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Healthworks Community Fitness Inc.

 450 Washington Street
 Dorchester, MA 02124
[P] (617) 825-2800
[F] (617) 8259300
www.healthworkscommunityfitness.org
magrawal@healthworkscommunityfitness.org
Meenakshi Verma-Agrawal
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INCORPORATED: 1998
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3431534

LAST UPDATED: 11/17/2014
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Healthworks Community Fitness is dedicated to providing high-quality fitness opportunities for women and children in low-income neighborhoods in order to prevent and treat chronic diseases, improve health and fitness, and promote well-being and empowerment.        

Mission Statement

Healthworks Community Fitness is dedicated to providing high-quality fitness opportunities for women and children in low-income neighborhoods in order to prevent and treat chronic diseases, improve health and fitness, and promote well-being and empowerment.        

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012
Projected Income $340,700.00
Projected Expense $340,700.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Fitspiration (Healthy Inspiration meets Perspiration!)
  • Group Grooves
  • Physician's Referral Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Healthworks Community Fitness is dedicated to providing high-quality fitness opportunities for women and children in low-income neighborhoods in order to prevent and treat chronic diseases, improve health and fitness, and promote well-being and empowerment.        

Background Statement

 HCF was founded in 1998 by the Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women, Inc. (Healthworks, Inc.), a small, Boston-based company. The founders were inspired by the spirit and capabilities of empowered women, and wanted to give back to the community. HCF was originally a foundation that awarded scholarships to low-income women to use its fitness clubs. However, scholarship recipients weren’t utilizing the clubs because of lack of transportation and diversity. This demonstrated that high quality fitness centers had to be located directly within neighborhoods in need. HCF evolved to meet the growing needs of the community and offers two full-service fitness and health education centers in low-income neighborhoods. HCF opened its first fitness center in partnership with St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, a homeless shelter. Healthworks at Codman, launched in 2008 through a partnership with the Codman Square Health Center, becoming the first of its kind in the US: a large scale public health intervention exclusively serving women and children that combines high quality physical fitness opportunities with health education and social support to build healthy families across Boston.

Traditional public health interventions have either been in an educational or community setting—largely kept separate from medical providers who provide prescriptions to manage chronic diseases. HCF brings together doctors, nurses and nutritionists along with wellness coaches and personal trainers to decrease the incidence of chronic disease among HCF members. Further, the community based settings of the HCF centers provide social support absent in other fitness centers. An opportunity to pursue physical health and well-being with peers and friends promotes adherence to exercise. HCF’s collaboration with physicians helps create a continuum of care that runs from treating symptoms to savings thousands of dollars on prescription drugs and improving overall health. What makes HCF innovative is that it generates income to promote the long-term sustainability of the organization. As a revenue generating nonprofit, HCF is a model for replication for other neighborhoods that need low cost physical fitness, health education and community building options. Because of the unique dynamic that synergizes medical and preventive health, HCF can be a successful model for other communities that desire better health, less chronic disease, active children and empowered women.

 

 
 
 

Impact Statement

The top  accomplishments of HCF were:

1. HCF was awarded the ‘Best of the New’ places to hang out by the Boston Globe.

2. HCF was nationally recognized on NPR, CNN, MSNBC and Fitness magazine between 2009-2011.It was also featured locally on CBS, and channel 5’s CityLine in 2012.

3. In collaboration with Codman Square Health Center and other community health centers, HCF pioneered writing ‘prescriptions’ for physical activity to be written by doctors for patients with chronic diseases. HCF ‘fills’ those prescriptions with free 1-3 month memberships. This program, called the Physicians Referrals Program, has provided over 600 women with free access to Healthworks Community Fitness.

4. HCF has served over 10,000 women since opening its first fitness center.
 
 The goals for the current year are:
 

Goal 1: Reduce lifestyle-related chronic disease (obesity, diabetes and hypertensive disease) among women and children at HCF

Goal 2: Increase physical activity for children ages 5-12, female teens ages 12-18

Goal 3: Collaborate with partner organizations to provide a comprehensive approach to health promotion.

HCF strives for the following outcomes to guide all programs:

1.) Low-income women become empowered to take control of their health and that of their family

2.) Youth increase levels of physical activity and knowledge and practice of healthy behavior

3.) Women and children who participate in HCF programming develop a positive relationship with physical activity and a positive outlook on their overall health and well-being

4.) HCF constituents create a community focused on well-being, preventive health and physical fitness

5.) Through partnerships and collaborations, HCF’s innovative model is replicated regionally and potentially nationally

 
 

Needs Statement

HCF engages women and children in various stages of need. The most vulnerable members reside in homeless shelters and seek refuge and empowerment at Healthworks at St. Mary’s. Healthworks at Codman serves women from more diverse socio-economic backgrounds. The majority of the members qualify for the lowest membership rate of $10/month which through income verification, indicates their income is less than $25,000 per year. At Healthworks at Codman, 75% of the members are African American and 16% are Latino. More than 70% are from Dorchester, Mattapan or Roxbury. According to the American Heart Association, African-American women are 35% more likely to die of heart disease than Caucasian women, while Hispanic women face heart disease nearly 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.

Healthworks at Codman also prioritizes Boston’s younger at-risk residents by regularly serving children. According to the Massachusetts Public Health Association, 25-30% of 10-17 year olds in Massachusetts are considered obese, and black youth had an above average rate of being overweight, at 53%, according to the Boston Foundation’s Indicators Project.

HCF fills a social need for community-based preventive healthcare and an income-based need for physical fitness centers in low-income neighborhoods. Through its relationships with community based health centers, HCF supports comprehensive health care systems that facilitate physical activity in coordination with primary health care. The cumulative effect of HCF’s services contributes to the construction of a healthy community and neighborhood. 

The current top needs of the organization are:

1.      General organizational capacity building

2.     Operations improvements (number of services, hours of operation)

3.     Development support

4.     Community outreach and marketing

5.     Increasing and enhancing partnerships and collaborations 

CEO Statement

The Healthworks Community Fitness Vision:
Healthworks Community Fitness (HCF) offers the highest standard of safe, life enhancing, and professional fitness opportunities for women and children in low-income neighborhoods in Boston and the surrounding area.  Through a community-based approach that utilizes integrative and well-established relationships with community health centers and other health providers, the HCF improves Boston residents' access to safe, empowering, and supportive health and wellness services.  Specifically, HCF enables Boston's low-income citizens to combat chronic diseases including obesity, type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and mood disorders through exercise, nutritional counseling, and the promotion of positive self-care to improve health and well-being.  

To be more effective in achieving our vision, we will further develop medical referral mechanisms, open communication between HCF centers and providers with functional feedback loops, and the highest quality facilities in holistic fitness and health to provide women and children with a more comprehensive level of health care than they have ever known.   The result will be significant decreases in chronic lifestyle-related diseases, decreases in medical expenditures, and marked improvements in quality of life.

In addition, Healthworks at Codman will soon open a teaching kitchen so members can learn how to cook and eat healthfully. The Codman center therefore serves as a beta site for new programs and services that can be offered throughout the HCF network.

HCF needs additional support in order to improve and expand its services to members, expand communication with medical providers, and foster strong linkages with other non-profits and community-based organizations.  Additional resources would enable us to attract and retain more residents by providing enhanced and varied programs, including those related to cooking and nutrition, in order to better assure health gains and outcomes and create effective communication with medical providers to greatly improve both the quality and measurement of patient care.

With support, the HCF is well-positioned to realize its vision of operating thriving community fitness centers that provide the highest quality holistic nutrition, fitness, and well-being services while working directly with community-based resources in order to expand the scope of care to patients, resulting in fitter, healthier, happier, and better-educated communities.


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- North Dorchester

Our centers primarily serve women and children in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, MA. However, we frequently welcome women from Roxbury and Mattapan and encourage utilization of our resource across all neighborhoods in and around Boston. Our centers are located in the Uphams Corner (02125) and Codman Square  (02124 ) areas of Dorchester, MA.

Organization Categories

  1. Health Care - Public Health
  2. Recreation & Sports -
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Fitspiration (Healthy Inspiration meets Perspiration!)

Fitspiration serves youth ages 5-12 through physical fitness, athletic drills and skills development, and health education sessions. Fitspiration generally serves children in low-income neighborhoods who don’t get regular physical activity and who cannot play outside due to fears of crime and violence. HCF provides children with opportunities to be active, engage in sports with a coach, and learn about improving their physical and mental health. Many of our children do not play on official or school sports teams because they cannot afford it, or they are so overweight that they are intimidated to try. HCF works carefully with the most vulnerable children to bring them to a point of fitness and self-esteem so they are comfortable with their bodies and abilities.
Budget  $22,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Fitspiration and other youth wellness programs at HCF have reached over 250 children between 2010-2011.    
Program Long-Term Success  Healthworks at Codman also prioritizes Boston’s younger at-risk residents by regularly serving children. According to the Massachusetts Public Health Association, 25-30% of 10-17 year olds in Massachusetts are considered obese, and black youth had an above average rate of being overweight, at 53%, according to the Boston Foundation’s Indicators Project. HCF also addresses the need for social support and social capital-building for both women and children while meeting the physical health needs of its target communities. HCF creates an essential gathering point for the community to focus on its well-being and practicing healthy behaviors.
Program Success Monitored By 
HCF monitors the success of the Fitspiration program through:
 
1. Pre/post tests of knowledge and attitude towards health at the start and the end of the program. 
 
2. Fitness levels will be assessed by measuring changes in participants’ ability to complete specified fitness challenges. These include the duration of time participants are able to walk or run, the amount of jumping jacks they can do, the number of sit-ups and push-ups they can do, etc.
 
 
Examples of Program Success 

Early evaluations of Fitspiration demonstrates a significant increase in knowledge, attitude and behavior among youth participants:

• 74% of youth improved in physical fitness tests

• 93% of students reported that they understood the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods compared to just 26% of the participants on entry into the program.

• Most significantly, 93% of children in the program reported they felt they had control over the things happening to them, over 19% at the start of the program.


Group Grooves

Group Grooves is HCF’s most popular program. HCF anticipates expanding Group Grooves by providing more classes, which is the number one request from our beneficiaries. Healthworks at Codman currently offers 20 well attended group classes per week, which includes Zumba, yoga, cardio kickboxing, hip hop and boot camp. Further, most of the classes are taught by certified volunteers, and we are eager to have funding to pay for this service to ensure reliability and commitment. In addition to increasing opportunities for group exercise at both of our centers, HCF will improve the quality of instructors and diversity of programming to include bi-lingual instructors, those who have worked with obese or de-conditioned populations and those who can focus on various aspects of overall physical fitness, including cardio-vascular, strength training and mind/body balance.

Budget  $70,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Population Served Females At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term successes include weight loss, decrease in health related illnesses, increased energy, improved mental health and increased feeling of social support and community.
Program Long-Term Success  Currently, HCF is working on a system to track long-term outcomes of the Group Grooves program. Because it is less a traditional program and more group exercise, monitoring individuals has been difficult. However, in HCF's member self-report survey, 63% of members from Healthworks at Codman reported weight loss and 68% reported a decrease in health related illnesses.
Program Success Monitored By  As explained above, HCF is in the process of designing outcomes to monitor the success of Group Grooves. Inherently, it is a successful program: classes are always full and members leave happy. Through member anecdotes, HCF has success stories, but through proper monitoring of outcomes such as weight loss, improved health outcomes, decreased illnesses etc, the model can be proven and sustainable. 
Examples of Program Success 

Cheryl Poole, 49, has been a member of Healthworks at St. Mary’s for nearly 5 years.When she first joined, she wasn’t sure about the tiny gym tucked away inside a homeless shelter. Before long, though, the place started to grow on her. The gym may be modest, but the exercise equipment, fitness classes and nutrition instruction are high-quality. Poole was astonished when her exercising helped her get her diabetes under control — so much so that she no longer needed her daily insulin injections.

That development was so motivating that she kept on going. Since joining St. Mary’s, she’s lost nearly 70 pounds and completed the Jimmy Fund Walk, an event that follows the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon route.“I’m serious, this place really has saved my life, and it really has saved a lot of other women’s lives too,” said Poole, who is on long-term disability for myriad health issues, including bipolar disorder.


Physician's Referral Program

The Physician's Referral Program is an innovative initiative in which doctors can write “prescriptions” for exercise instead of medicine that HCF “fills” with free memberships for patients diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, obesity and mood disorders.
Budget  $45,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Population Served Females
Program Short-Term Success  In 2010-2011, HCF filled over 600 prescriptions for patients from affiliated neighborhood health centers.
Program Long-Term Success  HCF fills a social need for community-based preventive healthcare and an income-based need for physical fitness centers in low-income neighborhoods. A federal initiative called the National Physical Activity Plan brings together stakeholders from diverse organizations to create community-based approaches to health care. The main initiative uses ‘a health care systems approach to promote physical activity and to prevent and treat physical inactivity’. Through its relationships with community based health centers, HCF supports comprehensive health care systems that facilitate physical activity in coordination with primary health care. The cumulative effect of HCF’s services contributes to the construction of a healthy community and neighborhood. In creating a model that is replicable, the Physician's Referral Program will be able to be replicated by other nonprofit organizations and health centers.
Program Success Monitored By  HCF is currently in the process of establishing a system to monitor outcomes of the Physician's Referral Program. Currently, HCF assesses the number of prescriptions 'filled', essentially, how many patients from health centers come in and utilize the services provided free of charge. In the future, there will be a measure to assess how many prescriptions are written versus how many filled. Once that number is ascertained, HCF will work with the health centers and physicians to understand what is possibly an under-utilization of this great resource.
Examples of Program Success  As mentioned above, HCF filled over 600 prescriptions for patients from affiliated neighborhood health centers in the last 2 years.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gibbs Saunders
CEO Term Start Jan 2013
CEO Email gsaunders@healthworkscommunityfitness.org
CEO Experience
A lean and efficient team keeps HCF functioning and sustainable. Gibbs J. Saunders is the new Fitness Director and Manager at HCF. She has her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. She specialized in youth fitness strategies and was the sole consultant for the State of New Mexico Healthy Kids program that was a statewide physical activity initiative to fight childhood obesity. Her imperative in New Mexico was to create programs in a sustainable manner so local residents could take over when her position ended. A firm believer in grassroots organizations, she recently joined HCF to help strengthen community programs and empower HCF staff. She is also currently studying to be a Youth Diabetes Educator.
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Maxine Inniss Director of Communications A longtime resident of Dorchester, Maxine became the Director of Communications/Asst. General Manager for Healthworks Community Fitness having previously served as Site Director for Healthworks at St. Mary’s and as a member of the organization’s inaugural Advisory Board. She came to HCF as a member, and her overwhelmingly positive experience as a member is what inspired her volunteer and eventually join the organization’s dedicated team. A former NCAA track and field athlete, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Boston University and a Master’s Degree from New York University where she studied Interactive Telecommunications.

Awards

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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 100
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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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 No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Mark Harrington
Board Chair Company Affiliation Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women, President
Board Chair Term Oct 2012 - Oct 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Sandra Cotterell CEO, Codman Square Health Center Voting
Mr. Mark Harrington Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women, founder Voting
Mr. Matthew Harrington Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women NonVoting
Ms. Melissa Monahan Boston Medical Center Voting
Ms. Diane Patrick Honorary Member First Lady of Massachusetts NonVoting
Mr. Doug Rauch The Daily Table Voting
Mr. Bill Walczak President, Codman Academy Charter School 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
Ms. Kristin Bedard The Boston Globe Voting
Ms. Elaina Brin Commissioner’s Office of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Voting
Ms. Sara Chang Boston Public Health Comission- Center for Health Equity & Social Justice Voting
Ms. Katie Cordes Thomson Safaris Voting
Ms. Allisa Farber Citizen Schools Voting
Ms. Amanda Gentile Adelphi Values Voting
Ms. Marisa Gjurgevich WGBH Voting
Ms. Marissa Goldberg Cole Massachusetts Executive Office of Education Voting
Ms. Ateesha Jackson Massachusetts Division of Healthcare Finance and Policy Voting
Ms. Emily Murphy Forrester Research Voting
Ms. Megan Yee East Region at the Healthy Communities Institute --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Healthworks Community Fitness has recently transitioned from a private foundation to a public charity within its preexisiting 501(c)3 status. As such, HCF recently recruited its first official board of directors and looks forward to accelerated organizational progress as a result.  

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012
Projected Income $340,700.00
Projected Expense $340,700.00
Form 990s

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2012 HCF Audit

2011 HCF Audit

2010 HCF Audit

2009 HCF Audit

2008 HCF Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $307,713 $293,318 $214,578
Total Expenses $312,607 $286,431 $296,686

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $109,776 $120,595 $16,706
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $20 $20 $51
Membership Dues $152,057 $138,622 $115,555
Special Events $38,640 $28,028 $13,742
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $7,220 $6,056 $1,540

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $252,894 $228,624 $224,945
Administration Expense $52,374 $57,482 $71,741
Fundraising Expense $7,339 $325 --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.02 0.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 80% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets $384,400 $399,893 $405,434
Current Assets $295,599 $294,292 $286,841
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $28,845 $39,444 $51,872
Total Net Assets $355,555 $360,449 $353,562

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
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Financial Planning

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Spending Policy N/A
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Credit Line No
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 2012 2011 2010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 10.25 7.46 5.53

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

HCF raises approximately 50% of its income from member fees. Additional funds are from grants (40%) and individual donors (10%).

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from Foundations and Corporations are listed under Individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


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