Working to end violence

Host an event to raise awareness and funds to support The Center for Empowerment and Education.

The Center’s mission is to serve the needs of individuals, families and the community with prevention, crisis intervention and support services with regard to domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life crises.

The Center welcomes third party fundraising and promotional events sponsored by outside organizations on its behalf.  A third party event or promotion is one that is conceived and created completely by volunteers – an individual, organization or business – with the purpose of helping to raise awareness and funds for The Center. Such events and promotions must be consistent with The Center’s mission and maintain a positive image for the organization.

While we actively encourage third party fundraising as these events and promotions help with our fundraising goal, they all must be approved by The  Center in advance. These events demonstrate a strong commitment on the part of our friends to support the work we do. They also make a real financial impact and we are grateful. Once you have reviewed our policies and decide to proceed with  your event – please contact Linda Cummins, Special Events Manager at (203) 731-5200, ext. 232 or via email at to fill out the Third Party events from and return it by mail or email.

How The Center Can Help with your Fundraising Event:

  • Provide a letter of authorization to validate the authenticity of the event and its organizers.
  • Provide event planning tools on a limited basis, and some guidance and advice for event planning.
  • Review promotional materials and, if appropriate, approve the use of and provide camera ready artwork (The Center’s logo) for approved promotional materials.
    • The name The Center may be reproduced on signs, banners, publications, literature, or printed materials only after consultation with The Center’s Development Department.
    • The Center may be identified as the beneficiary of the event, and events should be promoted as such; for example “The Golf Outing to benefit The Center.”
  • Post the event on The Center’s website, Facebook and other calendar listings as appropriate, with your contact information.
  • Schedule a minimum of one email blast about the event.
  • Provide information regarding current programs and services provided by The Center for distribution at the event or for public relations efforts conducted by the sponsoring organization.
  • While not guaranteed, The Center will make every attempt to have representatives at your event.

For legal and other reasons, The Center cannot perform the following activities or functions for events it does not sponsor directly:

  • Extend our tax exemption to you.
  • Extend our tax ID number for purchases.
  • Issue receipts for donations not made directly to The Center.
  • Provide insurance coverage or secure permits.
  • Provide mailing lists of donors, employees, service participants or volunteers.
  • Provide The Center letterhead for your use.
  • Provide on-site staff or volunteers to work at your event.
  • Provide banking, funding or reimbursement of expenses.
  • Solicit sponsorship revenue for your fundraising activities.
  • Guarantee attendance of The Center staff at the event.
  • Provide auction services or systems.

No party may use The Center logo or otherwise indicate to the public that an event is being held for the benefit of The Center without written consent from a member of The Center’s management team.

Please make checks out to The Center for Empowerment & Education and mail to The Center, 2 West Street, Danbury, CT  06810.  Cash is also accepted.

If your event involves a raffle or other type of gambling activity or if you plan to sell or serve alcohol at your event, you must obtain a license/permit from the state of Connecticut.  You will be solely responsible for obtaining the license/permit.

You may want to inquire as to obtaining liability insurance for your event.  Please note that The Center’s insurance policy does not cover Third Party events.

Event sponsors will be liable for all event expenses.  The Better Business Bureau recommends no more than 50% of proceeds raised should be spent on event expenses.

The event sponsors or hosts agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Center and its affiliates, from all claims and liabilities, including attorney’s fees that may arise from any acts or omissions of their agents, volunteers, or employees, or from any claim by them or anyone else relating to the quality, performance, or failure to perform during the specified time period of the event.

We were happy to recently accept a generous donation from The Ridgefield Chorale’s 2016 “Holiday Pops Concert.” 100% of the proceeds from the Chorale’s annual performance benefits a different local nonprofit organization each year. (Pictured left to right: Daniela Sikora, Ridgefield Chorale Director; Samantha Flynn, Center Development Director; Patti Ross, Ridgefield Chorale Member; Amy Day, Ridgefield Chorale President.)

Past events & promotions have included:

  • Chili cook-offs
  • Dinner dance
  • Run/Walk
  • Wine Tasting
  • Yoga class
  • “Spin-a-Thon” at fitness center
  • Jewelry Parties
  • Fashion Show
  • Letter writing
  • Online fundraising events

Thank you for your support of the The Center!