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Boston Self Help Center Inc.

 1534 Tremont Street
 Roxbury, MA 02120
[P] (617) 7773861
[F] (781) 2833619
[email protected]
Jim Wice
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2649399

LAST UPDATED: 01/03/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The Boston Self Help Center Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit run by and for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. We are proud of our adaptive sports and recreation achievements and our history providing peer counseling, information and referral, multiple chemical sensitivity training, transportation advocacy, information and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Mission Statement

The Boston Self Help Center Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit run by and for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. We are proud of our adaptive sports and recreation achievements and our history providing peer counseling, information and referral, multiple chemical sensitivity training, transportation advocacy, information and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $25,000.00
Projected Expense $25,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Boston Brakers Power Wheelchair Soccer Club

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

The Boston Self Help Center Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit run by and for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. We are proud of our adaptive sports and recreation achievements and our history providing peer counseling, information and referral, multiple chemical sensitivity training, transportation advocacy, information and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Background Statement

Boston Self Help Center (BSHC) is a 501c3 with forty years’ experience of people with disabilities helping others with disabilities. We have traditionally maintained a very small core operating budget with no permanent staff. Our board members and volunteers routinely perform administrative and management tasks. We accomplished this by establishing self-sustaining programs for example, our Ride Advocacy Project (RAP) for MBTA paratransit users. RAP successfully negotiated contractual services for riders. Staffing of this three year project was entirely grant funded.

In 2012 BSHC sponsored a demonstration by United States Power Soccer Association players of a fast paced adaptive sport for individuals of all ages and genders who use power wheelchairs and often have little upper body strength. Power soccer is played on a basketball court with four players to a side using special chairs with guards and an oversized soccer ball. The demonstration was so well organized and attended and potential player interest was so strong we began to form a new team: the Boston Brakers.

As the team grew, it garnered wonderful community support. We are based in Mission Hill, Roxbury. Our landlord, the Mission Hill Health Movement, provides free office and meeting space. The Boston Youth and Families neighborhood Tobin Community Center, the neighborhood gym, has donated gym time to the Brakers from day one. Other medical & educational institutions, businesses, restaurants and neighborhood residents in Mission Hill have generously given money, food and time.

We have also been successful though sporadically acquiring small grants that have helped the team continue month-to-month and year-to-year. Some of the most noteworthy grants are a Christopher and Dana Reeves grant which partially funded a specialized soccer power wheelchair for one of our players who otherwise could not have afforded one. A construction-based foundation, CSI Foundation, and the Shawmut Construction Corporation have also made donations totaling $25,000 over the past 5 years.

Players themselves are amazed by their accomplishments. They either had never in their lives, or in some cases, expected never again in their lives, to engage in competition and team play. It is a measure of how meaningful soccer has become to them that they currently meet for practice three hours every Saturday – supported by their crew of five to seven dedicated volunteers.

Eight team members are now fully equipped, officially registered, properly insured, and seriously competitive at the national level. Over five years the cost of equipping eight team members with six competitive chairs ($7,000 each) and two spares ($3,500 each) has been $28,000 - three players purchased their own chairs (in 2017 the cost has increased $7500 each if we get a discount). We now have a total team roster of at least 12; the challenge is to provide players of all skill levels, old or new, with equipment, instructions, practice and playing time.

The Boston Brakers are now one of nine nationally registered teams in New England, New York and Montréal. This presents numerous logistical issues and expenses to competition. BSHC has been able to build and sustain the Brakers, equip the team with competition chairs, find volunteers, cover the cost of local and national tournaments, etc., etc.

As we and the team enter our sixth year, our greater goals are:

1. establish a dependable source of financial support for the Brakers

2. develop a strategic plan to grow the number of teams in the Boston area

3. work with other stakeholders to facilitate regional networking for power soccer

4. encourage adaptive sports programs to expand services to include wheelchair activities for those with limited upper body strength

In our last fiscal year, July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016, we, BSHC, found it more difficult to raise funds. Some of our sources were one time grants. We were fortunate to have some reserves and some donors which helped us continue to offer power wheelchair soccer and stay competitive team. We managed to travel to Syracuse, New York, Durham, New Hampshire, Canton Massachusetts for tournaments while also hosting our own. We also were able to afford to go to nationals held in Indianapolis, Indiana to compete and grow as a team.

As we continue in our next power wheelchair soccer season, we have a singular opportunity to ensure the future of an adaptive sport unique in its ability to bring a joyously communal experience to players, volunteers, family and fans.

Impact Statement

Our top three accomplishments for the past year focuses on our power wheelchair soccer team, the Boston Brakers:
1. The team of individuals with disabilities played an excellent season landing in the top two teams overall in our conference based on wins, losses and ties.
2. We have had an increased interest in the team, coming very close to being able to spin off a second-team if we could only get some additional resources which might entice a new player or two to commit.
3. We were able to transport every player that wanted to go to nationals in Indianapolis this past year which gave everyone a chance to see and grow both in competitive sports and the incredible social atmosphere networking with others with a variety of disabilities and their support staff, family and friends. The latter part of this experience is truly amazing.
 We have identified four goals for the current year:
1. establish a dependable source of financial support for the Brakers
2. develop a strategic plan to grow the number of teams in the Boston area
3. work with other stakeholders to facilitate regional networking for power soccer
4. encourage adaptive sports programs to expand services to include wheelchair activities for those with limited upper body strength

Needs Statement

Our funding sources except for a few donors and activities have often been one time contributions which tends to mean that we are each year trying to raise enough money to sustain the program. This makes it difficult to expand the current power wheelchair soccer program and to explore other areas of adaptive sport traditionally not available to the population of individuals with disabilities with severe mobility impairments. Our five most pressing needs include:
1. Raising $15,000 to ensure that the team and its support staff can take it to nationals in Indiana. Usually we have had eight players and seven support staff who need to be flown to Indiana, housed, fed, their adaptive sports equipment transported by U-Haul with some of the support staff. If we do not attend this national tournament, we risk losing our conference status.
2. Transportation is difficult because only one other team is within public transportation of our team. This means that players either need to have their own vehicles or we need to rent vehicles and either find volunteers or higher drivers to go to tournaments in places like Syracuse New York, Burlington Vermont, Durham, New Hampshire and elsewhere. A brand-new lift equipped vehicle that could transport the team would be the ultimate lifesaver so that those who can drive and have vehicles would not have to physically drained themselves before and after a tournament but this would cost an estimated $80,000. We are also looking at alternatives trying to identify a used vehicle with modifications that might carry four people/power wheelchair users but even this is expensive for a dependable vehicle, $20,000. Of course we are also trying for smaller vehicles and asking if people would be interested in a tax write off. Thus far only one person has inquired about this but has not followed through with a discussion.
3. Transporting the power wheelchairs we use is a necessity. Most players cannot drive their own vehicles with an adaptive power soccer chair and at the moment we only have two players in that category. Others have difficulty setting in these very mobile indoor chairs but very stiff and uncomfortable. Most players need to bring both chairs. The least expensive option plus far is to get a trailer hitch and rent a trailer. We understand adding a trailer hitch can be expensive, up to $300 and the trailer rental can be $100 depending on how many days it is needed.
4. Because we are trying to grow the sport, we have new players and at least one long-term player and any new player without an adaptive power soccer wheelchair. These chairs go for $7700 currently for the basics and does not include delivery charges. Some of our players need further adaptations as do some potential players. For example, one player who bought his own chair purchased one with a recliner which costs additional money. Currently the team owns three power wheelchair soccer chairs referred to as strikeforce chairs and four of the players have purchased their own. That leaves at least five players using used chairs that are not competitive. We do not want our team or sport to be driven by class differences but at the moment Boston Self-Help Center does not have the resources to purchase these specialized chairs while our competition does.  We also don't have spare chairs to encourage new players to join the sport when they come to watch a demonstration or are recruited to join.
5.  There are many more needs to help keep a volunteer organization thriving that serves individuals with disabilities, has complicated mechanical equipment that can break down and thus needs repairs, personal care attendants, occupational and physical therapists that we don't have unless we have student volunteers. When we do have student volunteers, we lose them during the holidays, special school events, etc. This is a long way of saying that you actually need guidance and support to acquire a major sponsor who will annually help support the core mission of the nonprofit in the soccer team so that sustainable growth may occur. A sponsor at the $25,000 level would ensure that we could cover our registration costs, national tournament expenditures and have some extra to either purchase a chair each year or support our own tournament costs. 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

Since we are not currently large enough to have a CEO/Executive Director, I would like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts as board chair as well as team representative on the soccer team. Back six years ago, our nonprofit had achieved successes in the areas of transportation, peer counseling and multiple chemical sensitivity issues but we were looking for the next unmet need among individuals with disabilities. As a C4-5 quadriplegic and prior to my spinal cord injury very active in sports and recreation, I felt that there was a potential unmet need in this area of adaptive sports and recreation. There are people who do wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, sled hockey, sit skiing and sailing but the majority of these people with disabilities have significant upper body strength which I and many others do not. What options are there? That was the question I posed to our board of directors.
We all did some research and spoke to others and discovered and unmet need.  To begin to fill this need, we discovered something called power soccer but what we call power wheelchair soccer so that outsiders will know what it is. Anyone who can drive a power wheelchair can play this sport/recreation at some level. We just needed to find out how to start the ball rolling, no pun intended. It turns out that there is a national power soccer association that will come out and put on a demonstration if a community can guarantee an audience. I told my board that if we offer this, people would come – a field of dreams, on a basketball court and of freedom and exhilaration that I had never felt in 30 years since before my spinal cord. We were all right!
People came, approximately 15 power wheelchair users, and all wanted to play. Not just once or twice a month, they wanted to practice and play once a week. We managed to work with the Tobin Community Center who donated two hours per week of court time three Saturdays a month. That was a little over five years ago and we haven't stopped!

Geographic Area Served


Boston Self Help Center Inc. serves the Greater Boston Area. The nonprofit's power wheelchair soccer team practices at the Tobin Community Center which is in Roxbury Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston. We are fortunate that the Mission Hill Health Movement has temporarily allowed us to share their mailing address, 1534 Tremont St., Roxbury, MA 02120. They have also very temporarily we hope allowed us to store power wheelchair soccer chairs that our players are not able to bring home.
We are pleased with the support the Mission Hill/Roxbury neighborhood has provided with the previously mentioned relationships and the area volunteers and small business owners who have donated food for our soccer tournament held annually.
Players, board members, other volunteers often recruit additional players within the Greater Boston Area as well as volunteers from the community, including colleges and interested friends and family. Sometimes our volunteer pool is either feast or famine depending on the time here and who our primary volunteers are. We are thankful for them all.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  2. Recreation & Sports - Recreational Clubs
  3. Recreation & Sports - Soccer

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



Boston Brakers Power Wheelchair Soccer Club

The Boston Brakers formed during the summer of 2012 following an event hosted by the United States Power Soccer Association. Now in our 6th year, the Boston Brakers have grown as a team and competed in 3 national tournaments. The team is made up of men and women, mostly from the Boston area and whose ages range from 18 to 70 years old but we’re open to others. Members of the team include those with spinal cord injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, as well as other conditions that limit strength and mobility.

Power wheelchair soccer is competitive sport played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court, with two teams of four players who attack, defend, and kick a soccer ball in a manner similar to regulation soccer. Take a look at the video at to see what power soccer is all about.

The Boston Brakers are now one of nine nationally registered teams in New England, New York and Montréal. This presents numerous logistical issues and expenses to competition. BSHC has been able to build and sustain the Brakers, equip the team with competition chairs, find volunteers, cover the cost of local and national tournaments, etc., etc.

The Boston Brakers are now one of nine nationally registered teams in New England, New York and Montréal. This presents numerous logistical issues and expenses to competition. BSHC has been able to build and sustain the Brakers, equip the team with competition chairs, find volunteers, cover the cost of local and national tournaments, etc., though we struggle to fulfill our goals below.

Our Main Goals

1. Improve the current team for competition

2. Grow the number of teams and players in the Boston area

3. Develop a strong and cohesive New England Power Soccer Conference in order to facilitate the growth of power soccer in the region. In doing so, foster the experience of competitive sport, teamwork, & sportsmanship for those who have rarely experienced it.

Watch, Play

We get together the 1st 4 Saturdays of the month at the Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Roxbury. Drop by or contact our Team Rep below.

Team Contact

Jim Wice, Team Representative

617-777-3861 or via email at [email protected]

Facebook: Boston Brakers

The Boston Brakers are a program of Boston Self Help Center and assisted by grants and support from past support of the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, Mission Hill & Fenway Trust, BCYF Tobin Community Center, AmRamp, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Middlesex Bank and individual donors.

Budget  --
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Soccer
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

This program allows people with "severe" disabilities which impact their upper and lower body extremities which requires them to use power wheelchairs a recreation/sport option in power wheelchair soccer that is unavailable in other adaptive sports in our area. For individuals with disabilities who do not want to be lifted out of their wheelchairs and do not have the upper body mobility beyond that needed to drive a power wheelchair, this is the perfect outlet. We have a core group of athletes with disabilities, six, who have been with us from the start and an additional seven who have joined us this year. Nine of our players have registered and are eligible to play in sanctioned competitions which will result in a national tournaments which we hope to attend if we can raise the funds. We expect others will join us as we grow and get exposed to this exciting opportunity and hope that this will be an outlet for them on our club or be the impetus for them to explore other recreational activities which we hope to develop in the area in the future.

Program Long-Term Success 

Our ultimate goal is to expose enough individuals with disabilities and State and nonprofit stakeholders in recreation activities such that power wheelchair soccer becomes more widespread throughout our area and hopefully the State and New England. We would hope that interested individuals with disabilities would have opportunities to participate in this activity on a drop-in basis versus needing to join a competitive team with commitments to travel and compete against other teams in New England. Our current players enjoy this type of competition but we have also found that others could not commit the time and effort to participate in this way. With greater awareness of the sport and its acceptance as a recreation activity as well, we hope that young and old will be able to participate at any level.

At the moment there are three teams in Massachusetts counting ours (Boston, Canton, Lowell). Only Boston and Canton our accessible through paratransit services which are public lift equipped vehicles for transporting individuals with power wheelchairs. This means for the Boston team that we need to own vehicles or rent vehicles just to interact with all but one team in the New England area. Our hope and efforts are towards spinning off other teams in the Boston area to serve more individuals with disabilities and create more opportunities to interact. Spinning off a second-team from our current team seems possible next year. A third and fourth team would depend on financial resources to equip additional teams so that those who are interested can actually experience and participate in this exciting activity.

Program Success Monitored By 

We currently measure our success by the retention and growth of the club. We understand that those who come would like to participate in competition. Our philosophy during the season is to get everyone playing time and that the regular-season only counts for gaining experience. At nationals is the time for us to truly tried to by putting our best team forward.

There have been many individuals with disabilities over the past five and half years who have come and gone while a core group of six have stayed on. We are striving for the ability which requires the appropriate funding to meet the needs of all of those come to us and want to participate part-time, full-time, competitively or recreationally. We now have the experience to know how to do this if we can equip players/participants early, acquire basketball court playing time, group participants by abilities with respect to power wheelchair soccer, and be able to have the volunteer support staff available to address the varied needs of each group.

Examples of Program Success 

Data regarding program success is subjective. We have maintained a core group of six players for 5 1/2 years which has been their only source of adaptive sports that they can compete in. These and other individuals have played a mentoring role with new players and those on other teams as well. Currently, our core group of six include a faculty member at an area University, an administrator at another college, an artist, a former nurse, and a program manager in an independent living center for individuals with disabilities. These and other individuals on the team have exchanged career development advice, educational opportunities, disability related benefits, networking for personal care attendants and mutual support. One of our players over the past 5 1/2 years has been in the hospital twice by his teammates have provided support and encouragement which he feels is made a difference. One player has a past history of working in a career center and has helped others with resume writing and interviewing techniques. These are some of the interactions and subjective data within the club members.

We also recognize that we have made an impact on the Tobin Community Center where we practice in Roxbury Massachusetts. The team has had many interactions with the kids that use the facility before and after us. There been times where the team has also spoken formally to the kids as part of their coaches desire to raise awareness and motivate their kids. When we first started, there was very little interaction with others but over time this has changed. Many informal conversations take place as well as formal ones. The kids, coaches, and families that come to the Tobin recognize that individuals with disabilities can play and compete in an active sport because of our presence.

The program has also had many volunteers including a Northeastern University fraternity which has adopted us for their community service program, others from numerous schools in the area, and community members as well. Some of these folks were occupational therapy students, physical therapy students, nursing students and more learned much about individuals living with disabilities. We are proud of our ability and success educating so many students and community members on expanding the limits they may have when they think about what someone with a disability can do.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. James WICE
CEO Term Start Jan 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience As board chair of the Board of Directors for Boston Self Help Center Incorporated, I am proud of our organization's history and pleased with our continued success with our power wheelchair soccer club.  Our board is volunteer and our staff is primarily volunteer unless we get into difficulties and need to hire a driver to get our players to a tournament. The sense of community that power wheelchair soccer brings to those who are involved with it in the New England area is truly amazing. For this reason we are striving to expand opportunities in the greater Boston area while supporting New England area activities as well.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
Founders Conference National Tournament Champion United States Power Soccer Association 2015


Affiliation Year
Please select... --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association Massachusetts

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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We collaborate closely with a number of organizations in the Boston area and within New England. Our organization has benefited by collaborating with the Mission Hill Health Movement most recently by allowing us to store soccer chairs though this will end in January 2018 and as a mailing address. Two of our board members are also board members of the Health Movement.
We have also benefited by collaborating with the Tobin Community Center, the director of which is also a Mission Hill Health Movement board member. This relationship has provided us with free court time though we understand that we may be bumped without a lot of notice when other events occur.
We also collaborate with the other teams and supporting nonprofits within the New England area to coordinate tournament schedules and to help grow the sport of power wheelchair soccer. There are times where we do group demonstrations and provide volunteer support at each other's tournaments. This collaboration has produced a great sense of community among the athletes/players and collaborating organizations.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In our 40 years of operation, we have grown and downsized as we tried to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. We see ourselves now on the upturn from a previous downsized position. There is a passion for power wheelchair soccer and we believe there will also be a passion for other adaptive sports as we meet and unmet need in our community. Along with this hopeful growth will need to come additional policies and structures to hold the organization in place and provide for future board members and programs to grow and sustain themselves. For an older organization we are in a nascent field also at a point where we know how to move forward and where to move if we can gain the resources to do so.
We don't see the City of Boston, the State of Massachusetts or other local nonprofits stepping up to serve those with severe mobility impairments access recreation and sport. When we have tried to encourage their participation, they point to us as being in a position to address this need. Boston Self Help Center, as can be seen through our work with our power wheelchair soccer team, the Boston BRAKERS, has the passion to move this endeavor forward but we do need the financial and at times technical supports to do this. A volunteer organization with limited sustaining resources needs a financial boost to get ahead of day to day needs to pursue a greater vision of greater access to sports and recreation for those with the most severe disabilities and in some ways those who will benefit the most by having options 

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 19
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): Volunteer participation varies. Our current board has four members with disabilities
Gender Female: 4
Male: 15
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 No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A


Board Chair Mr. James Joseph Wice
Board Chair Company Affiliation Director of Disability Services, Wellesley College
Board Chair Term Jan 2013 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Elizabeth Commerford Retired social worker Voting
Mr. James Farrow Retired teacher Voting
Ms. Karen Natola Retired nurse Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We sadly lost a long time fifth member of our board, Katherine Piccard. Though we have discussed recruiting a new member and expanding all, this is not taken place yet. Any inconsistency with percentages are reflection of Katherine not being with us but being still alive though not well.
We did not list our athlete/players as a constituent board but we do meet with them regularly and when we do usually at least three of our board members are present. When all of these meetings and planning sessions are totaled, they exceed the four board meetings we recorded here.
As mentioned earlier, we are at a point of renewed vision and the start of growth after a period of trying to maintain the status quo to survive. Though it may have been will not the wisest thing, but we were not in a position to grow our board without some internal capacity building. Again, we use our players as a board. None are truly interested in being part of the board of directors officially but their contributions and the expansive knowledge they bring is so incredibly valuable to the nonprofit. The players include a faculty member at a local university, and independent living center program director, and artists, a Social Security benefits analyst, a biological computer data analyst and others.
We would really like to have someone affiliated with a university, disability, and sports or some aspects of these so that we can leverage , volunteers, and potential research on the benefits of the sports activities we promote and at the moment power wheelchair soccer.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $25,000.00
Projected Expense $25,000.00
Form 990s

2016 990-EZ

2015 990-EZ

2014 990-EZ

Audit Documents

2016 BSHC Balance Sheet

2015 BSHC Balance Sheet

2014 BSHC Balance Sheet

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $35,897 $18,091 $9,599
Total Expenses $23,534 $13,519 $5,770

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $35,897 $13,425 $11,848
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $4,666 $-2,249

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $23,534 $13,519 $5,770
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.53 1.34 1.66
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $32,158 $13,962 $11,524
Current Assets $32,158 $13,962 $11,524
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $8,999 $3,166 $634
Total Net Assets $23,159 $10,796 $10,890

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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 N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose
We have been in a perpetual capital campaign ever since we undertook creating and supporting a power wheelchair soccer club. We currently do not have every player equipped with appropriate equipment. We struggle at times to find consistent volunteers and space to practice. We talk about volunteers and donated space because we rarely have have the resources to pay for these.
Transportation has always been a challenge. Our donated location for practice is accessible to public transportation but as soon as we need to travel to all but one of our competitors then use, we find we need to rent vehicles and at the moment overfill vans in an unsafe manner. We desperately do not want this recreation opportunity to be only for those who can financially purchased their own vehicles and find drivers but at this moment we do risk of this happening.
Our capital campaign would be complete if we could find all are based needs of the team and get some reserve, likely one year, and a sustaining funding stream. Our hope would also be for sponsorship to achieve this for for affiliation with these resources are available. We would likely need to raise $50,000 to get to this point as a volunteer organization and likely further to $100,000 to be able to hire at least a part-time executive director who could direct this growth and sustain it.
Campaign Goal $100,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.57 4.41 18.18

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We do not have a timeframe specific capital campaign but we do have an ongoing fundraising presence that we are trying to address in this common application as well as with individual grants and activities. Power wheelchair soccer cost a significant amount of money, now $7800 per chair, and all the other expenses transporting, etc. Without finding and spending these resources, the individuals with disabilities that we are serving will be without any adaptive sports and recreation in our area that is equivalent to power wheelchair soccer. Our response to a capital campaign is ambiguous and will hopefully be addressed more clearly as we focus our attention on where we can find resources and how much we can reasonably expect while currently being a volunteer organization.

Foundation Comments

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


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The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

We are currently focused on providing adaptive sports and recreation opportunities, especially power wheelchair soccer, to individuals with severe mobility impairments. In doing so, we believe that we raise awareness within the community that individuals with disabilities are more than their disabilities and can and should have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of society including sports and recreation. We also hope to provide mentoring opportunities among our players and learning experiences for the volunteers that support the team. Our goals include expanding our own team into a second and hopefully third team. We also want to promote and support the growth of other teams in the area and a cohesive New England collaborative of teams.
We have already begun the discussion with other organizations of other activities to support our population of individuals with disabilities though it appears that we must take the lead. Our hope is to survey participants and likely participants so that we might consider other activities such as bocce, bowling, floor hockey, fencing, dance, yoga, and others that may be adapted for this population. Too often we find that individuals with severe mobility impairments are either left out of the discussion within recreation and adaptive sports or are forced to make decisions that remove them from their power wheelchairs which many have indicated takes away from their independence and risks injuring their skin, pulling catheters or other health and negative consequences.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

We need to raise funds so that interested participants can try the sport out with readily available equipment versus watching others. We see this fundraising coming in multiple parts including events that the team/nonprofit might sponsor such as a golf tournament, networking to identify a sponsor who will contribute annually, and grant/foundation resources to get us to a point where we could purchase some of the equipment and hire a part-time executive director to help with this growth.
We also need to expand our board and community support network such that we might access University and volunteer resources as well as city of Boston support that might fund a staff person for the city to work on adaptive sports and recreation. We have found both to be worthy goals but difficult to accomplish but we continue to work on these.
A collaboration or affiliation with another organization would also be wise to help generate capacity and share resources. We have had discussions and will continue to do our best to create opportunities in this area.

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

With 40 years that history working with individuals with disabilities supporting each other and most recently going on our sixth year of power wheelchair soccer, we have developed an understanding of what the needs are, who the potential collaborators are and above all else have developed a passion for adaptive sports and recreation. This is truly an organization run by individuals with disabilities and in support of peer to peer applications for achieving our goals. Our board chair as over 30 years experience working in disability services, primarily higher education while also some employment/vocational rehabilitation expertise and personal experience with adaptive sports. Others on the board and active participants within the power wheelchair soccer club bring a great deal of commitment to achieving our goals.
We are also respected and have a positive relationship with other teams at various stages of development of power wheelchair soccer and other sports in New England. This gives us the ability to benchmark these other organizations and network with our colleagues towards achieving our goals.
We also have natural and built relationships with in our practice area, Mission Hill/Roxbury which we hope to leverage towards greater success.Our Northeastern University fraternity volunteers have helped us out over the years and are expected to continue. A new develops relationship with the Department of Youth Services as added another volunteer source. Tufts University occupational therapy students this year made us part of their fundraising activities. Hopefully they will become a volunteer source as well.
Hopefully we are now at a point where foundations and sponsors will look at our stability and successes with consideration for larger grants that we are in the past used to. Smaller grants allowed us to start along with small donations but more substantial grants will allow us to develop capacity, growth and longevity. 

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

We will know that we are making progress when we can do the following things:
  • Run a power wheelchair soccer demonstration such that those that come can try the equipment that they would use of the sport.
  • Be able to equip a newly interested participant within three weeks time.
  • To be able to assure that all who are interested in power wheelchair soccer have the opportunity to play at some level.
  • Having a second-team would demonstrate growth and commitment to power wheelchair soccer.
  • Having reserve funds capable of supporting the team for a year beyond the current year would be a sign of progress.
  • Holding focus groups and doing surveys regarding additional sports and recreation would also be a sign of progress.
A major sponsor and team transportation would also be signs that we are making progress. Part of this list is what other organizations like Northeast Passages in New Hampshire have to offer their participants. This eliminates the fear that only those who can financially afford to participate can participate. Individuals with disabilities often do not have the resources given the significant unemployment rate and constraints of the health care system and individuals own healthcare. This should not prevent these individuals from participating in an important part of society, sports and recreation.

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

Our first major accomplishment was holding a demonstration for power wheelchair soccer which energized individuals with disabilities to say they wanted to do this, initially their hope was once per week but we were able to offer three times a month. We were then able to purchase some starter equipment and register the team with the national organization. Through raffles, small grants and donations we were able to purchase additional equipment for some of our players while others contributed their own equipment. We managed to travel and participate in different tournaments within New England.
Initially though we were not able to afford to send our team to the national competition our second year so we took on an ambitious program with two other teams to host a national tournament in Massachusetts. We one that bid and our team succeeded in winning our conference that year, our third year in 2015.
We have since been able to send our team to nationals in 2016 and 2017 in Indiana. This is currently the major expenditure for the team each year. Our challenge now is that most of our significant grants and foundations who have donated only donate once and then moved to other projects. We have also not found a major sponsor who might cover significant expenses while our team representing their organization.
We have been able have discussions with area adaptive sports and recreation groups about power wheelchair soccer and other sports that are not being provided. They are supportive but feel that we should be the ones to spearhead them though we currently do not have the resources. On a small scale some of our soccer participants have explored floor hockey by purchasing sticks and adapting them but this is not yet been turned into a demonstration or program. We have also had numerous conversations with other colleagues exploring what they have done in other states in such areas as bocce but we do not have the capacity to pursue these. We recognize what is not being provided in the Greater Boston Area but need the resources to address these and to hopefully energized other organizations to pursue supplemental programs as well.