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Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

 3815 Washington Street, Suite 2
 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
[P] (617) 983-5800
[F] (617) 587-1584
[email protected]
Melanie Lima
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EIN 04-2103596

LAST UPDATED: 09/10/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

MSPCC is a private, non-profit society dedicated to leadership in protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children and families.

Mission Statement

MSPCC is a private, non-profit society dedicated to leadership in protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children and families.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $15,805,329.00
Projected Expense $17,516,878.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Advocacy
  • Child & Family Counseling
  • Prevention & Family Support Services

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

MSPCC is a private, non-profit society dedicated to leadership in protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children and families.

Background Statement

In 1874, in New York city, concerned citizens looking to rescue an abused and neglected young girl named ‘Mary Ellen’ discovered to their dismay that animals had more legal rights and protections than children. The ensuing outrage and activism of those citizens was the impetus that led to the inauguration of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to children [NYSPCC], which then inspired 15 Societies worldwide and 34 across the US, of which the Massachusetts SPCC [MSPCC] became the most influential. The world has changed considerably over its long history, but the MSPCC’s leadership and commitment to children’s rights has been unfailing, evolving with the changing landscape of society to best advocate for children and families. Today, more than 27,000 children, care-givers and families benefit from MSPCC's work each year.

Impact Statement

MSPCC's achievements in recent years include the following:
Teen Parenting Program: The MA Department of Public Health recently awarded MSPCC Holyoke a multi-year award through its Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative to create a comprehensive program that addresses the educational, health, safety, developmental, and mental health needs of pregnant and parenting teens and their children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. A strong emphasis is placed on both child health outcomes (such as meeting developmental milestones) as well as parental educational attainment.
Military Family Support and Stabilization (MFSS) Program: MSPCC launched its MFSS program in FY11 to serve children and families of military service personnel who are dealing with deployment-related stressors. Researchers have found a significant increase in rates of child maltreatment in families around the period of deployment, as compared to non-military families. Supporting military families before, during, and after deployment is potentially a significant source of child abuse prevention. 
In-Home Therapy (IHT) Services and Therapeutic Mentoring [TM]: As a provider of the Commonwealth’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative services, MSPCC began offering IHT and TM in November 2009. MSPCC’s IHT teams work with the whole family, supporting parents to help their children resolve conflicts, make new routines, find community resources, decrease risky or unsafe behaviors, and learn healthy coping and communication skills. 
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): MSPCC offers TF-CBT, a short-term, evidence-based clinical intervention, recognized as one of the most effective treatments for children who have been impacted by trauma. 

Needs Statement

Too many children in Massachusetts face tremendous adversity from their first breath. More than 13% of children live in poverty statewide, and poverty is known to be the single best predictor of child abuse and neglect. The probability of families abusing or neglecting their children depends, to a large degree, on their ability to cope with poverty and the associated stressors that often accompany it (e.g. unemployment, single parenthood, housing instability, etc.).  Other conditions, such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health issues, can also compromise a parent’s ability to adequately care for his or her children.  Despite every effort on the part of MSPCC and other agencies, there exists a significant gap between needed and available family services in Massachusetts. MSPCC's reputation as a solid service provider, coupled with funding cuts to other programs, has created an overwhelming demand for our services. Our staff endeavor always to work creatively with limited resources to reach as many families as possible. Nonetheless, some of our programs have had to create waiting lists which require families to wait weeks or even months to be served. This demand simply cannot be met without additional funding.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions
MSPCC serves all communities in Massachusetts via a network of six regional offices. The majority of services are offered in community settings and homes.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention -
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In addition to providing direct services, MSPCC has a long history and proven track record of successful public advocacy on behalf of children and families. MSPCC focuses its advocacy on issues related to child and family well-being such as child abuse prevention, foster care, welfare reform, and homelessness prevention. Over the years, MSPCC has earned a reputation for setting national standards and taking firm stands on sometimes controversial issues when necessary. Our efforts are supported by a volunteer advocacy network of thousands of like-minded citizens.
Budget  --
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  MSPCC is currently a respected leader and trusted source in advocating for key child and family policy issues.
  • MSPCC has long been at the forefront of the current Children's Mental Health Campaign, which seeks to bridge the considerable gap between the need and availability of quality mental health services for children.
  • MSPCC collaborates with the Massachusetts Alliance for Families, an advocacy association dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the thousands of children who cannot live with their biological families and for the families who care for them.
  • MSPCC continues to press for reform of the current juvenile justice system, shifting initial intervention from the court system to local, family-oriented programs to address behavioral problems.
  • As always, MSPCC is a leader in the ongoing effort to prevent child abuse and neglect, calling upon the public to remain vigilant and report suspected abuse.
Program Long-Term Success  For more than 135 years, MSPCC has been a tireless advocate for the rights and well- being of children and families. When MSPCC was founded, animals had more rights than abused and neglected children; unregulated boarding houses served as make-shift orphanages; and the commercial exploitation of children was still widely acceptable. Today, these conditions seem unthinkable, thanks in no small part to MSPCC’s relentless campaigns to change laws, hearts and minds. While the world has changed considerably during its history, MSPCC has remained at the forefront of advocating successfully for the evolving needs of children and families. No doubt the unique challenges of this generation will one day be ancient history due in no small part to MSPCC’s leadership.
Program Success Monitored By 
  • Successful influence of legislative outcomes that positively affect children and families;
  • Depth and breadth of media coverage generated by MSPCC, or in collaboration with like-minded organizations, on priority issues;
  • Recruitment and engagement of our Children’s Advocacy Network membership;
  • Strength of MSPCC relationships with key leaders and decision makers related to child and family policies;
  • Leadership within sector and relevant issue coalitions and collaborations. 
Examples of Program Success  "MSPCC has been instrumental in putting dozens of laws on the books regarding everything from abandonment to custody to support. Through MSPCC's efforts, adoption processes have been streamlined and foster care better regulated. Government programs have been instituted that strive to ensure children's well-being with regard to housing, nutrition, health care, and education. And perhaps most importantly, a new awareness of issues such as abuse and neglect has taken hold at all levels of society." – Steve Pagliuca, MSPCC Board Chair 

Child & Family Counseling

MSPCC is one of the largest outpatient mental health treatment providers in Massachusetts, providing treatment to more than 3,000 children and adults every year. MSPCC's licensed outpatient clinics provide mental health evaluation and treatment, including individual, group and family counseling. MSPCC’s unmatched range of services is designed to respond to the individual needs of infants, children, adolescents and their families. Services are provided in our clinic offices, and, also, increasingly in families' homes, in schools and in other community settings where children and families are most comfortable. MSPCC staff have special expertise in child psychiatry, medication evaluations, and working with children who've experienced trauma.
Budget  --
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Childhood Mental Health Disorders
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  MSPCC treats children affected by trauma, depression, disruptive behavior, attention disorders, anxiety and adults affected by depression, trauma, bipolar and other mental health conditions. Through individual, family, and group treatment, parent training, case management, and psychopharmacology interventions, MSPCC clients attain positive outcomes and improve the quality of their lives. According to MSPCC’s most recent internal research analyzing progress in key areas between initial assessment and follow-up, children with significant impairment demonstrated great progress in areas such as school performance, home life, behavior, mood and propensity to self-harm.
Program Long-Term Success 
If left untreated, mental health disorders in children and adolescents can interfere with the way they think, feel, and act, sometimes leading to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide.

, more accessible, quality mental health services can have a dramatic positive impact on children’s personal and academic success, their families, and society-at-large, such as:
  • A decline in youth violence;
  • Fewer children and young adults engaged in the juvenile justice system;
  • More children in the child welfare system placed in permanent homes;
  • A marked improvement in academic performance, as well as reduction in truancy, suspension and expulsion;
  • More young people able to overcome their illness and reach their potential;
  • Stronger families who understand and support one another.
Program Success Monitored By  MSPCC utilizes standardized outcome tools (TOP and CAFAS) to assess clients’ status at the beginning of treatment and to monitor treatment progress. Clinicians use this information to guide individual treatment and the agency uses aggregate results for continuous quality improvement.
Examples of Program Success  Parents share their experience with MSPCC Counseling Services:
“The staff at MSPCC has been wonderful to me and my son. They are a very caring and family-oriented organization. I feel that they are very understanding and supportive to all our needs and I can call anytime and speak with someone when needed.” – Mother receiving mental health services at MSPCC’s Western Massachusetts clinic
“The care that the workers feel for their clients. You don't feel they are just doing a days work, they really care and want to help, which makes your troubles easier to deal with. They really understand your feelings.” – Mother receiving mental health services at MSPCC’s Western Massachusetts clinic
“The kindness and friendly manner conveyed by our worker on a weekly basis. For a worker to treat us just like family is a rare commodity.” – Mother receiving mental health services at MSPCC’s Hyannis clinic

Prevention & Family Support Services

At MSPCC, we believe that prevention and early intervention offer the best hope for children at risk. If we can anticipate the needs and stresses of today's families - biological, as well as adoptive, foster and kinship families - and equip them with the necessary resources and skills to respond to them, then we have provided the truest form of protection. MSPCC's prevention and support programs offer a wide range of services designed to respond to the individual needs of the children and families that we serve. Last year, MSPCC helped almost 800 at-risk parents become more self-confident and raise children who are safe, healthy and ready to learn through home visiting, parent education, developmental screenings, parent support groups, and connections to concrete community supports. We also provided support services to over 16,000 adoptive, foster and kinship families who have opened their hearts and homes to vulnerable children.
Budget  --
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Prevention and Support Services strengthen families and promote child well-being. MSPCC works with families who are struggling to take care of their children and whose children are at risk, yet they fall below the threshold for government intervention. They also support foster, adoptive and kinship families. Internal and external evaluations have confirmed real and tangible positive outcomes for families who have received services. On average, parents with at-risk parenting skills and attitudes demonstrate significant improvements in their parenting. There is an overall decrease in levels of distress and unhappiness for all family members. As well, MSPCC staff connect the vast majority of participating families to appropriate services to improve their future prospects. Ultimately, and most importantly, this combined progress leads to a decrease in the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.
Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate aims of these services are to strengthen at-risk families to reduce the incidents of child abuse and neglect and create more stable and nurturing families for children (whether biological, adoptive, foster or kinship). All relevant research confirms that children who have relationships with consistent, caring adults in their early years achieve better academic performance, healthier behaviors, more positive peer interactions, and an increased ability to cope with stress. Families with sufficient and stable resources also contribute positively to children’s well-being. What’s more, the children who benefit from these services now are far more likely to provide strong, loving homes to their future children.
Program Success Monitored By  Prevention and Support Services were successfully tested in a pilot phase prior to being initiated statewide. MSPCC records and closely monitors all families’ services received and progress. External research and evaluation takes place periodically, depending on available funding.
Examples of Program Success 

Participating parents are happy to share their positive experiences with MSPCC’s Prevention and Support services:

"There aren't words that can honestly express our gratitude. It has been more than we actually expected and I would recommend it to another mother in a heartbeat." – Parent receiving services from MSPCC’s Boston program

"My [MSPCC staff] visitor helps me more than anyone has. I would recommend my visitor to anyone who needs her – she is awesome. We thank her for everything she has done for me and my family." – Mother receiving services from MSPCC’s Worcester program

"MSPCC has made an amazing difference in my life. I am very happy with my [MSPCC] home visitor and the generous services from the program." – Mother receiving services from MSPCC’s Lawrence program

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary A McGeown
CEO Term Start Nov 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Mary McGeown became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), in November, 2012. She provides executive leadership to the private non-profit children’s agency that has been dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights and well being of children since its inception in 1878. 

Previous to becoming President and CEO, Ms. McGeown held the position of Vice President for Programs where she provided overall program leadership to MSPCC and provided support for the Program Committee of the Board. Prior to her Vice Presidency she was Communications Manager for MSPCC. Working collaboratively with advocacy and professional organizations as well as state government, Ms. McGeown managed marketing, public relations and communications projects to promote MSPCC fundraising, advocacy and programs.  

For almost 20 years, Ms. McGeown has held key leadership positions for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mary served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. She was also the Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Youth Services as well as the Chief of Staff. Ms. McGeown was the Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Mental Health and the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Corrections. 

She has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

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
Ms. Michelle Fagnano MSW, LICSW Director of Prevention Services --
Ms. Kersten Lanes Chief Administrative Officer --
Ms. Melanie Lima Director of Development --
Ms. Karen Litchfield Director of Human Resources --
Ms. Monica Roizner Ed.D Director of Clinical Services --
Ms. Nancy Scannell Director of Policy and Planning --
Ms. Darcie Stawinski Director of Finance --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Currently in the midst of strategic planning. More details upon request.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 179
Number of Part Time Staff 67
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 25
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
Caucasian: 149
Hispanic/Latino: 54
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 5
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 203
Male: 33
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. Stephen Pagliuca
Board Chair Company Affiliation Managing Director - Bain Capital Partners, LLC
Board Chair Term Apr 2003 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Jerilyn P. Asher President - Rainmaker Consulting, Inc. --
Mr. Jeffrey J. Coté Executive VP and CFO - Sensata Technologies --
Mr. Kevin P. Cronin Head of Corporate & Investment Banking - The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. --
Ms. Maureen K. Flatley N/A --
Mr. Gregory C. Gordon Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer - Philips Home Monitoring --
Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover Sr. Reverend - The Historic Charles Street A.M.E. Church --
Mr. Lawrence S. Hamelsky Managing Director - Berkshire Partners LLC --
Ms. Susana B. Lopez N/A --
Mr. Richard J. McCarthy Chief Financial Officer - Nixon Peabody LLP --
Mr. Barry S. Pollack Esq. Pollack Solomon Duffy LLP --
Mr. Michael F. Quinlan Partner - PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP --
Mr. Charles V. Senatore Head of Compliance and Ethics - Fidelity Investments --
Mr. R. Newcomb Stillwell Partner - Ropes & Gray --

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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 50%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Investment

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $14,926,694 $17,940,795 $20,371,438
Total Expenses $17,105,764 $18,855,283 $19,517,699

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $666,104 $583,808
Government Contributions $8,326,469 $8,451,566 $8,743,589
    Federal -- -- --
    State $8,035,793 $8,058,153 $8,345,425
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $290,676 $393,413 $398,164
Individual Contributions $1,276,559 $580,745 $670,579
Indirect Public Support $346,075 $328,353 $342,553
Earned Revenue $4,954,910 $6,244,319 $6,857,651
Investment Income, Net of Losses $146,651 $1,138,906 $2,621,653
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $623,300 $643,663 $777,769
Revenue In-Kind -- $42,523 $103,127
Other $-747,270 $-155,384 $-329,291

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $13,766,561 $15,389,476 $15,644,470
Administration Expense $2,838,087 $2,929,005 $3,416,060
Fundraising Expense $501,116 $536,802 $457,169
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.87 0.95 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 82% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 5% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $24,640,169 $26,648,022 $28,252,782
Current Assets $3,167,781 $3,131,863 $3,429,109
Long-Term Liabilities $3,134,572 $2,576,979 $2,707,513
Current Liabilities $1,371,013 $1,757,389 $2,317,127
Total Net Assets $20,134,584 $22,313,654 $23,228,142

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $19,090,055.00
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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.31 1.78 1.48

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 13% 10% 10%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials. Please note, total revenue includes operating, non-operating, and loss from discontinued operations.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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