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







The State Bond Commission agenda for January 12, 2015 included a request for $20 million to support the Nonprofit Grant Program. See Item No. 19, p. 26.


Legislation passed in 2014 (PA 14-98) allows the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Secretary to utilize up to $20 M of available funds to support projects submitted as part of the FY14 RFA cycle.


After the State Bond Commission meeting, OPM will be providing direction relating to those projects eligible for funding. All organizations that submitted projects in 2014 will be contacted by OPM regarding their project status, most likely at the end of the week following the State Bond Commission meeting.



(Section 87)


For the Office of Policy and Management: 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, [and] purchase of vehicles and acquisition of property, not exceeding [$ 20,000,000] $50,000,000, $20,000,000 of which may be allocated to project applications received in response to the funding for this purpose provided in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 13 of public act 13-239 .


The full Public Act can be viewed here. Sections 76, 87, and 92 pertain to the Nonprofit Grant Program.


Find updates and further information about the Nonprofit Grant Program here.


Also – 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. 


Department of Administrative Services

Up to date information about pending RFPs





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






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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