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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

Rowing changes lives. At Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) we are dedicated to fostering a community that is both welcoming and supportive. Under the banner of Rowing for All we make rowing accessible without regard to individual ability, background or experience. We seek to raise the standard of rowing programs through internal excellence and to share our knowledge and expertise with others for the advancement of the sport at all levels. 

Mission Statement

Rowing changes lives. At Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) we are dedicated to fostering a community that is both welcoming and supportive. Under the banner of Rowing for All we make rowing accessible without regard to individual ability, background or experience. We seek to raise the standard of rowing programs through internal excellence and to share our knowledge and expertise with others for the advancement of the sport at all levels. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Nov 01, 2015 to Oct 31, 2016
Projected Income $4,410,551.00
Projected Expense $4,315,541.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Boys Row Boston
  • G-ROW (Girls-Row) BOSTON
  • Let's Row Boston Middle School Indoor Rowing Program
  • Para (Adaptive) Rowing Program
  • Veterans Rowing Program

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Mission Statement

Rowing changes lives. At Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) we are dedicated to fostering a community that is both welcoming and supportive. Under the banner of Rowing for All we make rowing accessible without regard to individual ability, background or experience. We seek to raise the standard of rowing programs through internal excellence and to share our knowledge and expertise with others for the advancement of the sport at all levels. 

Background Statement

CRI was founded in 1985 by a group of Olympic and world-class rowers who wanted to widen the circle of rowing and secure public access for the sport along the Charles River. Today we are the largest non-profit rowing organization in the world with an annual operating budget of $3.2 million and programs that serve more than forty different groups including military veterans, individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities, and people from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Of the 3,000 youth and adults who row at CRI each year, we reach over 1,200 individuals in free outreach programs for underserved populations.  

In 2006, after 20 years of operating from a seasonal facility, CRI launched a $16 million capital campaign to build a year-round boathouse of its own. The campaign experienced extraordinary support and in October 2008, CRI opened the doors to its new Harry Parker Boathouse. Having paid off the final boathouse construction loan at the close of last year, CRI is now 100% debt free. 

The impact of the new facility has been enormous. The recipient of several prestigious architectural honors, including the “Most Beautiful Building in Boston” award by the Boston Society of Architects, the Harry Parker Boathouse is already a landmark on the river and in the city itself. From well before dawn until after the sun goes down, there is always action at CRI. A visitor might see throngs of teenagers eagerly warming up for their afternoon row; paralyzed adults using their legs for the first time to propel specialized rowing machines; a group of shy high school boys from the Boston public schools going out on the river for the first time; G-ROW girls studying in their classroom overlooking the Charles; or administrative offices bustling with staff and volunteers.

At the root of all of this is a deep COMMITMENT, both on the water and off, from people who have been changed by rowing and who believe in the sport’s capacity to improve lives and enhance communities.

In 2012, Community Rowing, Inc. received the coveted "Rings of Gold" Award by the United States Olympic Committee.  This award is given to one organization which exemplifies the Olympic ideals.  In 2009 and 2012, CRI was honored with the “Rowing Club of the Year” award by the US Rowing Association and in 2011, Bruce Smith, CRI Executive Director, was named “Administrator of the Year” by Rowing News Magazine. In 2010, the US Olympic Committee formally recognized CRI as an official Paralympic Sports Club.  In 2010 and 2012, CRI's  G-ROW BOSTON program was named a finalist for the Social Innovators Award in recognition of the program’s focus on results.

Impact Statement

Overarching objective:  Youth engage in healthy, active lifestyles that enhance their long-term mental, emotional, and physical well-being. 

The Challenge: 44% of school-age children in Boston are overweight or obese

CRI’s Response: Our Let’s Row Boston initiative introduces rowing to over 2,500 BPS youth each year. Rowing is a physically demanding activity that burns more calories per minute than any other sport. In just one Let’s Row indoor rowing session at one middle school, 50 students burned 59,000 calories and 17 pounds of fat!

CRI’s Response: Enhancing the physical well-being of young people is strongly correlated to academic success. For participants in our Girls Row (G-ROW) and Boys Row Boston program, physical activity combined with program tutoring and academic mentoring increases academic achievement and scholastic opportunity.

The Challenge: 63% of Boston public high school students graduate in four years

CRI’s Response: Becoming immersed in a sport that is associated with high educational attainment and career achievement can open up new opportunities for youth. Since 1998, 100% of participants in our G-ROW BOSTON program have graduated from high school, and 99% have gone on to four-year colleges. 

The Challenge: 25-40% of returning veterans from Iraq have psychological and neurological injuries

CRI’s Response: Our Veterans Program is a lifeline for returning military members who are coping with physical and emotional trauma and working to restore relationships and return to their lives pre-deployment.

The Challenge: 26% of adults with disabilities are physically inactive

CRI’s Response: Rowing at CRI combines the social benefits of a cohesive team experience with dramatic physical benefits and an opportunity to experience the freedom of gliding across the water. For 70% of the youth and adults in CRI’s Adaptive Rowing Program, rowing is their ONLY physical activity.

Needs Statement

CRI is proud to offer nearly $1m annually in life-changing programming for over 2,500 urban youth, military veterans, and individuals with disabilities. These programs are offered free of charge to participants, and are made possible through the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations.

 Following are our top five needs:

1)      Continue to expand the Let’s Row Boston Middle School Indoor Rowing Programn to mitigate the obesity epidemic in the Boston public schools. Cost = $20,000 to add a new BPS middle school site.

2)      Invest in data/outcome measurement to document results for all CRI outreach programs, including Let’s Row Boston, Adaptive and Veterans. Cost = $50,000. 

3)      Hire a Head Coach for our Para/Veterans Programs. We have many outstanding and dedicated coaches for these programs, but our Para athletes are excited to race and take their participation in the sport to the next level, and we need a head coach to coordinate race logistics and athlete development. Cost = $45,000.

4)      Purchase a wheelchair-accessible van. Cost = $25,000.

5)      Invest in strategic planning and management training to determine how best to 1) share the incredible resource of our new boathouse with the community; 2) reach the people who will benefit most from the health and social benefits of rowing; 3) maximize the impact of our Institute for Rowing Leadership; and 4) expand on a local and national level. Cost = $50,000.

CEO Statement

With 1,000+ rowers getting on the water every day at CRI, there are hundreds of stories we have to tell.  The recovering heart attack patient who, isolated and depressed at home, started rowing in rehab and found connection and joy at the boathouse. The 13 year old girl who, suffering from obesity, started rowing  at CRI through our partnership with Children's Hospital.  Within three months of learning to row she could go shopping in the same stores as her friends for the first time in her life.  The teenage boy who learned how to be a committed member of a team that will carry him into college and beyond.
With the amazing help of wildly talented volunteers and visionaries, we made videos, took amazing pictures, and built a new website to share what happens at CRI.  We developed e-news blasts for parents, we put up posters, we Tweeted.  In fact, we tried for the first time to tell our story to the world.  
Why?  We really believe that CRI is ground zero for positive cultural change.  We have unique tools to bring people together, to create health, to share a model of behavior that captures the best version of ourselves.  
Rowers are healthy, connected people who know how to cooperate, to be productive members of society.  We want to share this inspiring message with the world.
Thank you for your extraordinary support, your passion and your investment in our community.  We're just getting started!
- Bruce Smith, Executive Director 

Board Chair Statement

Rowing is a sport that changes lives.  2014 was a successful year.  Community Rowing is strong.  Our programs are thriving, financial support is healthy, and our reputation as a place of innovation and excellence continues to grow.
What we have accomplished together is simply astounding.  We are who we are because of people like you who believe in our mission and engage in our rowing community.  
It is a true honor to serve as the Board President of CRI.  2014 was especially gratifying to me.  2015 will prove to be absolutely groundbreaking for Community Rowing as we bring in an entirely new fleet of boats, ensuring an equal and gratifying rowing experience for all.  Thank you for being with us on this incredible journey!
- Lila McCain, President 

Geographic Area Served

Over 5,000 people – 50% youth and 50% adults – row at Community Rowing each year. Almost one-fourth of CRI participants live in the City of Boston, and the remainder live in surrounding communities.

Organization Categories

  1. Recreation & Sports - Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Human Services -

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

Under Development


Boys Row Boston

Launched in early 2011, Boys Row Boston provides intensive after-school rowing, team-building, and academic support to 130 boys from Boston’s low-income communities. Boys Row offers a healthy, competitive outlet for boys in a struggling school system while allowing them a chance to make positive connections with peers and adult role models, to grow stronger physically and emotionally, and to focus on academics and a future that includes new opportunities for college and careers.

Boys Row meets four times per week throughout the entire school year. Fall and spring are spent rowing outdoors on the Charles River, and winter training takes place indoors at CRI. Boys Row participants have the chance to compete in close to a dozen local and regional regattas throughout the year. Most importantly, rowing is complemented by rigorous academic support and college preparation activities, including visits to college campuses and assistance with the college application and selection process.

Budget  116,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

100% of participants will improve physical fitness

Participants will improve GPA by at least 10%
Program Long-Term Success 

100% of participants will graduate from high school

100% of participants will go to college
Program Success Monitored By 

Pre- and post-program fitness screenings performed by physicians from Children’s Hospital Boston

Monthly fitness tests on rowing machines

Ongoing tracking of grades, graduation and college attendance rates
Examples of Program Success 

Launched just last year, Boys Row already is already producing powerful results. One of our boys who lost his father to violence and is coping with an extremely painful and impoverished family life brought his GPA from a .23 to a 1.6 while on the team. When he first joined Boys Row, he had very little hope of finishing high school, but he is now on track and motivated to graduate this spring. 

On the way home from practice one day, this same young man asked one of our staff: “When you think of the words 'safe haven,' what comes to mind?” The staff replied, “Home. What do you think of?” And he replied: “I think of rowing. When I row, I leave all of my problems on land.”

Rowing has an amazingly powerful ability to bring participants “in the moment” – requiring absolute focus and a relief from the stresses of daily life. For those recovering from trauma, rowing can become a lifeline, providing a healthy escape, a road to connection and new-found physical and mental strength.

G-ROW (Girls-Row) BOSTON

G-ROW (Girls-Row) BOSTON is a highly acclaimed rowing, relationship-building and academic support program for girls in the Boston public schools. The mission of G-ROW is to bring the physical, psychological and social rewards of rowing to girls who may not otherwise have access to the sport. By providing sensitive coaching and supporting relevant social and academic activities, G-ROW provides a safe space for adolescent girls to develop strong self-image, form healthy relationships, and build the interest, skills and dispositions necessary to make positive life choices. G-ROW believes that an all-girl environment encourages freedom and self expression, and that positive relationships are essential to girls’ healthy development.
G-ROW is a high dosage program that meets five days per week throughout the whole school year.  On-water rowing and racing and indoor training during the winter are complemented by rigorous academic support and college preparation activities.   
Budget  $155,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females
Program Short-Term Success 
100% of girls show significantly improved physical fitness after one year in the program
Program Long-Term Success 
Since the program was launched in 1998, 100% of G-ROW participants have graduated from high school, and 99% have gone on to four-year colleges.  Our goal continues to be 100% college enrollment for our graduates.
Program Success Monitored By 

A new partnership with Children's Hospital Boston will enable us to track health outcomes for our G-ROW participants. By conducting screenings pre- and post-program, a team of physicians is monitoring our girls' height; weight; flexibility; BMI (Body Mass Index); hip-to-waist measurements; blood pressure; heart rate; a step test; and a grip test, which has a strong correlation to overall strength. Results on these tests will be tracked over time (anonymously) for each participant.


In addition, we are tracking the following:

·        Free lunch eligibility and health insurance information

·        Attendance, including excused and unexcused absences

·        Physical activity as reported on a questionnaire administered pre- and post-program

·        Fitness, as measured on monthly 500-meter “erg tests” 

·        Grades and progress reports collected each term

·        Graduation from high school

·        College acceptance and enrollment rates

Examples of Program Success 

In December 2011, G-ROW alumna Kasha Ambroise was appointed to the CRI Board of Directors. Kasha is a Haitian-American who grew up in Boston, graduated from Smith College, and currently works in the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General’s office. Kasha visited with the current G-ROW team recently and offered this to the girls:“While in G-ROW, I had some of the best experiences that helped me grow into the person that I am today. At G-ROW, we had our different personalities and I learned how to maneuver that. Using that skill, learning how to listen to people helped me at college and helped me become who I am now. That feeling of coming from where you thought you weren’t going to make it at all to coming so far… That’s my experience in life, actually.” 

Let's Row Boston Middle School Indoor Rowing Program

The Let's Row middle school program is an anti-obesity initiative that introduces rowing and the benefits of rigorous exercise to BPS students. By bringing rowing machines directly into the schools for bi-weekly sessions over 4-6 weeks, we can reach a wide range of hard to reach target groups, including youth who are not drawn to traditional sports. The Let’s Row curriculum is directed and engaging – it incorporates games, competitions, and peer support and culminates in the Youth Indoor Rowing Championship. From there, participants can choose to enroll in our free summer clinics and continue their engagement over the long-term in our year-round G-ROW and Boys Row high school programs. 

Participants from our high school teams are helping to implement the Let’s Row program as highly trained Junior Coaches. This enhances the experience for the middle school participants and creates a tremendous growth opportunity for the older youth.
Budget  $368,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

  • 2,500 Boston youth experience increased opportunities to participate in sports and physical activity.
  • Youth become aware that rowing is a high school sport in Boston
  • Youth participate in distance challenges (CRI's 10,000 Meter Challenge)
  • Youth improve rowing skills
  • Youth become interested in rowing programs outside of PE class.
  • Youth learn the basic muscle groups involved in rowing.
  • Youth attend one field trip or event at the CRI boathouse.
  • Youth learn basic rowing vocabulary
  • Youth engage in vigorous physical activity. 

Program Long-Term Success 
  • BPS youth experience increased opportunities to participate in sports (rowing) and vigorous physical activity, including CRI's summer rowing clinics, Row Boston, and Youth Para Rowing.
  • Youth participants gain confidence in their abilities.
  • In-school, measurable activity of BPS students increases. 
  • BPS staff are able to implement our Middle School program curriculum with minimal staff oversight from CRI. 
Program Success Monitored By 

Let’s Row is unique because it can be quantified accurately in multiple dimensions. Electronic “workout cards” track calories burned, meters rowed, and duration of workouts. These cards are inserted into the rowing machines at the beginning of each indoor rowing session, producing an accurate readout that will be recorded over time. It is impossible to deliver comparable data for any other sport.

Our Let’s Row staff closely track: numbers of participants, attendance, calories burned, distance, time, pounds of fat, and activity levels pre- and post-involvement in the program (self-report via questionnaire).

Examples of Program Success  In just one Let’s Row session at one middle school, 60 students burned 59,000 calories and 17 pounds of fat! 

Para (Adaptive) Rowing Program

Launched in 2009 after the opening of our fully accessible Harry Parker Boathouse, the Para (Adaptive) Rowing Program aims to enhance the quality of life for youth and adults with physical and mental disabilities by:

·        Introducing them to the joys and rigors of rowing;

·        Improving their physical fitness and overall health;

·        Presenting opportunities to engage in fun and competitive events while also

·        Exposing them to the beauty of Boston’s Charles River and all it has to offer.

 CRI’s Para Rowing Program gives individuals with special needs a chance to experience the freedom of gliding across the water in a sport that is meditative and healing, challenging and rewarding, individual and yet intensely team-focused. Participants learn the basics of rowing indoors on rowing machines and then progress through a series of increasingly challenging boats as they gain confidence and comfort.

Budget  $182,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

In 2014, we offered 7 rowing sessions each week for youth and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and served a total of 210 individuals. Our programs are continuing to grow and that we are on track to serve 350 individuals with disabilities in 2015. Program offerings included:

• U25 LTA (Leg Trunk and Arms)- Twice weekly recreational and competitive rowing for youth with intellectual and physical disabilities, including both on the water and on land training sessions, and seasonal competitions. In 2014, we had 10 participants in this program.

• In-School Adaptive PE Rowing- In-school rowing, and on the water field trips to CRI for BPS youth. Participating Schools include Horace Mann School for the Deaf, Brighton High School and the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School. Athletes were also invited to attend CRI’s summer programs for youth with disabilities. This program just recently concluded for the 2015 school year and we served 117 youth with disabilities.

Program Long-Term Success 

Program Success Monitored By  We conduct a thorough intake for each participant, and also carefully monitor satisfaction with the program as reported by the participants and parents/caregivers. Our coaches note participants' progression into more challenging boats, indicating an increase in balance, fitness and confidence, and track fitness on rowing machines and time trials on the water. The fitness of participants in the FES program in partnership with the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is carefully monitored, and based on those outcomes, we know that the program has a dramatic impact on the physical health of our adaptive rowers. The FES athletes have increased VO2 max (maximal oxygen uptake) by up to 25 percent, and have significantly improved muscle mass and bone density.
Examples of Program Success 

Several physically disabled rowers describe the feeling of total freedom and effortlessness that rowing brings them. One rower who struggles to coordinate his left and right sides says that rowing feels “almost like flying.” The mother of a young woman in the program describes her learning disabled daughter as “always wound up, not emotional, everything is always in black and white.” But she says that rowing “brings a balance” to her daughter, that she has a “peaceful aura” after rowing that eludes her in other areas of her life. 

The mother of a young man with dwarfism says that “adaptive rowing is the first extracurricular that [my son] picked up easily where he received legitimate, positive feedback and he was propelled to keep going.”  A therapist tells us that he never thought his client would be able to function in a team setting and that what has happened at CRI is “nothing short of amazing.”

Veterans Rowing Program

CRI’s Veterans Rowing Program provides a unique opportunity for returning military veterans who are struggling with mobility issues, post-traumatic stress disorder and often social isolation to experience the physical and mental benefits of rowing in a team setting.

The design of rowing is particularly healing, especially for individuals recovering from trauma. Rowing is a team sport but not a contact sport – each rower has a safe space, but is also connected to the others in the boat. 

The CRI outreach staff helps individual veterans with everything from transportation to housing, and even school advocacy for veterans who are single parents with school aged children. Several of our veterans struggling with PTSD say that coming to the boathouse helps them to focus and find meaning in their work and in their lives. Altogether, veterans have volunteered over 700 hours of community service at CRI, resulting in a positive exchange between the veterans and the organization as a whole.

Budget  $95,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

Dallas is a Marine who saw active combat in Iraq. He came to the Veterans Rowing Program in a non-ambulatory wheelchair. Dallas survived two closed head injuries from IED blasts and a gunshot wound. He experienced a massive life-threatening stroke, leaving him with hemi paresis, impaired communication, impaired memory, and seizures. He lives with traumatic brain injury and visual impairment. 

When Dallas first started rowing in August 2011, he had limited mobility and it took 3-4 people to transfer him from the chair to the boat. By the end of October, Dallas was strong enough to get himself in and out of the boat with minimal assistance of two people. 

This winter, Dallas rowed more than ONE MILLION meters on the rowing machine in one month. He now walks into the building and up two levels of stairs using only a cane. He continues to get stronger and is beginning to use all four extremities. Dallas recognizes his success and he is proud of all he has accomplished in a very short time.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bruce H. Smith
CEO Term Start May 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Bruce Smith is a US National Team Coach and a graduate of McGill University and the University of Chicago. As the President of the Chicago Rowing Foundation, Bruce established the Lincoln Park Juniors (LPJ) rowing program. Using an innovative strategy to aggregate resources across socio-economically diverse populations of youth, under Bruce’s leadership the LPJ program served more than 200 young people every year, one third of whom participated for free and were recruited from at risk urban communities.  In addition to new programming, Bruce developed and programmed two new rowing facilities on the Chicago River, the first public access facilities to be constructed on this intensive urban environment in more than a hundred years.  The number of youth and adults served by the facilities now numbers in the thousands annually. 

As the Executive Director of Community Rowing since 2008, Bruce has quadrupled operating income from $900,000 to more than $4 million dollars, increased participation across all programs by more than 100%, and created several innovative initiatives to transform CRI into the largest and most effective rowing club in the United States.  In addition to programming increases, during the worst economic downturn in five generations, Bruce completed a capital campaign to raise $16 million for the Harry Parker Boathouse and closed the campaign in two years, a full year ahead of schedule. 

Bruce also founded the Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing ([email protected]), the country’s first masters-level program designed to bring the sport of coaching to a new level of professional development. With more than 150,000 rowers in the United States, the sport needs well rounded coaches and leaders, and the IRL provides a year-long education program to develop that leadership. Bruce was named "Administrator of the Year" in 2010 by Rowing News Magazine.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start June 2008
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Alyson Magian Jan 1998 May 2008

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Kane Larin Director of Programs & Operations --
Mr. Matthew Lehrer Director of Coaching Education --
Ms. Ellen Minzner Director of Outreach

Ellen is a two-time World Champion rower who has been coaching on the high school, collegiate, masters and elite levels for over 20 years.  She recently completed a degree in Urban Planning at Tufts University, with a thesis on the Role of Youth Sport in Community Development.  As manager for the Community Development Department for the City of Lawrence, she oversaw the citywide Parks Improvement Plan, and facilitated federal funding for a number of local non-profits.  From there she served as the Executive Director for the local boating program, providing free access to rowing and sailing for all low-income youth. She is currently a presenter for the Positive Coaching Alliance, and oversees CRI’s outreach programs for urban youth, military veterans, and people with disabilities.  

Mr. Matt Rostron Director of Systems and Growth --
Mr. David Snowdon Director of Facilities --


Award Awarding Organization Year
"Rings of Gold" Award United States Olympic Committee 2012
Club of the Year US Rowing 2012
Administrator of the Year -- Bruce Smith, Executive Director Rowing News Magazine 2011
Paralympic Sports Club US Olympic Committee 2010
Club of the Year US Rowing Association 2009
Most Beautiful New Building in Boston Boston Society of Architects 2009


Affiliation Year
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Boston Public Schools
Wounded Warriors 
United States Olympic Committee 
Children's Hospital Boston
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Access Sport America
Bayada Home Healthcare
City of Boston, Office of Veterans Affairs
Greater Boston Adaptive Recreation
The Home Base Program
Horace Mann School for the Deaf
New England Disabled Sports
Perkins School for the Blind

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 23
Number of Part Time Staff 70
Number of Volunteers 600
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 90%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 80
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Indian
Gender Female: 37
Male: 55
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
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 Exempt
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Boiler and Machinery
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Dishonesty
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Water Craft and Aircraft
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability

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 Ms. Lila McCain
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Student Assistance
Board Chair Term Dec 2010 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Marion Dancy Communications and Marketing Consultant Voting
Ms. Laura Davis Biotech Consultant Voting
Mr. Kevin Dutt Energy Consultant --
Mr. Bryan Fuller State Street Financial Voting
Mr. Jamie Hintlian Aspen Technology Pharmaceuticals Voting
Mr. Anton Hoffman Veteran, US Marines - Global Enterprise Services, EMC Voting
Mr. Denis Holler The MENTOR Network --
Ms. Priscilla Lowell R & P Lowell Architects Voting
Mr. Stephen Maire Goetz/Aragon/Arrant Voting
Ms. Cameran Mason Wellesley College Voting
Ms. Ruth Morss Communications Consultant --
Ms. Olivia Tapia Boston Public Schools 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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Disabled
Gender Female: 6
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
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

  • Board Governance
  • Building
  • Compensation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Investment
  • Membership

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Nov 01, 2015 to Oct 31, 2016
Projected Income $4,410,551.00
Projected Expense $4,315,541.00
Form 990s

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2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

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2008 990

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Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $5,343,980 $4,410,551 $3,791,854
Total Expenses $5,052,420 $4,315,541 $4,244,870

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $641,317 $376,500
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,910,945 $565,150 $279,663
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $3,172,313 $2,632,486 $2,677,234
Investment Income, Net of Losses $33,884 $71,831 $37,429
Membership Dues -- $223,335 $223,000
Special Events $107,577 $110,957 $95,148
Revenue In-Kind $93,261 $113,917 $61,149
Other $26,000 $51,558 $41,731

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $3,396,492 $2,911,547 $2,861,530
Administration Expense $1,107,027 $967,543 $1,098,731
Fundraising Expense $548,901 $436,451 $284,609
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.06 1.02 0.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses 67% 67% 67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 27% 33% 38%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $16,909,325 $15,370,902 $15,447,792
Current Assets $2,010,141 $1,102,290 $747,688
Long-Term Liabilities $3,308,893 $2,232,905 $2,358,585
Current Liabilities $570,673 $399,798 $446,018
Total Net Assets $13,029,759 $12,738,199 $12,643,189

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $808,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Raising funds for downpayment of new boat fleet.
Campaign Goal $300,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $125,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.52 2.76 1.68

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 20% 15% 15%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Excess of revenues over expenses in 2009 and 2010 reflects capital campaign income for the construction of the Harry Parker Boathouse.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals as the breakdown was not available.


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