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Organization DBA West End House Boys & Girls Club
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to inspire and enable youth, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. West End House is an innovative and vibrant youth development agency that provides outcomes-driven programs to more than 1,500 youth residing in the most underserved communities in the city of Boston. Our high-impact programs, delivered by a dynamic team of professional staff and volunteers, ensure that our young people are succeeding in four core areas:

  • Academic and college success
  • Leadership and career development 
  • Visual and performing arts 
  • Fitness and nutrition

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire and enable youth, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. West End House is an innovative and vibrant youth development agency that provides outcomes-driven programs to more than 1,500 youth residing in the most underserved communities in the city of Boston. Our high-impact programs, delivered by a dynamic team of professional staff and volunteers, ensure that our young people are succeeding in four core areas:

  • Academic and college success
  • Leadership and career development 
  • Visual and performing arts 
  • Fitness and nutrition

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $3,840,761.00
Projected Expense $2,993,467.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Academic & College Success
  • Fitness & Nutrition
  • Leadership & Career Development
  • Visual & Performing Arts

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire and enable youth, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. West End House is an innovative and vibrant youth development agency that provides outcomes-driven programs to more than 1,500 youth residing in the most underserved communities in the city of Boston. Our high-impact programs, delivered by a dynamic team of professional staff and volunteers, ensure that our young people are succeeding in four core areas:

  • Academic and college success
  • Leadership and career development 
  • Visual and performing arts 
  • Fitness and nutrition

Background Statement

West End House is one of Boston's most diverse youth development programs. Since 2008, our membership has grown by 50% to 1,500. Our members come from all parts of the city—approximately 60% of youth reside in Allston-Brighton, and 40% live in other Boston neighborhoods, with significant populations in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Founded in 1906 by a group of immigrant boys in the densely populated West End neighborhood of Boston, West End House has a long and powerful history of uniting and inspiring youth. When the West End neighborhood underwent urban renewal in the 1960s, West End House moved to Allston-Brighton to serve the largest population of immigrant children and families in need. In 2002, West End House completed a $7.5 million campaign to renovate and expand its space to host many of the program areas that currently exist today—visual and performing arts rooms, an education center with a computer lab, a commercial kitchen with dining space, and teen leadership spaces.

Of the young people we serve, 35% are Black; 27% are Hispanic or Latino; 10% are Asian; 10% are Caucasian; 10% are multi-racial; and 8% are other ethnicities, such as Cape Verdean, Brazilian, and Haitian. These members predominantly represent the most in-need youth from the City of Boston. Our membership applications show that at least 75% of our young people come from families earning less than $25,000 per year. The majority live in Boston Housing Authority residences or some other form of subsidized housing. We provide transportation to local housing developments each night for youth who may not be able to get a ride home. To ensure that money is never a barrier to membership at the West End House, our annual fee is just $15 and scholarships are provided to families unable to pay for membership.

As the result of a successful strategy to retain teen members during their critical transition between middle school and high school, West End House has also become a local and national leader in teen programs and services. Our member population has trended significantly towards teens, with teen membership growing from 359 in 2009 up to its current level of 752. These numbers place West End House in the top 2% of the 4,000 nationwide Boys & Girls Clubs for teen programming and one of the largest teen programs in the City of Boston. 

Impact Statement

At West End House we are redefining what it means to be a Boys & Girls Club. We foster a safe and secure environment for our young people, but that’s only the beginning. We’re helping children and teens from all over Boston progress and graduate from high school, and then persist and graduate from college. Youth are learning about healthy lifestyles and eating nutritious meals. They are expressing themselves creatively, performing in bands and staging plays. They are discovering who they are and how to reach their full potential. Day after day and year after year, West End House is making a difference for the young people of Boston and their families.

  • 98% of West End House club members graduate from high school
  • 95% of members enroll in college
  • 88% of members read at grade level
  • 81% of West End House alumni are persisting in college
  • 98,840 nutritious meals are served each year
  • 4,298 fitness hours logged each year by West End House members
  • 500 young people engage in visual and performing arts each week
  • 115 teens employed at the West End House last year 

Needs Statement

Regarding academic needs: While the high school graduation rate in Boston is rising, it lags behind the national average. Only 66% of freshman will graduate high school in four years, compared to 80% nationwide. Youth from low-income families are three times more likely than their higher income peers to drop out. A key element of our success is our partnerships with Boston Public Schools, which allows us to develop goals collaboratively with school staff and identify students most in need of targeted intervention.

Regarding career development: while Boston has seen steady gains in the employment rate there have been uneven gains. Teens, particularly males of color, are without meaningful employment opportunities. The Center for Labor and Market Studies found that 20% of workers from Massachusetts households with annual incomes of less than $20,000 were unemployed compared with 3.3% of workers from households with annual incomes of $150,000 or more. Our Leadership and Career Development program helps our young people develop career-readiness skills, provides real-life work experiences, and offers opportunities for advancement into external placements.

Regarding fitness and nutrition: West End House staff sees first-hand the impact of food insecurity and poor nutrition on the youth we serve. When our students are struggling with hunger, they cannot concentrate and are sick more frequently. West End House is committed not only to improving access to nutritious and appealing food for our members through our Kids in Motion Café, but also providing interactive nutrition education and cooking classes to instill lifelong skills and healthy eating habits.

Regarding the arts: our youth lack consistent exposure to the arts, which has been shown to help young people develop advanced skills needed for future employment, particularly learning and innovation skills (creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration).

CEO Statement

West End House is more than a place to come after school. For 1,500 young people, it’s a second home, a place where they can discover their talents and explore their interests.

Our club members are thriving at colleges and universities throughout our city, state, and nation; they are networking with Boston’s civic, business, and community leaders and preparing for meaningful careers; they are performing the National Anthem at Fenway Park and displaying their art at the MFA; they are consciously opting for fresh fruit and vegetables and avoiding fast food choices. At every turn, our young people are expecting more of themselves – and then exceeding those expectations. 

Board Chair Statement

West End House is one of Boston’s most diverse youth development agencies. By providing life-shaping programs to over 1,500 urban youth, we work to ensure our young people recognize their full potential and are prepared for future success as adults. West End House continues to raise expectations. As one example, in years past the goal was simply striving for high school graduation or learning a craft or skill. Today West End House advances youth toward college degrees and mastery of skills, boasting a 98% high school graduation rate and actively coaching 150 alumni in college success programs. Whereas at one time West End House provided pre-packaged meals for dinner, now our professional chef serves 98,000 healthy meals made from scratch in our kitchen annually. West End House’s Board focuses on continuing to develop innovative, in-depth programs while remaining true to the original ideals that were in place at our club’s founding in 1906.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton

Our members come from all parts of the city—approximately 60% of youth reside in Allston-Brighton and 40% live in other Boston neighborhoods, with significant populations in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. 


Our members come from all parts of the city—approximately 60% of youth reside in Allston-Brighton, and 40% live in other Boston neighborhoods, with significant populations in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Education - Educational Services

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

Under Development


Academic & College Success

Academic & College Success programs provide year-round, comprehensive support targeting under-served Boston youth. Our offerings include literacy and enrichment initiatives based on the Common Core standards with STEM activities; mentoring for youth at-risk of dropping out of school; individual tutoring for over 200 members; high school exploration; and non-cognitive skill development. West End House also helps young people focus on getting ready, getting into and getting through college, offering specific programming around college exploration, how to manage financial aid, SAT preparation, junior and senior advising, and college coaching to ensure our alumni persist and graduate from college. 

Budget  $726,840.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
  •  88% of elementary students at West End House read at grade level.
  • 90% of elementary, middle, and high school members progress on-time through the grade levels.
  • 98% of seniors graduate from high school. 
Program Long-Term Success 

In the past five years, 96% of our 300 high school seniors graduated and 91% enrolled in college.

Program Success Monitored By 

Youth outcomes are measured through our evidence-based WISDOM Tool, which relies on a survey from the National Institute on Out of School Time. Staff also communicates directly with schools about student performance and receives report cards.

Examples of Program Success 

When Kevin joined West End House, he was struggling academically and having trouble in school. As Kevin developed a trusting relationship with staff, he joined the basketball team, paired up with an academic tutor, and was selected for our teen employment program. When Kevin made the honor roll in high school last year, West End House staff was the first to know.

Fitness & Nutrition

Fitness & Nutrition is designed to improve the physical health and nutrition of our young people. Designed to develop a Club-wide culture that focuses on the importance of a lifelong, healthy lifestyle, goals include increasing daily access to whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins for youth; improving the fitness levels and eating habits of 70 targeted youth at-risk of childhood obesity; engaging more than 350 youth in a wide range of physical activities that keep them moving for at least 60 minutes a day; and offering traditional and non-traditional health and fitness activities including sports leagues, girl-focused sports and fitness, fitness and anatomy, cooking and nutrition classes.

Budget  $552,113.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

West End House served 98,000 healthy meals made from scratch last year. 

Program Long-Term Success 

53% of 70 targeted youth at-risk for obesity improved their fitness levels at West End House last year.

Program Success Monitored By 

Our Kids in Motion Café tracks menu changes and consumption records alongside program-specific supplemental tools from the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. Physical exercise tests track improvement in cardiovascular health. 

Examples of Program Success 

Food served in the Kids in Motion Café is never “kid-friendly” – West End House encourages young people to take positive challenges and try nutritious foods filled with color and flavors that they have never tasted before. In a single week, the Kids in Motion Café will serve falafel pitas with beet tzatziki, hand-rolled sushi with zucchini tempura, eggplant lasagna, black bean tacos with coleslaw, and peanut noodles with fresh vegetables.

Leadership & Career Development

Leadership & Career Development is a year round career development program consisting of two levels, youth workforce (younger teens) and peer leadership (older teens). Our goal is to help our young people gain the critical leadership and life skills needed to succeed in life. We assist our younger teens in developing career-readiness skills in advance of their first jobs. We offer our older teens paid summer internships in either a government office or community-based organization through our Brian J. Honan Fellowship program, as well as paid employment opportunities year-round both within the West End House and via external placements with local corporate partners.

Budget  $522,345.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  In 2015, West End House employed 61 youth year-round and 70 youth in the summer. 
Program Long-Term Success 

In 2015, all Peer Leaders who were high school seniors graduated and enrolled in post-secondary education.

Program Success Monitored By 

We track progress through our WISDOM tool, which measures the number of hours teens participate in the program, grades in school, high school graduation rates, and college acceptance rates. Staff also captures and assesses non-cognitive skills, such as career-readiness skills, through the evidence-based Survey of Youth Outcomes (SAYO).

Examples of Program Success 

Eric joined West End House at the age of 11 after his family emigrated from the Dominican Republic. He became a Peer Leader and a Honan Fellow. In every way, Eric thrived as a student and a leader at West End House -- including earning straight A’s every semester.

Unfortunately, college seemed like an impossible dream for Eric. He was an undocumented immigrant, which made him ineligible for financial aid. Determined to try, Eric asked his trusted West End House mentor for help. West End House staff was able to secure private scholarships and individual donations to pay for Eric's tuition. He enrolled at Mass Bay Community College, earned his Associates degree in 2013, and began the pathway to US citizenship. Upon graduation, Eric secured full-time employment with the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. Today, Eric is enrolled at UMass Boston pursuing his Bachelor’s degree.

Visual & Performing Arts

Visual & Performing Arts Programs engage our young people in the visual arts, theater, and music.  We provide daily high-quality instruction which helps youth develop mastery-level skills via progressive learning; we encourage them to learn the basics then develop higher skill levels which culminate in a finished product or performance to share with their peers. In addition, our arts classes offer experiences that fully utilize our members’ creativity to develop their critical thinking and non-cognitive skill development. 

Budget  $488,645.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 

More than 500 youth participate in arts programming annually.

Program Long-Term Success 

2 out 3 of our young people progress to a higher level of arts instruction each year. 

Program Success Monitored By 

We track arts engagement and mastery through our WISEDOM tool.

Examples of Program Success 

Tasha came to West End House dreaming of the stage. In no time at all, she began vocal lessons, even taking lead roles in numerous live performances. Now Tasha’s enrolled in the Drama and Dance department at Boston Arts Academy while remaining an avid member of West End House. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Andrea Howard
CEO Term Start Mar 1999
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Andrea Howard has close to 30 years of experience in the field of youth development. She has served at the executive level for twenty-one years in Boys & Girls Clubs, with her prior position as the founding Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, Florida. Andrea returned to her hometown of Boston in 1999 when she was named Executive Director at West End House Boys & Girls Club, and then focused her efforts on revitalizing the hundred-year-old organization. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern Alabama, and was a recipient of the Robert W. Woodruff Fellowship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She has participated in LeadBoston and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Music and Youth Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides after-school music education and enrichment programs. 

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
Mr. Rudy Ash Chief Development Officer

Rudy Ash has more than a decade of experience as a fundraising professional in youth development and education agencies. He began his career as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in New York City and previously worked for The Posse Foundation in their Chicago office where he helped double their annual operating budget and significantly expanded all aspects of their development department (special events, board and leadership council membership, grants, annual giving). He received a B.A. in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and is an alumnus of the Development Leadership Consortium in Chicago.  

Mr. Mark DaCruz Senior Director of Programming Mark DaCruz brings nearly a decade of experience in youth development. He started at West End House as an intern and was hired full-time in 2008. During his time at West End House, Mark has more than doubled teen membership and daily attendance, tripled the number of year-round jobs for teens and expanded programming to include college coaching for Boston Public School graduates. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health & Counseling Psychology from Emmanuel College, and is fluent in Cape Verdean Creole and Portuguese. 
Ms. Jenny Nute Vice President of Program Services

Jenny Nute holds nearly 20 years of experience in youth development. She joined West End House in 1999 and, during her tenure, has transformed the program delivery model to balance interest-based with needs-based programs across all four core program areas. Jenny launched teen programming at West End House, introducing year-round employment opportunities, building progressive leadership development programs and expanding arts opportunities. Jenny has also focused organizational resources to include professional development opportunities for staff. Prior to joining West End House, Jenny served as a City Year Team Leader and Corps member. Jenny holds a certificate from the Institute of Non-Profit Management and Leadership. 

Ms. Kristin Rhuda Chief Operating Officer

Kristin Rhuda has been with West End House since 2002, when she began her tenure in the development office before being promoted to her current role in 2006. As Chief Operating Officer, Kristin has successfully grown daily attendance to more than 265 youth each day, implemented and refined outcomes-management tools, managed the 38,000 square foot facility and deepened partnerships with Boston Public Schools. Prior to joining West End House, she managed an after-school program in a local public housing development. Kristin is a recipient of the 2004 Robert W. Woodruff Fellowship, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Babson College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College. 

Ms. Lisa Smith Senior Director of Fitness & Nutrition Lisa Smith has worked in the food industry for more than twenty years, and has led the Kids In Motion Café at West End House since 2005. Under her guidance, the Kids in Motion Café has successfully grown the number of meals served to 357 each day while continuing a steadfast commitment to preparing every meal from scratch to ensure high nutrition standards focused on whole grains, fresh fruit, and seasonal produce. Lisa studied nutrition at Rutgers University and graduated from New England Culinary Institute. 


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
Boys and Girls Clubs of America --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Jackson Mann K-8 School
  • Edison K-8 School
  • Another Course to College
  • Brighton High School
  •  Boston Green Academy
  • Boston College
  • New Balance
  • Grand Circle Travel
  • Turner Construction
  • Boston University Bioinformatics Department
  • Junior League of Boston
  • Strong Women Strong Girls

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 24
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 86%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Cape Verdean, Haitian
Gender Female: 18
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan Yes
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 Yes
State Registration Exempt

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


Board Chair Mr. Andrew Musto
Board Chair Company Affiliation US Pavement
Board Chair Term Sept 2015 - Sept 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Henry Barr Barr & Cole Voting
Ms. Mindy Berman Investor Group Services Voting
Ms. Leslie Cohen Samuels & Associates Voting
Mr. James Gordon Cape Wind Voting
Mr. Andrew Hoffman Committee for Public Counsel Services Voting
Ms. Katie Hope Harvard School of Public Health Voting
Ms. Laurie Kaplan West End House Girls Camp Voting
Mr. William Margollin West End House Boys Camp Voting
Mr. Joseph Mulligan Transformative Development Initiative, Mass Development Voting
Mr. Andrew Musto US Pavement Voting
Ms. Maura Nolan Brown Boston Sweats Voting
Ms. Maura Nolan Brown Boston Sweats Voting
Mr. Chris Richmond True Point Consulting Voting
Mr. Charles Rodgers Retired Voting
Mr. Rick Taranto Details Event Staging Voting
Mr. Gerald Walsh UMass Boston Voting
Mr. Neal Yanofsky Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen 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. Deborah Black New England Development NonVoting
Mr. Sid Boorstein Retired NonVoting
Mr. Harold Brown Hamilton Company NonVoting
Mr. Charles Collier PARTNERS+simon NonVoting
Mr. Joel Goober RINET NonVoting
Rep. Kevin Honan MA House of Representatives NonVoting
Ms. Charla Jones Eu2Be Nourishing Skin Care NonVoting
Mr. John Parker Crocker Winsor Seafood NonVoting
Ms. Deborah Re Big Sister Association of Greater Boston NonVoting
Mr. Dan Romanow Romanow Container NonVoting
Mr. Stanley Schlozman Harbor Capital Management NonVoting
Mr. Maurice Sullivan Rockland Trust NonVoting
Mr. Robert Weinberg MarketPlace Development Boston NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Building
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Governance and Nominating

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 $7,021,042 $2,310,813 $1,669,562
Total Expenses $2,880,992 $2,583,656 $2,217,619

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,615,979 -- --
Government Contributions $300,602 $295,283 $187,899
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $300,602 $295,283 $187,899
Individual Contributions $234,904 $1,354,572 $1,061,010
Indirect Public Support -- $52,000 $45,386
Earned Revenue $52,019 $6,787 $24,022
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-43,248 $207,892 $22,154
Membership Dues $2,205 $2,393 $4,335
Special Events $306,365 $391,886 $324,756
Revenue In-Kind $11,239 -- --
Other $4,540,977 $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $2,360,187 $2,102,707 $1,866,442
Administration Expense $224,201 $275,859 $173,825
Fundraising Expense $296,604 $205,090 $177,352
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.44 0.89 0.75
Program Expense/Total Expenses 82% 81% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 10% 11%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $13,158,109 $9,102,304 $9,744,011
Current Assets $3,212,405 $1,022,749 $1,352,109
Long-Term Liabilities $1,434,364 $1,628,804 $1,795,689
Current Liabilities $268,959 $158,764 $148,332
Total Net Assets $11,454,786 $7,314,736 $7,799,990

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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 $2,017,230.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.39

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose The West End House capital campaign will raise $9.5M for the renovation and expansion of our Allston Street facility. This capital goal will be part of an overarching comprehensive campaign.
Campaign Goal $22,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Nov 2014 - Dec 2017
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $10,309,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 11.94 6.44 9.12

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 11% 18% 18%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials for FY15* and per the IRS Form 990s for FY14 and FY13.** Contributions from Foundations & Corporations are included under Individuals when the breakout was not available.
*The Other revenue category for FY15 includes capital contributions, comprehensive campaign contributions and comprehensive campaign expenses. 
**Please note, the organization changed its fiscal year, in 2013, from an Oct. 1 - Sept. 30 fiscal year to Jan. 1 - Dec. 31. As such, the FY13 audit posted above covers a 15 month period, ending on Dec. 31, 2013. Two 2013 Form 990 files are posted above. One file covers Oct. 1, 2012 - Sept. 30, 2013 and this full year of data is reflected in the charts and graphs. Another file covers Oct. 1, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2013, a short year, reflecting the change in fiscal year.


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The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our vision is to help thousands of young people from all corners of Boston realize their potential and achieve their life goals. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The following principles help guide both our program development and everyday decision-making. Adhering to these ideas allows us to have the greatest possible impact on the lives of our young people.

  • Access for all: At West End House, we believe that support and guidance should be available to all young people. Our annual membership $15 and there is no charge for teens. In addition, scholarships are available for those unable to pay.
  • Meeting people where they are: Every young person has unique needs and interests. We tailor our programs to match out youths’ specific skill sets and challenges. We welcome all those in need and seek out those whose disciplinary or academic record make them ineligible for other programs. 
  • Age-appropriate programs: As children mature, their needs and goals change. Teens, in particular, need specialized programming to keep them fully engaged. We offer age-appropriate programs for all of our members, from young children to middle-school age youth and teens.
  • Choice-based programming: We give our young people choices. We empower them to make decisions so they can develop independence. And while we don’t require youth to participate in particular programs, staff members are always there to provide guidance based on observed needs. 
  • Long-term relationships: Change doesn’t happen overnight. Youth programs require time to work. For this reason all of our programs are designed to keep children and youth engaged from grade school to college. The best progress occurs when our young people form long-term relationships with our staff. 
  • Social and emotional skills: Success requires more than a diploma. We help our youth develop character, tenacity, and heart. Our young people learn to respect themselves and those around them, to stand strong in the face of adversity, and to seize opportunities. 
  • Data driven decisions: Caring alone is not enough. To best serve our young people’s unique needs, we track their progress using an evaluation tool called WISDOM. We continuously monitor our youth performance data and adjust resources and develop interventions accordingly.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The greatest strength of West End House is the ability to grow and adapt in spite of the constant challenges of serving an under-resourced community. Since the prior renovation to our facilities 15 years ago, our programs have undergone a significant transformation to become more strategic and responsive to address emerging population trends. 

  • We serve more young people, more often. Over the past six years, our total membership has grown by 50% to 1,500, and weekly attendance by 25% to 1,380.
  • We have a city-wide reach. 52% of our youth live in Allston and Brighton; 22% in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan; and the remaining 26% in other Boston communities. 
  • Teen membership has grown. Teens represent more than 50% of our annual membership while daily attendance has doubled to 130 teens. This growth has placed West End House in the top 2% of Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide serving teens. While 66% of teen members today have been with West End House since at least middle school, a growing trend is that teens join during high school. 
  • We have highly experienced, educated, and trained staff. West End House staff members are experts in youth development. Many have Master’s degrees in their specialty areas and foreign language fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, and Haitian Creole. Plus, five out of six staff members on our leadership team have served West End House for 10 years or more.

We are uniquely positioned to provide a critical continuum of support for our young people, with our staff building relationships that span from grade school through college and beyond. This continuity and the success of the alumni from our program will also create greater opportunities for West End House to benefit from future support from this constituency. We envision a vibrant alumni community that gives back to the organization that helped guide them toward achieving their full potential. 

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Staff utilizes the following data collection and assessment tools:

  • WISDOM (West End House Internal System for Developmental Outcomes Measurement): Staff tracks individual outcomes for youth members; creates interventions that best meet individual and collective needs; and identifies and fills program gaps based on aggregate data. 
  • SAYO (Survey of After School Youth Outcomes): These evidence-based surveys developed by the National Institute of Out of School Time measure non-cognitive skills like initiative, problem-solving, and relationships with peers. 
  • Salesforce: Our College Success Coach tracks WEH students attending and pursuing post-secondary options using this Boston Foundation designed tool.
  • Membership Tracking System: Our staff track members’ attendance and program participation.
We know we are making progress by tracking the following outcomes: reading at grade-level; on-time grade progression; high school graduation; college enrollment; college persistence; fitness levels; fitness and nutrition knowledge, attitudes and behaviors; youth progression from beginner to advanced levels in the arts; development of non-cognitive skills, particularly in the career readiness and leadership program. 

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?


West End House is currently the largest youth-development agency in the Allston-Brighton community, and is ranked in the top 2% of Boys & Girls Clubs serving teens nationwide. We have a 78% success rate in retaining young people in the critical transition year between middle school and high school, and an 85% rate of retention among the teen population at large. In the city of Boston, we are one of the largest employers of teens year-round, dedicating significant resources to career development for our young people. We are also the only Boys & Girls Club with dedicated staff for college persistence, providing valuable support services to our alumni on college campuses. West End House continues to outperform its peer organizations as measured through proven outcomes and is breaking the mold for what it means to be a Boys & Girls Club.

Our program accomplishments over the last fiscal year included: 

  • Employing 64 teens year round making West End House one of the largest year round employers of teens in the City of Boston. 
  • Graduating 98% of high school seniors, with 95% of those enrolling in college. 
  • Providing members over 98,000 hot, nutritious, homemade meals last year prepared daily by our in-house professional chef. 
  • Advancing visual and performing arts skills for 70% of our arts program participants. 
  • Having the number of youth participants in arts programming exceed the number of youth participants in our sports and fitness programs.

Areas for improvement: 

  • West End House’s programs and population have expanded but our facilities haven’t kept pace. We currently serve 262 youth each day in spaces designed for 200. By 2017, we anticipate weekly visits to increase by another 30%. Square footage dedicated to teens is woefully inadequate; renovation will quadruple space. 
  • To proactively meet the needs of our youth, we need to improve our capital structure by increasing our operating reserves and our facility reserves to fulfill anticipated expenses that the board has identified through a 20 year Systems Replacement Plan developed via the Nonprofit Finance Fund. With an improved capital structure, we can unleash our full potential so that we can continue to be nimble, innovative, and responsive.