Non-profit

Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI)

Website:

www.cirict.org

Location:

Bridgeport, CT

Tax ID:

06-0669118

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $6,185,902
Expenses: $5,766,403
Assets: $3,814,184

Type:

Immigration Advocacy Group

Formation:

1918

President and CEO:

Susan Schnitzer

Budget (2022):

Revenue: $6,924,109
Expenses: $6,516,574
Net Assets: $1,336,746 1

References

  1. Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2022.

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The Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI) is an organization assisting refugees and immigrants throughout Connecticut. CIRI has advocated increasing immigration levels, providing government benefits to immigrants, removing travel bans, and counting illegal immigrants in the U.S. Census.

CIRI praised the inauguration of President Joe Biden, arguing that many of the Trump administration‘ immigration policies should be reversed. The Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants provides programs and services for legal aid, job training, translation services, and assistance to victims of human trafficking and unassisted minors.

History

The Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants began in 1918 as part of a YWCA specialized department to provide services to new immigrants. 1 Later, the YWCA’s War Work Council changed its name to the Department of Immigration and Foreign Communities and established institutes in more than 60 cities in the United States including the International Institute of Connecticut. 2

The Connecticut branch changed its name to Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants in 2017. 3 CIRI has six office around the state and is the only statewide organization offering services to immigrants and refugees. 4

Positions

The Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration and advocated for increasing the number of refugees, terminating Trump administration-era travel restrictions, providing immigrants access of government programs, and undoing what CIRI called the harm the Trump administration caused to immigrant and refugee communities. 5 In 2020, CIRI criticized the Trump administration for proposing not counting illegal immigrants in the U.S. Census. 6

Services

The  nonprofit CIRI offers refugee services, immigration legal services, translation services, economic empowerment, and conducts a project rescue division. 7 CIRI provides refugee services that provide support to refugees for up to five years after arriving in the United States. 8

Immigration legal services provides legal help to immigrants in four cities across Connecticut. 9 Translation services assists immigrants, governments, and corporations in the state in multiple languages. 10

CIRI provides job training, job placement services, and financial literacy education through the economic empowerment division. 11 CIRI’s project rescue assists victims of human trafficking and unaccompanied minors with guidance on legal aid, case management, and referrals to community service providers. 12

Financials

In 2022, the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants reported net assets of $1,336,746. 13 According to the organization’s tax returns, in 2022 CIRI recorded $6,924,109 in revenue and $6,516,574 in expenses. 14 In 2021, the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants raised $6,185,902 in revenue and $5,766,403 in expenses. 15

Funding

In 2023, the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants received a $250,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation. 16 In 2022, M&T Bank provided CIRI with a grant as part of a larger $6 million effort to donate to 44 organizations throughout Connecticut. 17 In 2021, CIRI received a $22,500 grant from Fairfield County Community Foundation for assistance to the rapid re-housing project for human trafficking survivors. 18

Leadership

Susan Schnitzer became the president and CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants in 2020 after previously spending three years as the director of programs and compliance. 19 Schnitzer previously worked as the director of grants and program administration at the Center for Family Justice. 20

References

  1. “105 Years of History.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/who-we-are/.
  2. “105 Years of History.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/who-we-are/.
  3. “105 Years of History.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/who-we-are/.
  4. “Contact Us.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/contact-us/; Gaudiano, Ashley. “Susan Schnitzer of Milford Named CEO of CT Nonprofit.” Patch. February 8, 2020. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://patch.com/connecticut/milford/susan-schnitzer-milford-named-ceo-ct-nonprofit.
  5. Gaudiano, Ashley. “CIRI Congratulates President Joe Biden, Urges Support for Key Policies Aimed at Fostering A More Welcoming America.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. January 20, 2021. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/ciri-congratulates-biden-harris-policy-priorities/.
  6. Gaudiano, Ashley. “CIRI Denounces Trump Administration’s Decision Not to Count Undocumented Immigrants in 2020 Census.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. July 22, 2020. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/census-immigrants/.
  7. “How We Help Others.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/what-we-do/.
  8. “How We Help Others.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/what-we-do/.
  9. “How We Help Others.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/what-we-do/.
  10.  “How We Help Others.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/what-we-do/.
  11. “How We Help Others.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/what-we-do/.
  12. “How We Help Others.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/what-we-do/.
  13. Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2022.
  14. Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2022.
  15.  Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2021.
  16. “TD Charitable Foundation Awards $7 Million to 37 Non-Profits Helping Preserve Affordable Housing.” TD Bank. May 8, 2023. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://stories.td.com/us/en/article/td-charitable-foundation-awards-7-million-to-37-non-profits-helping-preserve-affordable-rental-housing.
  17. “M&T Bank Focuses on Community Involvement.” CBIA. October 20, 2022. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://www.cbia.com/news/member-news/mt-bank-community-involvement/.
  18. Gaudiano, Ashley. “CIRI Receives $22,500 Grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to Support Innovative Housing Project for Human Trafficking Survivors.” Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. July 13, 2021. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://cirict.org/ciri-receives-22500-grant-from-fairfield-countys-community-foundation-to-support-innovative-housing-project-for-human-trafficking-survivors/.
  19. “Schnitzer Promoted to president and CEO of CIRI.” Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. February 18, 2020. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/news/article/schnitzer-promoted-to-president-and-ceo-of-ciri.
  20. “Schnitzer Promoted to president and CEO of CIRI.” Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. February 18, 2020. Accessed April 26, 2024. https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/news/article/schnitzer-promoted-to-president-and-ceo-of-ciri.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 1942

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2021 Dec Form 990 $6,185,902 $5,766,403 $3,814,184 $2,872,842 N $5,293,866 $882,533 $4,983 $200,007
    2020 Dec Form 990 $4,481,834 $4,103,489 $1,804,594 $1,282,751 N $3,747,989 $686,976 $581 $160,535
    2019 Dec Form 990 $2,449,480 $2,528,683 $455,208 $311,710 N $1,765,343 $718,119 $0 $99,982 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $2,315,511 $2,643,428 $490,352 $267,651 N $1,662,218 $674,327 $0 $95,009 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $2,523,125 $2,566,531 $638,550 $87,932 N $1,878,477 $625,055 $0 $92,535 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $2,300,703 $2,085,583 $647,829 $53,805 N $1,627,220 $673,483 $0 $92,291 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,976,383 $1,815,497 $471,788 $92,884 N $1,325,557 $650,799 $27 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $2,003,554 $1,825,796 $855,282 $637,264 N $1,334,415 $643,936 $88 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $1,670,924 $1,761,386 $655,971 $615,711 N $1,113,398 $518,848 $3,976 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $1,344,500 $1,428,058 $878,159 $747,437 N $806,532 $514,380 $305 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $1,192,441 $1,232,694 $272,830 $58,550 N $648,841 $515,716 $258 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI)

    670 Clinton Ave
    Bridgeport, CT 06605-1704