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MAB Community Services, Inc.

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

LAST UPDATED: 09/08/2017
Organization DBA The Mass Association of 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 is dedicated to working with individuals with disabilities to eliminate barriers and create opportunities.

Mission Statement

MAB Community Services is dedicated to working with individuals with disabilities to eliminate barriers and create opportunities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $24,156,000.00
Projected Expense $24,129,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

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

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Mission Statement

MAB Community Services is dedicated to working with individuals with disabilities to eliminate barriers and create opportunities.

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

After decades of work, the MA Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has a robust statewide network of services through which older adults successfully adapt to vision loss. MA residents can access vision rehabilitation services; including through 9 affiliated low vision centers across the state, 12 licensed occupational therapists who provide services in patients’ homes, and 300 volunteers who assist consumers with the daily tasks of living. Our strong partnerships with the medical community and entities such as the MA Commission for the Blind enable us to strengthen services to those with age-related vision loss. As a result, our vision rehabilitation services have grown 300% this past year.

In our Adult Disability Services division, we provide a variety of residential and day supports that allow consumers to live in the community. Not only have we grown this program, adding 1-2 new residences each year and doubling the capacity of our day program, but every indicator shows our services to be of highest quality. 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. Thanks to the efforts of our Board and staff, we are gearing up to implement the goals of a 5-year strategic plan that will bring the program to a new level.

At the Ivy Street School, we help our students develop the skills they need thrive as contributing members of society. Recently, we expanded from a single focus on brain injury to include autism spectrum and behavioral health. Our effectiveness is affirmed by an increase in enrollment and an all-time high in parent satisfaction. This year we opened a sixth classroom, up from 3 three years ago. Rate and enrollment increases and approval of our day program have boosted revenue, enabling us to strengthen our services, hire experts in the field and ensure success for our students.

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 services, so we offer subsidized transportation, care and adaptive technology through a Free Care Poolfor which we rely on private contributions. Sighted volunteers are also in great demand, to assist those with limited 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 a disability, 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 programs targeted to the high-need cities of Boston, Brockton, Holyoke, Springfield, and Worcester. 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, occupational therapists, peer support group leaders and 1:1 community volunteers helped more than 1,100 Massachusetts residents live with dignity and independence this year.
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 their fear of falling, maintain the ability to complete daily tasks, and maintain safe glucose levels if they have diabetes.

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 MAB 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 MAB 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 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 [email protected]
CEO Experience
CEO Barbara Salisbury has led the organization for nearly eight 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
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
Francois Hostailler Chief Financial Officer Francois Hostailler was the the Director of Accounts Payable at VinFen before coming to MAB in 2014.
Rick Kalish Director of Adult Disability Services Heller Shoop has twenty years experience providing supports and leadership in organizations serving adults with disabilities. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hiram College, 1989 and a M.S. in Non-Profit Administration from UMass Boston College of Community and Public Service, 1999. She came to MAB in 1995.
Shaun Kinsella Statewide Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

returned to MAB Community Service, Inc. last fall in his new capacity as MABVI's new Statewide Director. He oversees all of MABVI's programs, and is 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. ​

Joel Rosenhaus 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 nine affiliated optometrists who see MABVI patients and refer them to Occupational Therapy services. Our Medical Director – Dr. Jennifer Salvo, OD plays a key role in helping to build and sustain these effective cross-agency partnerships. The MA Commission for the Blind has also been a long-time collaborator. Our Springfield low vision center operates in space donated by Dr. Ted Ingis, a MAB Board member and our Holyoke center is located inside the Holyoke Health Center. We also partner with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to organize accessible guided art tours for MABVI clients. MABVI is part of Massachusetts Agencies and Organizations Serving Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative. MABVI partners with National Braille Press and the Carroll Center for the Blind to host 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 300
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
Winthrop Bergstrom Bay State College Voting
Jack Corrigan Corrigan and Associate 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
Diane Gordon Winthrop Square Law Offices Voting
George Hertz Chief of Staff Massachusetts Port Authority Voting
Ted Ingis M.D. Ophthalmologist, Ingis Eye Care Voting
Richard Jamara New England College of Optometry Voting
Suzanne Kaitz National Lumber Voting
Douglas Katz M.D. Medical Director, Brain Injury Program Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital Voting
Michelle Lefkowitz ProSource of New England Voting
Jonathan Lourie Duane Morris LLP Voting
Jean McGuire Northeastern University Voting
Virginia Mills Former President, Community Rehab Care, Inc. Voting
Jay Nelson Partner, Sprague Nelson LLC Voting
Judith Paprin Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Voting
Kate Patterson Kate Patterson Design Voting
Karen Quigley Chief Operating Officer Community Catalyst Voting
Bill Raeder Retired Voting
Deborah Raptopoulos Director, The Group Center Voting
Deborah Raptopoulos The Group Center Voting
Judith Savageau PhD Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Voting
Linda Sharpe Program Manager, MacroSys Research & Technology Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Elaine Ellenbogen Community Volunteer Voting
Bill Raeder Retired Executive Director of National Braille Press Voting

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Murdo Dowds PhD previous President of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society NonVoting
Anthony Joseph M.D. Neuropsychiatrist NonVoting
Douglas Katz M.D. Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital NonVoting
Marilyn Lash M.S.W Director and Senior Editor of Lash and Associates Publishing/Training Inc. NonVoting
Marilyn Spivak Neurotrauma Outreach Coordinator at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Co-founder of the Brain Injury Association of America NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 23
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 2 Board members are blind or visually impaired
Gender Female: 13
Male: 12
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

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Personnel
  • Program / Program Planning

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 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $20,969,984 $19,015,907 $15,637,822
Total Expenses $20,737,988 $18,428,257 $15,900,046

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $19,028,584 $17,091,629 $13,979,771
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $19,028,584 $17,091,629 $13,979,771
Individual Contributions $1,001,298 $930,197 $633,995
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $841,717 $757,939 $809,791
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-74,901 $134,120 $38,171
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $173,286 $102,022 $176,094
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $18,763,047 $16,637,856 $14,336,573
Administration Expense $1,480,631 $1,482,234 $1,244,218
Fundraising Expense $494,310 $308,167 $319,255
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 1.03 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 90% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 2% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $10,360,389 $9,710,783 $8,776,256
Current Assets $3,471,381 $3,119,279 $2,898,727
Long-Term Liabilities $4,310,834 $4,181,788 $3,811,071
Current Liabilities $2,466,985 $2,236,618 $2,130,865
Total Net Assets $3,582,570 $3,292,377 $2,834,320

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $2,561,000.00
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 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.41 1.39 1.36

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 42% 43% 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.


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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?