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Human Rights Education Associates, Inc. (HREA)

 689 Massachusetts Avenue
 Cambridge, MA 02139
[P] (617) 301-4379
[F] (617) 249-0278
www.hrea.org
hrea@hrea.org
Frank Elbers
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INCORPORATED: 1999
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EIN 04-3428879

LAST UPDATED: 06/11/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to respect, protect and fulfill human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities.

Mission Statement

HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to respect, protect and fulfill human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $782,850.00
Projected Expense $767,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Children's Rights, Child Development, Participation and Protection
  • Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
  • Global Advocacy

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to respect, protect and fulfill human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities.

Background Statement

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation established in 1996, registered as a non-profit organisation in the Netherlands and the United States, and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). HREA is one of the leading organisations worldwide dedicated to education and training about and for human rights. Each year HREA trains thousands of educators, human rights defenders and legal professionals around the globe. HREA's partners, clients and donors include, among others, Amnesty International, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Council of Europe, Ford Foundation, HURIDOCS International, the Open Society Foundations, Penal Reform International, Plan International, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the UN-mandated University for Peace, War Child Holland, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. HREA has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the international consortium LINGOs (Learning in NGOs).


Impact Statement

During the past year HREA:

• Launched "A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education", a 28-minute documentary film that illustrates the impact of human rights education on school children (India), law enforcement agencies (Australia), and women victims of violence (Turkey). "A Path to Dignity", produced jointly by HREA, the Office of United Nations Human Rights the High Commissioner, and Soka Gakkai International, launched at UN Headquarters in Geneva in September 2012, and screened at film festivals and public events across the globe.
• Served as a founding member of Human Rights Educators USA, a national network dedicated to building a culture of respect for human rights which was launched in 2012.
• Signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Plan International to provide education and training to 9,000+ Plan International staff in 90 countries over a 3-year period.
• Trained over 2,000 educators and human rights defenders.

In the coming year HREA will seek to:

• Launch Virtual Communities of Practice on "Children's Rights, Child Development, Participation, and Protection" and "Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment" to provide a forum where practitioners can exchange information, resources, lessons learned, and examples of good practice.
• Launch Certificate Programs within two programmatic focus areas (Children's Rights, Child Development, Participation, and Protection; Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) to provide structured blended learning programs that incorporate online and face-to-face training.
• Launch the new HREA website to be based on principles of responsive design and accessibility for persons with disabilities.
• Establish new internal monitoring and evaluation processes

Needs Statement

• Scholarship funding to support the participation of human rights defenders from the global south in HREA's e-learning courses and training workshops to strengthen their capacity, increase impact of their work, and advance the rights of the individuals and groups they serve. Scholarship funding will partially cover tuition costs and will be awarded according to an online application and review process ($65,000).
• Seed money and volunteer editors for the establishment of the Research in Human Rights Education paper series ($20,000).
• A Governance Manual ($0).

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

INTERNATIONAL
NATIONAL
STATEWIDE
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Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
  2. Education - Adult Education
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Nonprofit Management

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

Yes

Programs

Children's Rights, Child Development, Participation and Protection

HREA works to ensure that children and youth across the globe are able to realize their human rights and that children's rights practitioners, development workers, social workers, youth workers, legal professionals, law enforcement and policy makers have the knowledge and skills they need to promote and protect children's human rights. HREA offers a range of e-learning courses and face-to-face training program on international children's rights standards and mechanisms.
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Children's Rights
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Better programming, technical and legal assistance by partners and alumni of HREA's trainings regarding children's rights.
Program Long-Term Success 
Better realization of children's rights in lives of children and youth targeted by our programs
 
Program Success Monitored By   Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Examples of Program Success  School for Human Rights in Brooklyn. Long-term contract with the international children's rights NGO Plan International to provide staff development for their 9,000+ Plan International staff in 90 countries over a 3-year period.

Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

HREA works to advance gender equality and to ensure that women and girls across the globe are able to realize their human rights.  HREA mainstreams gender throughout its programming and seeks to engage men and boys, alongside women and girls, throughout the range of e-learning instruction, face-to-face training and blended learning programs it offers in an effort to create lasting change. HREA offers a range e-learning instruction, face-to-face training and blended learning programs in areas including Monitoring Women's Rights, Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equity Programming and Gender Based Violence. HREA hosts the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) self-directed e-courses in English and French that provide the basic steps a humanitarian worker must take to ensure gender equality in programming, and are completed each year by thousands of humanitarian workers
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Women's Rights
Population Served Females
Program Short-Term Success  Better programming, technical and legal assistance by partners and alumni of HREA's trainings regarding gender equality and women's empowerment.
Program Long-Term Success  Positive change in gender relations in lives and work of direct beneficiaries.
Program Success Monitored By  Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Examples of Program Success  Our three-year program in Morocco to promote the implementation of the new Family Code ("Moudawana") through extensive training of and support to family judges. Very high enrollment rates in our various gender and women's rights-related e-learning courses. Recognition by UN Women as a training provider.

Global Advocacy

HREA partners with international and national decision makers and other key stakeholders to advance implementation of human rights frameworks that seek to promote and protect human rights and to increase the effectiveness of the mechanisms established for this purpose. HREA has Consultative Status with the United Nations and has worked with Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe, and other regional and international partners such as Amnesty International and Soka Gakkai International. HREA engages in policy and advocacy work around the World Programme for Human Rights Education, UN  Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights, and Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council.
Budget  $ 50,000
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served US& International
Program Short-Term Success  New and revised education and training policies at international, regional and national levels regarding human rights education and training. HREA was instrumental in the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training by the UN General Assembly on December 19, 2011.
Program Long-Term Success  Implementation of education and training policies at international, regional and national levels regarding human rights education and training.
Program Success Monitored By  Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Examples of Program Success  Recent examples of  program success include:

•    the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (December 2011);
•    the documentary film "A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education" (September 2012): www.path-to-dignity.org

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Frank Elbers
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
CEO Email frank.elbers@hrea.org
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Felisa Tibbitts Dr. Sept 1999 Dec 2011

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Steve Courchesne Program Manager, Distance Learning Program --
Dr. Felisa Tibbitts Founder and Senior Advisor --
Ms. Kathryn Vandever Director of Programs --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Among best small charities in Massachusetts Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy 2006

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
InterAction - Member 2013
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

HREA realizes its mission to a great extent through long-terms partnerships. Partners include Amnesty International, CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.), Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Open Society Justice Initiative, Penal Reform International, Plan International, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the United Nations.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 45
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): British (1), Canadian (1), Dutch (1) (included above)
Gender Female: 6
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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 Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Judith Opert Sandler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Education Development Center, Inc.
Board Chair Term Jan 2011 - Dec 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Larry Dieringer Educators for Social Responsibility Voting
Mr. Frank Elbers Human Rights Education Associates NonVoting
Dr. André Keet International Institute for Studies in Race, Reconciliation and Social Justice/University of Witwatersrand, South Africa Voting
Mr. David Lysy U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) Voting
Dr. Brenda Matthis Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education/Lesley University, Cambridge, MA Voting
Ms. Stephanie Mitchell retired --
Dr. Ana María Rodino Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, Costa Rica Voting
Ms. Tracy Roosevelt Foley Hoag Voting
Ms. Diana Samarasan Disability Rights Fund Voting
Ms. Judith Opert Sandler Education Development Center, Inc. Voting
Dr. Rev. James Sherblom First Parish, Brookline, MA --

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: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 89%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Executive

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $782,850.00
Projected Expense $767,500.00
Form 990s

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $619,092 $667,506 $636,886
Total Expenses $617,810 $633,575 $628,103

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $30,152
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $30,152
Individual Contributions $6,755 $6,675 $3,455
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $610,028 $658,208 $589,262
Investment Income, Net of Losses $29 $43 $35
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $2,180 $2,430 $7,530
Other $100 $150 $6,452

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $531,531 $568,672 $565,859
Administration Expense $86,279 $64,903 $62,244
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.05 1.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 90% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets $163,099 $190,015 $132,901
Current Assets $155,470 $179,516 $121,017
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $8,612 $36,810 $13,627
Total Net Assets $154,487 $153,205 $119,274

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

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 18.05 4.88 8.88

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in 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.

Impact

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