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Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is a vital forum for the exploration, interpretation, and celebration of new work, ideas, and methods in photography. We inspire our members and the broader community with thought-provoking exhibits, educational programs, and resources that support the advancement of the photographic arts.

Mission Statement

The Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is a vital forum for the exploration, interpretation, and celebration of new work, ideas, and methods in photography. We inspire our members and the broader community with thought-provoking exhibits, educational programs, and resources that support the advancement of the photographic arts.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $399,600.00
Projected Expense $396,120.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Exhibitions Program
  • Master Lecture Series
  • Publications Program
  • The New England Portfolio Reviews

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is a vital forum for the exploration, interpretation, and celebration of new work, ideas, and methods in photography. We inspire our members and the broader community with thought-provoking exhibits, educational programs, and resources that support the advancement of the photographic arts.

Background Statement

The Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is an independent non-profit organization that serves as a vital resource for the exploration and interpretation of new work, ideas, and methods in photography and related media.  Through its exhibitions, public lectures, education programs, publications, and library, the PRC is the focal point of contemporary photography in Boston and the New England area.

Since its founding in 1976, the PRC has hosted thought-provoking—and often provocative— exhibitions that showcase the talent, skill, and vision of leading fine arts and documentary photographers.  Over the years everyone from casual observers to photographic professionals has entered the PRC gallery at 832 Commonwealth Avenue and encountered the work of Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, and William Wegman, among countless others.  Through six to eight cutting-edge exhibitions a year, which include also Juried and Student exhibits, the PRC makes the photographic arts accessible to all. 

The PRC’s Master Lecture Series, which includes six to eight panel discussions a year, complements the exhibitions and presents luminaries of photography who deliver first-person accounts of the creative process as they experience it.  Occasionally these lectures take the form of a panel discussion and involve members of the Boston academic community, who provide social and cultural critical perspectives. Recent speakers include Vicki Goldberg, a leading writer on contemporary photography; Bruce Davidson, one of America’s foremost documentary photographers; Shelby Lee Adams, a photographer known for his sensitive, cutting, and honest view of Appalachia; and Constantine Manos, a Magnum photographer know as one of America’s leading street photographers.

Over the past 35 years, the PRC has organized and hosted nearly 150 photographic exhibitions in tandem with public lectures and panel discussions.  A sampling of such exhibits over the years include:  Cuba: A View From Inside, 30 Years of Cuban Life in the Works and Words of 20 Photographers (1986); El Salvador in the Eye of the Beholder (1992); Other Africas: Max Belcher, Fazal Shiekh, and Vera Viditz-Ward (1993); Janelle Lynch, Los Jardines de Mexico (2011); and Global Health in Focus: Photographs by Kristen Ashburn, Dominic Chavez, and David Rochkind (2012). Also, through our longstanding relationship with Boston University, we are well known and highly regarded by Boston’s academic community. 

Impact Statement

Top 3 accomplishments

Global Health Exhibition and Programming
Photographs by Kristen Ashburn, Dominic Chavez, and David Rochkind
February 9 — March 24, 2012
Panel Discussion:
Panelists: Jennifer Beard, PhD, MPH (BU School of Public Health); Dominic Chavez, featured photographer; Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH (President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health); David Rochkind, featured photographer 
Moderator: Stefanie Friedhoff, Special Projects Manager, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Project all include a student program at Boston University and a 32-page exhibition catalog

PRC 2012 Benefit Auction
October 15, 2011
Through this yearly fundraising event, we raised nearly $90,000 through auction sales, tickets sales, and corporate sponsorships. This represented nearly $20,000 more than our goal.

New England Portfolio Reviews
May 11-12, 2012
This yearly event brought together nearly 100 emerging and established photographers to meet with fifty curators, teachers, gallerists, and other image professionals to provide an opportunity for photographers to get feedback on their work and initiate connections with leading figures in the vibrant New England photography community.

Top 3 goals

Goal 1: Move to a new member and donor database system to more effectively track donations, information, and other vital data relating to our constituents.

Goal 2: Begin a national membership program to reach out to potential supporters outside of our New England region. The PRC produces a very highly acclaimed magazine, Loupe, which is a member benefit and we strongly believe that there are many potential readers throughout the US.

Goal 3: Increase Board membership to include a greater number of members who can help us raise funds through individual, corporate, and foundation sources.

Needs Statement

Need 1: Implement a more effective donor and membership database system.

Need 2: Develop better systems to track monthly and yearly budgets.

 

Need 3: Improve our track record with both corporation and foundation funding.

 

Need 4: Increase membership by 10%.

 

Need 5: Develop a cash reserve of approximately three months operating budget ($100,000)


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

BERKSHIRE REGION, MA
CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA
CENTRAL REGION, MA
METROWEST REGION, MA
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
PIONEER VALLEY REGION, MA
SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Visual Arts
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Exhibitions Program

Our Exhibitions Program is an important vehicle for making the photographic arts accessible to all. Each year, the PRC presents several thought-provoking — and often provocative —  exhibits that draw an audience of established and aspiring photographers, curators, educators, writers, critics, and curious folks.

These cutting-edge exhibits showcase the talent, skill, and vision of photographers working in many different genres in a space designed for the appreciation of photography. Since 1985, the PRC has presented the work of renowned photographers Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Michal Chelbin, Jerry Berndt, Gordon Parks, Carl Chiarenza, Jeff Jacobson, Nan Goldin, Aaron Siskind, and countless others.
 
The PRC also presents two important juried shows each year—one for members and one for students. Jurors for the member exhibition are chosen from among preeminent professionals from the world of photography, including photographers, curators, photo editors, writers, and scholars. The juror for the 2012 member exhibition is Alison Nordstrom, curator at the George Eastman House.
Budget  70,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

The short term goals of the PRC Exhibitions Program is to see an steady increase in the number of visitors to our gallery, driven by the significance of the exhibition and by the effectiveness of our overall marketing strategy.

Program Long-Term Success  The long-term success of the PRC Exhibitions Program is to see a vibrant community of art and photography lovers that transforms their view of the world and their appreciation of photography as a result of their interaction with exhibitions at the PRC.
Program Success Monitored By  The PRC monitors the success of its exhibition program by tabulating all visitors to the gallery and by asking them if they are members, non-members, and if they are students, what institution are they from. Periodically the PRC will also distribute door surveys to monitor feedback to specific exhibitions.
Examples of Program Success 
Attendance Records
 
2011 Juried Exhibition
July 21, 2011-August 20, 2011
Attendance: 295
 
7 Turkish Artists Exhibition and Threefold
September 13, 2011 - November 2011
Attendance: 410
 
Janelle Lynch: Los Jardines de Mexco
November 2011 - January 2012
Attendance: 150
 
Global Health in Focus and Recover
February 2012 - March 2012
Attendance: 350
 
2012 Student Exhibition
April 2012 - May 2012
Attendance: 490
 
 

Master Lecture Series

The PRC’s Master Lecture Series presents luminaries of photography who deliver first-person accounts of the creative process as they experience it. Six times a year, the PRC presents stimulating educational encounters with photographers such as Lucas Samaras, Harold Edgerton, Susan Meiselas, Duane Michals, Ansel Adams, Ed Kashi, Jim Dow, and Bruce Davidson, as well as critics, scholars, curators and cultural commentators.

The Master Lecture Series is a central component of our institutional membership program, which enables students from 22 area colleges and universities to attend these lectures for free.

Budget  40,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified College Aged (18-26 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

The short term goals of the PRC Master Lecture Series is to see an steady increase in the number of attendees to lectures, driven by the significance of the speaker and by the effectiveness of our overall marketing strategy.

Program Long-Term Success 

The long-term success of the PRC Mater Series is to see a vibrant community of art and photography lovers that transforms their view of the world and their appreciation of art and photography as a result of their interaction with lectures and panel discussions at the PRC.

Program Success Monitored By 

The PRC monitors the success of its lecture series by tabulating the attendance and by asking them if they are members, non-members, and if they are students, what institution are they from. Periodically the PRC will also distribute door surveys to monitor feedback to specific lectures.

Examples of Program Success 

Lecture Attendance

Constantine Manos
September 13, 2011
Attendance: 105

Catherine Wagner
November 19, 2011
Attendance: 60

7 Turkish Artists
November 27, 2011
Attendance: 45

Lynn Saville
November 9, 2011
Attendance: 105

Vicki Goldberg
November 22, 2011
Attendance: 190

Why Global Health Matters
March 7, 2012
Attendance: 130

Peter Vanderwarker
March 22, 2012
Attendance: 70

Shelby Lee Adams
May 2, 2012
Attendance: 85


Publications Program

Loupe— The Journal of the Photographic Resource Center—is the starship of the PRC’s publications, replacing our earlier newsletter, In the Loupe, in both concept and format. Loupe is a beautiful, archival-quality magazine dedicated to the in-depth contemplation of the printed work. Published three times a year, Loupe presents portfolios from emerging and established artists whose work has not yet received wide attention. Loupe also offers the opportunity for reflection through in-depth interviews under the banner Retrospect.

 

NEO (Northeast Exposure Online) is the digital counterpart to Loupe, and complements the more contemplative experience of that publication. NEO is a curated web-based presentation of photography that showcases PRC member work. NEO is updated once a month. www.prcneo.org

Budget  25,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served General/Unspecified College Aged (18-26 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

The short term goals of the PRC Publications Program is to increase readership and advertising revenue to completely pay for the production costs.

Program Long-Term Success 

The long-term success and goals of the PRC Publications Program is to see a vibrant presentation and discussion of photography fostered through the medium of a print and online magazine.

Program Success Monitored By 

The PRC monitors the success of its Publications Program by monitoring circulation and reader/viewer feedback.

Examples of Program Success 

The circulation of Loupe varies over the course of the year but is on a steady rise as our membership slowly rises. The average circulation per issue is approximately 1,400 copies.


The New England Portfolio Reviews

The New England Portfolio Reviews (NEPR) is a joint program of the Photographic Resource Center and the Griffin Museum of Photography offering an opportunity for emerging and established photographers to meet with curators, teachers, gallerists, and other image professionals. The Reviews will serve individuals who are just embarking on their careers and those who have several years of experience and are hoping to reach new audiences by initiating connections with leading figures in the busy New England photography world. The Reviews provide professional feedback on the portfolios of the photographers and an environment to meet and network with peers. NEPR is also a revenue generating program for both the PRC and the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Budget  9,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

The short term goals of the New England Portfolio Reviews is to raise revenue for the PRC and the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Program Long-Term Success 

The long-term success and goals of the New England Portfolio Reviews is to create an educated, aware, and self reflexive community of photographers as a result of yearly interaction with leading curators, editors, gallery owners, and photographers.

Program Success Monitored By 

The PRC monitors the success of the New England Portfolio Reviews by carefully monitoring revenue and expense figures and controlling expenses.

Examples of Program Success 

The last NEPR in May 2011 brought in a total of $17,368 in revenue with 8,886 in expenses, thus raising $4,200 for each organization.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Glenn Ruga
CEO Term Start Feb 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Ruga received a BA from the University of Massachusetts in Social Thought and Political Economy and an MFA from Syracuse University in Graphic and Advertising Design. In 1984, he started Visual Communications, a graphic design firm working primarily with non-profit organizations. From 1993-2009 Ruga was the volunteer Executive Director of the Center for Balkan Development. In 2008 he founded SocialDocumentary.net, a website for documentary photographers to create online galleries of their work. He has produced four traveling documentary photography exhibits, two of which were based on his work in the former Yugoslavia.
In 2012, Ruga was a curator of the New York Photo Festival.
 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Jim Fitts Oct 2006 Nov 2009
Mr. Terrence Morrash Aug 2000 Oct 2006

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Julie Kukharenko Membership, Operations, and Finance Manager Kukharenko received her BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has worked as a freelance digital retoucher as well as a photographer and postproduction assistant in photography studios. Working and volunteering with non-profit organizations since 2007, Kukharenko focuses on arts administration, membership, and volunteer training. She is also Managing Director of Anna Myer and Dancers, a Cambridge based modern dance company.
Ms. Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis Program and Exhibition Manager Yuskaitis received her BA from the University of Virginia in art history and archaeology. After a brief stint in New York City, Yuskaitis worked in the arts nonprofit sector in Birmingham, Alabama for five years before receiving her MA from the University of Alabama in American Studies. Prior to graduate school, she served as the Assistant to the Directors/Curatorial Assistant at Space One Eleven, a nationally recognized gallery space that provides cutting edge exhibitions of Southeastern artwork and arts education to inner-city youth. Most recently she served as the Program Manager at VSA Alabama, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses through the arts, where she handled art auctions, curated and facilitated exhibits and satellite gallery spaces, and coordinated 30 programs with partnering organizations in community, education, and healthcare settings. Yuskaitis is an active athlete who recently earned her black belt in Taekwondo.


Ms. Francine Weiss Curator and Loupe Editor Francine Weiss recently received her PhD from Boston University in American Studies, specializing in the history of photography and American art. Her dissertation focused on the analysis of Edward Weston's photographs for Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. She received her undergraduate 
degree from Wellesley College in English.

Francine brings many years of experience curating exhibitions and 
writing about contemporary art and photography to her position at the PRC. Since August of last year Weiss has worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in the Department of Photographs as 
an Acting Assistant Curator. 

Awards

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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

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
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 Mr. Vittorio Mezzano
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hewlett Packard
Board Chair Term July 2011 - June 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Lynne Allen Boston University Voting
Eric Almquist Bain and Company Voting
Joseph Bernardi Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Voting
Peter Fiedler Boston University Voting
Alan Geismer Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. Voting
Rick Grossman Ligne Roset Voting
Chehalis Hegner UMass/Lowell Voting
David Karp Currensee Voting
Andrew Kessler Coffee Pond Photography Voting
Gary Leopold ISM Voting
Vittorio Mezzano Hewlett Packard Company Voting
Olivia Parker Olivia Parker Photography Voting
Neal Rantoul Neal Rantoul Photography Voting
Kim Sichel Boston University Voting
Peter Vanderwarker Vanderwarker Photography 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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 62%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 73%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 93%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Urgent Decisions

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $399,600.00
Projected Expense $396,120.00
Form 990s

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue $353,406 $403,180 $583,297
Total Expenses $466,412 $412,776 $508,767

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$41,100 $57,500 $12,300
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $48,258 $67,549 $67,579
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $97,926 $62,823 $300,120
Investment Income, Net of Losses $12,114 $9,833 $35,972
Membership Dues $37,433 $46,217 $55,061
Special Events $43,500 $89,833 $96,262
Revenue In-Kind $60,000 $60,000 --
Other $13,075 $9,425 $16,003

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Program Expense $412,457 $330,690 $417,708
Administration Expense $53,955 $82,086 $91,059
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.76 0.98 1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 80% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Assets $167,264 $259,341 $351,603
Current Assets $157,314 $245,361 $268,591
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $46,238 $25,309 $40,675
Total Net Assets $121,026 $234,032 $310,928

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $40,000.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

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 2011 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.40 9.69 6.60

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

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