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MAB Community Services, Inc.

 200 Ivy Street
 Brookline, MA 02446
[P] (617) 738-5110
[F] (617) 738-1247
David Brown
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EIN 04-2109859

LAST UPDATED: 08/20/2018
Organization DBA Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Adult Disabilities Services
The Ivy Street School
Former Names Massachusetts Association for the Blind (1903)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

MAB Community Services' (MAB) mission is to eliminate barriers and create opportunities that enable individuals with disabilities to lead full, independent and healthy lives.

Mission Statement

MAB Community Services' (MAB) mission is to eliminate barriers and create opportunities that enable individuals with disabilities to lead full, independent and healthy lives.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $25,830,958.00
Projected Expense $25,730,903.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adult Disabilities Services
  • Ivy Street School
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

MAB Community Services' (MAB) mission is to eliminate barriers and create opportunities that enable individuals with disabilities to lead full, independent and healthy lives.

Background Statement

MAB Community Services has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities since 1903. Founded as the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, MAB is the oldest social service agency in the country providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. In the 1970s the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Foundation helped MAB create some of the state’s first community-based residential and vocational programs for adults with developmental disabilities. In 1993, The Ivy Street School was founded to fill a need for therapeutic and educational services for adolescents with brain injuries. We specialize in individualized rehabilitation and family-focused strategies that help individuals with disabilities live full lives in the community.

 In the MA Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired division (MABVI), the problem of uncorrectable vision loss remains a major cause of elders losing independence, resulting in falls, hospitalizations, and nursing home placements. We teach visually impaired elders new strategies for managing the things they have previously managed with vision. MABVI’s overall strategic goal is to develop partnerships with medical institutions to make Massachusetts a leader in integrating vision rehabilitation into the healthcare system.

MAB’s Ivy Street School was founded in 1993 as one of a few schools in the country with the expertise to give young people with brain injuries or other brain-based challenges the skills they need to have full and satisfying lives. Today, we serve students with a range of disabilities, learning challenges and behavioral health diagnoses with a chief goal of helping students develop self-management and executive functioning skills they need to have a fulfilling life. Much of our learning takes place in the community and our small size makes it possible for us to incorporate innovative hands-on experiences into all aspects of day and residential school life. Through comprehensive academic, vocational and therapeutic programs, as well as residential opportunities, we put students on a track of increasing independence and self-confidence that will allow them to succeed in the workplace and make the transition to adult life. 

Impact Statement

MAB's flagship program, the MA Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has developed a unique statewide network of integrated services through which older adults navigate age-onset vision loss - a growing health challenge. Wraparound vision rehabilitation services include access to affiliated low vision centers, occupational therapists who train seniors in their homes, peer support groups, in-home volunteers who assist seniors with daily tasks of living, mental health support, and assistive technology training. Through strong partnerships with the medical and elder services community, we can provide a robust array of support that ensures that older adults with vision loss can safely age in place, manage healthy and active living goals and continue their involvement in our local communities. Growing demand has resulted in significant program growth over the past 3-5 years.

In MAB's Adult Disability Services division, we provide a variety of residential and day supports that allow adults with developmental disabilities to live in the community. We have expanded, adding 1-2 new residences each year and doubling the capacity of our day program. We continue to receive the maximum quality ratings by our state licensing agency and international certification reviewers. Client and family satisfaction is high. Our facilities are newly renovated, handicap accessible, and attractive. 

At the Ivy Street School (ISS), we help students with autism, brain injury or other cognitive challenges develop the skills they need to make a successful transition to adulthood. Our academic, vocational and therapeutic program effectiveness is affirmed by an increase in enrollment and strong parent and student satisfaction, as well as strong ratings from accrediting and special education entities. ISS has developed a new community-based program called Skills for Life that brings our services to other young adults in need throughout Greater Boston.

Needs Statement

MA Assoc. for the Blind & Visually Impaired assists the growing number of older adults in need of vision rehabilitation services. Insurance typically does not cover the full cost of these occupational therapy services, and adaptive devices and technology, so we established a Free/Reduced Care Pool for seniors who are low-income/underinsured, and rely on private contributions to support year-round programs and services. Sighted volunteers are also in great demand, to assist those with limited or no vision with daily activities.

Adult Disability Services’ expanded model includes a continuum of residential supports that meet the diverse needs of adults with intellectual and other disabilities. The key to a high-quality program is dedicated and well-trained staff, thus we are creating professional development programs, career ladders and retention initiatives to attract new talent. Our newly renovated and handicapped-accessible consumer homes will require ongoing maintenance to meet code and safety regulations.

Ivy Street School is making instructional enhancements to meet the highly specialized learning needs of each student including: adding advanced technology, behavioral support, literacy and clinical specialists, as well as expanding our vocational department. Renovations of our main building are necessary to improve program operations; estimated expenses are 300K.


CEO Statement

Many of our clients are in transition: adjusting to life with limited or no sight, trying to navigate the world of social services, or facing new medical problems as they age. MAB is an anchor, creating security and opportunity so that people with disabilities can live with dignity and independence.

The MA Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired's (MABVI) goal is to integrate vision rehabilitation services into health care for seniors, in order to increase access to services for elders with vision impairment. We are excited to be realizing this goal by raising public consciousness about vision rehabilitation through strong partnerships with the medical community, and strategic marketing and outreach efforts. As a result, MABVI now operates and has affiliations with multiple low vision doctors throughout the state.

MABVI also hosts a Boston Marathon team made up of blind and sighted runners from across the country. This year, the fastest female visually impaired athlete in the US finished the 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of the MABVI’s Team with a Vision which also had the biggest team ever. 71 members, 25 of whom are blind or visually impaired, together raised $171,981 to support MABVI’s statewide network of vision rehabilitation services.

Our Adult Disabilities Services (ADS) division continues to provide supports in a range of residential and vocational settings for adults with developmental and other disabilities. In 2013-14, ADS provided vocational opportunities, day programming, orientation and mobility training, or the security of a warm and caring home to 300 clients throughout the state.

At our school for adolescents with disabilities, the Ivy Street School (ISS), our comprehensive approach includes therapeutic as well as academic and vocational curriculum to put students on a track for increased self-confidence and independence. ISS specializes in helping students gain the skills and strategies to successfully manage their disabilities and transition to community living. For a third year, we partnered with the Wheelock Family Theatre to host the Extravaganza: An Evening of Music, Song & Dance−an extraordinary sight to behold! This event was masterfully emceed by former WCVB-TV broadcaster David Brown and is the highlight of the year for our students, who prepare intensively for their performances with the expert guidance of guest artists.

Each of MAB’s programs is focused on solving some of the biggest challenges facing our society. We would be thrilled to have you to join us in this important work.

 -Barbara Salisbury, Chief Executive Officer

Board Chair Statement

My family and I have a long-standing involvement with MAB Community Services. My father served on the Board for fifty years and as President of the Board of Trustees. I am honored to be following in his footsteps. I am also pleased to oversee a group of exceptional leaders who are highly involved in our organization. In addition to regular Board meetings, they contribute in a multitude of ways by serving on various working committees, attending MAB program functions, making personal donations to the organization, and supporting the efforts of our CEO, staff and consumers. Indeed, our Board is deeply committed to fulfilling our agency’s mission on behalf of MAB’s clients who struggle with difficult challenges every day.

As former Chair of the finance committee, I understand the importance of sound financial management and I am committed to continuing the organization’s path to expanded revenue to support innovative program development. Despite the recent economic downturn, MAB has steadily improved the financial performance of its programs, by increasing the diversity of our funding sources including reimbursement revenue, individual contributions, foundation and corporate grants, and funding from events such as our Boston Marathon Team with A Vision through which sighted guides assist blind and visually impaired athletes in participating in one of the world’s most important road races. Additionally, the Board, together with our CEO, staff and constituents has completed strategic plans for all divisions. To fully implement our strategic plans and provide high quality services that support vision rehabilitation for older adults, effective teaching and learning for students with disabilities, and ensure that adults with disabilities thrive in our communities, we need to increase the amount of money raised each year from corporations, foundations, major gifts and bequests.

I am gratified by the progress we have made over the past year across all three core programs and look forward to continued success in helping those with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

I am proud to be a part of this extraordinary organization and hope you will join me in supporting our important work.

- Michael O’Friel

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
MAB Community Services has three divisions, which serve different geographic areas. The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired serves the state of Massachusetts, with deep work throughout the Greater Boston region and high-need cities including Boston, Brockton, Holyoke, Springfield, Worcester and other Gateway City communities. Students at the Ivy Street School are primarily from Massachusetts although we have served adolescents and families from around the country. The Adult Disability program serves the residents of Greater Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  2. Human Services - Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
  3. Education - Special Education

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Adult Disabilities Services

Since 1973, MAB has provided supports in a range of residential and vocational settings in the Greater Boston area for adults with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and secondary disorders such as blindness, deafness, behavioral challenges, cerebral palsy, and issues related to aging. Our experience allows us to help adults with diverse needs to maximize their independence and enjoy the best possible quality of life.
Hundreds of young adults graduating from special education become eligible for state-funded employment and residential supports in Massachusetts each year. To help respond to this growing need, MAB opened its first residences for young adults. Local businesses and organizations partner with MAB to provide innovative vocational, volunteer and recreational opportunities. We also collaborate with other service providers and work with families to ensure that individuals with disabilities can pursue their dreams and live full lives in the community.
Budget  $11,378,448.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Clients will gain life skills, vocational skills and self care skills as dictated by their Indivual Service Plans.

Program Long-Term Success 

Clients will be able to live in the community, make personal choices about how they want to live their lives, and obtain meaningful employment if they desire it.

Program Success Monitored By 

Individual Service Plans and Person-Centered Vocational Plans are developed and monitored by MAB staff, other service providers, individuals served, and their families or guardians.

Examples of Program Success 
“I spend a lot of time with my family and I go to work every day. I work at MABWorks and Clarks Shoes, and I volunteer at Caterpillars to Butterflies Day Care. My housemates and I hang out—we go to the gym, malls, movies and church.”

"Being introduced to MAB was the best thing for Brian, because they have a holistic approach that could deal with all his handicaps. Every other place would just deal with one part of the problem. It’s been great to watch this evolution from “he’ll never amount to anything,” to him having a full time job and friends and a mobility cane to get around with. It’s like everything I remember hearing them say that Brian couldn’t do, he’s doing. He’s independent. He lives in his own apartment. He goes to work. He has friends. He does social things."


“On Saturday night I went out to dinner. I had a hamburger and fries, and an ice cream sundae for dessert. I paid for it with my own money, from working at MABWorks.”

Ivy Street School

Since 1993 we've been helping teens and young adults gain the skills they need to successfully transition to adult life. We support students and families struggling with the challenges of:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Behavioral Health Diagnoses
Brain Injury and other Neurological Conditions
Post-High School Transition Programming
The foundation of our supportive learning environment is our small size and high student-staff ratio. Our expertise lies in our evidence-based life skills and social thinking curriculum and our immersive therapeutic programming. At our heart is a talented staff team committed to finding innovative ways to enrich lives.


Budget  $5,622,621.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of each school year, 90% of students will have met their Individual Education Plan goals.
Program Long-Term Success 

The Ivy Street School seeks to have 30% of its graduates attend college and 50% obtain meaningful employment.

Program Success Monitored By 
Individual Education Plans are reviewed quarterly and contain notes from all key staff involved with the student, including teachers, clinicians and residential staff.
Examples of Program Success 
"Ivy Street is changing my life because they’re teaching me how to live a life normally. Even though I have brain injury, I know I can live a normal life."

“I’m in college now studying to be a human services worker. I really do want to give back to other people what Ivy Street gave to me.”


“A neuropsychologist recognized our daughter’s symptoms as indicating a brain injury—not developmental delays—and advised us to find a school specifically for students for brain injury. The difference has been life changing for our daughter.”


Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) was founded in 1903. Originally named the Massachusetts Association for the Adult Blind, today MABVI is the oldest social service agency in the country providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired
With more than a 110 years of experience, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a leader in the field of vision rehabilitation. Our partner optometrists and mental health specialists, along with MABVI's team of occupational therapists, peer support group leaders and 1:1 community volunteers help more than 1,400 Massachusetts residents to maintain healthy living goals, live with dignity and independence, and continue to age in place.
Budget  $846,706.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other In-Home Assistance
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Disabilities At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Elders with vision loss achieve competency in functional areas such as Coping, Lighting, Reading Tasks-Distances, Reading Tasks-Small Print, Telephone Tasks, Face Recognition, Glare/Sunlight, Self Care/Grooming, Meal Preparation, Laundry, Grocery Shopping, Money Management, Medication Management, Writing, Telling Time, Driving, Leisure Time, Computer Use, Diabetes Care.



Program Long-Term Success 

Elders with vision loss reduce falls, maintain independence and the ability to complete daily tasks, manage heath regimens, and learn to cope emotionally with age-onset vision loss.

Program Success Monitored By 

Evaluation by vision rehabilitation therapists and self-reporting on assessment tools. Use of functional vision assessment, falls efficacy scale, depression scale and diabetes assessment.

Examples of Program Success 
"Up until the early 90s my wife took care of our mail, paid the bills, and read my mail to me, but that became a trial and it wasn’t helpful to our relationship, so I took over the checkbook. I started paying the bills, and I got a volunteer from MABVI to help me do it all."
"I have a large window in my apartment and the glare makes it very difficult to read. But the vision rehab specialist from MABVI showed me how to use special sunglasses to make it easier to read my mail. And she gave me a large print calendar to write all my appointments on—it’s worth its weight in gold."

“When I first lost my vision it felt almost impossible for me to do things in my house. But slowly I learned to adapt. The vision rehab occupational therapist from MABVI marked my microwave oven and remote control with raised dots so I can use them. She helped me sign up for Talking Books and The Ride for transportation. And I joined a support group. I’ve been part of it for so long that now I am the leader.”

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Many of our clients are in transition: adjusting to life with a disability, trying to navigate the world of social services, facing new medical problems as they age. MAB is an anchor, creating security and opportunity so that people with disabilities can live with dignity and independence.

Forty years ago, Massachusetts made the decision to support people with developmental disabilities in the community rather than shutting them away in institutions. MAB was at the forefront of this movement. Today, MAB’s Adult Disability program provides a rich array of residential and day programming to allow adults with developmental and other disabilities and brain injuries to more fully live their lives. The Adult program has doubled in size in the last five years, and along the way we’ve renovated and moved consumers into new houses that are beautiful and fully handicapped accessible. We have exhibited "Our Stories" all over Massachusetts: at the State House, the Boston Public Library’s West Roxbury branch, One Ashburton Place and the Transportation Building in Boston. Our Stories is a beautiful collection of photos and narratives of individuals with disabilities, and affirms the powerful impact that de-institutionalization has had on the lives of adults with disabilities.

Regarding our vision rehabilitation efforts for older adults, we’re now working within the healthcare system throughout Massachusetts. We partner with ophthalmologists and optometrists and other medical providers to ensure that our clients can access referrals to occupational therapists who will work with them in their homes to ensure that elders with low vision are living safely.

The Ivy Street School grew to near capacity this year and we expanded to include a sixth classroom that focuses on our students’ transition back into the community.

MAB Community Services is an extraordinary organization with a long and notable history serving individuals with disabilities. We are fortunate to have a team of skilled and committed staff who work tirelessly to transform lives. We wouldn’t be here without support from individuals who share a passion for our mission. We invite you to join us in this important work as we strive, together, to impact even more lives throughout Greater Boston and the entire state. 


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Barbara Salisbury
CEO Term Start Sept 2006
CEO Email
CEO Experience
CEO Barbara Salisbury has led the organization for over ten years after a long career in state government and administration. She began her career as a social worker in the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, eventually rising to the position of Budget Director. She served as the Associate Commissioner for the Department from 1981 to 1982, when she became the Budget Director for the State of Massachusetts, a position she held until 1989. She is a co-founder of The Philanthropic Initiative and served as the Administrative Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for twelve years.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Joseph Collins Jan 1992 Aug 2006
John Sinclair Jan 1976 Dec 1991

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Alison Abdu HR Director --
David Brown Chief Advancement Officer Well known as a WCVB Channel 5 Meteorologist for almost 18 years, David Brown left local broadcasting to serve as the Chief Advancement Officer for the not-for-profit Forsyth Institute, a biomedical research institute specializing in oral health. After serving as the MC for Ivy Street School’s Extravaganza for a number of years, Brown developed close connections to and passion for MAB Community Services, its programs, and its mission. In 2015 he transitioned to a role as Chief Advancement Officer for MAB Community Services.
Jeff Genovese IT Director --
Francois Hostailler Chief Financial Officer Francois Hostailler was the the Director of Accounts Payable at VinFen before coming to MAB in 2014.
Shaun Kinsella Director of Adult Disability Services

Shaun has taken on the roll of Director of Adult Disability Services. Prior to this he was the MABVI's Statewide Director. He oversaw all of MABVI's programs, and focused on building a strong system of vision rehabilitation services throughout the state, expanding access and growing MABVI's programs and services. Mr. Kinsella brings a wealth of experience working for human service organizations and also has a strong background in healthcare. Previously he was a Residential Program Director in MAB's Adult Disability Services program, and most recently he was employed as a case manager in the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver Program at UMass Medical School. Mr. Kinsella received in B.A. in Social Psychology from the University of Kent at Canterbury as well as a Special Diploma in Social Administration from Oxford University. A licensed social worker, Mr. Kinsella is currently working towards a Masters in Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; his program is focused on the Management of Aging Services. He is a member of the American Board of Disability Analysts. ​

Sassy Outwater-Wright Executive Director of Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired --
Joel Rosenhaus Executive Director of Ivy Street School

With advanced degrees in management and social work, Mr. Rosenhaus has extensive experience in the healthcare industry, and is the former Vice President of CRC Health Care Group. Before working for CRC Health Care Group, Rosenhaus was the Chief Operating Officer of the May Institute, an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) --
Associated Grant Makers --
Massachusetts Association of 766-Approved Private Schools --
Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Adult Day Services - 3 year 2012


MAB partners with over 20 local businesses that provide internships, volunteer opportunities and paid employment for our clients.The MABVI division partners with Boston Medical Center, the New England Eye Institute, Sargent College at Boston University, MetroWest Eye Care and numerous affiliated optometrists who see MABVI patients. Our in-home Occupational Therapy services coordinate care with a patient's eye doctor, and provide direct service in the home so that seniors who have lost their sight can learn to re-navigate their homes and re-learn how to complete activities of daily living, as necessary. The MA Commission for the Blind has been a long-time collaborator; together we co-sponsor 38 peer empowerment support groups (PEP) across the state for seniors who have vision loss. We also collaborate along with the Massachusetts Association of Councils On Aging to run community-based Assistive Technology Training Centers (ATTC) to train seniors to use technology that can help them compensate for vision loss.. Also, many regional Council on Aging Senior Centers provide in-kind space for PEP and ATTCs. 


-Sargent College, BU: Workforce development partner, Professor Kaldenberg, Department of Occupational Therapy (OT), recently added a course in vision rehabilitation to train more OTs for this growing field. We are working with Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) to embed case management services for Russian-speaking residents and with Lasell Villages to train staff to address the needs of their B/VI residents. MABVI also partners with National Braille Press and the Carroll Center for the Blind to cross-refer consumers, as appropriate, and for years we have co-hosted a collaborative fundraising event, the Blindfold Challenge at the BAA 5K. Teams of blindfolded runners and sighted guides ran to raise awareness and funds for the visually impaired.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 195
Number of Part Time Staff 114
Number of Volunteers 325
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 143
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 82
Hispanic/Latino: 13
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 67
Other (if specified): 2= 2 or more races
Gender Female: 195
Male: 114
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional

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 Mr. Michael O'Friel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.
Board Chair Term Oct 2014 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Fernando Albertorio Sunu, Inc Voting
Teresa Belmonte Partner, Hemenway & Barnes, LLP --
Winthrop Bergstrom Buttonwood Comm Grp Voting
Dr Beverly Brown Director of Development, Industry, Boston University School of Public Health --
Steve Calhoun Fidelity Investments Voting
Randy Cohen Harvard Business School Voting
Jack Corrigan Corrigan and Associate Voting
Elaine Ellenbogen Community Advocate Voting
Michael Ellenbogen Fellow-General Catalyst Partners, Inc. (Former President and CEO, Reveal Imaging Technologies Inc.) Voting
Stephanie Fidel Isaacson Miller Voting
Pam Goodman Beacon Communities LLC Voting
George Hertz Chief of Staff Massachusetts Port Authority Voting
Richard Jamara New England College of Optometry Voting
Joannne Jaxtimer SVP at BNY Mellon --
Suzanne Kaitz National Lumber Voting
Suman Kanuganti Founder/President of AIRA, Tech Guidance for MABVI --
Douglas Katz M.D. Medical Director, Brain Injury Program Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital Voting
Jon Kosheff President of Health & Home at Helen of Troy Limited --
Norman Lang J.P. Morgan Securities --
Michelle Lefkowitz ProSource of New England Voting
Jonathan Lourie Duane Morris LLP Voting
Dr. Alexis Malkin Clinical Assistant Professor, New England College of Optometry --
Jean McGuire Northeastern University Voting
Virginia Mills Former President, Community Rehab Care, Inc. Voting
Michael O'Friel Wheelabrator TTechnologies Inc. --
Judith Paprin Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Voting
Karen Quigley Chief Operating Officer Community Catalyst Voting
Bill Raeder Former Executive Director, National Braille Press Voting
Linda Sharpe Program Manager, MacroSys Research & Technology Voting
Barry Shrage Professor of the Practice, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University --
Alan Spiro Retired, blindness community advocate Voting
David Whitlock Vice President and Risk Manager, HUB Int’l N.E. Voting
Mike Widmer Retired, former President Massachusetts Taxpayers Association --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Fernando Albertorio -- --
Randy Cohen -- --
Elaine Ellenbogen Community Volunteer Voting
Bill Raeder Retired Executive Director of National Braille Press Voting
Alan Spiro -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 31
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 5 Board members are blind or visually impaired
Gender Female: 14
Male: 19
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 85%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Governance and Nominating
  • Personnel
  • Program / Program Planning
  • School Impact

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

MAB Community Services is on the cusp of significant growth. We are proud of our efforts to transform the lives of those with disabilities, and make strong contributions to these fields. Our dedicated and active Board of Trustees is poised to lead MAB to the next level. We must continue to diversify our revenue sources and engage the public with us in our work. In this coming year, we will focus on building an even more robust individual and major giving effort to support all three of our core programs as well as new initiatives across the organization. We also intend to play a leadership role throughout Massachusetts by working closely with the medical community to address the increased vision rehabilitation needs of a rapidly expanding older adult demographic. And, in partnership with local communities, we will prepare a growing number of adolescents and adults with disabilities to assume positions in the workforce and to participate fully in their communities. 

Foundation Comments



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 $22,963,688 $20,969,984 $19,015,907
Total Expenses $23,094,027 $20,737,988 $18,428,257

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $20,150,325 $19,028,584 $17,091,629
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $20,150,325 $19,028,584 $17,091,629
Individual Contributions $1,103,706 $1,001,298 $930,197
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,080,116 $841,717 $757,939
Investment Income, Net of Losses $437,735 $-74,901 $134,120
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $191,806 $173,286 $102,022
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $20,700,398 $18,763,047 $16,637,856
Administration Expense $1,865,814 $1,480,631 $1,482,234
Fundraising Expense $527,815 $494,310 $308,167
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.01 1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 90% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 2% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $11,795,767 $10,360,389 $9,710,783
Current Assets $4,115,261 $3,471,381 $3,119,279
Long-Term Liabilities $5,605,924 $4,310,834 $4,181,788
Current Liabilities $2,853,704 $2,466,985 $2,236,618
Total Net Assets $3,336,139 $3,582,570 $3,292,377

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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 $2,785,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.44 1.41 1.39

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 48% 42% 43%

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.


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?

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


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


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


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