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Mission StatementMORE »

Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

Mission Statement

Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $497,154.00
Projected Expense $481,411.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Green Team
  • Maple Syrup Project
  • National Park Preservers
  • Schoolyard Gardens

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Overview

Mission Statement

Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

Background Statement

Founded in 2000 to improve access to open space and healthy food in Somerville, Groundwork has grown steadily to offer programs in Healthy Education, Green Jobs and Sustainable Community. Each year we employ between 20 and 50 youth through our environmental job training programs, teach four 10-week outdoor education units in the gardens of all eight elementary schools in the city, reach over 400 students through our gardens education, and regularly connect with thousands of Somerville residents, engaging them in public processes that allow them to directly affect changes to transportation, open space and health issues in the City.

Our three program areas are:
1) Healthy Education: In our hands-on programs, children plant and harvest food, learning to make sensible choices for their own health and the health of the planet. While the youngest children learn about the role of worms in the garden ecosystem, middle graders learn about agricultural practices and their own food supply while working at a farmers’ market. 
2) Green Jobs: Each year, Groundwork provides green jobs and training to low-income and at-risk youth. The Green Team and National Park Preservers are an investment in both the Somerville community and Groundwork’s programs. The Green Team focuses on significant environmental challenges in the community, such as the lack of green, open space and the lack of access to healthy food. The teams practice environmental stewardship, maintain local gardens, perform community education and conduct outreach about community health.
3) Sustainable Community: We are an advocate for community access to outdoor space, public gardens, and healthy food, as well as community participation in decisions about public space and transportation within the city. Our work focuses on engaging community residents to establish priorities that reflect community values. Our goal is to engage all community residents, including youth, immigrants, and low-income residents in making recommendations.
 
The planning and execution of these projects is achieved through the collaboration of residents, government, businesses, and community organizations. Groundwork Somerville is part of a national network of 20 trusts managed by Groundwork USA, and is a key member of the Shape Up Somerville Taskforce. Groundwork has a rich history working closely within environmental justice communities, and has significant experience engaging the community in participatory planning.
 

Impact Statement

Groundwork Somerville staff and board members work each day to ensure that our valuable programming around community environmental development fulfills the needs of the Somerville community. 
Top accomplishments from 2015 include:
- Hiring 42 youth who worked on urban agriculture, and environmental stewardship projects in Somerville and regional National Historic Parks while learning sustainable landscaping techniques for over 6,443 hours
- Removal of 100,000 pounds of invasive water chestnuts from the Mystic River
- Quadrupling the size of the South Street Farm and selling nearly 10,000 pounds of produce at subsidized rates to low-income families.
 
Goals for 2016 include:
- Expand our youth jobs programming to provide opportunity for promotion and self-directed projects within the Green Team.
- Increase focus on racial justice and health equity 
- Develop a sustainable financing plan for long-term organizational support, based in diverse sources of income including new fees for service and a network of local business support.
- Hire 50 Youth to take on Park Stewardship, Urban Farming and Community Service Projects in Somerville and National Parks.

Needs Statement

Groundwork Somerville is currently seeking funding for the following:

1) Full-time development director - $55,000
2) Year-round youth leader - $35,000
3) Flexible project funding for youth projects - $15,000
4) Trailer for transportation of materials for agriculture and stewardship projects - $15,000
5) Operations funding to accommodate rent increases - $9,660

CEO Statement

I jumped at the chance to join the Groundwork Somerville staff in June 2011 after working for 10 years at other environmental conservation organizations. I was long aware and in admiration of Groundwork’s many programs, and am thrilled to be able to be an active part of this team. We are a rare breed among environmental nonprofits. Unlike the many organizations I have had the pleasure to work for in the past, Groundwork is focused on environmental preservation and improvement while simultaneously benefiting the social and economic state of Somerville residents, with a particular focus on youth. The Green Team, our youth environmental job training program, epitomizes this synergy. Through this program, Groundwork and its supporters offer the opportunity for low-income youth to be hired into meaningful, environmental jobs, and receive on-the-job training for long-term careers in this field. And the work they do is directly improving their city and environment. This is the first thing I noticed about Groundwork: that every dollar donated goes twice as far. A single donation of $1,000 will employ an underserved high school student for a full summer AND allow us to grow hundreds of pounds of fresh, healthy produce that will be made available and affordable to food-insecure families in Somerville. My only regret as the ED of this organization, is the number of qualified, deserving and enthusiastic applicants we must turn away each year, and the number of worthy projects we are unable to put them to work on because of lack of funding.

 

We have a great network of local businesses, advisors, parents, teachers and city officials putting great effort into our youth and environmental work, which in turn benefits everyone in Somerville. We are on the lookout for passionate, motivated individuals and institutions who want to help Somerville and its residents overcome decades of racial and health inequities, and make this the thriving, urban, riverfront city we have the potential to realize.

Chris Mancini, Executive Director

 


Board Chair Statement

I joined the Board of Directors at Groundwork Somerville because I truly feel that it is a unique organization. Groundwork Somerville is the only environmentally focused organization that I have come to know that can be viewed as non-controversial, and embraced whole-heartedly by all people, regardless of their political beliefs. Many environmental organizations take (what some call) extreme positions. Groundwork Somerville runs programs that are as amazing as they are common sense. From teaching children organic farming at their schools, to organizing community members to participate in open space planning for the first time, to providing jobs for eager, but underserved youth, it is hard to find qualms with Groundwork Somerville. For someone who hails from a slightly conservative background, this is important to me. I can honestly say that Groundwork Somerville’s programs are invariably viewed as an asset, regardless of one’s political persuasion. Despite that, fundraising has remained a persistent problem.

 

The trouble with running common sense, non-controversial programs, is that many choose to donate their scarce resources to non-profits that are seen as “fighting” for something. Well, Groundwork Somerville is fighting for something. We are fighting to effect change throughout our community, one common sense step at a time. We fight with education. We fight with civility. We need a partner who recognizes that the mission we are on requires more than that: it requires funding.


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Groundwork Somerville currently serves communities within the City of Somerville as well as locations in the greater Mystic Valley region.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community Coalitions
  3. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC

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

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Programs

Green Team

Annually, Groundwork provides jobs and training to 20-50 youth. This program is an investment in both the Somerville community and the environment. The Green Team is one of the few opportunities for year-round youth employment in the city. Targeted to low-income and youth of color, the Green Team receives training to perform tangible environmental improvements, and go on to create real change by increasing green space, food access for families in need, and cleaning up the Mystic River. This is a job that not only gives youth much-needed income, but stimulates their minds and passions through active work. In the past two years, the Green Team has reclaimed vacant lots, designed, and built the South Street Farm in one of the City’s most industrial and underused areas, improved the quality of the Mystic River and established a local food system that provides healthy, locally grown food through the affordable Mobile Farmers Market.
 
 
 
 
Budget  $138,691.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Youth Job Training & Employment
Population Served Other Economic Level Minorities Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Upon completion of a season of the Green Team, each member will have achieved training and certification in practical/hands on skills such as sustainable landscaping, master gardening or urban forestry; civic skills like advocacy and volunteerism; career/professional skills such as time management, resume writing and financial literacy; and personal/interpersonal skills, such as teamwork, public speaking, and leadership development. Each seasonal Green Team also develops and completes a project in line with the Groundwork Mission. Past projects have included: designing and building an urban farm; invasive species removal in the Mystic River; advocating for state funds for youth employment; developing and teaching food justice curriculum for elementary and middle school students.
Program Long-Term Success  The long term goals of the Green Team are for 90-100% of all program participants to achieve meaningful academic and professional success in their chosen fields (be it environmentally-related or otherwise) and to become leaders in those fields. Since this program is targeted toward low-income and underserved youth populations, the hope is that participation on the Green Team provides advantages in pursuit of this goal that they might not otherwise have.   
Program Success Monitored By  The success of this program is monitored through a constantly growing alumni network, through which past participants report on their continued success in their academic and professional lives. Groundwork staff checks in annually with all Green Team members that we are able to stay in contact with. We have also developed an alumni board to continuously improve the program. Success is measured secondarily by seasonal metrics, such as the number of individual projects completed within this program, and sub-program metrics, such as amount of food planted and harvested, pounds of invasives removed and number of people contacted through outreach efforts.
Examples of Program Success 

The Groundwork Somerville Green Team has employed nearly 200 youth since its founding. 3 members have been in the top 5 of their graduating class. Past members have gone on to school at Tufts, Yale, Bryn Mawr and others. They have gone on to jobs with the City of Somerville, National Park Service, and Somerville Public Schools. Tania Ahmed (2009-10) received a United Way Youth Venture Grant to start the organization Green Teen Growers, which built the High School’s garden and traveled to Bangladesh to examine the effects of climate change around the world. Chris Dewing (2008-09) joined the staff at Union Square Main Streets in Somerville where he works as one of the managers of the Union Square Farmer’s Market.

Green Team has removed over 400,000 pounds of invasive water chestnuts from the Mystic River; co-founded the affordable Mobile Market; successfully advocated for increased youth jobs funding; launched and sold a compost pickup business; and built Somerville’s first urban farm.

Maple Syrup Project

The Somerville Maple Syrup Project involves both actual maple syrup production and a related educational curriculum. The program brings together several organizations, including Friends of the Community Growing Center, Somerville Public Schools, Tufts University, and an army of dedicated community volunteers. 

 

Every February local maple trees are tapped, and the collected sap is stored for a 2-day public boil-down event. Throughout the season, Groundwork staff, university students, and community volunteers teach a 4-week standards-based arts and science curriculum to 2nd graders at school and the public library. These volunteers also lead educational activities at the boil-down event. Somerville High School metal shop students provide the annual maintenance for the boil-down equipment.

 

The syrup produced is given as “thank you” gifts to key partners and sold in small maple leaf jars at the Groundwork Somerville booth at the Union Square Farmer’s Market.

Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success 

Following the month-long curriculum and visit to the annual Maple Boil Down, every second grader in Somerville will have a broadened perspective on how food gets from nature to their plate, using maple syrup as the example. Students also are exposed to history, art, literature, science and math principles, and know how to create a hypothesis, generate a line graph to predict seasonal cycles, and compose poems and stories about the maple sugaring process.

Program Long-Term Success 

As with Schoolyard Gardens, the long term goal of the Maple Syrup Project is to empower a new generation with the knowledge of where their food comes from and to teach them to make choices that are both healthy and beneficial to the environment. Over the next 50-100 years, the goal of this project is to help conserve a hospitable climate in Massachusetts for the growth of sugar maples, and to manage a thriving urban sugarbush for the production of high quality, local syrup.

Program Success Monitored By 

Groundwork monitors the success of the Maple Syrup Project by tracking the following indicators: (1) the number of participating classrooms with positive teacher and student feedback; (2) the number of learning standards covered in education activities; (3) the number of gallons of syrup produced; (4) the number of volunteers engaged; and (5) the number of attendees to the Boil-Down Festival.

Examples of Program Success 

In 2011, Groundwork trained and placed weekly volunteers in 17 2nd grade classrooms at all seven Somerville Public School elementary sites, engaged over 325 second graders in their classrooms and 245 more on a field trip to the Boil-Down Festival. We collected 260 gallons of sap, and revised the Maple Syrup Project curriculum to better comply with Massachusetts Learning Standards.


National Park Preservers

National Park Preservers is a job-training program that provides urban, at risk youth with a stipend to participate in maintenance and improvement projects at local National Parks. In 2011, Groundwork crewmembers worked with the National Park Service to restore the historic vista of the Minute Man Trail in Concord, Massachusetts. They learned how to identify invasive plants, practiced using and maintaining landscape tools and hand tools, and participated in life-skills building workshops (resume writing, budget workshops, business ownership workshops).   Crewmembers were also required to fulfill a certain number of community service hours, during which they helped local Somerville businesses. Both the businesses and crewmembers benefitted from the community service; they built relationships and mutual trust.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Minorities At-Risk Populations Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success 

The short term goal of National Park Preservers is to provide meaningful employment and job training to urban, at risk youth, and to start them on a career track within the National Park Service or a related field.

 

Program Long-Term Success 

The long term goal of National Park Preservers is that the youth enrolled in the program find a sustainable career track in their chosen field.

Program Success Monitored By 

Groundwork tracks the attendance of crew members during the program, and monitors their employment after the program has ended. We expect 90-100% of participants to be either working or enrolled in school immediately following the program, and to succeed in their chosen fields over time.

Examples of Program Success 

The best example of the success of National Park Preservers can be found within the Groundwork organization. The current Program Coordinator was a crewmember in 2009.   In addition to National Park Preservers, he also coordinates the Urban Family Outreach Squad and is an active and highly effective community advocate.


Schoolyard Gardens

The Schoolyard Gardens Program unites school communities through the production of high quality organic local produce and participation in enriched nutrition, biology, ecology, agriculture, and economic education in Somerville.  Through Schoolyard Gardens, Somerville Public School students have the opportunity to plant and harvest their own food. Groundwork then uses that experience as a catalyst to empower them to make decisions that positively affect their own health and the health of the environment. The Schoolyard Gardens curriculum, which complies with Massachusetts Education Standards, focuses on children in kindergarten through 8th grade and reaches over 400 students per year. 

 

Also under the umbrella of Schoolyard Gardens are two garden related programs run outside of the public school system. Groundwork oversees a Spring Break Camp at the Somerville Community Growing Center and Nature Workshops at three branches of the Somerville Public Library.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Minorities Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 

Each semester, Groundwork introduces new elementary and middle school children, who are just beginning to make their own food choices, to gardening, healthy foods and environmental preservation. 100% of these students gain access to healthy snacks during the program, and become empowered to improve their own habits and access to healthy food.

Program Long-Term Success 

The long term goal of Schoolyard Gardens is to empower a new generation of environmentally-aware young citizens who know what choices to make in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. By growing food in schools, we also expect to improve food security for low-income students and their families.

Program Success Monitored By 

Groundwork monitors the success of Schoolyard Gardens through enrollment statistics and student and teacher feedback, and amount of produce grown and provided to food insecure students and families.

Examples of Program Success 

In 2011, Groundwork offered Schoolyard Gardens in 9 schools each season, and reached over 450 students.  The program also provided opportunities for 26 weekly-committing volunteers to assist in seasonal school garden programming and many additional opportunities for one-time volunteers to engage.  

 


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Christopher Mancini
CEO Term Start June 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Chris has worked in the environmental field for 10 years, beginning on board the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater teaching environmental sustainability and marine ecology. He has been the Educator at the River Project, an environmental field station in Manhattan, and the Program Manager for Sailors for the Sea, a nonprofit organization based in Newport, RI that educates and engages boaters in the worldwide protection of the oceans. He has volunteered and been engaged with Groundwork Somerville in some way since 2006, at one point running the Maple Syrup Project prior to turning it over to Groundwork Somerville. He has a BA from Vassar College and a master's degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Jennifer Lawrence Jan 2007 May 2011

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jessica Bloomer Program Director A native of Colorado, Jess has spent more than a decade finding ways to grow food in a variety of inspiring settings. As the Program Director and Garden Educator with Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, she honed her skills and passion for hands-on teaching, urban gardening, and nonprofit visioning. That work, along with work at the Cultiva Youth Project, Farm and Wilderness Camp, and the Thorne Natural Science School cemented her belief that food connects us all, and the process of growing and eating fresh local food can be an entrance point for teaching just about anything. Jess holds a Permaculture Design Certificate and a BA in International Development Studies, with a focus on community development. In free moments, she likes to explore near and far by foot, boat, ski, and train. She is excited to expand her love of urban farming within the vibrant Somerville community.
Clay Larsen Project Manager & Landscape Designer Clay is a landscape designer, builder, project manager and teacher who brings over 30 years experience to his work. Working within the cities of Malden, Somerville and Lawrence for the Groundwork organization, Clay has both lead and been part of a team in developing cutting edge urban agriculture projects in Eastern Mass. Clay lead the development of Malden’s first community garden along Malden’s segment of the “Northern Strand.” He is the project manager for “Bike to the Sea,” a nonprofit advocacy group, working to develop the Northern Strand Community Trail and promote bicycle&pedestrian safety, as well as alternative transportation opportunities north of Boston. Clay enjoys cooking, biking, and cross country skiing!

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Green Business Excellence Somerville Chamber of Commerce 2008

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

City of Somerville
Shape Up Somerville
Mystic River Watershed Association
Somerville Community Schools
Tufts University
Prospect Hill Academy
Teen Empowerment
Green City Growers
Somerville Chamber of Commerce
Somerville Local First
Groundwork Lawrence
Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc
Energize Everett
Mystic River Watershed Collaborative
Somerville Community Corporation
Boys and Girls Club

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In February 2015, Groundwork Somerville held our annual Board Retreat to provide final feedback on our strategic plan. This process is 90% complete and finalization will be complete this year pending final edits and formatting to the document.
 
 
 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 300
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability

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. Dawn Quirk
Board Chair Company Affiliation Department of Environmental Protection
Board Chair Term Jan 2014 - Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2014 - Dec 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Thomas Combs Committee for Public Counsel Services Voting
Mr. Vithal Deshpande City of Somerville Voting
Mr. Peter Kwass Mt. Auburn Associates --
Mr. Mark Pedersen Mike's Automotive Voting
Ms. Dawn Quirk Tufts University Voting
Ms. Rebecca Schrumm Somerville Chamber of Commerce --
Mr. Larry Venezia Rockland Trust 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. Joe Grafton Somerville Local First NonVoting
Mr. Dave Madan TheMOVE NonVoting
Mr. Mark Neidergang School Committee NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Finance
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $497,154.00
Projected Expense $481,411.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2015 Review

2014 Review

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Review

2010 Audit

2009 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $371,064 $277,251 $321,199
Total Expenses $368,536 $271,624 $329,993

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $279,292 $203,216 $220,897
    Federal -- $60,375 --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- $31,540 --
    Unspecified $279,292 $111,301 $220,897
Individual Contributions $29,060 $38,068 $47,160
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $62,712 $35,967 $53,142
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $265,227 $188,992 $244,152
Administration Expense $101,799 $80,537 $82,010
Fundraising Expense $1,510 $2,095 $3,831
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 1.02 0.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 70% 74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 1% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $58,129 $45,794 $43,277
Current Assets $58,129 $45,794 $43,277
Long-Term Liabilities $34,134 $38,757 $0
Current Liabilities $23,198 $8,766 $50,633
Total Net Assets $797 $-1,729 $-7,356

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 --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.51 5.22 0.85

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 59% 85% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Groundwork has a successful history of securing grants for specific projects, but stuggles to create a sustainable base of funding to provide a cash reserve and cover our day to day operations, upon which the continued success of our programs depend. Our projected 2016 budget reflects a renewed focus on addressing our strengths by building relationships with grant programs and taking advantage of a newly contracted grant writer to increase the quantity and quality of proposals.
 
Groundwork's great opportunity lies in the value that our programs provide to the city, and the perceived value of those services by the business and residential community. We have a base of small donors int he Somerville community, but feel we can expand this base significantly through the business networks, and beyond Somerville to Boston, Cambridge and other communities that can recognize the benefit in investing in Somerville's youth, health and future. It is our task to continue to demonstrate this value and make it known to a wider population.

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 as the breakdown was not available.

For fiscal years 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 audited financials, the independent auditors conducting this audit have issued a going concern opinion, which means simply whether there is significant doubt that the nonprofit will have sufficient resources in the foreseeable future. Please review the Auditors opinion for further information.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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