Finance Project take any position on or express any preference about candidates for public offices. Additionally, as nonpartisan organizations, TSNE MissionWorks and the School and State 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 School and State 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 School and State 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. To request a full list of our funders, please email us at info@schoolstatefinance.org.

Funding Does Not Influence the Organization’s Mission and Research
All research, policy work, and community outreach conducted by the School and State 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 School and State Finance Project does not produce or alter any of its research, data findings, or policy positions based on the funding we receive. Additionally, the School and State 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 School and State 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 School and State Finance Project retains all rights to the content it produces.

Organizational and Editorial Control Rests Solely with Staff
The School and State 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 be free from any potential conflict or influence, the School and State 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 School and State 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 School and State Finance Project is funded entirely through the generous support of nonprofit foundations that are committed to public education and finding solutions to education funding and state finance challenges. We do not accept state or federal grants, or funding from individuals, special interest groups, or corporations to support our work.