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Trinity Boston Foundation Inc

 206 Clarendon Street
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 536-0944 x 308
[F] (617) 536-8916
[email protected]
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EIN 04-2736718

LAST UPDATED: 09/10/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

Trinity Boston Foundation's mission is to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of Boston. In partnership, we build communities that: affirm, inspire, and empower youth and their families; offer holistic support for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; and strengthen community health and cohesion across Boston.

Mission Statement

Trinity Boston Foundation's mission is to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of Boston. In partnership, we build communities that: affirm, inspire, and empower youth and their families; offer holistic support for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; and strengthen community health and cohesion across Boston.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $2,452,540.00
Projected Expense $2,442,525.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1) Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP):
  • 2) Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC)
  • 3) Sole Train: Boston Runs Together

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Mission Statement

Trinity Boston Foundation's mission is to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of Boston. In partnership, we build communities that: affirm, inspire, and empower youth and their families; offer holistic support for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; and strengthen community health and cohesion across Boston.

Background Statement

Each year, Trinity Boston Foundation engages more than 500 Boston youth, their families and staff of youth-serving organizations in holistic, long-term programs and support. These programs operate with the belief that dense webs of positive support are the key not only for the success of individual young people but also for larger-scale change.

The Foundation's work was born out of the strong social justice mission of Trinity Church. Our longest standing programs, Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC) and Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) joined to become a subsidiary 501c3 of Trinity Church in 2007 and Sole Train: Boston Runs Together was added to the portfolio in 2009. In 2013, the Foundation piloted [email protected] which integrates all three programs and provides Life Success Coaches and clinicians in one middle school to support the school's most chronically truant students.

Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) is a tuition-free, out-of-school time program for Boston public middle and high school students beginning in the 7th grade through high school graduation. Programming sets the bar high for academic achievement and promotes the development of life and leadership skills while encouraging college access.

Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC) serves the mental health needs of individuals, families, and youth-serving Boston agencies by providing trauma-informed clinical and therapeutic counseling and mentoring services including: individual counseling, training and workshops, crisis consulting, embedded clinicians and life coaches, support groups, and an internship program.

Sole Train: Boston Runs Together is a non-competitive running and mentoring program. Sole Train runners learn that seemingly impossible goals can be achieved when they identify the necessary steps that need to be taken, attain support, and develop self-confidence. Runners are coached on transferring these skills to other areas of their lives to reach their full potential.

[email protected] integrates these three aforementioned programs at the Dever-McCormack Middle School, a high-needs Boston Public School, and provides TBCC Life Success Coaches and clinicians for the school's most chronically truant students. By implementing a Sole Train team and recruiting DMC students for TEEP, the Foundation provides multi-layered support to youth who are most in need of positive communities.

Impact Statement

In 2014, the Foundation served more than 500 youth and families:

Sole Train: Boston Runs Together grew to serve 140 young people across 9 Boston Public Schools and a Department of Youth Services secure treatment facility. On October 18th, over 200 Young and Old Soles, volunteers, and community members participated in the First Annual Sole Train 5k at Jamaica Pond. Before joining in the run, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans addressed the enthusiastic crowd to show support for the program.

Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) served 80 middle school youth and 42 high school youth. In the summer program, TEEP employed 27 of those high school students as well as 10 TEEP graduates (now in college). As in years past, 100% of TEEP’s high school seniors enrolled in college. TEEP alumni are working in a wide range of fields and two are on the full-time staff of the Foundation.

The Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC) delivered over 1,000 hours of clinical services in 2014, including support for more than 300 youth and their families at City Year Boston, Department of Youth Services, St. Stephen's Youth Programs, StreetSafe Boston, and Boston Public Schools.

[email protected] saw its first full year of all of the Foundation's programs embedded at the Dever-McCormack Mddle School. A TBCC team of four – clinical manager, senior life coach and two life coaches – established Trinity’s presence at the school with a focus on a caseload of 29 students  A Sole Train team is also embedded at the Dever-McCormack and the school sent students to TEEP in summer 2014. Many students saw an increase their attendance rates and behavior management skills.
Goals for 2015:

Increase development revenue by 11%.

Develop a successful, school-based clinical model at the Dever-McCormack Middle School that is replicable.

Use outcomes data to improve service delivery, reward staff performance, and inform management decisions.

Develop and approve a strategic plan for 2016-18.

Build alignment between board and staff with an emphasis on relationships, program knowledge and cultural competency.

Needs Statement

1) The Foundation has identified a pressing need to secure $40,000 for the accelerated launch of a new Associate Director for Clinical Services position within the Trinity Boston Counseling Center. The ADCS will be responsible for managing the direction and quality of TBCC’s clinical work across its various contracts and partnerships, including City Year, StreetSafe Boston, St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, Department of Youth Services (DYS), and the Dever-McCormack Middle School (DMC).  This position will enable us to expand our embedded work and expand the number of graduate interns TBCC trains each year from 4 to 6.
2) We are also looking for $75,000 of new funding this year to support our partnership with the Dever-McCormack Middle School ([email protected]) which provides Tier 3 individualized services to a caseload of chronically truant students and helps increase the school's overall ability to provide social emotional support to its students.
3)  Sole Train: Boston Run's Together is our program that will most easily scale up to reach many more young people than the 140 it currently serves. We are looking for investors to help us finalize the model in 2015-16 and then help it scale geometrically in the following two years, with the goal of serving over 500 students by 2018.

CEO Statement

When Trinity Boston Foundation was formed in 2007, the idea was simple: to leverage the resources of Trinity Church Boston on behalf of and in partnership with the people of Boston.

In the years since, Trinity Boston Foundation has focused its programmatic efforts on changing the odds for Boston’s youth, developed a strong and experienced staff, attracted new contracts, grants and individual gifts and built a signature fundraising event.

In 2012 the Foundation board and staff crafted a three-year strategic plan that has three objectives: 1) Deepen our programmatic support for youth, families and communities;  3) Access and deploy the full power of Trinity Church including our historic building and location, our congregation, and ability to convene and connect Boston; 4)Strengthen financial stability and operational excellence.

In 2012, we explored the possibility of acquiring another organization, the TRUST Project, a proven model for mentoring chronically truant middle school students and keeping them on track to graduate high school. TRUST closed its doors, but we have added their life coach mentoring model to our Counseling Center.

In the fall of 2013, we embedded all of our programs – youth leadership development, running, counseling and mentoring – at a BPS “Turnaround” school in addition to our other locations. With the belief that the density of support provided to students and staff is critical to individual and community health and success, we have invested considerable time and energy into the success of the DMC. In a year and a half, we have already seen a positive impact on attendance, behavioral incidents and overall school climate. The relationships that Life Coaches have built with students, families, staff, and administration have been instrumental in creating common understanding and repairing broken trust.

In the fall of 2013, we joined a cohort of organizations working with the Black MInisterial Alliance's Capacity Institute to build a performance management system that would hold us accountable for achieving the outcomes our programs are designed to achieve. We have overhauled how we evaluate our programs and are instituting more robust data collection to help us continiually look for ways to increase our impact.
The Foundation has currently embarked on a new strategic planning process to shape our goals and plans for 2016-2018.

I could not be more excited about what we have built together with the help of so many donors and friends.

Board Chair Statement

My involvement with Trinity Boston Foundation dates back to the early days of the organization’s founding. In that time I served on the Vestry of Trinity Church and from that vantage point watched with wonder and delight as the Foundation grew in size and impact. I serve today as Board Chair because I believe that programs of the foundation are effecting lasting change in the lives of young people in Boston. I believe further that our collaborative and partnering spirit sets the programs of Trinity Boston Foundation apart. The young people and families served by the Foundation’s programs face a set of complex challenges including poverty, systemic racism and exposure to violence. Whether a student or student leader in TEEP, a runner in Sole Train or a client of our counseling center, our programs imbue in young people a sense of community connectedness, character and self-efficacy. This I believe is the beginning of an answer to a set of obstacles that can seem intractable.

I brought a young friend to run in our inaugural Sole Train 5K this past fall. It was a beautiful and warm day as we began our trek around Jamaica Pond. One of the hallmarks of the Sole Train program is that when the faster runners finish the race, they circle back to encourage the rest of the team. So there we were, running along, when wave after wave of smiling and sweaty kids came back to high five us, to run alongside us, to tell us we could do it. Imagine, my young friend said, if every day were like this, if everywhere you went there was someone there to tell you that you were going to make it. I serve on the Board of the Trinity Boston Foundation because it helps me imagine that day for young people in our city.

Our immediate challenge as a Board is to complete our second strategic plan, which will cover the three years beginning in 2016. We are at an exciting moment in our organization’s history and the work of the Board will be to help chart a course for the right kind of growth.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- North Dorchester
We serve over 500 individuals each year primarily from Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, and the South End. Students involved in our programs are voluntary participants who are in search of greater community attachment.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Counseling
  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)



1) Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP):

 Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP): a tuition-free, out-of-school time program for Boston Public middle and high school students beginning in the 7thgrade through graduation from High School. Programming sets the bar high for academic achievement, learning life and leadership skills:

·        Increased Academic Performance:Summer classes for middle school students in math, English language arts, music, and art. 

·        Improved Confidence: Our classes inspire a love of learning and student engagement.Parents and students cite “enhanced confidence” as one of the students' greatest accomplishments.

·        Life Skills Development:Students learn the 5 R's --Respect, Responsibility, Restraint, Reciprocity, and Redemption-- with tangible application of these values to their daily lives at school and their communities.

·        Community Leadership:In high school, students learn the 3 I’s – Intentionality, Integrity, and Influence – which help develop leadership skills equipping them to serve as counselors to middle school students.

·        College Education:Our Roadmap to College curriculum helps students understand that college is possible, providing aguide through the application process, college visits, SAT prep, individual advising, and more.


Budget  $630,240.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  This summer, all middle school students will set and achieve a goal around the TEEP values. We expect all of our BPS 8th graders to enroll in our high school admissions course and get accepted into a college preparatory high school.
Program Long-Term Success  We make a long-term investment in each student through these crucial six years of development in order to effect real change and establish mentoring relationships that make a deep and lasting impact. Our participants exhibit leadership both in and outside TEEP. In TEEP's Leadership Development Program, 100% of graduates of the program have enrolled in college or a vocation, and we expect that to continue.
Program Success Monitored By   
  • Counselors and staff will hold the middle school students accountable to the summer goals they set. 
  • Staff will track acceptance rates of 8thgraders to college preparatory high schools.
  • Staff will track the percentage of high school students who successfully plan and lead a middle school session.
  • Staff will track college enrollment rates and vocational plans.
Examples of Program Success  In 2012, 100% of Boston Public School rising 9thgraders enrolled in college preparatory high schools.

2) Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC)

Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC) serves the mental health needs of individuals, families, and youth-serving Boston agencies by providing trauma-informed clinical and therapeutic counseling and mentoring services including: individual counseling, training and workshops, crisis consulting, embedded clinicians and life coaches, support groups, and an internship program. TBCC serves 250 students annually through its service model which embeds clinicians at City Year, St. Stephens Youth Programs, the MA Department of Youth Services, College Bound Dorchester, and the McCormack Middle School in Dorchester.

The TBCC program at the McCormack Middle School embeds staff to engage a caseload of 25 students identified by the school as chronically truant and at risk of dropping out. Life coaches and clinicians work one-on-one with these students on improving their attendance in school, increasing their positive behaviors, and managing their coursework. The team works with school administration and staff to better equip them to address the needs of students impacted by trauma and to build a supportive environment around all of the school’s young people.

Budget  $404,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Clients build a trusting relationship with a life success coach or clinician and develop personal or treatment goals to combat effects of trauma. Our clinicians work to foster resilience within youth and clarify their personal values. 

Clients participate positively or constructively in school, learning to confront personal and systemic issues with confidence and capability. Increased self-efficacy enables youth to believe in their own ability to succeed in specific situations. 

Clients understand the value of community and how to access its benefits. By creating safe communities, clinicians invite clients to explore a space where personal growth can happen. 

Program Long-Term Success  TBCC's long-term success is the improved mental health of low income, traumatized youth in the Boston communities we serve. We believe that our work improves the health of the communities we work with by increasing the effectiveness of teachers and leaders at our embedded sites, and by improving school attendance of the youth we counsel. 
Program Success Monitored By 

·        Life coaches will track attendance rates of students on their caseload.

·        Client Files: clients can identify two external community supports they use on a monthly basis in addition to clinician or life coach.

Client assessment tools (e.g.Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment).
Examples of Program Success  1) Samaritan accreditation.
2) Expanded partnership contracts with City Year and St. Stephen's.
3) Created a clinical manager for community-based contracts position.

3) Sole Train: Boston Runs Together

 Sole Train: Boston Runs Together is a non-competitive running and mentoring program. Sole Train runners learn that seemingly impossible goals can be achieved when they identify the necessary steps that need to be taken, attain support, and develop self-confidence. Runners are coached on transferring these skills to other areas of their lives to reach their full potential. Sole Train objectives include:

·        Improved health and well-being through exercise, lowering obesity rates among youth.

·        Enhanced Self-efficacy: Runners experience how personal discipline, perseverance, and responsibility are connected to achieving personal goals.

Promote community: Build a safe and inclusive community through running groups and relationship with mentors.  

·        Promote community: Build a safe and inclusive community through running groups and relationship with mentors.

Budget  $206,533.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Participants have confidence in their ability to achieve short term goals.
Program Long-Term Success   
Participants are aware of the positive impact of exercise on their lives.
Participants have confidence in their ability to achieve a large goal and an understanding of how to break it down into smaller manageable steps.
Participants understand the value of community and how to access its benefits.
Program Success Monitored By 
Staff will track percentage of participants who complete a race. 
Staff will track percentage of participants who either continue Sole Train or join another community running program. 7 Team Trinity members ran BAA Boston Marathon 2013.
The Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University designed a research plan to assess the participant change and organizational effectiveness for Students Run Philly Style. Sole Train has partnered with Temple University and Students Run Philly Style and will use this evaluation tool to benchmark success and progress against an established program. Multiple data collections options will be conducted in order to monitor changes in attitudes, behaviors, and academic performance. Areas of focus include:

·        Academic Achievement and Attitude Behavioral Change

·        Self-Efficacy and Confidence

·        Motivation for Physical Activity

·        Involvement with Sole Train

·        Aggressive Behavior and Self-Regulation

Examples of Program Success  On May 27, 2012 70 youth and mentors together completed the Boston Run to Remember, either a 5 mile course or a half -marathon race. We collected individual anecdotes about the power of the program, including one young man who trained with Sole Train while in custody with the Department of Youth Services to run a half marathon. Established a contract with Temple University to analyze data from pre-season and post-season surveys and toevaluate outcomes.Harvard Business School’s Community Action Partners (CAP) team is working on refining program elements to prepare for sustainable growth.

“Sole Train means a lot to me. The community and bond this club of runners holds is rare and precious. With the support of Trinity Boston Foundation, I was able to achieve something that, for the longest time, I did not believe I could ever fulfill... The best part is that I enjoyed every minute of it.” -- Sole Train student

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Trinity Boston Foundation integrates trauma-informed approaches, restorative justice practices, and racial identity development into all its programs and aligns with an intervention model for preventing youth violence as defined by Boston’s Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Louise Burnham Packard
CEO Term Start July 2004
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

 Louise Burnham Packard, Executive Director - Louise is the founding executive director of the Trinity Boston Foundation, having previously served as the senior development officer of Trinity Church. She brings to this position a strong educational background including five years as associate director of admissions at Yale University, as well as extensive experience as a development professional at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School and the Central Park Conservancy (NY). Louise was a featured speaker in a 2011 lecture series on Social Entrepreneurship at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and contributed a chapter for the ensuing book, The Real Problem Solvers; Social Entrepreneurs in America(Stanford University Press). She is also the co-author of Central Park, A Visit to One of the World's Most Treasured Landscapes. Louise received her BA from Yale University and an MA in English Literature from Middlebury 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
Priscilla Andrade Director, Trinity Education for Excellence Program

Priscilla Andrade starts as the third director of TEEP on January 1, 2016. Priscilla has been on the staff of TEEP’s 9th grade program, starting in 2009 as an English Language Arts instructor. More recently, she has been the co-director of the 9th grade program, assuming a leadership role in 2015. Priscilla has been a writing instructor at both Wheaton and Emerson Colleges. She received her Master of Fine arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College and her BA from Emmanuel College. Very highly regarded by her staff and peers at TEEP, Priscilla was a natural choice to assume leadership of TEEP.

Nate Harris MA, LICSW Director, Trinity Boston Counseling Center  Nate Harris, MA, LICSW, is the Director of the Trinity Boston Counseling Center. He has more than fifteen years of experience working with at-risk youth. In 2003, he started TBCC's partnership with the MA Department of Youth Services (DYS), a relationship that today involves providing community-based clinical services to youth at the center of violence the city of Boston. Nate has been instrumental in building a model of clinical presence to support youth clinically as well as being a clinical educator and support to care-giving staff engaged with at-risk youth. He has developed a particular interest in providing clinical services for youth workers exposed to vicarious trauma.Nate holds a dual Master's degree in Social Work and Practical Theology from Boston College and completed a Post Graduate Fellowship at the Danielsen Institute in 2005.from Boston University.
Anne Hayes Director of Finance and Operations Anne brings to Trinity Boston Foundation a strong background in strategy consulting, operations, and marketing. She began her career in consulting with Strategic Planning Associates. More recently, she has applied those skills in the non-profit arena as a board member and team leader at Community Action Partners. Her projects in the non-profit sector have included work for The Food Project, Raising a Reader MA, Agassiz Village, Families First, Trinity Boston Foundation and Read to a Child. Over the past four years, in addition to her work in non-profit consulting, Anne has set up and run the finance, human resources and operations for Tripleshot LLC, a start-up financial services software company. Earlier in her career, Anne worked in consumer products marketing at The Clorox Company, Stride Rite and Welch’s. Anne received her BA from Dartmouth College and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Cynthia Hall Koure Director of Development and Communications

Cynthia Hall Kouré brings extensive fundraising experience to her role as Director of Development & Communications at Trinity Boston Foundation. Before assuming her role at the Foundation in July 2015, she worked as a fundraising consultant for more than 10 years for small nonprofits, primarily in the areas of human services, education, and historic preservation, including Episcopal organizations, such as Ecclesia Ministries and the Friends of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Most recently, she has served in senior development roles at the Women’s Lunch Place, Project Bread, and Danforth Art. Cynthia transitioned into fundraising from a career in foreign language education.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology and German from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in English Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin.

Jessica Leffler MA, LMHC Director, Sole Train: Boston Runs Together Jessica Leffler, MA, LMHC, Director of Sole Train. Jess has worked with the Foundation since 2001. Inspired by her deep belief that running long distance races can build strong community, transform lives and inspire youth to realize their true potential, Jess helped found Sole Train in 2009. Jess can often be found trying to convince unassuming folks to come run! Jess received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MA in Mental Health Counseling, with an Art Therapy specialization, from Lesley University.


Award Awarding Organization Year Root Cause 2012
Executive Director Louise Burnham Packard contributed a chapter to The Real Problem Solvers: Social Entrepreneurs in America Stanford University Press 2011


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

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Samaritan Institute - Accreditation 2012


- Trinity Church Boston
- Boston Public Schools (Dever McCormack Middle School, McKinley South End Academy High School, McKinley South End Academy Middle School, McKinley Middle School [St. Mary's], McKinley Preparatory High School, Rafael Hernandez K-8 School, The Curley K-8 School, Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School, Boston Green Academy)
- Barbara C. Harris Camp
- City Growers
-College Bound Dorchesters 
- Resilient Coders
- Community Rowing
- Thompson Island Outward Bound
- Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR)
- Black Ministerial Alliance Capacity Institute
- Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training
- Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
- City Year Boston
- Boston Police Department
- Boston Police Runners Club
- Citizen Schools
- Communities in Schools
- Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL)
- Lesley University's Urban Scholars Initiative
- Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University
- Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center
- Roxbury Youthworks
- St. Stephen's Youth Programs
- uAspire
- Youth Connect
- Youth Options Unlimited

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 20
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 88%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 17
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
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 No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employment Practices Liability
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability

Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Ms. Ronald Akie
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mount Ida College
Board Chair Term Mar 2016 - Mar 2018
Board Co-Chair Mr. Christopher O'Brien
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Linchpin Partnerships
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Ronald Akie Mount Ida College Voting
Ms. Barbara Bauman Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Dale Bearden TopSpin Networks, Inc. Voting
Ms. Janet Beaven Beaven Consulting Voting
Mrs. Alexandra Burke Wells Fargo Voting
Ms. Elaine Chow Year Up Voting
Rev. Rainey Dankel Trinity Church Boston Voting
Mr. Colin Diver Retired Voting
Ms. Sula Fiszman Esq. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP Voting
Ms. Susan Halby Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Judith King Community Volunteer Voting
The Rev. Samuel Lloyd Trinity Church Boston Voting
Mrs. Christine McCormick Community Volunteer --
Mr. Christopher O'Brien Linchpin Partnerships Voting
Louise Packard Trinity Boston Foundation Exofficio
Mr. Michael Parker Flagship Energy Partners Voting
Mr. Abizer Rangwala Accenture PLC Voting
Ms. Teresa Rodriguez Boston Public Schools Voting
Mr. Joel Rosen Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Philip Rueppel Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Kathy Sheehan Perkins School for the Blind Voting
Mr. Geoffrey Smith Trinity Church Voting
Mr. Samuel Thayer Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. David Wright Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston Voting
Mr. Colin Zick Foley, Hoag & Eliot LLP Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mimi Bennett Community Volunteer --
Kathy Burns Sea Pine Partners --
Hardin Coleman BU School of Education --
Katherine Gross Charlotte Foundation --
Kevin Hepner Roxbury Community College --
Jean Karsnow Community Volunteer --
Bill Kieffer Community Volunteer --
Pam Voss Community Volunteer --
Shelby Wright Community Volunteer --
Paul Zintl Community Volunteer --

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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 18
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $2,452,540.00
Projected Expense $2,442,525.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

2008 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $2,200,564 $2,091,920 $1,540,621
Total Expenses $2,283,093 $2,018,880 $1,565,600

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$752,518 -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $716,272 $1,515,820 $1,010,999
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $44,497 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $15 $402 --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $293,121 $292,598 $294,222
Revenue In-Kind $223,141 -- --
Other $171,000 $283,100 $235,400

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,489,397 $1,355,149 $1,059,548
Administration Expense $489,195 $426,250 $337,936
Fundraising Expense $304,501 $237,481 $168,116
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 1.04 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 65% 67% 68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 13% 13%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $379,659 $304,210 $314,410
Current Assets $379,659 $304,210 $314,410
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $192,903 $34,925 $118,165
Total Net Assets $186,756 $269,285 $196,245

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
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? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.97 8.71 2.66

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Trinity Boston Foundation has grown every year in budget and staff size. Our strategic plan identifies the challenge of limited physical space that we will need to address in the next few years. Currently, Foundation staff are housed alongside the Trinity Church staff in Trinity's buildings. Although we are maximizing our use of every available square foot of office space, our plans for growth will require us to address this issue in the near term.

Foundation Comments

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


Other Documents

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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?

The mission of the Trinity Boston Foundation is to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of Boston. The Foundation’s vision of success is that youth ages 11-21 from Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, and the South End who are impacted by systemic racism, at risk of not graduating from high school, and in need of increased community attachment are able to beat the odds and navigate away from negative trajectories. The Foundation works with these young people to help them:

-Lead lives of their own making
-Become leaders in their communities
-complete high school and continue to college or sustainable work 

The Foundation’s three programs, TEEP (Trinity Education for Excellence Program), Sole Train: Boston Runs Together, and the Trinity Boston Counseling Center use different strategies to help young people gain a sense of control over their lives, clarify values to guide their decisions, build resiliency and a growth mindset to overcome challenges, and find the relationships and supportive community that all of us need to flourish.

Our approach begins with the conviction that the chronic stress of poverty, generational trauma and systemic racism is the air many Boston youth breathe each day. The Foundation works to help young people identify these systemic issues and build the internal strengths and external supports necessary to live successful lives in spite of them. At the same time, we work to “clean up the air” by understanding how we and our partner organizations can become more trauma-informed and use practices that work to dismantle systemic racism and value individual human worth. In this way, we aim to have a lasting impact beyond the 500+ youth and families we serve to have an indirect impact on thousands more.

Trinity Boston Foundation is a separately incorporated subsidiary of Trinity Church Boston and leverages the resources of the Church on behalf of this mission and the Church’s priorities. Our programs honor and respect individuals of all faith traditions and those without a faith tradition.

Currently, we are in the final year of a 3-year strategic plan covering 2013-2015. The plan identified three objectives:

1. Enhance our direct service programs to increase our mission impact on individual youth and families and on their communities: Maximize the existing capacity of our direct service programs by strengthening processes and identifying and building long-term partnerships.

2. Engage the full power of Trinity Church in our work: Leverage the people and assets of the Trinity Church community in all that we do so that we can work at maximum strength.

3. Be one of Boston’s most effective youth organizations: Increase our financial stability through effective fundraising and an efficient operating model.

Great progress has been made. Working with a cohort of other youth development non-profits in the Black Ministerial Alliance’s Capacity Institute, Trinity Boston Foundation embarked on an extensive Theory of Change process to identify our long-terms goals and how we measure success. We have built a common outcomes framework shared by our three distinct programs and have made great strides in engaging Trinity Church and building the financial structures and revenues we need to grow. In 2015, the Foundation will write a strategic plan for 2016-18.

Our longest-running program, TEEP, has alumni who have graduated from college, are building lives of their own making, and are community leaders and influences. Two graduates are currently working on our full-time staff. A third was formerly staff but left to pursue a master’s degree in higher education administration. Over the longest term, this is a measure of our work’s ultimate success – that we would nurture a generation of leaders who give back to their communities and join our mission to unlock opportunity and change the odds for Boston youth.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Trinity Boston Foundation’s program operate with the belief that in order for young people to succeed, they must build within themselves 1) values to live by; 2) resiliency and confidence in their ability to achieve goals; and 3) relationship-building skills that connect them to a caring, positive community.

Safe and supportive communities create the healthy soil needed for growth. TEEP has formed a long-term community of leaders that welcomes rising seventh-graders and supports them through middle school, and often high school or beyond. Sole Train forms small communities of adult (“Old Soles”) and youth (“Young Soles”) in nine Boston schools where community support is key to finishing a race. TBCC’s embedded model of service helps strengthen the communities to which young people already belong. At its most intensive, [email protected] builds a community within a community for some of the highest need students at the Dever-McCormack School.

Our values guide the decisions we make every day. Since 2000, TEEP has delivered a five-week summer core education and character-building program that aims to build five values (Respect, Responsibility, Restraint, Reciprocity and Redemption) into the habits and decision-making of all participants. In the third summer of TEEP, rising ninth graders are introduced to the GI3VE values: Gratitude, Integrity, Intentionality, Influence, Vision and Enthusiasm. As they become paid counselors to the middle school students, high schoolers practice the values by modeling them, teaching them to younger students, and challenging themselves to consistently live by these values across all dimensions and communities of their lives.

Inspired by TEEP’s values curriculum, Sole Train has adopted the GIVE values as core to the community built within each team. At the Counseling Center, clinicians help students define these values as lenses through which they understand their past decisions and as guides for future decisions.

A growth mindset and goal achievement build the resilience, hope and belief in ourselves necessary for success. Where do resilience, hope and self-confidence come from? Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck writes about the importance of a “growth mindset,” in which people believe that their abilities can be developed over time. One way to develop a growth mindset is to set and achieve goals, and to realize that accomplishing those goals is a product of dedication rather than innate talent. In Sole Train, we call this “deconstructing the impossible.” Young Soles see that they can run farther than they think, opening their minds to other life goals and possibilities.

TEEP helps students develop a growth mindset by providing an ideal balance of high expectations and high emotional, social, and intellectual support. Students are encouraged to remove 'failure' from their vocabulary and replace it with 'learning.' They come to see that they are not defined by their inherent talents, but by the hard work they put forth to best utilize these talents.

In our work at the Dever-McCormack School, the goals Life Coaches set with students can as simple as “Can I get to school today?” By helping the most challenged students in the school set and achieve goals like these, we offer them the possibility of experiencing success. Small accomplishments are the basis for developing a growth mindset and for turning “failures” into learning opportunities.

None of these competencies can be achieved in the short term. That is why our programs aim for long-term engagement with youth. It also requires developing young people's understanding of the systems (such as poverty, family or neighborhood trauma, and systemic racism) that make their lives harder. Understanding these systems allows young people to take responsibility for their own growth and achievement while becoming savvy navigators of the headwinds that work to hold them back.

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

The highly skilled and deeply committed staff of the Foundation are its most import asset. With nineteen full-time and three part-time employees, the Foundation support a 2.4 million dollar budget that enables the work of three high-quality programs. Nate Harris, Director of the Trinity Boston Counseling Center, has been a part of Trinity Boston Foundation since 2003 and brings to his role of Director many years of experience and an expertise in trauma-informed counseling. TBCC staff are often called on to present, instruct, or lead city-wide conversations around youth development, trauma, and mental health. In 2010, Nate Harris was selected as convener of the City of Boston’s Partners Advancing Communities Together (PACT) Initiative.

Sole Train: Boston Runs together was started by mental health professional Jess Leffler and is one of the few accessible youth development programs that approaches mental health from a non-pharmacological perspective. Sole Train focuses on holistic well-being, not just physical or mental health, and is becoming increasingly more desired as an embedded part of Boston Public School curriculum.

Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) boasts a fifteen-year track record of fostering new opportunities and leadership success for high school graduates. Now in the second year of TEEP’s second ever director, TEEP continues to produce young community leaders, many of whom stay connected to the program and mentor rising TEEP students. Director Andy Cahill brings with him ten years of experience in higher education, educational technology, and a focus on data and outcomes-driven success.

Trinity Church represents another one of the Foundation’s strongest internal assets. As a subsidiary organization under the Church, the Foundation fulfills an important role as a broad-scope social justice outreach arm of the Church. Many donors, volunteers, and staff resources of the Foundation come from Trinity Church – its firm root in the history of the city and its prime location in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square aid in Trinity Boston Foundation’s effort to connect youth organizations and efforts throughout the metro area.

The Foundation leverages its small but experienced staff and its prime location in the heart of Boston by partnering with other organizations throughout the city and working with other youth workers to build a collaborative web of care for its target population. The embedded model of partnership – in which Foundation staff deliver programming on-site at existing organizations and agencies – does not just provide a healthy environment for youth, but positions Trinity Boston Foundation as a sough-after expert in trauma-informed youth advocacy. The Foundation reaches out to multiple organizations throughout the city to form intentional and influential partnerships while serving the greatest number of youth possible. Partner agencies report that Foundation staff invest in the host culture and care about building strong and sustainable organizations. As partnerships increase, the Foundation instills trauma-sensitive care and youth leadership development practices into some of the most significant players in Boston youth work, i.e. Boston Public Schools, City Year, Department of Youth Services, St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, and Trinity Church.

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

The Foundation has invested time over the last two years building a common set of outcomes across all of our programs, which, despite their varied engagement models, share the belief that building up young people’s core – their character, relationships in community, and self-efficacy – equips them to set and achieve goals and overcome obstacles. This model is aligned with the research of Carol Dweck on the growth mindset, Angela Duckworth on grit and self-control, the work of John Ratey linking exercise and the mind, and the ARC framework of the Trauma Center at JRI for building resiliency within those who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress.

Across the Foundation’s three programs we define long term success as increasing the odds that youth will live lives of their own making; become leaders in their communities; and complete high school with actionable plans for college and/or career. TEEP’s long-term goal aims higher, expecting youth to complete two years of post-secondary education at a college/ program that matches their interests/ skills/ needs, with some leadership role or community involvement. Trinity Boston Counseling Center puts it this way: youth have a vision for their future, make progress towards achieving personal goals, navigate systems of oppression, and belong to a positive community. Sole Train expects students to engage in and serve as leaders in a safe, supportive community that inspires them to dream big, take risks, and actively work towards setting and achieving goals that previously seemed impossible.

Each program has specified near-term and intermediate outcomes that offer milestones along the way to these long-term goals. Data and measurement align with three areas of concern as noted above: character, community connection and self-efficacy. Character looks at how students live out their values. Community Connection examines their ability to build positive relationships, ask for help, and be a leader. Self-esteem considers their ability to set and achieve goals. These goals can range from attending school, to running a half-marathon, to graduating college.

Our mix of qualitative and quantitative measures for charting progress include use of the Holistic Student Assessment developed by PEAR, self-reports through interviews and reflection questions, peer and staff evaluations, grades, attendance, frequency of behavioral incidents, surveys and clinical charts. Space does not permit a full description, but we are happy to provide copies of our detailed logic models and evaluation plans upon request.

Sole Train is part of a national network of running programs that meet frequently to compare notes and exchange ideas. Our program has built a strong relationship with “Students Run Philly Style,” and two years ago we initiated a contract with researchers at Temple University that was already managing the evaluation efforts of SRPS. Temple delivers a youth survey at the beginning, middle and end of the school/program year and then tabulates the results.

All of these measures are added to a new Salesforce database that spans our three programs. As staff collect and analyze more data, they have more ability to assess what aspects of the programs have the most impact and what needs refinement or reshaping. The three program directors meet regularly together and separately with program teams to share learnings and consider how to strengthen our programs.

TEEP is the Foundation’s oldest program and has the clearest sense of long-term success. Nearly 100% of students who persist in the program for six years go on to college and graduate within five years. Many have become leaders in their communities. We have hired three TEEP graduates to join the Foundation staff once they graduated from college. Another TEEP graduate is leading a Sole Train team at one of our partner schools. As we grow, we hope that even more will become involved.

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

Through the Foundation’s work with the Black Ministerial Alliance’s Capacity Institute we have made significant progress in defining the impact we aim to deliver for individual youth and families across all our programs and ways we measure our success. Our goal is not only to make a difference to the youth and families we serve, but to strengthen the organizations we partner with and help create systemic change.

Trinity’s clinicians and life coaches embedded in schools and agencies spend time training and supporting teachers and staff. Students who have experienced trauma need consistency from the adults with whom they interact. Training teachers and youth workers in trauma-informed practices helps them achieve that consistent response thereby becoming better able to support all of the young people they serve.

The clinical team at the Dever-McCormack Middle School (DMC) has helped institute restorative practices at the school as a consistent approach to conflict resolution. The restorative approach encourages two primary pillars of concern: 1) building a caring community based on respect, consideration, and participation; and 2) building students' conflict resolution skills and their confidence that this approach works (Morrison, Restorative Justice and School Violence: Building Theory and Practice). At DMC, restorative practices have helped students repair relationships with teachers and with other students and have created increased understanding between the school administration and students' families. Many students on the Trinity team’s individual caseload now constructively manage their anger and confrontations without aggression or disruption. A thoughtful approach to conflict resolution makes for a more positive and education-focused school environment.

Our experience at DMC has made visible the power of restorative practices and has inspired us to look for ways to bring those practices to our other partner organizations. At the Department of Youth Services, TBCC has piloted restorative justice circles in the homicide unit, and at City Year Boston we are piloting restorative justice and community building circles about race, violence, and identity. TBCC has been holding community circles at St. Stephen's Youth Programs for over a year and continues to build capacity to hold more groups and circles that work to build optimism and trust in youth.

Restorative practices are a proven approach to violence prevention, transforming disciplinary systems that reinforce the “school to prison pipeline,” and giving youth an alternative approach to conflict resolution. Wide adoption of these practices in Boston will help reduce violence as it impacts individuals, organizations and systems; we would like to play a role in realizing this vision.

In addition to building the capacity of other organizations to best support the youth they serve through trauma-informed and restorative practices, we are also keenly interested in leveraging our learnings from Sole Train and TEEP to have a systemic impact. Sole Train offers a dynamic mix of exercise, community connection, character development and a framework for setting and achieving goals that helps them work toward the long-term outcomes we have set for all our students. Similarly, TEEP offers deep work on values and leadership development that we see as the primary keys for college access and completion – even more than academic achievement. Sole Train can have systemic impact simply by scaling up and it is our hope that we can do that over the next several years. Our vision is that there would be Sole Train teams available for any BPS middle school student who would like to join. As we draft our next strategic plan for 2016-18, we are focused on how TEEP can leverage what it knows to create systemic change. One option is to build additional TEEP communities; another is to figure out how what we know from TEEP can influence what happens in schools.