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Community Service of Hamilton & Wenham Inc.

 284 Bay Road
 South Hamilton, MA 01982
[P] (978) 468-4818 x 11
[F] (978) 468-0178
Melissa Elmer
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EIN 04-2104023

LAST UPDATED: 01/04/2019
Organization DBA The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Our Mission Statement: The Community House enriches the community through cultural, educational, and recreational programs and events.

Our Vision Statement: The Community House enhances the quality of life of everyone who lives, works and plays on the North Shore.

Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement: The Community House enriches the community through cultural, educational, and recreational programs and events.

Our Vision Statement: The Community House enhances the quality of life of everyone who lives, works and plays on the North Shore.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $402,578.00
Projected Expense $401,062.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Community Theater
  • Ski Bradford
  • Sundays in Patton Park

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement: The Community House enriches the community through cultural, educational, and recreational programs and events.

Our Vision Statement: The Community House enhances the quality of life of everyone who lives, works and plays on the North Shore.

Background Statement

The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham (CH) is a non-profit organization which sponsors cultural, social, educational and recreational programs to serve citizens of Hamilton and Wenham.  Offerings include a variety of family and children’s programs, activities for seniors, community-wide events and space for gatherings of all types. Our lovely Main Hall and President’s Library often are used as a location for private parties such as weddings, parties and fundraising events.

In 1921, George and Emily Mandell of Hamilton built The Community House in memory of eight men of both towns who died in military service during World War I.  They gave The Community House in trust for the use of residents of both Hamilton and Wenham.  Originally known (current legal name as well) as Community Service of Hamilton and Wenham, Inc., the organization began as part of a larger national civic organization, a private non-profit, titled Community Service.  National grew out of a desire to promote communities to sponsor programs to benefit citizens and encourage community after the war.  By 1923, over 800 cities and town had active Community Service organizations.  Today, few remain and the Hamilton-Wenham organization is the only one of its kind on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

In 1920, Hamilton House, Inc. was formed and incorporated separately from ‘Community Service’ to ensure that in the future, no matter what might happen to the organization, the building, would continue to be used only to serve the needs of the people of Hamilton and Wenham.  In September of 1999, Hamilton House, Inc. deeded the building to Community Service of Hamilton and Wenham, Inc. The decendents of the Mandell Family felt the organization was stable and strong enough to manage both entities responsibly.

Many residents have fond memories of Friday Night Movies, scout meetings, bowling, dances, a men’s smoking room, canning classes for women and more at The Community House.  In 1984, Community Service opened School’s Out, an afterschool program for children, which became a critical resource for working families and the school district.  Today, the program remains active at The Community House and is operated by the YMCA of the North Shore.

The Community House and our programs continue to answer the needs of our citizens of all ages, while being good stewards of our beautiful historic building.  We are home to nearly 60 programs, events, clubs and welcome nearly 1,000 visitors weekly.


Impact Statement

Accomplishments in 2013:

9 sold out performances of The Sound of Music. A record breaking production for The Community House Theater.

Held our inaugural Mother-Son Date Knight and it was a sell out success.

Completed a Strategic Plan to guide the organization for the next 3-5 years.

Raised $25,000 through our first ever Corporate Appeal Campaign.

Established the Hamilton-Wenham Volunteer of the Year Award.

Received $78,800 in grant support for the restoration of the cupola.

Goals for 2014:

· Recruit and get on-board up to 6 new board members

· Finalize the restoration of the cupola

· Raise up to $15,000 through the Community Block Party

· Increase private hall rental sales by 20% to generate added revenue through our new partnership with Gourmet Delights Catering.

Needs Statement 2014:

Complete rebranding process. Develop new logo and tagline for the organization.

Board development

Begin to develop strategy for the development of a capital campaign.

Develop a scholarship program to provide assistance to individuals and families in need who would benefit from our programming and events. The exact dollar amount is dependent upon each program.

Hire more staff to assist with development efforts and programming.

Build an endowment for the Community House.

Improve building with capital repairs, to include: expanded septic, exterior painting, sealing exterior brick.


Needs Statement

Scholarship program to provide assistance to individuals and families in need who would benefit from our programming and events.  The exact dollar amount is dependent upon each program.

More staff to assist with development efforts and programming;

Building an endowment for the Community House.

Capital repairs to historic building: cupola restoration is on the calendar for 2013, future needs include expanded septic, exterior painting, sealing exterior brick. (at least $120,000 for the cupola)


CEO Statement

For 92 years, The Community House has been self-sufficient in many ways.  We have worked hard to utilize and maximize our own resources to generate as much revenue as possible to support our programs and operating expenses.  Annually, we host 3 fundraising events and run our annual fund campaign, raising nearly $100,000.  We rent our hall and conference room for activities such as karate, tai chi, yoga, zumba, and ballroom dancing. We support local small businesses by renting them space and combining marketing efforts, and their use of our space brings more people to our location, promotes our programs, and provides added revenue.  We also have 2 tenants that provide additional revenue in our budget: North Shore YMCA for an after-school program for children and the Hamilton Wenham School of Dance for ballet classes. Both tenants align with our mission as well. 

Our facilities include a commercial kitchen and a catering company rents kitchen space and leases an office suite.  This relationship has aided us with marketing our beautiful hall for weddings, parties, and fundraising events.  The caterer is also a loyal supporter of our mission and makes frequent contributions to our fundraising efforts. 
Our philosophy with programming is to listen to our constituents and respond to the needs of our community. There has been a consistent clamoring for music and art related programs, so our Libby Fireside Concert Series, community theater program, Sing and Dance with the Music Man for infants and toddlers, and the Summer Concerts in Patton Park program all have expanded over the years. We are piloting a group guitar class for children, and have also gone back to the basics, with programming such as sewing classes for kids, which have been cut out of the curriculum at schools.


Our offerings can be limited based on the availability of our space and maintaining our historic building is expensive. We spent nearly $250,000 to restore the deteriorating portico and now are planning to address the desperate condition of the cupola and surrounding roof windows. This project is estimated to cost up to $125,000. Simply put, it is not possible to make these necessary capital and structural repairs, within our annual operating budget. Therefore, the cost to participate in programs falls on program participants to cover overhead expenses and to help pay for the teachers.  We try to balance fee-based programs with free or less expensive options, as the TwoTown Fourth, weekly Music Man concert program, Breakfast with Santa and our summer concert series on Sundays.  


Board Chair Statement

It is with pride and pleasure that I serve as President and Chair of the Board for the Community House of Hamilton & Wenham.  The Community House remains a healthy and vibrant organization, and persists to successfully fulfill its mission of providing programs and services to residents of Hamilton and Wenham of all ages.  The Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff continue to strive to provide programs which enrich the lives of the residents of our two towns, and to provide a warm and welcoming venue for gatherings which bring social, cultural, educational and recreational enrichment to the residents of our two towns.

Our organization continues to operate successfully by attracting many different sources of income including revenue from renters under annual leases, periodic programs sponsored by other social organizations and businesses, short term rentals for social and business gatherings, and enrichment programs sponsored by The Community House. We have fabulous music and theatre programs that enrich the lives of the participants and the audiences. I am also pleased that we enjoy a strong and symbiotic relationship with YMCA of the Northshore, Inc., which continues to provide the popular School’s Out program, an afterschool child care program housed daily in our building.

In addition to the many popular programs we have offered in the past, we added new classes such as sewing for kids, guitar for young children, cooking for adults and children and the middle school teen night program.  These have proved to be successful and well received as well.  Most recently, we produced a very popular production of the Sound of Music and were able to attract Kristina von Trapp, granddaughter of the Captain von Trapp to come to our show and speak to the audience after the show about her families experiences and history around the movie.  It was a blockbuster success for the Community House and exceeded our box office revenue budget.    

As a result of the energy and hard work of our Executive Director Melissa Elmer and her dedicated staff, The Community House is busy night and day with the sound of activities for all ages.  However, we have some challenges ahead, including the repair of the cupola that sits atop our historic building and other maintenance issues associated with the upkeep of historic buildings. We have recently embarked upon a new Strategic Plan that we hope will guide us and help us continue to serve our communities for many years to come.

We are fortunate to have a Board of Directors so generous with volunteering their time, money and energy to our Community House, and for our Executive Director and Staff, who continue to work tirelessly and with great enthusiasm.  It is with gratitude and thanks that I have this opportunity to serve the Board and the staff of The Community House and the residents of Hamilton and Wenham.



Geographic Area Served


Hamilton  01982
Wenham 01984 

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Humanities
  2. Human Services -
  3. -

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Community Theater

The Community House Theater provides dynamic performance experiences for all ages. With creative leadership from a diverse mix of directors, we are committed to inspiring and building the skills of actors, singers, and dancers. Our program offers unique opportunities to develop your talent and build new relationships across age, town and background. From your first time on stage to your directorial debut, we welcome you to come out and play!  

The Community House Theater is hosting a new workshop series for young aspiring actors this spring.  Each week students will participate in specialty theater games to warm up and develop new theater skills and then work together to learn and rehearse a play that we will showcase at the end of the session for our friends and family to enjoy. 

We just ran a very successful Sound of Music performance and will be auditioning for Seussical the Musical this summer.

Budget  $31,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  More residents will have exposure to the theater arts, as a member of the audience or of the cast.  
Program Long-Term Success 

Residents of all ages will have the opportunity to perform in local community theater or enjoy theatrical productions as an audience member. Our goal is to provide more quality productions as well as increase participation from our local youth population.  We also can track the success of a program by the attendance of each show.

Program Success Monitored By 
One way we can measure the success of the Theater Program is by feedback from community members.
Our recent production of the Sound of Music included sold out performances for all shows and created unprecedented media reviews for the Community House production of this show.
We also monitor the success of our program by the number of persons who come to audition, the number who participate in the program, the number of tickets that we sell, and the quality of the shows that we can bring to our program.
Examples of Program Success 

Some feedback from recent performances include:

“My daughter and I LOVED the show – truly it was fantastic! We were blown away by the talented cast and the energy and feel good aura of the entire night!”

“W-O-W – what a show! I was so very impressed. What a wonderful display of talent and a well-done script! I loved it (I’m a huge fan of musical theater and I especially loved the song selection!) – my daughters loved it, too! Again – the talent – SO impressive! Fabulous! Job well done to all involved!”

Again, our March 2013 production of the Sound of Music included sold out performances for all shows and created unprecedented media reviews for the Community House production of this show.

Ski Bradford

On Wednesdays in winter, students in elementary and middle school can sign up for an afternoon skiing and snowboarding program at Ski Bradford run by the Community House. The cost runs from $265 to $375 for the six-week program, depending on whether students take lessons or need rental equipment.  Transportation is provided by School Bus, and leaves right after school, returning for pickup around 6 pm. 
Budget  $32,340.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Skiing
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

All children in the Hamilton Wenham area will have access to a program that can teach them to learn how to downhill ski and/or snowboard.  The Community House uses volunteers from high school to monitor the bus and help supervise the kids in the program.  This therefore provides an opportunity for high school students to learn valuable leadership and supervisory skills and responsibility.

Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate change that will result is more children will be exposed to the sport of skiing and snowboarding.  Children who participate are taught to take responsibility for their equipment.  If the price of the program was lower, more students may be able to participate.  This will result in more expense for the Community House, hence a need to find outside funding for this program.
Program Success Monitored By  We know the program is working because it is a popular program and many students participate.  This year over 160 kids participated in the program.
Examples of Program Success 
More students from the Hamilton & Wenham area are able to be exposed to skiing and/or snowboarding because the Community House offers this program.  

Sundays in Patton Park

The Community House sponsors free outdoor musical concerts weekly on Sunday evenings in June and July in the bandstand at Patton Park in Hamilton. The mission of the series is to revive a musical tradition in Patton Park and promote a sense of community for residents of Hamilton and Wenham.


A focal point of the park is the traditional New England bandstand, which was built and dedicated in 1993 as part of Hamilton’s bicentennial celebration. 
In the event of rain, arrangements are made for an inside venue nearby.  


The upcoming schedule for 2013:
June 23 – Broadway in the Park – Best of Broadway tunes by local talent
June 30 – Daisy Nell, Captain Stan and Crabgrass Band – Songs of sea & shore

July 7 – Brass Connection – Patriotic tunes plus ragtime, Dixieland, swing
July 14 – Jumpin’ Juba – Rhythm and blues & rock
July 21 – Don’t Call me Shirley – Contemporary & classic hits – 1950’s to today
July 28- Bob & Jen Strom and Rob Huffman – Irish Songs & American Ballads


Budget  $5,200.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Families from the North Shore community have an opportunity to hear live family friendly music at Patton Park.  This is a free event.  Many families come with a picnic dinner and enjoy the music while children play on the play structures at the park.
Program Long-Term Success  More members of the North Shore community will have exposure to live family friendly music.  In addition, the concerts will enforce our focus on building community.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Many families from outside of Hamilton and Wenham drive to Hamilton on Sunday afternoons to hear the music.  In addition, we appeal to a wide audience due in part to the variety of diverse musical styles, and the inclusion of bands that have a following on the North Shore and beyond.  We have showcased performers ranging from musicians in our own communities of Hamilton and Wenham (Snowdonia and plan B) to performers with a regional following (Grupo Fantasia and 60’s Invasion) and sometimes even national recognition (Bill Staines and Allen Estes Band).

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Community House has successfully brought enrichment programs to the residents of our two towns of all ages for over 91 years.  Most recently, we staged a highly successful production of the Sound of Music.  While the production expenses were double our other typical productions, this show was a blockbuster hit!  We exceeded our box office target revenue by 65% and enjoyed unprecedented press on the North Shore and in Boston.  Just as exciting was a special guest to the production, Kristina von Trapp, a granddaughter of the musical’s inspiration, Captain and Maria von Trapp.

We now know our audience has an appetite for similar high quality productions, but this comes at a cost.  In order to continue bringing shows of this caliber, we will need to incur higher production expenses and increase the cost of the participation and ticket fees.  We are addressing this issue by increasing our fundraising efforts.  We are seeking funding through the generosity of foundations and corporations, and plan to bring a dedicated development professional on board. 

We also have to overcome a misconception that The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham receives state and federal support.  We are a nonprofit organization and rely on the generosity of private donors and our facility rental, program and ticket income to support all of our expenses.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Melissa Elmer
CEO Term Start Aug 2006
CEO Email
CEO Experience

CEO experience:

Bachelor of Social Work from University of Wisconsin

9 years of experience as an advocate in Battered Women’s programs

Event Planner in Development Department at HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)

7 years of experience as Executive Director of The Community House

Since working at The Community House, I have (I can generate more $ driven items if you think any of this is useful, I don’t want to spend more time on it if its not relevant to the Cummings application)

·         Developed formal systems, policies and procedures for the entire organization and Board of Directors (which never existed)

·         Led the $250,000 renovation of the portico in 2009

·         More than doubled staff support from 2 part-time employees to 6 part-time core staff, plus 10 high school staff members who work teen night events and support other special events and programs such as concerts and theater productions

·         Expanded our program offerings exponentially---adding programs such as Fun Science, Libby Fireside Concert Series, Community House Theater, Sewing and Yoga for Kids, Tai Chi, Ballroom Dancing, adopted the summer concerts in Patton Park program, The Community Block Party, Father-Daughter Winter Ball, Mother-Son Date Knight, Middle School Teen Night, First Aid and CPR workshops, Memoir Writing Workshops, Sing and Dance with the Music Man, HW School of Dance, and more (core programs that all ready existed: Ski Bradford, Two Town 4th, Breakfast with Santa, Special Friends, Retirees and Wannabees)

·         Developed a community calendar of events

·         Increased the visibility of the organization dramatically --- 3 annual newsletters sent to every mailbox in town (approx 4,500), monthly e-newsletters sent to over 2,200 individuals

·         Increased number of visitors to our building by added programs.


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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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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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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 1
Not Specified 5

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. Ken Wilson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Sept 2006 - Apr 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Tom Barrett Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Ted Batchelder Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Bill Boardman Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Cristie Carter Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Dennis Cusick Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Steve Decatur Jr. Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. John Gallant Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Bo Lamb Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Nancy Littlehale Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Jeanne Maurand Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Caleb Powers Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Robert Preston Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Colin Smith Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Randy Smolik Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Thad Steward Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Andrea Stewart Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Cat Stramer Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Ken Wilson Community Volunteer 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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 18
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 13
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Building
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Personnel
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our biggest challenge at this point is finding the direction of the Community House for the growth in the next 5 years.  We hope to learn this through a final strategic plan with 5 big goals, to include objectives to get there to address the 5 key areas of needs.
We also hope to reach more comfortable financial stability in terms of fundraising as a means of support.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $402,578.00
Projected Expense $401,062.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Reviewed Financials

2012 Reviewed Financials

2011 Reviewed Financials

2010 Reviewed Financials

2009 Reviewed Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $467,664 $366,772 $335,804
Total Expenses $437,708 $404,685 $389,767

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $75,651 $10,215 $15,633
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $279,132 $247,365 $217,471
Investment Income, Net of Losses $29,986 $20,255 $9,481
Membership Dues $31,521 $36,632 $35,904
Special Events $51,374 $52,305 $57,317
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $76,334 $77,258 $60,345
Administration Expense $335,294 $303,727 $293,925
Fundraising Expense $26,080 $23,700 $35,497
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.07 0.91 0.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses 17% 19% 15%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 21% 38% 49%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $1,286,233 $1,260,024 $1,291,538
Current Assets $92,288 $88,624 $64,327
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $139,193 $142,940 $136,540
Total Net Assets $1,147,040 $1,117,084 $1,154,998

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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 Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.66 0.62 0.47

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

A big challenge for us is the need for capital repairs of our building.
Clearly our building is our biggest asset but also our biggest expense.
Without it, our programming has no place to take place, yet we have to spend so much money to maintain and upkeep it that are completely unavoidable. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's financial reviews, which are on a cash basis. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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