Stratfield Village Association granted nonprofit status

The Stratfield Village Association (SVA) has been granted 501(c)(3) status and is now an official tax-exempt public non-profit organization under the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions donated to the SVA are now fully tax-deductible. The SVA is also now eligible to apply for government and foundation grants, which will further broaden its access to resources and strengthen its ability to improve and preserve the Stratfield Village neighborhood of the town of Fairfield.

“Obtaining 501(c)(3) status is a major milestone for the SVA,” said SVA Co-President James McCusker, “This opens doors for us to expand fundraising activities and fully realize our goals to preserve and improve the Stratfield Village neighborhood. Stratfield residents can now donate to the SVA knowing they are donating to a financially transparent, fully recognized non-profit that will benefit their neighborhood and their donation will be fully tax deductible.”

Achieving 501(c)(3) status for the SVA was made possible by the donation of legal services and support by Stratfield resident and RTM member Phil Pires and the law firm of Cohen and Wolf, located in Westport, CT, where Pires is a Partner.  “I am thrilled that the SVA received its 501(c)(3) approval,” stated Pires, “It was our pleasure at Cohen and Wolf to donate our time to handle the application and help the Stratfield neighborhood.”

Ward Joins SVA Board

In addition to being granted 501(c)(3) status, the Stratfield Village Association also announces the completion of the formation of their Board of Directors with the addition of Meghan Ward as Recording Secretary/ Communications Officer. “We are thrilled to have Meghan join our board of directors,” stated SVA Co-President Dylan O’Connor, “Megan is motivated, capable and of the highest character and joins a great SVA board comprised of smart, good-hearted neighbors who are dedicated to work together to improve our special neighborhood of Stratfield Village.”

Meghan Ward bio:

Meghan grew up in the Stratfield neighborhood before moving to Easton when she was 12. With fond memories of the summer camps at Lincoln Park and biking with friends around the neighborhood she knew this is where she wanted to raise her family. After living in the North Stratfield neighborhood for 11 years, Meghan and her husband decided to move closer to the neighborhood they both grew up in. They are on their third home and renovation in the Stratfield area. Meghan hopes that her own children can make new memories similar to those she has of sitting in the window of Eduardo’s pizza sharing a slice with friends. She is looking forward to serving on the Stratfield Village board to continue the good work of many neighbors. Meghan has been involved in education for almost 2 decades serving as a high school teacher, teacher leader and various administrative positions. Meghan is currently Assistant Principal at Staples High School in Westport.

The Stratfield Village Association’s Tax Identification Number (EID) is 38-4040144. The IRS letter granting the Stratfield Village Association its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is available upon request. Donation inquiries can be sent to [email protected]m.

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