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Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign
46 Woodland Road
Guilford CT 06437
Contact Information
Address 46 Woodland Road
Guilford, CT 06437-
Telephone (203) 457-7084 x
Fax 203-457-7084
E-mail shawnna@starfishgirl.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
The Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign seeks to raise awareness about stalking, provide services to support the healing process of individuals who have been stalked, and educate society about the need for stronger protection of stalking victims as well as harsher penalties for perpetrators
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2014
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Shawnna Armstrong
Board Chair Shawnna Armstrong
Board Chair Company Affiliation Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $25,000.00
Projected Expenses $25,000.00
Statements
Mission
The Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign seeks to raise awareness about stalking, provide services to support the healing process of individuals who have been stalked, and educate society about the need for stronger protection of stalking victims as well as harsher penalties for perpetrators
Background
The Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign was born out of the personal experience of Shawnna Armstrong. That experience included being stalked and, upon reaching out, finding little to no help available. In pursuit of assistance, Ms. Armstrong decided to utilize her own experiences as an activist to develop assistance for others. After years of experiential research,  feasibility studies and heartbreaking discoveries of systemic failures with respect to the concerns of stalking victims, Starfishgirl created its own group counseling program and launched its official community outreach and organizing program in 2014. 
Impact
Starfishgirl has received enormous grass roots support in Connecticut. If the groundswell of local support already received serves as a prediction of the support we will receive in the future, we will most certainly, with your help, be able to continue and expand our current programs as well as create new ones. A few of our most recent victories, in collaboration with others, include:
 
*In 2012 Connecticut strengthened its stalking laws by including the criminalization of cyber-stalking, a result in part of our 2011 community organizing, outreach and feasibility study and advocacy work.
 
*An informal stalking education program was implemented in the Guilford, CT public school system in 2015.
 
*The Guilford police department is re-structuring and raising the awareness of its officers about the realities and consequences of stalking, training them to investigate cyber-stalking cases, and referring victims to agencies who can assist.
 
*We have also worked in collaboration with the Milford Rape Crisis Center to provide stalking victims with immediate assistance while we work to get our counseling program funded.
 
Your assistance would bring us one step closer to our goal of providing free counseling services to stalking victims in Connecticut. Eventually, we hope to provide free group-counseling services to stalking victims nationwide.
Needs
Starfishgirl is a new and emerging non-profit. Therefore our needs are vast. 
 
We need:
 
*Board members who are skilled in accounting, computers, and fundraising 
*Unrestricted operating support
*Funding for our group counseling program
*Funding for the expansion of our community outreach program 
 
CEO Statement

Starfishgirl is an emerging non-profit working to provide solace and supportive services to victims who have felt discarded and abandoned.

The feelings of helpless violation that so often permeate the lives of stalking victims in our country are soul shattering. The thought of people in our communities suffering alone and in silence because they have been told that their lives, their safety, and their peace of mind simply don’t merit the expenditure of societies resources is heartbreaking. These sort of re-victimizing messages only increase the pain of victims as well as the social dysfunction within our communities.
 
Our goal this year is to reach into as many local communities as possible and give people who have lost hope, the courage, inspiration and support they need to reach out and ask for help again. Nobody should have to live with being stalked in shame or isolation. Stalking victims are not to blame for their circumstances. Stalking victims need and deserve our help and support as they re-claim their lives and health. Now more than ever, stalking victims need your help to break out of isolation, re-join their communities, and take back their lives. So please if you know someone who is being stalked, reach out to her, invite her to a movie, dinner, or concert. Let her know that she is not alone and that you care. And if you are able, please consider making a gift to The Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign. Each gift we receive brings us one step closer to actualizing our vision. 

 

Warm regards,
Shawnna Armstrong
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Crime prevention
Secondary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related /
Areas Served
Guilford
Branford
Madison
Program Comments
CEO Comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the CDC, stalking is a public health problem known to tragically affect millions of people in the United States.

Stalking is a gateway crime to greater acts of violence, such as kidnapping, rape, and murder. Gavin De Becker, a highly regarded national security and crime expert, estimates that, before our next breakfast, at least twelve women will be murdered by estranged intimate partners. The startling reality is that 76% of these victims will be stalked for at least one year prior to their murders.

Clearly, stalking victims have good reason to feel fear and terror.

Yet we are witnessing a systemic failure in our country to meet the needs of stalking victims before this crime causes irreversible trauma or escalates to deadly violence. Some of the systemic barriers preventing stalking victims from getting support include the following:

Too often there is significant bias against stalking victims based on sexist, racist, gender and stereotypical assumptions.

This bias is the result of a lack of training and coordination among the law enforcement, legal and mental health professions. Only when these developments have taken place will victims be properly cared for and stalkers be held responsible for their behavior.

Unfortunately, there are very few resources available to assist victims in reclaiming their mental, physical, and financial health. The United States Department of Justice estimates that, of all the grant monies awarded to battered women’s shelters, rape crisis centers, and victims’ advocacy organizations, a mere seven percent is distributed to stalking victims’ assistance programs.

This is alarming news as we of the Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign ponder the ways in which we can be more effective and best serve stalking victims.

We believe that it is vitally important to implement our counseling program that has been specifically created to serve the needs of stalking victims. Assisting victims with coping strategies, support and empowerment is crucial to the well being of the individuals, of their families, and of the community as a whole. We must also continue and expand our grassroots educational, referral and outreach programs. Finally, we must hold our elected officials, the courts, and police departments accountable to the concerns of stalking victims so that when victims reach out for help, they are not victimized again by ignorance, apathy or bias.

CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Shawnna Armstrong
Term Start June 2014
Email shawnna@starfishgirl.org
Experience
Shawnna Armstrong, B.A., President, Executive Director and Founder of The Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign, Guilford, CT 2004–present.
 
The Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign was born out of the personal experience of Ms. Armstrong. That experience included being stalked and, upon reaching out, finding little to no help available. In pursuit of assistance, Ms. Armstrong decided to utilize her own experiences as an activist to develop assistance for others. She has over twenty-five years of successful experience in all aspects of fundraising, campaign organization and implementation, event planning, activist training, and non-profit management. Ms. Armstrong’s refined yet dynamic leadership skills and interest in individuals and issues, combined with her extensive non-profit work in areas ranging from social justice, rape assistance and awareness, and the environment to the animal sanctuary movement bring a unique and experienced perspective to Starfishgirl. Ms. Armstrong has worked for Campaign California, The California League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action, The Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, and Progressive Maryland. After routinely breaking office fundraising records for these organizations for almost twenty years, Ms. Armstrong founded Starfishgirl in 2004.
 
Co-CEO
Dr. Lynne Armstrong
Term Start June 2014
Email gtcsa-1@earthlink.net
Experience
Lynne Armstrong, Ed.D., Vice President Senior Therapist and owner, The Group Therapy Center of San Antonio, Texas January 1982–present (33 years, 4 months).
 
Dr. Armstrong is a seasoned psychotherapist, having practiced in an independent practice for many years. She has taught psychology and clinical counseling (the theory and practice of psychotherapy) in the graduate divisions in universities and has also consulted with and trained therapists in areas such as working with the LGBT population, PTSD, couples and family concerns. There are few of life's traumas with which she has not worked. Providing therapy to persons who have suffered the consequences of sexual abuse was her first specialization. Therefore we are thrilled to have her support not only as a board member but also as the creator and supervisor of the Starfishgirl group counseling program. Dr. Armstrong is an activist and a visionary. She was co-chair of the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio; she has served the City of San Antonio on the Affirmative Action Commission and the Mayor’s Council on Women; and she has worked as liaison between the San Antonio Police Department and the LGBT community of San Antonio. She has also served as a consultant to the Archdiocese of San Antonio, providing therapy to clergy and religious persons, and as a consultant to the San Antonio Independent School District. Dr. Armstrong specializes in clinical counseling with survivors of sexual abuse, stalking and other forms of abuse, couples therapy, family therapy, group therapy and therapy with LGBT persons.
 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
Starfishgirl is currently formally collaborating with the Milford Rape Crisis Center. We informally communicate with various police departments on the Ct. Shoreline as well as with Guilford Youth and Family Services. 
Board Chair
Shawnna Armstrong
Company Affiliation Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign
Term June 2014 to June 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Dr. Lynne Armstrong Ed.D.
Kathy Stanbridge
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Co-Chair
Dr. Lynne Armstrong
Company Affiliation Group Therapy Center of San Antonio
Term June 2014 to June 2020
Email gtcsa-1@earthlink.net
CEO Comments
Starfishgirl is a very small emerging non-profit. We are currently discussing a plan to implement voluntary six year renewable term limits. While we don't intend to force productive board members off the board, we would like to develop a plan that allows those who have become disinterested the opportunity to leave if they choose. We will revisit this plan as we grow and expand. 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $25,000.00
Projected Expenses $25,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
990-N2014
IRS Letter of Exemption
Starfishgirl_IRS
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
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Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
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Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
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Solvency
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Fiscal Year201520142013
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Long Term Solvency
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Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by The Community Foundation.  Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation requires three years of financial information from the nonprofit organization; however, this requirement may not be available for some organizations due to their more recent incorporation or formation. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 46 Woodland Road
Guilford, CT 06437
Primary Phone 203 457-7084
Contact Email shawnna@starfishgirl.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Shawnna Armstrong
Board Chair Shawnna Armstrong
Board Chair Company Affiliation Starfishgirl Anti-Stalking Campaign