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Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

FoFS supports Fenway Studios by:
• helping to ensure its preservation as a Boston and National Historic Landmark;
• promoting the cultural enrichment and education of the public and the Fenway artists' contributions to art;
• safeguarding affordable studio space for working artists today and for future generations.
 
 

 

Mission Statement

FoFS supports Fenway Studios by:
• helping to ensure its preservation as a Boston and National Historic Landmark;
• promoting the cultural enrichment and education of the public and the Fenway artists' contributions to art;
• safeguarding affordable studio space for working artists today and for future generations.
 
 

 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012
Projected Income $35,100.00
Projected Expense $11,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Open Studios
  • Opening Our Doors
  • Private Showings
  • Studios Series
  • Tours of Fenway Studios

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

FoFS supports Fenway Studios by:
• helping to ensure its preservation as a Boston and National Historic Landmark;
• promoting the cultural enrichment and education of the public and the Fenway artists' contributions to art;
• safeguarding affordable studio space for working artists today and for future generations.
 
 

 


Background Statement

Friends of Fenway Studios (FoFS) was founded in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to raise funds to restore the aging Fenway Studios building—a burden too large for the resident artists—and to preserve this important icon of Boston’s Golden Age.

A National Landmark and National Register of Historic Places building, it was the first art building to be built around the Boston Fens at the turn of the last century. The Studios are also the first in the country to pioneer a not-for-profit limited-equity form of ownership in order to maintain rents at an affordable level; as a measure of its success, the building is still filled with working artists and has never had a vacancy. 


Impact Statement

• Since its founding in 1998, FoFS, in collaboration with Fenway Studios, has raised over $2m to stabilize the building, upgrade building systems and address numerous deferred maintenance issues.

Now more money is needed; two years ago FoFS realized that, in order to further our mission we needed to establish a greater awareness of the building and its place in the cultural life of Boston.

• we increased and energized our board membership, attracting directors who bring expertise in historic preservation, art, architecture, and finance to strengthen our management.

•  presented a series of lectures and guided visits to attract a wider audience and to bring the community into Fenway Studios to appreciate its beauty and importance. 

• as a member of the Fenway Alliance, we have gained exposure to over 20 major institutions within The Fenway Cultural District and exposed them to the virtues of Fenway Studios and thus FoFS.

• we have begun work on an Arts Initiative program to serve students that have limited or no arts work in their schools.

 • we are poised to lease a studio in the building to -provide space for our Arts Initiative program, Exhibition, Gallery and similar functions as well that offer opportunities for engagement with the community and donors.


Needs Statement

Friends of Fenway Studios seeks funding and community support from private and public sources to:

• address the extraordinary costs of restoration of this historically significant building.  The cost of preserving a landmark building is enormous and burdensome to a group of artists for whom income can fluctuate widely.

• preserve and restore Fenway Studios, address replacement of the historically inappropriate and failed industrial windows installed in the early 1980s;

•  repair improper masonry and other workmanship defects dating from the earlier work including a substantial portion of the northern façade; windows;

• raise public awareness of the importance of the Fenway Studios to the cultural history of Boston and the art world today;

•  raise community awareness of the threat of commercial development over the turnpike. Currently the Boston Redevelopment Authority is holding hearings on developing the air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike which could pose a threat to the all-important studio north light.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

Significant History:

Friends of Fenway Studios came into being at a time when the Fenway Studios was faced with a number of daunting challenges: Fenway Studios was in foreclosure; a New York developer was planning to acquire air rights over the turnpike and build a complex that would block out the all-important north light that distinguishes each studio; and a movement was afoot to convert the studios to condominiums.  
 
The Fenway Studios artists mobilized and successfully opposed the developer, blocking his plans for the turnpike air rights; located a bank that would give the artists a mortgage on the building; and applied for and received, National Landmark status for Fenway Studios. 

With an expanded and energized board, Friends of Fenway Studios is now fully engaged with Fenway Studios Inc. in efforts to undertake the major goal of renovating and repairing the signature north façade of Fenway Studios.


Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

The Fenway Studios is located in Boston's Back Bay and is part of the Fenway Cultural District, but it can truly be said that Friends of Fenway Studios serves art-lovers and architecture buffs as well as cultural historians from around the world. The building regularly receives visitors during The Fenway Cultural Alliance 'Opening Our Doors' event, FSI 'Open Studios'as well as during our docent tours-see below for these; the FoFS web site has frequent visitors from throughout the US and the rest of the world.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Historical Societies & Historic Preservation
  2. Public & Societal Benefit -
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building -

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

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Programs

Open Studios

'Open Studios', regularly held during the first weekend in November from 11am to 5pm. The event is open to the public, free of charge. Over the years, FoFS has provided financial support for the event as well as receiving and assisting visitors.

 

 

Budget  $750.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Friends of Fenway Studios will donate the cost of printing a program for the annual Open Studios event with the stipulation that we will have the back cover for an advertisement for Friends of Fenway Studios, a marketing opportunity.

Program Long-Term Success 

Expand our database and, ultimately, donor base and contributions.

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Program has yet to be implemented

Opening Our Doors

Fenway Studios participates in 'Opening Our Doors', sponsored by The Fenway Alliance, held annually on the second Monday of October, Columbus Day weekend. This event brings together Fenway Alliance Fenway Cultural District partners in a diverse day of free cultural offerings for the entire family. This includes the opportunity to visit and meet artists in their studios.

Budget  $100.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Families
Program Short-Term Success 

 

We measure the success of this program by the number of additions to our database. Each visitor to the Fenway Studios is asked to give us an email address and, if possible, a mailing address.

Program Long-Term Success 

Long-term success will be measured, again, in an expanded donor base and increased donations to our organization.

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

A few attendees of the event last year attended one or more of the Studio Series lectures.


Private Showings

In 2102 and 2113 we had the special opportunity to invite a limited number of friends to private homes to view Boston School artists' works.
Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  A number of guests have made new or increased contributions to FoFS.
Program Long-Term Success  Offering invited guests to these private showings has enhanced our image and value, with the prospect of increased support.
Program Success Monitored By  No consistent improvement noted to date.
Examples of Program Success  No consistent improvement noted to date.

Studios Series

Studio Series program began in the fall of 2011, a series of lectures by well-known art experts speaking on topics that have a connection to the Fenway Studios and the Boston School of Painting. 

In 2013 we sponsored well-attended talks at the St. Botolph Club where Carey Vose presented works by Charles Hopkinson, who maintained a studio in the Fenway Studios building in Boston from 1906 to 1962;

In 2014, Peter Williams, a Fenway artist gave a talk entitled From Ancient Greece to the Oval Office: Restoring New England's Artistic Patrimony, again at the St. Botolph Club, to a standing-room-only crowd.
Budget  $7,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Short-term, the inaugural 2011-2012 Studio Series program expanded our audience by 25%, which has, in turn, expanded our database and potential donor base.

Program Long-Term Success 

Long-term, the Studio Series will expand our donor base and permit Friends of Fenway Studios to move forward with our mission to restore Fenway Studios.

Program Success Monitored By 

Our success with the programs has been measured by attendance records and reports by attendees of their enjoyment of the evening’s program at a reception following each lecture. Not only have we expanded our database, but many attendees at the five lectures and receptions attended multiple events.

We can also track the success of the Studio Series program by the number of ‘opens’ of our Constant Contact program invitations and reminders, which is over 40%.

 
Examples of Program Success  See above

Tours of Fenway Studios

We participated in the celebration of Preservation Month in May, 2013.

FoFS has also arranged special showings for groups with specific interests, such as an architectural firm that visited in early 2014. 
Budget  $100.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

One tour group made a generous donation following their tour.

Program Long-Term Success 

Tours of the Fenway Studios will expand our circle of “friends,” ultimately making a broader audience aware and appreciative of Fenway Studios and, ultimately, to expand our donor base and increase critically needed donations to our organization.

Program Success Monitored By 

Follow-up communications by attendees have expressed appreciation for the tour and the experience of visiting the studios and learning about the building’s history and importance.

Examples of Program Success  See above

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 As an architect with training in construction and the arts, I I am pleased to serve as Executive Director, where I can useful to the Board in dealing with issues of proposed renovation and construction projects . This service has also given me the chance to appreciate the qualities of the building, its appeal to many visitors and, most of all, for the artists whose range and quality of work motivates our commitment to keeping affordable studio space.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard Heym AIA
CEO Term Start Nov 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Richard Heym AIA is a former architect with over 40 years of design and construction administration experience delivering major projects in the US and overseas, both new construction and renovation; he has taken over the functions of the previous Executive Director since November of 2012. His experience is instrumental in grant-writing and construction-related activities.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Friends of Fenway Studios is a partner-member with Fenway Studios Inc. of the Fenway Alliance.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers --
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. MaryLee Halpin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director, Beacon Hill Civic Association, Consulting for Architecture & Planning, Retired
Board Chair Term Oct 2013 - Sept 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Kelly Brilliant Executive Director, The Fenway Alliance Voting
Ms. MaryLee Halpin Executive Director, Beacon Hill Civic Association Voting
Mr. Richard Heym AIA Principal, Consulting for Architecture & Planning, Retired Voting
Ms. Mary Hughes Artist, Fenway Studios; lecturer, Northeastern University Voting
Mr. William Koplovsky Principal, Golightly Companies Voting
Ms. Libby Millar Co-Proprietor, The Three R's --
Mr. John Murphrey Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Vcevy Strekalovsky Principal, Strekalovsky Architecture, Inc. Voting
Ms. Maggie Tyler President, Draper Group, Inc. Voting
Ms. Anne Webb-Johnson President, Wellesley Design Consultants, Inc. 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
Mr. Robert Grady BoPas NonVoting
Mr. Thomas Hamilton Hamilton Real Estate NonVoting
Mr. Michael Kim Principal, MK Architects NonVoting
Ms. Eileen Logan Trinity Enterprises --
Ms. Lynda McNally The Write Scribe --
Mr. Abbot Vose Vose Galleries NonVoting
Mrs. Marcia Vose Vose Galleries Voting
Mr. Peter Williams Museum Services NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
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 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 72%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Building
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Nominating
  • School Impact

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012
Projected Income $35,100.00
Projected Expense $11,000.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 Adjusted 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $12,970 $16,945 $18,018
Total Expenses $8,853 $12,656 $31,673

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $8,474 $10,097 $8,425
Earned Revenue $4,450 $6,775 $6,005
Investment Income, Net of Losses $46 $73 $92
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $3,496

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $8,853 $12,656 $30,642
Administration Expense $0 $0 --
Fundraising Expense $0 $0 $1,031
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.47 1.34 0.57
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 12%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $102,394 $98,278 $93,739
Current Assets $102,394 $98,278 $93,739
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $10,250 $10,250 $10,000
Total Net Assets $92,144 $88,028 $83,739

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 9.99 9.59 9.37

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Because our budget is below $100,000, we are not required to have our financials audited.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. 

Impact

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