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Centro Presente Inc.

 12 Bennington Street, Suite 202
 East Boston, MA 02128
[P] (857) 256-2981
[F] (857) 256-2958
www.cpresente.org
pmontes@cpresente.org
Patricia Montes
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INCORPORATED: 1981
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2754284

LAST UPDATED: 07/31/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Centro Presente is a member-driven, state-wide Latin American immigrant organization dedicated to the self-determination and self-sufficiency of the Latin American immigrant community of Massachusetts. Centro Presente struggles for immigrant rights and for economic and social justice. Through the integration of community organizing, leadership development and basic services, Centro Presente strives to give our members voice and build community power.

Mission Statement

Centro Presente is a member-driven, state-wide Latin American immigrant organization dedicated to the self-determination and self-sufficiency of the Latin American immigrant community of Massachusetts. Centro Presente struggles for immigrant rights and for economic and social justice. Through the integration of community organizing, leadership development and basic services, Centro Presente strives to give our members voice and build community power.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $382,500.00
Projected Expense $395,235.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Community Organizing and Leadership Development
  • Education for Empowerment (EFE)
  • Legal Immigration Services (LIS)

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

Centro Presente is a member-driven, state-wide Latin American immigrant organization dedicated to the self-determination and self-sufficiency of the Latin American immigrant community of Massachusetts. Centro Presente struggles for immigrant rights and for economic and social justice. Through the integration of community organizing, leadership development and basic services, Centro Presente strives to give our members voice and build community power.

Background Statement

Centro Presente was founded by a Dominican nun, Sister Rose Marie Cummins, in 1981 in direct response to the rapidly growing community of Salvadoran refugees fleeing violence, government repression and instability during the civil conflicts in Central America in the 1980s and early 1990s. Many refugees came to settle in the Central Square area of Cambridge, where they joined hands with sister Cummins, the faith-based and legal services communities to create Centro Presente to address their needs as a new immigrant community. Centro Presente was at the forefront of what was at the time a growing movement across the country struggling for rights for Central American immigrants facing discriminatory immigration policies, as well as struggling in solidarity with social movements in Central America to oppose US military intervention. As part of those movements, and through the integration of basic services and community organizing, we achieved many victories, including the enactment of the very first Temporary Protected Status program for Salvadorans in 1990, the ABC Settlement Agreement of 1991 which gave Salvadorans and Guatemalans the right to file brand new political asylum cases, and the enactment of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act which gave ABC Class members the right to finally adjust their status to legal permanent residency.

Impact Statement

Immigrant Rights: As the topic of immigration continues to carry political weight, we find our organizing most active in this area. We are currently engaged in activities at both national and state levels with an assortment of allies, while still maintaining our training and capacity building efforts with our members so that they may better participate in these spaces. Specific campaigns we will be engaging in:
 
1. Just Communities. In the past years under this campaign, we have brought together a diverse group of immigrant advocacy groups, progressive legislators and the legal and faith communities to form the MA Trust Act Coalition, which seeks to pass state legislation to mitigate the family-destroying effects of ICE's S-Comm program and its recently renamed Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) incarnation. In addition to pursuing the Trust Act at the State level, local versions of the act have already passed in Somerville, Cambridge, Boston and Lawrence.
 
2. NALACC. As a key member of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, Centro Presente works to promote their efforts on national campaigns, such as the “Power of the Pen” campaign. This campaign successfully brought pressure on President Obama to use his power of Executive authority to pass the DACA and DAPA programs. Also through NALACC we continue to engage in transnational work. Participating in international conferences and delegations in Latin America, we have leveraged local media outlets to draw attention to the causes of immigration (please refer to our web site for references to in depth investigation pieces which have featured Centro Presente members http://cpresente.org/news-publications/news).
 
3. Immigrant Rights Committee - the committee, currently at 12 active members, will be maintained during the year and will be the primary vehicle for our on-going Know Your Rights workshops. Committee members are engaged in our campaigns through providing their testimonies at hearings and public rallies and meeting with legislators.
 
Civic Engagement: Over the years we have developed our civic engagement activities to specifically address the very pertinent question for our community of “what does it mean to be civically active, if one is not yet a citizen, or possibly even documented?” We have engaged the Latino immigrant community in candidate fora at the local level, where elected officials can have a dramatic impact on the daily lives of immigrants through local police and school policies. As we enter another election season, we will continue to engage our community in asking questions of the candidates
 
Workers Rights: Our Workers Center continues the weekly process of in-take sessions, case management including negotiations with employers and participating in meetings with the AG's office. After the passage of a wage theft ordinance in Somerville (the first in the State), we worked with a cadre of labor groups to implement a similar ordinance in Boston.

Needs Statement

Our most pressing needs include the resources to continue doing the work we have been performing for our community over the past 30 years, as our community has grown and its needs have changed, we are always working to adapt. 
 
Funds to provide for the general operating budget of the organization which centrally goes to the salary of the staff, the housing of our organization in the heart of East Boston, and the programs that do not produce income for the organization are areas we need assistance with.
 
A final need that we have is an update of our organizations technological resources.  The staff computers additionally have fallen into disrepair and some have ceased to function all together. We would love to have the funds to be able to better perform our work through the use of an updated system and software updates.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

Centro Presente is proud to have a community Board of Directors that emerges democratically from our membership. Our current Board has 7 members and was elected during our annual members assembly. At this assembly, members adopted our membership profile, which defines roles and responsibilities for different levels of participation.

 We use a System-Wide Governance model, the board is comprised of members of the community/constituency. It assumes that the people the organization serves possess the “lived” experience and passion to best move the organization forward. This is in contrast to the prevailing trend of professionalizing nonprofit boards despite the lack of research demonstrating that professional or wealthy board members improve board performance. System-Wide Governance creates boards that reflect and “live” the organization’s mission.

 


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
STATEWIDE
Centro Presente is a state-wide organization of Massachusetts, a large concentration of our service recipients, community, members, and allies live in the Greater Boston area including East Boston, Allston-Brighton, Dorchester, Chelsea, Somerville, Cambridge, and Jamaica Plain. 

 

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Citizen Participation
  3. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - International Migration, Refugee Issues

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

Community Organizing and Leadership Development

We currently have three workgroups, the Know Your Rights workgroup, the Immigrant Rights workgroup and our Workers’ Rights workgroup continue to raise awareness and organize the immigrant community around their rights and responses to deportations and detentions, their political rights, rights as workers, and their Temporary Protected Status, as well as educate and sensitize the wider community. We have also been working in the area of civic engagement with the Latino immigrant community.
Budget  $171,806.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  Recruit community members to join our committees and become eligible to serve on our board.
Program Long-Term Success  The self-sufficiency of the Latino immigrant community and to the creation of community power.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Recruit new board members

Education for Empowerment (EFE)

Centro Presente’s EFE program is a one-of-a-kind adult education program that focuses on the needs of the Latino immigrant population in the Greater Boston Area. We offer four cycles of classes per year, each cycle consisting of English as a Second Language, Spanish Basic Literacy, U.S. Civics and Citizenship, and COnversational Classes. The classes are offered in a friendly, nurturing, and culturally appropriate and sensitive environment that enables students to feel comfortable and reach their full potential.

Budget  $73,370.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success  Over 80% graduation rate for all four cycles of class.
Program Long-Term Success  The self-sufficiency of the Latino immigrant community and to the creation of community power.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  This past year we were able to hire a part-tiem Adult Education Coordinator to help recruit students and coordinate all of the classes.

Legal Immigration Services (LIS)

LIS serves between 2,000 and 2,500 Latino immigrants a year, providing a wide variety of legal immigration services, including work permit renewals, political asylum maintenance services, family petitions and citizenship applications.

Budget  $133,652.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families
Program Short-Term Success 
 We hope to continue providing these services among others:
  • Renewal of work permits for members 
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans and Hondurans
  • Support services: change of address, FOIA requests, copies, CORI requests, photos, etc.
  • Processing of visas & DACA
  • Consultations with our legal staff
  • Family petitions, residence renewals, and citizenship petitions
  • Community orientation sessions regarding current migratory laws
  • Translation Services
 
We also hope to recruit community members to join our committees and become eligible to serve on our board.
 
Program Long-Term Success  The self-sufficiency of the Latino immigrant community and to the creation of community power. Through our Legal Immigration Services Department we hope to continue providing trustworthy, affordable services crucial to the Latin American immigrant community. We also hope to LIS Departmetn serve as an entry way for immigrants to become more informed about their rights and to become engaged as members of our organization.
Program Success Monitored By  Our Senior Paralegal oversee the LIS Department under the direct supervision of our Executive Director. Using our online database we are able to track thousands of cases each year and provide monthly reports to the Director and the Board of Trustees.
Examples of Program Success  A few of our Board members were originally clients of the LIS Department who then joined one of our committees after having received support and legal help from our staff members.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs Patricia Montes
CEO Term Start Jan 2009
CEO Email pmontes@cpresente.org
CEO Experience --
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
Carlos Galvez Senior Paralegal --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
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 7
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 7
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
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 Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Edic Herrera
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Member
Board Chair Term Jan 2006 - Dec 2009
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Victor Hugo Arellano Community Volunteer Voting
Edic Herrera None Voting
Francisco Rosa Community Volunteer 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: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 6%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 6%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

During my time with Centro Presente I have witnessed a successful leadership transition within the organization and its relocation from its long-time homes in Cambridge and Somerville to its present location in East Boston. Throughout these changes I have been impressed and greatly satisfied with how the organization has adapted to change, while at the same time remaining true to its origins and 30 year history as the preeminent Latino immigrant rights organization in the Boston region. While changes such as these can be very hard on organization, I was greatly impressed with how well the staff and members rose to meet these challenges in a democratic and carefully structured process that left the organization stronger in its standing within both the immigrant and social justice communities.

 

Being active in immigrant and workers rights at a national level I greatly appreciate the capacity of Centro Presente to effectively pursue targeted campaigns around immigrant rights, labor rights and civic participation while at the same time empowering its members to not simply participate in these activities but to direct them and shape them in a meaningful way. Meeting the very real needs of a highly vulnerable and marginalized community, while at the same time putting them in a leadership position in directing the organization through participation on the Board, committees and in the General Member Assembly, is a challenging task fraught with risk and requiring great faith in the community. The staff must meet the requirements of Foundation grants and the expectations of donors, allies and partner agencies, and at the same time put decision-making power in the hands of its members. This results in an ever-present tension that can wear down staff. I have been greatly impressed by Centro Presente’s staff as they have navigated these, at times, conflicting pressures and delivered results that have had impact in the lives of members of the community, in the policies of the Commonwealth and municipalities and ultimately in the national debate about immigrants and their place in U.S. society.

 

As an example the recent struggle in Massachusetts over the implementation of Secure Communities (S-Comm) throughout the state was shaped in large part by the dogged efforts of Centro Presente. While potentially risky to take on an ostensibly friendly Gubernatorial administration and the non-profit establishment, Centro Presente listened to the desires of its membership after a deliberative and methodical process of education and discussion with its membership over the course of months. Once established that the membership desired Centro Presente to fight against the adoption of S-Comm in Massachusetts and would be willing to actively participate in that struggle, the staff of Centro Presente did not waver in its efforts in the face of threats and advice to back down on the issue. They effectively brought together a diverse coalition of immigrant rights, faith-based, social justice and labor groups to form a still-active alliance which achieved its goal of the Governor’s public refusal to enter into S-Comm, one of a handful of states to do so nationally.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $382,500.00
Projected Expense $395,235.00
Form 990s

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $368,389 $427,753 $429,539
Total Expenses $509,004 $568,099 $561,122

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $208,200 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $208,200 -- --
Individual Contributions -- $259,662 $309,211
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $160,103 $159,865 $106,507
Investment Income, Net of Losses $86 $160 $214
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $8,066 $13,607

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $316,220 $389,325 $407,676
Administration Expense $169,363 $153,286 $133,194
Fundraising Expense $23,421 $25,488 $20,252
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.72 0.75 0.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses 62% 69% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 11% 10% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $263,674 $397,680 $540,525
Current Assets $262,533 $388,748 $524,229
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $88,293 $81,684 $84,183
Total Net Assets $175,381 $315,996 $456,342

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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 $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? 0.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose Our capital campaign is dormant at present, its original intended purpose was to make a real-estate purchase for the organization's office space needs. The project has been suspended temporarily for the sake of other more urgent programatic work related to the community's needs. The funds remain in a secure account and are not part of the organizational budget.
Campaign Goal $1,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2008 - 2014
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $129,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.97 4.76 6.23

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The economic recession has hit many non-profit agencies hard and Centro Presente is no exception. Prior to 2008 we began a process of diversifying our revenue streams and, in keeping with our organizing model, were seeking to increase our ability to rely on the immigrant community itself for financial support through membership dues, events and individual donor appeals. The economic downturn that exacted a toll on Foundation support, hit our membership equally hard. Service fees remained nearly constant as the necessity of renewing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) documentation brought a steady flow of members to our offices for legal services. However, increased donations from the community were difficult to realize from a community already living on the financial margins of the economy. 

 

We have responded to these financial challenges in a variety of ways. Most importantly we have cut back expenses wherever possible, including staffing. Full time positions were cut back to half time and our development needs were met with short-term contractors over the course of three years. While this has helped to keep personnel and related costs down, it disrupts the continuity and effectiveness of our fundraising capacities and we have therefore recently hired a part time Development Associate. On the revenue side we have sought out additional funds through our allies and in particular the faith community has proven to be a crucial ally both in terms of donor support and physical presence at rallies and participation in coalitions.

 

As the state’s economy improves we are seeing greater opportunities for fundraising open again within our community, and as such we will renew our efforts to diversify our revenue sources and work towards a more sustainable and independent economic future.

Foundation Comments

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

Documents


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