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The Forsyth Institute

 245 First Street
 Cambridge, MA 02142
[P] (617) 262-5200
[F] (617) 262-4021
www.forsyth.org
[email protected]
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INCORPORATED: 1937
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EIN 04-2104230

LAST UPDATED: 02/19/2019
Organization DBA The Forsyth Institute
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Forsyth is the world’s leading independent research institute dedicated to improving oral health, and reducing interrelated systemic diseases and conditions.  The Forsyth Institute portfolio includes basic research, translational research, community-benefit programs for underserved populations and Forsyth Faculty Associates, a private dental practice serving Kendall Square and surrounding areas.

Forsyth's mission is to lead the discovery, communication and application of breakthroughs in oral health and disease prevention that will significantly improve the health and well-being of our nation and the world.

Mission Statement

Forsyth is the world’s leading independent research institute dedicated to improving oral health, and reducing interrelated systemic diseases and conditions.  The Forsyth Institute portfolio includes basic research, translational research, community-benefit programs for underserved populations and Forsyth Faculty Associates, a private dental practice serving Kendall Square and surrounding areas.

Forsyth's mission is to lead the discovery, communication and application of breakthroughs in oral health and disease prevention that will significantly improve the health and well-being of our nation and the world.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $28,737,270.00
Projected Expense $28,656,148.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Biomedical Research
  • Forsyth Summer Scholars
  • ForsythKids

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

Forsyth is the world’s leading independent research institute dedicated to improving oral health, and reducing interrelated systemic diseases and conditions.  The Forsyth Institute portfolio includes basic research, translational research, community-benefit programs for underserved populations and Forsyth Faculty Associates, a private dental practice serving Kendall Square and surrounding areas.

Forsyth's mission is to lead the discovery, communication and application of breakthroughs in oral health and disease prevention that will significantly improve the health and well-being of our nation and the world.

Background Statement

Founded in 1910, as The Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children, the organization's founding mission was to provide free dental care to children in Boston. Between 1914 and the mid-1950s, an estimated 500,000 children received their dental care here.  In the mid-1900s, researchers at Forsyth revolutionized the oral health profession when they discovered the connections between dental decay and bacteria. Building on these revelations, the Institute has become an independent research organization dedicated to advancing human health and well-being through scientific discovery and education. Forsyth is committed to both research and clinical practice and brings its expertise in oral disease prevention and treatment to the local community through the ForsythKids school-based cavity prevention program, which provides dental care to thousands of underserved children throughout Massachusetts.

Areas of Research:
  • Global Infectious Disease Research
  • Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Skeletal Biology & Biomineralization
  • Developmental Biology & Tissue Regeneration
  • Clinical Research

Forsyth, an independent organization, is affiliated with Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School and has collaborations with universities and research organizations around the world.


Impact Statement

Forsyth has undergone transformative organizational changes in recent years as it enters its second century of contributions to human health.  The accomplishments include: relocation to a state-of-the-art facility in Kendall Square, now the epicenter of the U.S. biotechnology industry; a science recruitment campaign that is revitalizing our research agenda; new revenue streams and fiscal policies that can serve as a model for long term institutional sustainability; and organizational restructuring that will increase energy and engagement throughout the Institute.

 

For the current year, Forsyth is focused on: continuously improving the quality and impact of its science and community outreach (through recruitment, career development of staff, continued enhancement of technology, and facilitation of science and community programs) and ensuring sustainability and growth through new revenue streams.

Needs Statement

Forsyth's school-based cavity prevention program, ForsythKids, seeks funding to sustain its $1.4 million budget.  ForsythKids is an evidence-based program in which a team of dental professionals travel to 60+ sites in Massachusetts to deliver comprehensive oral health preventive services to low-income children.  We are expanding services throughout the state to meet oral health needs of some 300,000 children who do not have access to regular dental care.  The program relies solely on support from foundation, corporations, individuals, and state government.
 
In addition, The Forsyth Institute seeks funding for its science programs in basic and clinical/translational research. Topic areas include: obesity, diabetes, global infectious disease, alzheimer's disease, periodontology, bone biology, microbial ecology and pathogenesis, immunity and inflammation.
 

CEO Statement

Forsyth has been a leader in its field since its founding, first as a free dental infirmary for the children of Boston, and for the past four decades as the world's leading independent oral health research institution. At Forsyth, basic, translational and clinical scientists work closely in a highly collaborative environment to generate breakthroughs that exemplify science in the service of humanity.
We strive to understand basic biological processes, while continuously directing this knowledge toward a very tangible goal – the translation into new diagnostics, preventions, treatments and products for people around the world. To me, this is science at its most powerful and meaningful, and it culminates in Forsyth's school-based  ForsythKids dental decay prevention program and our international children's program in Kuwait.

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Internationally
INTERNATIONAL
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
NATIONAL
Forsyth scientists conduct research for the betterment of people worldwide. The organization also delivers portable dental care to children to children at over 60 sites throughout Massachusetts and provides training in preventive dental care to programs throughout the United States.

Organization Categories

  1. Medical Research - Medical Research NEC
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Public & Societal Benefit NEC
  3. Medical Research -

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

Yes

Programs

Biomedical Research

Forsyth has assembled an outstanding, multidisciplinary scientific team which is shaping the direction of personalized medicine through pioneering biomedical research and its direct application to new diagnostics, device and therapies. Clinical research projects involving human trials focus on the effectiveness of different oral products or treatments, as well as research into the connection between oral/nasal health or disease conditions including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, concussion and staph aureus.

 

Budget  $23,000,000.00
Category  Medical Research, General/Other
Population Served People/Families of People with Health Conditions US& International
Program Short-Term Success  The science at Forsyth aims to improve health outcomes across a wide variety of conditions.  The following are current key areas of investigation:
  • Oral-Systemic Disease Connections—unlocking the relationships between the mouth and the body including linkages to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
  • Global Infectious Diseases
  • Molecular Microbiology and Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Skeletal Biology/Biomineralization
  • Development Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Program Long-Term Success 

Some future research directions include: human genomics and systems biology for individualized oral medicine; collaborations with engineering, bioengineering and materials sciences to develop new diagnostics and therapies; deciphering the interplay between humans and the trillions of our bacterial passengers—to promote a lifetime of wellness, and vaccine development for global infectious diseases.

Program Success Monitored By  Our biomedical research projects are varied with specific aims and methodologies for measuring results.
Examples of Program Success  Recent examples of scientific discoveries/successes that may impact health and health care are:  the development of a novel intraoral device that emits visible light for targeting and suppressing harmful dental plaque microorganisms; using salivary biomarkers to identify children at risk for Type 2 Diabetes; and a discovery that Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes TB, can hide and survive in a latent stage inside bone marrow stem cells.

Forsyth Summer Scholars

The Forsyth Institute Student Scholars Summer Internship Program exposes high-school students to the exciting and rewarding world of scientific research. Created in 1993, the program allows students to work side-by-side in the laboratory with world-renowned scientists engaged in cutting-edge research. The goals are to teach students what scientific research involves, and to allow students to perform hands-on scientific research.

The Forsyth Student Scholars Program includes an eight-week internship for Massachusetts high school students. The program pairs students with Forsyth faculty researchers as mentors. Interns learn basic laboratory techniques by participating in mentors’ research projects in a productive and enriching scientific environment. At the end of the program, students present their findings. For these young interns, the Forsyth Student Scholars program is often their first "real job” and may be their first step toward a future career in the sciences.

Highlights:

  • Paid internships thanks to our sponsors
  • Mentorship by world-renowned scientists (Forsyth faculty)
  • Weekly presentations to fellow students and mentors
  • Weekly college-level lectures by Forsyth scientists in expertise areas (e.g. oral health research, immunology, microbiology)
  • Final scientific poster presentation to the Boston area scientific and Forsyth communities

Candidate Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in high school in the metro Boston area (current Freshman, Sophomore or Junior).
  • Fully available weekdays from July 1 - August 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Strong motivation to learn how to perform scientific research
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Consistent with Forsyth’s Affirmative Action policy and commitment to our Community, acceptances are based on both academic excellence and need. 
Budget  $90,000.00
Category  Science & Technology, General/Other Biological & Life Sciences
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  In the short term, many of our students continue their scientific studies in college and graduate school.  We are very pleased that some of our students continue their research with us into the following school year and several have completed a second summer with us.
Program Long-Term Success  According to our records, over half of the students in the STEM program go on to pursue further education and careers in the sciences.  These careers are in both academia and in industry.  
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is measured by several factors including the quality of research produced, the interest further science and whether the student pursues a career in the field.  
Examples of Program Success 
One of recent students has won several science fairs in the New England region and will be competing in a national competition this fall.
 
Other students have presented papers at professional societies with their mentors and have won awards for their work. 

ForsythKids

ForsythKids is a mobile oral health program that provides comprehensive preventive dental services to thousands of underserved children in elementary and middle schools in Massachusetts. The program also visits summer camps, and has begun expanding to pre-schools. ForsythKids aims to improve the lives of vulnerable populations by increasing access to quality dental care.  The program uses a cost-effective, evidence-based treatment protocol that significantly reduces dental decay among children who participate.   ForsythKids dentists and dental hygienists visit each school three times a year to provide dental examinations, screenings, dental cleanings, toothbrush, fluoride varnish, sealants and interim restorations, and oral health education.  A patient care coordinator reaches out to the families of students with further dental care needs and connects them with a dental home for on-going comprehensive care. The program model is currently being replicated in Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire and Kansas. 

Budget  $1,242,376.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

When designed and implemented by Forsyth faculty in 2003, the ForsythKids protocol proved successful within the first six months, achieving the following: 52% reduction in caries in primary teeth; 39% reduction in caries in permanent teeth; 30% increase in the proportion of children with sealants per year.

Program Long-Term Success  The efficacy of the ForsythKids program was validated in a paper published in the Journal of the American Dental Association in August, 2008 as the featured cover article.  Since 2003, the program has been effective at significantly reducing cavities among vulnerable children, and has expanded from 3 to 60 sites today.  The program outcomes also exceed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services goals for oral health set forth in "Healthy People 2020."
Program Success Monitored By 

Because of ForsythKids, thousands of vulnerable children receive the care, support and education they need to lead healthier, more productive lives. To ensure that this continues to be true, it is imperative that we carefully track the outcomes of our work. The expected outcomes of this project include increased access to dental care, improved oral health and improved well-being for our patients, particularly unaccompanied minors. Specifically, this project will achieve the following during the current school year:

 

1. Increase in the number/percentage of students connected to a dental home

2. Elimination of new decay and oral infection in the target population

3. Reduction in untreated decay

4. Increase in the percentage of students with sealants

5. Expanded enrollment at current and new project sites

6. Reduction in cost per patient

These measurements will help us make sure that we provide the highest quality care with the greatest public health impact at a reasonable cost. Other impacts, such as improved quality learning time in the classroom and improved self-esteem, are more difficult to measure but are especially significant in promoting the long-term success of a child.


 

Examples of Program Success 
In addition to objective measurements, we have anecdotal evidence of our program's beneficial impact. We often receive positive feedback from parents and school nurses about the value that our preventive care brings to the health, confidence and well-being of the children served.

 

 


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Forsyth faces the challenge of sustaining and expanding both its science programs and the ForsythKids School Oral Health Program.  We receive funding from NIH for much of our scientific research, but with limited federal funding available in recent years, we are seeking private funding from foundations and corporations to continue to advance our science and our mission.  In addition to our scientific research programs (which make up approximately 97% of the Institute's operating budget), we operate a community outreach program, ForsythKids, to provide dental care to underserved children, in keeping with our mission. The demand and requirements for the ForsythKids program are great and it relies on corporate, foundation, and individual support, and a small amount from state government and MassHealth billing for eligible children.  We address this challenge by diligently seeking grant opportunities and donations from local, regional and national donors.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Wenyuan Shi
CEO Term Start Sept 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Dr. Wenyuan Shi was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of the Forsyth Insitute on September 1, 2017. Before his appointment, Shi was a chairman and professor of Oral Biology at UCLA Schools of Dentistry. Shi's laboratory has been using multidisciplinary approaches to study oral microbial pathogenesis with a specific focus on microbial biofilm, inter-species interaction and signal transduction. In addition, Shi's laboratory is actively involved in the development of next generation diagnostic and therapeutic tools against oral microbial infections, including instant chairside detection of oral pathogens and peptide-based targeted antimicrobial therapeutics. These translational research efforts have resulted in novel technologies that are licensed and developed by major pharmaceutical, dental and biotech companies. Shi is also the founding scientist, chief scientific officer and chairman of the scientific advisory board of C3J Therapeutics Inc.

Shi obtained his BS degree from Fudan University in Shanghai in 1984, acquired his PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 and fulfilled his postdoctoral training at the University of California-Berkeley from 1992-1995. He is the co-author of over 200 scientific articles and is credited as co-inventor of 45 patents.

Co-CEO Diane MacDonald
Co-CEO Term Start Dec 2014
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Diane MacDonald is the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for developing, leading and promoting the efficient and effective operation of the Institute. MacDonald has proven results-oriented leadership abilities to effectively transform mission-driven organizations, by developing strong teams, fostering innovative solutions, and guiding the strategic investment of resources in people, projects and capabilities.

Diane MacDonald joined Forsyth in December 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. MacDonald is responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of operational, financial and administrative services and collaborative arrangements for the Forsyth Institute. In this role, she oversees core administrative functions for the Institute, as well as strategic planning, staff development, compliance and risk management.

She has a breadth of finance and operations experience spanning her 30-year career in nonprofit, higher education and government settings. MacDonald most recently led financial and administrative operations at the Broad Institute as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In her tenure at the Broad, she was responsible for establishing financial planning and business operations to first create a new institute and then enable the growth of the organization. In addition to her work with the Broad Institute, MacDonald has held leadership positions as the Director of Financial Planning for the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, Director of Finance and Operations for Health Care for All & Community Catalyst, and served as the Budget Director for the City of Boston.

MacDonald holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs, Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. from Eisenhower College with concentrations in Public Policy and Mathematics. She is a board member and Treasurer for Community Catalyst and has served on the board of the Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Boston.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Dr. Philip Stashenko Apr 2008 Feb 2016

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Wanda Cordova CFO --
Genevieve Holmes Senior Project Officer --
Paula LaPalme Chief Administrative Officer --
Kerry Maguire DDS, MSPH Director, Forsyth Kids Program --
Thomas E. Van Dyke DMD, PhD VP for Clinical and Translational Research --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement - Academic Dental Institution ADEAGies Foundation 2010

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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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 104
Number of Part Time Staff 31
Number of Volunteers 28
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 85%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 30
Caucasian: 85
Hispanic/Latino: 12
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 33
Other (if specified): International Scholars
Gender Female: 78
Male: 85
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
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 No
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Life Insurance
Disability Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
Patient Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Medical Malpractice
Renter's Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Peter Nessen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Corporate Realty Investment Company, L.L.C.
Board Chair Term Jan 2008 - Oct 2018
Board Co-Chair David Ellis
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Co-Chair Term 2014 - Oct 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Richard Anders Rubin/Anders Voting
Janice Bourque Hercules Capital Management Voting
Elyse Cherry Boston Community Capital Voting
Catherine D'Amato Greater Boston Food Bank Voting
Dr. Bruce Donoff Harvard School of Dental Medicine Voting
David Ellis Retired Voting
Dai Feng Care Capital Advisors, Ltd. Voting
John Ficarelli Pediatric Dental Associates of Brookline, P.C. Voting
Rosalee Hermens Retired Voting
Karla Jarvis Esq. The Rockport Company Voting
Janet Kelly Boston Marketing Advisor, LLC Voting
Mike Monopoli The Dentaquest Foundation Voting
Peter Nessen Corporate Realty Investment Company Voting
John Plukas Wainwright Capital Management Voting
Walter Pressey Program in Cellular Molecular Medicine/Immune Disease Voting
Robyn Redfield Morgan Stanley Voting
Anthony Volpe Emeritus NonVoting

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
Yasime Belkaid Senior Investigator, NIH NonVoting
Colleen Cavanaugh Edward C. Jeffrey Professor of Biology, Harvard University NonVoting
Matthew Henn Sr. VP, Seres Therapeutics NonVoting
Ophir Klein Hillblom Distinguished Prof. In Craniofacial Anomalies, UCSF NonVoting
Henry Konenberg Chair of Science Advisory Board Chief, Endocrine Unit, Department of Medicine, Mass. General NonVoting
Peter Polverini Taft Distinguished Professor of Dentistry, U. Michigan Medical School NonVoting
Julie Segre Senior Investigator, NIH NonVoting
Charles Serhan Director, Center for Exp. Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, Brigham and Women's NonVoting
Arlene Sharpe Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology, Harvard Medical School NonVoting
Thomas Stossel American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Harvard Medical School NonVoting
Jane Weintraub Alumni Distinguished Professor, UNC Schools of Dentistry and Public Health NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Advancement
  • Audit, Compliance and Controls
  • Finance
  • Governance and Policy
  • Investment

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $21,520,723 $25,311,036 $26,835,002
Total Expenses $27,381,550 $29,917,956 $31,200,221

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $14,593,904 $14,699,336 $17,984,176
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $14,593,904 $14,699,336 $17,984,176
Individual Contributions $1,995,967 $522,831 $844,639
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $2,844,705 $7,581,598 $4,963,232
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,924,391 $2,360,839 $2,842,775
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $67,127 $58,748 $147,473
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $94,629 $87,684 $52,707

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $20,007,084 $22,557,626 $24,436,785
Administration Expense $7,093,175 $7,138,223 $6,442,633
Fundraising Expense $281,291 $222,107 $320,803
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.79 0.85 0.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 75% 78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 1% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $73,631,229 $76,267,336 $84,381,243
Current Assets $10,123,392 $9,836,563 $8,263,803
Long-Term Liabilities $5,057,064 $5,406,215 $5,403,604
Current Liabilities $4,562,208 $4,480,107 $4,577,464
Total Net Assets $64,011,957 $66,381,014 $74,400,175

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $44,278,955.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.22 2.20 1.81

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 7% 7% 6%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Asset and liability data is per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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