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Environmental League of Massachusetts, Inc.

 14 Beacon Street, Suite 714
 Boston, MA 02108
[P] (617) 742-2553
[F] (617) 742-9656
http://www.environmentalleague.org/
ameyer@environmentalleague.org
Anne Meyer
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INCORPORATED: 1898
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2760271

LAST UPDATED: 09/22/2015
Organization DBA ELM
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Founded over 100 years ago, ELM is a member-based, non-profit organization. ELM is dedicated to protecting the health of our environment and citizenry by safeguarding the land, water and air of our Commonwealth. ELM is focused on environmental advocacy and strengthening the voice and effectiveness of the environmental community. ELM advocates for strong environmental laws and regulations on the broad range of environmental issues, voices the concerns of citizens, ensures that laws are properly implemented and enforced and educates the public.

Mission Statement

Founded over 100 years ago, ELM is a member-based, non-profit organization. ELM is dedicated to protecting the health of our environment and citizenry by safeguarding the land, water and air of our Commonwealth. ELM is focused on environmental advocacy and strengthening the voice and effectiveness of the environmental community. ELM advocates for strong environmental laws and regulations on the broad range of environmental issues, voices the concerns of citizens, ensures that laws are properly implemented and enforced and educates the public.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $900,188.00
Projected Expense $964,996.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Global Warming Solutions Project
  • Green Budget
  • Promoting Smart Growth
  • Young Environmentalist Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

Founded over 100 years ago, ELM is a member-based, non-profit organization. ELM is dedicated to protecting the health of our environment and citizenry by safeguarding the land, water and air of our Commonwealth. ELM is focused on environmental advocacy and strengthening the voice and effectiveness of the environmental community. ELM advocates for strong environmental laws and regulations on the broad range of environmental issues, voices the concerns of citizens, ensures that laws are properly implemented and enforced and educates the public.

Background Statement

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) has long been a cornerstone of the environmental community in Massachusetts.  Founded in 1898 with a focus on protecting forests and parks, it evolved with the environmental movement to take on issues of toxic reduction and pollution prevention, river protection, smart growth development and climate change.  As the leading Massachusetts environmental organization that engages in advocacy across this full spectrum of environmental concerns, it has played an important role in coordinating and unifying the environmental community for purposes of advocacy and regulatory oversight.  Its successes are broad and numerous, including:

  • Successfully advocated for the creation of both the state forest and state park systems in Massachusetts.
  • Instrumental in the establishment of Conservation Commissions in Massachusetts.
  • ELM has played a key role, both on its own and in partnership with others, in the passage of critically important laws.  Historic legislative highlights include passage of the Rivers Protection Act, Brownfields Act, Community Preservation Act, Toxics Use Reduction Act, Global Warming Solutions Act, Green Communities Act and Multiple Environmental Bond bills (providing funding for land conservation)

ELM also successfully created a key statewide advocacy network in 1997: the Mass. Environmental Collaborative. The Collaborative is composed of over 50 environmental advocacy organizations from all over Massachusetts that meets regularly to craft a shared agenda for action on key environmental issues. ELM still leads this coalition.


Impact Statement

Top accomplishments over the last year:

  • ELM is a founding member of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), a coalition of advocates working to find a comprehensive solution to our transportation funding crisis with a focus on transit, walking, biking and fixing our existing infrastructure. We played a key role in promoting the comprehensive transportation funding solution that became law in July, 2013, and which will significantly improve the quality of mass transit in Mass. compared to the direction the state was heading without adequate funding.
  • ELM, through its Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP), forcefully advocated for Massachusetts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by the year 2020.
  • ELM expanded its Young Environmentalist Program (YEP) to include the high school students of Boston Green Academy. YEP trains young environmental leaders in how to influence public policy.
  • ELM successfully worked to stop the steep cuts to the environmental agencies' budgets and ensure that funding gets restored to important environmental programs.
Top goals for next year:
  • ELM's Global Warming Solutions Project will continue to work for robust implementation of the state's Clean Energy and Climate Plan including pressing for regulations required by the Global Warming Solutions Act that have not yet been developed and working with the Coal Free Mass Campaign to phase out coal burning power plants. 
  • ELM will create a Labor Council that will work with us to advocate for policies and projects that will result in environmentally-beneficial jobs, such as solar and wind projects and rehabbing buildings to make them energy efficienct.
  • ELM will work with the Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill to expand the current Act to include non-carbonated beverage will be included. This would greatly increase the recycling rate of a waste stream that has grown to one-third of all single-use beverage containers.
  • As part of T4MA, ELM will work to ensure that new funding for transportation will go to the most important projects to support our transportation system statewide and in an environmentally sound way.
  • As part of the Mass. Smart Growth Alliance, ELM will work to update our antiquated zoning laws so communities will have the tools they need to promote better development outcomes. 

Needs Statement

ELM’s primary need is for additional funding.  ELM makes the most of its relatively small budget (about $800K), but we seek an additional $200K to help us achieve our mission.  This additional funding would allow us to hire critically-needed advocacy and communications staff.


CEO Statement



Board Chair Statement



Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE
ELM's work benefits the people and wildlife of the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
  2. -
  3. -

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

Global Warming Solutions Project

ELM leads an inter-disciplinary network - the Global Warming Solutions Project - created to maximize implementation of the Commonwealth’s historic Global Warming Solutions Act. We must reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 by setting real, economy-wide standards for energy efficiency and GHG reductions.
Budget  200,000
Category  Environment, General/Other Air Pollution Control
Population Served Families
Program Short-Term Success  Development of a strong and cohesive inter-disciplinary network of organizations and individuals capable of influencing Massachusetts policy on climate change.
Program Long-Term Success  Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from all Massachusetts sources of 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.
Program Success Monitored By  We perform a rigorous annual evaluation of program success, conducted by an outside evaluation expert.
Examples of Program Success  The Global Warming Solutions Project is in its third year. The network of participants is stable and growing. We have already impacted the state's climate change policy and will continue to do so.

Green Budget

For more than a decade, ELM has led the effort to secure needed funding for our environmental programs and agencies.  Each year we publish a Green Budget that makes the case for how support for these programs protects public health, our natural resources and our quality of life and details the impacts of budget cuts. 
Budget  $20,000
Category  Environment, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
A short-term success would be an increase in the environmental budget.  In the most recent FY '13 budget just enacted, we did see an increase over the previous years' budgets.
Program Long-Term Success 
Our current goal is to secure 1% of the overall state budget for the environmental agencies.  We are currently at .6%--less than one penny of every dollar the state spends is spent on the environmental budget.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
Two examples of success in the last budget round, included $2.5 million that the Dept. of Environmental Protection will be able to raise and retain for its work.  In addition, the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation also saw an increase in the amount of revenue that it raises that it can keep for its important work.

Promoting Smart Growth

ELM plays a significant role in promoting smart growth in Massachusetts through its work as a founding member of the Mass. Smart Growth Alliance. Together, ELM and the Smart Growth Alliance promote healthy and diverse communities, protect critical environmental resources and working landscapes, advocate for housing and transportation choices, and support equitable community development and urban reinvestment. 
Budget  $30,000
Category  Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served Families
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term success in this program is already taking place. We are influencing legislation, funding of key smart growth government programs, helping communities craft model smart growth bylaws, and much more (see below).
Program Long-Term Success 
Long-term, we seek to accomplish the following:
  • Reform our antiquated zoning laws which often don’t allow us to build the New England type villages for which we are known.
  • Generate support for adequate funding for transportation improvements and expanded transit.
  • Partner with communities that want to promote mixed use development, affordable housing, equity, and natural resource protection.
  • Promoting regional and local planning.
  • Revitalize our small cities that already have infrastructure, housing and more compact development.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is primarily monitored by the seven organizational partners. Criteria for success include: level of partner participation; evidence of positive influence on relevant legislation; number of cities and towns collaborating with us; model bylaws passed by those municipalities, etc.
Examples of Program Success  Short-term success is already manifest. The Smart Growth Alliance, comprised of seven organizations, is still going strong almost 10 years after its creation. Our accomplishments are many - from helping to pass housing bond, transportation bond, and environmental bond bills, to securing commitments from state agencies towards sustainable development and much more (see www.ma-smartgrowth.org/about-us/accomplishments). 

Young Environmentalist Program

The environmental movement is “graying!” We need young people to join us in the fight. ELM has initiated a novel program bringing young people to Beacon Hill to meet with government officials, reporters and lobbyists to better understand the real process of change. These young people are excited, they help us recharge our batteries, and they are tomorrow’s leaders. Last year we also expanded our Young Environmentalist Program to include the high school students of Boston Green Academy.
Budget  $50,000
Category  Environment, General/Other
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Active participation by high school, college and graduate students, as well as young people recently out of school.
Program Long-Term Success  The creation of a group of young environmental leaders who would not have become leaders without the training and inspiration of the Young Environmentalist Program.
Program Success Monitored By  We monitor both the number of participants as well as their feedback regarding the program's effectiveness.
Examples of Program Success  We know the Young Environmentalist Program is successful because participants regularly thank us for the opportunity to participate and state that it has greatly improved their understanding of how environmental policy gets made at the state level.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. George Bachrach
CEO Term Start Oct 2007
CEO Email gbachrach@environmentalleague.org
CEO Experience

George Bachrach has been President of the Environmental League of Massachusetts since 2007.  He is an attorney, former state senator and teaches journalism at Boston University. He also regularly provides political commentary for Boston area television and radio stations including New England Cable News, WGBH-TV and The Boston Globe, among other media outlets.

Bachrach served three terms in the Massachusetts state senate in the 1980s and has run for the U.S. Congress with the endorsement of The Boston Globe, organized labor and civic groups.   Upon leaving the state senate, Bachrach practiced law for nearly a decade as a partner with the Boston law firm of Brown, Rudnick, Freed and Gesmer. Thereafter, he served as the CEO of a direct marketing firm assisting national nonprofits and later founded Bachrach & Co, a public affairs and public relations consulting firm.

From 1987 through 1993, he was appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis to chair the board of the Massachusetts Office for Children. In addition, Bachrach has served on the board of the Boston Society of Architects and as past president of both Americans for Democratic Action (Mass. chapter) and Mass. Handgun Control, Inc. He has also served as a board member of the Mass. Human Services Coalition and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, among others.

Bachrach is a graduate of Trinity College and Boston University’s School of Law.

Co-CEO Mr. Ken Pruitt
Co-CEO Term Start May 2008
Co-CEO Email kpruitt@environmentalleague.org
Co-CEO Experience

Ken Pruitt has been the Managing Director of the Environmental League of Massachusetts since 2008.  From 2003 to 2008 he was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.  From 1998 to 2003 he was Director of Conservation for the Town of Boxford, MA.  Previously Ken was a Land Use and Natural Resources Analyst with Science Applications International Corporation in the Washington, D.C. area, where he worked on assignment with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Prior to graduate school he worked at the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) based in Boston, helping to promote a 10-point code of corporate environmental conduct.  Ken is a graduate of Macalester College (B.A.), the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (M.F.S.), and the Yale Graduate School’s international relations program (M.A.).

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Nancy Goodman Vice President for Policy Nancy Goodman has worked at ELM since 1998. She has primary responsibility for developing, prioritizing and advancing ELM’s environmental policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including land use and smart growth, land protection, energy and climate change, water resources, and funding for environmental programs. Much of ELM’s policy work is accomplished through Nancy’s participation in a number of coalitions, including the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (which she chairs), the Massachusetts Climate Coalition, Transportation for Massachusetts, and the Forests and Parks Partnership. Nancy also is responsible for ELM’s Green Budget, which advocates for sufficient funding for our environmental agencies, and the State of the Environment report, which examines 20 indicators of environmental health and natural resource protection.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
2011 Theiss International Riverprize Charles River Watershed Association 2011
Proclamation of May 16, 1998 as a Day of Celebration for the 100th Anniversary of the Environmental League of Massachusetts Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci 1998
Proclamation of October 23rd, 1997 as Environmental League of Massachusetts Day Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci 1997

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
National Wildlife Federation 1992
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network --
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 8
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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 Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Seth Jaffe
Board Chair Company Affiliation Foey Hoag LLP
Board Chair Term Nov 2014 - Nov 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
George Bachrach Environmental League of Massachusetts Voting
Henry Bell NSTAR Gas and Electric Voting
Roger Berkowitz Legal Sea Foods Voting
Alex Bok Boston Baseball Field of Dreams --
Theresa Cohen Office Paper Recovery Systems Voting
William Constable A.W. Perry Voting
Veronica Eady Conservation Law Foundation --
Robert Fishman Nutter, McClennen and Fish --
Ann Fowler Wallace Funders' Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities Voting
Seth Jaffe Foley Hoag LLP Voting
Namrita Kapur Environmental Defense Fund Voting
Anne Kelly CERES Voting
Virginia Lawrence Retired Voting
Bethany LeBlanc State Street Corporation Voting
Rick Mattila Retired Voting
Linda Orel Mass. Association of Conservation Commissions Voting
Matthew Patsky Trillium Asset Management Voting
Pete Pedersen Renova Partners/Brightfields Development Voting
John Quealy Canaccord Genuity Voting
Ann Roosevelt Retired Voting
Gwen Ruta Environmental Defense Fund Voting
Tedd Saunders Eco-Logical Solutions; Saunders Hotel Group Voting
Rob Tuchmann Retired 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: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 20
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 13
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 65%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

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 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $900,188.00
Projected Expense $964,996.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 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 $1,100,675 $1,007,924 $876,865
Total Expenses $905,328 $718,309 $703,307

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$439,000 $538,500 $399,500
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $481,416 $333,905 $383,071
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $81,332 $58,446 $9,151
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $92,927 $76,873 $83,508
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $6,000 $200 $1,635

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $670,676 $520,047 $457,519
Administration Expense $90,342 $89,192 $100,680
Fundraising Expense $144,310 $109,070 $145,108
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.22 1.40 1.25
Program Expense/Total Expenses 74% 72% 65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 14% 11% 17%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $1,080,165 $898,121 $620,078
Current Assets $578,832 $475,153 $253,409
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $12,944 $26,247 $37,819
Total Net Assets $1,067,221 $871,874 $582,259

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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Barr Foundation $232,000.00
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Grantham Foundation $60,000.00
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Conservation Law Foundation $41,000.00

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $57,888.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

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

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 44.72 18.10 6.70

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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

Documents


Other Documents

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