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Organization DBA Piers Park Sailing Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Located on the waterfront in East Boston, Massachusetts, the Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) is a community sailing center dedicated to providing recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities through sailing and other activities in Boston Harbor.

Mission Statement

Located on the waterfront in East Boston, Massachusetts, the Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) is a community sailing center dedicated to providing recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities through sailing and other activities in Boston Harbor.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Nov 01, 2014 to Oct 31, 2015
Projected Income $456,000.00
Projected Expense $442,360.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adaptive Sailing Program
  • Youth Development Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

Located on the waterfront in East Boston, Massachusetts, the Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) is a community sailing center dedicated to providing recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities through sailing and other activities in Boston Harbor.

Background Statement

In 1998, Piers Park Sailing Center took over operation of a sailing facility created by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) as part of its development of Piers Park in East Boston.  The park and sailing center were part of a Massport plan to enhance open space and provide outdoor activities to the communities most heavily affected by Logan Airport. After September 11, 2001, changes in security requirements resulted in Massport withdrawing as the primary funding source for the Center. This presented new challenges in organizational strategy as the Center had to develop an alternative funding structure.  PPSC weathered this challenge and continues its mission to provide services to low-to-moderate income individuals from urban Boston and communities of those living with disabilities across New England.

Prior to the development of Piers Park, East Boston had less dedicated green space than any other Boston neighborhood. The design of a community sailing and waterfront recreation center was a key component of the Piers Park project. Massport has a long term commitment with the Sailing Center to provide a rent free lease for our facilities. PPSC’s uses a fleet of Sonar sailboats as its primary instructional tool. The 23 foot keelboat provides an excellent platform for our adaptive, youth and community programs. The Sailing Center provides direct access to the water and an array of maritime activities for neighborhood residents.
Since its inception, Piers Park has received an Adaptive Environments Award as well as an International Excellence on the Waterfront Award. In 2009, the sailing center became the first organization serving those with disabilities to teach a quadriplegic how to helm a sailboat using Sip & Puff technology. Nearly all of this equipment was developed in-house and remains on the cutting edge of adaptive marine technology. In 2009 & 2010, US Sailing (the national governing body of competitive and recreational sailing) named PPSC as the most Outstanding Program for Disabled Sailors in the nation. In 2013, Piers Park Sailing Center was honored by the Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association for excellence in the field of Adaptive Recreation. Also in 2013, US Sailing presented PPSC with its Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion Award. Best of Boston magazine awarded Piers Park its Best Green Space Award for 2014.

Impact Statement

Our outreach program affects the lives of hundreds of at-risk youth, provides empowerment through our fully accessible sailing facilities for people living with disabilities and acts as a center for waterfront activities for our entire community.

Needs Statement

1. Sailing scholarships to expand our fully inclusive programming to 1,100 Boston youth

2. Donations to secure additional sailboats to increase the amount of youth served

3. New safety boat 

4. A better connection with Boston Public Schools

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-East Boston Neighborhood
Massachusetts-All Regions
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods

Piers Park Sailing Center serves disadvantaged youth from Boston and people of all ages living with disabilities from across New England.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Human Services - Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
  3. -

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



Adaptive Sailing Program

The Adaptive Program at PPSC fulfills the need to see and explore the possibilities for life, recreation and hope for those coping with developmental issues, chronic medical conditions or whose lives have been altered by serious injury. PPSC’s objectives are to empower people living with disabilities to realize goals and to develop necessary life, mobility and social integration skills, while learning about and enjoying the challenging and rewarding sport of sailing. There are few alternatives for disabled people to participate in sports, and fewer still that provide the opportunity to participate equally with able-bodied athletes.

Budget  $127,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  The short term succeses of the Adaptive Sailing Program are evaluated over the course of the six month sailing season. Each season, PPSC empowers over 300 people who may be deaf, blind, non-verbal and cognitively or those living with physical disabilities. We serve all diagnoses and ages. By teaching participants to be in the command of the boat and to learn the boat, we offer more empowerment value than programs which are merely based on boat rides.
Program Long-Term Success  Over one thousand people with disabilities have been served by this program since 2007. Many of our adaptive sailors began in our Learn to Sail program, progressed into racing and now are competing internationally with hopes of a Paralympic dream.
Program Success Monitored By  The success of the Adaptive Sailing Program is monitored by a subcommittee of the Board of Directors, the Adaptive Sailing Committee. This group of stakeholders monitors the success of the program and sets annual strategic goals.
Examples of Program Success  In just under five years, PPSC has been selected as a Paralympic Sport Club by the USOC, twice awarded Most Outstanding Disabled Sailing Program by US Sailing and has been honored by the Greater Boston Chapter of National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

Youth Development Program


Since 1998, Piers Park Sailing Center has been confronting the issue of limited access to personal growth opportunities for Boston’s underserved youth. The mission of the Inclusive Youth Development Program is to use sailing as a catalyst to empower at-risk youth and youth living disabilities to develop leadership skills, promote healthy living and to educate local youth about the environment and history of Boston Harbor through S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) curriculum in an inclusive environment. Youth Program participants are ages 6-18 from the low-income, diverse neighborhoods of East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Dorchester and other disadvantaged communities of urban Boston. The Inclusive Youth Development Program operates with an annual program budget of $232,000. The outcomes to be achieved are:

1. Combat summer learning loss by engaging participants with S.T.E.M. case studies integrated into the sailing experience

2. Provide dynamic, outdoor recreation programming for 1,100 underserved youth from Boston at no cost to participants

3. Promote an empowering and inclusive program environment with at least 250 youth living with disabilities participating alongside their same age peers

4. Develop healthier lifestyles by providing free and nutritious meals along with health and wellness education daily

The program is managed by PPSC senior staff and takes place at Piers Park in East Boston and throughout the waters of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Piers Park Sailing Center works to reach its goals through three seasons of programming held from April through November.

Budget  $232,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served At-Risk Populations People/Families with of People with Disabilities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  In 2014, the Youth Development Program at Piers Park Sailing Center served nearly 1,051 Boston youth with empowering programming.
Program Long-Term Success  The Youth Development Program at Piers Park Sailing Center has been providing sustainable, leadership and adventure education programming to the underserved youth of Greater Boston since 1998. Thousands of local youth have benefited from our empowering programming that builds character, confidence, leadership and the ability to work as part of a team.
Program Success Monitored By 

Piers Park Sailing Center was awarded a grant to participate in the PRISM 2.0 Improvement & System Measurement program led by Boston After School & Beyond. The independent evaluation scored PPSC above the city wide average in three categories: Population Served, Youth Skill Building & Development and Program Management Practices.

Seasonal performance measurement and evaluation is led by the Board Chair, Executive Director and relevant program directors. The committee uses unique program performance and social impact indicators to track performance of outcomes across the organization’s diverse programs. The data used for tracking program performance includes number of applicants, average length of programming, number of beneficiaries served, percentage of participants who complete program, number of beneficiaries experiencing targeted outcomes, percentage beneficiary satisfaction, qualitative interview data and cost per participant served. Science education performance indicators include:

  1. Youth develop interest in S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.M. learning activities
  2. Youth develop capacities to productively engage in S.T.E.M. learning activities
  3. Youth come to value the goals of STEM and STEM learning activities
Late in the Fall, the Program Evaluation Committee completes their evaluation that identifies opportunities to improve program impact and efficiency.
Examples of Program Success  The Inclusive Youth Development Program provided S.T.E.M. education to 1,051 youth including 229 youth living with disabilities in 2014. Youth showed an increased interest and knowledge in science, sailing and Boston Harbor.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Robert H. Martin Jr
CEO Term Start Aug 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Bobby Martin has been at the helm of Piers Park Sailing Center for the past 4 seasons. Bobby is a graduate of the Boston University School of Management, is a former collegiate student-athlete and a passionate sailor. He has diligently lead Piers Park Sailing Center producing annual increases in program enrollment under a sustainable financial model.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Matthew L. Rosa Sept 2008 July 2010
Mr. Theodore Coates July 2007 Aug 2008

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Caitlyn Connolly Adaptive Recreation Director

Caitlyn Connolly is our most recent addition to Piers Park Sailing Center and joined us in August 2012. She attended and sailed for the University of Vermont where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She started sailing in her home town of Nahant, Massachusetts in a program that was started by her grandfather over 30 years ago. The sport gave her the opportunity to visit a number of new places including Bermuda, Florida, Texas, Connecticut, Chicago, St.Thomas, and Tortola. She has coached sailors of various skill levels and built a strong curriculum base for the various programs she has managed. 

Ms. Gray Harrington Head Instructor Gray Harrington joined Piers Park Sailing Center in the Fall of 2010. Gray previously taught sailing to adults, students and youth on the Charles River at Boston University. She majored in Philosophy and Music Theory as a student-athlete for the Boston University Sailing Team.  Gray learned to sail off the coast of North Carolina at the Cape Fear Yacht Club.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Best Green Space Best of Boston Magazine 2014
Excellence in Adaptive Recreation Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association 2013
Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion US Sailing 2013
Most Oustanding Program for Disabled Sailors US Sailing 2010
Most Oustanding Program for Disabled Sailors US Sailing 2009
Excellence in Adaptive Design American Institute of Architects 2003


Affiliation Year
United States Olympic Committee 2012
United States Olympic Committee 2010
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year


Piers Park Sailing Center proudly collaborates with the following organizations: Access Sport America, Alexander Graham Bell Association, Boston Harbor Association, Boston Public Schools, Braintree Rehabilitative Hospital, Chelsea Public Schools, Community Boating Inc, Community Rowing Inc, Sailing Center, Department of Conservation & Recreation, EMARC, Excel Academy, Home for Little Wanderers, Jett Foundation, Massport, Project Bread, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Spaulding Rehabilitative Hospital, United States Coast Guard, USSailing and the YMCA Greater Boston.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 25
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 85
Hispanic/Latino: 8
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 63
Male: 37
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Brett Van Gelder
Board Chair Company Affiliation Microsoft
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Robert Brennan F.D.A. Voting
Mr Roger Donahue US Disabled Sailing Voting
Mr. John Peter Dunn Retired/Community Volunteer --
Dr. David Greenwald Relay Technology Management Voting
Mr. Michael Hansen Anaplan --
Ms. Maureen McKinnon US Sailing --
Dr. Jothy Rosenberg B.A.E. Systems Voting
Mr. Andrew Thomas Community Volunteer --
Mr. Brett Van Gelder Microsoft Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Nov 01, 2014 to Oct 31, 2015
Projected Income $456,000.00
Projected Expense $442,360.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2014 Review

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Review

2010 Review

2009 Review

2008 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $425,351 $413,749 $413,969
Total Expenses $400,798 $400,444 $408,024

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $85,346 $91,771 $75,571
    Federal -- $15,000 --
    State $80,471 $76,771 $75,571
    Local $4,875 -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $232,125 $211,846 $217,532
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $38,666 $39,315 $62,819
Investment Income, Net of Losses $80 $86 --
Membership Dues $52,662 $48,942 $44,186
Special Events $14,912 $21,789 $13,861
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $1,560 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $319,597 $317,607 $323,123
Administration Expense $42,515 $46,982 $56,349
Fundraising Expense $38,686 $35,855 $28,552
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.06 1.03 1.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 79% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 11% 9%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $213,680 $189,589 $191,285
Current Assets $126,218 $75,820 $53,946
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $14,514 $14,976 $13,061
Total Net Assets $199,166 $174,613 $178,224

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.70 5.06 4.13

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's reviewed financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


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