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Buzzards Bay Coalition Inc.

 114 Front Street
 New Bedford, MA 02740
[P] (508) 999-6363 x 209
[F] (508) 984-7913
Donna Cobert
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EIN 04-2971978

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA Buzzards Bay Coalition
Former Names Coalition for Buzzards Bay (2012)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research and advocacy.

Mission Statement

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research and advocacy.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $2,300,000.00
Projected Expense $2,300,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Advocacy
  • Public Engagement
  • Watershed Protection

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research and advocacy.

Background Statement

The Buzzards Bay Coalition was officially incorporated as The Coalition for Buzzards Bay in July 1987, as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with start-up funding support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The initial Board of Directors was composed of individuals from throughout the Bay watershed - environmental advocates, cranberry growers, marina owners, research institutions and town government. Today, the organization continues to maintain a governing Board of private citizens concerned with the health and future of the Bay from Westport to Woods Hole and from a variety of backgrounds.

The push to reverse the decline of Bay water quality, shellfish beds, and wildlife populations had begun in earnest in 1984 when Congress recognized the unique value of Buzzards Bay by selecting the Bay as one of four estuaries in the country (Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts, Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, San Francisco Bay in California, and Puget Sound in Washington) to be studied under the new National Estuary Program. With this program, a new government partnership between the EPA and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) was formed to create the Buzzards Bay Project (BBP). The objective of the BBP was to study water quality and living resources in the Bay, to assess threats to Bay health, and to develop a long-term management plan for the Bay. Toward that end, the Buzzards Bay Project completed a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Bay in 1991.

Directing the activities of the BBP during its early years was a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) comprised of local town officials, environmental advocates, and members of the scientific community. This group was charged among other things with determining if Buzzards Bay would benefit from the establishment of a private advocate/watchdog group to ensure that the right decisions were being made for the Bay long after the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program was dissolved. In order to make that decision, the first Buzzards Bay Day was held on October 11, 1986 with varying events held around the Bay watershed. Ninety-nine percent of the general public that came out for this first-of-its-kind regional event responded to a questionnaire that they felt that a permanent advocacy group was needed for Buzzards Bay. The Coalition for Buzzards Bay was formed less than a year later.  Today, the Coalition has over 8,600 members from around the Bay and beyond.

Impact Statement

In the past year, the Buzzards Bay Coalition has continued to fulfill its mission to protect and restore Buzzards Bay and the surrounding lands.  To that end, we continue to use the best science to monitor changes to our Bay and act upon them. We completed our 23rd year of our Baywatchers program – monitoring over 150 sites around the Bay and tracking its health. The Coalition has continued to advocate to reduce nitrogen pollution in and around the Bay at the local, state and federal levels.

We also worked to protect the watershed’s most vulnerable lands, including completing the Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation Project, which forever protects over 400 acres - the largest coastal land protection project on the Bay in over 25 years.  The Coalition was also recognized by the Land Trust Alliance as an accredited Land Trust in 2014, a mark of distinction in land conservation.

Our Community Engagement team connects with over 10,000 Bay residents and visitors each year through programming in schools, at camps and in our Learning Centers in New Bedford and Woods Hole.

In 2015, we look to increase the availability of field-based exploration programs for families and youth through our Bay Adventures programs and through collaborations with local schools. We will continue to work in cities and towns across the Bay to prevent new and reduce existing nitrogen pollution from residential wastewater that is plaguing the Bay’s health.  Our advocacy team will remain staunchly focused on preventing oil spills by strengthening federal regulations. We also continue to work to identify the most important watershed lands to protect in order to provide a natural filter and buffer for our Bay.

Needs Statement

Our vision for a Buzzards Bay is a shoreline is defined by safe swimming beaches, open shellfish beds and stretches of scenic open spaces for all to enjoy.  With a membership of over 8,600 individuals, the Buzzards Bay Coalition's work is supported by generous individuals, foundations and businesses.  The Coalition seeks unrestricted gifts of any size, as well as gifts and grants targeted towards specific land conservation, research, advocacy and educational projects.  We also welcome volunteers to assist with our programs, in our learning centers and with our fundraising events. Corporate support is also sought both monetary and in-kind, and can include sponsorship recognition.

CEO Statement

As the President and Chief Executive of the Buzzards Bay Coalition since 1998, I have never been more enthusiastic about the role this organization plays to accelerate the protection and restoration of our beautiful Bay. Every day our staff and volunteers are out in communities from Westport to Wareham and Bourne to Woods Hole making a real difference in the health of our local environment. From the preservation of unique Nasketucket Bay, to collaborative research with cranberry farmers, on-the-ground demonstrations of innovative nitrogen pollution reduction, persistent legal defense of oil spill prevention laws, and dramatic growth in community engagement programming, the Coalition’s recent work finds us reaching all corners of the Buzzards Bay Watershed to improve the quality of our waters and our communities.

Recently we completed a new strategic plan “STRATEGY 2015-2020: Our Commitment to Restore Clean Water and a Healthy Buzzards Bay for Everyone.” Over the next five years, this plan will guide our actions to tackle head-on the challenges facing the Bay and our local environment through major new initiatives focused on People, Land and Water.

The theme of “Resilience” binds together our new Strategic Plan’s natural, human and organizational goals. Resilience to adapt and endure, to grow and persevere, to restore the Bay and build an organization so that both can weather new threats and thrive for generations to come. That is our challenge, but more importantly, our tremendous opportunity. We are excited about the work ahead and about the privilege to partner with our members and supporters to make it happen. 

Board Chair Statement

Geographic Area Served

We work to protect and restore coastal, river and drinking water quality for the people of Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Carver, Middleborough, Plymouth, Bourne, Falmouth, and Gosnold.  

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation & Management
  2. Environment - Environmental Education
  3. Environment - Land Resources Conservation

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




For 23 years, we have monitored the health of the Bay through our Baywatchers program. Through a team of staff and volunteers, we monitor 150 stations around the Bay every five days from May through September. The data gathered from this program provides an ever-evolving picture of the health of the Bay, and informs our work at the local, state, and federal level to limit pollution in the Bay. We have placed special focus on nitrogen pollution – the primary threat to the Bay. While our efforts have resulted in the creation of nitrogen limits and clean-up plans for some of the Bay's most impaired embayments, many other harbors and coves still require our attention. The Coalition also is keenly focused on preventing oil spills in the Bay. We were the driving force behind some of the strongest oil-spill protection measures in the nation, which we championed after the 2003 Bouchard oil spill in Buzzards Bay. These rules are now under threat from the oil industry and federal government.
Budget  --
Category  Environment, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

In 2014 and 2015 we have continued our staunch advocacy on behalf of the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act (MOSPA). This landmark legislation, which the Coalition helped pass in 2004, requires that all oil tankers passing through Buzzards Bay be accompanied by an escort vessel. Since a devastating spill in 2003, the Bay has not seen another major spill – largely thanks to this act. However, the Coast Guard has undertaken efforts to invalidate MOSPA and replace it with weaker federal rules, the Coalition has responded with detailed comments arguing against the proposed rules. The changes are still pending, and we continue to explore other avenues – including federal action to supersede Coast Guard rules – to ensure our Bay is safe from oil spills.

In our efforts to understand all the contributors of nutrient pollution in the Bay, we completed our monitoring of six different cranberry bogs to determine the levels of nitrogen and phosphorus passing from these bogs to the groundwater. This study, in which we played the coordinating role, was conducted in partnership with the Town of Carver, the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association, the UMass Cranberry Experiment Station, and the Marine Biological Laboratory yielded a wealth of information. Although analysis is still ongoing, initial examination reveals extremely varied interactions between bogs, the nutrients and the water driven by the geography and design of the various bogs. As the analysis continues, we believe this study could lead to a much more nuanced view of the best practices in cranberry farming to mitigate the harmful impacts of nutrients in our rivers, streams and Bay.

Program Long-Term Success 

Maintaining our commitment to leverage sound science and data to address the threats to the Bay, the Coalition’s citizen scientists completed our 23rd year of water quality monitoring in the fall of 2014. By collecting data at 130 locations throughout Buzzards Bay (and also at stations in adjacent Vineyard Sound), we gather invaluable data that we leverage at all levels of government to inform decision-making that impacts the Bay. This extensive trove of data is also proving increasingly useful for researchers attempting to assess the long term trends in Bay health – including the impact of climate change and other changing environmental factors. No other organization, whether public or private, has the temporal and geographic coverage contained in our Baywatchers database.

In another example of how we leverage our Baywatchers data, we installed new Bay Health signs at over 100 public access points in every town around the Bay. These signs help local residents understand the health of their local corner of the Bay – and engage them in taking an active interest in protecting it. They summarize the current state of each local waterway on our 100-point scale, indicating whether the waterway’s health is improving or declining. The also provide educational information on pollution and its consequences in an easy-to-understand, graphically pleasing layout.

In towns and cities around the Bay, we continued our advocacy efforts to combat nitrogen pollution, including watchdogging the implementation of policies we championed. After Coalition efforts led to the requirement for nitrogen-reducing septic systems in new developments in Wareham and a Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan in Falmouth, we are making sure these hard-fought victories yield positive results for our waterways and Bay. In an example of how multiple communities can work together to stop threatening nitrogen pollution, a draft of an Areawide Water Quality Management Plan, or “208 Plan,” for Cape Cod was issued this year. The creation of this updated plan – the first since 1978 – was spurred by legal action by the Coalition, and we remain an active, vocal participant in its drafting and completion. When finalized, this plan will provide a roadmap to reducing nutrient pollution in Cape Cod waterways to levels that meet state and federal water quality standards. 

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

Work with municipalities to reduce local sources of nitrogen pollution, including partnering with Falmouth to reduce nitrogen loads from 20 homes on West Falmouth Harbor by implementing low-nitrogen septic systems, and working with the town of Bourne and local residents to connect 52 homes on Red Brook Harbor to a nitrogen-reducing wastewater treatment system.

In another unique and irreplaceable corner of the Bay – the Elizabeth Islands – the West End Pond on the island of Cuttyhunk was suffering from nitrogen pollution after an inlet connecting the pond with Buzzards Bay closed up. After the Coalition worked together with the town of Gosnold, the state, and federal authorities, the inlet was finally cleared this summer allowing a cleansing exchange of water between the pond and the Bay.

Public Engagement

Through our Learning Centers in Woods Hole and New Bedford, and through programs designed to engage people in the outdoors, we teach people about their role in the Bay's health. Our programs include in-school and after-school curricula, as well as camps and “Bay Adventures” designed to involve children and families in all the Bay and its surrounding land has to offer. Our programs engage a diverse range of residents and visitors of all ages. For example, our school-based programs focus on elementary schools students, while our “Decision Maker Workshops” engage leaders from the community. We also maintain three river reserve properties open to the public for hiking, fishing and canoeing.

Budget  --
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

In the last year, we yet again experienced dramatic growth in the number of visitors to the Coalition’s learning centers in New Bedford and Woods Hole. We welcomed more than 6,500 residents and visitors to our sites, and through interactive exhibits showed them what they can do to protect Buzzards Bay.

We also completed the third year of delivering new environmental education programming to children throughout the watershed. Through more than 200 engaging programs, over 3,000 children explored beaches, salt marshes, forests, and wetlands across the region with the Coalition. Our programs included field-based experiential programs during the school day, after-school programming in partnership with community groups, and YMCA Southcoast summer camps at both river and coastal sites. These programs are exciting, enriching and rewarding for both the participants and the Coalition staff who have the opportunity to interact with the next generation of Bay stewards.

Program Long-Term Success 

In a significant step towards fulfilling our goal to make it easier for watershed residents and visitors alike to build connections with Buzzards Bay, we launched an interactive online portal at This portal features more than 200 locations around the Bay where people can hike, bike, boat, swim, fish, view wildlife, and experience nature. In its first year, more than 2,000 users have visited the map to explore all that Buzzards Bay has to offer. Connecting people with the Bay in their backyard helps us expand the size and strength of our Coalition. We continued to deliver Decision Makers Workshops around the watershed reaching more than 80 key regional officials, business owners and stakeholders. These workshops share information and provide forums for discussion on strategies for reduction of nitrogen pollution and sustainable development, including innovations in technology, landscape management, and planning and funding.

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Our expanded Bay Adventures program offered more than 40 different ways for people, particularly families with young children, to explore the Bay and its watershed through on-water excursion, hikes and outdoor activities. Over the course of the summer we offered diverse opportunities such as learning to quahog, kayaking and hiking – all supporting our core long-term goals of engagement and education of our community.  Through our outreach and education programs in communities across the watershed, we are educating the public and engaging them in a conversation about the Bay, including the issue of nitrogen pollution and possible solutions to mitigate the problem.

Watershed Protection

We work to protect the watershed's most vulnerable lands through conservation and restoration. Through our efforts nearly 7,000 acres of land have been forever protected from development. As an accredited land trust, we protect undeveloped lands ensuring they can remain a natural filter for the Bay. We also work to restore natural resources that have been lost or degraded – and work to prepare our landscape for the impacts of global climate change. This often means undoing centuries of abuse to the Bay's rivers and wetlands so these natural areas can thrive once again and adapt to changing conditions.  By focusing on direct land conservation, we work to preserve the watershed’s natural ability to assimilate and filter pollution (including nitrogen).
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Category  Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

In the last year we also began the major restoration work on our Acushnet Sawmill site, which will continue through 2015. Until recently, this 19 acre former lumber yard at the edge of New Bedford’s North End was an eyesore. The structures built across the Acushnet River restricted the ability of fish and wildlife to flourish. Due to open in the spring of 2015, the Sawmill is now being transformed into a public park that will protect the river’s health and provide a unique site for expanded educational programming. It will also offer local residents a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors, near the heart of urban New Bedford – a city in need of usable green space. In the first sign of the impact of the ecological restoration of the site, herring moving upstream to spawn in the Acushnet River has increased dramatically to over 10,000 this year – up 68% in just the last year.

Our efforts to eradicate invasive phragmites at three coastal salt ponds on the Bay – Salters Pond in Dartmouth and Flume and Gunning Point Ponds in Falmouth – moved into their second year. After treatment and mowing last year, new growth this year has been significantly reduced and is being managed with targeted treatment by hand. These restoration projects are serving as a model for communities around the Bay struggling with the loss of saltmarshes and other wetlands to invasion by non-native species.

Program Long-Term Success 

We are proud to share that after two years of work to document our policies and procedures, in 2014 we were awarded accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. This accreditation – achieved by only 16 percent of land trusts nationwide – means that our approach to the stewardship of the land under our care is of the highest caliber. In fact, the Land Trust Alliance is providing our policies and procedures to other land trusts working to achieve accreditation as an example of “best practices.” We take this accreditation and the long-term responsibility of the land under our care very seriously.

Over the course of the last year we protected an additional 432 acres – often in partnership with state and local government, local land trusts and other private entities. In 2014, we also closed on the Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation Project in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett. This unique site sits at the head of Nasketucket Bay, one of the most pristine and diverse embayments on Buzzards Bay. This project will forever protect 410 acres of forest, farmland, and wetlands– including adding to the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation, providing expanded opportunities for biking, hiking, bird watching and public enjoyment of this beautiful corner of the Bay.

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

Finalized the Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation project totaling over 400 acres of farmland, forest and coastline in Mattapoisett and Fairhaven. This includes securing the remaining funding for a total of over $6 million – making this our largest land conservation project ever.

On target to complete the restoration of the Acushnet Sawmill property in preparation for opening the site to the public for education and recreational purposes in the spring of 2015.

Added to our capabilities and capacity by hiring a Land Stewardship Director. Working with that new Director, we will implement management plans to enhance the public’s use of the Coalition’s three existing river reserves.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Rasmussen
CEO Term Start Jan 1998
CEO Email
CEO Experience Mark has led the Buzzards Bay Coalition as President and Chief Executive Officer since 1998 and manages all facets of the organization's work. He has a professional background in regional ecosystem management and holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Boston College. 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Mr. Brendan Annett Vice-President, Watershed Protection Brendan leads the Coalition's land protection, habitat restoration, and stewardship programs. Trained in fisheries and aquatic ecology with a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont and and a Masters from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole, Brendan's career with research institutions, government, private industry and conservation organizations has focused on watershed resource management and restoration.
Mr. Marc Bellanger Vice-President, Development

Marc has overseen the Coalition's development activities since 2014, and is responsible for all fundraising activities, including annual fund, membership, events and foundation grants. Marc joined the Coalition with nearly 20 years of professional experience focused in direct-to-consumer marketing, product development and management consulting. He has a BA from Georgetown University, and an MBA from Babson College. He is a Board Member and past Board Co-Chair at Samaritans, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing suicide in Greater Boston. He lives with his family in Marion, MA.

Mr. Rob Hancock Vice-President, Community Engagement Rob manages all of the Coalition's education and communication initiatives, including the Bay Learning Centers, Bay Adventures, and traditional and digital media. He holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island with over a decade of environmental education experience across the region.
Ms. Rachel Jakuba PhD. Science Director

Rachel joined the Coalition in 2011, and as the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Science Director, she oversees the Coalition’s environmental monitoring and research initiatives. Prior to joining the Coalition, Rachel managed a three year project on innovative watershed management techniques to restore a heavily degraded river in Sydney, Australia. Rachel spent time at the EPA as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, working on a range of environmental policy and management issues including harmful algae blooms and pollution from large cruise ships. Rachel received her PhD in chemical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, where she studied nutrients and metals and their influence on algal dynamics and her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Georgia.

Ms. Korrin Petersen Esq. Senior Attorney

Korrin is a graduate of Vermont Law School with a Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law, cum laude. She holds a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to joining the Buzzards Bay Coalition in 2005, she was the former Committee Counsel and Legislative Director for the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Her duties at the Coalition include; initiate and manage litigation to protect Buzzards Bay, review and author comments on wastewater treatment permits and significant developments to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws, legislative advocacy, and legal counsel in administrative appeals.


Award Awarding Organization Year
National Land Trust Excellence Award Land Trust Alliance 2007


Affiliation Year
Land Trust Alliance --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Land Trust Alliance 2014



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Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 16
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 300
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 88%

Staff 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): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

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 Ms. Laura Ryan Shachoy , Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Practice Attorney
Board Chair Term July 2013 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Hans Brenninkmeyer President and CEO, American Retail Group and Comark Voting
Andrew Dimmick EMC Corporation Voting
Weatherly Dorris Owner, Quissett Harbor Boatyard Voting
Paul Elias Partner and Trustee, J.M. Forbes & Co. Voting
Tom Gidwitz Freelance Writer and Photographer Voting
Samuel Gray Administration and Finance at K.J. Quinn and Co.; VP and Director, Montana Sulphur and Chemical Company Voting
John Harwood , II Retired Voting
Melissa Haskell Investment Officer, MFS Investment Management Voting
Russell Keeler Director, Tech-Etch, Inc. Voting
Sam Knight Retired Voting
Chris Neill , PhD. Director, Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory Voting
Mark Rasmussen Buzzards Bay Coalition, Inc. Voting
Scott Zeien Owner, Kingman Yacht Center Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 12
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 93%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Public Policy/Advocacy
  • Scientific Advisory

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $2,300,000.00
Projected Expense $2,300,000.00
Form 990s

2015 990 - BBC

2014 990 - BBC

2013 990 - BBC

2012 990 - BBC

2011 990 - BBC

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials - BBC

2013 Audited Financials - BBC

2012 Audited Financials - BBC

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $3,040,245 $3,440,159 $4,907,416
Total Expenses $3,438,218 $3,949,515 $4,857,792

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$208,333 $194,600 $226,000
Government Contributions $1,011,462 $1,626,090 $1,887,759
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $1,011,462 $1,626,090 $1,887,759
Individual Contributions $771,363 $617,660 $1,471,512
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $2,867 $9,013 $108,778
Investment Income, Net of Losses $206,975 $134,543 $39,574
Membership Dues $169,637 $150,736 $281,210
Special Events $328,376 $243,886 $197,407
Revenue In-Kind $272,588 $243,685 $586,500
Other $68,644 $219,946 $108,676

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $2,648,610 $3,130,190 $3,935,608
Administration Expense $336,561 $342,693 $299,125
Fundraising Expense $453,047 $476,632 $623,059
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.88 0.87 1.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 79% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 20% 18% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $13,249,682 $13,798,539 $14,356,258
Current Assets $2,000,967 $2,545,217 $3,341,827
Long-Term Liabilities $5,100,000 $5,100,000 $5,100,000
Current Liabilities $158,685 $309,569 $357,932
Total Net Assets $7,990,997 $8,388,970 $8,898,326

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $2,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 12.61 8.22 9.34

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 38% 37% 36%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Treasurer's Comments from our 2014 Annual Report:

The Buzzards Bay Coalition continues to benefit from the increasing support of our loyal members and supporters. As of June 30, 2014, the Coalition’s financial position remains strong with net assets of almost $8 million, and a $2 million endowment fund.

Support for Coalition core programs increased again this year by 13% and our signature Buzzards Bay Swim and Watershed Ride events generated a 35% increase in income. This increased engagement with the community will ultimately support our other fundraising efforts, particularly by attracting additional members, volunteers, and donors.

Operationally, thanks to your generous support, we closed the 2014 fiscal year with a small surplus. As planned we drew down funds from the Campaign for Buzzards Bay (2008-2011) to fund program growth and initiatives envisioned by the Campaign. It was this draw down which resulted in the $398K deficit shown in our Financial Reports. We will see a similar accounting loss in the coming fiscal year as reserves raised through the Campaign continue to be spent as planned. We strive to make every dollar count, and we are proud to be able to say that 87% of every dollar raised or earned in FY2014 went directly into Bay protection and restoration programs.

The Coalition has a very capable and dedicated staff and most generous supporters. This is a very dynamic and exciting organization. I am very confident we will continue to be a strong force for its preservation.

Note that Audited Financials are consolidated and include financial results for Buzzards Bay Coalition, Inc., as well as our affiliates Acushnet River Reserve, Inc. and Buzzards Bay Center, Inc. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's combined audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Please note, fiscal year 2013 data is per the 2014 audit document, with the exception of the earned revenue amount, which reflects the 2013 audit document. 


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


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


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


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