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Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Inc.

 1055 Commonwealth Avenue
 Boston, MA 02215
[P] (617) 616-1600
[F] --
Joy Elbaum
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EIN 04-2698497

LAST UPDATED: 08/15/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of PPLM is to protect and promote sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice by providing clinical services, education and advocacy.

We believe that sexual health is essential to every person's total well-being.

Mission Statement

The mission of PPLM is to protect and promote sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice by providing clinical services, education and advocacy.

We believe that sexual health is essential to every person's total well-being.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $21,063,515.00
Projected Expense $20,507,930.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Education
  • External Affairs and Public Awareness
  • Medical Services

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Mission Statement

The mission of PPLM is to protect and promote sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice by providing clinical services, education and advocacy.

We believe that sexual health is essential to every person's total well-being.

Background Statement

For more than 80 years, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) has been a leader in promoting sexual health, providing the information and expert services people need to make informed, personal decisions that affect their health, their lives, and their futures. We are the state’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive health services. We educate families and empower youth to make responsible choices that lead to healthier lives. Across the U.S., 1 in 5 women have turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in their lives for professional, non-judgmental, and confidential care. PPLM operates 7 health centers across the state. Services include cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, annual gynecological exams, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion care, and more. 89% of our services are preventive. Last year, we served approximately 32,000 patients, and highly trained volunteers answered approximately 20,000 calls on our confidential Counseling & Referral Hotline. Nearly half of our patients are ages 18-24.  In addition to the education that happens with every patient in our health centers, we have extensive programs for students, parents, and teachers. Our Get Real comprehensive sex education curriculum for middle and high school students helps teens develop the skills necessary for healthy relationships, and promotes abstinence as the best choice for young teens while still providing medically accurate information about safer sex. We train teachers to use the curriculum in their own classrooms. Last year Get Real was added to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services' short list of evidence-based programs that are proven effective in reducing teen pregnancy. Get Real  has been chosen by over 230 schools and youth-serving programs in 18 states, including approximately 60 programs in and around Boston, reaching more than 120,000 youth.

We also provide tools that empower parents in their roles as primary sexuality educators of their children. Through workshops and resources, we help families have more open and honest conversations about sex, values, and relationships.

 PPLM is a national leader in promoting public policies that improve sexual health and well-being. On Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill, we are the people’s voice in protecting and enhancing access to sexual and reproductive health services and education.


Impact Statement

In FY15:

·         Our Springfield health center became our fifth site to be approved for Title X grant funding. Title X is a federal program dedicated to providing family planning and related services, and enables funded sites to provide care to patients who might otherwise not be able to afford health services.

·         97% of our patients reported that they would recommend PPLM to family or friends.

·         Get Real experienced a spectacular growth spurt, and is now in approximately 240 programs in 18 states.  A 3-year independent study of the Get Real middle school program, published in Nov. 2014, proved its effectiveness at delaying risky sexual behavior:16% fewer boys and 15% fewer girls who participated in Get Real had sex compared to their peers who did not participate. In Feb. 2015 Get Real was added to the U.S. Health & Human Services short list of programs proven effective in reducing teen pregnancy, and schools and other organizations wishing to implement our program may now apply for federal funding to do so. 

·         We engaged, developed, and galvanized youth to educate their peers, guide others to health services, and even improve health services to youth. The 30 members of PPLM’s Get Real Teen Council, trained to provide classroom and community presentations and to serve as sexual health resources to friends, family, and neighbors, reached nearly 3,000 youth, both 1:1 and through workshops. They also created educational videos about STI testing, advocated for comprehensive sexuality education, and spoke to the media about PPLM health services. We also launched the innovative new Access to Culturally Competent Care for Teens (ACCCT) Program, by which our teen “Youth Advocates” contributed to PPLM’s development of a Youth Friendly Services Toolkit and also provided training to health care providers, all aimed at helping health care providers and facilities become more welcoming to teens, and thus increasing teen access and health outcomes.

Needs Statement

Donor support is essential to PPLM's health care, education, advocacy, research and public awareness initiatives. Approximately 20% of PPLM's revenues come from private donors.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions
PPLM serves women and their families from across Massachusetts, with health centers in Boston, Fitchburg, Marlborough, Milford, Somerville, Springfield, and Worcester. Education programs are delivered in all parts of Massachusetts, through schools and community-based organizations.

Organization Categories

  1. Health Care - Reproductive Health Care
  2. Health Care - Family Planning
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Reproductive Rights

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




PPLM is committed to improving the lives of youth, parents and families in Massachusetts through education and training. PPLM provides school-based sex education across the state, parent education and professional training.
PPLM trains and supports teachers to implement its curriculum - Get Real: Sex Education That Works - that is designed to delay the onset of sexual activity. Framed in Social and Emotional Learning, Get Real helps middle and high school students negotiate social pressures and make healthy decisions. PPLM also trains nurses, social workers and other professionals to deliver effective, customized and comprehensive sex education programs.
We empower parents to be the primary sexuality educators of their children by providing useful skills, information and resources in many convenient ways. These include English- and Spanish-language workshops in community, home and work settings, as well as e-newsletters.
Budget  $1,257,655.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Teachers will report that they have gained sufficient knowledge, skills, and confidence, through PPLM's guidance and online resources, to implement Get Real with their students. PPLM will work with 40 community partners to provide parent workshops. 85% of parents participating in our parent workshops will gain knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, and will express intent to talk with their children about sex and their own family values. 90% of the teens in Get Real Teen Council (GRTC) will exhibit increased knowledge of the subject matter and confidence in giving presentations. The GRTC will present 30 workshops in schools and community settings.
Program Long-Term Success  Our goal is to make this generation the healthiest one ever.
Program Success Monitored By 

PPLM evaluates our programming on an ongoing basis, including seeking input from school and other program staff who are teaching the Get Real curriculum. Youth and parents are also surveyed on an ongoing basis, to help PPLM assess the program’s impact on delaying sexual activity, and, as students get older, their use of protection methods. Get Real Teen Council and our parent workshops are monitored quantitatively and qualitatively. Quantitative data tracks the number of students and parents served and the number of programs implemented. We also track the schools and community venues in which GRTC presentations are made, and the names and number of parent education community partners. Qualitative results for GRTC and parent education programs are tracked using a series of pre- and post-tests and surveys, as well as anecdotal feedback, such as comments to PPLM presenters by parents, students, and staff of schools and community partners.

Examples of Program Success  0

External Affairs and Public Awareness

PPLM is a national leader in promoting public policies that improve sexual health and well-being. On Beacon Hill and on Capitol Hill, we are the people's voice in protecting and enhancing access to sexual and reproductive health services and education.
Supporters champion sexual health through our online Planned Parenthood Action Network (PPAN), Planned Parenthood Voices for Choice (VOX) chapters on college campuses, and through local events. PPLM also trains the next generation of activists through our internship and volunteer opportunities.
Budget  $720,499.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy Reproductive Rights
Population Served Adults Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  --
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Program Success Monitored By  --
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Medical Services

PPLM provides high-quality sexual and reproductive health services in a confidential, nonjudgemental and culturally-sensitive environment. Through the latest medical advances and care delivery models, we provide individualized, expert, convenient care to all of our patients.
Our services include gynecological checkups; birth control; sexually transmitted infection prevention, testing and treatment; emergency contraception; pregnancy testing; abortion care and more. We have seven health centers across Massachusetts.
Through our Sexual Health Counseling & Referral Hotline, trained counselors are available by phone to answer questions anonymously, confidentially and at no cost.
Through independent and collaborative research, PPLM aims to reduce unintended pregnancy and improve the quality of family planning and abortion care.
Budget  $13,177,634.00
Category  Health Care Family Planning
Population Served Female Adults Male Adults
Program Short-Term Success  --
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Program Success Monitored By  --
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak MD, MBA
CEO Term Start Nov 2015
CEO Email
CEO Experience As a primary care physician since 1993, Jennifer brings with her deep knowledge of the health care system and direct experience working with patients to keep them healthy.  Before joining PPLM, Jennifer was Regional Medical Director for Atrius Health, Jennifer leading the three Boston practices that combined have an estimated $170 million in revenue, 200,000 patient visits, 80,000 primary care patients and 75 clinicians.  In addition to her responsibility for strategic planning and execution, Jennifer personally cared for 1,000 patients. 

Jennifer's interest in sexual and reproductive health care dates back to her time as a new Harvard graduate at the United Nations Populations Fund, inspired by their work to ensure universal access to reproductive health. During that same point in her life, she also volunteered with Planned Parenthood NYC.  Together, these experiences reinforced her belief in protecting a woman's personal decisions and propelled her into the field of medicine.    

With an MBA from Boston University's School of Management, Jennifer's experience in health care and operations and commitment to serving the underserved are complemented by her strong business acumen. 
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Anne Doyle Chief Operating Officer --


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Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 111
Number of Part Time Staff 98
Number of Volunteers 250
Number of Contract Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
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 Dr. Dharma E. Cortes Ph.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation No affiliation
Board Chair Term July 2010 - June 2012
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Alicia L. Abad Community Volunteer --
Ms. Kathryn Beaumont-Murphy Esq. State Street --
Mr. David Bechhofer No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Jill Block no affiliation Voting
Ms. Susan Brown Esq. Minuteman Health Voting
Ms. Nonnie S. Burnes No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Anne Columbia No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Magnolia Contreras Dana Farber Cancer Institute Voting
Dr. Andrea Edlow MD Tufts Voting
Mr. Daniel A. Ginsburg Independent health Care Consultant Voting
Dr. Toni Golen M.D. Beth Israel Deaconess Voting
Ms. Emily Greenstein RBS Citizens Bank Voting
Mr. Frank F. Herron UMass Boston Voting
Ms. Eve T. Horwitz, Esq. No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Susan L. Kaufman No Affiliation Voting
Dr. Atsuko Koyama M.D., M.P.H. No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Patti Kraft Esq. Bellezza Home & Garden Voting
Ms. Renee M. Landers Esq. No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Margaret Lawrence No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Linette G. Liebling Wheaton College Voting
Dr. Eli H. Newberger M.D. Harvard Medical School Voting
Ms. Jan Nyquist No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Julia H. Owens No Affiliation Voting
Dr. Alison Swift Packard M.D. No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Lois C. Russell No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Jamie Ann Sabino Esq. Trial Court of Massachusetts Voting
Dr. Mark Schuster M.D. Boston children's Hospital Voting
Ms. Catherine West Center for Health Information and Analysis 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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 26
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 26
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees


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Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $20,305,467 $20,467,666 $19,525,125
Total Expenses $20,222,828 $18,504,924 $18,238,700

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $4,285,417 $4,114,246 $4,053,725
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $15,512,811 $15,160,626 $14,217,374
Investment Income, Net of Losses $289,837 $1,047,105 $732,394
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $313,330
Revenue In-Kind $64,945 $90,488 $123,584
Other $116,817 $55,201 $84,718

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $15,786,934 $15,102,110 $14,804,197
Administration Expense $3,033,235 $2,319,469 $2,178,350
Fundraising Expense $1,402,659 $1,083,345 $1,256,153
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.11 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 82% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 32% 26% 29%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $35,033,804 $34,721,399 $32,352,515
Current Assets $15,067,118 $14,328,752 $11,405,622
Long-Term Liabilities $11,196,636 $11,285,798 $11,371,811
Current Liabilities $1,733,245 $1,414,317 $1,237,256
Total Net Assets $22,103,923 $22,021,284 $19,743,448

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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Financial Planning

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Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.69 10.13 9.22

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 32% 33% 35%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are 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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