Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Dwight Hall at Yale

  • New Haven, CT
  • www.dwighthall.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Dwight Hall at Yale is to nurture and inspire students as leaders of social change and to advance justice and service in New Haven and around the world. Dwight Hall, a not-for-profit organization independent of Yale, was founded by undergraduates in 1886 and has operated continuously since then as a student-initiated service organization. As the Center for Public Service and Social Justice, Dwight Hall reflects a diverse Yale student body and a strong history of social justice work in New Haven and beyond. Whether through feeding the hungry, fighting for civil rights, defending the most vulnerable residents, or tutoring and mentoring countless New Haven public school students, Dwight Hall has been a physical link between Yale students and the communities outside of campus and has stood as a model of how college students should engage with the world. Dwight Hall encourages and nurtures student service and justice initiatives, by guiding and supporting the creation of new organizations tackling urgent and emerging issues or by strengthening and building the capacity of existing student groups. In this way, the needs of New Haven and communities beyond the city are served, while students acquire valuable skills and hands-on experience that they will apply to their work after graduation. Through their participation in Dwight Hall activities, students come to realize that service and justice are not so much about doing and fixing but rather about learning, sharing, engaging, and building community. Dwight Hall's organizations, fellowships, and resources support the transformation of students into agents of social change. Dwight Hall's envisioned future is to be universally known as a model for forging, convening, and nurturing student leadership in service, justice, and social change. activists from the New Haven community.

Main Programs

  1. Service Networks
  2. Fellowships
  3. Co-Op After School Program
  4. The Socially Responsible Investment Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

ruling year

1942

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Mr. Peter G. Crumlish

Keywords

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Dwight Hall at Yale, Networks, Community Development, Service, Justice

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EIN

06-0653140

 Number

6202463286

Also Known As

Dwight Hall

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Service Clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.) (S80)

Leadership Development (W70)

Minority Rights (R22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Dwight Hall supports over 90 student-led service groups and fellowships which contribute over 150,000 hours of direct service and advocacy each year. The efforts of these volunteers impact 20,000 people in the State of Connecticut alone. Listed below are examples that demonstrate the range of our service programming. The Education Network promotes positive youth development through groups like Yale Children's Theater, which produced 4 plays and a workshop series to encourage confidence and self-expression last year. The International Network inspires thoughtful and responsible service abroad and advocacy at home. For example, Uganda Hope Network collaborates with Hope for African Children and Cosma Foundation to impact the lives of 150 households. The Public Health Network enhances community outcomes through awareness, service, and collaboration as exemplified by Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale (HAPPY), which regularly provides free screenings to New Haven residents. The Social Justice Network builds coalitions between groups advancing human rights, enabling member groups like Elmseed Enterprise Fund to provide over 30 small, low-interest loans totaling $70,000 to local entrepreneurs. Fellowships promote intensive, community-based service experiences for students, such as the Public School Interns who collaborate with 12 New Haven Public Schools for academic engagement and enrichment services. Co-Op After School (CAS). Over 375 students participated in the 2014-2015 academic year in nearly 50 courses in academic enrichment, personal development, community service, or the arts.Socially Responsible Investment Fund (SRI). Students invest a portion of Dwight Hall's reserve funds in local community banks and publicly traded companies committed to sound environmental, labor, and governance policies, yielding positive economic and social returns.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Service Networks

Dwight Hall has over 90 student-led service programs that provide direct services and advocacy in greater New Haven. To foster program development and sustainability, service programs are given guidance, support, and resources through one of Dwight Hall's four Networks. The Education Network contains 21 student-led programs that promote best practices for positive youth development.The International Network contains 14 student-led programs inspire thoughtful and responsible service abroad and advocacy at home.The Public Health Network contains 15 student-led programs that enhance community outcomes through awareness, advocacy, service, and collaboration.The Social Justice Network contains 17 student-led service programs that build coalitions between groups advancing human rights.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$175,446.00

Program 2

Fellowships

Dwight Hall supports a series of Fellowships that foster collaboration between Dwight Hall and organizations within the New Haven community. These partnerships focus on literacy, educational enrichment, economic development, community building, family empowerment, and public health within the New Haven Community.Fellowships: Urban Fellows ProgramPublic School Internship ProgramManagement and Marketing Fellows ProgramEarly Childhood Education Fellowship ProgramAcademic Mentoring Program at Yale (DHAMPY)Municipal Policy Assistant ProgramSummer Fellowship ProgramRev. John G. Magee Fellowship

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$250,521.00

Program 3

Co-Op After School Program

Co-Op After School (CAS) maintains a supportive, nurturing, safe environment that provides students with opportunities for enrichment outside of the normal school day. CAS offers over 30 unique programs in creative writing, dance, music, theater, visual arts, architecture, academic enrichment, and civic and cultural engagement for 300 students (nearly half the student body). Dwight Hall is a CAS partner and is proud to support youth development through the arts.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$187,000.00

Program 4

The Socially Responsible Investment Fund

Socially responsible investment (SRI) strategy considers both financial returns and social good. Created in 2008, the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund is the first undergraduate-run SRI fund in the country. A Student Advisory Committee collaborates with the Board of Trustees to ensure the financial success of the fund while simultaneously raising awareness about the importance of incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance issues into the investment process. Student committee members have the opportunity to learn about the criteria and methods by which socially responsible investment funds can be managed while developing investment acumen.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$33,328.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Unrestricted contributions to Dwight Hall support the the following organizational needs:1) Resources for student-initiated service and advocacy projects. Dwight Hall provides member organizations with funds to implement their programs, access vehicles and bus passes to transport volunteers, and supplies to coordinate their efforts. 2) Leadership Development to improve program quality. Dwight Hall engages leaders in the Greater New Haven community and a global network of alumni to conduct training and workshops. It coaches and mentors student leaders to recognize community assets, support issues that are identified by the community, design and implement a theory of change, evaluate impact, and plan for successful transitions. 3) Resources to activate a Social Innovation Laboratory. Dwight Hall enables experimentation and collaboration as a Social Innovation Laboratory. The Lab provides a forum for students to bring forth their ideas for social change, equips them with tools and resources, and connects them with experts for feedback and guidance. 4) Strengthened relationships and collaboration between students, Dwight Hall, and New Haven community agencies through Fellowship programs. 5) Marketing and Communication improvements.

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DWIGHT HALL AT YALE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Dwight Hall at Yale

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Principal Officer

Mr. Peter G. Crumlish

BIO

The Dwight Hall at Yale Board of Directors has unanimously selected Peter Crumlish as Executive Director for Dwight Hall at Yale. Crumlish brings a wealth of leadership experience to this position, having served as the Director of Resource Development for Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, and as a past Director of College Counseling at Hebron Academy and Director of Partnerships for Parks in New York City. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Yale Divinity School. Peter served two years in the Peace Corps, training teachers in the Philippines, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Calvin Hill Day Care Center and the Congo Leadership Initiative.""We are delighted to have Peter join our organization. He brings a passion for service and advocacy that has been demonstrated in both his career and service activities,"" said Connie Royster, chair of the Board of Directors.Crumlish was selected after an extensive search process that involved students, board, and staff in considering numerous candidates. ""He impressed people with his background in service on a national and international level and his experiences in community engagement,"" said a member of the student executive leadership team. ""Students at Dwight Hall are committed to a wide variety of service and advocacy causes and welcome someone who shares these same values in building stronger communities."

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Ultimately, Dwight Hall recognizes that long-term solutions to the world's problems come from focusing on developing passionate innovative leaders. Dwight Hall promotes a culture of action and reflection that encourages student leaders to share best practices, learn from successful leaders, and collaborate on solving societal challenges. Dwight Hall believes that the best way to achieve long-term solutions is to apply the energy and talents of students towards needs and opportunities in their immediate New Haven community. By actively engaging students as residents of New Haven, Dwight Hall nurtures meaningful involvement that is respectfully aligned with the community's own vision for social change."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Constance L. Royster

Yale University, School of Divinity

Term: July 2014 - June 2015

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