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Winchester Multicultural Network Inc

 63 Shore Road, Suite 22
 Winchester, MA 01890
[P] (781) 729-7100
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Elena Varipatis Baker
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EIN 04-3118712

LAST UPDATED: 01/04/2019
Organization DBA Winchester Multicultural Network
Multicultural Network
The Network
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Winchester Multicultural Network is to promote the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity; advocate for each and every person’s civil rights; and confront intolerance.The Multicultural Network responds to incidents of bias and discrimination; offers multicultural training workshops; sponsors forums and other events that foster multicultural understanding; offers social events and activities for international residents; and publishes “The Journey,” a newsletter with a circulation of to more than 2,500 households.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Winchester Multicultural Network is to promote the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity; advocate for each and every person’s civil rights; and confront intolerance.The Multicultural Network responds to incidents of bias and discrimination; offers multicultural training workshops; sponsors forums and other events that foster multicultural understanding; offers social events and activities for international residents; and publishes “The Journey,” a newsletter with a circulation of to more than 2,500 households.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $157,015.00
Projected Expense $172,251.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Activities
  • Examples of Public Forums
  • International Connections
  • Response and Advocacy Commitee
  • School and Youth Committee

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Winchester Multicultural Network is to promote the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity; advocate for each and every person’s civil rights; and confront intolerance.The Multicultural Network responds to incidents of bias and discrimination; offers multicultural training workshops; sponsors forums and other events that foster multicultural understanding; offers social events and activities for international residents; and publishes “The Journey,” a newsletter with a circulation of to more than 2,500 households.

Background Statement

The Winchester Multicultural Network was founded in 1991 based on the underlying philosophy of multiculturalism of VISIONS, Inc., a multicultural training and consultation organization. VISIONS defines multiculturalism as the ongoing process of change by which we learn to recognize, understand and appreciate our own cultural identities, as well as the similarities and differences of people from other cultural groups. These cultural groups can be based on characteristics that can include race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, class, job status, religion, immigrant status, language, and nationality. We see this process as a journey for each individual, and for organizations and our community as a whole as we learn to appreciate differences and address bias on all levels: personal, interpersonal, cultural and institutional.  Each year board members of the Multicultural Network spend a day together with a facilitator, deepening their own understanding of the dynamics of power and privilege, whether racial, economic, religious, or other.   Throughout its history, the Multicultural Network has co-sponsored events with the Town of Winchester, Winchester Public Library, Parent to Parent, the League of Women Voters, the Community Gay/Straight Alliance, the Interfaith Clergy Council, the McCall and High School Parent Associations, the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence, the Winchester Community Music School, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Winchester Seniors Association, the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community, the Disabilities Access Commission, and others.Members of the Multicultural Network regularly are invited to speak to local groups such as Rotary, and the Network is represented at meetings of the Massachusetts Human Rights Commission and Domestic Violence Roundtable.  Board members and Executive Director Aba Taylor regularly are invited to consult with other communities who wish to emulate the Winchester Multicultural Network's work on human rights.

Impact Statement

The collaborative efforts of the Multicultural Network working in partnership with other nonprofits and the Town of Winchester have improved the understanding and appreciation of racial, ethnic, religious, class, and other dimensions of diversity within the Winchester community.  The result is a greater sense of community among those who live, work, study, play, worship and conduct business in the community.As part of periodic strategic planning processes, town officials and leaders in the Winchester community. are interviewed.  The results have been  consistently positive and acknowledge the cumulative benefits of the Multicultural Network's activities as well as the benefits of individual programs.The evaluations of the the Winchester In Transition (WIT) community conferences and other programs held to date have been consistently positive.  For example, the 160 participants in a WIT community conversation were asked in a  post conference electronic survey to evaluate their participation.  Ninety-nine percent of those responding indicated they were satisfied with the conference, with one person saying, "This is the first time I have ever felt truly safe in speaking my mind, and I was heard.”  A multicultural training workshop is convened each year for people to work on the ongoing process of recognizing, understanding, and appreciating differences—-as well as similarities—-in family, community, schools, and work spaces.  The subject for the March 2017 workshop is, "Constructive Conversations Across Differences."  A participant in a past workshop stated, "Thanks again for a grounding, solidifying, moving, joyful, reinforcing, motivating day with you all yesterday.  This is such important work."The Multicultural Network serves as a resource for town government, civic organizations, local businesses, and faith communities.  The Executive Director, Response Committee and the School Impact Committee, for example, are regularly consulted by town officials seeking to improve their understanding of issues related to diversity and assistance in responding to incidents of bias or discrimination.

Needs Statement

The Winchester Multicultural Network is expanding the number and types of programs offered, to provide a broader range of training to individuals and community groups, to work cooperatively with other communities, to transition to an organization supported by professional staff rather than solely volunteers, to upgrade our office facility to make it more accessible, and to focus more on being an agent of change rather than only advocating for change. The Multicultural Network is a service-based, rather than membership fee-based, non-profit.  The position of Executive Director is supported by grants from the Cummings Foundation.  The organization's programs and other activities are supported by individual donations and small grants from local organizations.  Our guiding principle is to offer programs and events free (or with voluntary donations) so that anyone can participate, regardless of financial circumstances.  Furthermore, unlike many traditional boards, we do not select members based on their ability to contribute financially, but rather we look for individuals who represent a range of perspectives (socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious, or sexual orientation) conducive to furthering our inclusionary mission. Donations may be made to support a particular program, workshop, or training initiative, such as sponsorship of the annual Martin Luther King, Junior celebration, continuation of the ongoing "Strengthening Winchester" community conversations, or documentation of Winchester's African-American history.

CEO Statement

The mission of the Winchester Multicultural Network is reflected in the Human Rights Statement adopted by the Winchester Select Board.  “Winchester is a community that is grounded in respect for every individual and therefore protects all residents, employees, business owners, students and visitors in the enjoyment and exercise of human and civil rights.  It is town policy to ensure equal treatment and opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, ideology, socio-economic status, health, sexual orientation, age, military status or disability.” Consistent with this focus on human rights and equity, the Multicultural Network  provides the opportunity to develop strong bonds of collaboration in our civic life; to build on the synergy that occurs when like-minded people work together, rather than in fragmentation and duplication.  Collaboration engages a broad spectrum of residents and workers.  Effective collaboration celebrates our human diversity and enhances the capacity of one another for our mutual benefit by sharing risks, resources, responsibilities, and rewards.The Winchester Multicultural Network has been awarded both OneWorld Boston and Major grants from the Cummings Foundation to increase long-term organizational capacity and sustainability to support an Executive Director and other staff positions, expand programs and outreach, and upgrade the organization's office space.  This is an exciting and challenging opportunity, and we appreciate the confidence expressed by the Cummings Foundation in our ability to accomplish the goal of being an inclusive, equitable, and collaborative community.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Serving primarily the town of Winchester, MA

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. -

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




The programs of the Winchester Multicultural Network are designed to educate, advocate and respond.  The Network:
  • Offers multicultural workshops which bring together individuals who live or work in the Winchester community and who are committed to fostering respect for differences;
  • Sponsors public forums, film screenings, exhibits, panel discussions, and other events that foster multicultural understanding;
  • Serves as a resource for town government, civic organizations, local businesses, and faith communities;
  • Publishes “The Journey,” a newsletter with a circulation of more than  2,000;
  • Gathers input from focus groups and Community Advisors to identify emerging issues.
Budget  $185,500.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Ethnic Groups' Rights & Racial Equality
Population Served General/Unspecified Blacks, African Heritage Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Program Short-Term Success 

The attendance of programs conducted by the Multicultural Networks typically is in the 100-200 range, composed of town leaders and residents representing the schools, community organization, religious institutions and businesses. Feedback from these event consistently is positive.

Program Long-Term Success  The results of interviews with external stakeholders conducted in support of both ongoing and recent strategic planning were consistently positive, and acknowledged the long-term or cumulative benefits of the Multicultural Network's activities as well as the benefits of individual programs.  Many of those interviewed acknowledged that while problems unfortunately still remain, Winchester is far more of a welcoming community today than it was in the past and encouraged the Network to continue not only to advocate but to actively work within the community as an agent of change.
Program Success Monitored By  Evaluations routinely are conducted of individual programs sponsored by the Multicultural Network as well as of the overall organization.  These may take the form of structured individual interviews, small group assessment discussions, or electronically administered evaluation surveys.
Examples of Program Success 
Since the November 2016 presidential election, the Network has organized a series of (to date) six civic gatherings to explore community concerns and identify civil rights and social justice issues that residents would like to address. These gatherings have birthed around 10 smaller off-shoot groups working on specific issues of concern.

Examples of Public Forums

The following are representative examples of current year programs:
  •  For Black History Month, the story teller Tammy Denease told the story of, "Belinda The African:Compelled to Servitude" to the Royall family of Medford, Massachusetts.
  • "Strengthening Winchester: A Civic Gathering" is an ongoing series of community conversations designed to identify and discuss attainable next steps to amplify the town's human rights values and continue building a resilient and robust community.
  • A half-day workshop facilitated by Essential Partners is being held on how to have, "Constructive Conversations Across Differences."
  • The Chinese new year was celebrated with a series of 23 classical, traditional, and contemporary "Celebration Performances."
  • A youth program is being offered in collaboration with the interactive theater education group Urban Improv to help young people explore multiple solutions to difficult and everyday situations.
Budget  $22,375.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Ethnic Groups' Rights & Racial Equality
Population Served General/Unspecified Other Named Groups Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The idea that the Town of Winchester should adopt a Human Rights Statement flowed out of the series of discussions based on the video series, "Race: The Power of an Illusion."
Program Long-Term Success  One indicator of success is the willingness of groups to sponsor programs conducted by the Winchester Multicultural Network.  The Multicultural Network regularly partners with more than 15 organizations in conducting programs, including local banks, the John and Mary Murphy Foundation, the Family Action Network, and the Winchester Cultural Council.
Program Success Monitored By  In addition to talking with attendees following a program and actively listening for feedback, evaluation forms are either given or distributed electronically to each person with a request that they be completed and returned.
Examples of Program Success 
  • The enthusiasm resulting from the initial day-long Winchester In Transition (WIT) workshop was so high that participants requested that follow-on community conversation be undertaken.  These have examined the cultural and social changes taking place within Winchester, including a growing immigrant population and increased religious diversity, with a current focus on issues of classism.

  • More than 130 people viewed excerpts from the film, Unnatural Causes...Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and explored with a panel of medical experts the disparity by race and wealth of health outcomes that exists within the U.S.

  • For "Claiming ALL Our History: Mystic Valley Slave Trade History Revealed", a panel discussion built on the film, "Traces of the Trade, a Story From the Deep North", the story of the New England family having the largest slave-trading role in U.S history.

International Connections

The International Connections Group plans activities and events designed to foster community connections and help international residents feel welcome in Winchester.  The Multicultural Network operates from the conviction that every person and every culture has something to offer, as well as something to learn.  International Connections provides an opportunity for circular teaching and learning, between native-born Americans and international-born immigrants, from wherever they may come.
Activities include distribution of a newcomers guide, English conversation groups, an international film series, book events, a weekly drop-in coffee and conversation group, and monthly lunches at ethnic restaurants.  In cooperation with the Winchester School of Chinese Culture, the 2017 Chinese New Year was celebrated with a series Celebration Performances.
Budget  $1,500.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Immigrants' Rights
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Families
Program Short-Term Success  There are many aspects of American culture that people born and reared in this country take for granted and about which immigrants are mystified.  "I didn't know the parent-teacher conferences were mandatory.  There was nothing like that in my home country."  Often working on an individual-to-individual basis, International Connections volunteers help international residents feel more comfortable living in this country.
Program Long-Term Success 
Program participants have come from more than forty countries, including Germany, Poland, France, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, India, China, and Brazil.
The One Winchester, Many Traditions international film series held in conjunction with the Winchester Public Library typically has an attendance of 35-40 for each film. Due to popular demand, the series expanded from four to six films per year.

A more important indicator of success, though, is the feedback provided by participants.  As one person who had moved to Winchester from Turkey stated, "If there were a Multicultural Network in every town, America would be better off.  This is good work."
Program Success Monitored By  Attendance at events is monitored to determine changes in year-to-year participation. 
Personal feedback provided from the international participants is used in deciding the specific mix of activities undertaken and how each activity will be conducted.
Examples of Program Success  A person who moved to Winchester via Canada, Switzerland, and originally Italy commented, "As a newcomer to Winchester, I find  the International Connection program provides great help to new residents, especially as they can join an English Conversation group and learn English while meeting other newcomers."

Other examples include providing assistance with the completion of school and job applications, and the presentation of photography exhibits with opening receptions that help people understand the political, economic, and social conditions that exist within a particular country.

Response and Advocacy Commitee

The Response and Advocacy Committee (RAC) of the Winchester Multicultural Network provides support and advocacy for targets or witnesses of incidents of discrimination, bias, and/or hatred.  The types of incidents responded to include hate crimes, harassment, offensive remarks, bullying and workplace discrimination.  The people worked with have been targeted on the basis of their race, religion, national origin, and ethnicity. We are committed to responding to bias based on differences of any kind, including gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, and disability.
The RAC provides support, consultation, and advocacy.  Depending upon the incident and needs of the individual seeking intervention, the response can be a private, confidential consultation; a public statement of support; or an action such as providing a facilitated conversation or community forum.
Budget  $1,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  Concerns or specific complaints are brought to the attention of the Response Committee about three or four times a year.  Most often, these are reports of prejudice based on race, religion, or ethnicity.  Other concerns relate to learning or physical disabilities and to socio-economic status.
Program Long-Term Success  As a result of its work over more than twenty-five years, the RAC has become a trusted "go to" community resource.  Committee members serve on a voluntary basis and maintain effective working relationships with local officials apart from any particular incident or concern.  This includes regular meetings with the Chief of Police and the Town Manager.  Members of the RAC also maintain periodic contact with the School Department, School Committee, the interfaith clergy, the Chamber of Commerce, the Public Library, the Winchester chapter of A Better Chance, the Board of Health, Seniors Association, and the Council on Aging.
Program Success Monitored By  Members of the RAC are experienced in the use of active listening skills. As stated in the protocol and training guide developed by the RAC, "the impact of active listening is that the speaker feels heard and feels like continuing to explore his/her thoughts and feelings because the listener is creating a safe place."

The protocol document describes what has been learned about creating a supportive and respectful environment for receiving people's concerns and responding to them.  The protocol document also is used to provide training to others in the community, particularly public officials, in responding to incidents of discrimination.
Examples of Program Success  In a case where an African American woman felt she was treated disrespectfully by a local business, the RAC met with the business owner.  In public meetings where one or more speakers have made disparaging remarks about the ethnicity of a particular group of people, the RAC has submitted a letter to the local paper and also spoken directly to the groups or individuals involved. After receiving comments expressing dismay about the town's non-sectarian cemetery long-standing tradition of displaying wreaths on the entrance during the month of December, the RAC worked with the Department of Public Works to discontinue this practice and update their protocols so that this change is consistent going forward. 

School and Youth Committee

The goals of the Winchester Multicultural Network's School and Youth Committee are to:
  • Promote school-wide respect and appreciation for diversity, thereby ensuring a school climate in which all children and staff feel safe, valued and free to learn;
  • Encourage professional development of teachers and staff in multicultural issues;
  • Support a system-wide effort to hire a multiculturally competent and diverse staff; and
  • Promote an appreciation of multicultural education to Parent Teacher Organizations and other school organizations.
The Multicultural Network works closely with the School Committee, the School Administration, teachers, students, and parents. This includes the publication of the brochure "Accommodating Our Religious Holiday Observances: A Learning Tool" and maintaining the multicultural calendar for the Winchester Public Schools. This helps educators to understand how holidays observed by their students might be commonly observed and suggestions for accommodations such observance might require. Moreover, the School and Youth Committee issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund a series of microgrants aimed at facilitating inclusionary learning materials reflecting social justice principles and multicultural values.
Multicultural education begins at a very young age; children notice differences almost right away.  The Winchester Multicultural Network works with the town’s preschools to provide informative programs to help parents and educators feel empowered to promote respect for differences at these formative ages.
Budget  $2,850.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Ethnic Groups' Rights & Racial Equality
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Accommodation for religious observance is the School and Youth Committee's most recent success.    The committee worked with the school administration to create an updated policy for the Accommodation of Religious and Ethnic Observations, including a resource guide that will explain religious holiday observance for major religious holidays for "all" faiths and suggested accommodations regarding expectations for school attendance and school work.  Beginning in 2014, new religious holidays and work accommodations have been added to the school calendar and Accommodating Our Religious Holiday Observances: A Learning Tool has been published as a printed and online guide, with a separate calendar updated annually.
Program Long-Term Success  An ongoing trusting respectful collaboration exists between the School and Youth Committee and the the schools, where people within the school system are comfortable seeking input from the Committee when challenges arise regarding issues of difference.  The Network is regularly consulted regarding suggestions for professional speakers for various diversity topics, including religion, race, and classism.  Representatives of the School Administration regularly participate in the Network's community wide initiatives, including the viewing of the "Race, The Power of an Illusion" series and our Civic Gathering community conversations.  Members of the School and Youth Committee are asked to provide input to many search committees, including development of questions that can be asked of prospective candidates regarding diversity issues.  Programs have been presented around issues of bullying, disability, GLBT issues, and relational aggression.  
Program Success Monitored By  One important indicator of the School Administration's commitment to work on diversity-related issues is their willingness to meet on a monthly basis for the past ten years with the School and Youth Committee.  Diversity issues are included in professional development days, and students are provided with diversity-related programs on a monthly basis.
Examples of Program Success 
The role of class and differing socio-economic or income levels within Winchester currently is being discussed with the school system.  The intent is to recognize these issues and their effects in developing new school policies and procedures.  For example, these may affect such things as school redistricting and the establishment of activity fees.
A new program currently is being developed that is aimed at overcoming the divisions resulting from the recent changes in the social and political climate at all levels of government. The School and Youth Committee continues to work with the school system on the issue of bullying.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms Juanita Zerda
CEO Term Start July 2017
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Aba Taylor Nov 2015 Mar 2018
Kathy-Ann Hart Aug 2013 Aug 2015

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Shawn Macannuco Office Administrator

Shawn is an active parent volunteer in the Winchester Public Schools and in town, is a volunteer for the AFS foreign exchange program for high school students, having hosted a young woman from Thailand while their son spent the year in Italy, serves on the Youth Advisory Council at the Winchester Unitarian Society, and is a Board Member of Parent to Parent (Winchester). After volunteering for the Network for many years, Shawn has been our Office Manager since January, 2011.

Elena Varipatis Baker Development and Communications Coordinator --


Award Awarding Organization Year
For promising practices that foster a healthy and vibrant democracy – characterized by strong relationships across divides, leadership development, including the voices of all people. Everyday Democracy 2017
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Multicultural Network and the many contributions the Network has made to the Winchester community Winchester Board of Selectmen 2011
In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Multicultural Network and the organization's work promoting the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity Massachusetts State Legislature 2011
Leadership award to Sandy Thompson, one of the Network Founders, for "ordinary people doing extraordinary work against racism" in Greater Boston Community Change, Inc. 2011


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

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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The Winchester Multicultural Network routinely works in collaboration with other organizations in planning and hosting events.  For example, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Day is co-sponsored with the Winchester Family Action network (FAN).  A February Black History Month event is co-sponsored each year with the St. Mary's Catholic Church.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

With completion of a strategic plan in December of 2011, emphasis is given to implementation of major recommendations contained in this strategic plan.  These included the hiring of an Executive Director, initially on a half-time basis and then subsequently expanded to a full-time position.  The recommendations contained in the strategic plan also included expanded programming with the series of Winchester In Transition (WIT) community conversations being one example.  Having successfully operated under this existing strategic plan for nearly six years, the Multicultural Network is now engaged in the preparation of a new strategic plan that will guide the organization's work over the coming years. 

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 74
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Directors and Officers Policy

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms Junita Zerda
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lawyer and independent consultant on human rights and social justice
Board Chair Term June 2017 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair Rev. JP Robins
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Pastor, First Baptist Church of Winchester
Board Co-Chair Term June 2017 - June 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Michael Bettencourt Winchester Town Select Board Voting
Deirdre Giblin Immigration/asylum attorney Voting
Wei Han Town Meeting member, IT industry, Winchester School of Chinese Culture Voting
Susan Lewis Former science journalist; public school educator in Concord, MA Voting
Mayra Rodriguez-Howard Mayra Rodriguez-Howard, now retired, was the director of a youth development program at the South Boston Community Health Center. Voting
Dr. Robin Smith Pediatrician in Reading, MA; Serves as Treasurer of WMCN for 2017-2018. Chair of the School Impact Committee Voting
Jon Swan Partner/Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group Voting
Sandy Thompson Founding Member of the Network; serves as Clerk for 2017-2018 year. Voting
Juanita Zerda Lawyer and independent consultant on human rights and social justice; Winchester League of Women Voters Steering Committee; Trustee of the Winchester Community Music School Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Sahar Ahmed Awerbuch Founder and Executive Director, Brio Integrated Theatre, an organization devoted to people with disabilities; Chair of the Program Committee of the Multicultural Network and long-time Board member NonVoting
Dennis Brett Retired public school educator/counselor; ELL volunteer; active church member of the Winchester Unitarian Society NonVoting
Phil Coonley Former Administrative Officer, U.S. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center; active member of the Winchester Unitarian Society; responsible for organizing the MLK Day events NonVoting
Gege Jackson Event Planner; actor; active in School Impact and Response Committees at the Network NonVoting
Gloria Legvold Retired educator; Active in the Winchester League of Women Voters and the Winchester Unitarian Society; Cambridge School of Weston, Board of Directors NonVoting
Zeina Marchant Winchester community involvement; new volunteer to the Network NonVoting
Terry Marotta National Program for a Better Chance (ABC), Winchester Chapter; former weekly columnist for the Winchester Star NonVoting
Seeme Moreira Past Treasurer; Realtor, Coldwell Banker NonVoting
Kaye Nash Member of the original WMCN Board; involved in First Congregational Church NonVoting
Rebecca Slisz Health care industry NonVoting
Felicity Tuittle Past Clerk for the Network; Member of Winchester Trails; Realtor, Shanahan Real Estate Group; Attorney; Responsible for the Network’s Black History month programming NonVoting
Hillary Turkewitz Clinical Psychologist; Chair of the Response Committee NonVoting
Lauren Winterer volunteer NonVoting
Lily Yamamoto Graphic Designer and Principal, LMY Studio, Inc., a graphic design studio; serves on the Program Committee and the Development and Communications Committee; Responsible for design and support of the N NonVoting

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Zareen Araoz Founder and President of Managing Across Cultures, a consulting firm specializing in training, coaching and developing leadership and teamwork for Senior Executives NonVoting
Helen Babcock Trustee, Griffin Museum of Photography; Chair, Winchester Council on Aging; Former Realtor NonVoting
Catherine Boyle President of Autism Housing Pathways, a non-profit that works with families to create housing solutions for their family members with developmental disabilities; Member, Winchester Housing Partnership NonVoting
Kristine Bremer Winchester community member, Consultant to the Network’s Development Committee; Philanthropy Consultant NonVoting
Rabbi Cari Bricken-Small Rabbi, Temple Shir Tikvah, the reform Jewish congregation in Winchester; was the associate rabbi in Princeton Junction, NJ, prior to arriving in Winchester NonVoting
Dotty Burstein Former WMCN Board Member; volunteer for the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance and editor of the Young Adult Resource Guide and the Resource Guide for Older Adults–publications for homeless an NonVoting
Douglas Cromwell Original WMCN Board Member; Retired Law Librarian from the U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit NonVoting
Marianne DiBlasi Former WMCN Board Member; president of Disability Visibility, a consulting, training, and coaching company that helps organizations enhance communication skills, value differences, and leverage the un NonVoting
Dr. Harris Gibson Recently retired surgeon; Chief of Thoracic Surgery Emeritus at Winchester Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital NonVoting
Rick Goldberg Former WMCN Board Member; PR consultant; has leadership roles in several diversity organizations including GBIO (Greater Boston Interfaith Organization), MoveOn, AARP and the Winchester Democratic Tow NonVoting
Tom Howley Town Meeting Member; has served on the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen; Panera Bread franchisee NonVoting
Reverend Heather Janules Ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Winchester Unitarian Society NonVoting
Agnes Lugira Former WMCN Board Member; Community volunteer; instrumental in initiating Winchester’s Black History Month celebration NonVoting
Peter MacDonnell Chief of Police, Winchester Police Department; holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and a master’s degree in criminal justice NonVoting
Judy Manzo Past President, Winchester Chamber of Commerce; Owner, Book Ends NonVoting
Shukong Ou Former WMCN Board Member; Volunteer, Winchester Farmers Market; Advisor, Winchester Community Music School NonVoting
Christopher Palmer Former WMCN Board Member; Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital, Director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School NonVoting
Jeanne Phillips Human Resources Manager/Director, Winchester Hospital NonVoting
Allan Rodgers Former Executive Director, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; author of RAP-UPS of a Retired Reformer: Stories About How Legal Services Advocates Transformed the Laws for Poor People in Massachusetts NonVoting
Elizabeth Sayre Original WMCN Board Member, Committee Member, International Connections; teacher of English to Adult non-native speakers during her 20-year career as a tutor, conversation group leader, and classroom NonVoting
John Suhrbier Former WMCN Board Member; chair, Winchester’s Housing Partnership Board, a group established by Town Meeting to help expand housing opportunities in Winchester for low, moderate, and middle inco NonVoting
Rosemary Sullivan Past president, Winchester Seniors Association; present chairman, WSA Human Resources Committee --
Paula Tognarelli Former WMCN Board Member; Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography NonVoting
Fred Yen Former WMCN Board Member; Founder, Winchester Farmers Market; initiator of the climate action plan for the town of Winchester NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 86%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
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 Development / Board Orientation
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Governance and Policy
  • International Connections
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Response
  • School Impact
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Beginning with the inception of the Winchester Multicultural Network in 1991, the work of Executive Director was performed on a volunteer basis by Sandy Thompson, founder and board member, and subsequently by other Board Chairs.  In 2010, in anticipation of the organization’s 20 year anniversary, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to contract with the Executive Service Corps, nonprofit consultants, to help facilitate a detailed strategic plan for the Winchester Multicultural Network. This was an inclusive project which involved all board members and many external stakeholders.  In the course of the assessment, it became apparent that the level of work involved to achieve the desired goal of additional and broader public programming along with an increased level of activism was not achievable with an exclusively volunteer organization. The conclusion was to hire an initial part-time Executive Director to build organizational capacity and provide long term sustainability. This position was filled in January 2013 with the hiring of Kathy-Ann Hart and then Aba Taylor.  Beginning in October, 2014, the Executive Director position was expanded from half-time to full-time. Former Board Vice-President John Robins assumed the position as interim Executive Director after Aba left the Network for another position. Transitioning to a professional Executive Director enabled the Winchester Multicultural Network to sustain and expand its programming and to broaden its outreach.  An Executive Director has proven to be critical to the Network’s infrastructure as the organization moves forward.  It also is recognized that the governance of any organization must continue to be dynamic.  As a result, the Board of Directors was re-organized in June, 2017 to be smaller in number and having more traditional Board policy-level and oversight responsibilities.  The operational volunteer responsibilities previously carried out by Board members are now assigned to a new Steering Committee consisting of many former Board members and that reports to the Executive Director.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $157,015.00
Projected Expense $172,251.00
Form 990s

2018 990

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $160,679 $154,703 $141,856
Total Expenses $124,311 $135,391 $131,507

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $155,327 $152,789 $141,412
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $2,928 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,424 $1,914 $444
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $92,807 $90,361 $17,498
Administration Expense $15,821 $38,518 $112,225
Fundraising Expense $15,683 $6,512 $1,784
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.29 1.14 1.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% 67% 13%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 10% 4% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $286,683 $242,614 $213,300
Current Assets $286,683 $242,614 $213,300
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $286,683 $242,614 $213,300

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
Cummings Foundation --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
John and Mary Murphy Foundation --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
Winchester Cooperative Bank --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 24.00

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 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The financials do not include in kind donations received from various organizations, including the Town of Winchester and individual churches.   The current income projection represents the estimated operating budget for the current fiscal year, exclusive of reserve fund activity.  The Form 990 tax returns, in contrast, represent a combination of the operating and reserve funds.  Since some donations are made directly to the reserve fund, the income reported on the tax forms is larger than than the operating fund income.
The breakdown for administrative expenses displayed for 2016 does not reflect actual expenditures, as our past accounting procedures did not fully represent program expenses incurred through staff and ED salaries. After undergoing a major accounting overhaul in summer 2018, our financial breakdown for the years 2017 and 2018 are reflective of how funds were spent.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990-EZs with further functional expense breakout detail obtained from the Form PC on file with the state of MA. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. 


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?

The mission of the Winchester Multicultural Network is to promote the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity; advocate for each and every person’s civil rights; and confront intolerance. Consistent with the Town of Winchester’s Human Rights Statement, the objective is to ensure equal treatment and opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, ideology, socio-economic status, health, sexual orientation, age, military status, or disability.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The organization offers multicultural training workshops; sponsors forums and other events that foster multicultural understanding; and responds to incidents of bias and discrimination.

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

Organizational resources include an Executive Director, professional support staff, a Board of Directors who actively participate in community work as well as exercising their Board responsibilities, and a set of Community Advisors who both provide volunteer support and actively participate in a diverse range of community activities. In addition, the committee structure is designed around particular mission objectives; for example, the Response Commitee and the International Connections Committee. Communication mechanisms include a web site, a Facebook page, and a newsletter that is distributed both electronically and in print form.

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

Evaluation attention initially was given primarily to “output” measures such as the number of attendees at a forum or training session and the number of newsletters distributed. Over time, evaluation activities broadened to include electronic evaluation surveys of those participating in major activities and resulting analyses of the results, internal guided reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of particular programs and activities, strategic planning oriented interviews with Town leaders, and the conscious development of working relationships and regular meetings with Town officials, including the Police Chief, the Town Manager, and the Assistant Superintendent of the Winchester Public Schools. Recognizing the inherent difficulties of quantitatively evaluating changes in implicit as well as explicit discriminatory behavior, the desire nonetheless is to move towards evaluation assessments that include “outcome” oriented measures of effectiveness. Towards this end, the Multicultural Network is beginning cooperative evaluation-focussed work with Wheelock College’s Master of Science Program in Nonprofit Leadership.

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

Over the twenty-six years of the organization’s existence, the Multicultural Network has grown to become a respected and valued “go to” resource for Winchester and neighboring communities, with both organizations and individuals regularly seeking assistance. Particular areas where guidance is provided include race, religion, disability, and socio-economic status. Unfortunately, we are seeing throughout Massachusetts and the country an increased openness in the manner in which hostilities to those who are “different” are being expressed. The challenge now even more than in previous years is to strengthen an open inclusive civic dialog that addresses the underlying reasons why this is happening, and to work cooperatively towards a community that is caring and connected in all its dimensions of diversity.