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New England Aquarium Corporation

 New England Aquarium, Central Wharf
 Boston, MA 02110
[P] (617) 973-5200
[F] (617) 723-6207
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EIN 04-2297514

LAST UPDATED: 08/17/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

NEAq’s mission is to be a catalyst for global change through public engagement, commitment to marine animal conservation, leadership in education, innovative scientific research and effective advocacy for vital and vibrant oceans. 

Mission Statement

NEAq’s mission is to be a catalyst for global change through public engagement, commitment to marine animal conservation, leadership in education, innovative scientific research and effective advocacy for vital and vibrant oceans. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $50,479,970.00
Projected Expense $46,222,926.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Conservation and Research Programs
  • Education programs
  • Exhibits
  • Marine Animal Rescue

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Mission Statement

NEAq’s mission is to be a catalyst for global change through public engagement, commitment to marine animal conservation, leadership in education, innovative scientific research and effective advocacy for vital and vibrant oceans. 

Background Statement

 Since opening in 1969, the New England Aquarium has grown into an international leader in aquatic research and conservation, a leading attraction for residents and visitors, and an important resource for the region’s schools, families, and individuals.

 Over the years, audiences have grown to 1.3+ million annually, with more than 70% of visitors bringing children. About 100,000 schoolchildren visit every year, and outreach programs serve more than 35,000 youth in schools, after-schools, and community organizations. 24,000 households hold memberships.

 NEAq focuses on maintaining core programs and permanent exhibits while developing initiatives that further engage the public and provide opportunities for involvement. Education programs support the mission through opportunities for diverse audiences, both onsite and in the community. The Aquarium engages people of all ages, from hands-on science programs and a unique summer camp for children; to science workshops for younger teens and internships in high school; to opportunities for adults to gain deeper knowledge through lectures and films.

 NEAq also serves a global constituency—including a broad community of marine conservation scientists and educators—through collaboration with scientific and cultural institutions, government agencies, and industry (fishing, shipping, and seafood distribution). NEAq scientists study issues involving fisheries, aquaculture, and marine mammal interaction with humans. The North Atlantic Right Whale Research Project tracks and studies these rarest of the large whales. Our Conservation division helped establish Phoenix Islands Protected area, one of the largest Marine Protected   Areas in the world. Our Sustainable Seafood Advisory Services program collaborates with fishermen and the seafood industry to minimize the environmental impacts of fishing, and reaches out to consumers to help educate the public about responsible seafood choices.

 NEAq researchers have produced many important studies that have informed efforts to understand and protect species and their habitats around the globe. Our research department is responsible for nearly 50% of peer-reviewed literature generated by public aquariums in North America

Impact Statement

NEAq is recognized locally and nationally for its accomplishments in education and science:


  • NEAq’s education programs directly engage thousands of people each year, with documented results for the communities we serve. We have designed our programs for both broad and deep impact. Broad impact programs such as public lectures and demonstrations for visitors reach hundreds of thousands of people each year. Our deep impact programs build long-term capacity in communities and provide unique opportunities for children and youth. This includes more than 100 teen interns, 300 summer campers, and nearly 15,000 kids from underserved schools in Metro Boston who come to the Aquarium each year. External evaluation of our work with children and staff in afterschool programs in Boston’s underserved communities demonstrates measurable improvements in core literacy and science skills in early school-aged learners. Teen interns report an increase in their ability to interview for a job, write a college essay, and serve as leaders in their communities.


  • NEAq research programs have a distinguished record of scholarship. Our world-renowned scientists publish more peer-reviewed scientific papers than any other aquarium in the country, with major funding from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and US Agency for International Development. As important, NEAq scientists are committed to communicating their results to instill a passion for science and discovery in the next generation. Our research successes include preserving the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale population, increasing the health and survival of over-harvested fish species such as Atlantic cod and sharks, and partnering with the government of Kiribati to establish a marine protected area in the Phoenix Islands to safeguard some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs.


  • NEAq is a leader and authority in national and New England media, with more than one thousand citations each year. Recent coverage includes a New York Times article about the Phoenix Islands, a PBS NewsHour story on NEAq’s jellyfish research, a Boston Globe profile of Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, President and CEO, and New England Cable News coverage of Communities Connecting to Oceans (C2O), our innovative program to reach some of Boston’s most underserved early learners.




Current Goals:

The four primary components of NEAq’s strategic plan intersect to leverage our strengths and achieve our mission:
  • Establish the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life as a global platform for science-based solutions to the most pressing ocean threats in New England and around the world

  • Cultivate the next generation of science leaders and agents of change to make a lasting impact locally and globally

  • Engage broader and more diverse audiences with new, interactive exhibits that feature leading-edge ocean science, new technology, and immersive experiences for all ages

  • Serve as a model of accessibility, inclusion, and collaboration in the design of our education programs and our Central Wharf campus


Our aim is to transform the definition of what it means to be an aquarium in the twenty-first century. We recognize the distinctive opportunity that we have to use the ocean as a powerful lever for engaging children and youth—generating excitement about discovery and the natural world and instilling the value of scientific inquiry to help them achieve school, college, and career success. By connecting Boston-area youth with the scientists at the Anderson Cabot Center and biologists in husbandry roles, NEAq will provide first-hand experiences that demonstrate the central role of science in personal, societal and environmental health.


Needs Statement

The New England Aquarium (NEAq) opened in 1969 on Boston’s Central Wharf. Since then, it has grown into an international leader in marine research and conservation, a leading attraction for residents and visitors, and an important resource for the region’s schools. Over the years, audiences have grown to 1.3+ million annually. About 100,000 schoolchildren visit each year and outreach programs serve more than 35,000 children in schools and community organizations.

NEAq focuses on maintaining core programs and exhibits while developing new initiatives that further support our mission. We provide educational opportunities for diverse audiences, both onsite and in the community. These range from a summer camp for children to science workshops for younger teens, internships for high school students and a lectures series for adults.

NEAq serves a global constituency, including a broad community of conservation scientists and educators. Our scientists study issues involving fisheries, aquaculture, and marine mammal interaction with humans. Our Conservation division helped establish the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, one of the largest Marine Protected Areas in the world. Sustainable Seafood Programs collaborate with the seafood industry to minimize the environmental impacts of fishing.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods

Surveys show that about 30% of our visitors come from Greater Boston and more than half visit from out of state. Education programs serve children and families throughout Boston’s inner-city neighborhoods, and in communities throughout New England, and collaborative work with other Aquariums extends across the U.S. and Canada. Our research and conservation programs work with seafood suppliers and retailers, shipping and fishing industry representatives, and government agencies worldwide

Organization Categories

  1. Animal Related - Zoos & Aquariums
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Museums
  3. Science & Technology - Marine Science and Oceanography

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Conservation and Research Programs

Through conservation and research programs, the Aquarium implements new solutions to protect the oceans. Some examples:

  • The North Atlantic right whale program, studies these endangered animals and helps reduce threats by partnering with government agencies and the shipping and fishing industries.
  • Our Sustainable Seafood programs collaborate with fisheries to minimize environmental impacts, advise suppliers and retailers on sustainable seafood sources, and reach out to consumers to encourage responsible seafood choices.
  • Our Global Explorers include staff scientists who travel the world to study ocean habitats and species. From coral reefs to the wide open ocean and the unexplored depths, our work takes us on expeditions around the world.
  • Other programs study lobster shell disease, examine the effects of noise and other stressors on marine animals, seek to reduce bycatch, and address time sensitive issues through financial and technical assistance. For more information, visit our website
Budget  --
Category  Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

Some examples of short term goals include:

  • Through pioneering research, develop an improved understanding of the effects of stress on whales and turtles, the causes of lobster shell disease, and the potential impacts of climate change on ocean animals.
  • As a result of more than 20 years of research and advocacy, see an increase in the population of North Atlantic right whales. There are currently fewer than 500 of these animals.
  • By collaborating with the Government of Kiribati and Conservation International, ensure the long term protection of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.
Program Long-Term Success 

Human activities threaten animals and habitats across the world. The Aquarium actively works to protect ecosystems from human impacts and conserve threatened animals and habitats. In the long term, we would like to see

  • Increased population numbers for endangered marine species
  • Elimination of unsustainable fishing practices
  • Improved health of coral reefs around the world
  • Governments, industries and individuals acting in ways that conserve rather than threaten the oceans
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
  • We have successfully spearheaded two separate campaigns to relocate commercial shipping vessels in an effort to reduce the risk of accidental collision between right whales and large boats and vessels.
  • In 2006, the New England Aquarium led the charge to protect the Phoenix Islands and their pristine reefs. Today, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area is the one of the world’s largest marine protected areas.

  • Our John H. Prescott Marine Laboratory has pioneered the development of hormone assays for whales and sea turtles.

Education programs

   New England Aquarium education programs reach large numbers with our mission of ocean conservation, providing fun, intriguing experiences. At the same time, we offer more in-depth experiences for target audiences to deepen ocean literacy and environmental stewardship.

   One of our signature programs, Teen Internships hires 100 inner-city teens every year for intensive, practical experiences. Our program is admired for its structured yet nurturing environment. Teens gain leadership skills and learn about marine science, college admissions and career development. Working in areas including visitor education, camp, research, and animal care, teens have unique experiences (caring for exhibit animals, studying lobster shell disease) and gain confidence through challenges, such speaking in front of 100 visitors. All Interns develop critical work skills: time management, customer service, and teamwork; and begin to form a lifelong stewardship ethic.

Budget  --
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Minorities General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

Our education programs utilize pre- and post-program surveys, online feedback forms, informal (word-of-mouth) feedback, and internal meetings to assess progress. Comparing pre- and post-program surveys, all Teen Interns show evidence of increased environmental awareness. 95% of teens hired complete their internships; 50% of interns return for repeat internships or participate in other NEAq education programs; of interns who are high school seniors, 95% attend college.

Program Long-Term Success 

Our education programs foster environmental stewards who understand how aquatic habitats are interconnected, recognize the importance of protecting the ocean’s health, and are committed to stewarding the oceans. Many of our teens participate in environmental stewardship projects in their communities, make specific commitments to promote environmental stewardship in their families, and go on to study related subjects in college.

Program Success Monitored By 

We monitor success of our education programs in part through feedback from participants and their families and through continuity of participation (from one program to the other or repeated participation in one program over time). Teen interns are asked to complete pre- and post-tests to measure gains in conservation knowledge; conduct mid-year and end-of-year self- evaluations; ask their supervisors to provide feedback; and where necessary, complete a teen-designed Performance Improvement Plan. We look for improvements in confidence, knowledge and leadership over time.

Examples of Program Success 

Lily was a Teen Intern at the New England Aquarium for four years, and went on to study at UMass-Amherst. She wrote of her experience, “I used to be a very shy and timid person, but I learned to speak in front of crowds up to 300 people and to teach other teens about professionalism and aquatic life, something that I myself learned here. As a teen who has gone through many personal family issues, knowing that someone was here to talk to made most of the stress just lift off of my mind. The Aquarium opened my eyes to an array of opportunities and resources. I realized that society has such a negative view of teens, so when they see teens doing great things like working at the Aquarium it gives hope for the success of my generation. Doing things like animal presentations and roving interpreter I realized the power of words and how using what the Aquarium taught me I could teach a complete stranger something new.


   The New England Aquarium showcases the diversity of the blue planet through living exhibits. Our interpreters engage visitors and provide connections to charismatic animals such as penguins, sharks, rays, sea turtles and seals, helping our audiences better understand marine life and ways we can help protect ocean health.

     In 2013 we completed a dramatic renovation of our Caribbean Coral Reef exhibit, known as the Giant Ocean Tank, or GOT.  Visible from multiple points in our central exhibit space, the GOT’s 52 windows provide intimate views at many levels. The new GOT features a brilliant new coral reef structure and a reflective dome at the top. Now known as the Yawkey Coral Reef Center, the top level includes a new seven-tank exhibit gallery that offers a close-up look at animals that might not be easily seen or understood on the reef.  This area puts a magnifying glass on some unique Caribbean environments, providing a closer look at their diversity and beauty.  Other exhibits completed during our Mission Blue Campaign include: the Blue Planet Action Center (2013; showcasing our research and conservation work), the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center (2009), and the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank (2011). Together, they present a new Aquarium experience for a changing world.

Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

This Giant Ocean Tank renovation and enhancement project will guarantee the GOT’s structural integrity and ensure that this exhibit preserves its dramatic, inspirational and educational role for the more than 1.3 million people who visit each year. 

Program Long-Term Success 

Through the new Giant Ocean Tank, our visitors will learn about the importance of coral reefs and the threats the face. They will gain a strong appreciation for the oceans and understand how their actions can help protect ocean life and habitats.

Program Success Monitored By 

We monitor success through exit surveys of visitors, through “Mystery Shoppers” who provide feedback anonymously about their experience, and through informal feedback. Levels of attendance following publicity around exhibits are another indicator.

Examples of Program Success 
  • Immediately following the opening of our newest exhibits, the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank in 2011 and the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center in 2009, attendance increased dramatically.
  • Leading a national coalition of aquariums, we have collaborated to develop techniques for effectively educating visitors about climate change. The methodology has informed many other aspects of our visitor education program, and will be incorporated into interpretation around the Giant Ocean Tank when it re-opens.

Marine Animal Rescue


Our focus is rehabilitation of stranded sea turtles, the majority of which are Kemp’s ridleys, one of the most endangered sea turtle in the world. Each fall as waters cool, hypothermic juvenile sea turtles wash up on Cape Cod beaches. Turtles are then admitted into our Animal Care Center (ACC) in Quincy, Massachusetts, where we rehabilitate them until healthy enough for re-release into the wild. Whenever possible, we attach satellite tags to turtles to track post-release movements, which indicate that our efforts are benefiting the population. Studying sea turtle biology and behavior helps us understand threats and promote the species’ recovery. The stranding season begins in the fall and continues through December. During 2014, the ACC received record numbers of rescued cold-stunned juvenile turtles—more than 700—found on the beaches of Cape-Cod. With the help of the Massachusetts Audubon Society at Wellfleet Bay, and partner organizations, these animals were stabilized. They will be rehabilitated and eventually will be released back into the ocean.


Budget  --
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Wild Animals Preservation & Protection
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

Because all sea turtles are threatened and Kemp’s ridleys—the turtle we treat most often—are endangered, every rehabilitation has an impact on the population of these animals in the wild. When treating turtles, we collect valuable data about their biology and health, which we share with the scientific community. Satellite tagging technology gives our biologists instant feedback on the location of animals and their swimming speed and diving depths after release. Tracking data are posted on the website and shared with members of the stranding community, public website viewers and by NEAq educators for visitor programs. Using GIS (Global Information Systems), we can then build habitat models using these data in conjunction with real-time satellite data to further understand habitat use.

Program Long-Term Success 

 Marine animals, particularly pelagic (open ocean-dwelling) species, are difficult to observe and understand. Over time, the rehabilitation of stranded turtles and use of satellite tags to track animals following release will allow us to fully understand and share information that may help protect these endangered animals. We will begin to answer questions about their migration routes, eating patterns, and interaction with humans. This information will increase understanding of sea turtles, help inform actions that will protect them, and ultimately help ensure more healthy populations in the wild.


There is large gap of information on the natural history of Kemp’s ridley and green sea turtles that occur in northeast US waters. Data collected from the satellite tags may be used by NEAq and our partner rehabilitation organizations to determine optimal release sites and conditions that will improve the survival of the turtles.

Program Success Monitored By 

   We measure our success based on our ability to influence a positive outcome for all stranded animals. We work closely with a network of partner stranding organizations to ensure the best treatment for animals in rehabilitation, and train hundreds of volunteers to ensure our best efforts.

   We also measure success by our ability to communicate data gathered, through data shared online, publications, and presentations at conferences. Finally, we strive to inform the public about what to do when they encounter a stranded animal.

Examples of Program Success 

Generally, 80% of turtles we take in to rehabilitate—many of which have contracted pneumonia and other serious diseases—are healthy enough for release within one year. Recently, a turtle we rehabilitated and released from the east coast was tracked to a nesting beach thousands of miles away. This female turtle—who would certainly have died after becoming hypothermic near Cape Cod, Massachusetts—re-entered the wild after a successful rehabilitation with NEAq, and resumed her role in the cycle of life.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

There are many ways to support the New England Aquarium:

  • Become a member on the Aquarium's website. Our members enjoy free admission as well as exclusive discounts, invitations and special offers. Plus, your membership supports the Aquarium’s efforts to protect the blue planet.
  • Make a donation. Become a part of our giving societies by giving to the annual fund, or by sponsoring a specific program or animal. All donations make a lasting impact toward the Aquarium’s mission and programs.
  • Become a corporate partner. Your organization can enjoy the Aquarium and support science education, aquatic conservation and research by becoming a Corporate Sponsor or Corporate Member. Enjoy a variety of benefits, including complimentary admission, visibility and recognition, promotional opportunities and much more.
  • Provide foundation support. The Aquarium relies on significant support from grant-making foundations that value our contribution to Boston, New England and the world’s oceans.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Vikki Spruill
CEO Term Start July 2018
CEO Email
CEO Experience

We are delighted to announce that Vikki Spruill, the current leader of the Council on Foundations and former head of Ocean Conservancy, has been appointed as the New England Aquarium’s President & CEO. Vikki brings a wealth of national leadership experience both in philanthropy and marine conservation. She began her new role on July 30, 2018.

Throughout her career, Vikki has worked to elevate the significance of philanthropy and make it more effective. Since 2012, she has served as President & CEO of the Council on Foundations, the principal leadership organization for foundations and grant making institutions of all sizes and types in the United States. As a leader in the field, she frequently writes and speaks about the impact and value of American philanthropy, as well as important issues affecting the charitable sector. Her writing on philanthropy has appeared in major publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Vikki also brings significant credentials in marine conservation. Prior to leading the Council on Foundations, she served as President and CEO of Ocean Conservancy, one of the nation’s foremost advocacy organizations dedicated to the ocean. Her work to make complex ocean issues relevant to the public led to expanded participation in international coastal cleanup efforts and here in Massachusetts with the Coastsweep program. She also launched the Trash Free Seas Alliance, an industry collaborative that has produced seminal research on the impacts of plastic in the ocean. She led the team that contributed to the passage of the RESTORE Act, a key step in directing essential funding to help the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem recover after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as well as began the organization’s work on ocean acidification.

In addition, she helped found and currently serves on the board of COMPASS, which works to empower scientists to be better communicators and help them engage in the public discourse about the environment.

Vikki is joining the Aquarium at an especially exciting time of growth. In 2017, we enjoyed our highest attendance in more than 15 years with 1.4 million visitors, the Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life is transforming science into action by engaging a wide range of stakeholders in developing practical solutions that mitigate human impacts on our oceans, and the Aquarium is continuing its pioneering work training thousands of educators at informal science and cultural institutions nationwide to address climate change.

Vikki’s extraordinary experience and leadership in both marine conservation and philanthropy make her uniquely qualified to lead the Aquarium’s mission to protect and advocate for vital and vibrant oceans.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Nigella Hillgarth PhD June 2014 Mar 2017
Howard Ris Sept 2005 May 2014

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Scott Kraus Ph.D. Vice President, Research --
P. Erik Krauss Chief Operating and Financial Officer --
Ann Perry Vice President, Human Resources --
Mark Smith Vice President of Animal Care --
William Spitzer Ph.D. Vice President, Programs, Exhibits & Planning --
Jane Wolfson Vice President, Communications & Marketing --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
American Association of Museums - Member --
Association of Zoos and Aquariums --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Association of Zoos and Aquariums- Accreditation 2011
American Association of Museums 2007


 The New England Aquarium works in collaboration with nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and businesses:

 ~ Leading the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative, with partners that include Project Oceanology (CT), the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (ME), Northeastern University Marine Science Center, and others.

 ~ Reducing accidental capture of non-target species such as sharks and dolphins in fishing gear through the Consortium for Bycatch Reduction, a partnership between the fishing industry and research institutions.

 ~ Conserving one of the largest marine protected areas worldwide in the Phoenix Islands with Conservation International and the Government of Kiribati.

 ~ Building strategies for climate change education though partnerships with aquariums (National Aquarium in Baltimore, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and others), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Center of Science and Industry, and Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

 ~ Working with retail and restaurant chains to provide carefully-researched recommendations on seafood purchasing through our Sustainable Seafood Advisory Services.

~ Developing the Ocean Health Index, a tool to measure the health of the world’s oceans, in collaboration with Conservation International and National Geographic.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 211
Number of Part Time Staff 73
Number of Volunteers 1,200
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 19
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 12
Caucasian: 251
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 174
Male: 110
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Boiler and Machinery
Builders Risk
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Life Insurance
Liquor Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Public Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Water Craft and Aircraft
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Workplace Violence

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 Mrs. Donna Keene Hazard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ms.
Board Chair Term Jan 2010 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. David Altshuler TechFoundation Voting
Ms. Maliz Beams None Voting
Mr. David Bechhofter Bain & Company Voting
Ms. Barbara Burgess Women Working for Oceans Voting
Mr. Thomas R. Burton III Mintz & Levin Voting
Ms. Linda N. Cabot Community Volunteer Voting
Mr Jarod A. Chase Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Barbara Eisenson Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Daniel S. Evans Ropes & Gray Voting
Mr. Dean Goodermote Grid Analytics Voting
Ms. Kathleen Healy Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Timothy Healy None Voting
Mr. Douglass E. Karp NED Management, LP Voting
Mr. Alexander D. Leventhal Faros Properties, LLC Voting
Mr. Alistair Lowe Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. Voting
Mr. Raymond F. Mui RFM Angel Partners LLC Voting
Mr. Scott H. Page Eaton Vance Corporation Voting
Ms. Anne B. Peacher None Voting
Mr. Jeffrey F. Peters Global Institutional Investments Voting
Ms. Pamela Petri-Humphrey Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Mary T. Renner Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Duncan W. Richardson Community Volunteers Voting
Mr. Brian Skerry Brian Skerry Photography Voting
Mr. Peter O. Wilde Providence Equity Partners 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
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 24
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 16
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $49,218,920 $41,635,234 $41,538,810
Total Expenses $45,057,305 $43,371,088 $44,019,063

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$473,925 $255,688 $249,013
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $7,647,060 $3,808,218 $3,381,701
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $36,461,940 $33,230,533 $33,505,113
Investment Income, Net of Losses $729,055 $537,688 $489,536
Membership Dues $3,762,363 $3,611,693 $3,767,513
Special Events -- -- $14,646
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $144,577 $191,414 $131,288

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $38,907,827 $37,762,733 $38,674,771
Administration Expense $4,537,004 $4,113,701 $3,366,374
Fundraising Expense $1,612,474 $1,494,654 $1,977,918
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.09 0.96 0.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 87% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 20% 37% 54%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $84,707,397 $81,637,299 $87,189,057
Current Assets $5,388,120 $3,191,450 $5,173,848
Long-Term Liabilities $22,333,204 $24,311,581 $26,577,206
Current Liabilities $10,382,817 $9,872,075 $10,692,628
Total Net Assets $51,991,376 $47,453,643 $49,919,223

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.52 0.32 0.48

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 26% 30% 30%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Please note, the amount in the foundation and corporation category for fiscal years 2016, 2015 and 2014 reflects corporate sponsorships only.


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?