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Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program Inc.

 1 Eaton Street, PO Box 955
 Lawrence, MA 01842
[P] (978) 6818675
[F] (978) 6817805
www.boatingprogram.com
[email protected]
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INCORPORATED: 1979
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2671824

LAST UPDATED: 07/09/2015
Organization DBA GLCBP
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program engages people of all ages and abilities in recreational and competitive water sports and fosters youth development and leadership activities in an urban setting.



 


Mission Statement

The Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program engages people of all ages and abilities in recreational and competitive water sports and fosters youth development and leadership activities in an urban setting.



 



FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Dec 01, 2012 to Nov 30, 2013
Projected Income $394,524.00
Projected Expense $366,205.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Youth Leadership Development

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program engages people of all ages and abilities in recreational and competitive water sports and fosters youth development and leadership activities in an urban setting.



 



Background Statement

Greater Lawrence Community Boating has provided safe and affordable boating activities in the Merrimack Valley area to
over 35,000 youth since 1979. Our core activity is the general summer boating program for low-income youth, primarily
from Lawrence, which provides an outdoor recreational experience for mostly urban youth ages nine and up. In addition, we provide seasonal employment for young adults who need job readiness skills and a paycheck. The growth of the program in recent years has been spearheaded by the addition of afterschool and offseason programming. With the expansion of middle school rowing, indoor rowing and fitness classes, and adult rowing classes, exceptional growth in all of activities have pushed
our service numbers significantly. There is no fee for any participant in any program reporting low to moderate income
under federal guidelines. 

Our objectives and goals include: 1) evaluate programming and
maintain best practices; 2) increase enrollment of at-risk, low-income youth in our programming, especially from the City of
Lawrence, expand our offseason operations by partnering with area schools, continue outreach to the community by highlighting diverse programming; 3) relate hands-on skills learned in the programs with academic lessons, help develop activities and materials useful for building student portfolios, infuse programming with environmental stewardship messages, promote fitness and role model healthy life choices; 4) increase awareness as an access point to the Merrimack River, promote evening use of the building and function rental capability, purchase instructional equipment to attract fee for service partners and users from a larger geographic area. .



 



Our current
facility, the Abe Bashara Boathouse, was completed in 1990 through the
cooperation of public and private entities. 
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) owns
the facility and the adjacent grounds, and the GLCBP has the rights and
responsibilities to host programs at the site through a memorandum of
understanding that is renewed every five years. 
Since 2008, the program has invested significant operating and capital
funds to ensure the safety and sustainability of the program. Programming and finances are overseen by a
volunteer Board of Directors made up of local business, non-profit and
community representatives. 



Impact Statement

For over 30 years, the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program has provided the City of Lawrence and surrounding areas quality programming for at-risk, school aged youth through modeling and mentoring healthy behaviors and lifestyles.  Our activities include 1)delivering high quality, fitness programs throughout the year for people of all ages and abilities; 2) providing job training and employment skills development for area teenagers; 3) fostering improved academicand environmental awareness, including water safety and disaster preparation, within our programming; and 4) increasing community impact as a
employer and contributor to the local economy. Each year, we extend free membership in our eight week summer programming to area youth from low income families. We have increased after school programming as well, and continued outreach to Lawrence schools during the academic year.  

In 2012: 

  • Our weekly attendance has increased to an average of 627 children, 97% from low income families (by federal standards), nearly half from single parent households.
  • GLCBP hired 26 area teenagers and all received certification in Sailing Instruction and in CPR and First Aid from the Red Cross. 
    These skills will enhance their future job applications in many
    settings.
  • Established an Indoor Rowing League at four area middle schools to address fitness and soaring obesity rates and engaged over 80 young people.
  • Presented water safety instruction and disaster preparation in partnership with the City of Lawrence Fire Department to over 1,300 school children.
  • Hosted two regattas and a canoe and kayak race to bring hundreds of competitors and spectators to Lawrence, producing a positive economic stimulus to the area.

Needs Statement

The City of Lawrence has one of the highest family poverty rates in the state at 24.3% and challenging economic times continue. Lawrence has the youngest average age in the state, with over 30% of the population under 18. Our job readiness, seasonal employment opportunities and school year programming offer assistance to area families in need. 

In addition to the area poverty, we play a significant role in addressing area statistics such as the alarming rates of obesity and substance abuse. Also, the school system currently ranks near the bottom of 350 communities in standardized tests. 

Funding is sought to support our:

  • Youth Leadership and job readiness programming;
  • Our blended programs for after and out of school activities which create excitement and maintain interest in physical health and attending school. 
  • Our infusion of health and academic preparation into programming aids the improvement of learning and living skills. 
  • Recreational programs that support physical and cognitivea ctivities, integrating the practical application of math and reading. 

These activities promote learning outside of the classroom and well as the basis of a healthy lifestyle. We challenge people to employ different systems of learning that will assist them in all future endeavors. 



 


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA

GLCBP’s safe and affordable programs benefit youth and adults in the Greater Lawrence area including Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, North Andover, Dracut, and Haverhill.  Several of our programs are dedicated to the City of Lawrence and its concentration of low income families.



 


Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Recreation & Sports - Community Recreational Centers
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Rowing

Rowing: On land and water training for sweep rowing in shells
for students in grades 8-12 and adult programs for all abilities. Team includes all enrollees and everyone gets to compete. Novices are coached separately, learning how to row together and prepare for local and regional races. Experienced rowers train and prepare for local and regional competitions in April and May. Most programs begin with sessions on rowing machines to learn technique, followed by boat handling and safety procedures. Students advance to rowing on the water and learn basic teamwork, fitness and fundamentals of boat handling. We offer free Learn-to-Row days as part of the Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekend, and at other times during the season.



Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

We provide Lawrence residents and other low income families
with quality training and recreation which includes life skills to improve
overall well-being. We teach and model values, respect and a healthy
lifestyles.



Program Long-Term Success 

Children and adults learn water safety, basic knowledge of boat handling and elements of competition. Communication skills are enhanced and the hands-on skills can be transferred to academic situations. Enrollment has precipitated employment at the boathouse and elsewhere, scholarship opportunities for secondary schools and improved personal economic situations.



 



Program Success Monitored By 

Success is monitored by instructors, participation numbers, attendance at events and informal surveys.



Examples of Program Success 

Program increased in scope and participation from 2011 to 2012. Scholarships to secondary education programs were secured by several participants. Enrollment of low-income youth was also increased and our goal is to attract more youth from a local housing unit for low income families.




Sailing

Sailing:June - August for youth ages nine and over and
adults. Fleet includes more than 120 water craft, including sailboats, canoes, kayaks and windsurfers. Beginner: thefundamentals of sailing, water safety, sailboat rigging, knot tying, reading wind direction, and other aspects of sailing. Intermediate: precision sailing and handling differentboat classes and types. Advanced: navigation instruction, racing techniques, and finer points of boat-handling on all sized  crafts.  Competitive sailing opportunities are offered for high school youth in the fall and spring seasons. 
Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
Children and adults learn water safety, basic knowledge of boat handling and elements of competition.  Communication skills are enhanced and the hands-on skills can be transferred to academic situations.  Enrollment has precipitated employment at the boathouse and elsewhere,  scholarship opportunities for secondary schools and improved personal economic situations.
Program Long-Term Success  We provide Lawrence residents and other low income families with quality training and recreation which includes life skills to improve overall well-being.   We teach and model values, respect and a healthy lifestyles.
Program Success Monitored By 
Success is monitored by instructors, participation numbers, attendance at events and informal surveys.
Examples of Program Success 
Program increased in scope and participation by 35% from 2011 to 2012.  Enrollment of low-income youth was also increased and our goal is to attract more youth from a local housing unit for low income families.

Youth Leadership Development

Job Readiness and employment: GLCBP seasonally hires young adults (most former program enrollees) to earn wages, learn job skills and employer expectations. Leadership Development: In school: Indoor Rowing League, Lawrence High School students learn coaching skills and receive academic and test preparation tutoring. Students receive a stipend, earn a coaching credential certificate, are given hands-on coaching practice at GLCBP, and are better prepared for standardized testing. Participants being coached were middle school students from area schools.   Students were enrolled in a six week program, four days a week.  At the Boathouse: Science and history-based field trips are offered to local middle schools through a Journey the River program, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Junior Ranger curriculum and the Lawrence History Center
Budget  $20,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success has been the increased level of fitness of the participants, the employment skills learned by the teen hired to assist with coaching and the camaraderie  of being on a team.  The structure of the sessions lends itself to improved organizational skills for both the participants and the coaches. 

 



Program Long-Term Success 

At-risk teens gain employment skills  with credentialed outcomes and other participants engage in indoor rowing for fitness and learning about healthy choices.  Communication skills are enhanced and the hands-on skills can be transferred to academic situations. Enrollment has precipitated employment at the boathouse and elsewhere, enhanced scholarship opportunities for secondary schools and improved personal economic situations.



 



Program Success Monitored By 

Success is monitored by instructors, participation numbers, attendance at events and informal surveys.



 



Examples of Program Success 
In 2012, 80 youth rowed thousands of kilometers in this program and six teenagers from Lawrence were hired as assistant coaches.  The coaches received a certificate of instruction, and CPR and First Aid course completion awards from the Red Cross.  This program has doubled in size in one year of implementation.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard Koehler
CEO Term Start Mar 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Richard “Jed” Koehler was named Executive Director in March 2011 though he has a long history with GLCBP. As a teenager, his dad served as GLCBP Executive Director and he learned to sail at the boathouse. He remained in the area working with youth
programs and was Aquatic Director at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club from 2003 -2007 and a Program Director at the YMCA of the North Shore from 2007 until June 2010 before taking on the directorship last year. Jed will continue oversight of all programming including partner relationships, the individual and group registration process and building enrollment, boathouse
and fleet maintenance and participant safety.
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
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Feature story Sailing Magazine 2012

Affiliations

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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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 2
Number of Part Time Staff 26
Number of Volunteers 60
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 84
Hispanic/Latino: 12
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 4
Other (if specified): multi-race
Gender Female: 15
Male: 85
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Abraham Bashara
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired, Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Dec 2012 - Nov 2013
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Steve Alfano Community Volunteer Voting
Bruce Baril President, Computer Repair and Tech Support Voting
Abraham Bashara retired, Community Volunteer Voting
Bud Crowninshield Community Volunteer Voting
Kenny Daher President, Daher Companies Voting
Shaun Harty Delivery Specialist, Ship.com Voting
Dick Lawler Community Volunteer Voting
Vincent Manzi Attorney, Manzi and McCann Voting
Nelson Ortiz Community Volunteer Voting
Francisco Urena Community Volunteer Voting
Len Wilson Community Volunteer Voting
Ellen Wright Attorney, Wright and Associates, P.C. Voting
Larry Yameen Yameen Real Estate Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 90
Hispanic/Latino: 10
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 20
Male: 80
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year Dec 01, 2012 to Nov 30, 2013
Projected Income $394,524.00
Projected Expense $366,205.00
Form 990s

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2011 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue $314,583 $335,129 $298,327
Total Expenses $308,530 $327,319 $299,929

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $32,244 $25,450
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $32,244 $25,450
Individual Contributions $134,604 $166,078 $165,073
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $133,714 $100,217 $65,675
Investment Income, Net of Losses $382 $1,831 $2,794
Membership Dues -- -- $9,766
Special Events $30,365 $12,722 $12,695
Revenue In-Kind $7,500 $20,500 $13,000
Other $8,018 $1,537 $3,874

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Program Expense $241,748 $280,934 $252,224
Administration Expense $66,782 $46,385 $47,705
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 1.02 0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 86% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Assets $245,428 $190,552 $189,096
Current Assets $141,781 $115,210 $122,865
Long-Term Liabilities $24,311 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $51,190 $26,678 $33,032
Total Net Assets $169,927 $163,874 $156,064

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

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

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.77 4.32 3.72

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 10% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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

Impact

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