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BalletRox Inc.

 PO Box 301334, 45 Danforth Street
 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
[P] (617) 224-7386
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www.balletrox.info
info@balletrox.info
Carol Knox
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INCORPORATED: 1992
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EIN 04-3140205

LAST UPDATED: 11/16/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names American Concert Ballet (1992)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

BalletRox is giving kids a chance to dance! Our mission is to expose Boston youth to dance and opportunities for mastery and performance, to which they would not otherwise have access, giving them discipline and a supportive community to succeed in life. We strive to improve the well-being of local youth and the greater community through exposure and access to dance. Our programs are based on the premise that participation in dance not only provides dance training, but also contributes to social development, encourages healthy lifestyle, and helps develop valuable life skills. While BalletRox helps students increase technical dance abilities, it is these additional skills which lead to increased confidence levels and self-efficacy that are the most important goals of our programming.

Mission Statement

BalletRox is giving kids a chance to dance! Our mission is to expose Boston youth to dance and opportunities for mastery and performance, to which they would not otherwise have access, giving them discipline and a supportive community to succeed in life. We strive to improve the well-being of local youth and the greater community through exposure and access to dance. Our programs are based on the premise that participation in dance not only provides dance training, but also contributes to social development, encourages healthy lifestyle, and helps develop valuable life skills. While BalletRox helps students increase technical dance abilities, it is these additional skills which lead to increased confidence levels and self-efficacy that are the most important goals of our programming.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $250,300.00
Projected Expense $247,682.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • BalletRox Boston Public Schools Program
  • BalletRox Dance! Community Dance Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

BalletRox is giving kids a chance to dance! Our mission is to expose Boston youth to dance and opportunities for mastery and performance, to which they would not otherwise have access, giving them discipline and a supportive community to succeed in life. We strive to improve the well-being of local youth and the greater community through exposure and access to dance. Our programs are based on the premise that participation in dance not only provides dance training, but also contributes to social development, encourages healthy lifestyle, and helps develop valuable life skills. While BalletRox helps students increase technical dance abilities, it is these additional skills which lead to increased confidence levels and self-efficacy that are the most important goals of our programming.


Background Statement

BalletRox was founded in 1992 to offer youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to participate in structured, multi-year dance programs with pathways to mastery of dance and development of leadership skills. Our in-school Arts Education Program and after-school Community Dance Program are core to our mission and purpose. Participants work closely with professional teaching artists who are skilled in dance and youth development, in an environment that is warmly accepting of all abilities and differences, encouraging of youth and family involvement, and supported by strong community partners.

We offer dance instruction in the public school setting making it accessible to 600-800 students each year, and extend the opportunity for after-school learning to an additional 75-100 participants in an accessible and affordable Community Dance Program known as BalletRox Dance! (BRD). Both programs embrace the Creative Youth Development programming model, and are based on the premise that participation in dance not only provides dance training, but also contributes to student’s social development, and helps develop valuable life skills which lead to increased self-efficacy. Our creative youth development approach enables the youth voice to shine through in program development, class design and selection, independent choreography, and picking out costumes for performances.

BalletRox annually serves 600-800 students per week in BPS school programs at 3 school sites, and 75-100 participants in BalletRox Dance! Community Dance Program. Participants, ages 4-18, live in Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan; 35% are African/Caribbean American, 40% Hispanic, 14% Vietnamese/Asian, and 11% White or Other. Nearly 90% of participants live below poverty level, the number one challenge they deal with every day. Over 50% are children of recent immigrants, adding additional language and cultural barriers to success. While most of our participants struggle with everyday challenges such as living in economically depressed areas, long commutes on public transportation, and single parent households, they show enormous resilience: they are enthusiastic, passionate about dance, and willing to work hard. Our participants are supported by families who may not have financial assets, but are deeply committed to the success of their children.


Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

1) We taught 5 days a week in the Boston Public Schools, expanded our curriculum to include classes geared toward 6th, 7th and 8th graders, and focused on identity and diversity through dance. Over 600 students participated, including Sheltered English Immersion, Social and Academic Remediation, and PACE Autism classes.

2) 75 students enrolled in BalletRox Dance! at Spontaneous, a 25% increase over FY1015. We increased our program hours by 50%, and added four new classes: Level IV Ballet with Pointe Class, Creative Movement/Beginning Ballet, Modern Soca Fusion, and Hip Hop Street Jazz.

3) We expanded our BalletRox Dance! Performance Program to include four public performances, and doubled the number of BPS recitals to include both mid-year and year-end recitals.

4) We provided free or discounted tickets to over 175 students and their families to see the Russian Dance Theater performance of Swan Lake, the Broadway touring performance of Cinderella, and the spring performance of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

5) The Youth Council wrote scripts, choreographed dances, performed publicly, and wrote their own grant proposal to fund costumes and rehearsal space. They served as teaching assistants and mentors to younger students in the BalletRox Dance! Program. Students in both programs were invited to create original dances, interpreting the works of other youth artists, in an exciting multi-sensory art installation called Consenses, which was exhibited by the Massachusetts Cultural Council at the State House in late May, and at Boston Symphony Hall in June.

Goals for this year:

1) Expand the Board, to include more constituent representatives.

2) Expand our programming for students with disabilities, including autism

3) Deepen our programming through addition of longer dance classes and more levels

4) Provide more creative opportunities for our youth, through performance and original choreography.


Needs Statement

1. Dancewear: new leotards, tights, ballet slippers for 100 students each year, @$50 each: $5,000

2. Recital costumes: Annual replacement, maintenance and storage of recital costumes: $5,000

3. Lap top and software, capable of recording, editing: $1,500

4. Field trip support: 200 tickets to professional dance performances each year: $4,000

5. Administrative staff support: $30,000 annually. Currently virtually all administrative functions are performed on a volunteer basis by Board members. In order to sustain the organization, it is critical that we secure the funds to support an Administrative Director on at least a half-time basis.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
Boston and Greater Boston

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Dance
  2. Youth Development -
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools

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

Yes

Programs

BalletRox Boston Public Schools Program

BalletRox Boston Public School programs provide weekly dance instruction to students as a structured, integrated part of their school day. We design individualized programs best suited to a school’s needs, integrating with, and connecting to the academic curriculum and community cultures. Weekly dance classes are age and grade appropriate, sequential in learning based on City, State, and National Standards for Dance, and carefully aligned to BPS learning standards. At the elementary level, year-long programs incorporate curriculum such as science, math, literacy and community. The Middle School Curriculum explores ballet, tap, jazz, modern and post-modern dance, salsa, and hip hop. Sessions include dance history, discussion of current events in dance, journaling, and multiple performance opportunities. English language learners and students with disabilities are included in all classes.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Instruction
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Minorities At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of one year in the program, youth will exhibit: enhanced confidence in class and performance; increased capacity to persevere, problem solve, and receive feedback; improved dance skills, including artistic expression and knowledge of dance; and increased involvement, collaboration, accountability and leadership in the creative process and in class.

Program Long-Term Success 

Given the opportunity to participate in a multi-year dance program, with pathways to mastery of several dance genres, opportunities for performance, dance creation, and leadership development, in an environment that is warmly accepting of all abilities and differences, affordable, and encouraging of youth and family involvement, and supported by strong teachers and community partners, youth will develop an increase in arts-related outcomes such as focus, confidence, collaboration and accountability. They will understand how focused, disciplined effort leads to the creation of high-quality artistic work; develop increased confidence in their creative abilities; explore the performing arts world; and experience the joy and pride that come with mastering an art form.

Program Success Monitored By 

With materials and support provided by the Black Ministerial Alliance and Boston Youth Arts Impact Network of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, BalletRox implemented a survey process beginning school year 2013-2014 to measure and evaluate the following specific increased life skills: confidence, collaboration, focus, and accountability. We conducted student surveys and teacher assessments of all students in third grade and above on each of these measures. We saw a: 9.89% increase in confidence; 2.47% increase in focus; 7.47% increase in collaboration; and 6.13% increase in accountability. Additionally, teaching artists and students engage in informal evaluations, with regular check-ins, feedback, and student journaling. The culminating performance is another measure of program success, where student focus, confidence, collaboration and accountability are on display for the entire community to see.

Examples of Program Success 

 

I served as principal of the Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School, a Boston Public School, from 2003-2014. The Kenny School serves a high needs population. 95% of the students are English Language Learners, special needs, and/or of low-income families. Many students are immigrants from Haiti, Vietnam, and Dominican Republic. We have collaborated with BalletRox since 2009. BR provided dance classes to the entire school, K- 5. The children loved the dance classes. Dance classes brought in lessons from science and social studies and reinforced the vocabulary and language structures of these subjects. The end of the year dance performance at the Strand Theater was always the most attended event of the school year with over 700 family members attending each year. The collaboration between the Kenny School and BalletRox has been a win-win-win partnership for staff, students, and families.

 


BalletRox Dance! Community Dance Program

BalletRox Dance! is an accessible and affordable Community Dance Program located in Jamaica Plain. As young people learn dance technique – ballet, tap, soca, modern, hip hop, street jazz - they also learn essential life skills necessary for success and leading to self-efficacy. BalletRox Dance! operates 2 afternoons per week and on Saturday mornings, September to May. The program is open to all; there are no auditions and tuition is affordable, with a sliding scale based on income level. Dancewear and costumes are included at no extra charge, helping to ensure that participants have the basic tools necessary to succeed. We provide three field trips to professional dance performances at low or no cost to students and their families. Students perform in two recitals and several community dance festivals. Teens and pre-teens participate in the Youth Council, advising the program, assisting teachers, mentoring younger students, writing scripts and creating original choreography.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of one year in the program, youth will exhibit: enhanced confidence in class and performance; increased capacity to persevere, problem solve, and receive feedback; improved dance skills, including artistic expression and knowledge of dance; and increased involvement, collaboration, accountability and leadership in the creative process and in class.
Program Long-Term Success 

Given the opportunity to participate in a multi-year dance program, with pathways to mastery of several dance genres, opportunities for performance, dance creation, and leadership development, in an environment that is warmly accepting of all abilities and differences, affordable, and encouraging of youth and family involvement, and supported by strong teachers and community partners, youth will develop an increase in arts-related outcomes such as focus, confidence, collaboration and accountability. They will understand how focused, disciplined effort leads to the creation of high-quality artistic work; develop increased confidence in their creative abilities; explore the performing arts world; and experience the joy and pride that come with mastering an art form.

Program Success Monitored By 

With materials and support provided by the Black Ministerial Alliance and Boston Youth Arts Impact Network of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, BalletRox implemented a survey process beginning school year 2013-2014 to measure and evaluate the following specific increased life skills: confidence, collaboration, focus, and accountability. We conducted student surveys and teacher assessments of all students in third grade and above on each of these measures. We saw a: 9.89% increase in confidence; 2.47% increase in focus; 7.47% increase in collaboration; and 6.13% increase in accountability. Additionally, teaching artists and students engage in informal evaluations, with regular check-ins, feedback, and student journaling. The culminating performance is another measure of program success, where student focus, confidence, collaboration and accountability are on display for the entire community to see.

Examples of Program Success 

My name is Katherine Torres and I have been dancing at BalletRox for four years. BalletRox is a community of dedicated teachers and passionate, willing to learn students. I have improved as a dancer, and a leader due to their help. I once saw a quote by William A. Ward saying, “The good teacher explains, the great teacher inspires.” My dance teachers are a perfect example of that. Everyday they inspire me. I am so lucky that I have them as teachers, and I hope more kids will be able to experience their teaching. I have created both a strong bond with my teachers and my peers. I have made friends here, who can make me laugh with one glance. Here we are all treated equally, and all of our ideas are accepted. Slowly BalletRox is molding us into true leaders. I especially love BalletRox because nobody goes unnoticed. We are all stars and BalletRox is helping us burn brighter and brighter every day. I strongly believe dance should be a part of every child’s life.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

One major challenge we faced this past year was the large number of English Language Learners and students with various learning, social and emotional challenges, particularly in the public school programs. In order to address this, we have hired teachers and staff who are bilingual, and engaged the school administrations and one of our Advisory Board Members, a former School Principal, in providing training and support around these issues. Another area that we strive to improve is the purposeful connection between our two programs (school based and after-school). This past year we began this work by inviting school participants and teachers to join BalletRox Dance! students and their families on a field trip to see Alvin Ailey Dance. BalletRox provided the tickets free of charge. Also, these two groups of young people performed alongside one another at Spontaneous Celebration’s Wake up the Earth Festival. We would like to deepen this connection by providing additional opportunities for working together, and to particularly to help interested students from our school programs to join and to integrate with necessary supports, into the community dance program.

Physical space at our rented home at Spontaneous Celebrations is limited due to their schedule and other youth development and community arts programs housed under the same roof. We have worked closely with SC and the other organizations to share the space and will continue to press for an increasing number of accessible class times. We are adding an additional two hours per week of class time this fall, a 20% increase.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carol Knox
CEO Term Start Sept 2012
CEO Email carol@balletrox.info
CEO Experience

A well respected Jamaica Plain community activist, Carol has worked closely with BalletRox since 2005. She was an active volunteer, became Volunteer Coordinator, then Board member and currently serves as Executive Director. In addition to providing long-term vision and leadership, she actively manages daily organizational activities as BalletRox continues to evolve as a youth arts organization. Carol serves on numerous community based working committees and has been instrumental in implementing outcomes measurements and evaluations for BalletRox. Beyond BalletRox, Carol continues her long-time volunteer Teaching Assistant position at BPS Mission Hill School in Jamaica Plain. Carol is retired New England Area Director for UAW and Massachusetts AFL-CIO Vice President. She is a graduate of Connecticut College.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Sybil Huggins BalletRox Teaching Artist, Lead Tap Teacher

A Roxbury native, Sybil is an accomplished tap dancer. She has worked extensively in the greater Boston area with Boston Tap Company, Jacob's Pillow, and Jeannette Neill Studio. Sybil has worked with BalletRox since 2006, as performer, teacher, administrator, coach, and mentor. She brings her many years of teaching experience and love of children into her role as School Programs Liaison where she provides direct support to students and their families, as well as interacting with classroom teachers, school faculty and staff. She has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boston University.

Ms. Valerie Maio Program Development and Public School Manager

Valerie came to BalletRox in 2002, after a professional dance career in Rhode Island and Boston. She has extensive Arts in Education experience, designing and teaching integrated curriculum in public school settings and training in Youth Development from BEST Initiatives. She currently focuses on managing the BalletRox public schools program, co-directing creative performances, fundraising, grant writing and program development. Originally from NY, she earned a B.S. in Dance, Skidmore College and M.S. in Non-Profit Management, Lesley University.

Ms. Olga Marchenko BalletRox Dance! Program Manager and Lead Ballet Teacher

Originally from Russia, Olga has worked with BalletRox since 2008. After graduating from Saratov Ballet Academy, she joined Moscow City Ballet and toured the world for four years. She is a long-term BalletRox teacher, and serves as Program Manager for BalletRox Dance!, overseeing the training of dance teachers and execution of the dance program, and serving as Creative Director of the performance program. She has M.S. degree in Global Studies and International Affairs from Northeastern University.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 2016

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 86%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
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 Exempt

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Carol Knox
Board Chair Company Affiliation UAW, AFL-CIO, Retired
Board Chair Term Apr 2016 - May 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Jane Allard The MathWorks Voting
Ms. Carol Knox UAW, AFL-CIO, Retired Voting
Mr. Gregory Manousos Morgan, Brown, and Joy, LLP Voting
Ms. Lisa Pearlstein Century 21 Commonwealth Voting
Ms. Susannah St-Germain Boston Scientific Voting
Ms. Julie Sutherland GPI Models Voting
Mr. John Tobin Northeastern University Voting
Ms. Monique Veale METCO 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
Ms. Suzanne Federspiel Boston Public Schools, Retired NonVoting
Ms. Susanne Liebich Dancing Wellness NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Administration
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Resource Development

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Although we do not anticipate any changes in key leadership, we are preparing for the next phase of our development. Because we have identified capacity building as a major need for our organization, we have made several structural changes in our staff and Board. We have doubled the amount of time that paid staff will spend on development and fundraising in FY17. We have recruited Board members who bring new professional qualifications, expertise, commitment to fundraising, and energy to the organization. The Board is contributing substantially, both financially and in handling administrative and executive work. We are in the process of consulting with the Haymarket Foundation and other organizations for assistance with diversifying our Board to better reflect the communities we serve. We continue to manage our budget carefully, and are slowly building a three month reserve fund. Our longer term goals include securing the finances to pay for a full-time administrative/executive director, in order to provide stability to the organization, and expand our reach

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $250,300.00
Projected Expense $247,682.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990EZ

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Independent Review

2014 Independent Review

2013 Independent Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $164,720 $67,761 $140,562
Total Expenses $157,009 $98,448 $83,386

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $2,000
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Individual Contributions $79,602 $33,924 $68,966
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $85,118 $33,837 $69,596
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 $140,427 $81,094 $64,238
Administration Expense $6,565 $8,933 $9,100
Fundraising Expense $10,017 $8,421 $10,048
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 0.69 1.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses 89% 82% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 25% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $27,528 $19,893 $53,154
Current Assets $26,170 $18,082 $50,890
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $76 $2,650
Total Net Assets $27,528 $19,817 $50,504

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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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 No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 1.00

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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- 237.92 19.20

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

A financial challenge for BalletRox is the need to increase the individual donor base of support, which currently represents about 25% of all contributed income. The remaining 75% comes from a combination of foundation, corporate and government grants and similar contributions. (Note that in the financial summary, all sources of contributed income are described as individual contributions.)

As we enter this third year of programming, we have begun to address the need to increase individual contributions in the following manner: (1) we recently added 3 new board members who all bring experience and willingness to work on raising funds; (2) an experienced non-profit development expert joined our Board and is leading our Development Committee; (3) the Board has committed this year to contribute $17,000 in cash contributions, plus $10,000 in in-kind contributions, paying directly for many of our general overhead expenses; (4) we established a goal and a comprehensive plan for raising an additional $10,000 in individual donations; and finally, (4) we are researching and committed to purchasing a better donor database system. 
 
A note of explanation about the 2013 and 2014 financials:  in June 2013, the last month of our fiscal year, we raised a substantial amount of money through fundraising for our 2014 scholarship program.  As a result, it appears that in 2013 we had a large excess of revenue, and in 2014 a large excess of expense. In fact, each year ended with a small positive balance. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s, with expense details per the Form PC for the fiscal year ending 2015. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Impact

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