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Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell

 657 Middlesex Street
 Lowell, MA 01851
[P] (978) 458-4526
[F] (978) 453-9740
www.lbgc.org
[email protected]
Joe Hungler
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INCORPORATED: 1901
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EIN 04-2104396

LAST UPDATED: 09/07/2017
Organization DBA Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is "To inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through dedicated staff and innovative programs, provided in a safe environment."

Mission Statement

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is "To inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through dedicated staff and innovative programs, provided in a safe environment."

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,879,231.00
Projected Expense $1,969,800.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Nutrition Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is "To inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through dedicated staff and innovative programs, provided in a safe environment."

Background Statement

We provide a safe and fun learning environment afterschool and summers. In 2016, we had an average of 304 members attending our afterschool program and 285 boys and girls attending our summer program each day. In 2017, we are averaging 344 each school day. As 96 % of the youths we serve are considered low-income by federal standards, we intentionally keep membership fees low (only $30 per school year and $30 per week during the summer.)  Members receive homework help, a free, nutritious meal each day, and participate in life-changing programs from our three Impact Areas:
  • Academic Success– We want youth to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military, or employment. We provide homework help, and offer programs in technology, art, music, and job readiness.
  • Healthy Lifestyles– We want each youth to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness, so we provide sports and recreational programs to keep them active, and we help them learn to make smart decisions about alcohol and drug use and personal relationships.
  • Good Character & CitizenshipWe want youth to become engaged citizens, involved in the community, registered voters, and to model strong character, so we provide opportunities for youth to join leadership groups and volunteer at neighborhood cleanups, educational forums, and advocacy programs. 

Impact Statement

Accomplishments of the Past Year

Healthy Meals
Many families in our community struggle to put nutritious food on the table for their children. In 2016, we increased the total number of fresh, nutritious meals from 51,313 to 53,708.
STEM Programs 
Our Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics programs currently serve more than 448 youths. A total of 100 youths gardened in our new Community Garden.
Selected Goals for 2017: 
Our overall goals for youths continue to be:
  • Academic Success: Youths graduate from high school with a plan for employment, post-secondary education, or military service.
  • Good Character & Citizenship: Youths become engaged citizens who are involved with the community and demonstrate good character.
  • Healthy Lifestyles: Youths adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.
New Teen Programming
Fall 2017, renovations to existing space will create a new Career & College Readiness Center, expand the size of our Teen Center, and create a new STEM Center:
  • The Career & College Readiness Center will offer a suite of programs to help teens develop plans for their futures.
  • The Teen Center will offer programs in conflict resolution, recreation, health and prevention, and other small-groups facilitated programs.
  • The Teen STEM Center will offer programs including coding, robotics, and digital arts.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Many of the youths we serve have mental health needs. We are integrating a LCSW into our program staff as Youth Service Director, who will also schedule trainings for staff on mental health topics.
 
Cultural Arts Initiative 
New opportunities for youths of all backgrounds and skill levels to engage in arts for creative expression and collaborative learning.
 
Mini Judgement Free Zone
Planet Fitness is upgrading our athletic center will all new equipment by establishing a Mini Judgement Free Zone at our Boys & Girls Club. 
 
 

Needs Statement

1. Funding for Expanded Teen Programming. Fall 2017 renovations will create a new Career & College Readiness Center, expand the size of our Teen Center, and create a new STEM Center. The overall annual budget for our teen programs is $559,339 and for expanded and new spaces is $80,000.

2. Funding for our new Maker Space. We are creating this new space for youth of all ages to experiment, tinker, and collaborate. The annual budget for staffing and supplies and equipment for this new space is $76,158.
 
3. HVAC Replacement. Our aging HVAC equipment is reaching the end of its lifecycle. New equipment will increase efficiency and savings. Replacement of all untis will be approximately $150,000, with individual unit replacements costing $15,000 to $20,000. We are currently obtaining quotes.
 
4. Youth Mental Health Services. We have integrated a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and mental health trainings into our Club. The annual cost of Youth Mental Health Services is $110,422.
 
5. Funding for additional staffing so we are not forced to turn away kids who need us. We have seen a 26% increase in our average daily attenance from 2015 to 2017. The additional staffing budget is $144,500. 
 
 

CEO Statement

Statistics show that children who come from low-income households -- as 96 percent of our youth members do -- are far less likely to become successful adults than their more affluent peers. Our Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell levels the playing field on so many levels. In addition to providing a vibrant safe haven and nutritious meals, we offer life-changing programs and relationships with a caring staff that set our youth members up for success.
 
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell alum Nana Frimpong, who attended our Club from elementary through high school, states it this way:
 
"One thing that has always amazed me about the Club staff is how well they got to know all of us. There were literally hundreds of us that walked through those Club doors every day but the staff really got to know our interests and our talents on an individual level. They noticed my interest in science and my interest in people. They encouraged me to pursue those interests even when I didn't think it was possible."
 
Nana, whose father left his family when he was nine and whose mother worked nights, was the first in his family to attend college. He has since earned a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and currently works in a research role at Massachusetts General Hospital.
 
"I have my sights set on becoming a clinician, but I also have interests in research, healthcare policy, and healthcare economics as well. Regardless of the path, I would like to be directly involved in improving people's quality of life. Without the Boys & Girls Club, I wouldn't have the change to permanently affect someone's life. I simply would not be where I am today."
 
Our mission continues to be to provide the youth who need us most pathways to promising futures. We beleive that great futures, like Nana's, begin here. 
 
 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is located in the Lower Highlands neighborhood of Lowell, Massachusetts and serves boys and girls ages 7 - 18 from the City of Lowell and surrounding communities.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined)
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food Programs

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

Yes

Programs

Nutrition Program

Since many youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell do not go home to an evening dinner, we offer a free meal afterschool each day for all youth. During the summer months, we provide free breakfast and lunch

Our full time Nutrition Director/Chef creates fresh, healthy, nutritious meals that kids find appealing, and in 2016, we served 51,708 fresh, healthy meals. 

We receive partial reimbursement for each meal served from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Food Care Program, but we have an annual funding gap of approximately $80,000 between our total expenses for the Nutrition Program and this reimbursement. We rely on funding from individual donors, small businesses and private foundations to fill this gap.
Budget  $221,666.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  We are increasing our capacity to serve more meals to more children. 
Program Long-Term Success 

Our long-term goal is that all of our members will try and enjoy new foods such as vegetables and whole grains leading to a life-time commitment to healthy eating.

Program Success Monitored By  Number of meals served. Satisfaction surveys filled out by Club members and parents.
Examples of Program Success  Quote from a parent:

"My husband and I don’t have to worry where they are because they are always at the Club. The Club gives my children guidance and staff members like Alycia and Chelsi have really supported them. Kailynn and Cameron get their homework done and eat dinner at the Club which helps me out a lot. I appreciate that the Club is affordable{only $30 per child for the entire school year}because we can’t afford other afterschool programs."


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The challenge and opportunity facing our organization is a growing need. With attendance up to as many as 400 youths on busy days, our team is challenged with increasing our capacity to ensure that the volume of youth we are serving does not negatively impact the quality of our youth development programming. From listening to families and the community, we know that there is even a larger need for our services. We have a wonderful opportunity to make an even larger difference for the youth who need us most in Lowell.

The quality and dedication of our staff and leadership team are what makes a difference in the lives of the children and youth we serve. In 2016 and 2017, we invested in external trainings including the Browne Center for Innovative Learning at the University of New Hampshire, BEST Institute's Youth Work Training, Mental Health First Aid, Stanford's Nonprofit Management Institute, the Global Institute for Leadership Development and the following Boys & Girls Clubs of America Trainings: Program Directors Institute, Operations Exchange, Finance Exchange, Development Exchange, Advancing Philanthropy and Emotional Intelligence. We also dedicate at least 100 hours annual to internal staff development including sexual abuse prevention, mandated reporter training, First Aid/CPR/AED, safety and crisis management, youth development principles and program specific trainings.
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joseph C. Hungler
CEO Term Start Nov 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Joseph C. Hungler, Executive Director
 

A Boys & Girls Club alumnus, Joe was hired as Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell in 2010 after having served in leadership positions for more than 20 years at Boys & Girls Clubs in Manchester and Nashua, New Hampshire and  Waltham and Worcester, Massachusetts. Under his tenure here, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell has expanded hours for teens to five days per week until 8 p.m., instituted a nutritious meals program that now serves more than 49,800 fresh, healthy meals annually, expanded and reinvigorated educational and leadership programming and began a music program in partnership with the Music & Youth Initiative of Boston. The full time staff has grown from 7 to 12 professionals and the Club has expanded community partnerships with the Lowell Police Department, UMass Lowell and others that provide the equivalent of three full time positions and more than 15 part time positions that are paid for by other organizations. The Club has also made improvements to the facility including replacing the majority of the roof, refinishing the gym floor, installing energy efficient lighting and creating a Music Clubhouse. Joe is a respected leader in the community, serving on the Lowell Youth Development Collaborative, Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group Steering Committee, the Greater Lowell Health Alliance’s Healthy Eating and Living Task Force and with the Cultural Organization of Lowell as both a member of the Board and chair of the finance committee. 

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson University. He earned an Advanced Leadership Program certificate from the Michigan Ross School of Business, Boys & Girls Club School of Executive Leadership and the Management Advanced Leadership Certificate Program at the Clemson University Boys & Girls Club Leadership Institute. He completed the Lowell Plan’s Public Matters program whose purpose is to “foster and enhance the knowledge and skills of leaders in Lowell.”

Joe also serves as a National Training Associate for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is a three-time recipient of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Honor Award for Program Excellence, was named Professional of the Year and Program Professional of the Year by the Yankee Chapter of the Association of Boys & Girls Club Professionals, earned the President’s Call to Service Award by the Corporation for National and Community Service and was recognized as one of the Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty. 

 
 
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. JuanCarlos Rivera Director of Operations  

JuanCarlos Rivera - Director of Operations

 

With sixteen years of youth development experience, JuanCarlos has dedicated himself to strengthening his community and the youth within it. His involvement has included peer leadership, youth organizing for Coalition for a Better Acre, program coordinating for the YWCA Tobacco Prevention Program, gang prevention and intervention as a street outreach worker and one of the founding members of the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) where he was Director of Operations for nine years. UTEC recognized JuanCarlos with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.  

 

JuanCarlos has served or is currently serving on the following community boards: Enterprise Community Advisory Board, CDBG Advisory Board, City of Lowell Gang Advisory Board, City of Lowell End Homeless Advisory Board, GLWIB Youth Advisory, A.M.S.I Foundation Board.

 

JuanCarlos is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He earned a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree with concentrations in Psychology and Legal Studies. Of Puerto Rican descent, JuanCarlos is a native speaker of Spanish. 

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best You Tube Video Award Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce 2011
Northeast Region Digital Arts Award - Movie Tech - club member Anthony Phayso Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2010
Boys and Girls Clubs of America 1906
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The quality and dedication of our staff and leadership team are what makes a difference in the lives of the children and youth we serve. In 2014, external trainings we invested in included the BEST Institute's Youth Work Supervisor training for 3 of our staff, Mental Health First Aid Train the Trainer and sending two senior leaders to Boys & Girls Club's of America's Northeast Leadership Conference. We also dedicate at least 100 hours annually to internal staff development including sexual abuse prevention, mandated reporter, first aid/CPR/AED, safety and crisis management, youth development principals and program specific trainings.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 20
Number of Volunteers 721
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 83%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 8
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 12
Male: 19
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Justine DeFronzo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Emerson Hospital
Board Chair Term Apr 2017 - Apr 2019
Board Co-Chair Mr. Craig MacKenzie
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Lowell Five Bank
Board Co-Chair Term Apr 2017 - Apr 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Colleen Brady UMass Lowell Voting
Mr. Martin Burke Priority Appraisals Voting
Ms. Emily Byrne University of Massachusetts Voting
Mr. Brian Chapman Mill City Environmental Voting
Mr. J. Matthew Coggins Enterprise Bank Voting
Mr. Thomas Conaton Eastern Bank Voting
Ms. Justine Defronzo Emerson Hospital Voting
Mr. Lewis Demetroulakos Retired Voting
Ms. Michelle Donovan Mt. Auburn Hospital Voting
Ms. Susan M. Dufresne Demoulas Super Markets, Inc. Voting
Ms. Brenda Evans University of Massachusetts Lowell Voting
Mr. Anthony Faletra Klin Spirits Voting
Mr. John Gallant Gallant & Ervin, LLC Voting
Dr. Mark Gilchrist Dr. Mark Gilchrist Voting
Mr. John Haley Watermark Voting
Mr. Tom Hammond Align Credit Union Voting
Ms. Vanna Howard Office of Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas Voting
Mr. Joseph C. Hungler Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell Exofficio
Mr. Jeffrey Lambert Lowell Masonic Lodge Exofficio
Ms. Joyce Leger Lantheus Medical Imaging Voting
Mr. Larry Machado Northrop Grumman Voting
Mr. Craig MacKenzie Lowell Five Cents Savings Bank Voting
Mr. Steve Mallette New England Medical Insurance Voting
Ms. Pam McCafferty Fitchburg State University Voting
Ms. Kristyn McKenna The Law Office of Kristyn Snyer McKenna Voting
Ms. Carrie Meikle Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Elkin Montoya Sage Bank Voting
Mr. Richard Murray UPS Voting
Mr. Steven Normandin AMD Telemedicine Voting
Mr. Scott Plath Cobblestones Restaurant Voting
Deputy Superintendent Kelly Richardson Lowell Police Department Voting
Mr. Vladimir Saldana Lawrence CommunityWorks Voting
Mr. John Schwab Goldfish Swim School Voting
Mr. Brian Sousa Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Voting
Mr. Pat Theodoros United Restaurant Equipment Company 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
Mr. George Behrakis Gainesborough Investments Voting
Mr. Brian Chapman Mill City Environmental Voting
Mr. J. Matthew Coggins Enterprise Bank Voting
Mr. Kevin Coughlin Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Susan M. Dufresne Demoulas Supermarkets, Inc. Voting
Dr. Mark Gilchrist Dr. Mark Gilchrist Exofficio
Mr. Raymond Hamel Hamel + McAlister Voting
Mr. Arthur G. Koumantzelis -- Voting
Mr. Jeffrey Lambert Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Michael Reilly Fred C. Church, Inc. Voting
Mr. Andrew Zaroulis Law Offices of Andrew Zaroulis Voting
Ms. Elaine Zouzas Thibault Thibault Foundation Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 29
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 24
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 49%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our Board of Directors is made up of a committed group of Greater Lowell leaders who serve as strong advocates for the Club in the community. 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,879,231.00
Projected Expense $1,969,800.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

2008 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,638,045 $1,569,999 $1,596,880
Total Expenses $1,829,838 $1,577,005 $1,596,477

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$807,984 $831,388 $811,978
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $211,985 $210,627 $221,944
Indirect Public Support $45,163 $49,396 $60,573
Earned Revenue $49,246 $51,867 $60,962
Investment Income, Net of Losses $31,816 $-15,083 $27,742
Membership Dues $47,706 $57,273 $46,209
Special Events $442,527 $371,379 $358,262
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $1,618 $13,152 $9,210

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,250,701 $1,099,809 $1,099,692
Administration Expense $261,982 $238,140 $258,916
Fundraising Expense $317,155 $239,056 $237,869
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.90 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 68% 70% 69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 21% 16% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $1,578,660 $1,642,326 $1,675,722
Current Assets $170,729 $165,251 $175,678
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $392,465 $264,338 $290,728
Total Net Assets $1,186,195 $1,377,988 $1,384,994

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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 $491,663.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.44 0.63 0.60

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The addition of a full-time Development Director in 2011 and the commitment of our Board of Directors, Board of Trustees and volunteers allowed the Club to finish the year in a positive financial position for the last two years. We continue to build relationships with our donors so that we can expand resources and make a deeper impact on the youth we serve.

Foundation Comments

The summary financial data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's Audited Financials.

Impact

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?

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell programs focus on three priority areas for youth ages 7 to 18:

  1. Academic Success

  2. Good Character & Citizenship

  3. Healthy Lifestyles

Our goal is that each and every member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell will achieve the following outcomes before they leave the Club at age 18:

  1. Academic Success – Graduate from high school on time and prepared for college, trade school, military service or employment.

  2. Good Character & Citizenship – Be an engaged citizen who models strong character and is involved in the community.

  3. Healthy Lifestyles – Adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our strategy is first to recruit the young people who need us most in our community to register as Boys & Girls Club members. Our school year membership fee is kept affordable at $30 and our summer program is only $30 per week. We also provide scholarships to families in need because our policy is to never turn a child away from our services due to an inability to pay. Free transportation is available to the Club from most public schools and we provide free bus transportation home in the evening to a low-income neighborhood that is beyond walking distance.

One of our most powerful recruitment tools is that members choose to come to the Club every day because it is fun, one of our core values. Members have the freedom to choose which programs to engage in and are provided with frequent opportunities to have input on programming and issues facing the Club. This engagement and sense of ownership promotes the long-term retention of our members.

We provide our members with a safe, positive environment and highly trained professional staff and volunteers. These positive adult role models offer support, build trusting relationships and encourage members to engage in different activities and programs that meet their needs and interests in our three priority areas:

Academic Success

  • homework help and tutoring

  • financial literacy

  • career and college readiness programs

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs

  • art and music programs

 Good Character & Citizenship

  • leadership groups

  • community service and volunteer opportunities

  • advocacy programs

  • cultural events

Healthy Lifestyles

  • Healthy Meals program

  • nutrition education

  • sports and fitness programs

  • prevention programs

Through these relationships, programs and experiences, our members realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  


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

 The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell was established in 1900 and today is the leading youth development organization in Lowell. We have 13 full-time staff with more than 112 years of combined experience working with youth. All have earned college degrees and 3 have a graduate degree. In addition, we have 23 part-time staff and more than 700 program volunteers and community partners. Ten of our staff members speak a second language (Spanish, Khmer and Swahilli.) Four staff members have served as regional or national trainers for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Project Adventure and other organizations. Many serve on local and regional boards and committees including the AMSI (Achieving Monumental Strides Independently) Foundation, the Cultural Organization of Lowell, the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Council, the Lowell Youth Development Collaborative, the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, Non Profit Alliance, the Northeast New England Area Program Council of Boys & Girls Clubs, the Violence Prevention Committee and the Yankee Chapter of Boys & Girls Club Professionals.
The Club invests more than two weeks each year in staff training and provides ongoing coaching and development opportunities throughout the year. We also have established partnerships with other organizations who provide additional staffing who serve as positive adult role models. The Lowell Police Department has assigned a Police Activities League officer to work at the Club on a full-time basis. We have two Commonwealth Corps members who serve full-time helping with educational programs and have part-time support from 29 work study/interns from UMass Lowell, Lincoln Technical Institute, the Senior Network and the Career Center of Lowell. The Club receives technical support from Boys & Girls Clubs of America including program curricula, staff development opportunities, online resources and training. We also leverage collaborations with more than 20 other youth agencies, businesses, neighborhood groups, government agencies and task forces to increase the number of programs, experiences and opportunities available to Club members. In 2016, we had 721 program volunteers that supported our program. Our 40,000-square foot facility includes a Learning Center, Teen Center, Technology Center, Music Clubhouse, Games Room, Art Room, Gymnasium, Fitness Center, Kitchen and Café, and Multipurpose Room. Fall 2017 renovations are taking our teen program spaces from on Teen Room with a footpront of 1,296 square-feet to 3 interconnected spaces -- a Career & College Readiness Center, Teen Center, an STEM Center -- dedicated to teens totaling 2,600 square-feet. Additionally, we are transforming a former rental space into a Maker Space.



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

The Club measures success in four different areas. Each area includes survey data from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s National Youth Outcomes Initiative (NYOI) survey:

  • The Club Experience – In order to ensure that we are serving the youth who need us most frequently enough, we monitor our Average Daily Attendance, Frequency of Attendance, and Member Retention.

  • Academic Success – We measure on-time grade progression, conduct pre-and post-tests and collect survey and focus group information from members and parents.

  • Good Character & Citizenship – We measure community engagement through service hours, youth in leadership roles, and members gaining work experience through internships.

  • Healthy Lifestyles – We track the number healthy meals served, hours of physical activity and the number of youth who earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.

 

 


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

Since 2012, we have made the following progress:

· The Club Experience –We have increased our Average Daily Attendance 19% and our frequency of attendance increased 19%. Our midrange member retention increased 14% while our long term member retention increased 34%. The number of members reporting an Optimal Club Experience on BGCA’s National Youth Outcome Survey increased 25%. These gains were possible due to the following accomplishments: We have increased the number of full-time staff from 9 to 13, part time staff from 13 to 20 and program volunteers from 41 to 721. We also increased our focus on staff development, bringing in outside experts on youth development, autism, leadership development and adventure education. We expanded hours for teens to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, added transportation for youth to an underserved neighborhood, created a Music Clubhouse, built a Community Garden, replaced the majority of our roof, eliminating leaks, put in new lighting and renovated more than 3,000 square feet of program space. Our partnership with the Lowell Police Department has resulted in a Police Activities League Officer stationed at the Club on a full-time basis.

· Academic Success – In 2016, 96% of our members advanced grade level on time, an increase of 2% over the first year we started tracking in 2014. Additionally, the number of youth who reported not skipping school increased by 15% and the number of youth who expected to go to college increased by 11%.

Our Summer Program has become more structured and geared towards stemming summer learning Loss. Each summer, a daily rotation ensures that each youth spends 15 hours each week in literacy, science, and technology activities such as Bookworm Wednesdays book reports, spelling bees, word puzzles, building solar cars, and learning to stay safe on the internet.

· Good Character & Citizenship -- Club members have served in many leadership roles outside the Club including Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Teen Advisory Council and the City of Lowell’s Youth Reaching Out. They have collaborated with other teens in planning events in Lowell such as Dance4Peace, Peace in the Park and regional conferences. Members have been recognized for their efforts including two Greater Lowell Community Foundation Rising Star Awards, a Boys & Girls Clubs of America State Youth of the Year finalist, Lowell Community Health Center teen awards, multiple Presidential Youth Service Awards and our own Youth of the Year and Youth of the Month awards.

· Healthy Lifestyles – We established a nutrition program that served 51,708 fresh healthy meals in 2016. Our members actually eat their vegetables and are learning to enjoy brown rice, whole grains and other healthy foods. A total of 196 youths participated in daily physical challenges. Our teen fitness program and girls' fitness program have both been recognized with Program Awards from the Yankee Chapter of Boys & Girls Club Professionals.