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Organization DBA Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Founded in 1973, The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is the only rape crisis center in the Greater Boston area and the oldest and largest center in Massachusetts. Our mission is to end sexual violence through healing and social change. 

Mission Statement

Founded in 1973, The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is the only rape crisis center in the Greater Boston area and the oldest and largest center in Massachusetts. Our mission is to end sexual violence through healing and social change. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,346,348.00
Projected Expense $1,264,368.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Medical Advocacy

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Mission Statement

Founded in 1973, The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is the only rape crisis center in the Greater Boston area and the oldest and largest center in Massachusetts. Our mission is to end sexual violence through healing and social change. 

Background Statement

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center was founded in March of 1973 by a small group of women, several of whom were survivors of sexual violence. Started at the Women’s Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, BARCC began in a room just big enough to hold a desk, a telephone & a single mattress. The center’s main focus at this time was its 24 hour a day hotline--they even called the family whose phone number was 492-RAPE and persuaded them to give it up! The founders (all volunteers) would take turns sleeping in the room to ensure that someone was there to pick up the phone or help a survivor who came in at any time of the day or night. At the time, it was a huge risk and quite revolutionary to speak out and take action against rape, which was never discussed openly and remained shrouded in myth, blame & silence. Survivors were routinely treated with disrespect and were humiliated in hospitals, police stations & courtrooms throughout the country. With the founding of BARCC, people in the Boston area began to acknowledge the existence and prevalence of sexual violence and that survivors deserved help on the path to healing and justice.


The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center was the first rape crisis center in Massachusetts and the second in the United States. Over the years, rape crisis centers across the country have used BARCC’s successful programs and services as models for their own communities. Though much has improved in the last three and a half decades, sexual violence remains an urgent public health problem, with profound medical, emotional & financial consequences for survivors, their families and our communities. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the vision, service & advocacy of this small group of ordinary, courageous women who decided to take action. Since then, we have helped thousands of survivors-of all ages, races, genders and cultures-and from listening to their stories and understanding their real needs, we will continue to shape a world in which eventually sexual violence is history.

Impact Statement

While it will always be the individual stories of survivors, family members and communities that bring about so much satisfaction in our work, we are also proud to share these recent accomplishments:

·       In the fall of 2011 BARCC was awarded one of only 5 federal grants in the country to build service access for survivors with disabilities.

·       Through a culturally specific federal grant program, we are increasing the capacity of two organizations to respond to sexual assault disclosures in the LGBT and Portuguese speaking communities.

·       With continued investment by the department of public health BARCC has continued to provide free access to a curriculum for early childhood providers on understanding and responding to children’s sexual behaviors and to develop new tool for working with parents of young children.

·       Our BE SAFE youth initiative has been receiving national attention for bridging the intersection of serious health and social issues youth face. We are presenting at a national sexual violence conference in August and, in that same month, launching a new version of the website.

The goals of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center are:

·       to provide free, expert care, counseling, guidance and advocacy to victims of sexual violence aged 12 and older and to their families, and

·       to provide outreach, education, and training focused on increasing public health and safety in the short term and reducing and eventually eradicating sexual violence in the long term,

·       to offer leadership and innovation in sexual violence prevention and intervention to the region and beyond.

Needs Statement

1.      Space planner to help us determine our short term and long term space needs that will help us accomplish our strategic plan- 25k. This will most likely lead to the need for assistance with planning and executing a move – 50k

2.      Communication consultant to help us develop and implement a coordinated strategic communication plan, including the use of social media – 40K.

3.      Funds for our child sexual abuse prevention work with child care programs - 50k

4.      Funds to provide direct  financial support ($50- $1000)   to BARCC clients needing small items such as new locks or windows,  to a few nights in a hotel for safety, or support for needed medications post-assault - 10K per year

5.      People from in and around Boston interested in serving on our committed and active board of directors and/or as a direct service volunteer with our hotline, medical accompaniment program or community outreach program. 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
With the help of our professional staff and more than 100 dedicated volunteers, we provide direct services to the 29 cities of the greater Boston region from our offices in Cambridge and Boston and community sites in Chelsea and Dorchester.  We also offer state-wide and national training and technical assistance.

Organization Categories

  1. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Sexual Assault Services
  2. Human Services - Victims' Services
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development


Medical Advocacy


BARCC offers a comprehensive set of free services in English, Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole including:

Medical Advocacy 

Medical advocates provide compassionate, knowledgeable support, information, and referral services to survivors and their families in hospital emergency departments. In the immediate aftermath of rape, survivors face a host of emotional, medical, and legal decisions. An advocate can provide information to assist the survivor (and her/his family) in making the best possible choices.

What does a BARCC Medical Advocate do?

BARCC Medical Advocates are certified rape crisis counselors who provide information and support to the survivor and/or family at the hospital.  They are there to offer support, get a drink of water, hold a survivor's hand - and to truly look out for the best interests of the survivor during their hospital visit. Advocates provide support throughout the entire forensic exam if the survivor wishes. They can also be helpful with safety planning, arranging transportation, and with follow-up plans. Research has shown that survivors who have a rape crisis advocate present at the hospital are more likely to feel positive about the experience of going to the hospital. This is an important start to the healing process. 

Budget  $427,515.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention
Population Served Victims
Program Short-Term Success  It is the mission of the medical advocacy program at BARCC to ensure that all survivors are treated respectfully and fairly when being treated in an emergency room and that all survivors who want an advocate are able to have one by their side.  It is proven that a positive ER experience can allow a survivor to begin the healing process faster, this is our goal for all survivors of sexual assault.
Program Long-Term Success 

Program Success Monitored By 

Through both qualitative and quantitative data collection, it has been shown that having an advocate with you in the ER after a sexual assault results in a better hospital experience and less chance of post-traumatic stress. Survivors are more likely to get follow-up care, seek counseling and are more likely to report the assault to the police. And the police respond to the case more seriously if an advocate is present.

Examples of Program Success 

Research has shown that survivors who have a rape crisis advocate present at the hospital are more likely to feel positive about the experience of going to the hospital. 

•             “The advocate met me at the hospital and, I have to say, I don’t think I could have gone through it without her. She seemed to know when I needed to talk and when I just needed to have someone there. She explained everything that was happening and made me feel like there was someone who was just there for me – someone who was on my side... I will never forget the way [she] cared for me, the way [she] dropped everything to be there for me, the way [she] helped me through the worst nightmare of my life.”

•             “When my head was full of ‘taking action and control,’ BARCC helped me realize that I could best help my daughter by letting her be in control because that’s what she lost when she was assaulted. I know my daughter wouldn't be the wonderful, healthy person she is today without BARCC's help.”

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gina Scaramella
CEO Term Start Aug 2002
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Gina Scaramella is the executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Massachusetts' largest and oldest provider of services for sexual assault survivors and public education programs for the community. Before assuming her current role, Gina led the development of the Center's enormously successful medical advocacy program, in which highly-trained volunteers meet and support rape survivors at hospital emergency departments. This, along with other work of the Center, has contributed to a remarkable 700 percent increase in reporting of sexual assault crimes. She has worked with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center for over eight years, and before that she worked with the Center as a volunteer counselor for two years. Gina serves on the Governor's Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, as well as numerous other boards and committees dedicated to the issue. She earned her Master of Social Work from Boston University, and her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her partner and two sons.
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
Kristy Cullivan Sierra Development Director --
Stephanie Decandia -- --
Lois Glass Clinical Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
National Crime Victim Service Award United States Department of Justice 2009
Non-Profit of the Year Cambridge Chamber of Commerce 2006


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

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 24
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 130
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 91%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 18
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 23
Male: 2
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 Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


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 Beth Molnar
Board Chair Company Affiliation Northeastern University
Board Chair Term July 2014 - June 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Toyin Ajayi Commonwealth Care Alliance Voting
Robert Almoney III Google Voting
Sarah Beaulieu Be The Change --
Laura Brelsford MBTA Voting
Laura Brenninkmeyer Community Volunteer Voting
Stephanie Brown Community volunteer Voting
Duane de Four MIT --
Gayle Dubline Community Volunteer Voting
April Evans Monitor Clipper Partners Voting
Karen Kupferberg Community volunteer Exofficio
Barbara Matez Community volunteer Voting
Beth Molnar Community volunteer Voting
Katherine Murtagh Harvard Management Company Voting
Taneesha Peoples EMC NonVoting
Ed Reiss Deutsche Bank --

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
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,346,348.00
Projected Expense $1,264,368.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2014 BARCC Audit

2013 BARCC Audit

2012 BARCC Audit

2011 BARCC Audit

2010 BARCC Audit

2009 BARCC Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $2,320,273 $2,131,368 $1,749,908
Total Expenses $2,246,614 $2,165,985 $1,779,142

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $1,458,198 $1,455,946 $1,168,624
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $1,458,198 $1,455,946 $1,168,624
Individual Contributions $458,041 $310,021 $369,320
Indirect Public Support $3,574 $6,253 $6,113
Earned Revenue $0 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $580 $170 $406
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $351,823 $331,410 $158,119
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $48,057 $27,568 $47,326

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,656,708 $1,612,730 $1,368,528
Administration Expense $213,405 $222,873 $193,399
Fundraising Expense $376,501 $330,382 $217,215
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 0.98 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 74% 74% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 16% 13%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $970,983 $878,777 $891,051
Current Assets $944,611 $849,858 $858,168
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $202,304 $183,757 $161,414
Total Net Assets $768,679 $695,020 $729,637

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

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 4.67 4.62 5.32

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

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


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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