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Organization DBA Dedham Community House
DCH
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The Dedham Community Association, better known as the Dedham Community House, is dedicated to advancing the educational, recreational, cultural and civic interests of people of all ages from Dedham and surrounding communities.

Mission Statement

The Dedham Community Association, better known as the Dedham Community House, is dedicated to advancing the educational, recreational, cultural and civic interests of people of all ages from Dedham and surrounding communities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $1,867,000.00
Projected Expense $1,866,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Dedham Community House Historic Preservation
  • Dedham Community House Pool
  • Dedham Community House Preschool
  • Dedham Community House Programs
  • Dedham Community House Summer Camp

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Dedham Community Association, better known as the Dedham Community House, is dedicated to advancing the educational, recreational, cultural and civic interests of people of all ages from Dedham and surrounding communities.

Background Statement

The Dedham Community Association, better known as the Dedham Community House or DCH, was founded in 1922 when a group of civic-minded citizens purchased an estate originally built by Judge Samuel Haven at the corner of Ames and High streets in Dedham.  The purpose of forming this charitable, non-profit association was twofold: to preserve the historic mansion built in the Bulfinch design in 1794 and to provide a recreational center for the people of Dedham and beyond.
 

Today, in fulfillment of its mission, DCH operates a nationally accredited and highly respected year-round preschool for children ages 15 months to 5 years, a popular summer day camp for children ages 5 to 12 years, and a variety of classes for children and adults including carpentry, cooking, art, dance, exercise, swimming, preschool sports and more. DCH also hosts several free seasonal events including summer movie nights, a fall fair and an annual Easter egg hunt.

 

DCH serves an important role as a leader among local organizations. As a well-established nonprofit, DCH actively supports and incubates other community groups. For example, the Dedham School of Music is provided donated space for its headquarters and lessons, and Dedham Parent Time is offered space for winter playtimes. Further, DCH hosts free workshops for local nonprofit organizations providing information on pertinent nonprofit management topics as well as a venue for networking.

 

DCH’s quality programming serves people of all ages, from all income levels and from all neighborhoods of Dedham and over 20 surrounding towns. Affordable rates, scholarships and financial aid help to make programs accessible to all. In 2013 DCH provided more than $160,000 in charitable discounts including camp scholarships, financial aid for preschool families and program participants, and free or discounted facility usage.


Impact Statement

2013 Accomplishments
* The DCH Preschool successfully transitioned to new leadership with the retirement of its Director of 20 years. The Preschool served more than 100 families in 2013 while continuing to sustain excellent teacher retention rates and many inquiries.  Leadership from enthusiastic preschool parents continued the engagement of an active and engaged Parents Committee.
* The DCH Summer Camp enjoyed record numbers serving more than 400 campers with swim lessons, archery, woodworking, science, arts & crafts, sports & games and more.
* Community programs expanded with more offerings for more age groups, including the addition of weekly Middle School Drop-In Nights.
* DCH provided more than $160,000 in donated and discounted programming and facilities rentals to families in need and local nonprofit organizations. Financial aid to local families  in need ($95,000) increased by 7% from 2012, and by more than 500% since 2008.
* DCH continued facilities improvements to ensure its historic buildings are preserved and whole campus is maintained.
 
2014 Goals
*To complete a Campus Master Plan with a focus on feasibility of a new recreational building. 
*To further expand programming, with emphasis on adolescents and teens.
* To increase support for scholarships/financial aid for all aspects of our programming ensuring accessibility for all.
* To strengthen and grow collaborations with local nonprofit and municipal organizations.
* To increase awareness in the community of the organization and its mission, campus and programs.

Needs Statement

Our most pressing needs at this time include:

Capital Funding:
Preserving DCH's historic buildings (Haven House (1795) and the William Bullard House (1856)) is an important priority of the organization both for their historic value and for the endurance of the community programs they house. Furthermore, upkeep of the entire 7.5 acre campus and additional 3 buildings is critical. We have made significant progress in addressing overdue repairs and undertaking necessary ongoing maintenance to ensure the longevity of these community resources.

Scholarship Support:
DCH is committed to ensuring that its programs and services are available to all regardless of income level.  Each year, tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid are awarded to local families in need.  Contributions to DCH's Scholarship Fund help ensure that we reach our goal of expanding both the number of individuals reached and scholarship award amounts.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Southeast Massachusetts Region
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Metrowest Region
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- West Roxbury
METROWEST REGION, MA
SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

We have no geographic restrictions on who we serve. Clients primarily come to us from Dedham but also Brookline, Canton, Needham, Norwood, Walpole, Westwood, and the Boston neighborhoods of West Roxbury, Roslindale and Hyde Park.

Organization Categories

  1. Recreation & Sports - Community Recreational Centers
  2. Education - Preschools
  3. Recreation & Sports - Camps

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

Dedham Community House Historic Preservation

The Dedham Community House is fortunate to be the steward of two important historic buildings: Haven House and the William Bullard House.  The original Federal style Haven House was built in 1795 by Samuel Haven, a prominent judge in the county, and is reputed to have been designed by Charles Bulfinch. Today it houses DCH’s main offices, summer camp headquarters, and several of the organization’s programs. Its prominent location in the heart of Dedham Square makes it a significant landmark and asset to the community. The William Bullard House, built in 1856, is one of only two surviving residences in Dedham built of Dedham granite. Today it houses the DCH Preschool in a lovely juxtaposition of old and new. Preserving these historic assets is a priority of the organization both for the historic value and for the endurance of the community programs they house. Through a multi-year plan, the board and staff have committed to completing overdue repairs and to undertaking ongoing maintenance to ensure the longevity of these historic community resources.

Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
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Dedham Community House Pool

The Dedham Community House Pool, re-built and opened in 2010, is an outdoor, summer-only facility that supports the DCH Summer Camp program. In addition to serving summer campers, the pool is available to the public through individual and family pool memberships, as well as through swim lessons for children, adult exercise classes, lap swim and family introductory swim programs. DCH also hosts community swim days throughout the summer which give local families the opportunity to use the pool for free or at a reduced drop-in fee for the day.
Budget  $87,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Swimming Facilities
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
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Dedham Community House Preschool

The DCH Preschool is an NAEYC accredited center that has a professional staff dedicated to providing creative learning and play while overseeing the physical safety and emotional and intellectual growth of the children.  The program is designed to provide a stimulating, creative and supportive environment.  Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace while developing feelings of security, success and self-confidence.
 
The DCH Preschool is located in the organization's historic "Stone House" and serves 65 children a day between 15 months of age and Kindergarten. It offers 2, 3, and 5 half- and full-day options year-round.
 
The DCH Preschool is committed to serving an economically diverse student body from all neighborhoods of Dedham and surrounding towns. We accept vouchers and offer financial aid.
Budget  $1,000,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families
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Dedham Community House Programs

The Dedham Community House offers a variety of recreational and educational programs for people of all ages. From art, sports and swim lessons for children, to exercise and cooking classes for adults and seniors, the Dedham Community House has something for everyone. Classes are open to the public and residency in Dedham is not required. Programs run seasonally -- winter, spring, summer and fall. Financial aid is available for all programs.
 
DCH also offers many free events throughout the year including indoor and outdoor family movie nights, a Fall Fair, and several holiday events.
Budget  $119,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Recreation Centers
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
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Dedham Community House Summer Camp

Since the 1920's the Dedham Community House Summer Camp has helped create lifelong childhood memories of summer. Through a variety of activities, children have the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and just enjoy being a kid! In turn, parents have the peace of mind of a safe, reliable and affordable summer child care option.
 
The Camp serves over 400 children each summer from those entering Kindergarten through 7th Grade. Activities include: archery, swimming, sports & games, arts & crafts, woodworking, drama, science and more.
 
Campers come from every neighborhood of Dedham and over 15 other communities. DCH Summer Camp tuition remains affordable at half to a third the cost of other similar camps. Additionally, DCH offers over 100 free weeks of camp each summer to children from families in need. 
Budget  $305,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Camping
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Michelle Persson Reilly
CEO Term Start May 2007
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Michelle graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Economics. In 2001 she earned a Masters in City Planning with a concentration in Housing, Communities and Economic Development from MIT. Michelle has held a variety of positions in nonprofit organizations ranging from direct service, legislative advocacy, research, fundraising, event planning and program management. She was thrilled to bring this experience to an organization she cared so much about in her own community.

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
Jeanne Akasten Assistant Preschool Director --
Katrina Tober Preschool Director --
Joshua Paul Walther Program Director --

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 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Dedham Housing Authority
Dedham Youth Commission
Dedham School of Music
Dedham Shines
West Roxbury YMCA 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 22
Number of Part Time Staff 11
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 86%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 30
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 27
Male: 6
Not Specified 33

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Mark William Manning
Board Chair Company Affiliation Burns & Levinson LLP
Board Chair Term May 2009 - May 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Susanne Marshall Chiang Children's Hospital, Boston Voting
Dr. Donald E. Elmore Wellesley College Voting
Dr. Jennifer Mohr Hyde MD Westwood-Mansfield Pediatric Associates Voting
Ms. Marie Louise Kehoe Retired, Former Massachusetts State Representative Voting
Ms. Stacy Devine Kelly Boston Children's Hospital Voting
Ms. Abigail Sabra Robinson King Dedham Institution for Savings Voting
Mr. Mark William Manning Burns & Levinson LLP Voting
Dr. Eric Lee Merithew Utility Service Company, Inc. Voting
Mr. Stephen Daniel Palenscar Foley & Palenscar Insurance Agency Voting
Ms. Beth Igneri Pierce Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Voting
Mr. David Michael Rose Furey Research Partners, LLC Voting
Mr. Francis John Sally Sally & Fitch, LLP Voting
Mr. Scott John Shannon SAR Development 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: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): N/A
Gender Female: 6
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 81%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Executive
  • Finance

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 Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $1,867,000.00
Projected Expense $1,866,000.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

2008 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,846,137 $1,837,397 $1,771,059
Total Expenses $1,874,032 $1,784,103 $1,705,827

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $10,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $87,069 $101,475 $26,963
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,697,689 $1,672,001 $1,645,518
Investment Income, Net of Losses $231 $226 $251
Membership Dues $46,495 $49,540 $45,428
Special Events $14,653 $14,155 $31,099
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $11,800

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,672,573 $1,607,323 $1,530,740
Administration Expense $201,459 $176,780 $175,087
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.03 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 89% 90% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $2,466,507 $2,509,859 $2,487,406
Current Assets $302,979 $414,782 $328,016
Long-Term Liabilities $566,184 $597,060 $626,560
Current Liabilities $155,741 $140,322 $141,663
Total Net Assets $1,744,582 $1,772,477 $1,719,183

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

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

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.95 2.96 2.32

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 23% 24% 25%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.  
 
Please note, Form 990s were utilized as the primary document for analysis as the audit did not include revenue  and expense information as a part of the statement of activities prior to FY12.
 
The organization provided revenue breakout details; other revenue includes contributions from trust funds managed by the Town of Dedham, for FY12.

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