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North Bennet Street School

 150 North Street
 Boston, MA 02109
[P] (617) 227-0155
[F] (617) 227-9292
Christine Murphy
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EIN 04-2103830

LAST UPDATED: 01/09/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

North Bennet Street School's mission is to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship.

Mission Statement

North Bennet Street School's mission is to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2016 to July 31, 2017
Projected Income $5,164,175.00
Projected Expense $5,698,847.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. Full Time Professional Craft Programs
  • 2. Continuing Education Program
  • 3. Woodworking in Boston Public Schools
  • 4. Lectures and Demonstrations

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Mission Statement

North Bennet Street School's mission is to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship.

Background Statement

North Bennet Street School is recognized as a unique historic, cultural and educational institution not only in Boston, but nationally and internationally. It was founded in 1881 as one of Boston's pioneering social service agencies and provided educational programs for generations of immigrants. The school evolved over the years as the needs of the community changed and currently serves a non-traditional student population with an emphasis on hand skills and a hands-on approach to learning. We are the only institution in the country that enrolls students in eight distinct full-time professional craft training programs that prepare students for meaningful careers in their local communities, including the urban neighborhoods of Metro Boston through our workforce development program. Students can attend a one year program in Carpentry or Locksmithing, a two-year program in Bookbinding, Cabinet and Furniture Making, Jewelry Making and Repair, Piano Technology or Piano Technology, or a three-year program in Violin Making and Repair.

We host public lectures, demonstrations and exhibitions of craft, as well as an on-site public gallery which provides students and graduates with a retail outlet for their work. Our public programs also include short-term courses and workshops, open to students of all ages without admission requirements, which are held on weekends, in the evenings, and during the summer. Full time students range in age from 18 to 73. Of the 150 students currently enrolled, 30% are women and 13% are Asian, Hispanic, Native American or African-American. 30% are from the metropolitan Boston area, 18% from the rest of Massachusetts, 49% from outside Massachusetts, and 3% from outside the country. Over 50% of the students rely on financial aid. We have had a number of students with hearing, vision, and other physical impairments. Staff and faculty number 37. The school operates in the black, and has just successfully completed the most recent strategic business plan (Strategic Business Plan FY2009-2013).


Impact Statement

Accomplishments in 2014:

•Boston’s Race to Solar. North Bennet Street School was the first participant to complete installation of a solar system. The 50kW system on the roof of our new building will generate 60,000 kWh per year, reducing the school’s annual energy bill by $7,500. In addition, the solar energy system will provide NBSS with Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) that can be sold by the school to electricity suppliers, generating an additional $15,000 each year, for a total annual energy savings of $22,500. The Race to Solar is a partnership between Renew Boston, City of Cambridge, NSTAR, National Grid, and Home Energy Efficiency Team).

•NBSS continues operating profitably, even after a move to a new building where cost projections were uncertain, and were able to increase annual fundraising by 35%.

•A new Middle School Book Arts program was launched in partnership with St. John’s School and the Eliot K-8 Innovation School.

•The 2nd full-tuition Thomas M. Menino Scholarship was awarded to a graduate of the Boston Public Schools.

•The school launched a public lecture series held in the Windgate Gallery – public space open to the publilc. Lectures have included talks from MFA curators Emily Zilber, Darcy Kuronen, and Nonie Gadsden, Museum of Art & Design Curator Lowry Stokes Sims, and a Craft in America screening on veterans.


•North Bennet Street School is engaged in a new grant-funded strategic planning process that will result in a plan that establishes our long-term goals for the 2015-2020 period, examining, for example, how best to leverage the school's new public spaces (gallery, retail store, meeting rooms) over the next five years.

•Maintain and expand our outreach to Boston's urban neighborhoods to increase the number of low income students who enroll and graduate from our full-time programs through the school’s Workforce Development/Diversity Initiative.

Needs Statement

General Operating Funding – The school is funded by tuition, supplemented by donations. The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of philanthropic support at NBSS. It reduces the school’s dependence on tuition and ensures that the school continues to meet high standards of excellence. The FY2014 Annual Fund goal is $500,000.

Financial Aid/Scholarships – Gifts to the school’s scholarship endowment and for current use financial aid increases our ability to help students achieve their aspirations and ensures that NBSS programs attract the best and the brightest candidates regardless of their financial means.

Workforce Development/Diversity Recruitment – Recruiting in Boston’s urban neighborhoods helps the school build partnerships with diverse populations and identify and support prospective candidates for admission.

Middle School Programs – The school offers programs in Woodworking and Book Arts in partnership with Boston’s public schools and shares the costs of the programs with our partner schools.

CEO Statement

I am very pleased to report on a significant year in the history of North Bennet Street School- the first year of occupancy in our new building on North Street.

The year began with the school inviting the public to a spectacular welcoming reception to open the new building, and continued with a series of public events, including lectures by Edgard Claes, a visiting artist bookbinder from Belgium, as well as Emily Zilber and Darcy Kuronen, curators, respectively, of Contemporary Decorative Arts and Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In its first year the new Windgate Gallery hosted two exhibitions, the first with photographs by Tadd Myers of makers from around the country taken from his book “American Craftsmen”, and the second “La Couleur du vent,”an exhibition of fine bindings by book artists from France, Canada and the United States.

In addition to providing much needed space for these public lectures and exhibits as well as a gathering space for the school, the new facility has provided students and faculty with state-of-the-art learning environments for the full time programs, the continuing education programs and an expanded middle-school program in woodworking and book arts.

The last several years focused on the acquisition and renovation of the school’s new facility on North Street. It was a brief but important period in the school’s history, marked by extraordinary leadership at the board level and tremendous generosity and support of individuals and foundations to make the dream of a new school a reality.

After one year of occupancy, we can shift the school’s focus from the building to its occupants -- the students, faculty and staff that give North Bennet Street School its meaning. It’s not that they haven’t been here, they have. Working and learning did not stop during the busy two years of the building project. But now we have the time to listen to their stories, to celebrate the talented staff and faculty that have worked at the school for decades, and the enthusiastic students who demonstrate commitment and passion for the work they are doing and the skills they are learning.

Walking through the school every day, I feel the importance and power of a community, of shared interests and goals, and of the reasons I love what I do.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Located in Boston, MA, North Bennet Street School’s full-time
programs draw students from across the country and the world. Although the precise percentages may vary, approximately 50% come from Massachusetts, twenty percent from other New England states and the rest from other parts of the U.S and foreign countries. This year, 33% of students come from the Metropolitan Boston area, 11% from the rest of Massachusetts, 49% from the rest of the country and 7% are international.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Vocational & Technical Schools
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Visual Arts
  3. Employment - Job Training

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



1. Full Time Professional Craft Programs

At the heart of North Bennet Street School are the eight full-time accredited, professional programs that train students for careers in Bookbinding, Cabinet and Furniture Making, Carpentry, Jewelry Making and Repair, Locksmithing, Piano Technology, Preservation Carpentry and Violin Making and Repair.
These programs provide intensive, hands-on training in a structured framework with a focus on practical projects. Each project builds on previous learning and requires students to solve increasingly complex problems. This method encourages students to systematically develop their hand skills, along with an understanding of tools, materials, and processes, a sense of care and a commitment to excellence in their craft.
Additional learning takes place through lectures, reading assignments, field trips and discussions. Working at dedicated bench space is the most important part of each program — providing a practical context for students to receive and apply information and advice from the instructors who are masters of their craft.
Budget  $2,805,960.00
Category  Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) Adults Veterans
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success is measured most dramatically in graduation and employment rates. Our overall graduation rate is 85% year over year, although there is some variation from program to program. For example, graduation rates in bookbinding, piano technology, preservation carpentry and violin making and repair are at or near 100%. Cabinet and furniture making and carpentry trend between 90% and 95%. Locksmithing and jewelry making and repair trend between 83% and 78%.
Program Long-Term Success  As a school whose purpose is to train students in the traditional trades, we maintain a wide range of contacts in each of the eight disciplines, which allows us to assist graduates in finding jobs in their fields. We also have a full time director of student and alumni services to help in job counseling and job placement. We monitor graduates for the first two years after they graduate – at six months after graduation, one year from that time and two years after that.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.
Examples of Program Success  Employment rates – 2010 – 2011 Graduates
Bookbinding    100%
Cabinet and Furniture – 100%
Carpentry – 82%
Jewelry Making and Repair – 80%
Locksmithing- 60%
Piano Technology I – 100%
Piano Technology II – 88%
Preservation Carpentry – 75%
Violin Making & Repair – 100%

2. Continuing Education Program

NBSS continuing education programs are designed for amateurs and professionals who seek to strengthen their technical understanding and develop new skills. Lectures and demonstrations provide opportunities to learn from experienced makers from near and far and certificate programs provide focused training.
NBSS offers workshops and short-term courses in bookbinding, calligraphy and related arts, jewelry and metals, carpentry and home repair, preservation carpentry, marketing, woodworking (hand skills and machine skills), musical instruments and locksmithing. New workshops are constantly being developed. Workshops accommodate beginner to advanced students and the student/ teacher ratio rarely exceeds ten to one.

Budget  393,000
Category  Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Population Served Adults Families Veterans
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success is measured through enrollment, profitability and student satisfaction. Workshop profitability ranges from break-even to 64% of tuition. The range is primarily dependent on the number of students enrolled. Continuing-education program development over the past year has focused on building the school’s core fundamental programs, offering programs when the most students are available and building intermediate and advanced classes that allow students to progress from one class to another to build skills and stay engaged.
Program Long-Term Success  The continuing-education program, similar to the full-time programs has been hampered by space constraints during the past several years. Opportunities to expand public and continuing education programs in the new facility are being explored to ensure the entire school facility is used effectively throughout the year and programs are offered that support the school’s mission and growth. A series of master classes is being planned as are more intensive programs and collaborations with other institutions.
Program Success Monitored By  NBSS Board of Directors, NBSS president-Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, and Continuing Education Director.
Examples of Program Success  One example of current long-term success is the geographic diversity of continuing-education programs. In the past year, students have come from as far as Texas, California, Mexico and Egypt to participate in programs and it is not unusual for students who take workshops to apply to the full-time program. Collaborations with the Boston Architectural College and the University of Delaware / Winterthur have resulted in summer programs for graduate students in historic preservation and conservation. These programs ran successfully for the past two years and additional programs are being considered. In addition, the Furniture Design Certificate program established with Massachusetts College of Art and Design is currently enrolling students and running successful classes.

3. Woodworking in Boston Public Schools

In 2010 North Bennet Street School, in partnership with the neighboring John Eliot K-8 School, launched a three-year, grant-funded pilot program to teach woodworking to Eliot middle school students.  With the disappearance of manual arts training from most public schools in America, we saw an opportunity to test the effectiveness of manual arts training for children in the 21st century and bring to public middle school children a course based on the Sloyd system of manual arts training that underlies all current programs for adults at North Bennet Street School.  The program is part of the Eliot School regular school day and is offered to all students, including those with special needs. Students participate for one class period a week and learn to use tools and make simple to complex projects such as tool boxes, picture frames, wall shelves and pencil boxes.  They also learn time management, patience, persistence and accountability.  The pilot concludes in June 2013, and the Eliot School and other Boston schools are already making plans to incorporate the program into their planning for next year.
Budget  $120,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  As part of the pilot project, we developed and implemented an assessment element to evaluate our results. We sought to better understand the impact of its program model on participating students and overall, data from the surveys provided a positive view of the impact of the program. Students enjoyed the program, felt pride in what they created and gained confidence in their woodworking skills. The Eliot classroom teachers supported the program, with the strongest ratings related to their students learning valuable skills and being exposed to new art experiences. They wanted their class to participate again and would recommend the program to their fellow teachers.
Program Long-Term Success  Word of the program has spread to other schools in the Boston school system and we are responding to inquiries from them about the possibility of implementing the program in other locations.  However, the program is still in the final year of the pilot and therefore is still grant-funded.  Funding and budget considerations will be key to further implementation.  It must be noted that the Eliot School plans to continue with the program and has incorporated it into their budget planning for the 2013-2014 year.  North Bennet Street School will continue to seek the grant funding that will be required for our role in the partnerships.
Program Success Monitored By  NBSS worked with Mendelsohn-Gittleman Associates, experts in program evaluation, research and design.  They helped us to design and test the instruments we used in our ongoing assessment of the program.  Two surveys were developed for students and teachers at the Eliot School; one to participating students by program staff at the conclusion of the semester’s classes, and the other to teachers and was available online via Survey Paper copies were also available for those who preferred this format.  The data for both surveys was analyzed looking at the percentages of respondents in each category and comparing the mean scores across different questions.  In addition, staff developed a skill assessment rubric that was aligned with the specific skills associated with individual woodworking projects. The teachers used this tool to assign letter grades to the students and provided the Eliot School with grades associated with the students' overall performance, conduct and effort.
Examples of Program Success  The most immediately gratifying success of the program is the student’s response. One sixth-grade student wrote “I learned that I can do anything and can build things very easily,” a seventh-grade student noted “I learned that I love [sic] to work with wood.  I learned I can change an ordinary piece of wood into something beautiful.  I can’t wait until next year” and an eighth-grade student boasted “   [I learned that] I am really creative and strong as a person.  I started to feel better about myself in many ways.”

4. Lectures and Demonstrations

Over the past three years, NBSS has increased the number of lectures and demonstrations that it offers to the public. These mostly free events feature well-known artisans who talk about their work and often share their expertise through hands-on demonstrations. In addition, in early 2012, NBSS convened key members of the local craft community to explore the idea of a multi-institutional lecture series on craft.

NBSS sponsored lectures have included British bookbinder Dominic Riley, kinetic sculptor Anne Lilly, traditional Sashigane and Kiku-jutsu woodworker Chris Hall, bookbinder and scaleboard expert Julia Miller, educator and woodworker Alan Lacer and wood turner Beth Ireland. Talks are planned with Korean papermaker Aimee Lee and Boston bookbinder Sam Ellenport.

The first multi-institutional lecture is planned for April 29, 2013 and will bring eight Massachusetts artisans together for a dynamic evening of craft.     
Budget  $1.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Humanities Programs
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified Adults
Program Short-Term Success  The NBSS-sponsored lectures have been well-attended bringing an average of thirty individuals to the school for each event. The attendees are both repeat and new visitors. These events are especially valuable for cultivating individuals who share a passion for craft but are not themselves makers. Their role as collectors, clients, friends and NBSS donors are as important to the school as the students who attend the full-time programs and workshops.

The current and immediate success of the multi-institutional lecture series has been the planning meetings themselves which provide an opportunity for the craft community to gather, network and engage in high-level discussions of issues and ideas related to craft. The meetings have resulted in co-marketing programs, increased participation of students at a Museum of Fine Arts event and excitement in the craft community. The first event in April, promoted through the combined efforts of the participating organizations, promises to be a strong beginning of the series. The organizations participating in the series include North Bennet Street School, Boston Architectural College, Fuller Craft Museum, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MIT Glass Lab, Museum of Fine Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Society of Arts and Crafts, UMASS Dartmouth.
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term success of the NBSS sponsored lectures and demonstrations will be measured by the increase in visitors to the new facility on North Street, increased awareness of the school among local and regional craft enthusiasts, increased enrollment in NBSS education programs and an expanded base of donors who support the school,

The long-term success of the multi-institutional collaboration will depend, in part, on the ability to raise funds to help support an expanded lecture program. With or without grant support, the collaboration among the institutions will continue providing invaluable support for each organization’s mission through co-marketing and sharing resources and a limited number of events each year.
Program Success Monitored By  Information on NBSS-sponsored lecture attendees is gathered through website forms. Individual continued engagement with the school is tracked through the school’s database. The success of the multi-institutional series is monitored by representatives from participating institutions -- North Bennet Street School, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Society of Arts and Crafts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston Architectural College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and UMASS Dartmouth.
Examples of Program Success  Bringing master artisans and makers to NBSS increases the school’s visibility as a center for craft in Boston. The lectures enhance the school’s full-time programs, introduce new visitors to the school and allow the school to extend its reach well beyond students and professional artisans.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Education is the core of what NBSS does and the full-time programs are at the center of that core. Surrounding the full-time programs, the continuing-education and public programs offer opportunities for everyone to participate and learn. Ongoing attention to the full-time programs, including building facilities that best meet each program’s needs, ensure that these core programs remain strong and fully enrolled. At the same time, the greatest opportunities for growth and are in the continuing-education and public programs. The new facility, with its central gallery and meeting space will allow the school to fully realize its potential ad a craft center for the city of Boston and an education destination for national and international craft professionals.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez
CEO Term Start Sept 2006
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez was appointed the school’s sixth President in August, 2006 and is the first graduate (Cabinet and Furniture Making ’99) to serve as president. During his tenure, the school has established partnerships with a number of like-minded educational institutions in Boston and now presents collaborative courses with Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston Architectural College, and Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Miguel has integrated and expanded a vibrant workshop program for part time students with the school’s full time programs in eight craft departments. He has initiated a foundation-funded long range Business Planning Study for the school and has significantly expanded the school’s development activities.

He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (BA), University of Pennsylvania (M. Architecture), and North Bennet Street School (Cabinet and Furniture Making), and has held an internship in the Furniture Conservation Laboratory at Historic New England (formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities). His work has been featured in House and Garden, Good Housekeeping, American Craft and Accent Home and Garden, and has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. 


Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Claire Fruitman Provost --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Preservation Achievement Award Boston Preservation Alliance 2012
Specialty Award New England Home's: New England Design Hall of Fame 2011
Good Neighbor Recognition Award North End Waterfront Residents' Association 2010
Preservation Achievement Award Boston Preservation Alliance 2007
Commonwealth Award for Excellence in Education Massachusetts Cultural Council 2001
Top of the Arts Award Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston --


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


  • Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science and the Winterthur Museum- an advanced degree program in Book Conservation with two summers of bench training in the NBSS Bindery.
  • Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt) - joint Furniture Design Certificate Program; also grants undergraduate credit for NBSS courses for their art & architecture degree programs.
  • Boston Architectural College sends furniture design students in their Interior Design program for hands-on bench experience.     
  • Bunker Hill Community College- credit for NBSS classes for students enrolled in the certificate in entrepreneurship or Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration.
  • Historic Boston, Inc. -Handmade Houses, an innovative preservation training program engaging preservation carpentry students in grant-funded revolving fund projects.
  • Boston Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library,Boston University and New England Conservatory - formal assistantship programs for second year students.
  • Boston Public Schools – grant-funded program to tune pianos & perform basic repairs
  • The John Eliot K-8 School, a Boston public school, is our partner in a grant-funded three-year pilot program to re-introduce manual arts training for middle school students in the Boston Public Schools.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 38
Number of Part Time Staff 16
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 83%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 35
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 17
Male: 21
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan --
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 --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
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 Mr. Marc Margulies
Board Chair Company Affiliation Margulies Perruzzi Architects
Board Chair Term Dec 2015 -
Board Co-Chair Bruce Dayton
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Felix D. Arroyo City Council Voting
McKey Berkman Bookbinder Voting
Brian C. Broderick Partner, Hemenway & Barnes --
Louise Burgin Philanthropist Voting
H. Nichols Clark Founding Director, now Chief Curator, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art --
Edward Cooke Architect --
Bruce Dayton Investor --
Janet English Psychologist Voting
Carl Ferenbach Berkshire Partners Voting
John F. Gifford Retired Voting
Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez President, North Bennet Street School --
Devens Hamlen Founder/President, Hamlen & Company --
William Hettinger Real estate development --
Nancy Hoffman Vice President/Senior Advisor, Jobs for the Future --
Peder Johnson Investor Voting
Marc Margulies Margulies Perruzzi Architects Voting
James Marsh Contractor --
Paul F. McDonough Counsel, Goulston & Storrs --
Caroline Mortimer Community Volunteer --
Nick Offerman Actor Voting
Lewis Surdam Retired Manager, Piano Technical Services at Harvard University --
Peter H. Talbot Senior Vice President, U.S. Trust, Bank of America --
Edmund C. Toomey Retired Chief Operating Officer, Lesley University --
Stefanie von Clemm Community Volunteer --
Tim Williams Retired Voting
John Zurick American Student Assistance Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Robert Adam Preservation Carpentry --
Lewis Alessandrini Jewelry --
William Lewis Barlow Preservation Carpentry --
Mary Patrick Bogan Bookbinding --
Sara Chase Preservation Carpentry --
George Crawford Piano Technology --
Mark Del Guidice Cabinet & Furniture Making --
William Doub Cabinet & Furniture Making --
Samuel Ellenport Bookbinding --
Peter Feinmann Carpentry --
Kurt Fieldhouse Carpentry --
William Finch Preservation Carpentry --
Larry Fine Piano Technology --
Sean Fisher Cabinet & Furniture Making --
Doris Freitag Bookbinding --
Babette Gehnrich Bookbinding --
Chris Germain Violin Making & Repair --
John Gifford Jewelry --
Anne Grady Preservation Carpentry --
John Hobin Jewelry --
Brian Kelly Cabinet & Furniture Making --
Geraldine Kish-Perry Jewelry --
Andrew Ladygo Preservation Carpentry --
John LaGattuta Cabinet & Furniture Making --
Barbara Lawrence Jewelry --
Alan Leavitt Jewelry --
Barry Mann Carpentry --
Don Mannino Piano Technology --
Arthur Massaro Carpentry --
Stephen McKinney Locksmithing --
William McMillen Preservation Carpentry --
Virginia Newbury Locksmithing --
Paul Parisi Bookbinding --
David Polstein Violin Making & Repair --
Gregory Pomeroy Carpentry --
Greg Profido Cabinet & Furniture Making --
James Reid-Cunningham Bookbinding --
Christpher Reuning Violin Making & Repair --
Christopher Robinson Piano Technology --
Michael Samra Locksmithing --
Jeffrey Schwartz Locksmithing --
Emily Scott Jewelry --
Daniel Spirer Jewelry --
Lewis Surdam Piano Technology --
Bill Verge Jewelry --
Stuart Walker Bookbinding --
Marilyn Wallin Violin Making & Repair --
Deborah Wender Bookbinding --
Chris White Violin Making & Repair --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 23
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 19
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 North Bennet Street School is governed by a 27-member unpaid Board of Directors. The President of the Board is also the chief executive officer and chief academic officer of the school. The school's administrative structure includes the Chief Financial Officer, the Provost who oversees all academic programs, and the Directors of Admissions, Communications, Continuing Education, Development, Financial Aid, and Student and Alumni Services. The Board of Directors undertakes a review of the organization’s effectiveness annually. The school’s accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), conducts a rigorous examination of every aspect of the school’s academic and operational effectiveness every five years and a shorter evaluation each year.

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 $8,426,759 $11,109,778 $20,012,546
Total Expenses $6,086,424 $6,034,552 $4,746,524

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $4,024,878 $1,796,864 $11,033,307
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $4,154,499 $6,667,447 $8,768,398
Investment Income, Net of Losses $37,870 $283,949 $42,722
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $103,357 $130,347 $127,706
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $106,155 $2,231,171 $40,413

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $3,410,876 $3,491,028 $2,489,324
Administration Expense $2,344,227 $2,206,028 $1,854,864
Fundraising Expense $331,321 $337,496 $402,336
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.38 1.84 4.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses 56% 58% 52%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 18% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $35,348,756 $35,886,375 $37,535,231
Current Assets $6,340,101 $3,519,878 $11,059,910
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $2,937,979 $6,000,000
Current Liabilities $951,669 $887,028 $4,428,575
Total Net Assets $34,397,087 $32,061,368 $27,106,656

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 $4,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.80

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose The purpose of the Campaign is to raise the combined value of NBSS endowments to $20,000,000, propelled by new commitments secured over the next three years. With the NBSS spend rate of 4%, an endowment of this size will generate $800,000 per year in scholarship assistance for students and in operating support for the School.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.66 3.97 2.50

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 8% 16%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

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


Other Documents

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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?


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?