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Building Bridges Through Music Inc.

 4 Adams Street, ext.
 Lynn, MA 01902
[P] (781) 479-8327
[F] (781) 780-3827
www.bbtmusic.org
[email protected]
Doreen Murray
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INCORPORATED: 2002
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 02-0539062

LAST UPDATED: 10/04/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Building Bridges Through Music is to bring together diverse neighboring communities for the purpose of increasing cultural awareness and racial harmony by using music, dance and dramatic presentation as a multicultural, educational tool.

Mission Statement

The mission of Building Bridges Through Music is to bring together diverse neighboring communities for the purpose of increasing cultural awareness and racial harmony by using music, dance and dramatic presentation as a multicultural, educational tool.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $292,000.00
Projected Expense $289,560.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • BBTMUSIC - "EDUCATE, ENGAGE EMPOWER" PROGRAM
  • Coffee House Performances
  • Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir
  • Project No Limits

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Building Bridges Through Music is to bring together diverse neighboring communities for the purpose of increasing cultural awareness and racial harmony by using music, dance and dramatic presentation as a multicultural, educational tool.

Background Statement

Building Bridges was founded by Doreen Murray and Virginia Peacock-Makkers, life-long North Shore residents and mother-daughter duo with a long history of gospel music performance.  They had a dream to make the world a better place through music.  In 2000, they brought community members of Boston’s North Shore, Greater Boston and Southern New Hampshire together to perform in a concert to raise funds for a local group.   This concert yielded $10,000 and began a grassroots movement that has been growing ever since. 14 years later, Building Bridges is a vibrant nonprofit, multicultural performing arts organization that is well-known for creative and inclusive education thru music  programs.
Since its inception, Building Bridges has made a major impact, pursuing its vision and community building objectives via an innovative grassroots approach that relies heavily on community involvement to continue moving the organization forward.  It is a form of movement building that starts at the community level to bridge cultural gaps of the North Shore and greater Boston communities through music and performance.  Building Bridges is fully committed to using the power of music through song, movement and spoken word as a tool to bridge cultural gaps and provide greater understanding and awareness for all.  Building Bridges uses music as a tool for educating in disciplines such as history, science, math, language arts and other subjects. Building Bridges also focuses on promoting multigenerational cohesion through music. Our vision includes:
 1.  Through our performances and community efforts, present a glimmer of hope, unity and peace in a world enmeshed in conflicts and fears.
2.   Promote enhanced learning of other cultures, based on the belief that “music speaks peace, tolerance, and unity among performers of all ages, regardless of ethnic or religious orientation”.

3.   Dispel stereotypes to increase the importance of inclusion while creating a connection between artists, businesses and community constituents.

4.   Bring children and adults together, experentially as participants and visually as audience members.

5.   Develop and implement broad ranging education through outreach and performance programs for youth.

6.  Initiate programs for those facing physical challenges and intellectual disabilities who have a desire to be a part of the performance community.

7.   Achieve systematic change through the use of music as a universal language.

Impact Statement

During the past year, the major accomplishments of Building Bridges Through Music were:
1. Development of a high quality multi-lingual, multicultural Integrative Arts Program.  This program uniquely integrates core academic subjects (i.e. math, science and literacy) and performing arts to enhance learning among youth who may be unintentionally discriminated against because conventional techniques for learning do not work for them.  (We are the only Integrative Arts Program in the City of Lynn).
 2. In 2012/2013, doubled the participation in Peace Camp, our summer violence prevention program for school age youth, to approximately 60 young people.
3. 2012- became a Department of Children and Families (DCF) contracted provider to provide support services and other cultural enrichment programs.
4. Recently licensed as a Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provider to accept vouchers for after-school programming for children who qualify.

5. Successfully created, facilitated and implemented the music/entertainment program for the 2012 and 2013 Lynn Community Minority Cultural Center’s MLK Jr. Commemoration Breakfast held at Lynn City Hall.


During 2014, our major goals are to:
1. Increase the number of constituents served by 30%;
2. Increase organizational stability through 4 funded staff positions;
3. Expand services by collaborating as a subcontractor with at least 4 other organizations.   
4. Diversify funding sources to include increased revenue from private foundations, corporations, government funding sources, individuals and fees for services. 

All of the work of Building Bridges Through Music  addresses issues of acceptance within diverse ethnic, religious and socioeconomic communities. 
We include a special focus on Lynn middle and high school youth, primarily those youth whose families are considered low-moderate income who would otherwise be unable to afford extracurricular activities without undue hardship.

Needs Statement

The top 5 most pressing needs of Building Bridges Through Music are:

1. Financial diversity to support an overall operating budget of approximately $250,000 for 2014.
2. Increase staffing to include paid positions for Executive Director, Artistic Programs Director, Program Director/s and Development Director, totaling approximately $150,000.
3. Expand board membership by adding 2 or 3 additional board members.
4. Increase overall participation among at-risk youth and adults by strengthening our focus on Integrative Arts.
5. Implement and document our Educate, Engage and Empower model, including structuring the model such that those who can afford to pay for services are encouraged to do so to increase fees for services.

Our grassroots method of operations and community building has resulted in the organization being operated solely by volunteers, although the recent growth of the organization is now requiring the addition of paid administrators, which is one of the major operational goals for the coming year. Funding is also needed to expand our newly implemented education thru music, after school and extended day programs.

CEO Statement

Building Bridges has actively served residents of Lynn, MA and surrounding Boston North Shore communities since 2000.  While the North Shore is home to a diverse population overall, individual communities are separated by income, religion, ethnicity or age, and often do not have the opportunity to learn about each other.  By combining song, movement and dramatic presentation, audience members benefit motivationally, inspirationally, or by the social experiences offered by Building Bridges, as we have become a vehicle through which the rich diversity of these communities are shared with all of our members.   As a multi-cultural organization, we  use a strategic approach to outreach targeting all cultural groups in the area.  Music is a glue that binds people together.  Building Bridges venues serve as an open door to bring people of diverse cultures together, sharing the joy of music.  More importantly, the joy experienced in attending becomes a catalyst to the joy of giving to help those in need, or to those who have experienced tragic times.  For many of its programs, Building Bridges regularly experiences sell-out audiences.  Building Bridges also implements a developmentally appropriate focus on youth because they are some of the best resources for sharing music. Our greatest strengths are our diversity, our ability to collaborate with a wide range of groups and the fact that we are a truly grassroots organization. Our work addresses issues of acceptance within diverse ethnic, religious and socioeconomic communities.  We implement and achieve systematic change using music as a universal language.  We bring children and adults together, experientially as participants and visually as audiencemembers.  “Our mission hasn’t changed from our early beginnings, but has taken on a broader commitment to our purpose”.
Our biggest challenges right now include taking the organization to the next level of growth – we are at a critical juncture and to really make a broader impact we must strengthen our infrastructure by having on hand the funds to pay staff members, diversify our funding sources and become a solid and self-sustaining organization.
 Building Bridges has made a major impact on the community over the past 12 years with very limited resources. Each year, we offer a wide range of programs to the community and we continue to discover additional needs and opportunities.  To keep doing this, we must expand our organizational capacity to adequately administer our programs and continue growing.  

Board Chair Statement

Building Bridges Through Music has experienced many successes in our vision to promote cultural diversity and education for people of all ages using music as the vehicle, including:
Development of a high quality multilingual, multicultural Integrative Arts Program that integrates core academic subjects (i.e. math, science and literacy) and art to enhance learning for youth who may be unintentionally discriminated against because conventional techniques for learning do not work for them. Recently licensed as a Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provider to accept vouchers for after-school programming.In 2012, provided our first scholarship awards to two high school graduates, one of whom will be attending Berklee College of Music, Boston after completing filming obligations on the television sitcom Glee. Our other student is attending Amherst College on a full academic scholarship.Successfully implemented the music/entertainment program for the 2012 & 2013 Lynn Community Minority Cultural Center’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Breakfast held at Lynn City Hall.We have made a major impact on the community over the past 12 years with very limited resources. Our major strengths include: 
-Diversity/ability to collaborate with a wide range of groups
-Truly grassroots organization relying heavily on community involvement to continue moving the organization forward.
-Uses music as a tool for educational enrichment in disciplines such as math, history, science, and language arts.
-Promoting multigenerational cohesion through music.
 -Able to provide positive, measureable program outcomes.


Our biggest challenges in moving the organization forward include those that are common in smaller organizations that are attempting to move to the next level of growth, specifically:
1. Increase the number of constituents served
2. Increase overall participation among at-risk youth and adults
3. Increase staffing to include paid positions for Executive Director, Artistic Programs Director, Program Director/s and Development Director, totaling approximately $150,000.
4. Diversify our funding sources to include increased revenue from private foundations and corporations, government funding sources, individuals and fees for services to support an overall operating budget of approximately $250,000.
5. Expand board membership by 30%
6. Implement and document our Educate, Engage and Empower model, including structuring the model such that those who can afford to pay for services are encouraged to do so to increase fees for services.
7. Expand services by collaborating as a subcontractor with other organizations.
8. Become a solid and self-sustaining organization.
As Board Chair, I chose to become involved with the organization due to my commitment to education and music and my belief in the vision of Virginia Makkers and Doreen Murray, co-founders of the organization. I have always felt that this organization is highly needed in the North Shore of Massachusetts and that it has the potential to serve as a local, regional and national model that promotes access to programming that low-income children often lack the opportunity to participate in.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
The City of  Lynn and communities of North Shore and greater Boston area, of Massachusetts, i.e.,  Saugus, Malden, Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem,   Danvers, and Revere.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Intergroup/Race Relations

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

BBTMUSIC - "EDUCATE, ENGAGE EMPOWER" PROGRAM

 To promote increased awareness and understanding of diverse cultures, “EDUCATE, ENGAGE, EMPOWER” provides music and performing arts programs for children, youth and adults. The following programs are offered: 
 
·“Groove School” Education thru Music – (instrumental instruction and performance)
 · Music for and By the People, (learning history via music and theater)
 . A# (Asharp - Education thru Music After School Program)
· Voices for change – Youth Vocal Ensemble (auditions required)

 

Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
not complete
Program Long-Term Success 
not complete
Program Success Monitored By 
not complete
Examples of Program Success 
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Coffee House Performances

BBTM offers "coffee house" performances at least twice per year to showcase the talents of our students, choir members and local musicians who wish to participate. These coffee houses are presented at various locations in Lynn, including at the Rantoul Theater (black box) at Lynn Arts and at other venues such as local restaurants.  Each year, BBTM chooses themes for the coffee houses such as Veterans, holiday, cultural celebrations, etc.  Most coffee houses have sold-out performances.  Musicians often range from young children to elderly adults and people with disabilities through our Project No Limits Program.
Budget  $8,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Performances Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Veterans
Program Short-Term Success 
-Sold-out audiences at coffee houses
-At least two coffee houses per year
-All groups served by BBTM represented at coffee houses
-Local talent honored and invited to participate 
Program Long-Term Success  Long-term vision is to increase the number of musicians on the North Shore and to increase awareness and appreciation of local talent by community members, while also promoting diversity and increased cultural understanding.
Program Success Monitored By 
-Number of coffee houses per year
-Number of tickets sold
-Refreshment sales
-Feedback from attendees
-Funds raised (used for scholarships for other BBTM programs) 
Examples of Program Success  In Fall 2013 BBTM held a coffee house to honor veterans and several veterans attended the program and were honored by watching performances of BBTM students from ASharp (school age program), Groove School (middle school) and the teen female choir as well as the Follow Hymn Choir. We held events also at a local restaurant which helped more community members become aware of the program. 

Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir

This program is what started Building Bridges Through Music initially. It is a community choir made up of residents from several North Shore communities and includes adult men and women. The choir meets weekly and performs at a variety of community events, such as college events, multicultural events and fairs, City events and diversity events including MLK day.  The choir includes people from all races and socioeconomic backgrounds, representing the diversity of the North Shore.
Budget  $7,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Adults Females Males
Program Short-Term Success 
-Regular attendance at choir rehearsals by majority of members
-Attendance at performances by majority of members
-At least 5 community performances per season 
Program Long-Term Success  Increased appreciation for diversity and culture across the North Shore and other Boston communities.  Sharing of the choir model as a replicable program for other communities that would like to start a similar choir in their community.
Program Success Monitored By 
-Tracking attendance at rehearsals and performances
-Tracking number of events choir is invited to perform at
-Feedback from choir members to document their opinions of participation
-Feedback from those attending performances 
Examples of Program Success  The choir is consistently invited to perform at an annual diversity event for the Town of Danvers at the Danversport Yacht Club every year.  The choir has been invited to several MLK day events each year for the City of Lynn.  The choir performs during the holidays at several nursing homes with warm welcome and appreciation and involves residents in singing holiday songs.  The choir is regularly invited to perform at diversity events in various locations in North Shore such as at the Lynn Community Health Center, North Shore Community College and Lynn City Hall.  The number of events we get invited to has increased from year to year.

Project No Limits

Project No Limits - recreational and social skills development for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including music, dance, sing-along, fitness and relaxation.

Project No Limits promotes social skills development and inclusion through these activities and theme-based gatherings. The project is based on inclusion and mainstreaming, rather than isolation that many people with disabilities experience daily.

Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success 
-Participants will be enthusiastic about coming to the program.
-Participants will learn more about music.
-Participants will enjoy performing in class.
-Participants will develop healthy connections with program staff. 
Program Long-Term Success  Participants will experience increased understanding and appreciation of music and overall enhanced quality of life and well-being.
Program Success Monitored By  Success monitored by form filled out at end of program and by attendance records documenting number of participants. We also solicit feedback from the caregivers who bring participants to the program and ask for feedback from participants and from teachers.
Examples of Program Success  Participants coming to the program are always very excited to come to the program. Their caretakers tell us that they talk about the program all week long and can't wait to come back. The successes are more anecdotal in that staff members see the individuals enjoying themselves and getting excited about music and bringing some of their own music to the program. This is a group of people with severe intellectual disabilities who mostly have a very difficult time communicating, but when they hear music that they know, they often remember all the words perfectly. It's amazing to watch!

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

"Music is the great equalizer." This is something that Building Bridges Through Music has lived and learned during the past 12 years of using music as a bridge to increase multicultural awareness. We are grassroots in our methods and operate primarily through volunteerism. 
Building Bridges is faced with what we consider both a challenge and an opportunity to  build our capacity as an organization to further fulfill our mission and take the organization to the next level.  As a small organization, Building Bridges’ operations and programs are intertwined, thus capacity building impacts both programs and overall organizational operations to maintain the successful programs that Building Bridges offers and to continue a  tradition of continually adding new programs that meet community needs. Building Bridges is a highly pragmatic organization, quickly identifying new needs as they come to our awareness through our community-based programming, and developing solutions in the form of creative programs. During the last year, we have created an approach to programming that includes three key themes:  Educate, Engage, and Empower. All of our programs and activities center around these three elements and target people of all ages in the community. 
 While Building Bridges has made a major impact on the community over the past 13 years with very limited resources, the organization is now at a critical juncture. Each year, we offer a wide range of programs to the community and we continue to discover additional needs and opportunities.  To keep doing this, we must expand our organizational capacity to adequately administer our programs and continue growing. 

Building Bridges seeks to expand the creative, diverse and community-based music programs it offers.  Building Bridges serves people of all ages and cultures and continually adds exciting new programs as it identifies new needs. Capacity building support will provide stability to help Building Bridges continue making the community a better place through music.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Florence Virginia Peacock-Makkers
CEO Term Start Apr 2002
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Virginia has a long history of involvement with music, having served as the music instructor, teaching music theory and co-musical chorus director at nationally recognized KIPP Academy, Lynn, MA.  She is an accomplished classical and gospel pianist. She has been Minister of Music at Zion Baptist Church for more than twenty years.  Her professional musical experience expands over five decades. She began playing at age seven, receiving private instruction, as well as studying at Weltman’s Conservatory of Music to age fourteen.  She has studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music. She has provided private instruction and was an instructor at New England Conservatory of Music Community Service Program.  Ms Makkers provided instruction and musical direction for the gospel choir of the prestigious Boston Latin Academy during the 1980’s. She taught gospel piano for ten years at Butler’s School of Music in Boston.  Musical prison ministry is included in her many accomplishments.  She was pianist and later became Director of Music at First Baptist Church Saugus, for more than thirty years beginning at age nine; Minister of Music for more than ten years at New Hope Baptist Church. She holds a Master's  Degree of Education. 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience Doreen Murray, Artistic Programs Director:  Doreen is co-founder and Artistic Programs Director of Building Bridges.   She is a professional soloist, performing artist, and playwright who has been performing professionally for more than 30 years.  She is a member of Zion Baptist church in Lynn, MA where she directs and provides vocal support for the choir.  She studied theatre arts while attending Northeastern University and majored in biology pre-med. She attended the National Center for Performing Arts and the Robicheau School of Ballet, where she studied traditional dance disciplines, French and Russian ballet for many years.  Her acting and drama experience began as a young child and continued throughout her high school and college years.  At age fourteen, she was accepted for a major role in the original Broadway musical, “God Spell”. Although unable to accept the role, she continued to study and perform.

Doreen has taught traditional dance, i.e., tap, jazz ballet along with specializing in liturgical and African dance.  She holds an M.Ed in counseling from Cambridge College and received her undergraduate education at Northeastern University and UMass Boston.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Doreen Murray Artistic Programs Director

Doreen is co-founder and Artistic Director of Building Bridges.   She is a professional soloist, performing artist, and playwright who has been performing professionally for more than 30 years.  She is a member of Zion Baptist church in Lynn, MA where she directs and provides vocal support for the choir.  She studied theatre arts while attending Northeastern University and majored in biology pre-med. She attended the National Center for Performing Arts and the Robicheau School of Ballet, where she studied traditional dance disciplines, French and Russian ballet for many years.  Her acting and drama experience began as a young child and continued throughout her high school and college years.  At age fourteen, she was accepted for a major role in the original Broadway musical, “God Spell”. Although unable to accept the role, she continued to study and perform.

 

Doreen has taught traditional dance, i.e., tap, jazz ballet along with specializing in liturgical and African dance.  She holds an M.Ed in counseling from Cambridge College and received her undergraduate education at Northeastern University and UMass Boston.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

 We collaborate closely with other organizations from co-sponsoring programs, cross-referring participants, providing performances to other organizations and many others. Collaboration is key to our success as we have been embraced by the community and could not do our work without significant community support.  We work closely with Lynn Arts, which provides  rehearsal and storage space at cost, far below market value.  Lynn Arts also donates the use of the Rantoul Theatre for all our Coffee House events.  We participate in the Lynn Arts annual Summer Festival and informative/educational workshops.  
Among the most longstanding coalitions, collaborations and networks we participate in are in those neighboring communities where people of color are not the majority, but more specifically and most recently, New England Chapter of Hadassah, Peabody, MA; Danvers Committee on Diversity, Danvers, MA; Brooksby Village, (a Senior Retirement Community) Peabody, MA, Marblehead Public Schools, North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Gordon College, Hamilton, MA, and KIPP Academy, Lynn, MA.
 Building Bridges also works closely with program partners including North Shore Community College Y.E.S. After-School Program, Lynn Public Schools, New American Center, and YMCA   

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Building Bridges is building our capacity as an organization that includes a focus on adequate organization management to further fulfill our mission and take the organization to the next level. As a small organization, Building Bridges’ operations and programs are intertwined, thus building management capacity is a process.  This process will help maintain the successful programs that Building Bridges offers and to continue a tradition of continually adding new programs that meet community needs. Building Bridges is a highly pragmatic organization, quickly identifying new needs as they come to our awareness through our community-based programming, and developing solutions in the form of creative programs. During the last year, we have created an approach to programming that includes three key themes: Educate, Engage, and Empower. All of our programs and activities center around these three elements and target people of all ages in the community.   As we grow, we are mostly in need of funding to staff management level positions such as Artistic Programs Director, Music Director and Development Director who will oversee operations and supervise direct program staff. 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 85%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Governance


Board Chair Dr Charles Desmond
Board Chair Company Affiliation none
Board Chair Term May 2002 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair Ms Starry Poe
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Leader Bank, Assit. VP
Board Co-Chair Term May 2003 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Kenneth Adinkra Pingree School Alumni Officer Voting
Ms Gayla Bartlett Pres. of North Shore Women in Business Voting
Ms. Dianna Chakoutis Lynn City Councilor Voting
Dr. Claire Crane Lynn Public Schools Voting
Dr. Charles Desmond MA Board of Education Voting
Mr. Rick Fail Doctors w/out Walls Voting
John Ford Lynn Public Schools Voting
Virginia Makkers No affiliation Exofficio
Ms Starry Poe Brookline Bank Assit. VP Voting
Ms. Brenda Womack Lynn Housing - Federal Division Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Building Bridges is in the process of  building our capacity as an organization in line with our strategic plan and recent growth as an organization. During the past year, BBTM has expanded significantly to become an EEC licensed After-School Program, increasing the number of young people we are able to serve and expanding our organization. However, we are also at a critical juncture in terms of organizational infrastructure. Occupying a larger space, results in our need to increase our general operating revenue, and in general, diversify our funding sources. This is common among many organizations as they grow from a largely volunteer-based organization to one that has paid staff and formal programs.

As part of this growth, we must strengthen our Board of Directors. Currently, many of the activities that board members ideally should be overseeing are managed by the operational staff of the organization. We believe that there is a major need to both strengthen the existing board and to find additional board members who are a good fit based on their skills and commitment to our vision in a variety of industries.

Additionally, we need to strengthen the leadership of the Board of Directors so that they truly understand the growth vision of BBTM and are committed to and capable of taking on leadership roles to make this vision a reality. Specifically, we need to be able to ensure that board members are able to take on leadership roles to help meet organizational goals and needs, that board members are fully committed to leadership in the form of structuring working groups, and that board members can help make the link between strategic plan goals and budgeting and activities that can help meet the goals of the organization. Many of the board members have been with the organization for many years and we hope to utlilize this knowledge and awareness to develop strategies that build on the major progress that has already been made to leverage further growth of the organization. We believe that an assessment of the current board and accomplishments that have been made will serve as an effective catalyst in expanding the impact of the board. Ideally, board members will be able to utilize both their skills and experience and their networks to help strengthen the internal operations of the board and to expand the board’s diversity and commitment in specific skill areas that are needed in line with the strategic plan.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $292,000.00
Projected Expense $289,560.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 990-EZ

2013 990-EZ

2012 990-EZ

2011 Form 990-EZ

2010 Form 990-N (Postcard)

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $241,855 $205,998 $23,327
Total Expenses $250,381 $199,549 $72,635

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $61,700 $54,832 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $61,700 $54,832 --
Individual Contributions $56,215 $66,675 $33,000
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $121,790 $81,666 $-22,880
Investment Income, Net of Losses $0 $0 --
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $2,150 $2,825 $13,207
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $0 $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $237,287 $191,256 $72,635
Administration Expense $13,094 $8,292 --
Fundraising Expense $0 $0 --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.97 1.03 0.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses 95% 96% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $28,320 $22,607 $1,683
Current Assets $17,640 $16,024 $1,683
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $54,725 $40,486 $26,011
Total Net Assets $-26,405 $-17,879 $-24,328

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

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Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
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Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.32 0.40 0.06

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

While Building Bridges has made a major impact on the community over the past 13 years with very limited resources, the organization is now at a critical financial juncture. Each year, we offer a wide range of programs to the community and we continue to discover additional needs and opportunities. To keep doing this, we must expand our financial capacity to adequately administer our programs and continue growing.

Building Bridges is committed to ensuring that our programs and organization are sustained over the long-term and that we are supported by a diversity of funding sources. Building Bridges is currently funded through a combination of grants, in-kind donations and program fees. As the organization continues to grow, Building Bridges anticipates additional private foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and program fees from participants that can afford to pay the fees. This combination of sources will help subsidize our programs for the low and moderate income participants that cannot afford to pay for the program (currently 80% of participants are economically disadvantaged.) We also anticipate a significant increase in subcontracting opportunities to provide services to constituents of other agencies that will become an important component of our overall revenue. Building Bridges is seeking to support financial growth by employing a part-time Development Director to oversee the diversification of funding sources.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 
Please note, for fiscal year 2014, net assets in the charts and graphs above reflect total assets-total liabilities. For Fiscal Year 2014, total expenses was taken from Line 32 of the 2014 990 as the program service revenue listed exceeded total expenses listed in Line 17. 
 
 
 

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The primary aims of Building Bridges are to:
1.     Through our performances and community efforts, present a glimmer of hope, unity and peace in a world enmeshed in conflicts and fears.
2.     Promote enhanced learning about other cultures, based on the belief that “music speaks peace, tolerance, and unity among performers of all ages, regardless of ethnic or religious orientation”.
3.     Build on a highly successful track record of community service, performance and organizational excellence to continue serving as a catalyst, fostering dialogue among cultural leaders on relevant community issues.
4.     Dispel stereotypes to increase the importance of inclusion while creating a connection between artists, businesses and community constituents.
5.     Bring children and adults together, experientially as participants and visually as audience members.
6.     Continue to grow as an organization, expand our mission and commitment tocreate greater opportunities for community involvement.
7.     Develop and implement broad ranging education through outreach and performance programs for youth.
8.     Initiate programs for those facing physical challenges and disabilities who have a desire to be a part of the performance community.
9.     Achieve systematic change through the use of music as a universal language.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Building Bridges pursues its vision and community building objectives via an innovative grassroots approach that relies heavily on community involvement to continue moving the organization forward.  It is a form of movement building that starts at the community level to bridge cultural gaps of the North Shore and greater Boston communities through music and performance.  Building Bridges is fully committed to using the power of music through song, movement and spoken word as a tool to bridge cultural gaps and provide greater understanding and awareness for all people.  Building Bridges uses music as a tool for educating in different disciplines such as history, science,  math and other subjects. Building Bridges also focuses on promoting multigenerational cohesion through music.
As a multi-cultural organization, Building Bridges  uses a strategic approach to outreach targeting all cultural groups in the area.  Music is a glue that binds people together.  Building Bridges venues serve as an open door to bring people of diverse cultures together, sharing the joy of music.  More importantly, the joy experienced in attending becomes a catalyst to the joy of giving to help those in need, or to those who have experienced tragic times.  For many of its programs, Building Bridges regularly experiences sell-out audiences.
Building Bridges also implements a targeted, developmentally appropriate focus on youth because they are some of the best resources for sharing music and they will be the leaders of tomorrow. For example, our music education program for youth, increases the exposure to music and cultural diversity for middle school age youth and provides creative outlets for them to offer public performances.  This  also increases the number of young musicians in Lynn and the approximately 50 young people participating in the program share their excitement and interest in music with other young people as well as other community members thereby increasing the overall interest in music in the community.  High school and college students also participate in Peace Camp, our violence prevention program for younger youth, as they serve as camp leaders.  Younger youth (ages 8-10) are participants in Peace Camp. In fact, Building Bridges designs all of its special programs to be developmentally appropriate and relevant to the cultural context of the target populations served.  As other examples, senior citizens are direct beneficiaries of the Senior Prom for Senior Citizens and adults with developmental disabilities are the newest population that Building Bridges has begun serving.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The staff and administrators of Building Bridges have more than 50 years collective experience as educators, social service providers, business administrators and music instructors. 

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We implement a continuous evaluation process that helps us track both the process and outcomes related to our work in both quantitative and qualitative terms.  We utilize feedback received from constituents, partners and funders to continually expand and improve our programs to ensure that they adequately reflect the needs of the community.  Building Bridges utilizes survey monkey to gather feedback from program attendees, interns and staff and volunteers working in the programs.  Building Bridges works closely with funding agencies to ensure that we evaluate programs based on their requirements.  We are currently working on developing a program quality system to track the cost and efficiency of all Building Bridges programs to ensure that we are making the best impact possible with the financial resources available and help us expand to the next level of self-sufficiency. 
Building Bridges utilizes feedback from its evaluations to ensure continuous quality improvement.  We thoroughly review all feedback from participants and instructors to learn about ways that we can make our programs better and more fully meet the needs of the community.  We utilize the results to also compile reports and share the results with funders so that this information can be used by funders to evaluate the impact of the programs they support.  

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Since its inception, Building Bridges has made a major impact in the communities we serve.  Some of our major accomplishments include:
Development of a high quality multi-lingual, multicultural Integrative Arts Program.  This program uniquely integrates core academic subjects (i.e. math, science and literacy) and art to enhance learning among youth who may be unintentionally discriminated against because conventional techniques for learning do not work for them.  (We are the only Integrative Arts Program in the City of Lynn).In 2012, doubled the level of participation in Peace Camp, our summer violence prevention program for school age youth, to approximately 50 young people.Recently became a Department of Children and Families (DCF) contracted provider to provide Integrative Arts and other cultural enrichment programs to DCF funded agencies in Lynn.Recently licensed as a Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provider to accept vouchers for after-school programming for children who qualify.During 2012, expanded so much that we had to find a larger space for learning and performances.  As a result, was offered the entire 2ndfloor of Lynn Arts building (formerly FNX Radio) and are scheduled to occupy this space summer 2014, remaining in Lynn’s art and culture district. In 2012, we were most proud of witnessing long awaited dreams realized; our fundraising efforts to provide academic scholarship awards and program access for disadvantaged children desiring to participate in our summer programs. We also were able to offer our first scholarship awards to deserving high school graduates: Through aggressive fundraising and sponsorships provided by Eastern Bank and others, we were able to provide two scholarship awards to graduating high school students from Lynn who had been Building Bridges students/participants since grade five. One student is attending Berklee College of Music, Boston after completing filming obligations on the television network sitcom Glee. Our other student is attending Amherst College. Both students provided peer leadership in our summer programs. These awards were presented at our 9th annual Gospel/Jazz Brunch held in March 2012. We enrolled 25 children from the LEO program, (Lynn Economic Opportunity) with full scholarships in the 2012 summer Building a Culture of Peace/Peace Camp program; successfully created, facilitated and implemented the music/entertainment program for the 2012 and 2013 Lynn Community Minority Cultural Center’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Breakfast held at Lynn City Hall.
Established a multicultural awareness exchange using music and performance as educational tools with collaborative partners New American Center in Lynn and Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead;  provided music education/choral development including performances city-wide for the Robert Ford Community School and KIPP Academy.
Performed at Huntington Theatre, Boston, as opening act for the musical theatre production “A Civil War Christmas”.Performed for Bishop Desmond Tutu. Performed to raise funds for musician victims of hurricane Katrina.
What we have not accomplished yet is sustained organizational stability in terms of diversity of funding sources, financial stability and a permanent home. These are things that we are very focused on making a core part of our accomplishments in both the near and long-term future.