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Esplanade Association Inc

 376 Boylston Street, Suite 503
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 227-0365
[F] --
www.esplanadeassociation.org
[email protected]
Michael Nichols
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INCORPORATED: 2001
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EIN 04-3550635

LAST UPDATED: 12/21/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The Esplanade Association is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, preserve natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural and recreational programs for everyone.

Mission Statement

The Esplanade Association is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, preserve natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural and recreational programs for everyone.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $1,727,500.00
Projected Expense $1,789,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Capital Projects
  • Horticultural Care
  • Volunteer and Community Engagement Programs

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Esplanade Association is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, preserve natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural and recreational programs for everyone.

Background Statement

Ten years ago, the Esplanade stood neglected, unsafe and lacking in important park visitor amenities. With its high use and lack of adequate resources, this park was in need of help. A group of local citizens responded to this need and formed the park’s friends group: the Esplanade Association. The organization's first project reopened a playground. Ten years later, EA has helped to rebuild athletic fields, improve the health of trees, restore the Hatch Shell Lawn and a historic fountain, install water fountains, trash compactors and exercise equipment, refresh and reopen bathrooms, reconstruct the boating docks and produce a user survey and cultural landscape report.
 
Since 2001, the Esplanade Association has grown from a volunteer-led organization to add a staff of seven full-time professionals and a board with expertise in management, public policy and park restoration.  The organization takes a long-term view to park restoration and has operating and financial plans in place to meet annual and longer-term goals for park restoration and for organizational growth and improvement.
 
The Esplanade Association is a staunch advocate for investment in and protection of the park and promotes a public process for proposed changes to the park. The organization has worked with public agencies and community organizations to advocate for improvements such as better pedestrian and bicyclist access and ADA compliance from the Longfellow Bridge to parkland on the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river. Each year, the organization brings around 2,000 volunteers to the park to help with its maintenance and beautification, saving the State more than $100,000 each year. The Esplanade Association has worked with dozens of organizations and local businesses to provide free programs at the park to promote good health, enjoyment of the outdoors and to provide an opportunity to try fitness activities in the company of a very diverse population of participants. In order to increase access to the Teddy Ebersol's Red Sox Fields, the Esplanade Association has been working with Associated Grant Makers' Summer Fund to bring campers to the park and to enjoy structured outdoor games and sports. 

Impact Statement

1. Our Volunteer Program invites conscientious citizens to take part in keeping the Park beautiful and healthy while educating them about the Park’s history and critical role in this urban landscape. In 2018, our volunteer program brought nearly 1700 volunteers to the Esplanade who supplied almost 5000 hours to help maintain the park by raking, weeding, picking up trash, planting bulbs, painting, and removing invasive plants. The work of these volunteers amounts to almost $100,000 worth of labor in the Park a year.

2. By tracking the condition of the Esplanade’s 1700 trees using cutting-edge technology, we are able to prioritize tree care, contributing to the preservation of a mature tree canopy. In 2016, we pruned 550 trees in need of critical attention. Some dead and severely damaged trees were removed and we planted a total of nine new trees, including three Red Maples, three White Swamp Oak, and three Purple Leaf Plum. Tree care also included watering and mulching new plantings, amending soil to address compaction issues and spraying our home-brewed compost tea, increasing the health of the soil. Our Tree Care and Succession Plan, completed in 2018 and approved by the Boston Landmarks Commission, will allow us to undertake tree care at a more accelerated rate and in a more effective and efficient manner. 

3. In 2018, the Esplanade Association instituted a new, free music series in the park, GroundBeat, which featured 5 performances from different genres.  The performances took place in innovative venues throughout the park and attracted over 10,000 people.
 
4. In 2018, we also hosted almost 5,000 people for Healthy, Fit & Fun free outdoor fitness programming, including zumba, yoga, bootcamp, and running at the park to promote healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and from all neighborhoods. 
 
5. 2018 marked the ninth year of Children in the Park, hosting almost 1,000 children with limited access to green space. Campers enjoyed a variety of free activities in the Park, including free play, sports and games. Some of the summer’s highlights included special visits with our campers from our partners at the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium and the Audubon Society. We also offered campers a free Street Hockey Clinic hosted by the Boston Bruins Foundation and a performance by ZUMIX, a local non-profit organization that provides access to top-quality arts experiences.
 
 

Needs Statement

1. Tree Care Management & Succession Plan Implementation. A multi-year plan with specific steps for prioritization and regular maintenance using our tree inventory data and the recommendations of the Tree Care Management and Succession Plan. Total Project Cost over multiple years:$250-400K.

2. Esplanade River Pavilion. The Lee Pool, a prime 2 1/2 acre location, has been closed to the public since the 90s. EA is working with DCR and other stakeholders to develop a reactivation plan: a new multiuse community center. Project Cost:$20 MM.

3. Wayfinding Signage. Park Entry signs were Phase1 of the project and completed in 2018; Interpretive signs at points of interest will take place as Phase 2 (design in 2019; installation in 2020) .Phase 2 Cost:$80K (design and content development), $125,000 (fabrication and installation).

4. Stoneman Playground Improvements. Stoneman Playground was the first capital project undertaken by EA in 2001.  The popular play area has been maintained and enjoyed minor updates over the years, but is due for a major upgrade. We plan to provide more play options welcoming to children of all abilities, with a focus on musical activities. We will also update numerous pieces of play equipment and the landscape. 2019 Project Cost: $150,000



CEO Statement

Statement from ED:
 
The Esplanade Association is the only park friends group that is focused exclusively on improving the health and beauty of the historic Charles River Esplanade and restoring its historic features. The park is visited by an estimated 3 million individuals each year and is used by many institutions for fundraising and other community events, including the Fourth of July concert and fireworks. These events take a toll on the park, yet State systems are not in place to recoup the cost of repairing the damage caused by large scale events at the park and the high volumes of daily usage.
 
The Esplanade Association raises funds to help with the park's maintenance and to launch major restoration projects. Most recently, EA cut the ribbon on the historic Lotta Fountain, a project both funded and sculpted by women who played a significant role in the history of Boston. Our two full-time horticulture staff maintain ten ornamental gardens and 1,700 trees, using organic practices.
 
In 2012, the Esplanade Association presented a vision for how the park could look given adequate resources, proper planning and public advocacy that continues to guide the organization today. Recommendations include better access to and navigation through the park; improved signage; separation of paths for bicyclists/roller bladers and for pedestrians; revitalization of the park's landscape; green restoration of dilapidated or under-used buildings for year-round, multi-purpose community uses; safer, ADA-compliant pedestrian bridges and reclamation of park land being used for non-park purposes.
 
The Esplanade Association is working to build its capacity in landscape operations, fundraising, board development, and government relations. EA is a small organization with big dreams and big plans for making the Esplanade a beautiful and fully accessible park for a very diverse group of park visitors.
 
We are thankful to the thousands of volunteers who work with us each year to help maintain the park. They pick up trash, paint benches, remove invasive plants along the shore and help beautify the planting beds. Volunteers create an important stewardship community and add their voice in support of needed restoration, maintenance and protection of the park. 

Board Chair Statement

A message from Alexi Conine:

A heartfelt thank you for helping make 2016, the 15th anniversary of the Esplanade Association (EA), another remarkable year! As we grow, our work continues to be deeply rooted in our mission of revitalizing and enhancing the Charles River Esplanade, preserving natural green space, and building community by providing educational, cultural and recreational programs for everyone.

Our dedicated staff has done an incredible job at expanding the work we do in the Park while strengthening our programs for the community. Our committed Board of Directors continues to lead us and advocate on the Park’s behalf.

We are very grateful for Margo Newman’s six years of leadership as board chair, and nine years on the Board in total. Margo played a critical role in doubling the investment in the park during her tenure, and continues to graciously assist us with grant writing.

I was pleased to join EA as the new Board Chair, effective January 2017. My family lives close the Esplanade and we regularly spend time in the Park, whether it's running, biking or skateboarding. I brought over ten years of experience with all aspects of a city park friends group and strong interests in horticulture and outdoor recreation to this role. 

Our vision of a thriving, safe, accessible park where people come together to share, explore and enjoy nature and community is ambitious, and we look forward to working together to achieve it.

In 2017, we are excited to partner with the DCR to re-imagine the Lee Pool area, which covers over two acres of parkland and has been closed for 15 years. We are commissioning a pathway study to improve the safety of both bicyclists and pedestrians on the Esplanade, working to improve navigation and interpretation in the park through a signage and wayfinding system, a scientific study of techniques for invasive plant removal, and critical park care.

Our iconic Park is a desired destination for over three million people each year. For those of us here, this is more than a job – it is a labor of love. At EA follow seven core values in every aspect of the work we do: we welcome, steward, advocate, revitalize, invest, and educate and engage, which ultimately yields a high-impact return.

Thank you to the DCR, our partner organizations along the Charles River, and our dedicated funders. Your collaboration is the key to success. We believe that great parks make communities great, and that our most important partner is you. Thank you for making life better on the Esplanade.


Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
METROWEST REGION, MA
NORTHEAST REGION, MA

The Park hosts 3,000,000 visitors a year; it is a regional asset, valuable to residents, workers and tourists. For example, it is the most heavily used running route and the largest public outdoor music venue in the region. Our 2008 User Survey found that despite the perception that the Park is used mostly by Back Bay and Beacon Hill residents, that was not the case. 63% of park visitors were not from the zip codes adjacent to the Park. 40% reported household incomes of less than $50,000.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Beautification
  2. Recreation & Sports - Parks and Playgrounds
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts,Culture & Humanities NEC

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

No

Programs

Capital Projects

Since 2001, the Esplanade Association has worked with the DCR and many community members to restore and enhance the Charles River Esplanade.  EA has been the catalyst for more than $28 million in Park improvements.
 
We continue to restore and revitalize specific structures and areas of the Park that are in need. More recent projects include the replacement of the River Dock and the Community Boating Dock, restoration of the Eliot Memorial and garden area, the renovation of the Hatch Shell Oval Lawn (site of Boston's July 4 celebration), and the restoration of the Lotta Fountain, an art deco-style fountain which hasn't functioned for decades. The design and installation of a new Park Entry/Welcome signs was completed in 2018.
Budget  $750,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
  • The Lotta Fountain is now in operation and will be used and enjoyed by the public, and their dogs, for the first time in decades.  It will also be more environmentally acceptable (due to changes in the water usage) and accessible to all due to changes to make it ADA compliant. 
  • Our Wayfinding project will result in a safer, more seamless enjoyment of the Park and the surrounding area.  It also reduces sign clutter by unifying and consolidating the information needed by Park visitors.  And, the new signage will deepen the Park user experience by providing historical information about the Park.
Program Long-Term Success 

A thriving, safe, accessible park where people come together to share, explore and enjoy nature and community. The Esplanade Association, working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, is dedicated to enhancing the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside greenspace. Our restoration and improvement of the structures and landscaped areas of the 110 year old Park will assure that this area is healthy, attractive and available for generations to come.

Program Success Monitored By  Success will be determined by park visitor reaction to the signs (comments to EA), increase in use of the Lotta Fountain area (observation by EA staff) and by completing the projects on time and within budget.
Examples of Program Success 

The Hatch Shell is an iconic Boston landmark that unites and enriches the Boston community with vital arts, culture, and much needed green space. Over the years, constant exposure and overuse had placed a toll on the Hatch Shell structure and surrounding lawn area. In response to the pressing need to restore and repair this vital area, EA launched a campaign to raise funds, and in partnership with the DCR, overhauled the Hatch Shell Oval Lawn.

On June 19, 2015, EA celebrated the opening of the newly-restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn on the Charles River Esplanade. The historic renovation, which cost an estimated $700,000, was 100-percent privately funded. Thanks to our generous donors and the successful public-private partnership between the Esplanade Association and the DCR the extensive project was completed in just 18 months. The restored Oval lawn is now healthier, more beautiful and better able to withstand the heavy use it receives each year.

The Lotts Fountain restoration was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the spring of 2017.  The area is now, once again,an active gathering spot for people and their dogs. 

Horticultural Care

EA employs two full time Horticulturists and a seasonal horticulturist who work daily to maintain and improve the ornamental garden beds, turf areas, three playgrounds, and 1700 trees of the Esplanade.

Since 2012, we have implemented a compost tea program, and planted hundreds of native perennials, shrubs and trees and thousands of bulbs. We also manage environmental threats, such as invasive species and runoff, to increase the health of the Charles River. We have re-designed and now maintain 12 gardens throughout the 64 acre park to help restore the original design elements. The gardens are also designed to promote pollinator habitat, reduce run-off into the Charles River and emphasize native species and climate appropriate plants. In 2018 alone, we planted 2,308 new perennials, 41 shrubs, and 21 grasses. We also planted 31,450 bulbs with the help of staff and volunteers from area corporations and garden clubs.

In 2015, we completed a comprehensive tree inventory which provided information about the 1708 trees in the Park, such as size and age and near and long-term needs. This information has enabled us to systematically focus our tree care efforts where precisely needed. For example, in 2016, approximately 500 trees were pruned and several diseased trees removed. In 2018, we completed a long-term Tree Care Management and Succession Plan. The multi-year plan recommends critical tree care and specific plantings and replacements that will both help restore the historical Shurcliff landscape design and help assure a diverse and robust tree canopy for generations to come.

Budget  $600,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Horticulture
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
We judge success by the observable increase in health and robust adaptability of the trees, shrubs, flowering plants and turf areas of the Park.
Program Long-Term Success  Our vision is an Esplanade that is a thriving, safe, accessible park where people come together to share, explore and enjoy nature and community.

Program Success Monitored By 

We improve the biological diversity and beauty of the natural environment on the Charles River Esplanade. Our horticulture and stewardship staff utilize the best management practices in land care to improve soil health, manage invasive plants, expand native plantings, and care for our urban tree canopy.

Our staff is the primary mode of monitoring our success of the Horticultural program. Since 2012, we have employed a full-time horticulturist; beginning in 2017, we added a second full-time horticuturist. Their skills are supplemented by an additional horticulturist during the season (March-November). Having these highly-trained individuals in the Park year-round allows us to see problems and issues early and adjust our approach accordingly.  
Examples of Program Success 
In 2016, during a severe drought period, the Park performed well. This is the product of proper maintenance, increased sustainable care practices and the focus over the last several years of proper plant choice: drought tolerant and native wherever possible.

Volunteer and Community Engagement Programs

EA offers a variety of free and inclusive programming and volunteer opportunities to the greater Boston community: 

  • In 2016, our volunteer program brought nearly 2,000 volunteers to the Esplanade to help maintain the park by raking, weeding, picking up trash, planting bulbs, painting, and removing invasive plants. 
  • Healthy, Fit & Fun free outdoor fitness programming offers activities, such as yoga, zumba and bootcamp. These highly popular activities host approximately 5,000- 6,000 people each summer.
  • Our Children in the Park (CHiP) program provides access to recreational activities at the Esplanade for Boston-area youth living with limited access to green space. Over 1,000 campers a summer enjoy a variety of free activities in the Park, including sports and games.
  • Family Adventures, invites children, teens and families to visit the Park and learn about the amazing diversity of habitats, animals and plants found there. The program runs four weekend days in the summer.

Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Leisure & Recreational Activities
Population Served Families K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
1. Program participants increase their enjoyment of the Park and feel they are taking action to improve their health.
2. Participants gain a better understanding of the Park's needs and the Esplanade Association's role in caring for it.
3. People visit the Esplanade for the first time, enjoying this incredible resource. 
Program Long-Term Success 
1. Use of the park by children in under-served communities increases by 15%.
2. More people from under-served neighborhoods use the park for recreation and activities to promote good health.
3. A stewardship community is created that helps to care for the park and contributes to efforts to restore the park.
4. Greater awareness is created about the Esplanade Association's role in caring for the park.
5. Membership increases to 2,000 and by 15% annually thereafter.
Program Success Monitored By 
1. Increase in number of volunteers and program participants. In 2016, 1908 volunteers worked in the Park
2. Participant comments and feedback. 
3. Partner comments and feedback each year.
4. Increase in number of EA members each year.
Examples of Program Success 
Each year, an average of 2,000 individuals volunteer to help maintain the Esplanade. Many individuals, organizations and businesses come back each year because they like the opportunity to give back to the park, the team-building opportunity, and they see the positive results of their labor right away. Volunteers  receive supervision and support from our project manager and horticulturist and are provided with tools to do the work. Many individuals state that they volunteer as a way to support our advocacy, project and program work.
 
The increasing number of participants in our summer programs is a testament to their popularity and of the public's desire for fun, free outdoor exercise activities. We had over 7,000 participants at our Healthy, Fit & Fun  and Children in the Park programs last summer. This speaks to the desire and need for free, outdoor activities for people of all ages.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The City of Boston's Mayor and many other public leaders, are expressing support for healthier lifestyles and urging citizens to exercise more. Since its inception, EA has been offering free activities to the public to promote exercise and healthy lifestyles and a greater appreciation of the Esplanade as a great outdoor space.
 
We are faced with opportunities and challenges. First, we find that the local fitness clubs are eager to work with us to promote good health, so we have an abundance of support to provide professionally led classes. Our greatest challenge is to find the financial support to cover the cost of equipment and staff required to plan and coordinate the activities and partners. We continue to apply for grants from foundations and to seek corporate support for our programs.
 
An ongoing challenge we face is the upkeep of the grounds where programs are held. In order to address this problem, EA recruits around 2,000 volunteers each year to help with routine maintenance. We also raise funds for tree care and turf care and have added a second full-time horticulturist to our staff to monitor conditions of the park's landscape and to make improvements to planting beds and grassy areas. We have formed a landscape planning committee to establish landscape standards and guidelines and to prioritize landscape projects.
 
We believe that if more people know about the park and its needs, about EA and our mission and about the opportunities that exist to use the wonderful resources of the Esplanade, greater opportunities will be created to increase support for the park and for our work. However, many people still don't know where the Esplanade is, or that there is a friends group working so actively in the Park. For this reason, we have continued to explore creative marketing campaigns, such as banners along the Esplanade, or posters in the kiosks along the paths. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Nichols
CEO Term Start Nov 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Michael J. Nichols, of Boston, joined the Esplanade Association in November of 2017 after three years at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. In his first year with the Esplanade Association, he has led the creation of a new free music series on the Esplanade, GroundBeat, overseen the creation of a Tree Management and Succession Plan to assure the health and continuation of the park’s tree canopy, and shepherded the opening of the first-ever (and highly successful) beer garden in the park.

In his three years at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the last 2.5 years serving as Chief of Staff, Michael was responsible for the Conservancy’s community and government affairs, external communications, and advancing strategic priorities. Under his leadership, the Conservancy negotiated a landmark public-private funding agreement, opened Boston’s first fully open-air beer garden, launched the organization’s signature young professional fundraising event, significantly grew earned revenue with innovative activities, and initiated numerous partnerships with other leading Boston institutions for in-park events.

Before The Greenway, Michael served as Research & Policy Director at the Boston City Council, coordinating legal and policy research efforts for the full 13-member Council while drafting several ordinances that became enacted into local and state law. Michael earlier served as Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel to two state representatives at the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he also drafted several bills that became law, led external relations efforts, and managed various office, district and committee activities.

Michael has a long record of community engagement, having served on the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, Mayor Menino’s ONEin3 Council (now SPARK Boston) for young professionals, and five years as President of the Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association in Boston. Michael currently serves as an appointee of Mayor Walsh to the Boston Zoning Commission and as a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay program. He is an admitted attorney in Massachusetts with a BA and JD from the University of Connecticut.

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
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Fredi Shonkof Community Service Award Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts 2015
Helmsman Award Community Boating , Inc. 2014
Theiss International River Prize (awarded to EA as a partner of Charles River Watershed Association) International River Foundation 2011
Park Stewardship Award REI 2010
Outstanding Community Partner Award Boston Cares 2005

Affiliations

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

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

The Esplanade Association collaborates with numerous organizations to advocate for protection of and investment in urban green spaces. Partners include: Charles River Watershed Association, Charles River Conservancy, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Livable Streets, Walk Boston, and many others. The Esplanade Association also partners with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to make improvements to the park and to plan major restoration of important park features and amenities. We also work with numerous local businesses and fitness clubs to offer a series of health-promoting activities for free at the park each summer.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Esplanade Association has completed on a long-term plan, Esplanade 2020, outlining significant improvements to the Esplanade. This required research and analysis of park programming, economic impact studies, prioritization of projects, fundraising for capital improvements, project planning and design, public meetings, agency approvals and advocacy. The organization's staff is operating at more than full capacity; however, EA was able to recruit many professional volunteers to serve on project planning committees and to provide expertise in project areas such as urban design, transportation engineering, landscape architecture and design, horticulture, environmental sciences related to water, and much more. 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 2,000
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 86%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
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 Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Alexi Conine
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Terence K Ankner The Law Offices of Partridge, Ankner & Horstmann, LLP --
Mr. Harvey Beker Retired Voting
Mr. Dan Capobianco Law Office Daniel B. Capobianco --
Mr. Fritz Casselman Public Health Consultant --
Ms. Alexi Conine Retired Voting
Ms. Jessica Crimmins Santander Voting
Mr. Chris Egan Carruth Investments Voting
Ms. Audrey Foster Retired Voting
Mr. James Foster Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Jody Gill Retired Voting
Ms. Jeryl Oristaglio Retired Voting
Mr. Frank Panayotou UBS Voting
Mr. Anthony Pangaro Millennium Partners --
Ms. Joan Patton J.P. Marvel Investments Voting
Ms. Margaret Pokorny Retired --
Ms. Carolina Save Mintz Levin Voting
Ms. Alicia Towns Franken Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Emi Winterer 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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Project Oversight
  • Public Policy/Advocacy

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,482,117 $1,468,908 $1,203,780
Total Expenses $1,432,381 $1,185,321 $874,090

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $640,433 $650,260 $597,799
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,187 $1,983 $519
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $839,497 $816,665 $605,462
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $942,741 $790,980 $516,283
Administration Expense $243,680 $161,657 $185,254
Fundraising Expense $245,960 $232,684 $172,553
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.24 1.38
Program Expense/Total Expenses 66% 67% 59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 16% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,557,488 $1,492,402 $1,206,812
Current Assets $1,522,665 $1,450,380 $1,182,614
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $126,547 $111,197 $109,194
Total Net Assets $1,430,941 $1,381,205 $1,097,618

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 9.00

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 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 12.03 13.04 10.83

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The organization's budget includes capital expenses, such as funds for tree pruning, athletic fields maintenance, planning and design, project materials and equipment as well as the day to day operating expenses, such as salaries and rent.

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 as the breakout was not available.
 
Please note, this organization changed its fiscal year from July 1 - June 30 to a Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 fiscal year in 2014. As such, the 2014 990 posted above covers a 6 month period (July 1, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014). 

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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